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November 20, 2015

A Giant Dog
photos: A Giant Dog in Chicago in 2013 (more by James Richards IV)

In case you missed it, Merge Records announced this exciting news in October:

We are excited to welcome Austin's A Giant Dog to Merge Records! The band recently recorded their third album with prolific producer Mike McCarthy and will release it in early 2016.

When asked how he feels about signing to Merge, singer-guitarist Andrew Cashen said, "I don't know. I'm thinking about cutting my hair into a man bun." Lead vocalist Sabrina Ellis proved more earnest, saying, "We are shitty people who do not deserve to be signed to Merge... But we are down."

A Giant Dog are known for their notoriously explosive performances and should not be missed. Asked to describe their live show, the band responded: "It's like watching Jerry Springer and then the TV explodes and suddenly the paragons of dysfunction in America are breaking apart your living room, pissing on your furniture, and making you the ham in a white trash sandwich." We'll see you in the front row!

Watch & share a live performance video of "Sleep When Dead" now

A Giant Dog is Sabrina Ellis (vocals), Andrew Cashen (vocals & guitar), Andy Bauer (guitar), Graham Low (bass), and Matthew Strmiska (drums).

A Giant Dog are one of many bands playing Good Vibrations II in December ("4 MORE DAYS OF PEACE LOVE AND PUNK"). Full lineup and more details below...

Continue reading "A Giant Dog on Merge Records, playing Good Vibrations Fest II w/ the Mummies, King Louie, The Zeroes & many more"

October 28, 2015

photo: Lauryn Hill @ Afropunk 2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Lauryn Hill

This morning it was announced that Lauryn Hill will be taking D'Angelo's place on the Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup after D'Angelo's performance was cancelled "due to illness." Now comes word that Desaparecidos are also cancelling due to Conor getting sick. Damn, but feel better everyone!

Desaparecidos also cancelled their whole tour. Four Texas shows total:

11-05 Numbers - Houston, TX
11-06 Trees - Dallas, TX
11-07 Fun Fun Fun Fest - Austin, TX
11-09 Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX
More info at BrooklynVegan.

Full Fun Fun Fun Fest Lauryn Hill press release below...

Continue reading "Desaparecidos and D'Angelo cancel, but Lauryn Hill added to Fun Fun Fun Fest"

October 20, 2015

FFF nites 2015

Austin's Fun Fun Fun fest is coming up on November 6-8 and they've announced the full schedule of artists, along with their "NITES" program which features a lot of good aftershows.

As always with a lineup as loaded as FFF, there will definitely be some conflicts. You'll have to choose between Venom and D'Angelo, between Cheap Trick and Drive Like Jehu, and between Jane's Addiction and Wu-Tang, just to name a few. So good luck with that (full schedule is posted below).

Those NITES shows start on Thursday (11/5) and go through the weekend. They are only open to festival wristband-holders and there are no tickets at the door. Converge, Nothing, Creepoid and Cult Leader will shred at the Mohawk on 11/5. The next night Mohawk will play host to Mikal Cronin, Fuzz, Yonatan Gat, and many others (RSVP). That same night Title Fight, Alex D, Girlpool, La Dispute, Pity Sex and Wildhoney will play at 611 E 7th Street (aka the space that housed Red 7). On Saturday (11/7), The Mohawk will play host to the potentially dangerous tree of Mayhem, Watain and Rotting Christ, while over at 611 E 7th street the punks are moshing away to OFF!, Fucked Up, Mutoid Man, Power Trip and others. There are lots of other great shows, but you can se the full NITES schedule below.

Tickets FFFl are still on sale.

Below, check out the full schedule for FFF Fest and the NITES shows.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest and 'NITES' schedules announced"

October 8, 2015

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

He Whose Ox is Gored

Seattle prog-doom crew He Whose Ox is Gored are streaming their new album The Camel, The Lion, The Child over at Invisible Oranges. As I also wrote on BV Chicago, the record is a very satisfying blend of early-Mastodon style riffing with a strong emphasis on melody and songcraft (IO's Joseph Schaefer compared them to early Alice in Chains, which is weirdly spot on). Throw in some psychedelia courtesy of the ever-present keyboards and can hit a bunch of disparate pleasure-centers. You can stream it below.

HWOIG are heading out on tour later this month, playing 3 Texas shows. First they will hit Austin for a show at The Mohawk on October 28 where they'll be joined by Glassing and Oro Cassini (tickets). After that they'll hit Houston for a show at The Alley Kat on October 29 with Omotai (tickets at the door). Finally they'll play in Denton on October 30 at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios (tickets).

Be sure to check our IO-sponsored show calendar for more Austin-area metal shows.

All upcoming dates for He Whose Ox is Gored, along with a stream of The Camel, the Lion, The Child, below...

Continue reading "He Whose Ox Is Gored hitting 3 TX shows on tour supporting 'The Camel, The Lion, The Child' (dates, stream)"

September 24, 2015


Fun Fun Fun Fest happens November 6-8 with tons of awesome bands, many of which will also be playing FFF Nites shows. As always, FFF Nites also features artists exclusive to the late-night shows, including GZA, Mayhem, Watain, Subhumans, Windhand, Small Brown Bike, Girlpool, Pity Sex, Youth Code, NOTS, Cult Leader, Wildhoney, Red Death, OBN IIIs and more.

Artists on the FFF lineup also playing Nites shows include Future Islands, Hudson Mohawke, Peaches, Joey Bada$$, Converge, American Nightmare, Babes In Toyland, King Khan & BBQ Show, American Football, Alvvays, Viet Cong, OFF!, Fucked Up, Parquet Courts, La Dispute, Dwarves, Shamir, Fuzz, Title Fight, Murder By Death, Power Trip, Nothing, Mutoid Man and many more.

Nites schedule will be announced closer to the fest. More info here.

August 25, 2015

photo: The Decemberists at Governors Ball 2015 (more by PSquared)
Decemberists @ GovBall

The 2015 ACL Fest has announced it's official aftershows that surround its two weekends in October (10/2 - 10/4 and 10/9 - 10/11). Acts include The Decemberists, TV on the Radio, Chance the Rapper, A$AP Rocky, Brand New, alt-J, The Maccabees, Billy Idol, Sylvan Esso and many more. The full list of aftershows is below. Tickets for the ACL aftershows go on sale Friday (8/28) at 10 AM, with a C3Concerts presale starting Thursday (8/27) at 10 AM. You'll need to subscribe to C3's email list to get in on the presales.

All 2015 ACL Fest aftershows are listed below...

Continue reading "ACL Fest announces 2015 aftershows: Decemberists, TV on the Radio, Brand New, alt-J, Chance the Rapper, Billy Idol & more"

August 24, 2015

photo: The Sword at Mohawk in 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Sword

Three bands who recall the proto-metal/heavy psych era, The Sword, Kadavar and All Them Witches, are touring together this year. The tour hits Texas on October 9 at Gas Monkey Live! in Dallas (tickets) and October 10 at Mohawk in Austin (tickets). It was announced that it would hit Fitzgerald's in Houston on 10/11, but that venue is closing at the end of August. There doesn't appear to be word yet on a new venue.

All three bands will be supporting new albums. The Sword's is High Country, which we're giving away on vinyl and CD (with a t-shirt too). More details on that HERE. More tour details and all dates HERE.

Neon Indian

Neon Indian is putting out a new album, VEGA INTL. Night School, on October 16 via Mom + Pop (his first since 2011's Era Extraña). His fall tour includes a stop in El Paso on September 12 at Lowbrow Palace, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and a Transmission Events-curated Texas leg that hits Austin on September 29 at Ghost Town, San Antonio on September 30 at Paper Tiger, Dallas on October 1 at The Bomb Factory, and Houston on October 2 at Fitzgerald's. The Dallas show is presented by Red Bull Sound Select, meaning you can get in for $3 at the door with a RSVP. Tickets for Fun Fest, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston are on sale now. Keep checking for updates on the El Paso show.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Stream "Slumlord" and "Annie" from the new album below...

Continue reading "Neon Indian playing FFF Fest & 4 other TX shows on tour"

August 14, 2015

photo: Power Trip at Red 7 during SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Power Trip at Red 7

Red 7 will be closing earlier than initially planned, closing up shop at the end of August and now all the shows that were supposed to happen at Red 7 will be moved to Sidewinder (aka the Red Eyed Fly space down the street). Reports Austin 360:

"We had kind of planned on doing a big blowout month, but once we started to get into the nitty gritty of the move out, the discussions with the two groups of people who are our landlords were getting worse and worse and worse, less friendly," Red 7 manager Tyson Swindell said Friday.

To cover their bases and ensure they were able to comply with the terms of the move out, they decided to turn the closing festivities for Red 7 into the opening celebration for Sidewinder, a new club run by a management group that includes managers of Red 7, Transmission Entertainment's Graham Williams and John Wickham from Elysium set to launch this fall. Sidewinder will take the place of Red Eyed Fly on Red River St.

Sidewinder wasn't due to open until October, which is "a little bit of a nightmare," says Red 7's Tyson Swindell but they will get it done. September shows moving to Sidewinder include the Black Lips show on 9/19.

The final show at Red 7 will now be on August 28 with Nashville Pussy, Valiant Thorr and Riverboat Gamblers (tickets) and Sidewinder opens on August 31 with Mutoid Man, Indian Handcrafts and Unmothered.

August 13, 2015

The Black Angles at Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

If you've ever been to Texas, chances are you've had Lone Star - its "national beer." Austin psych rock band The Black Angels and Old 97's are slated to play the multi-city Lone Star Beer Texas Heritage Festival this month. The festival comes to Houston on August 15 at Silver Street Studios, Dallas on August 22 at Gilley's, and Austin on August 29 at Fair Market. Also on the all-Texas bill are Grupo Fantasma, Dale Watson, and Latasha Lee & the Blackties.

The festival is free but since the event is subject to capacity, you can donate $25 for guaranteed entry. 100% of the donations will go to charity.

Continue reading "The Black Angels, Old 97's & more on free Lone Star Beer Texas Heritage Festival tour (Austin, Houston, Dallas)"