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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...

Continue reading "new Terrence Malick movie being filmed at Fun Fun Fun Fest (Ryan Gosling included)"

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.

Continue reading "Lucero announce end-of-December shows, NYE in Boston, NYEE in Brooklyn (dates & some pics from their recent Austin show)"

photos by Tim Griffin

O'Death @ The Mohawk
O'Death

"Outside"[their latest album] expands the band's Gothic-folk sound. O'Death deploys Americana elements -- banjo, violin, acoustic guitar -- to craft haunting, cinematic songs...

O'Death may never top the charts but it's made a splash on the alternative and folk scenes with relentless live shows. The band's first gig after Rogers-Berry's close call was at the famed Newport Folk Festival. "We were definitely one of the more high-energy acts of the day, but it was appreciated," Jamie said.

Affirmation helps. In New York City, they don't fit in.

"I'm not sure what it is we're doing but there's not really anything like that going on in New York," Jamie said. "My gut's telling me we're not a part of a scene. ... I always feel out there like we're doing our own thing." -[Go Erie]

O'Death completed a three-week tour of East Coast/Midwest/Southwest dates in September with Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship? which concluded in Maine. The dates left out NYC, a fact that will be rememdied when the band takes to the stages of Bell House on Saturday (10/8) with The Woes and Lady Lamb The Beekeeper. Tickets are still available.

Here are some pictures from the Austin show at The Mohawk on 9/1 with Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship?, American Spirit and Guns are below (sorry no shots of Guns though) (rimshot!). More below...

Continue reading "O'Death playing Bell House w/ The Woes & Lady Lamb (this Saturday), played the Mohawk in Austin (pics)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Gang Gang Dance

Speaking of the Gang Gang Dance / Prince Rama tour, it hit the Mohawk in Austin on Monday (10/3). Tim was there. His pictures continue below...

Continue reading "Gang Gang Dance & Prince Rama played the Mohawk (pics)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Les Savy Fav

Les Savy Fav are playing very few shows in 2011. One of them was at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 9/6. Another took place 23 days later in Austin as part of the Mohawk's 5th birthday celebration. Happy birthday Mohawk! Here are some pics from that Texas show. They continue below...

Continue reading "Les Savy Fav helped the Mohawk celebrate 5 years (pics)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Arcade Fire / The Walkmen
Arcade Fire
The Walkmen

The 10th annual Austin City Limits festival came to a close on Sunday with a headlining set by Arcade Fire (who also taped an edition of Austin City Limits the TV show one day earlier). It was a rough year for some attendees. I'm talking about smokers. Austin Statesman posted the following before the weekend:

We welcome all the people and music artists attending this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival. It's a special year for the music festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The talent this year is incredible, with headliners Kanye West, Stevie Wonder and Arcade Fire, as well as local favorites such as Asleep at the Wheel.

Before we get this party started, we must advise attendees that the Austin Parks Department has banned smoking at all Austin parks, greenbelts, trails and golf courses. That includes Zilker Park, site of the festival.

We realize that a smoking ban might be an inconvenience for some. But it is necessary to keep everyone safe. So please have fun at the events, which run today through Sunday, but leave the cigarettes, cigars, pipes -- or whatever else one might be smoking -- behind. (The ban also prohibits wood or charcoal grilling in Zilker and other parks.)

Smoking was allowed at previous ACL festivals, but this year is different. This year, Central Texas is dealing with wildfires that have killed two people, destroyed about 1,500 homes and burned tens of thousands of acres in Bastrop County, Steiner Ranch, Pflugerville and other Central Texas communities. In Austin, city firefighters responded to 469 brush fires from January through July. Cigarettes caused about a fourth of those fires, officials said. [Austin Statesman]

I don't know how many people obeyed that, but it's safe to say that ACL was fire free. In fact, much to the delight of many, it actually rained a bit on Friday and Saturday. Pictures from Sunday continue, with Arcade Fire's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Austin City Limits 2011 -- Day 3 in pics (Arcade Fire, Walkmen, DFA1979, Manu Chao & more)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Bon Iver
Kathleen Edwards

To complete this Gayngs trifecta (Polica HERE, Marijuana Deathsquads/Har Mar Superstar HERE), we though we'd report that Kathleen Edwards recently teamed with her tourmate (and Gayngs member) Bon Iver (aka Justin Vernon) for the new Wapusk 7" (out 9/27 via Zöe/Rounder). Justin produced the record and sings backup vocals on the new version of the title track which you can listen to at Pitchfork. The previous version of the song was recorded without Justin for the National Parks Project.

Bon Iver & Kathleen Edwards have been touring and played a sold out show at the 2000+ capacity theater The Long Center in Austin, Texas on 9/14. Pictures are on this post. The tourmates have since parted ways on the road (Other Lives have joined Bon Iver), but will reunite for a set of European dates on October that will include Pitchfork in Paris.

All dates and more pictures from the Austin show, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver & Kathleen Edwards collaborated on a 7" (listen), played The Long Center in TX (pics)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Butthole Surfers @ Emo's East
Butthole Surfers

Less than one week before the final show ever at Emo's Outside, Emo's introduced a new Austin venue to the world...

"For those completely in the dark about the new venue, it is appropriately and bluntly titled Emo's East, because it is located east of downtown on E. Riverside Drive at the site of another iconic, but closed, Austin club, the Back Room.

Emo's East is technically a $2 million renovation of the now deceased metal club. However, there are very few recognizable remnants of Back Room at the new venue. This is not a bad thing by any means, but calling it a "renovation" is a bit of a stretch. The outside of the club is basic and modern looking (the club was designed by Michael Hsu, architect of Uchi) with a brightly lit Emo's sign that distinguishes the venue from the landscape of pawn shops, taco stands, and fast food establishments that line East Riverside.

There are an ample amount of parking spaces (around 600 from what I hear), but they are scattered between the street, the venue, and at least two other random parking lots, making parking pretty tricky. This show was sold out, so maybe I am being unfair. Parking may be a little chaotic, but it is nowhere near the pain of trying to find a spot for a show downtown." [The Horn]

Pictures from the first show which happened on 9/11 with Bodytronix, 400 Blows & Butthole Surfers are in this post. They continue below...

Continue reading "Butthole Surfers played opening night @ Emo's East (pics)"

BV Day party @ Emo's Outside - SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
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BV Day party @ Emo's Outside - SXSW 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Emos

We were sad to learn the Emo's Outside hosted its FINAL show on Saturday night (9/17), an ACL afterparty headlined by DFA1979 (pictures on the way). Note that Emo's Inside (the smaller room) is still open, as is the just-opened Emo's East elsewhere in town, but the big, main, outdoor (but covered) Emo's stage is on its way out. Emo's is/was one of the most centrally located and greatest venues to see a show in Austin and I'm going to miss the big room. I'm especially going to miss having the now-annual BV day party there on the first day of SXSW. Stay tuned for more info, pictures, etc..

UPDATE: Here are the pictures of the final show

UPDATE 2: Killdozer will play the final show at Emo's Inside.

photos by Tim Griffin

Olivia Tremor Control @ the Mohawk
Olivia Tremor Control

Aquarium Drunkard: Although there was great showmanship of all the people onstage in the old E6 days, I never got the sense that it was, at its heart, more than just playing with your friends because you liked playing with them, and, oh yeah, it's a great show, too. It wasn't done in a super-calculated way.

JF: No, it wasn't [calculated]. And there was still always a spontaneous element on the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour, where certain times on certain nights, you might say, "I usually play on this, but maybe not tonight!" [laughter] And maybe other nights, you'd play on something you don't usually play on.

BD: There were definitely nights where I said, "You know, I think I'm just going to watch this tonight!" Like the Sun Ra thing, marching out to that? There was a night-or maybe two-where I said, "I'm just gonna go down and watch this." I wasn't the drummer or someone really necessary. I just want to see what it looks like. I just want to be in the audience and be entertained by it.

WH: It's definitely entertaining!

JF: We're going to have a tight show for the new Olivia shows we're doing. There is a guitar player named AJ Griffin who played with a band called Laminated Cat, and he's going to be playing some extra guitar and various other instruments. He plays everything, and he has a new band called Slaw and Order that's amazing!

WH: Slaw and Order!

BD: God, they were great, it was him on the keys and a drummer, and he was ripping it up on the keys. I couldn't believe it!

JF: Yeah, so it's gonna Derek on the drums because Eric can't do the tour, but Eric is going to play with us for All Tomorrow's Parties...

DA: So there is going to be a random element! [laughs]

JF: Oh, yeah, at All Tomorrow's Parties, there are going to be all sorts of random elements with people playing with us because there are so many good musicians...

BD: The whole Holiday Surprise group...

JF: Yeah, the whole crew is going to be there.

Aquarium Drunkard: Jeff [Mangum] is the curator, right?

JF: He's the curator, but when you look at the whole lineup, I think they probably made a lot of suggestions. He probably picked half the bands and they were all "But what about them?" and he said "Okay." They probably gave him a stack of stuff to listen to and said, "Can you pick from these?"

WH: Yeah, they definitely pick some. I doubt he's heard of the Fleet Foxes ever.

DA: Well, they are there for the kids!

WH: I'm not trying to diss Fleet Foxes; I've just never heard them!

Olivia Tremor Control began their current tour in New Orleans. From there they moved on to Austin where they played their first of many tour dates with The Music Tapes at the Mohawk on Wednesday night (8/31). We stalked them to both states. New Orleans pics HERE. Austin pics (and a video) in this post.

This weekend OTC hit FYF Fest in LA and later this month it's LPR in NYC. All dates HERE. More Austin pics (where Sounder also opened) below...

Continue reading "Olivia Tremor Control talk Fleet Foxes, continue on tour, hit the Mohawk (pics & video), FYF Fest in LA is Saturday"

photos by Tim Griffin

Handsome Furs @ the Mohawk
Handsome Furs

For their part, the Furs are eager to keep returning to places where few other Western bands ever venture, to maintain the friendships they've forged and the fanbases they've built. The tours sharpen the couple's perspective on their art, their politics, and the Handsome Furs' existence itself. Says Boeckner, "Instead of going into this band being like 'We're against this! We're against that!', it's, 'We're against these things, but we also feel happy and positive that we're able to make music.'" [National Post]
The Handsome Furs are currently on a massive tour that hit Bowery Ballroom back on 8/18, and visited Austin, Texas for two shows yesterday (8/26). The first one happened inside Waterloo Records. The second was last night at Mohawk. We have pictures from both in this post.

And though we don't know the venue yet, we do know that Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry will be back in NYC in October for CMJ UPDATE: Handsome Furs are not actually coming to CMJ anymore. All tour dates and more Austin pictures below...

Continue reading "Handsome Furs played the Mohawk & Waterloo Records (pics), keep on touring (dates)"

photos by Tim Griffin

"The Decemberists were perfect. So great to have Jenny Conlee back on stage.. bald and beautiful from fighting cancer. One of her first shows" - CrystalAnne

The Decemberists

After taking some time off to fight cancer (she missed Bonnaroo, Newport and Prospect Park), a brave and beautiful Jenny Conlee returned to the stage at Stubb's last night, joining the Decemberists once again as they headlined the large Austin venue with Caitlin Rose as support. A set of pictures from the show, Decemberists setlist included, continues below..

Continue reading "Jenny returns to the stage w/ The Decemberists @ Stubb's! (pics & setlist)"

Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
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Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.

The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others

2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.

Slayer also has a NYC performance coming up with Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth as part of the "Big Four" show at Yankee Stadium on 9/14. Tickets are still available.

Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup (Danzig Legazy, Passion Pit, Slayer, Lykke Li, The Damned, Henry Rollins & much more)"

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Hum

"Matt Talbott tells me there's some Hum shows coming this fall! I don't have all the details yet, but here's what I know: there will be one on September 10th, and it won't be in Champaign. A show in Champaign is possibly going to be planned for September 9th, and they are playing Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX in November." -[h-u-m.net]
The above quote comes from a Hum fansite, and while we have yet to receive official word, it does seem within the realm of possibility considering that Hum have reunited occaisionally since officially dissolving in 2000. More news to come.

Hum released You'd Prefer an Astronaut in 1995 and the follow-up Downward Is Heavenward in 1998.

Though they haven't confirmed Hum, Fun Fun Fun Fest did recently "leak" some more of their Austin festival lineup. The first leak had Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, and X (performing "Los Angeles"). The second leak added Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot and Kid Dynamite!

That now makes two upcoming shows for Kid Dynamite who are also playing FYF Fest in LA.

photos by Tim Griffin

Steve Earle

Globe and Mail: What chapter are you in now?

Steve Earle: Maybe it's the third one. This is my 14th studio album. The last five years, since I moved to New York, I feel at home for the first time in my life. I'm 56. It takes living in a place where I can see any movie or see live theatre or see great works of art, and have hundreds of choices in those areas. I need that stimulation now to write.

We continue to track Steve Earle's current trip across the country that will eventually see him back home playing shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Town Hall (tickets). Thursday night he played the Paramount Theater in Austin. A set of pictures from that show continues below...

Continue reading "Steve Earle @ Austin's Paramount Theater (pics)"

photos by Tim Griffin

DOWNLOAD: Robert Ellis - What's In It For Me (MP3)

Robert Ellis (2nd from left) & band @ Cactus Cafe
Robert Ellis

Houston-based country singer-songwriter Robert Ellis, only 22 years young, released his album Photographs this week ("split in two sides with vinyl in mind, the A-side representing a more folksy, dark side of Robert's music while the B-side is a full band country sound, paying homage to the great artists that have influenced him.")

"Making him a name for himself with a stellar debut (2009's The Great Rearranger) and a weekly residency playing old-school country covers at Houston clubs, Ellis' latest release is full of snapshots of a man growing more mature. Some of the songs are actually downright cute, with Ellis singing about the day-to-day aspects of life and love, such as painting a house with his woman ("Two Cans Of Paint"), driving back from an out-of-town gig to be with his woman ("Comin' Home"), and the strains of being in a relationship with the woman ("What's In It For Me?", "No Fun")." [Houston Calling]
Download "What's In It For Me" above.

Last night, July 5th, Robert shared a bill with Jonny Corndawg at Cactus Cafe in Austin. Pictures from that show are in this post. Tonight (July 6th), Robert and Jonny again share a bill at Robert's record release party at hometown Houston venue Fitzgaralds. Two days after that Robert hits the road with the Old 97's. That tour will bring him to The Bell House in Brooklyn on July 13th and 14th. Tickets for both shows are still on sale (7/13, 7/14).

Past Robert Ellis appearances on BV have both been Texas related too. Tim caught Robert opening for Lucero at Emo's, and we both saw Robert open for Deervana in Austin. More pictures from Cactus Cafe and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Robert Ellis released a country album, played Cacus Cafe w/ Corndawg, heading out on tour (MP3, pics & dates)"

photos by Tim Griffin

The Rosebuds in Texas
The Rosebuds

Viscous blue light drowned the stage as the highly anticipated headliner, The Rosebuds, captured attention and hearts with "Go Ahead", an indie-rock summer anthem, plagued with melancholy, but overflowing in beauty.

From their 2007 album, Night of the Furies, The Rosebuds performed "Cemetery Lungs" with unwavering energy, beneath bright pink and fuchsia lights. Also from Night of the Furies, one of the crowd favorites was clearly the upbeat and danceable indie-folk track, "Leaves Do Fall".

Promoting their latest album, Loud Planes Fly Low..., The Rosebuds primarily performed tracks featured on that particular album, such as "Limitless Arms", "Come Visit Me", "Cover Ears", and "Second Bird of Paradise". Loud Planes Fly Low, is the first album produced by The Rosebuds since front-musicians Kelly Crisp and Ivan Howard's divorce. Staying together for the sake of music, this particular album exuded more humanity and vulnerability than anything The Rosebuds produced before. -[Red River Noise]

The Rosebuds spent a Friday night (June 25) in Austin at The Parish, where they linked up with Oax and Other Lives for a show as part of their current ongoing Southwest/West Coast headlining tour. Pictures from the Texas show are in this post.

Its in Justin Vernon's home state of Wisconsin that The Rosebuds will link up with Bon Iver for a string of dates on their way back East, eventually landing at the final two sold-out dates of the tour in NYC, 8/9 at United Palace and 8/10 at Prospect Park Bandshell. Rosebuds tour-mate Other Lives will open shows for Bon Over in September. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Bon Iver, as you may have heard:

Jill Scott earns her very first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 with "The Light of the Sun," as the new set starts with 135,000 copies sold last week. The R&B singer's previous charting best was 2004's "Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol. 2," which peaked at No. 3. Her last studio album before a foray into acting was 2007's "The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3" which made it to No. 4.

Meanwhile, Bon Iver has a big week as the self-titled sophomore set enters at No. 2 with 104,000. These numbers easily best his former highs: his 2009 EP "Blood Bank" debuted and peaked at No. 16 with 23,000. Mastermind Justin Vernon's first album under the moniker, "For Emma Forever Ago," never made it higher on the chart than No. 64. [HitFix]

Jill Scott is touring in support of her album this summer too.

Loud Planes Fly Low is The Rosebuds new LP, out now via Merge. Look for it at the merch table of one of their tour dates, which are all listed with more pictures from The Parish, below...

Continue reading "The Rosebuds played the Parish w/ Other Lives (who are also touring w/ Billboard #2 Bon iver) -- pics & dates"

photos by Tim Griffin

Nicole Atkins @ Stubb's
Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins plays the free Hudson Square Music and Wine Festival on August 9th as part of an added leg to her previously announced tour. Nicole's new dates also include support slots for Fountains of Wayne on their headlining tour. Her City Winery show is the only recently added show without Fountains of Wayne, though they play a show together at the same venue four days earlier (which is now sold out).

Both Nicole and Fountains of Wayne have other separate tri-state area dates on their tours too. Nicole plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 8 with Workout & My Best Fiend, Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ on July 21, and The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on July 28. Fountains of Wayne play Maxwell's on 7/21 with Mike Violia and Maxwell's on 7/22 with Oranjuly, The Stone Pony on July 23 with Marah (tickets), and Bowery Ballroom on August 3 (tickets). No opener has been announced for the Bowery show, and note that the Maxwell's dates have slightly changed since the original announcement.

Nicole Atkins recently made a video for "My Baby Don't Lie." Check that out along with updated tour dates and pictures from Nicole's Austin show at Stubb's in Austin on June 15 (where she was joined by Robert Harrison for a song), below...

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photos by Keith Marlowe, Harriet Roberts, and Tim Griffin, words by Keith Marlowe

While I was polishing off my night at Emo's and Red 7 during the fourth night of Chaos in Tejas, Keith Marlowe and Harriet Roberts were checking out an awesome punk show at Mohawk. His report is below. - BBG

Fucked Up
Chaos in Tejas

Night Birds played a song about their friend Dave, the singer for Tear It Up, who broke his arm in a motorcycle accident. It was called "Dave's Only Got One Arm" which was also the song's only lyrics. I think it's gonna be a big, big hit. Dave confided to me that the week before Chaos in Tejas is a bad time to break an arm, especially if you're planning to get in the pit for Cro-Mags. He still managed to sell merch for the Night Birds, even with only one arm.

The members of Toys That Kill had a lot of energy, considering that members also played as FYP and in Underground Railroad to Candyland this weekend. The Slowmotions also played multiple shows this weekend, and left Texas for a west coast tour before heading back to Japan.

During their first song, Damian, the singer for Fucked Up jumped off stage and immediately began giving everyone in the audience, sweaty, meaty hugs. He started a circle pit that swirled around him and a guy on the speaker stack kept the mic cord elevated above the fray. Damian told the crowd how Austin, and Chaos in Tejas specifically, was the first place he had the self-confidence to take his shirt off, inspiring dudes in the audience, fat and skinny, to take theirs off too. After climbing up to the second story he pretended to stage dive off the railing, and laughed "What are you, crazy? We'd all die..." at the people who got ready to catch him. He got back in the crowd and impressively managed to keep singing while multiple people bounced off him simultaneously.

Chaos in Tejas

Dillinger 4 ended the night at Mohawk with a set that kept everybody in the crowd moving after Fucked Up. The singer claimed to have a contact buzz from weed smoke in the crowd, and told the audience, "If we turn into a jam band tonight, it's your fault." He also called out to Mike from the Night Birds, to see if he was still in the crowd, and when he got no response, he urged everyone to get on twitter after the show and claim Mike was a white power supporter.

[ED: Keith then caught some of Capitalist Casualties -- pictures are HERE.]

The last show I caught was Career Suicide at Beerland, it was at the end of the night the place was beyond packed and I had to crush my way up to the front. It was really dark and so sweaty my lens kept steaming up, but luckily there was plenty of beer flying around to wash it off with. The atmosphere reminded me of a scene from Fight Club, especially after one guy hit the ground with a broken nose, and the guy next to me who resembled the Thing kept smashing his bloody forehead into mine. Markus, the singer from the Boston band Brain Killer, was up front screaming along. After the show I saw the dude with the busted nose out front and he asked me to take a photo and show it to him, so he could see if his nose was straight. I told him it was straight enough and he probably didn't need to hit the emergency room. He thanked me and blew a bunch of blood on the ground. It was a fitting end to Chaos and Tejas.

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If you missed it, you can check out all of our previous coverage from Chaos in Tejas (pictures from day 1 HERE and HERE, day 2 HERE and HERE, day 3 HERE and HERE, and the rest of day 4 here). More pictures from Keith, Harriet, and the rest of Tim's night at Mohawk/Beerland are below...

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photos by Tim Griffin, Keith Marlowe & BBG, words by BBG

Chaos in Tejas

After three amazing days in Austin (pictures from day 1 HERE and HERE, day 2 HERE and HERE, and day three HERE and HERE), most of which I spent at Emo's, Chaos in Tejas came to a close for me across two venues. Black metal posse Black Twilight Circle was holding a bit of a showcase at Red 7 outdoors (with Dolorvotre, Ashdautas, Volahn, Arizmenda, Blue Hummingbird on the Left, Shataan, and Axeman) which was pretty much comprised of a core of a few members who rotated instruments and added new members as the night went on. Volahn was definitely my favorite of the bunch, though I missed both Ashdautas and Dolorvotre.

Meanwhile, Emo's outdoors was hosting a mostly crust/punk lineup that oddly enough featured Baroness as a headliner. Opening with a set from the Czech Republic's See You In Hell, the night also featured sets from Chicago hardcore crew Manipulation, Brooklyn nihilistic faves Perdition, Australia's Teargas (who played NYC twice... with Doom and with Tragedy), and powerviolence greats Capitalist Casualties. Perdition and Capitalist Casualties were definitely my favorites of the night, though I enjoyed every set. See you next year!

Before I got my lazy ass out to the shows, Tim Griffin, Keith Marlowe, and Harriet Roberts were already at Red 7 checking out Dillinger Four with Fucked Up and many others, and they took pictures to prove it: HERE. The rest of the pictures of everything described above, are below....

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photos by Tim Griffin

Beirut @ ACL Live
Beirut

Beirut are releasing their long-awaited third LP The Rip Tide on August 30 on Zach Condon's own Pompeii Records internationally and on Revolver in the US. New tracks "East Harlem" and "Goshen" both also appear on a limited edition single which is out now, and you can listen to both of those songs streaming below.

Beirut's recent live shows have included a sold out show at the Wellmont Theater in NJ, a small, private show in Stratosphere Sound Recording Studio, a small, private show in a Brooklyn loft, and a big show at ACL Live's Moody Theater in Austin last night (6/8) with Twin Sister. Pictures of Beirut from the Texas show are in this post (the Twin Sister pics are HERE).

Beirut's upcoming shows include Bonnaroo this weekend, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and a big Northside Festival show in McCarren Park with Sharon Van Etten which is now SOLD OUT (though they have to let some Northside Badgeholders in).

All tour dates, new song streams, new album tracklist, and more pictures from Austin, below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Peter Bjorn & John @ Antone's
Peter, Bjorn, and John

Peter, Bjorn & John recently announced a tour with six local dates in September, but the September 14 show at Highline Ballroom is actually not happening (they were considering it and accidentally announced it, but it is 100% cancelled). That's ok though because there are still more than enough chances to see the band. Tickets are still available for MHOW and Bowery, Maxwell's, and Brooklyn Bowl. The Mercury show is sold out. Updated tour dates are listed below.

PB&J just finished the second leg of their April, May & June North American tour. The first leg hit Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom twice, and according to a tour laminate, included a "Columbia Records Private Show." The second leg hit Antone's in Austin on June 1st. Pictures from that Texas show are in this post.

Oax opened the Austin show. Oax is the solo project of Giorgi Angelini. Giorgi has played bass in The Rosebuds and Bishop Allen, and previously sang in the band 1986 with Cully Symington, currently of Okkervil River (who play tonight). Oax releases a 5-song EP today (6/7). According to his facebook:

"The record was recorded by Giorgio Angelini in his home studio with the co-production help of Ivan Rosebud (The Rosebuds). The EP features guest performances by Jim Eno of Spoon and Chris Simpson (Mineral, Gloria Record). It's a hot one....and not like that Matchbox-20/Santana joint."
The Rosebuds release their new album, Loud Planes Fly Low, today too! They leave on tour on June 10th and will open for Bon Iver on a lot of dates. Oax open for the Rosebuds in Texas on June 23rd, 24th & 25th.

Check out more pictures of Peter, Bjorn & John and Oax from the Antone's show, the setlist, and updaed PB&J dates, below...

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