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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

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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 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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April 29, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

The Who
The Who

The Who's 50th anniversary tour with support from Joan Jett rolled into Austin this week for a hits-filled show at the Frank Erwin Center. More pictures (like the one above) and both bands' setlists at BrooklynVegan.

April 23, 2015

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Sleater-Kinney w/ THEESatisfaction @ Stubb's - 4/172015
Sleater-Kinney w/ THEESatisfaction @ Stubb's - 4/172015
Sleater-Kinney w/ THEESatisfaction @ Stubb's - 4/172015

Hundreds of umbrellas littered the entrance to Stubb's and the crowd was a sea of cheap plastic ponchos and trashbags. Fans that arrived early to get a good spot or to watch R&B duo THEESatisfaction braved a couple of hours of rain. Luckily, by the time Corin, Carrie and Janet took the stage the rain was gone, and as they hit the first chords to "Price Tag" the rain was forgotten. Devotees that have followed the members' side projects during their were smashed as they launched into "Oh!" from 2002's One Beat with Corin wailing with the same primal energy as they did over a decade ago. Trading off vocal and lead guitar parts was Carrie Brownstein, arguably the most well-known member of the group, and the popularity of Portlandia cannot be understated as a catalyst toward garnering new fans for the band and most likely bringing about the end of SK's haitus. Nonetheless, seeing her onstage while her guitar roars out riff after riff, you can tell the love of what they do is what ultimately brought them back together. - [The Horn]
Just a couple days after taping an upcoming episode of Austin City Limits, Sleater-Kinney were back in town for a big show at Stubb's with their Sub Pop labelmates THEESatisfaction. Thankfully the rain stopped right before they went on. Pics and setlist from Stubb's are in this post. More below...

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April 16, 2015

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Sleater-Kinney taping for ACLTV - 4/15/2015
Sleater-Kinney taping for ACLTV - 4/15/2015

Sleater-Kinney taped an episode of Austin City Limits last night (4/15) and we've got a set of pictures and their 22-song setlist up over at BrooklynVegan. They'll be back in Austin on Friday (4/17) to play Stubb's (VIP tickets are still available).

It's been a somber week for the Austin City Limit's family: ACL's founder Bill Arhos passed away Saturday (4/11) at age 80. After paying his respects to Bill, ACL executive producer Terry Lickona reminded the packed Moody Theater that the show must go on.

Check out all of our Sleater-Kinney ACL pics, plus tour dates, over at BV.

April 12, 2015

photos by Jesse Deflorio

Leon Bridges & Autre Ne Veut @ Hype Hotel 2015
Hype Hotel
Hype Hotel

Leon Bridges may have won SXSW this year, at least according to a panel of judges:

Fort Worth soul singer Leon Bridges, Australian indie sensation Courtney Barnett and veteran Austin rock band Spoon are the winners of this year's Grulke Prizes, South by Southwest announced Tuesday.

Bridges, who skyrocketed from relative obscurity late last year when two songs posted to SoundCloud helped get him a deal with Atlantic Records, was the winner for Developing U.S. Act. He drew a beyond-capacity crowd for his SXSW showcase at St. David's Historic Sanctuary and also played shows at Hype Hotel, Spotify House and other venues. His debut album is expected to be released later this year.

Congrats Leon, Courtney and Spoon.

We already posted one set of pictures from Thursday at Hype Hotel 2015 presented by Feed the Beat, and a set of fellow SXSW winner Spoon from Tuesday. Here are three more artists we're fans of who played Thursday, in part as part of the Gorilla Vs Bear showcase at the Mazda-sponsored venue. More below...

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photos by Jesse Deflorio

Hype Hotel
Hype Hotel

If the old Spoon were at times as stiff as a starched shirt, what stood out about Tuesday's show was the spontaneity and flexibility pulsating through the band. Opening with a strutting, almost funk-informed read on "Rent I Pay," the hometown rockers barreled their way through a set long on loose grooves and limber instrumentalism. The opening bars of "Don't You Evah" were tantalizingly stretched out, its bassline strutting through ice-like sheets of guitar. It recalled the coiled anxiety of Elvis Costello's "Watching the Detectives," Britt Daniel playfully teasing out the vocal melody. "Don't Make Me a Target" stalked and creeped, building to a rapturous finale and "I Turn My Camera On" simmered and popped.

In the past, it felt like the band members were simply playing alongside each other, but at Hype Hotel they seemed to be reading each other's cues, Alex Fischel adding flowing, harplike keyboard filigrees to the end of each phrase in "Inside Out." [Diffuser]

The Tuesday headliners at Hype Hotel presented by Feed The Beat on Tuesday of SXSW this year (the Syndicate's Conflict of Interest party) was Austin's own Spoon. Pictures from their set continue below...

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April 7, 2015

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3/21/2015 --- Mew and Frank Turner @ Red 7
3/21/2015 BrooklynVegan Saturday SXSW Day Show @ Red 7
3/21/2015 BrooklynVegan Saturday SXSW Day Show @ Red 7


A full set of pictures and recap from our third of three day parties at Red 7 this SXSW, is at BrooklynVegan (all artists who played included). A second set of pictures from the show is in this post (most of the artists who played included).

Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for keeping our artists hydrated.

Check out the rest of the pictures HERE, and below...

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photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Suboi @ The Trophy Club - SXSW - 3/19/2015
Suboi @ The Trophy CLub - SXSW - 3/19/2015

Suboi, the first-ever Vietnamese artist to play SXSW, played two shows in Austin this year, part of her first-ever US tour (which also hit NYC). She played the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday, and her official showcase two days earlier at The Trophy Club. Fool's Gold-signed Sammy Bananas was her DJ at both shows. Pictures from the rapper's nighttime gig at The Trophy Club are here, and there's more of them below...

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