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July 28, 2015

photo: Death Valley Girls @ Burger A-Go-Go 2014 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Death Valley Girls

Los Angeles' Death Valley Girls and LA Witch share a similarly sneery rock n' roll attitude and will soon be on tour together for a string of Southwest dates that include four in Texas. In Austin, they'll play Hotel Vegas on August 5 with Black Liquid Drop also on the bill.

Other dates in the state includ El Paso's Monarch on August 3; San Antonio's Limelight on August 4 and Marfa's El Cosmico's August 6. All dates are listed, along with songs streams from both bands, below...

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FFF

Austin's 2015 Fun Fun Fun Fest announced its comedy stage and day-by-day lineup, and put single-day tickets on sale today.

The comedy stage includes Tig Notaro, Doug Benson, Eric Andre, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Sabrina Jalees, Jonah Ray and Kurt Braunohler. "Additionally, GZA will explain "the science of hip-hop", Andrew W.K. will lead a motivational speaking lecture, and Big Freedia will be giving the festival audience twerking lessons."

Single-day tickets are on sale at the festival's website. Check out the daily lineups below...

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July 27, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Faith No More @ Austin Music Hall - 7/26/2015
Faith No More, Napalm Death @ Austin Music Hall - 7/26/2015

Faith No More returned this year with Sol Invictus, their first new album since 1997, and they've been on tour in support of it. That tour began a 3-night Texas run with grindcore legends Napalm Death last night at Austin Music Hall (7/26). FNM split the set up pretty well between the new album and the rest of their career, giving us old favorites like "Midlife Crisis," "Evidence," and of course, "Epic." Pictures are in this post.

The run with Napalm Death hits Dallas tonight (7/27) and Houston on Tuesday (7/28). All tour dates here.

More pictures, and FNM's setlist and a video, below...

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July 21, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Donovan Wolfington

New Orleans indie-punks Donovan Wolfington are following last year's Scary Stories You Tell in the Dark EP (which included one of our favorite songs of 2014) with the How to Treat the Ones You Love LP on August 21 via Topshelf. They underwent a few lineup changes, but mostly have the same raw/catchy approach. You can listen to first single "Solo Cup" below.

The band is also touring, including three Texas shows: September 1 at Gatsby's Mansion in Denton, 9/2 at Holy Mountain in Austin, and 9/3 at The Summit in Houston. That'll be one of the last-ever Holy Mountain shows, as the venue closes on October 1.

All dates are listed below...

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July 7, 2015

photo: JEFF the Brotherhood in Brooklyn in 2014 (more by PSquared)
JEFF the Brotherhood

This month's Red Bull Sound Select show in Austin will be headlined by JEFF the Brotherhood and happens 7/31 at Empire Control Room with Novosti and Mirror Travel. Like most RBSS shows, it's $3 with RSVP or $10 without.

JEFF are also releasing split single with collaborator Colleen Green that comes out physically in August but is streaming now. Listen below...

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Jack White, Chicano Batman @ Austin Music Hall - 1/24/2015
Jack White, Chicano Batman @ Austin Music Hall - 1/24/2015
Jack White, Chicano Batman @ Austin Music Hall - 1/24/2015

Another one bites the dust:

The Austin Music Hall is to be demolished to make way for a 28-story office building.

Officials with Cielo Property Group, an Austin real estate company, confirmed in an exclusive interview with the Austin Business Journal that it is teaming up with Tier REIT of Dallas to build another downtown office tower.

Demolition of the 43,000-square-foot entertainment venue at 208 Nueces St. will begin in January. Construction of the 349,000-square-foot building is scheduled to start in early 2016 and deliver at the end of 2017. [BizJournals]

The photos above are from one of Jack White's two shows there earlier this year. More pictures from that show, by Tim Griffin, HERE.

Three more shows are scheduled at the venue at the moment: one by Faith No More, and two by My Morning Jacket.

June 25, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Free Week - 1/10/2014
photo: East Cameron Folkcore @ Holy Mountain 1/10/2014

The troubles on Red River continue. The Austin Chronicle confirms that Holy Mountain is closing on October 1st.

Casualties of the pricing boom, owners were confronted with a 45% rent increase, putting their monthly bill at $8,000 plus "triple net" fees - taxes, insurance, and maintenance - totaling in the thousands. It's an unmanageable figure for the club to sustain, confirms co-owner James Taylor.

A small room with big ambitions, Holy Mountain opened on New Year's Eve 2012 in the revamped shell of erstwhile hipster chain Beauty Bar.

More details at the Chronicle.

Sorry to see you go, Holy Mountain. We hope all the other clubs on Red River and Red 7 make it out of all of this alive.

Meanwhile check out their schedule of final shows, and especially keep an eye out for some big ones. As the Chronicle says:

Taylor's filling Holy Mountain's September calendar with old favorites and bucket-list acquisitions. They'll host a weekly "Super Secret Special Guest Series" on Mondays, bringing in mega-artists for underplays announced on the day of the show. Beyond marquee bookings such as Lætitia Sadier of Stereolab (9/17), familial locals will soundtrack Armageddon: Hard Proof, Not in the Face, Feral Future, East Cameron Folkcore, Harvest Thieves, Ben Ballinger, and Mike & the Moonpies, who'll be the last band to play Holy Mountain.
And speaking of East Cameron Folkcore at Holy Mountain, we caught them there during Free Week 2014 and have an uposted set of pictures which is now posted in this post. More below...

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June 5, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Courtney Barnett taping for Austin City Limits - 6/4/2015
Courtney Barnett taping for Austin City Limits - 6/4/2015

Opener "Elevator Operator," from Sometimes, was a good introduction to her basic style: straightforward, unfancy guitar rock, vibrant but not aggressive, with conversational vocals and an observational lyrical style. Aided by her tight band featuring bassist Bones Sloane and drummer Dave Mudie, she stretched out within her framework, adding variety to her performance while remaining consistent in sound. The trio ranged from the garage-rocking "Canned Tomatoes" and melancholy balladry of "An Illustration of Loneliness" to the lovely folk rocking "Depreston" and the power popping "Dead Fox." She earned special kudos from the eager audience with "Small Poppies" and "Avant Gardener," both featuring rambling lyrics that move from mundane observation to philosophical contemplation - a Barnett specialty. - [ACLTV]
Australian charmer Courtney Barnett is currently in town, having taped an episode of Austin City Limits that will air later this year. You can check out pictures from her ACL performance, and the setlist, in this post.

Courtney is sticking around Austin tonight (6/5) for a sold-out show at Mohawk with tourmates Chastity Belt and Darren Hanlon. More pics from Austin City Limits below...

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May 28, 2015

FFF

Fun Fun Fun Fest happens November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores and the amazing lineup is now announced! Check it out here and get your tickets here.

May 18, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015
Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

The second set found the band loosening up and easing into longer, more exploratory jams as they dove deeper into their own history. It didn't hurt that they got things started with what is easily their best-known song, "Tom Sawyer", before "The Camera Eye" and a reggae-tinged "The Spirit Of Radio" that led to many a plume of smoke rising from the crowd. Neil Peart's drum solo during "Cygnus X-1" was deep and tribal as he sampled a mélange of different sounds to ensure a zero boredom factor from the crowd and making for one of the highlights of the night. Following the solo, the crowd joined in for a sing-a-long on the acoustic intro to "Closer To The Heart" before Alex Lifeson took off on his own exuberant guitar solo. The set closed out with a handful of songs off Rush's landmark conceptual album 2112 that found each member engaging in a full throttle instrumental throw down while simultaneously functioning as one tight unit. [The Horn]
The Canadian prog-rock trio Rush have spent more than 40 years together, and are currently on the road to mark their ruby anniversary. That tour brought them to Austin over the weekend (5/16) for a show at Austin 360 Amphitheater. As to be expected, the show included lasers, pyrotechnics, a giant disco ball, and a stunning light show. Their intros, intermissions, and outro featured video clips and animated sequences from the many tours over the past 4 decades.

Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart brought their vast catalog with them, kicking off with 'The Anarchist' and featuring tracks from each of their quad-decade run in two separate sets and an encore. They covered a lot.

They ended the show at the beginning, with 'Working Man' off their eponymous debut Rush. Full set list of the 26-song performance, and more pictures, below...

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