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(via @killquilty [Sadie of Speedy Ortiz])
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One of Austin, TX's most iconic outsider landmarks -- Daniel Johnston's "Hi How Are You?" mural on Guadalupe & W. 21st -- is now on the side of an asian restaurant called... Thai How Are You? (?!?!?!). This happened last year when David Roberts and his wife Noi Sukkij bought the space which used to be a restaurant called Thai Spice. There are other branches of that restaurant still in Austin and they wanted to change the name:

He and his wife wanted to initially open a "quiet little Thai café," but soon realized that high rent at the restaurant that suffers a dip in business during summer called for a new strategy.

After researching the history of Johnston, whose mural is constantly being photographed by passersby, Roberts decided to capitalize on the musician's fame in an attempt to drive traffic to the restaurant. Roberts reached a financial agreement with the Johnston family to appropriate the famous slogan as part of the restaurant's new name. - [Austin 360]

While the name is of questionable taste, and probably makes anyone familiar with Johnston a little sad, on the plus side, Roberts has also vowed to keep the mural as-is and looking good:
"It will be the same mural, no changes to the form or any of that," assures Roberts. "I didn't know the history, and my wife certainly didn't know the history. I had seen the mural and thought it was just one of those interesting quirks about Austin. Only while we were there and saw the attention that it gets every day did it start to pique my interest."

Roberts looked into the mural's history and eventually came upon Johnston's website, hihowareyou.com, which helped put him in touch with two people: Dick Johnston, Daniel's brother, and Heather Olson, an Austinite who's worked with the Johnston family "for nearly a decade" on various marketing items like T-shirt sales. Together, the three decided to embark on the restoration. - [Austin Chronicle]

Did anyone eat at Thai How Are You? while at SXSW?

Mohawk photos by Tim Griffin

J. Mascis & Residual Kid in Mascis-chusetts
Residual Kid

Residual Kid @ Mohawk in Austin - 1/3/2014
Free Week in Austin - 1/3/2014

They may be young, but they are talented and apparently J. Mascis agrees because the Austin band, who we also caught at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2012, recently spent some time in Massachusets recording with none other than the Dinosaur Jr. frontman. Residual Kid's recent Facebook posts include quotes like: "Having a blast recording in Mascis-chusetts! J. Mascis rules!", "Man, you're gonna LOVE these new recordings with J.Mascis!", and "Mascis-chusetts has been awesome! Recording with J.Mascis was an amazing experience - can't wait to share the new songs with you!"

Meanwhile, Ben Redman (drums), Deven Ivy (guitar) and Max Redman (bass) are back in Austin and celebrating the annual week of free shows known as 'Free Week' which continues through 1/11. Residual Kid played a free show at Mohawk on 1/3 and pictures from that show, which was with What Made Milwaukee Famous, are on this post. If you missed it, RK play again Thursday (1/9) at Holy Mountain and Friday (1/10) at Cheer Up Charlies, both also free.

Their upcomin gCheer Up Charlies show will also sadly be one of the last happening at the eastside space which is closing down after this weekend and moving to Red River in the former home of Club DeVille. This is big music venue news for locals and SXSW-tourists alike. Both DeVille and Cheer Up Charlies have been very active venues during SXSW, with Cheer Up Charlies especially notorious for being the location of many unofficial Todd P shows.

Club DeVille, where we hosted a bunch of BrooklynVegan SXSW shows, is (was) also right next door to Mohawk where we recently caught Big Freedia and Public Enemy and.... Residual Kid. More pictures of the latter below....

Continue reading "Residual Kid recorded w/ J. Mascis, played Free Week (pics); Cheer Up Charlies moving to Club DeVille spot"

oh no! (more photos of Austin City Limits Day 1 by Tim Griffin)
ACL

Like Passion Pit said, bands sometimes cancel shows due to weather. Austin City Limits reports:

Due to current weather conditions with flash flood warnings, The Austin City Limits Music Festival organizers have canceled the festival for Sunday, October 13.

"Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists," said Shelby Meade, communications director for C3 Presents, the promoter behind Austin City Limits Music Festival. "We regret having to cancel the show today, but safety always comes first."

Refunds will be issued automatically by check from Front Gate Tickets within three weeks. One-third of ticket price will be refunded to all ticket buyers based on original ticket price paid, and will be mailed to the billing address on the original order. For questions, please visit http://support.frontgatetickets.com.

This would have been the sixth day of Austin City Limits which is now two weekends. Check out our pictures from Friday, and the ones from last Sunday which would have been the same lineup as today.

UPDATE: Check out a picture of the flooding that happened already.

Lots of cancellations lately: Tricky, Godflesh, and Delorean to name a few.

photos by Tim Griffin

Grizzly Bear at Stubb's in Austin - 4/8/13
Grizzly Bear

The Grizzly Bear-curated ATP, which was to go down in the UK on May 5, has been rescheduled to November 2 due to two headliners dropping off. All tickets for May 5 will be honored on November, but if you can't make it, refunds are available. Grizzly Bear's day was set to happen the day after the Yeah Yeah Yeahs-curated portion, which will still go down on May 4 as planned.

Grizzly Bear have also recently expanded their tour to include a number of other dates, all of which are listed below. Still, their only NYC show is their slot at Governors Ball in June.

They were also just in Austin for a show with Owen Pallett, and while they were there, they taped an episode of Austin City Limits on April 10. Stay tuned for that episode to air. And check out more pictures from the show (like the one above) on BV Austin and below, along with the list of updated dates...

Continue reading "Grizzly Bear played Stubbs, rescheduled their ATP, taped an episode of Austin City Limits, expanded tour (pics, dates)"

UPDATE: RSVP NOW

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As usual, we're not getting much sleep right around now because we're crazy busy preparing to represent down at SXSW with four full days of two-stage parties, in addition to a couple of nighttime showcases. And though SXSW is just two weeks away, we can't announce our lineups yet. Meanwhile, follow @bvSXSW on Twitter, sign up for our brand new BrooklynVegan SXSW Email Newsletter, pray for us and SAVE THE DATES....

As the flyer above says, BrooklynVegan Day Parties will be at the 6th & Red River location formerly known as Emo's. We couldn't be more excited to be back in one of our favorite old Austin venues (even if it no longer carries the "Emo's" name). The two stage club has been closed for two years but is reopening for the week of SXSW as "The Main" and "The Jr". We'll have the daytime portion on both stages (noon-6pm each day, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday --- March 13-16, 2013). All FREE. Complimentary beverage and food options to be announced as well. Stay tuuuuned.

P.S. We did announce one band.

ACL Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)

Following in Coachella's footsteps...

The Austin City Council just voted unanimously to allow C3 Presents [who also own Lollapalooza] to expand the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park to two weekends next year.

The resolution states that City Manager Marc Ott is encouraged "to negotiate and execute an agreement with C3 Presents to include an additional weekend event for the Austin City Limits Music Festival," beginning next year. - [KUT News]

What's next, the ACL Cruise? As the article mentions, this takes effect in 2013. Meanwhile, the one-weekend, sold-out 2012 ACL Fest happens October 12 - 14.

by Tim Griffin

Divine Fits @ The Continental Club - 7/31/2012
Divine Fits @ The Continental Club - 7/31/2012

Tonight (8/1), indie rock supergroup Divine Fits (Britt Daniel from Spoon, Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs, and Sam Brown from New Bomb Turks - and auxiliary member Alex Fischel) are set to play their official first show at a sold-out Beerland in Austin, TX.

But last night (7/31), they got together and played a secret show at Austin's The Continental Club. Billed as 'The Hot Skull', they were sandwiched between Austin's The Laughing (who were playing their first show) and TV Torso. Divine Fits ran through the almost the entirety  of their forthcoming Merge debut (out Aug. 28, which includes a cover of Nick Cave's "Shivers") plus a take on Tom Petty's 'You Got Lucky'; pretty sure all in attendance felt like they did.

As for the rest of the country, Divine Fits haven't announced a full tour yet, but they do have a few dates set up, including stops in the members' respective hometowns. They play Dan's homebase, Montreal, on Friday, August 3 (not part of Osheaga Fest), and visit Brown's Columbus, OH stomping grounds on August 6. They also play Chicago on August 5 and Salt Lake on Aug. 9.

UPDATE: Brooklyn and Toronto shows were also announced.

All tour dates are below, along with more pictures (and video) Divine Fits, The Laughing and TV Torso below...

Continue reading "Divine Fits played a secret show at the Continental Club in Austin, their first-ever live performance (pics, video, setlist)"

Run DMC

One of the greatest hip hop crews of all time will reunite to play Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) in Austin, Texas! Darryl McDaniels (more commonly known as DMC) and Joseph Simmons (Run or Reverend Run) will reunite Run DMC to play the Austin Festival. The show will be their first in ten+ years, since the tragic passing of the great Jam Master Jay.

The festival goes down on November 2nd-4th in Austin, TX and features previously announced names like Atlas Sound, Baroness, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Starfucker, Rakim, Lagwagon, The Head and The Heart, Danny Brown, David Cross, Bob Mould, Tomahawk, Against Me!, and many that will be announced with the full lineup on Thursday (7/12), the same day weekend 3-day passes go on sale. A few PIP Passes are still available now. A portion of the proceeds from the ticket goes towards Jam Master Jay's JMJ Foundation for Music "which is dedicated to providing access to the arts, regardless of socio-economic status, for children and young adults."

Some classic Run DMC tracks are below.

Continue reading "Run DMC reuniting for Fun Fun Fest in Austin"

photos by ulovei

Samantha Urbani of Friends crowdsurfs @ the Mohawk - 7/2/12
Friends

Brooklyn band Friends are currently on a tour that brings them back to NYC for a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (July 7). Tickets are still available. This past Monday, July 2, the band made a stop at the Mohawk in Austin where they played without their shirts, most of them anway, Samantha Urbani and Lesley Hann included. More pictures from the Austin show (NSFW), below...

Continue reading "Friends went topless at the Mohawk (NSFW pics)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Cedric going wild @ Red 7 -- 4/9/2012
At The Drive In

At the Drive-In are playing their first reunion show, and first in a series of Texas, pre-Coachella warm up shows, at Red 7 in Austin right now (4/10).

UPDATE: This show happened. More pictures HERE and HERE.

Follow BVAustin on Twitter and Instagram for more of the action. Check out a picture of the setlist below...

Continue reading "At the Drive-In are playing Austin now (here's a setlist pic)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Ringo Deathstarr - Shadow (MP3)

Ringo Deathstarr at SXSW 2011
Ringo Deathstarr

Austin shoegazers Ringo Deathstarr made one of my favorite albums of last year, Colour Trip, and are back with an all new EP titled Shadow which is out today on Sonic Unyon. We've got the MP3 premiere of the title track -- a groovy little number with shouty guest vocals from Trail of Dead's Jason Reece. You can also stream the track below.

Ringo Deathstarr are one of the many bands playing tomorrow at Hotel Vegan in Austin, so if you're down there for SXSW do stop by. They're on at 2:30PM on the BV Austin stage. It's free, no badges or wristbands or RSVPing necessary. Full Thursday line-up is here.

Continue reading "Ringo Deathstarr release new EP (MP3 premiere), playing Hotel Vegan in Austin"

Hotel Vegan

As previously mentioned, aside from THREE official showcases (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday), and a Saturday metal day party, BrooklynVegan will be at Hotel Vegas & Volstead Lounge in Austin (1500 East 6th St.) for four full days on three stages per day! We're calling it "Hotel Vegan" and it's all 100% FREE.

As usual, we're announcing the lineups last minute, so get ready. Meanwhile, we've been leaking bands in lots of different posts, and we just announced two of the three stages happening Wednesday courtesy of BBG and BV Chicago. Stay tuned for the rest soon!

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Hinted at and posted in some form on SXSW's website recently, but now offically announced... BrooklynVegan had the honor of helping put together what will be a very special show happening this Tuesday, March 13, 2012 in Austin as part of SXSW at the Belmont in honor of muiti-talented artist Daniel Johnston's very first comic book "Space Ducks", or more specifically to help celebrate the release of the FREE iPad app version that is coming first, new Daniel Johnston songs and tributes to him included. Read more about the forthcoming app and partially-Kickstarter funded graphic novel, which you can PRE-ORDER NOW, at the end of this post.

The party, big flyer HERE, is open to all SXSW badgeholders. Get there early for drink specials courtesy of Original Moonshine, Tecate and Republic Tequilia, and to experience the entire night of special sets. There will be Daniel Johnston covers and tributes throughout, with co-headlining performances by Daniel Johnston and Built to Spill. It will go like this:

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 @ the Belmont, Austin, TX
8:00 Dinosaur Feathers
8:40 special guest (a band we're not allowed to announce)
9:25 R. Stevie Moore
9:55 Jeffrey Lewis
10:25 Kimya Dawson
11:10 Will Sheff of Okkervil River
11:35 Foy Vance
11:40 Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit
11:45 Alex Maas of the Black Angels
11:55 Daniel Johnston & Motopony
01:05 Built to Spill
Doors close at 2am.

This show is happening one night before the BrooklynVegan official SXSW showcase at Bar 96 which is two nights before the BrooklynVegan/Power of the Riff official SXSW showcase at Scoot Inn.

Learn more about Space Ducks, and others who had a hand in this all, below...

Continue reading "BV Presents Daniel Johnston's 'Space Ducks' SXSW Launch Party w/ Daniel, Built to Spill & many more performing"

BrooklynVegan

Not to be confused with the BBG-manned day party we're doing at Scoot Inn on 3/16, or our TBA official SXSW showcases, BrooklynVegan will be holding it down on 3 stages for 4 days straight at Hotel Vegas and Vostead Lounge in Austin this year (1500 E. 6th Street). Save the dates (March 14-17, 2012), and stay tuned for lineups and much more.

UPDATE - LINEUPS ANNOUNCED

BrooklynVegan

Wednesday lineup HERE
Thursday lineup HERE
Friday lineup HERE
Saturday lineup HERE

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We also have THREE official BrooklynVegan showcases - Tuesday (which Alex Maas of the Black Angels is playing a song at), Wednesday, and Friday - and a Saturday metal day party at Lovejoys, AND a bridge show.

by BBG

Saint Vitus @ Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by BBG)
Saint Vitus

Chaos in Tejas (May 31-June 3 in Austin) have announced ANOTHER batch of bands to add to their ridiculous lineup including Saint Vitus, Church of Misery, No Statik, Toys That Kill, Pegasus, Martial Canterel, Anasazi, Bloodwing (mems of The Spits, who are on tour soon), Harm's Way, Hatred Surge, the Hex Dispensers, John Wesley Coleman, Joyce Manor, and many many others. The current full lineup and flyer is below and tickets are FINALLY going on sale TODAY (1/31).

Doom legends Saint Vitus are currently preparing their new LP Lillie: F-65 for Season of Mist. The record, their eighth and first in seventeen years (!), is tentatively set for release at the end of March. More details are forthcoming.

In related news, members of Mind Eraser also serve as personnel in Magic Circle, another Chaos in Tejas band. Look for Magic Circle to team with Pilgrim (who we recently interviewed), Windhand, and Natur at Public Assembly on March 1st.

The updated Chaos in Tejas lineup is below along with the flyer.

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas 2012 expands again; tickets on sale today"

The Fresh & Onlys @ Psych Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Psych Fest

The Reverberation Appreciation Society and The Black Angels have released the initial lineup poster for the 5th annual Austin Psych Fest. This year's fest, running from April 27th - 29th (in Austin), will take place at Austin's two newest big venues, recently opened Emo's East and the soon-to-be open Beauty Ballroom which is 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 room event. About 40 are included in the poster 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.

Check out photos from the 2011 edition of Psych Fest (held at Seaholm Power Plant) HERE.

Chaos in Tejas, a different kind of Austin music fest that happens in June, also announced bands on their lineup today.

SXSW, which is in March, continues to announce bands all the time and recently posted their initial schedule.

Psych Fest 2012 poster, lineup and Bandcamp mixtape, below...

Continue reading "Austin Psych Fest annnounces initial 2012 lineup, new venue; SXSW posted their initial schedule"

by BBG

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists at Bell House (more by Erik Erikson)
Ted Leo

The Chaos in Tejas lineup expands more with another round of additions including the first Breakdown show in 25 years with the 87 demo lineup, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists (one of two upcoming Austin shows for Ted), the Clean (first Texas show ever), Deviated Instinct, Death Evocation (1st show), Mass Grave, Pierced Arrows, Australian garage rockers Royal Headache, No Fucker, New Orleans Bounce artist Katey Red, the Impalers, Cold World, Creem, Avon Ladies, Backtrack, Bi-Marks, Phobia and many others. Full list of new additions and the latest flyer is below.

The additions joined previously announced bands like Antisect, Winter, The Mob, Varukers, Best Coast, Moss Icon, Dropdead, Ringworm, Midnight, and many more.

Chaos in Tejas will add another 40+ bands in the coming weeks and tickets will go on sale on January 31st. More details are forthcoming.

Show flyer, video, and the list of all new additions below...

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas lineup expands again"

by BBG

Dropdead at Europa (more by Keith Marlowe)
Dropdead

Chaos in Tejas have announced another round of bands for their 2012 shindig (first round here), including rare appearances from legendary post-hardcore band Moss Icon (a one-time only reunion), as well as Japan's Reality Crisis and Skizophrenia (their only US dates), and repeat offenders/favorites like Dropdead, Municipal Waste, Midnight, Ares Kingdom, Puerto Rico Flowers, Xeno & Oaklander, Thou, the Rival Mob, Boston Strangler, Crazy Spirit, Brain Killer, Power Trip, Wiccans (who just played one of the final shows at Emo's), and many many others. A full list of additions and the new flyer is below.

Since the original announcement, two previously announced bands have dropped off the original lineup: Mexican black metal band Nyogthaeblisz disappeared from the lineup after their anti-Islamic/Semitic/Abrahamic stance and involvement in known NSBM (National Socialist) label Satanic Skinhead was pointed out by a few blogs. That led to Antisect and The Mob even threatening to not play. Word then spread that Disma's Craig Pillard released nazi-glorifying records under the name Sturmfuhrer. Disma then dropped out as well due to "the drama" that ensued. Craig would not comment on the matter, but other members of Disma say he has changed.

In related news, Thou will hit the road for a string of dates with The Body this week on the West Coast. Both bands will also be at the inaugural Gilead Media festival (chaired by the Gilead Media label) in Oshkosh, Wi on 4/28 and 4/29 which will feature appearances from (in alphabetical order) Arms Aloft, Aseethe, Ash Borer, Baby Boy, Darger + Plague Mother, False, Fell Voices, Get Rad, Hell, Loss, Mutilation Rites, Northless, Protestant, A Scanner Darkly, and Sleepwalker. More details are available at the site.

All tour dates, new additions to Chaos in Tejas, and the show flyer is all below.

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas adds bands & loses some due to controversy; Gilead Media launches festival"

Esme

Esme Barrera, well known the Austin music scene, was tragically murdered on New Year's Eve/Day in her Austin home. Tributes and benefit announcements are quickly increasing in number online including tweets by the likes of Ted Leo, Okkervil River, Ringo Deathstarr, YACHT, and Centro-Matic. Even Matador's Gerard Cosloy wrote a blog post about her...

"There's not a shred of hyperbole in my voice when I tell you such a party would've been sorely lacking without Esme's presence. As will all future parties, because in the early hours of Sunday morning, she was killed just blocks away from the venue where she and so many others who loved her to bits were ringing the new year."
On Thursday, January 12th, Permanent Wave is holding a benefit in her honor at
Big Snow Buffalo Lodge (89 Varet St Bk NY 11206, Bushwick, NY) with Kelli Scarr, Golden Ghost is in town, Jo Schornikow (The Shivers), and Shannon Barnett. You can also make a donation in her name to Girls Rock Camp Austin where she volunteered.

Rest in Peace Esme.

photos by Tim Griffin

DEER TICK @ KUT Radio
Deer Tick

Deer Tick, who played a free BV-presented show at Death By Audio back in October, are now completing a tour right here back in NYC at Webster Hall on Sunday night (11/20). Openers for the 9pm show are both Guards and Thomas Hardy of Dead Confederate, and some tickets are still available.

Earlier on the tour (10/25 to be exact), Deer Tick hit the new Emo's East in Austin, and also played a session for KUT radio and played an instore at Waterloo Records while they were in that Texas town. Video and more pictures from those two special appearances, below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick (now in NYC w/ Guards) played KUT & Waterloo in Austin (pics & video)"

words & photos by Tim Griffin

Morrissey @ Bass Concert Hall
Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

After a bumpy start (visa issues caused the the 11/10 Chicago show to be postponed), Morrissey began his North American tour in San Antonio, TX on Monday, and played the Bass Concert Hall in Austin the following night, last night, 11/15. He performed a mix of songs from The Smiths, as well as many from his solo career, to a full house at the Austin show. You can take a peak at the full setlist at the bottom of this post.

Kristeen Young, who has made amends with Morrissey since their previous tour which didn't go so well, opened the show with a short set.

Morrissey (with a bandaged right index finger due to his unfortunate encounter with a dog) opened with The Smiths' "I Want the One I Can't Have", setting the tone for the night. 26 years have passed since since its original release (1985), but it didn't show as Moz flexed his vocal prowess and delivered flawlessly.

His band (the bass drum was labeled 'ART HOUNDS') all wore matching Money t-shirts, and is the same lineup we've seen on previous tours: Boz Boorer, Solomon Walker, Matt Walker, Jesse Tobias, and Gustavo Manzur. Both Tobias and Manzur are from Austin.

Highlights included the between-song banter, as well as the alternative lyrics for Meat Is Murder: "Kill. Eat. Murder." After "I Know It's Over", a short break brought Morrissey back on stage with the band (and a changed shirt) for the finale, "Still Ill". The shirt was then thrown into the crowd, devoured, and never seen again.

Here are some Morrissey quotes from the show:

"I heard somebody laughing. It was me."
"To look at me you wouldn't really think it, but I'm much younger than that. You wouldn't really think it but action is my middle name."
"You may be very surprised to hear I have long horns of my own."
"I am one for whom there is no name."
"Do you have any comments? Well wait til you're asked!"
"Are you ready for a new president? Are you? I think most people in the hall are not ready for a new president. This is because the options are so bloody awful. Maybe the age of the president its dead."
"For God's sake whatever happens: Keep Austin Weird."
The tour continues on 11/17 in Dallas. All tour dates, the full setlist, and more picture from the Austin show, below...

Continue reading "Morrissey now on tour, played Austin's Bass Concert Hall (pics, setlist & updated dates)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Flying Lotus

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 came to a close on Sunday night. It was another successful year for the well-rounded music fest, and the end of its first in the larger (and much dustier) Auditorium Shores. And though Ryan Gosling may have been the most talked about artist at the festival (Danzig was a close second), the real star was festival organizer Transmission Enertainment for putting together such a kickass lineup on four stages for three days straight (not to mention a mechanical bull) (and skate and bike ramp and tons of good food and vendors and merch and posters and wrestling) (and Turquoise Jeep).

After Hum and then a quick set of comedy by metal comedian Brian Posehn (he did his Slayer joke and one that involved Pantera), Slayer closed out the large Orange stage on Sunday (the other metal acts played on the slightly smaller Black Stage all weekend, but the Orange was the biggest and actually specially built to Slayer's specs).

Slayer wasn't the only wild headliner of the day though. In fact, that's an understatement. Trash Talk played after Henry Rollins did his set of spoken word in the Yellow Tent because Trash Talk had to miss their originally scheduled set on the Black Stage earlier in the week due to a family emergency. Thanking everyone for missing Slayer to see them (actually not true because it ended up Trash Talk was done before Slayer even started), Trash Talk started their hardcore insanity by pointing out that they were on the only stage with no barricade (the stage comedians usually played). Circle pits, stagediving, stage crowding, grabbing the mic, pumping fists (and skateboards) and just general craziness characterized the next 20 minutes or so.

The always controversial Odd Future drew their own giant and enthusiastic crowd to their headlining set on the Blue Stage, and Blonde Redhead closed out the Black Stage to a more intimate and chilled out audience (in the location that was metal, punk, garage and hardcore the rest of the weekend).

Here is our second set of pictures from the final day of the fest, including Asobi Seksu, the reunited Hum, We Were Promised Jetpacks (who just played NYC and one of our CMJ day parties), Odd Future, G-Side, Austra, Grimes, MNDR, Mates of State, Budos Band, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Architecture in Helsinki, Del the Funky Homosapien, Brian Posehn, Flying Lotus, Brody Stevens, Trash Talk, Henry Rollins, and more SLAYERRRR.

We previously posted pictures from both day 1 and day 2, and a second set by BBG day 1, day 2, and day 3

The rest of day 3, below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 -- Day 3 pics (part 2) -- Henry Rollins, Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Trash Talk & more"

Samhain @ Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin
Danzig

Danzig, complete with Danzig, Samhain and Misfits sets, was supposed to play at 8:15pm at Fun Fun Fun Fest last night (11/4). He didn't finally get on stage until 9:00 which was especially noticeable at the Austin festival which otherwise runs completely on time. You could tell it wasn't the fest's fault too. During the entire 45 minute delay, Danzig's stagehands were constantly doing random stuff, most notably putting up blue tarps on either side of the stage - a clearly unplanned action that was apparently supposed to make the stage warmer. Around 8:45 a guy came out and started crossing songs off the setlist.

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People were booing loudly by the time Danzig finally took the stage.

All seemed to be forgiven though as the intro played and then Danzig belted out his first notes to the chilly and somewhat impatient crowd who were now cheering loudly. Glenn never said sorry for his tardiness though. He was also clearly struggling with his voice thoughout the set and did not seem comfortable on stage. He kept chewing things too (I figured for his throat). He ran off stage during the show twice - once to attack someone I think, and another time to "check the monitor".

After about 30 minutes of Danzig songs, they left the stage and came back with a new lineup to do Samhain which to me was the highlight of what we got. Danzig started the Samhain set masked (see above). Like in NYC, there were different backdrops for each set, but they were having some trouble getting them up and down - which only added to the disaster that was unfolding.

Around 9:50 it was Misfits time. The place went especially nuts as the massive presence that is Doyle entered the stage and they broke into it.

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I was wondering what the curfew was, but optimistically thought maybe they were allowed to go later at this new venue (Auditorium Shores). Wrong. At 9:55 Danzig announces that they're shutting him down in 5 minutes. They had only played 1 Misfits song. He said "don't blame me" and asked the crowd if the organizers ever heard of "a thing called a riot" and urged the organizers to come on stage and tell the crowd themselves.

The crowd was obviously not happy, and Danzig was egging everyone on. By 10:00 we had only heard 2 Misfits songs and the set was over. All power was turned off on the stage. Did Danzig at this point apologize for coming on 45 minutes late? No, of course not. Instead he and the band stayed on stage for about 15 minutes longer riling the crowd up and acting like victims themselves.

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No chanting or threat of riot could get the power back on though and eventually Danzig and band left the stage for good. The crowd hung around though, for a little longer, chanting and throwing bottles on the stage until cops came in and urged eveyrone to go home. Despite screams of "pig" and a few bottles even hitting cops, the cops stayed calm and so did the crowd for the most part. Everyone eventually left.

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The fest has since faced criticism for "shutting down Danzig" by some fans, and so FFFFest booker Graham Williams took to Facebook to tell his version of the story (as one commenter wrote, "I thought Big Freedia was the only Queen Diva supposed to be playing this festival!"). Read Graham's story along with some videos of it all, below...

Continue reading "Danzig drama @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (pics, video & a statement from the booker included)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Ryan Gosling & Terrence Malick @ Fun Fun Fun Fest Friday
Fun Fun Fest 2011 - Day 1

Terrence Malick, the famously perfectionist film-maker who has released just five movies since 1973, is to shoot two new films back-to-back with all-star casts, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The US director has named the projects Lawless and Knight of Cups - although his follow-up to the Palme d'Or-winning The Tree of Life, now in post-production, still lacks a title. In total, Malick watchers are likely to be treated to at least three new films over the next few years. Moreover, it has also been suggested he is planning a documentary companion piece to The Tree of Life.

Lawless is set to star Ryan Gosling, with support from Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Haley Bennett. Bale will step up to the lead role in Knight of Cups, which also features Blanchett and Isabel Lucas. The third film, as yet untitled, is a romance starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams, with support from Javier Bardem and Rachel Weisz. Its storyline is a closely guarded secret, as are those of Malick's two other films. [Guardian]

"Did you see Ryan Gosling?" and "Ryan Gosling is here" were two popular phrases being spoken by attendees of Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on Friday. Personally I saw Ryan when he was on stage with his film crew during YACHT's set. YACHT, along with Big Freedia and Neon Indian and some others, have reportedly agreed to be part of the movie (which also means we can expect another day of Gosling because Neon Indian plays today). Terrence and Rooney Mara were also on hand, and Ryan was also spotted at the afterparty Big Freedia played at the Mohawk later Friday night.

The above shot is one Tim snapped (during YACHT I think). Much more at http://ryangoslingatfunfunfunfest.tumblr.com/.
And one more by Tim below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Lucero

Hello from LUCERO HQ. We've been kind of quiet publicly but quite busy professionally... A new record is currently making its way onto tape here in Memphis. Exciting! Soon those sounds will be mixed and edited together and y'all will begin to hear a little of what's next. Until then it's all studio magic.
Lucero's new material will more than likely peek out at some Southern dates in November and during a newly announced string of dates in December along the East Coast. Those dates include New Year's Eve at Paradise Rock Club in Boston and 12/30 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets are currently on fan presale for all dates, and go on regular sale for Brooklyn Bowl at noon on Friday (10/14).

All tour dates, a video, and more pictures that were taken at the Mohawk in Austin as part of their recent 5th Anniversary celebration (that Les Savy Fav also played) below.

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