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September 1, 2015

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RIP Red 7 - Nashville Pussy & Riverboat Gamblers - 8/28/2015
RIP Red 7 - Nashville Pussy & Riverboat Gamblers - 8/28/2015
RIP Red 7 - Nashville Pussy & Riverboat Gamblers - 8/28/2015
RIP Red 7 - Nashville Pussy & Riverboat Gamblers - 8/28/2015

Five songs and roughly a half dozen stage dives into his band's farewell-to-Red 7 show on Friday night, Riverboat Gamblers singer Mike Wiebe took a short breather to consider what the night meant to him, his band, and the 600 or so fans jammed in front of the club's two stages.

After a bit of a ramble he got to the heart of the matter, that in its nine years of operation Red 7 had earned a spot on the continuum of dearly departed Austin clubs such as Emo's and Liberty Lunch. It did that, Wiebe explained, by hosting shows with acts trafficking in adventurous original music, rather than "some (expletive) Stevie Ray Vaughan cover band in one of those places a few blocks from here." - [Austin 360]

After nine years of live music, Red 7 held its final show on Friday night (8/28), offering up Red 7 regulars The Riverboat Gamblers, Sweet Talk and Spray Paint inside, and Nashville Pussy (who were joined by Gary Lindsey from Black Eyed Vermillion for a song), Valient Thorr and and Crimson Devils outside. Pictures from the last goodbye are in this post. As its two stages were the home of our SXSW parties the last few years, we are sad to see Red 7 go.

Monday night (8/31), Mutoid Man helped christen Sidewinder, Transmission's new club right down the street. Pretty amazing turnaround, seeing how the space was still Red Eyed Fly just a couple days before. The venue's next show is Wednesday (9/2) with Unearthly, Krow, Spectral Manifest, and Ayasoltec. You can check out Sidewinder's upcoming show calendar, and check out more pics from Red 7's last night, below...

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August 25, 2015

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Mother Falcon @ Empire Control Room - 8/22/2015
Mother Falcon @ Empire Control Room - 8/22/2015

More pictures and signing info over at BrooklynVegan.

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Gary Clark Jr. Taping for Austin City Limits - 8/24/2015
Gary Clark Jr. Taping for Austin City Limits - 8/24/2015

Gary Clark Jr.'s second studio full-length for Warner Bros. releases on September 11. Second taping in three years, the homegrown guitar hero previewed The Story of Sonny Boy Slim Monday on Austin City Limits. Impossible to measure its merit given last night's live bombast.

At stadium volume inside the Moody Theater, Clark debuted nine of the album's 13 tracks. Soulful, plaintive burners, live they arrived engulfed by a war zone of guitars and drums. After warming up on showstoppers "Bright Lights," "Ain't Messin 'Round," and "When My Train Pulls In," blazing from chunky to muddy to Robin Trower on the latter - which recalled Jimi Hendrix's "Machine Gun" by embodying its title (in this case a roaring locomotive) - falsettos began introducing the new material.

"First time it's all coming together," said the bluesman. [Austin Chronicle]

Just after his appearance at NYC's Afropunk Festival and shortly before his upcoming tour with Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Jr. stopped by Austin's Moody Theatre last night (8/24) for an Austin City Limits taping. It will air as part of ACL's 41st season, which kicks off on October 3 on PBS and also includes Sturgill Simpson, Courtney Barnett, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Don Henley and more.

More pictures and the setlist from last night's show, below...

Continue reading "Gary Clark Jr Taped A Show For ACLTV (pics, setlist)"

July 27, 2015

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Faith No More @ Austin Music Hall - 7/26/2015
Faith No More, Napalm Death @ Austin Music Hall - 7/26/2015

Faith No More returned this year with Sol Invictus, their first new album since 1997, and they've been on tour in support of it. That tour began a 3-night Texas run with grindcore legends Napalm Death last night at Austin Music Hall (7/26). FNM split the set up pretty well between the new album and the rest of their career, giving us old favorites like "Midlife Crisis," "Evidence," and of course, "Epic." Pictures are in this post.

The run with Napalm Death hits Dallas tonight (7/27) and Houston on Tuesday (7/28). All tour dates here.

More pictures, and FNM's setlist and a video, below...

Continue reading "Faith No More began a 3-night Texas run with Napalm Death at Austin Music Hall (pics, video, setlist)"

June 25, 2015

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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...

Continue reading "Holy Mountain closing October 1st, 2015 -- catch a final show (+++ here are some pics from 2014)"

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...

Continue reading "Courtney Barnett taped an episode of ACLTV (pics/setlist), plays Mohawk tonight with Chastity Belt and Darren Hanlon"

May 18, 2015

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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...

Continue reading "Rush celebrated their 40 years @ Austin 360 Amphitheater (pics, setlist)"

April 29, 2015

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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...

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney played a sold-out Stubb's w/ THEESatisfaction (pics, setlist)"

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.

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