Entries tagged with: Destruction Unit
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
Bombino / Temples / Mono / Medicine @ Austin Psych Fest 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...
Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As you may know, Chaos In Tejas is returning (it just won't be a "giant fest" this year), and the initial 2014 lineup was just announced, including Floor, Destruction Unit, Parquet Courts, Radioactivity, Nothing, Protomartyr, Beth Israel, Back to Back, Glue, Institute, Marshstepper, Deskonocidos (reunion) and many more. It takes place across multiple Austin venues from May 29 to June 1. More bands, venues & other details TBA.
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher
Coachwhips / Destruction Unit @ Beerland - 3/15/2014 SXSW
We walked into Beerland for this unofficial show on the last night of SXSW (3/15) as local hardcore band Wiccans were tearing things up to a mosh-happy crowd. Unfortunately, we didn't get any pics of them, but we did get shots of the next three bands -- Technicolor Teeth, Destruction Unit and Coachwhips -- which are in this post.
Technicolor Teeth, whose drummer also sings in Tenement, brought a similar aggression to that band, but heavier on the shoegaze and psych elements. That made for a perfect transition into Destruction Unit, whose intense psychedelic punk and thrilling live show made for some of the best sets we saw at SXSW (we also caught them at Red 7 a day earlier and outside of Beerland two days before that.)
Finally, John Dwyer's pre-Thee Oh Sees band Coachwhips, who had reunited for SXSW, wrapped up the show playing on the floor in the corner near the bar. I couldn't see the band myself (though I had a pretty good idea of what was going on thanks to the previous night's bridge show), but I could definitely see the crowd entirely surrounding the band and going wild.
More pictures below...
FPSF 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Houston's Free Press Summer Festival returns for its sixth year on May 31 and June 1 in Eleanor Tinsley Park. The lineup was just announced and it includes Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Lauryn Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, Deftones, The Kills, Die Antwoord, Chvrches, tUnE-yArDs, Washed Out, Flosstradamus, Sky Ferreira, First Aid Kit, Mariachi El Bronx, King Khan & the Shrines, Flatbush Zombies, The Orwells, Destruction Unit, Syd Arthur, Jana Hunter, Pinkish Black and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Additional artists have been announced for the 2014 edition of Austin Psych Fest, which goes down from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch. Those additions include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.
They'll be joining previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more, but unfortunately not Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour. APF Tickets are still available.
There will also be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.
Updated lineup and flyer below...
Psych punk ragers Destruction Unit just wrapped up a European tour, and before returning home to Arizona, they'll stop off in Austin for a show TONIGHT (11/22) at North Door. $3 tickets for tonight's show are on sale now, so if you need cheap last-minute plans tonight, D Unit has your fix. The band says, "Jock Club will be DJing all night and if Glue shows up they might play. Or maybe someone else will play instead. Could be you!"
They have other upcoming dates too.
Destruction Unit at Chaos In Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Psychedelic noise-punk band Destruction Unit already have two releases out this year (Void and the Two Strong Hits 7-inch) and another on the way. Their anticipated LP, Deep Trip, is expected to drop on August 20 via Sacred Bones. We're patiently waiting.
Destruction Unit recently came to Austin to play SXSW and Chaos In Tejas, and they're already coming back for more on a tour with with fellow fuzzed-out punk rockers, Milk Music (who were here for SXSW too). The two bands will play Houston on June 27 at Mangos, McAllen on June 28 at Thirsty Monkey, and Austin on June 29 at Beerland. The Young and La URSS also play the Austin show. Tickets for all three shows will be available at the door.
Tour dates and more at BrooklynVegan. Check out live performances in Austin from both bands below...
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Destruction Unit / Merchandise at Cheer Up Charlies, 6/1/2013
The third day of Chaos in Tejas (6/1) featured a killer late afternoon show at Cheer Up Charlies featuring bands from across the globe that dabbled in the outer reaches of punk. Featuring a headlining set from The Men, the outdoor show had fans sweating it out to the likes of Merchandise, Total Control, Destruction Unit, and Lower (their first US show). Pictures from Cheer Up Charlies are in this post.
As discussed on BrooklynVegan, 2013 will be our second year of Pedestrian Bridge shows (Narrows played last year)... but this time on BV and Chaos in Tejas will welcome Destruction Unit, Merchandise and Parquet Courts! This FREE, all-ages show kicks off at 2AM tonight, March 14th (technically 3/15 in the AM) on the Pedestrian Bridge (Lamar & Riverside).
Bruise Cruise at NXNE in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Panache Booking is returning to Austin for a number of SXSW events, kicking off with a Bruise Cruise on Monday (3/11), followed by an unofficial kickoff party at Tillery Park on Tuesday, an acoustic show at Flatstock Stage on Thursday, their official showcase on Friday at Hotel Vegas across four stages, and for those sticking around on Sunday there's a hangover party at Beerland which runs all day (11:30 AM to 2 AM on Monday) with tons of bands and free bloody marys, and an official closing party with Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off at Emo's Jr.
Flyers (with full lineups) for all Panache shows and the schedules for some, below...
Neil Young & Crazy Horse @ ACL 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
Kyle compiled a list of food while his bandmate Hans compiled a list of his favorite shows of 2012, most of them in Austin. See the whole list, which has some crossover with his booking agent Timmy Hefner's list, below...
Chelsea Light Moving at Sled Island 2012 (more by Zach Pollack)
With Sonic Youth's future looking cloudy these days, Thurston Moore has turned some of his attention to his new group, Chelsea Light Moving . The band haven't played very many shows to date, but will make their Texas debut at the 35 Denton Music Festival which takes place March 7 - 10 in Denton, TX. Four-day wristbands and "fast track" passes are on sale now.
Chelsea Light Moving is one of a few recent additions to Denton 35's 2013 line-up and other just-added artists include Emeralds, Poolside, MC Antwon, White Lung, The Coathangers, Shannon and the Clams, Delicate Steve, Idiot Glee and Fossil Collective. Full list of announced acts is below.
Chaos in Tejas have announced their impressive first pass of artists for the 2013 edition over at BrooklynVegan, and it includes both an exclusive Final Conflict appearance (1988 lineup!) and an appearance from the legendary Bolt Thrower! Also on board are names like Terveet Kadet (Finland), Integrity, Manilla Road, Abigail (Japan), Merchandise, Kromosom (Australia), Lower, Cruciamentum and others. Passes for the May 30 - June 2 festival go on sale on Oct 8.