Entries tagged with: Austin
photos by Tim Griffin
Mother Falcon @ Empire Control Room - 8/22/2015
Earlier this month, Austin-based indie orchestra Mother Falcon sent out this message:
Just a quick note to let you know that MF's 3rd album, Good Luck Have Fun, will not be released as planned this Friday, August 14. In addition, the album's first single, "Kid", has been pulled. The release parties and concerts scheduled for 8/21 at the ND (w/ RF Shannon and The Quintessential Clarinet Quintet) and 8/22 at Empire Control Room (w/ TAFT and Monté) will become free shows as a gesture of appreciation to the band's hometown of Austin for many years of love and support. Mother Falcon will make a major announcement about the new album and the band's future next week.That major announcement is that the new album will now be released on October 9 by their new label, Universal Music Classics. Their fourth album, planned for 2016, will also come out via UMC.
What does Mother Falcon's Matt Puckett have to say about all this?
"Good Luck Have Fun explores more deeply the indie-pop as well as the neo-classical sides of our sound. It's new territory for us both sonically and now in our partnership with UMC. We feel the team at the label truly understands both aspects of what we are up to musically and we can't wait to see what comes next."Congrats to the band for all that, and for the packed not-release shows they played over the weekend. We were at the Empire one. Pictures are in this post, and more shows are coming.
Elizabeth Sobol, President & CEO of UMC underscores Matt's sentiment: "I've been following Mother Falcon for quite some time now. Their classically-derived instrumentation and exploratory compositions set them apart. No one sounds like Mother Falcon. Their music is truly in line with the artistic vision of Universal Music Classics."
After a couple of October gigs in Houston and New Orleans, Mother Falcon will head out on a fall tour with Ben Sollee. That trek hits City Winery in Nashville, World Cafe in Philly, Thalia Hall in Chicago, Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on 10/21, and many other places. All dates are listed with the rest of the photos below...
Same old story: beloved music venues fight to survive as new hotels, condos, and rising rents make it harder and harder, even though their existence is part of the reason everyone wanted to be there in the first place. The Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlies (fka Club Deville) are struggling with BS. And today is was confirmed that one of our other favorite Austin rooms, Red 7, will be closed by the end of September. This comes after the recent announcement that sister venue Holy Mountain (fka Beauty Bar) is going around the same time.
Red 7 and Holy Mountain each have two stages, so that's four less stages in the Red River music district, four less stages to host Fun Fun Fun fest afterparties, four less stages centrally located for SXSW (Red 7 was the home to BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties in 2014 and 2015).
There is some good news though: Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River Street), which still has seven years on their lease, will join forces with Red 7 and Transmission Entertainment (who book Red 7, Mohawk, Fun Fun Fun Fest, etc) to create a new venue called The Sidewinder! More info below...
6th Street #Austin: Come for vacation. Leave on probation.— amberdemure (@amberdemure) June 6, 2015
If you've ever been to Austin, you probably know that 6th Street resembles Mardi Gras on weekends. If you've ever been to SXSW, you've likely have spent some time wandering up and down the crowded street while weaving through drunk people on your way to and from various music venues, bars, head shops and late-night food joints. Cops are always out in full force, and this weekend it looks like it got especially rowdy.
In the viral video you can watch below, you'll see a group of cops arresting at least one guy before more cops show up on horses. That's when the real fun begins...
Austin's Stevie Ray Vaughn Statue (via)
Hey guys, due to flooding in the downtown area, we are canceling tonight's show. Be safe out there.— The Hawk (@mohawkaustin) May 25, 2015
Austin, TX -- our home away from home, one of the biggest music cities in the US, home of SXSW, ACL, Fun Fun Fun Fest, countless musicians, venues, friends and many great people -- was hit hard by heavy rains that caused horrible flooding all over the city and other parts of Texas and Oklahoma. As you may have heard and seen on the news, the flooding took out trees, cars, homes and businesses. At least ten people lost their lives and more are still missing. Animals were evacuated from shelters.
The North Lamar of area in Austin got particularly hit hard (check out video below).
Among other more important things, this played havoc with scheduled concerts. Purity Ring's show at Stubb's on Saturday (5/23) got postponed to Monday at Austin Music Hall (5/25) which, in turn, then got canceled. This Wednesday's kickoff to the free "Blues on the Green" series at Zilker Park (an Antone's 40th-anniversary celebration) is postponed till June 3 (Jimmy Vaughn and the "special guest" are still scheduled to perform). The Mohawk on Red River, as you can see in a tweet above, cancelled a show, though some places (like Scoot Inn and Shangri-La) went out of their way to make sure people knew they would stay open the same night.
The Austin Chronicle has a list of resources for those in need. Some videos of the weather chaos are below...
We're about three weeks away from Levitation (formerly known as Austin Psych Fest) which happens in the Texas Capital from May 8-10 at Carson Creek Ranch and the fest has just announced the schedule and set times. Tame Impala and Spiritualized headline on Friday, The Jesus & Mary Chain and Primal Scream headline on Saturday, and Flaming Lips and 13th Floor Elevators headline on Saturday. Might we see Primal Scream's Bobby Gilispie reprise his old role as JAMC's standup drummer? Tickets are still available and you can check out the schedule below.
To get you, uh, pysched for the fest, we've got a mix featuring the bands on Friday's Levitation lineup (DIIV, METZ, Soft Moon, White Fence, Lightning Bolt, the aforementioned headliners and more) which was made by Al Lover (who's made Levitation/APF mixes before) who will be DJing the Reverberation Stage that night. The mix makes its premiere in this post and you can listen below. That's the poster for Friday above, which is part of a set by artist Robin Gnista which you can buy at the fest.
It was rumored before but is now official: Live Nation, the globe's biggest live events promoter (which books shows at Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theatre and other places in NYC) has acquired a controlling stake in independent concert company C3 Presents. The Austin-based C3, who also have a separate artist management division, are behind the Austin City Limits music festival, Lollapalooza and other big festivals around the world (and shows at Emo's and other venues in Austin and around the country).
In a press statement (via Billboard), C3 say "We are excited to join Live Nation and become a part of their global family, while continuing to grow our festivals within a culture of entrepreneurship that will empower our team to keep improving these festivals and the fan experience."
The NY Times reports:
Live Nation Entertainment, the concert and ticketing giant, is in advanced talks to buy a majority stake in C3 Presents, the country's largest independent promoter, with a portfolio that includes the popular Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits festivals.C3, best known for owning those festivals, is also a major force in the Austin rock club scene. They recently bought the Emo's name (and its new location, Emo's East), and book shows at Stubb's, Lambert's, The Parish and other places. They also had a lot to do with Metallica's Orion Festival (which took place in Atlantic City and then Detroit).
The prospective deal, in negotiations for months but still not completed, would give Live Nation a stake of 51 percent in C3 Presents, and value C3 at around $250 million, according to two people with knowledge of the talks.
A spokeswoman for Live Nation declined to comment, and representatives of C3 did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday afternoon.
C3, based in Austin, Tex., is run by three friends all named Charles or Charlie -- in the music industry, they are widely known as "the Charlies" -- and the company has grown quickly from its founding in 2007.
photos by Tim Griffin
Sylvan Esso @ Emo's in Austin - 8/17/2014
Originally scheduled to be at the smaller Parish, Sylvan Esso's headlining Austin show on Sunday was moved up to the much bigger Emo's, which also sold out. Amelia told the crowd it was their biggest show yet. That definitely won't be true anymore after they headline Terminal 5 in NYC in January. Still working off just one album of material, their shows aren't the longest (Amelia apologized for that), but they are special.
Their tour-mate Dana Buoy opened the show with a set that included his cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere", which you can listen to, along with more pictures from the TX show and all tour dates, below...
Murder City Devils (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Fun Fun Fun Fest says:
FUN FUN FUN FEST is announcing today two changes to the music lineup for the festival Nov 7-9, 2014 in Austin. Modest Mouse will now be performing on Saturday, Nov 8 on the Orange Stage. The band will fill the slot previously held by Death Cab For Cutie, who had to cancel their performance due to an unforeseen and unavoidable scheduling conflict. The band is very sad to miss out on FFF, and they look forward to returning to Austin in 2015.That was quick! It was less than a week ago (and at the start of a holiday weekend) that Fun Fun Fun Fest published their response to Death Grips.
Also, following the napkin-announced breakup of Death Grips, FFF Fest is announcing that the Murder City Devils will perform in their place on Sunday, Nov 9 on the Black Stage. Murder City Devils will be playing in support of their new album to be released Aug 5, "The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again," which is their first full length studio release since 2000's "In Name and Blood."
To view the full festival music lineup broken down by day and stage - or to purchase weekend passes, Ultimate Smooth Passes (USP) and single day tickets - go to funfunfunfest.com.
FFF Fest has also recently released their 2014 Yellow Stage lineup, including comedy (Fred Armisen, Thomas Middleditch & Kumail Nanjiani from HBO's Silicon Valley, W. Kamau Bell) and spoken word (John Waters, Jello Biafra) and more. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on the skate & ride action sports lineup as well as this year's Aqua Olympics program.
Modest Mouse also have shows coming up in CT, NJ, NY and other places.
Death Grips were also supposed to play FYF Fest which Murder City Devils is already playing. MCD also have a handful of other west coast dates in support of a new album called The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again (out August 5), as you can see in their tour flyer with the cover art, below...
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
(via @killquilty [Sadie of Speedy Ortiz])
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.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:
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]
"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."Did anyone eat at Thai How Are You? while at SXSW?
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]
Mohawk photos by Tim Griffin
J. Mascis & Residual Kid in Mascis-chusetts
Residual Kid @ Mohawk 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....
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.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.
"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.
UPDATE: Check out a picture of the flooding that happened already.
photos by Tim Griffin
Grizzly Bear at Stubb's in Austin - 4/8/13
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...
UPDATE: RSVP NOW
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.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.
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]
by Tim Griffin
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.
All tour dates are below, along with more pictures (and video) Divine Fits, The Laughing and TV Torso below...
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.
photos by Tim Griffin
Cedric going wild @ Red 7 -- 4/9/2012
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Ringo Deathstarr - Shadow (MP3)
Ringo Deathstarr at SXSW 2011
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.
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!
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, TXDoors close at 2am.
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
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...
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
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.
Saint Vitus @ Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by BBG)
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.