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October 30, 2014

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Arctic Monkeys @ Cedar Park Center - 10/28/2014
Arctic Monkeys & Mini Mansions @ Cedar Park Center - 10/28/2015

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner caught the crowd at the Cedar Park Center Tuesday unaware, slinking onstage during opening act Mini Mansions and hijacking vocals from drummer (and Queens of the Stone Age bassist) Michael Shuman. Turner hinted at the 90-minute spectacle to come with a brief but seductive verse that left screaming girls in his wake.

"Thanks to Arctic Monkeys," Shuman said with good cheer. "Thanks to our fourth member."

A quarter after 9pm, the crowd surged forward, greeting the entire English quartet this time. Outstretched hands furiously photographed their every move as the rockers burst into the opening track of their fifth LP, last year's AM. His face obscured by smoke and shadows, Turner put his expression in the subtle swing of his hips. [Austin Chronicle]

Arctic Monkeys brought their current tour to Texas for a few shows, including Austin's Cedar Park Center on Tuesday (10/28) with Mini Mansions, a related band of their pals QOTSA. AM's 20-song set included most of their newest album and plenty of older favorites too.

Before they leave TX, they've got one more show in Woodlands tonight (10/30). More pictures from the Austin show, and their setlist, below...

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October 19, 2014

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Sharon Van Etten @ The Mohawk - 10/18/2014
Sharon Van Etten @ The Mohawk - 10/18/2014

Sharon Van Etten brought her tour to Mohawk on Saturday night (10/18), the same night we caught Erasure at ACL Live earlier in the night. Her parents were at the special and packed show, and in our pictures. More of those (setlist included), along with the recently released Juan Maclean remix of "Our Love", and more tour dates, below...

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Erasure @ ACL Live - 10/18/2014
Erasure & Superhumanoids @ ACL Live - 10/18/2014

Erasure played ACL Live lat night (10/18), and play a second night tonight again with opener Superhumanoids. A full set of pictures from the first night are up at BrooklynVegan.

October 16, 2014

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Ringo Starr & His All-Star Band - ACL Moody Theater - 10/12/2014
Ringo Starr & His All-Star Band - ACL Moody Theater - 10/12/2014

Scale: two nights by Paul McCartney at the Erwin Center in May versus Ringo Starr's pair of performances at the Moody Theater this week. Call it a difference of 20,000 fans. And yet, when the Beatles drummer touched off "Yellow Submarine" halfway through a two-hour set Wednesday night at the Moody Theater, it was equally - and literally - breathtaking.

Your breath caught - powerless to whatever personal nostalgia came dislodged by 1966's psychedelic U-boat. McCartney's "Blackbird" - aired this spring on Red River - evoked hush by design, but was no less as piercing as a funner Beatles ditty, "All Together Now," also boogied locally by Sir Paul. "Yellow Submarine" transcended novelty somewhere along its lifeline. Now, it simply stops you in your tracks. - [Austin Chronicle]

Ringo Starr & His All Star Band played two shows at ACL Live's Moody Theatre (October 8 &12), part of their current tour. The former Beatle played most of his hits, turning the spotlight over periodically to the other bandmembers -- including Todd Rundgren, Toto's Steve Lukather, and Mr Mister's Richard Paige -- for some of their songs. Pictures from the second ACL Live show are in this post, along with setlist from the first.

More below...

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photos by Nadia Chaudhury

Jenny Lewis @ Gruene Hall - 10/8/2014
Jenny Lewis, Nikki Lane @ Gruene Hall - 10/8/2014

In between Jenny Lewis' sets at the two ACL Fest weekends, she squeezed in a headlining Austin show at Gruene Hall on October 8 with Nikki Lane. She played a lot off her new album The Voyager, and the Rilo Kiley singer included some cuts from that band too, including "Silver Lining," "The Moneymaker," "A Better Son/Daughter" and "With Arms Outstretched."

More pictures from the show, including one of the setlist, below...

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October 15, 2014

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Pearl Jam and AFI gettin' some air
Pearl Jam

The Weekend 2 of ACL 2014 came to a close on Sunday (10/12) with sets by Pearl Jam, Spoon, Real Estate, The Gaslight Anthem, AFI, Phantogram, Lorde and more. Pictures of that day are up now on BrooklynVegan.

If you haven't yet, check out weekend 2 day 1 pics, weekend 2 day 2 pics, and all three days of weekend 1 pics.

October 12, 2014

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Interpol / Skrillex / Major Lazer
Major Lazer

The second weekend of ACL Fest 2014 continued on Saturday with sets from Eminem, Skrillex, Broken Bells, Major Lazer, Lana Del Rey, Icona Pop, The Head and the Heart, My Brightest Diamond, Interpol, Polica, Mac DeMarco and more. A set of pictures of the day are up at BrooklynVegan. Also check out weekend 2 day 1 pics, weekend 1 pics, and stay tuned for weekend 2 day 3 pics.

October 11, 2014

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Beck / Belle / Betty @ ACL Fest 10/10/2014
Belle & Sebastian

The second weekend of the 2014 ACL Festival is in mid-swing as we speak, and Friday night's W2 kickoff featured sets from Beck, Outkast, Temples, Jimmy Cliff, St. Vincent and lots more. Check out more pics from Weekend 1, Day 1 over at BrooklynVegan, and you can also check out photos from Weekend 1 of ACL. If you're not in Zilker Park, you can stream select ACL sets live. Saturday (10/11) you can watch Mac DeMarco, Interpol and Broken Bells are more.

September 26, 2014

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Drake vs Lil Wayne @ Austin360 Amphithteater - 9/6/2014
Drake vs Lil Wayne @ Austin360 Amphithteater - 9/6/2014
Drake vs Lil Wayne @ Austin360 Amphithteater - 9/6/2014
Drake vs Lil Wayne @ Austin360 Amphithteater - 9/6/2014

In between tracks the rappers soft-joshed each other. Their banter follows a storyline that has remained consistent throughout the tour. Drake touts his new energy and current hits, Weezy reps for the classics. Weezy was clearly the superior fighter, but Drake was the better lover by a long shot and he leaned on his suave skills with the ladies to win him points throughout the night. For an emotional rendition of "Hold On, We're Going Home" he rode across the crowd on a moving platform. Lil Wayne later derided it as a "stripper pole" but it undeniably endeared him to the crowd.

An hour or so in, the rappers faced off to trade verses and hooks, but even that didn't come off with the confrontational fury of a real rap battle. However, the concert did deliver on its promise of a high energy throwdown. The two rappers performed for nearly two and a half hours with only a brief break for a DJ battle which saw the beat masters take turns dropping Texas classics to hype the crowd. The show built to an explosive climax complete with pyrotechnics and sonic booms. Lil Wayne put in a furious rendition of "A Milli" and Drake blasted back with his ubiquitous 2013 banger "Started From the Bottom." []

Earlier this month, the huge Drake / Lil Wayne co-headlining tour swept through Austin for a big show at Austin 360 Amphitheater on September 6, which G-Eazy opened. Lil Wayne had the classics but Drake brought the fresh hits as the two switched off throughout the night. More pictures of the whole thing below...

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Samuel Herring reaches out @ Austin City Limits - 9/25/2014
Future Islands @ Austin City Limits - 9/25/2014

Future Islands came to Austin last night to tape their first-ever Austin City Limits performance, which included a ton of their big new album Singles like "Seasons (Waiting On You)," "Back In The Tall Grass," "Spirit" and plenty more, plus old favorites too. Did you go? If not, did you stream it live?

More pictures of the taping, and their full setlist, below...

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