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July 7, 2015

Jack White, Chicano Batman @ Austin Music Hall - 1/24/2015
Jack White, Chicano Batman @ Austin Music Hall - 1/24/2015
Jack White, Chicano Batman @ Austin Music Hall - 1/24/2015

Another one bites the dust:

The Austin Music Hall is to be demolished to make way for a 28-story office building.

Officials with Cielo Property Group, an Austin real estate company, confirmed in an exclusive interview with the Austin Business Journal that it is teaming up with Tier REIT of Dallas to build another downtown office tower.

Demolition of the 43,000-square-foot entertainment venue at 208 Nueces St. will begin in January. Construction of the 349,000-square-foot building is scheduled to start in early 2016 and deliver at the end of 2017. [BizJournals]

The photos above are from one of Jack White's two shows there earlier this year. More pictures from that show, by Tim Griffin, HERE.

Three more shows are scheduled at the venue at the moment: one by Faith No More, and two by My Morning Jacket.

June 25, 2015

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

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...

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January 30, 2014


Infest took over the old Antone's space on 5th and LaVaca last spring, but Republic of Austin notes that they've been locked out of their space, with a sign taped to the door that reads, "LOCKOUT NOTICE. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LEASE APPLICABLE TO THIS BUILDING, THE LANDORD HAS TAKEN POSSESSION OF THE SPACE." Waka Flocka Flame was scheduled to play Infest tonight (1/30).

January 7, 2014

Club DeVille RIP. Cheer Up Charlie's East RIP.

The Cheer Up staff writes on 12/30:

Dear friends,

As you may have all heard, we are moving from our current location on January 15th. Our last operating night in our Eastside treehouse is January 12th. Today we signed a new lease at 900 Red River St. Although we are incredibly heartbroken to leave the Eastside, we are excited that we will have the chance to keep doing what we love. We hope that you will join us in recreating the place that we all call home. There will be some down-time as we get ourselves resettled. The space that we are moving into needs lots of love, and that is only something that a community can provide. We are so happy to be able to have a new place to go to and to share with you.

Looking forward to our first big blowout at our new space! Stay tuned- we will announce our opening date as soon as we know.

Tamara, Maggie, Charlie, and the Cheer Up staff

This wasn't just because a new space was available though. You might have also heard about the letter they wrote on 12/13:
Dear Friends,

We have received news that the property that Cheer Up Charlies sits on has been sold, and the new owners have given us notice that our current lease will be terminated on January 15th.

We are currently seeking a new space, and we intend on continuing to grow. When we find our new spot we will continue to play host to the same types of events, free live music shows and all kinds of other fun stuff! We are deeply saddened that it's ending for us at 1104 East 6th St. but nothing is dying. Our rhythm may be disrupted for awhile, but we will keep on dancin'!

We hope that you stop by sometime before January 15 to celebrate with us in what will soon become our former home. Consider the next 30 days more of a celebration of the creative endeavors our current building has housed, than an eulogy. Thank you for hanging out with us for 3 tremendously fun years- it couldn't have been the same without you! We will find a new space and we will let you know as soon as we do! No matter where we end up, we will take the spirit of the Eastside with us. Let's all give this 600 sqft building a proper farewell hug!

We Love YOU,

Candice, India, Brian, Carly, Celesta, Paul, Matt, David, Zach, Dustin, Paul E, Max, Ellie, Tison, Cole, Tamara, Maggie and Charlie

The final three shows, as you can see in the flyer above and the flyers below, happen this end-of-Free Week weekend: Jan 10, 11 & 12. Go party!

Final lineups below:

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October 13, 2013

Zilker Park flooded! (photo via Sarah Rodenberg)
Zilker Park flooded

Check out all that water in Zilker Park! No wonder they had to cancel ACL. Click the pic for a bigger version.

UPDATE: Check out a second picture of the flooding below...

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January 21, 2013

Mountain Goats at Antone's, Dec. 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)

YNN is reporting that downtown fixture Antone's will close its doors after SXSW this year with plans to open in a new location. Details of the move will be announced on January 28.

The 5th and Lavaca location is actually the club's fourth, with Antone's originally opening on 6th Ave in 1975, then relocating to Anderson Lane around 1980, then to Guadalupe Street in 1981, and then to it's current West Fifth Street address in 1997.

October 14, 2012

Austin Music Hall

Very sad news... YNN says:

Authorities are trying to identify a body found in downtown Austin Saturday morning.
Police say the body was discovered floating in Shoal Creek near Third and Nueces streets. They say it appears to be a man in his early 20s. YNN received word from someone near Austin Music Hall that people saw the body in the creek.

A trail behind the Austin Music Hall was closed because of the investigation, which detoured some people headed for the Austin City Limits Festival.

Our condolences in advance to the friends and family of the unidentified man.

Bassnectar played there Friday night (the body was found Saturday morning). Saturday night's show at Austin Music Hall was by the Weeknd who was supposed to play ACL today too, but cancelled. No shows are scheduled to happen there again until Justice on 10/30.

October 9, 2012

Jack White @ Radio City on 9/30/2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Jack White @ Radio City on 9/302012
Bob Mould @ BookPeople (more by Tim Griffin)
Bob Mould @ BookPeople
Alex Ebert (aka Edward Sharpe) @ ACL (more by Tim Griffin)
Edward Sharpe @ ACL 2010

Jack White is having his taping this week on 10/14 during the ACL Festival, and you can enter to win tickets to that show on the ACLTV site (still available as of this post).

ACL TV announced two new tapings for Season 38 set for the first week of November:

We're pleased to announce two more tapings for Season 38 with a veteran and a rising star: Bob Mould on November 1 and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes on November 5.

For fans of alternative rock, Bob Mould scarcely needs any introduction. The singer/songwriter/guitarist rewrote the rules of punk rock in the 80s with his band Husker Du and defined the sound of melodic alt.rock with his 90s power trio Sugar. He's also released a line of critically lauded solo albums that have ranged in sound from acoustic reverie to electronic dance music and everything in between. Following his highly regarded memoir See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody and a successful tour performing the classic Sugar album Copper Blue in its entirety, Mould has release his acclaimed new LP Silver Age, a high-volume reminder of Mould's mastery of melody, power and passion. We're thrilled to bring this pioneering rocker to the ACL stage.

Check out videos of all three below.

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October 8, 2012

Austin Music Commision Special Meeting - City Hall - 10/8/2012
Austin Music Commision Special Meeting - City Hall - 10/8/2012

Originally scheduled for October 1, there will be a special meeting of the Austin Music Commission today (10/8) at 10:30am (City Hall, Rm 1101, Boards & Commissions, 301 West 2nd Street) to discuss several items in relation to the current noise ordinance and its impact on the 'Live Music Capital of The World', as well as other music-related issues.

As we mentioned in a previous post, venues like Cheer Up Charlies are currently facing challenges in trying to be both a viable venue for musicians as well as supportive member of the local community. It's not an easy balance, but it is encouraging to know that the dialogue is taking place. Music is Austin's culture, and anything that could impact that needs thoughtful consideration.

Inspire ATX is helping to lead the charge, and would no doubt welcome support at this meeting and in the future.

More information, including today's official agenda from the Austin Music Commission, below.

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October 6, 2012


Now's your chance to own some prime, historical real estate (which is also a SXSW venue)...

The Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin is for sale, another sign that local commercial real estate owners are in the mood to cash in on the city's rising national cachet.

The historic hotel -- arguably the most popular in Austin due to its character and home on East Sixth Street -- has been owned by Lowe Enterprises since 2005 and is operated by a subsidiary of that company, Destination Hotels & Resorts.

"Yes, it's on the market," said Kevin Mallory, senior managing director of CBRE Hotels based in Chicago. [BizJournals]

Did you know Concrete Blonde's "Ghost of a Texas Ladies Man" was inspired by an experience lead singer Johnette Napolitan had at the Driskill? As Spinner points out, "When the singer imagined she saw a face checking her out in the shower of her room at the Driskill, she was inspired to write a song about it. She tried to turn out the light, but "he wouldn't let me get near it/He seemed so glad to see a woman in the flesh/And I really liked his spirit."" Watch the video for the song, which reached number 2 on the Modern Rock chart in 1992, below...

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