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August 30, 2014

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Mineral

Reunited emo vets Mineral played a surprise show in their hometown of Austin last night (8/29) ahead of their first tour in 17 years, which begins in proper next week. The show happened at Mohawk's small inside room and Jess Williamson opened. More pictures (like the one above) and setlist at BrooklynVegan.

August 22, 2014

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@SylvanEsso just melted Austin's heart and mine. I just wish I had more room to dance in the front row! - @tallovesmusic

Austin loves @SylvanEsso. Amazing show @emosaustin. - Jennifer Sinski

Sylvan Esso & Dana Buoy @ Emo's - 8/17/2014
Sylvan Esso & Dana Buoy @ Emo's - 8/17/2014

One of the more delightful aspects of Sylvan Esso's songs is that they aren't just fun to dance to but also to sing, as the lyrics, although often a touch cryptic, are interesting and well constructed. "Coffee," the band's standout single came fourth in the setlist, and had concertgoers more engrossed than at any other point in the night. However, a good portion of the songs proved to be enthusiastic sing-alongs. With a small catalogue of songs from this young band, fans know what they're going to get at this point. What they're getting is great, and Sylvan Esso find themselves at a pivotal point where a solid sophomore effort could propel them to great heights as an dance-centric yet intelligent group. [Pop Press International]
The infectious synth-pop duo that is Sylvan Esso hit Austin last Sunday (8/17) to play a seriously impressive show at Emo's with similarly synthesizer-fixated artist Dana Buoy (of Akron/Family). The double-bill managed to exceed even the organizer's expectations, selling out Emo's after being moved from the much smaller Parish. Sylvan Esso's leading lady Amelia Meath brought her trademark swagger (and dance moves) to the show, hypnotizing the crowd into a swaying mass of amateur back-up vocalists. Traditionally solo, Buoy traded some of his sequencers and loop pedals in for a full band leading to some more rough-around-the-edges versions of his tracks. Check out photos from both sets at BrooklynVegan.

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August 5, 2014

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The Young @ The North Door - 7/25/2014
The Young, Sun God @ The North Door - 7/25/2014

Austin's own The Young have a new LP, Chrome Catus, on the way (due 8/26 via Matador), and ahead of its release they graced their hometown with a show late last month at The North Door (7/25) with Sun God. More pictures, like the one above, at BrooklynVegan.

The Young will ring in the release of the new LP with a free 5 PM in-store at Waterloo Records (8/25) the day before it officially comes out. Then, their tour includes another Austin date on September 4 at Hotel Vegas, and the tour wraps up back in Texas with a free Dallas show on September 20 at Foundry Beer Garden with the Marked Men-related Radioactivity, which is a great double bill.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Watch the video for recent single "Cry Of Tin," below...

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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.

More, with the setlist, below...

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June 8, 2014

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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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