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photo: Spray Paint @ Red 7's final show (more by Tim Griffin)
Spray Paint

Austin's annual Free Week will actually be 10 days this year, with free shows happening every night at Mohawk, The Sidewinder, and The New Movement from January 1 - 10. This year's lineup, featuring mostly Austin bands, has been announced and includes Ringo Deathstarr, Sweet Spirit, Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit), Surfer Blood, Spray Paint, Residual Kid, Indian Jewelry, Leftover Crack, American Sharks, Golden Dawn Arkestra, and lots lots more. There will also be comedy events this year.

The 2016 Free Week schedule will be released December 18. Until then, check out the lineup of bands playing. below...

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Austin's 2015 Fun Fun Fun Fest announced its comedy stage and day-by-day lineup, and put single-day tickets on sale today.

The comedy stage includes Tig Notaro, Doug Benson, Eric Andre, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Sabrina Jalees, Jonah Ray and Kurt Braunohler. "Additionally, GZA will explain "the science of hip-hop", Andrew W.K. will lead a motivational speaking lecture, and Big Freedia will be giving the festival audience twerking lessons."

Single-day tickets are on sale at the festival's website. Check out the daily lineups below...

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Fun Fun Fun Fest happens November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores and the amazing lineup is now announced! Check it out here and get your tickets here.

Free Week

It's now 2014, which means Free Week is about to be underway in Austin. Like in years past, a bunch of mostly local bands will be playing free shows in local venues from January 2-January 11. This year the shows will happen at Mohawk, Red 7, Holy Mountain, Beerland, and more.

Shows this year include What Made Milwaukee Famous at Mohawk (1/3), Hundred Visions at Hotel Vegas (1/3), OBN IIIs at Beerland (1/3), American Sharks at Hotel Vegas (1/4), Dikes of Holland at Beerland (1/8), Ringo Deathstarr and Black Books at Mohawk (1/10), and tons of other shows, all for free. Browse our Austin show calendar for more.

More info on flyers below...

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photos by Sarah Linder

Smashing Pumpkins / The Sword
Red Bull / Sound Select / Break Music on March 16th
Red Bull / Sound Select / Break Music on March 16th

Wrapping up a week of Red Bull Sound Select shows in Austin during SXSW (but not part of SXSW), Smashing Pumpkins played Saturday night (3/16) at with The Sword, Girl in a Coma and Austin's Ringo Deathstarr opening. Unlike the other Red Bull Sound Select shows during the week (which were by Gatsby's), the Billy Corgan-led band played at 310 E. 3rd St, a location that was revealed not long before the show, and which was easily recognizable by the huge line outside after it was announced. Pictures are in this post.

Other "120 Hours in Austin" Red Bull Sound Select shows featured Best Coast, Master P, John McCauley and Friends (featuring Deer Tick), Geto Boys, and more. Opening bands are part of the Red Bull Sound Select program and could also be found playing similar shows that happened with bigger headliners in Chicago, L.A., New York, and Nashville.

More pictures from Saturday's show are below.

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New Years Eve

We've got less than a week to go and if you're still getting your New Year's Eve plans together, here is a number of concert options in Austin.

TX chillwaver Neon Indian returns to town, and as mentioned, is playing an outdoor show at Mohawk with Silent Diane and S U R V I V E. The show will have "New Year's Eve libations provided by your host at midnight, neon cocktails, tarot card reader, confetti cannons, toasting & more info to come!" Tickets are on sale now.

Local country legend Willie Nelson and friends are playing two nights (12/30-31) at Moody Theater with support from The Mavericks on night one and Iron & Wine on night two (aka NYE). Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are available.

Synth/psych legend Silver Apples is playing "a psychedelic new year's eve celebration in space" at The Museum of Human Achievement with some solid support from Zorch, Xander Harris, SLEEP OVER, Amphibian Lark, and Soundfounder. Tickets for that show are on sale.

Old school hardcore bands Adolescents and Youth Brigade are playing an outdoor show at Red 7 with American Heist and Lower Class Brats. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Ringo Deathstarr are teaming up with Japanther for a NYE show at Frontier Bar with The Boxing Lesson, Megafauna, Residual Kid, and M.

A bunch of good bands will be teaming up for a show at Cheer Up Charlie's including Deep Time, Hundred Visions, Love Inks, The Sour Notes, Mirror Travel, Pompeii, The Laughing, and a DJ set by DJ S.I.R. to close out the night. The first 100 drinks will be sponsored by Tito's Vodka and there's a champagne toast at midnight. $5 at the door.

Three Austin venues Hotel Vegas, The Volstead, and Pine Street Station will be presenting a 1984-themed NYE party with the music of New Order, The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Gang of Four, Adam Ant, Violent Femmes, X, Prince and The Revolution, Gary Numan, The Go-Go's, Van Halen, The Smiths, Gun Club, Spinal Tap, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Replacements, Tina Turner, Run DMC, Dead Kennedy's & George Thorogood...performed by members of: Bad Lovers, Dikes of Holland, Dead Space, Windsor for The Derby, The Pharaohs, Holy Wave, The Bad Lovers, Foreign Mothers, Feral Future, The Nouns, Poor People, Sexploits, P-Tek, American Sharks, Sweat Lodge, Lola Cola, Bobby Jealousy, Naw Dude, Ugly Beats, DD Dagger, December Boys, Moonlight Towers, Strange Attractors, Crisis Hotlines, Gory Details, Ghost Knife, Church Shoes, Tijuana Bible, Space Camp, Sweet Talk, Motel Ball Band, Ghetto Ghouls, and These Are Words. Tickets, which gain you access to all three venues, are on sale now. There will be two vans to shuttle you between the venues. More info HERE. Trailer video below.

Altercation Comedy is presenting an End of Days Bash at The New Movement Theater with Chris Cubas, Jake Flores, Rise Against's Zach Blair, Krum Bums' Dave Rodriguez, Mack Lindsay, The Lizard Man, Satan from Stanhope's Unbookables, open mic lap dance with Burning Angel XXX star Miss Genocide, and more. Altercation Comedy's JT Habersaat will be hosting. Tickets are available.

The Red Eyed Fly is hosting two shows: one outside with Mike Truth & The Replacement Killers, Gidzillah, Agave Love, and Audiolight ($5 adults/$8 minors); and a free show indoors with Kingdom, Black Ladder, and Estelline. Both shows are all ages.

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears are playing Emo's East with Jesse Dayton and Wild Child. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Austin's Quiet Company will be performing at a NYE celebration on the second floor of the W Hotel, which also includes a live set by The Tontons and DJ sets by I Wanna Be Her and Bird Peterson. Tickets gain you access to the music, plus dinner, an open bar, and a midnight toast. VIP tickets incude a meet and greet with the artists, complimentary valet parking, and "premium bar offerings."

Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma, who have backed GZA on tour a few times recently, are playing Beauty Ballroom with Foot Patrol. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

T Bird and the Breaks and Henry and the Invisibles are playing Stubb's BBQ (indoors). Tickets for that show are on sale.

What did we miss?

Head to Showlist Austin and Do512 for more.

In NYC or Chicago? We have guides for those too (at the links).

Trailer video for the 1984 party below...

Continue reading "A guide to New Year's Eve shows in Austin (Willie Nelson, Silver Apples, Neon Indian, Ringo Deathstarr, a 1984 dance party & more)"

by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Residual Kid @ Frontier Bar - 8/18/2012
Residual Kid @ Frontier Bar - 8/18/2012

On 8/18, Ringo Deathstarr played a pre-tour show The Frontier Bar in East Austin with Spiritual Wives, Residual Kid, The Boxing Lesson, and The Well. Missed The Well's early set, but arrived just as The Boxing Lesson took the stage (coverage of Ringo Deathstarr's and Spiritual Wives' sets over in another post).

Residual Kid. who will be playing FunFunFun 7, are indeed kids, but there's no question about their skill, commitment, and talent. They even covered the drum kit for The Boxing Lesson's set.

They're not new to the game either. Their current incarnation is at least their second line-up. From their Facebook page:

Residual Kid is comprised of musicians Ben Redman (drums), Deven Ivy (guitar) and Max Redman (bass), who have a penchant for face-melting alternative rock!

The Austin music scene is rife with musicians some of whom have been playing music for most of their lives as well as eager amateurs, all trying to rise above the fray and obtain some recognition for their art, scratch out a living, while trying to avoid the dreaded velvet coffin. The members of Residual Kid have been playing music for most of their lives and thrust themselves into this scene a few years ago, aspiring to play music that reflects their diverse influences, while bringing something new and fresh to music fans in Austin and beyond.

Every band experiences the highs and lows of the music business, and Residual Kid haven't been immune to either. Years of gigging around town in any club they could get a show while fine tuning their original material, the band began to reap the rewards of their hard work in 2011. A fresh set of songs on their debut EP, television appearances, bigger shows with cool Austin bands, and media attention began to feel the rewards of hard work and dedication. Then...everything changed. The departure of the band's primary singer and contributing songwriter at the peak, caused a pause in the Winter of 2011.

After some serious consideration, the three original members Ben, Deven, and Max decided to regroup, refocus, and redefine the sound of Residual Kid. Just a few months out of the scene, the band returned to the stage with new material and a new sound, much to the approval of their old fans and gaining new fans rapidly. The band's sound reflects that music that has proven inspirational in their lives, raw, punk-inspired, sonic, and at times complex in structure. Heading into Summer of 2012, the band has experienced a few months of great shows, with a full plate of activity awaiting them. A recording session with The Bubble's Frenchie Smith is on the books for July along with some exciting shows...

Ben Redman, Max Redman and Deven Ivy are destined to play music for the rest of their lives..and if that doesn't work out, there's always skateboarding.

More pictures from both The Boxing Lesson's & Residual Kid's performances below...

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by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Ringo Deathstarr (joined by Jason Reece) @ Frontier Bar - 8/18/2012
Ringo Deathstarr @ Frontier Bar - 8/18/2012

Ringo Deathstarr, who recently released a new song, are about to head overseas for a tour, but on Saturday, 8/18, they played a hometown Austin show at Frontier Bar with Spiritual Wives, Residual Kid, The Boxing Lesson, and The Well. Pictures of the first two are in this post (more pics from the show HERE).

Spiritual Wives features members of Tia Carrera (Erik Conn), Pack of Wolves (Trey Ramirez), Curse the Heavens (Alec Padron), and ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead (Jason Reece). (Speaking of ...Trail of Dead, they're going on tour too.)

Ringo Deathstarr's Elliott Frazier, Daniel Coborn, and Galexy Gehring put on a great show (Jason Reece joined for a song, too), and now head down to Brazil for the first leg of their international tour - then Japan. They'll be back in the states in September for more touring, but this was likely the last Austin performance until December 2012. All dates, and more pictures, below...

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Ringo Deathstarr

Listen to "Rip", the first single off Ringo Deathstarr's upcoming album 'Mauve' (out 9/11 via via Club AC30/Sonic Unyon in the US), with more LP details. below....

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JULY 18th, 2012
Details on the amp at Facebook.

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Tim Griffin

The Drums / Wedding Present (by Tim)
BV Free Day Show - Thursday @ Hotel Vegas on 3/15/2012
BV Free Day Show - Thursday @ Hotel Vegas on 3/15/2012

BrooklynVegan's Hotel Vegan, located at Austin venues Hotel Vegas & Volstead Lounge, began at noon back on Thursday, 3/15/2012, on three stages in partnership with M For Montreal. One of those stages was the BV Austin stage which you already saw a full set of pictures from. Here are some more from all the stages.

Like on Friday and all four days, we served complimentary HobNob Wines. We also proudly passed out Sailor Jerry drinks.

Special thanks to Supercuts who were giving out free haircuts all day and to our official backline providers Vox, Blackstar and Korg, and thank you to ASCAP, and to NadaMoo for supplying free vegan treats, and to Honest Tea for the tea.

Bill talked about a lot of this day,. The full set of pictures, slightly beleated, from the entire SXSW Thursday at Hotel Vegan, below...

Continue reading "#HotelVegan Day 2 pics (The Drums, This Will Destroy You, Wedding Present, Glen Hansard, Of Monsters & Men & more)"

by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Alex Maas of The Black Angels @ Psych Fest 2012 (4/27/2012)
psychfest2012 Day 1 @ Emo's and Beauty Ballroom - 4/27/2012

Austin Psych Fest continues today, Saturday, 4/28, at Emo's East and Beauty Ballroom where it started yesterday. Check the full schedule HERE.

I arrived on Friday in time to catch Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter's project Lotus Plaza, missed Psychic Ills, but then caught everyone else until the end which meant I saw Lotus Plaza tour-mates (featuring Steve Shelly from Sonic Youth on Drums) Disappears, locals Sleep Over and Ringo Deathstarr and fest co-founders The Black Angels, as well as Dead Meadow, Sun Araw and Peaking Lights. Pictures from all of that, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield & Tim Griffin

Ringo Deathstarr @ Hotel Vegan (by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Volstead Lounge

"One of my favorite Austin bands, Ringo Deathstarr, do the shoegaze thing better just about any current band. Good and loud!" - Bill Pearis
The BV Austin stage was located inside Volstead Lounge at Hotel Vegan on Thursday, 3/15, during SXSW, and though the schedule looked like this: 12:15 Love Inks, 1:00 Feathers, 1:45 Gashcat, 2:30 Ringo Deathstarr, 3:15 Silent Diane, 4:00 The Young, and 5:00 Ume, we actually moved Ume on to the Hotel Vegas inside stage to accomodate more people and a certain TV camera crew for their set. It was still intimate though, or to quote, Anthony Bourdain, it was "A shitload of rawk in a tiny little room!"

Galexy Gehring of Ringo Deathstarr, who PACKED the room at 2:30, was a trooper and played two sets during the day. The first was with Feathers at 1:00. Bill Pearis wrote:

Feathers have barely been together six months but they have clearly spent that time practicing. They have it together and this was one of my favorite sets of the week. Most of their material is of the gothy electro variety, they opened with a Norman Greenbaum-style glammy stomper that I really dug. A lot of instrument switching showcased most of the members of the band.
Special thanks to Love Inks for starting the day off so early. A noon slot is never easy, but they handled it with grace. Catch them during the evening hours on April 17 at Mohawk after Chairlift.

Gaschat played a great set of Neutral Milk Hotel-like jams, much like they did later that day at the Sub Pop official SXSW showcase. NPR likes them too, but not their name.

With three stages running at the same time at 'Hotel Vegan', I would miss a band or two, and sadly Silent Diane was one of them, but Tim, Amanda and a SPIN photographer made sure to catch them though. I also missed Silent Diane's set later that night at Neon Indian's label showcase, but hope to see them on their upcoming massive tour.

At 4:00, The Young rocked a BrooklynVegan party for the 2nd day in a row. Their first BV set was the night before at Bar 96. Catch them when they open for Frankie Rose & DIVE (both artists who also played Hotel Vegan) at Red 7 on April 14.

Special thanks to a Sailor Jerry, HobNob Wines, and Honest Tea for providing refreshments. Thanks also to our backline partners Korg, Vox, and Blackstar Amplification for helping make the sound happen.

Check out more pictures from the whole BV Austin portion of the day, below...

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by Bill Pearis

The Evaporators (picture by Brent Crane)

Friday was the craziest day of SXSW in terms of sheer overload of people. Many of those people were very, very drunk and cared little about music. Will get to that later. Here's my day chronologically.

Young Man
Young Man

An alarm malfunction had me off to a late start. Before heading over to our day party, I made a quick stop at the Hype Hotel just to see what it was all about. Young Man were on stage who left almost zero impression, but the lighting ($250,000 worth!), designed by the Cirque du Soleil lighting designer, sure did. Wow. Bands look and sound great (or as great as they can given the varying level of talent they have) on that stage. They were giving out those Doritos tacos there and I admit I tried one (tasted almost exactly like a regular Taco Bell taco) but felt guilty about it in much the same way I'd feel guilty about eating Pizza Hut in Brooklyn.

Youth Lagoon
Youth Lagoon

Then it was a dash across 6th St to our third day of Hotel Vegan (presented by HobNob Wines). The streets were already crowded at 2pm. I made it time to catch duo Youth Lagoon whose mellow set fit with my not-quite-awake-yet demeanor. Did I just see Becky from Friday Night Lights?


Doldrums set woke me up. Up until very recently, Doldrums was just Airick Woodhead and a table full of samplers, old keyboards and wires. He's now put the "drums" in Doldrums with two percussionists and they made a wild racket. Organized chaos that teetered on the brink of collapse. Some people found it confounding, to me...compelling.


Widowspeak were the first of three bands who played our party Friday that are on Captured Tracks. (DIVE and Craft Spells would be the others.) Molly Hamilton gets compared to Hope Sandoval a lot, and they both do have that sultry breathy vocal quality but Mazzy Starr never got up enough speed for song like Widowspeak's "Fir Coat."


I caught only the last song of Exitmusic and wished I'd seen the whole set, it was terrific: swelling, swooning pop. I spent the whole time asking myself where I knew the lead singer from. Did she work at a bar in my neighborhood? Was she a customer at the video store where I sometimes clerk? Duh, Aleksa Palladino was on Boardwalk Empire as Michael Pitt's wife. Given how good they are, hard to say which is her day job. After that was Toronto's Zeus who fit the vibe of the Volstead perfectly with their late-'60s Britpop sound. Very Zombies and Kinks, with some killer electric piano.

Django Django
Django Django

I'm a one man Django Django streat team, I know, but they are my favorite new band in quite some time and was really happy to have them on the main stage Friday. They have a lot of gear but managed to get it all in place pretty quickly and were in top form, getting the crowd dancing for "Default" and "WOR." It was their last show of the day so they hung out, played toss-across in the yard, posed in our Smilebooth, and checked out some of the other bands.

The Evaporators
The Evaporators

The other big highlight of the day for me was The Evaporators on the inside stage. I'd seen them play three years before completely by chance but this time I knew what I was for, and tried to get as many people to see Nardwuar's interactive concert experience. At one point, one group of people were holding him up while another group were holding his organ (hello!) while he played it... and then he soon climbed on top of it. There were costume changes, group singalongs, question and answer sessions and a lot of really fun garage punk. One of my Top 5 sets of SXSW 2012. Tangentially, have you seen Nardwuar's interview with A$AP Rocky?


While Bleached won Most Shows of SXSW 2012 with approximately 20 performances, Cole Smith probably did more shows between playing in Beach Fossils and DIVE, the latter of whom played our day party Friday. I'm not sure how many shows he'd played by that point but the DIVE's energy was unflagging and played a great set. One of Brooklyn's best new bands.

Light Asylum
Light Asylum

I associate the music of Light Asylum with dark clubs, smoke machines and strobes... none of which were on the mid-afternoon, outdoor stage where they played (right before Black Angels). But Light Asylum did just fine, thanks to big booming beats and the ultramagnetic charisma of Shannon Funchess. She just commands the stage and dances up a storm.

Craft Spells
Craft Spells

It was also a danceparty for Craft Spells' set on the Volstead stage, albeit of the indiepop variety. As I mentioned in Wednesday's recap, Craft Spells have gotten super tight in the last year and have developed a nice, dedicated following. They are killing it in the nicest way possible.

Moonmen on the Moon, Man
Moonmen on the Moon Man

So begins the disappointing evening program...though not just yet. My 8PM slot I went to the Cake Shop showcase at the Iron Bear for the night's openers Moonmen on the Moon, Man and it was the best I'd ever seen them. (The band features one of the owners of the NYC club/label whose showcase it was.) Playing weird '80s headless guitars (you know, like Lou Reed uses), the band sped through set of punchy indie punk, a la countless '80s college radio bands. I went partially to show support for a friend's band on the tough early slot but the Iron Bear comes with its own built-in clientele who seemed to be enjoying the band even if they were unfamiliar.

Little Roy
Little Roy

Then my friend Chris and I tried to go see the dB's at BD Riley's which is normally an Irish bar and was packed with regulars watching the Notre Dame game, so the line for fans of the dB's snaked long and unmoving out the door. After waiting 20 minutes we decided to go to the Driskill to catch Reggae legend Little Roy who put out a surprisingly entertaining album of Nirvana covers the year before. He sounded just fine but the crowd was the worst, a bunch of drunks who had no idea who he was, talked through most of his set till they realized he was doing "Come As You Are" and began high-fiving each other. We stayed for a few songs and made a hasty exit.


We then headed East to go catch Philadelphia's Tough Shits at the Liberty but stopped at 512 to catch a couple songs from Montreal's Parlovr (who'd played our day party the day before but I missed them). It was guitarist Alex's birthday and the band were in good mood and form. We then power-walked over to the Liberty only to find the place at capacity, which I found unbelievable but the line proved us wrong. So we decided instead go to the Clive Bar. A lot of walking Friday.

New Build
New Build

So Clive Bar in the Rainey St district it was to catch Hot Chip offshoot New Build. We got in no problem though the club was way, way over capacity. You could barely move. Things were running late, MNDR was just finishing up, and we worked our way down by the stage during the changeover. New Build took forever to set up and were plagued with sound problems. Al Doyle seemed very frustrated. Felix, the other Hot Chip member in New Build, didn't make the tour as he's sick (he's missed Hot Chip tours in the past too). Finally playing, I joked on Twitter "New Build finally on at Clive Bar, opening with a song that I think is called 'More MPCs to the Drummer.' Maybe not." Once they got going it was a great set, as you'd imagine when the frontman plays in Hot Chip and toured with LCD Soundsystem. A major danceparty, especially for new single "Do You Not Feel Loved?"


Then it was back to 6th St. madness, specifically Planet Quebec (aka club Spill) for Montreal's Automelodi. Xavier Paradis, the man in the band, was also having equipment problems but soldiered through. Most of the crowd was there to drink, though, including one guy who was doing firebreathing tricks. Automelodi were maybe a little too effete for this crowd which danced but often mockingly. I'd had enough of these types and headed back to the Iron Bear for the last of the Cake Shop showcase.

Bleeding Rainbow
Bleeding Rainbow

Bleeding Rainbow were on their last couple songs when I got to the Iron Bear. A year ago, the Philadelphia band were a duo (still with the name Reading Rainbow) but added a member last fall and then changed their name. Now... they're a four-piece and sounded fierce!

Ringo Deathstarr
Ringo Deathstarr

Ringo Deathstarr were fierce as well, plus very loud. Not DZ Deathrays loud, but close. Last band of the night. Nite owl bus nuttiness awaited.

by Bill Pearis

Half Moon Run
Half Moon Run

After getting in late Wednesday, Thursday was my first full day in Austin, and maybe the best, music-wise. Daylight hours were spent at the second of our day parties at Hotel Vegas which we dubbed Hotel Vegan. I was running a little late so I missed Iceland's Of Monsters and Men, but we were running late on one of the inside stages, so I got there in time to see Montreal's Half Moon Run (today was the day we teamed up with M For Montreal). Three-part harmonies, intermingling guitar parts, bonus percussion -- it's a little Radiohead by way of '60s folk rock. Their debut album, Dark Eyes, is out next week.


The Volstead Stage at Hotel Vegan was dubbed the BV Austin stage on Thursday with all local bands. Feathers have barely been together six months but they have clearly spent that time practicing. They have it together and this was one of my favorite sets of the week. Most of their material is of the gothy electro variety, they opened with a Norman Greenbaum-style glammy stomper that I really dug. A lot of instrument switching showcased most of the members of the band.

We Are Serenades
We Are Serenades

Adam Olenius fronts Shout Out Louds and Markus Krunegård of Laakso comprise Swedish superduo We Are Serenades who are a full band live. While both come from indie backgrounds this is full-on commercial pop and ridiculously catchy. Was happy they played their single "Come Home" even if it is a Christmas song.

Thus Owls

When not backing Patrick Watson, his band perform under the name Thus:Owls with Swedish singer Erika Angell fronting. They played the inside stage -- the only air-conditioned place in Hotel Vegan on a very humid day -- and held the audience rapt with their understated but drama-filled arrangements.

Cymbals Eat Guitars
Cymabls Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars, in NYC at least, play much much bigger rooms than the tiny inside stage of Hotel Vegas so it was a treat to see them in tight quarters.

The Velvet Teen
Velvet Teen

Holy early aughts! Anthemic Californians The Velvet Teen, who I didn't know were still together, packed the inside stage with dedicated fans.

Ringo Deathstarr on the BV Austin stage
Ringo Deathstarr

One of my favorite Austin bands, Ringo Deathstarr, do the shoegaze thing better just about any current band. Good and loud!


Lot of Swedes today. Radio Department offshoot Korallreven played the main stage and proved a perfect soundtrack to a mid-afternoon chillout session sitting on the grass, drinking a beer.

The Young
The Young

The Young played our official showcase the night before as well and we like them so much we couldn't not have them on the BV Austin stage too. Straight-up rock and roll done right.

The Drums
The Drums

Once known for using a lot of prerecorded backing and making up for it with a lot of entertaining jumping around, The Drums have become a real band since releasing their second album. I miss the crazy tambourine playing of old, but the Drums sounded great.


Famous vegan-hater Anthony Bourdain put aside his prejudices check out Ume with his No Reservations film crew in tow. "A shitload if rawk in a tiny little room!" he Tweeted. Indeed, Tony, indeed. We originally had Ume playing last on the Volstead BV Austin stage but moved them inside the bigger Hotel Vegas room to better accommodate the film crew. We were also running late in there, so they were shoved before The Jealous Sound who ended up going on over an hour after schedule.

The Wedding Present
The Wedding Present

We didn't get Seamonsters in full like they'd do at the Cake Shop showcase on Friday night, but The Wedding Present definitely pulled out some old favorites for their Hotel Vegan main stage performance, including 1986 single "You Should Always Keep in Touch with Your Friends" which opened their rocking set. Frontman David Gedge, who is 52 but looks at least 15 years younger, throws his all into his guitar. The Wedding Present played a lot of shows during SXSW, don't know how he does it.


After a full day at Hotel Vegan, it was taco time, with a brief stop at Cheer Up Charlies to catch some of Caveman's set. Then the first show of the night: Scottish pop band Spectrals at Swan Dive who, I must admit, were rather lackluster live. I loved Louis Jones' early singles and 2010 EP but there was no energy on stage, save for the bassist who danced around the whole time like he was in a different group. Disappointing.


Over at the Beauty Bar it was SISU aka Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandy Vu's band. They were minus their drummer, who missed his flight or something, but Dum Dum Girls guitarist Jules sat on the drumstool and sang harmonies. Still sounded great in amputated form: glide guitar, ethereal vocals, volume.

DZ Deathrays
DZ Deathrays

Speaking of volume, Australian duo DZ Deathrays were next and the nitro-blues sonic assault blew right through my earplugs. I mean LOUD. How do two people make that much noise?

Allah Las
Allah Las

One of the best things I saw at SXSW. 12-string guitars, Vox bass, bolo ties, nehru collars... Los Angeles' Allah Las are a pristine recreation of '60s West Coast pop with great songs like upcoming single "Tell Me What's on Your Mind." Not pastiche, the real deal.


Wrapping up my Thursday was London band Fiction who were a bit like Wild Beasts if less over-the-top. A lot of Big Rhythms. Not bad, will have to keep an eye on these guys.

live photos in this post by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

BV AustinBV Austin

As promised, and now announced on BrooklynVegan, we put together an all-Austin-band BV Austin stage at Hotel Vegan on Thursday (3/15). We couldn't be more excited how the lineup turned out. It looks like this:

12:15 Love Inks
1:00 Feathers
1:45 Gashcat
2:30 Ringo Deathstarr
3:15 Silent Diane
4:00 The Young
5:00 Ume
And the bands look like this:

Love Inks @ Beauty Bar for Learning Secrets Anniversary
Love Inks

Feathers @ Beauty Bar for Learning Secrets Anniversary

Gashcat (Tim Griffin didn't take this one!)

Ringo Deathstarr @ Beauty Bar for Free Week 2012

Silent Diane @ Mohawk for Free Week 2012
Silent Diane

The Young @ Chaos in Tejas 2011
The Young

Ume @ Oh Snap! Blackout Party @ the Parish


Hotel Vegan is located at Hotel Vegas & Volstead Lounge at 1500 E. 6th St in Austin, TX. That's the flyer for the whole day Thursday above. The full lineup with set times for all three stages on Thursday is at BrooklynVegan.

The lineup of two of the Wednesday stages is HERE. The rest is coming VERY soon!

oh and...

In addition to the completely free lineup of 24 bands playing on THREE stages on Thursday, we will also have complimentary drinks courtesy of HobNob Wines, the official wine parter of our entire week of FREE PARTIES at Hotel Vegan (check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads), and a hosted bar courtesy of Sailor Jerry

We will also have FREE VEGAN TREATS courtesy of NadaMoo! and FREE Honest Tea. AND Supercuts will have a team of stylists on-site the entire day providing FREE haircuts and styling!

oh, and he Young play the BrooklynVegan official showcase on Wednesday at Bar 96 too (the only band to play 2 BV shows this year).

P.S. Follow @bvSXSW and @bvAustin on Twitter for more fun!

Listen to a track by The Young below...

Continue reading "BV Austin stage @ Hotel Vegan announced (lineup includes Ume, The Young, Silent Diane, Love Inks, Feathers & more)"

Ringo Deathstarr @ Beatty Bar on 1/7 (more by Tim Griffin)
Ringo Deathstarr

Lots of upcoming chances to catch Ringo Deathstarr including TONIGHT (2/12). All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "upcoming Ringo Deathstarr shows (including The ND tonight)"

Austin Psych Fest

We knew the dates (April 27th - 29th), but now The Reverberation Appreciation Society and The Black Angels have released the initial lineup poster for the 5th annual Austin Psych Fest and it looks aswesome as usual. As mentioned on BrooklynVegan, this year's fest will take place at Austin's two newest big venues, Emo's East and Beauty Ballroom right next door.

Emo's East is now the only Emo's since their Red River location closed on 12/30, and the Beauty Ballroom is (hopefully) having their rescheduled Grand Opening on January 27th (with Theophilus London and Treasure Fingers) and continuing on January 28th.

APF will feature around 60 bands over the three day, two venue event. About 40 are included in the poster above (and listed below), with another 20 or so to be announced in March. Announced bands include the Black Angels (who played Emo's East on New Year's Eve), the Black Lips, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dead Meadow, Olivia Tremor Control, Wooden Shijps, and many more. Weekend passes go on sale this Saturday (January 21st) at 12pm CST at austinpsychfest.com.

Full Psych Fest 2012 lineup, bandcamp mixtape and more, below...

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by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Ringo Deathstarr @ Beauty Bar on 1/7
Ringo Deathstarr @ Beauty Bar - 1/7/2012

Ringo Deathstarr (who shares a member with Feathers who also played Free Week) closed out Saturday night of Free Week at Beauty Bar (playing multiple 'last songs' until after 2am - including The Ramones 'I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend').

Before RD played (while running back and forth to Mohawk), I also caught The Clouds Are Ghosts and a few minutes of Sundress' set.

Pictures of all three below...

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Esme Barrera

Tragic news to start the year. KXAN reports:

"Austin police are asking for help from the public to find the person responsible for the New Year's Day killing of Esme Barrera in her North Central Austin home.

Monday evening, they released a sketch of a man who may have attacked at least one other woman in the same block where Barrera, 29, was killed...

...According to several social media sites, Barrera was an El Paso native and active in the Austin music scene. She worked part time at Waterloo Records, where employees and friends were grieving her death on Monday.

Barrera was also a teacher's assistant at Casis Elementary where she worked with special needs children for the last five years.

"I am just shocked beyond words," said friend Heidi Knape, who worked with Barrera at Casis. "She was just the most energetic, fun girl that would help anyone out on campus."

She was also volunteer for Girls Rock Austin, a camp for young female musicians."

Tributes are popping up all over the web. You'll find one and a link to more HERE as well as a dedicated tumblr HERE, and update: a blog post by Gerard Cosloy HERE, and update two: a tweet from Ted Leo and Okkervil River and Ringo Deathstarr, YACHT, and Centro-Matic.

Update three: Brooklyn benefit planned.

Rest in Peace Esme.

Ringo Deathstarr at SXSW (more by Bill Pearis)
Ringo Deathstarr

It'a almost Free Week 2012. As you may know/remember, Austin venues band together and put on free shows during the first week of January, featuring mostly Austin bands. This year the shows will happen in Beerland, Red 7, The Mohawk, Beauty Bar, Stubb's, The Scoot Inn, Frank, Swan Dive, Antone's, Flamingo Cantina, Emo's East, Lamberts, Skinny's Ballroom, The Parish, and more.

Free week includes the recently mentioned OBN IIIs shows happening at Beerland (1/6) and Mohawk (1/7), Ringo Deathstarr at Beauty Bar (1/7), Feathers at ND at 501 Studios (1/5), Oh No Oh My at Antones (1/5), What Made Milwaukee Famous @ Antone's (1/7) and many other shows you won't need to spend a dime to see. Mohawk has a secret headliner on 1/7. Browse Do512 for more.