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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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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 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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May 28, 2015


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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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...

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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.

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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.