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July 28, 2014

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Nick Cave @ The bad Seeds @ ACL Live - 7/19/2014
Nick Cave @ The bad Seeds @ ACL Live - 7/19/2014

Dressed in black, tan chest glistening under gold chains, Cave delivered a performance without reservations Sunday evening. He jumped, thrusted, swayed, cursed, blasphemed, and crooned the packed Moody Theater for an hour's worth of crushingly loud deliverances and sexualized come-ons.

Platform extensions on both sides of the stage allowed Cave to extend himself to the audience where throngs of writhing hands lifted upwards for a quick grasp of his robes. He gave much more than that. Hands supported his slender figure as he leaned into his lustful disciples. "I saw you last night," Cave said to a blond in the front row, referring to his Saturday night performance. "At the show, of course," he clarified with a smirk. [Pop Press International]

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are continuing to support last year's Push the Sky Away on an ongoing tour with Nicole Atkins which hit Austin for an ACL Live show at Moody Theater earlier this month (7/19). Pictures from that show are in this post. They continue, with the setlist, below...

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July 16, 2014

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Tweedy - ACLTV - 6/20/2014
Tweedy - ACLTV - 6/20/2014

...Father and son (Tweedy and pop?) had just finished playing a full album's worth of new material at ACL Live along with guitarist Jim Elkington, multi-instrumentalist Liam Cunningham, bassist Darin Gray, and backing vocalists Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe of the band Lucius. It's not common for a show to begin with 14 songs no one has yet heard: "That's always fun at a concert," Tweedy acknowledged apologetically as he thanked the audience for the indulgence.

The pleasure, as it turned out, was all ours. Though Tweedy followed the new stuff with nine Wilco and Uncle Tupelo favorites played solo plus a couple of full-band ringers for an encore, it was the sneak preview of "Sukierae," the upcoming debut from the band just called Tweedy, that made the night special. [Austin 360]

The setlist from that show along with pictures from the taping (which happened back on June 20th) are in this post. Stay tuned for the episode to air on TV.

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Lionel Richie @ 360 Amphitheater - 7/10/2014
Lionel Richie @ 360 Amphitheater - 7/10/2014

Lionel Richie brought his ongoing tour to Austin for a show at 360 Amphitheater last week (7/10). It was a hits-filled set with material dating back to his Commodores days, as well as plenty of solo stuff too. "Dancing on the Ceiling," "Brick House," "All Night Long" and many more favorites were played. Pictures of the night (though unfortunately none of opener Cee Lo Green) are in this post.

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June 8, 2014

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Perfect Pussy, Swearin, Potty Mouth and Feral Future @ Red 7 - 6/4/2014
Perfect Pussy, Swearin, Potty Mouth and Feral Future @ Red 7 - 6/4/2014
Perfect Pussy, Swearin, Potty Mouth and Feral Future @ Red 7 - 6/4/2014
Perfect Pussy, Swearin, Potty Mouth and Feral Future @ Red 7 - 6/4/2014
Perfect Pussy, Swearin, Potty Mouth and Feral Future @ Red 7 - 6/4/2014

Sandwiched right in between Potty Mouth's tour with Perfect Pussy and their tour with Swearin', all three bands teamed up for a show in Austin at Red 7 last week (6/4), the only date on the tour to include all three on one bill. Opening was local Austin punks Feral Future, who made it a great quadruple bill. You may have also caught them in Austin with Perfect Pussy at Hotel Vegas in May. Pictures of all four bands are in this post.

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June 3, 2014

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Jack White / Wu Tang / Die Antwoord
FPSF 2014 - Day 2
FPSF 2014 - Day 2
FPSF 2014 - Day 2

The gooey ground created a nice open space to get close to the Mars stage for anyone who didn't care about clean ankles and also gave the few dedicated (or more likely, inebriated) Free Presstonians a chance to cover each other in mud kisses to the tune of Jack White's playful ditty "We're Going to Be Friends."

Yep. That display really did happen, and it was just as precious as it sounds in print.

Despite the liberties the small tribe of mud people took with what nature gave us on Sunday, I left the festival wondering what it would have taken to get more people in the mud during Jack White's set to celebrate the end of the most eventful Free Press Summer Fest since its early years. [Culture Map Houston]

Houston's Free Press Summer Fest wrapped up with its second day on Sunday (6/1), still muddy from the rain that plagued the first day. This time we got sets from Jack White, Wu-Tang Clan, Die Antwoord, Lauryn Hill, The Kills and more. Pictures of day 1 are here and pictures of day 2 are in this post.

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June 2, 2014

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Vampire Weekend / Deftones / King Khan
FPSF 2014 - Day 1
FPSF 2014 - Day 1
FPSF 2014 - Day 1

Houston's annual Free Press Summer Fest went down over the weekend, kicking off on Saturday (5/31) with sets from Vampire Weekend, Deftones, King Khan, Anamanaguchi, The Orwells, Flosstradamus, Classixx, CHVRCHES, Mariachi El Bronx, Jana Hunter and more. The festival was briefly evacuated around 2 PM due to flood warnings, but it reopened two hours later and was still a blast.

Pictures of day 1 are in this post and they continue below...

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May 29, 2014

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Valerie June taping an episode of Austin City Limits - 5/28/2014
Valerie June taping an episode of Austin City Limits - 5/28/2014

Powerhouse vocalist Valerie June has been playing a number of shows and festivals this year, and last night (5/28) she played Austin for a taping of Austin City Limits TV, which is currently in its 40th season. Her set included a few covers, like Muddy Waters' "Rollin' & Tumblin'" and Carter Family's "Happy or Lonesome," and she was joined by Binky Griptite of The Dap-Kings who Valerie toured with this year. Pictures of the ACLTV taping are in this post.

The night before the taping, Valerie also played an intimate Austin show at Stubb's indoors. More pics from ACLTV below...

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May 27, 2014

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Morrissey @ The Majestic, Dallas - 5/22/2014
Morrissey w/ Kristeen Young @ The Majestic, Dallas - 5/22/2014

"The question I have to ask is: Where the hell did those 32 years go?"

So began Steven Patrick Morrissey's 55th-birthday set at the Majestic Theater in downtown Dallas, his long-awaited return following two cancellations last year due to, among other things, a bout of double pneumonia, a bleeding ulcer and something called Barrett's esophagus, in case you need a band name. He was referring, of course, to those long-ago days in The Smiths, formed in 1982 when Morrissey met Johnny Marr. What else are milestone birthdays for if not the brief wistful glance backward?

But that beloved band remains very much a distant memory for Morrissey: His tidy, occasionally jarring 17-song set list Thursday night consisted of only three Smiths offerings, among them the band's very first single ("Hand in Glove," emerging from its time capsule almost unaltered) and "Asleep," the grim B-side to the 1985 single "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" said to have been performed only once live by the band.

The latter was a strange offering with which to begin to begin an abbreviated, two-song encore: "There is another world/There is a better world," moans the suicidal narrator accompanied only by a piano playing a lullaby's melody. "Well, there must be." But the faithful (and is there any other kind of Morrissey fan?) reveled in its desolate beauty. What is a Moz show, after all, if not a chance for a thousand people to get together and feel good about feeling awful? - [The Dallas Morning News]

Morrissey celebrated turning 55 in Dallas last week (5/22/2014) at The Magestic Theater, one of three Texas shows on his current tour. Dallas got a bunch of songs from his soon-to-be-released World Peace is None of Your Business and probably not enough '80s-era classics for most fans. (No cheeky inclusion of "Unhappy Birthday," either.)

Two days later, Moz hit Austin Music Hall (5/24) for a sold-out show. Pics setlist and video from that are on BrooklynVegan. Setlist and pics from the Dallas show -- plus ones of opener Kristeen Young -- are below.

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May 9, 2014

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

War on Drugs / Mikal Cronin / Higgis WBMB / Panda Bear @ Austin Psych Fest 5/4/2014
Austin Psych fest Day 3 - 5/4/2014
Austin Psych fest Day 3 - 5/4/2014
Austin Psych fest Day 3 - 5/4/2014
Austin Psych fest Day 3 - 5/4/2014

At dusk, Mikal Cronin began his performance on the Reverberation stage. A few fans ran from either the swing tree, hammocks, or other shows to catch the hardworking Los Angelian. Smoke clouds appeared on stage and on the screen backdrop. Once the band got started, the members went all out and thrashed their long hair around. Cronin requested that the sound system "blast the drums and guitar." Blue lights cast upon the stage and audience as he performed "Apathy" off of 2011's self-titled album. Throughout the set there was crowd surfing, dancing, clapping plenty of hollering. At one point, Cronin brought one of his friends on stage and serenaded her "Happy Birthday." She threw cupcakes into the audience and shoved one in the guitarist's face. The fans loved it. - [mxdwn.com]
Austin Psych Fest 2014 came to a close on Sunday (5/4) with sets from The War on Drugs, Mikal Cronin, wild Japanese/UK quartet Bo Ningen, reunited Brits Loop, Animal Collective's electronic wizard Panda Bear, TV on the Radio offshoot Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, and more. Pictures from the final day of APF are in this post.

Pictures from Austin Psych Fest day 1 are here and day 2 are here. More from day 3 below...

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Bombino / Temples / Mono / Medicine @ Austin Psych Fest 5/3/2014
Austin Psych fest Day 2  - 5/3/2014
Austin Psych fest Day 2  - 5/3/2014
Austin Psych fest Day 2  - 5/3/2014
Austin Psych fest Day 2  - 5/3/2014

Medicine closed out Saturday perfectly with their abrasive yet eclectically catchy guitar tones. When they abruptly announced that they had played their last song the crowd sprang to life, clapping and shouting loud enough that the powers at be had no choice but to let them do another song. Brad Laner launched into an extended tape gouging harmonic introduction to "Aruca," the single off their first album. The crowd danced along, hopping up and down and trying to recreate the reaction their heyday audiences had in their video for "The Pink." This experience sums up what Psych Fest gets right: an eager commemoration to a niche musical history and present that might otherwise be overlooked. - [Read The Horn]
Day 2 of Austin Psych Fest (5/3) was a good example of the wide variety of "psych" you get at APF, be it the pop Bolan-isms of Temples, reformed shoegazers Medicine's metallic white noise, Tuareg guitarist Bombino, Japanese rockers Mono, the groovy goth of The Horrors, or the pure muscle of Destruction Unit. We already published pictures of The Horrors set but we've got pics from the rest of those bands and lots more of Saturday's action in this post.

Pictures from day 1 are here. More from day 2 are below...

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