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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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May 1, 2015

Lower Dens in Brooklyn last month (more by Greg Cristman)
Lower Dens

Fellow music blog Gorilla vs. Bear is expanding its annual summer show, previously held just in Dallas, to Austin for the first time this year. This, the fifth edition, will happen July 31 at The Granada in Dallas and August 1 at Mohawk in Austin, and lineup includes Jamie xx, Lower Dens, Tei Shi, Yumi Zouma, Prince Innocence and more. In addition, GvsB announced today that Bop English (James Petralli of White Denim) will also play the Austin show.

Tickets for Dallas and Austin are on sale now. Flyer is below...

Continue reading "Jamie xx, Lower Dens, Youmi Zouma, Tei Shi & more playing Gorilla Vs Bear summer shows in Dallas & Austin"

April 23, 2015


Levitation happens in just a few weeks (May 8-10 at Carson Creek Ranch) and festival organizers have released the daily schedules and set-times. Check the whole thing out and listen to a mixtape featuring all of Friday's bands over at BrooklynVegan.

Tickets to Levitation are still available.

'We Jam by Condos' artwork

Austin label Monofonus Press have a great new local-band compilation coming out called We Jam By Condos that features Spray Paint, Ghetto Ghouls, S U R V I V E, Massagenist and more. You can check out Ghetto Ghouls' song, "Plants" (which premiered on BrooklynVegan), below and the comp is out May 15.

Monofonus is throwing two release parties for We Jam By Condos featuring a lot of the bands that appear on it. The first is May 15 at Beerland with Spray Paint, Ghetto Ghouls, Empty Markets and Massagenist; and the second is on May 16 at Cheer Up Charlies with S U R V I V E, Hidden Ritual, Troller and Aunt's Analog.

Continue reading "Spray Paint, Ghetto Ghouls, S U R V I V E & more on new Monofonus Austin comp, playing release shows too"

April 16, 2015


Levitation, the festival formerly known as Austin Psych Fest, has announced the final lineup for the 2015 edition which happens May 8-10 at Carson Creek Ranch. Eight bands have been added: Holydrug Couple, Creepoid, Ex Cult, The Well, Tele Novell, Dallas Acid, Ryan Sambol, and Baby Robots. A couple bands have dropped off as well: Australian band Krakatau can't make it due to travel complications, and Seattle's Rose Windows broke up. Check out the whole awesome lineup here -- schedule will be posted next week. Tickets are still available.

Levitation will also have a Campground Stage this year featuring performances by Gourisankar Karmakar & Indrajit Banerjee, New Fumes, Cloudland Canyon, RelaxerThousand Foot Whale Claw, Silent Land Time Machine, Symbol, Amerikan Bear, Burning Palms, Dyn, Sans Soleil•Airplane Mode, (Some) Flowers Of Hell, Texas Bob Juarez, Michael Garfield, and more. Details on that and the campgrounds are here.

Meanwhile, Levitation is presenting a show on Saturday (4/18) at Mohawk with Whirr, Holy Wave, Christian Bland & The Revelators, Tele Novella, Wild Moth, Moving Panoramas, Pollen RX, and Cross Record at Mohawk. Tickets are on sale.

April 14, 2015


Cleveland's soulful, garagey Obnox -- aka Lamont "Bim" Thomas -- has released two albums this year already, most recently on the awesome concept album Know America. As mentioned on BrooklynVegan, Obnox's upcoming dates including a stop in Austin at The North Door on Friday (4/17) with Barbara Lynn & The Soul Supporters and The Brick Top Blues Band. Tickets are on sale.

For all dates and a stream of Know America, head to BV.

April 13, 2015

Action Bronson (more by Sean O'Connell)
Action Bronson

Queens rapper Action Bronson, who was in town for SXSW in March, recently announced a big tour that brings him back to Texas for these shows in May and June:

05-30 Austin, TX - ACL Live (tickets)
05-31 Houston, TX - House of Blues
06-01 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Billboard rode around Austin with Bronson while he was at SXSW. Stereogum also caught him serving lunch. At the Woodies (also part of SXSW), Chance the Rapper joined him to perform "Baby Blue". Watch video of that, and an official Action Bronson SXSW recap video, below...

Continue reading "Action Bronson played SXSW, playing ACL Live, other TX dates"

April 9, 2015

photo by Tyson Zoltan Heder
East Cameron Folkcore

Austin's East Cameron Folkcore make rollicking orchestral folk rock, and they've got a bit of punk edge too, which is fitting since Gorilla Biscuits drummer Luke Abbey recently joined as a member. Earlier this week, they put out their new album, Kingdom of Fear, on Nine Mile Records, and they're currently in the process of making a video trilogy for its tracks "Kingdom of Fear," "The Joke" and "969." We've got the premiere of part 2 ("The Joke"), which you can watch below.

The band wrapped up a four-night stand at Austin's Salvage Vanguard Theater last week to celebrate the release of the LP, and they have two more hometown shows coming up. They play the 65th annual Art City Austin happening this month (4/25-26), and then they have a club show at Holy Mountain on May 16.

New video below...

Continue reading "East Cameron Folkcore (ft. Gorilla Biscuits drummer) -- new video, upcoming shows"

March 30, 2015

Spray Paint

Austin post punks Spray Paint are releasing a new album, Punters On A Barge June 1 via Homeless Records. They just played a bunch of SXSW dates, but if you missed them you can catch them on their current North American tour which finishes with a few Texas dates, including Austin on April 10 at Hotel Vegas with Daniel Francis Doyle, Traps PS, Beth Israel, and High Wasted. They'll also play April 25 at Yellow Jacket.

Other Texas dates include Denton on April 9 at J&J's, and San Antonio on April 11 at Paper Tiger (which just opened), Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Stream "Polar Beer" from the forthcoming album below...

March 27, 2015

Colleen Green at Burger A-Go-Go 2014 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Colleen Green

Colleen Green is heading out on a North American tour next week in support of her new album I Want to Grow Up, released earlier this year. Touring with her is Ali Koehler and Patty Schemel's band Upset, who have a cassette EP coming out on Tuesday (3/31) via Lauren Records.

The tour hits El Paso on March 31 at The Loversprout, Austin on April 1 at Hotel Vegas, Fort Worth on April 2 at The Grotto, and Houston on April 3 at The Shop. Tickets for El Paso and Houston will be $10 at the door. Keep checking Hotel Vegas' and The Grotto's sites for updates on the Austin and Fort Worth shows.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Listen to songs from both new albums below...

Continue reading "Colleen Green & Upset playing four TX shows on tour"