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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...

Continue reading "Nicole Atkins played Stubb's Indoor (pics), touring with Fountains of Wayne and playing other dates"

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.


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...

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas 2011 in pics & review (part 8)"

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....

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas 2011 in pics & review (part 7)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Beirut @ ACL Live

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...

Continue reading "Beirut revealed new album details (with 2 streaming songs), played ACL Live (pics), sold out McCarren Park"

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...

Continue reading "Peter Bjorn & John not playing Highline (updated dates), played Antone's (pics) w/ Oax (new EP out, Rosebuds too!)"

photos by Tim Griffin & BBG, words by BBG

Chaos in Tejas

An uber-late Thursday night with Tragedy and Origin of M ruined me for Friday day shows (and daylight, for that matter), but I was not going to miss one of my favorite two-pieces, Iron Lung at Emo's outdoors on the 2nd day of Chaos in Tejas 2011 (June 3rd). The band was third on the bill that hot and sticky night. They played after Hatred Surge and Cider, and were followed by an amazing lineup of fast/brutal featuring Innumerable Forms, Extortion, Citizens Arrest, and the piece de resistance, a headlining set from none other than Autopsy. The show was a stark contrast to what was happeing on the inside state: Lower Dens, Milk Music, The Young, and Unholy Two. Allo Darlin' were supposed to play too, but they cancelled (their NYC shows seem to still be happenning though).

My "day" started with a mix of witty banter and powerviolence brutality from Iron Lung, the first of what would be several pits of the evening. The duo are bulldozer-strength despite their numbers, and incited stage dives & pits despite the early hour. After a set from the dependably great Innumerable Forms (though we need some new mat'l gentlemen!), which featured Justin of Mind Eraser backed by Mammoth Grinder, Extortion took the stage to play a fastball of a set to a highly responsive (and stagedive-y) crowd. The band's clean tone fast-core was great, and the band delivered a more powerful set than at Maryland Deathfest... possibly due to the lack of barrier?

Citizens Arrest followed Extortion. It was the NYC hardcore greats' last set in the foreseeable future, and the fans at Chaos in Tejas were definitely more receptive than the MDF bunch (also, barrier?). The show resembled the band's showing at Knitting Factory in December with plenty of stage dives, dancing, and general mayhem. Many of the dancing few were from band's themselves, so it was awesome to see members of great bands going apeshit just like the rest of us. Awesome set.

Citizens Arrest
Chaos in Tejas

Autopsy headlined the evening, sitting comfortably in the middle ground between wide-eyed maniac and perfectly executed death metal veterans. The band played material from their latest Macabre Eternal, as well as earlier material during their hour+ set. From the moment that the band's intro music came on, the crowd was pressed up against each other in the front rows, with the audience swaying from side to side and front to back in the humidity. It was hot, but not hot enough for me to take my eyes off of Autopsy. Awesome set.

During Autopsy I poked my head into the Emo's indoor room where a sparsely populated crowd were enjoying Lower Dens (catch them on tour with Cass McCombs). I enjoyed the air-conditioning.

Chaos in Tejas Day One pictures are HERE and HERE. Our first set from Day Two (all from Emo's) continue below...

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas 2011 in pics & review (part 3)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Gruff Rhys @ Club DeVille
Gruff Rhys

Austin venues Mohawk and Club DeVille border each other. If there's a loud show at Mohawk, a quiet show at DeVille will suffer. Thus, back on May 27th, as Gruff Rhys was taking the Deville stage he announced, "The idea is to play as many songs as we can... Before the Melvins kick in next door." Luckily, ultimately it wasn't a problem. H0key.net was there:

"The sweetness dripped heavy, especially on songs like 'Honey All Over' and 'If We Were Words (We Would Rhyme).' Gruff didn't go overboard, however. The fact that the Melvins and some other sludge metal type bands were playing next door helped out. It also gave an opportunity for Gruff to flex his wit.

Gruff also flexed his technological ability. The amount of noise gadgets that filled the stage exceeded my expectations. There were these wobbly, red light tipped, noise makers he shook every once in awhile. He had a tiny metal box with a red light shining on itself that produced sound. The coolest gadget for me was the record player he used to drop in effects and other items during songs. It's such a practical use for an old technology that you can get away with using it live and not have to drop major coin for a big computer box thingy to play sounds when needed."

Wales instrumental surf rock quartet Y Niwl opened the show, and then became Gruff's backing band, like they're doing on the entire tour that started on May 18th at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. The tour ends June 15th back in NYC at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that one are still available.

Tickets are also still available for the June 18th screening of Gruff's movie Separado! at BAM where there will be a "Q&A with co-director and film subject Gruff Rhys" (we weren't sure last time we mentioned it).

More pictures from the Austin show, some videos from the Brooklyn show, and all tour dates (including a whole bunch of newly announced European shows), below...

Continue reading "Gruff Rhys played Knitting Factory & Club DeVille (pics), will do a Q&A at BAM with his movie (and other dates)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Melvins @ Mohawk
The Melvins

"It's hard to imagine an album like [Lysol] making an A&R's mouth water--and it certainly hasn't moved Nirvana numbers. But nonetheless, the churning Lysol has emerged as the secret blueprint for contemporary underground metal. The euphoric, spiritual hum of opener "Hung Bunny" spawned the eternal drones of Sunn O))) and Nadja; the triumphant joy-doom of closer "With Teeth" foreshadowed the uplifting "life metal" of Jesu and Torche; cramming the whole thing into one 31-minute track informed "experience" records like Sleep's Jerusalem. (Says frontman Buzz Osborne proudly: "I didn't want people to just be able to skip the first song.") Lysol was also a résumé builder for bassist Joe Preston; his presence on that album eventually helped him earn the bearded bruiser positions in High on Fire and Harvey Milk. Crover even lovingly describes once getting a cassette demo from Japanese cult heroes Boris, on which a track sounded "almost like an exact note-for-note vocal line [from Lysol] that he was singing in Japanese."" [Village Voice]
The Melvins have been touring their way east, having already played two nights each in Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago and Boston. Each city gets a night of Lysol, Egg Nog, & Houdini followed by a night of Bullhead and Stoner Witch. Still to go is Minneaplis on June 13 & 14, and Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn this Monday (6/6) and Tuesday (6/7) night. Both NYC shows are sold out, but keep an eye out for any tickets that might be released last minute by the venue.

The Austin shows were May 27th & May 28th at the Mohawk in Austin. Pictures from the first night continue below...

Continue reading "The Melvins are here, playing 'Lysol' & other full albums, like they did in Austin (pics)"

photos by Tim Griffin & BBG, words by BBG


The Chaos has begun! Chaos in Tejas, which runs through Sunday, kicked off officially yesterday (6/2) with shows featuring headlining sets from Converge, Hooded Menace, The Spits, White Lung, and Cro-Mags.

My journey began with a few minutes of Crazy Spirit from NYC (who were awesome, and sold-out the inside room at Emo's) before heading to catch Trap Them as they kicked off the show at Mohawk. There was some trepidation in the room considering news that a Converge member had a health issue and would cancel the remaining dates of their tour, but Trap Them made sure to reassure the crowd that the band was on hand to play Austin last night. Converge news aside, Trap Them played another excellent set that saw Ryan McKenney open up his face (again) while climbing the PA, walls, and everything in between.

Trap Them
Trap Them

Cult of Youth were already playing at Emo's by the time I reached the venue, and the band's energetic folk peppered with violin was an excellent contrast to the rest of the night's speed demon punishing, but also just plain excellent. Vile Gash followed on the indoor stage shortly thereafter, playing a short set of pissed-off hardcore that got the pit moving. Their material on Youth Attack was represented well in the live setting. I caught the tail-end of Bone Sickness shortly thereafter. Their awesome and brutal death-metal was an another excellent contrast to the rest of the night.


Veins was next, and this hardcore crew comprised of members of Charles Bronson, Das Oath, Castevet, and more was fantastic. From the opening note of their set (the first song from their self-titled debut), the crowd was unhinged, and only got crazier when the band covered Sick of It All's "Straight Ahead". One of the highlights of my night.

After a set by The Slowmotions on the large stage, Double Negative opened up the pit again with their unique take on punk/hardcore. The North Carolinians had a helluva task to follow Veins, but were completely up to the task. Awesome set by these guys.


The crowd ate up Asta Kask's crusty confections on the main stage, but it was D-Clone (who headlined Emo's indoor) who brought us back down to hell. The Japanese band lives by the mantra "Noise Not Music", and their furious and high-energy hardcore was atonal, screeching and amazing. Sooo loud... their piercing noise lead to, according to an Emo's staffer, "the most earplugs we've ever sold". The last three sets at Emo's indoors (D-Clone, Double Negative, Veins) were total highlights for me.

Cro-mags finished off the crowd with classic NYHC material that included covers by Bad Brains, Leeway and others. The band's energetic set was amazing, and it's hard to argue that Jon Joseph is not one of the most energetic frontmen in hardcore. Bodies flew (see above) (and below).

After Cro-mags, I was still a bit restless so I sauntered on over to Broken Neck to catch Tragedy (again) with Origin of M... but I'll save that story for later (stay tuned).

Read about future CiT happenings in our guide. Our first set of pictures from Chaos in Tejas, all taken on the first day, continues below...

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas 2011 in pics & review (part 1)"

by BBG

Tragedy fan at Europa (more by Konstantin Sergeyev)

No rest for the wicked. After a grueling weekend of heavy music at Maryland Deathfest (pictures of day 1 HERE, day two HERE, day three HERE, and day four HERE), I am looking forward to a mix of punk, hardcore, metal, crust, d-beat, and indie at Chaos in Tejas in Austin this week! Kicking off on Thursday (June 2nd) the four day festival features appearances from tons notables, day shows, after parties, and in-stores, some for free. Swing down for a blow by blow breakdown of what you should look for every day at the multi-venue music fest.



Thursday, June 2

Ah the start of the festival.... fresh legs and feet, and a hunger for tons of good bands. Thursday will sate your hunger too, as there are tons of great hardcore/metal shows to choose from. Shows tonight happen on both stages at Emo's, both stages at Red 7, at the Mohawk, Beauty Bar, Beerland and the Broken Neck.

Despite the high profile cancellation of Killing Joke at Emo's outdoor, CIT bounced back and added Cro-Mags to an already awesome lineup of rare appearances from strong>Asta Kask (Swedish d-beat), D-Clone (a rare show from these Japanese hardcore monsters), Veins (featuring Mark McCoy from Charles Bronson/Das Oath as well as Ian from Copremesis/Castevet), Double Negative (North Carolinian hardcore greats who released the awesome Daydreamnation last year), Vile Gash (brutal hardcore on Youth Attack), Japan'sThe Slowmotions, and NYC's Cult of Youth (dark folk with a great new LP on Sacred Bones) and Crazy Spirit (excellent hardcore with members of Perdition).

Thankfully, I can use my wristband from Emo's to hit up Red 7, right around the corner, where an awesome metal show will clash with an awesome garage show on the two stages. Finnish doomers Hooded Menace will headline on stage with Denmark's Undergang, crusty death metallers Acephalix (mems of the amazing Vastum), more death metal from Bone Sickness, and local death and rollers Mammoth Grinder. Meanwhile, the second stage will feature The Spits, the Arrivals, Shellshag, TV Ghost, and others. All of this means that I'll probably miss Converge/Title Fight/Touche Amore/Trap Them/Burning Love/the Menzingers at Mohawk and How I Quit Crack/The Indicator Dogs at Beauty Bar. At least I can end the night right with Tragedy and Origin of M at Broken Neck as part of an after-party. Yikes!

the rest of Thursday's schedule and what to do on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, below...

Continue reading "BBG's Guide to Chaos in Tejas 2011"

photos by Tim Griffin

The Fiery Furnaces

Covering a range of material (drawn from their eight studio recordings) and for a duo whose songs are way out-there, the Fieries are amazingly down-to-earth. Especially surprising was the soul in the selections from the band's heavily conceptual Rehearsing My Choir, a collaboration with their grandmother, a Greek church choir director who originally spoke and sung half the vocal tracks. I had to force myself to listen to that release a few times, never really connecting with it, and yet when stripped, once difficult songs (like the frantic "The Garfield El"), along with other previously impenetrable recorded work (from Bitter Tea and Blueberry Boat) were transformed into delights to the ear. Without all the studio bells and whistles (literally) appended to them, Freidberger's songs not only stand the test of being presented without embellishment, with his sister on the mic, they positively shine. [Crawdaddy]
Starting with two shows at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC on May 4th and 5th, the Fiery Furnaces toured the United States through May 21st when they played their 2nd of two shows at Lambert's in Austin, TX. Tim was at one of those two final shows and the pictures are in this post.

Eleanor's next NYC show is solo in a chuch. She has a solo record coming out on Merge. More Austin pictures below...

Continue reading "The Fiery Furnaces toured from NYC to Austin (pics)"


The 10th Anniversary ACL Festival line-up is on the books. Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley and Cee Lo top the bill of the over 130 bands. Bright Eyes, Social Distortion, Empire of the Sun, Santigold, Pretty Lights, TV On The Radio, Skrillex, Big Boi and Randy Newman are also on tap to rock September 16-18.
3-Day passes are sold out. 1-Day passes go on sale at 10am. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Austin City Limits 2011 festival lineup is here, tickets on sale"

photos by Tim Griffin

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ The Moody Theater
Femi Kuti

The Femi Kuti & The Positive Force 2011 North American tour is still underway and is now on the West Coast until the tour's final show in Seattle on May 15th. Along the way they hit Highline Ballroom & Music Hall of Wiliamsburg in April and the new ACL Moody Theater in Austin on May 6th...

"Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater is a state-of-the-art, 2,700 + person capacity live music venue that will also serve as the new home of the KLRU-TV produced PBS program Austin City Limits, the longest running music series in American television history. The venue will host 60-100 concerts a year, in addition to the nights the Austin City Limits show will tape. Commitment to green building standards qualify us to apply for LEED® certification, the highest standard for sustainable development."
Pictures from that swanky Austin show are in this post, as are the rest of the dates (below).

Fela's two most successful Afrobeat-playing sons are Femi and Seun. Seun even now leads Fela's old band Egypt 80. As you might have noticed in this summer's Celebrate Brooklyn lineup, Seun has a show (shows) coming up too. The free Brooklyn one happening at the Prospect Park Bandshell is listed like this:

FRIDAY, JULY 22, 7:00 P.M.

The yearlong celebration of Nigeria's 50th anniversary of independence that began last October continues here with a generation-bridging concert. Fronting his father Fela's legendary band, Seun Kuti is the living embodiment of afro-pop. Faaji Agba's lineup of Afrobeat pioneers--including Fatai Rolling Dollar, Chief Seni Tejuoso and Prince 'Eji' Oyewole of the Afro-Skittles Band--makes them Nigeria's answer to the Buena Vista Social Club: a supergroup of veteran musicians who are re-popularizing faaji grooves, agidigbo blues, juju and other styles of Nigerian roots. Travel support provided by Arik Air.

Seun's new album "From Africa With Fury" is out now in Europe, but will be released in the U.S. on June 21st. It looks like this:


A full Seun North American tour will be announced soon, but in the meantime, all known Seun & Femi dates, and more Femi pics, below...

Continue reading "Femi Kuti tour continues (Austin pics), Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 playing shows this summer (Prospect Park & other dates)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Phosphorescent @ the Parish in Austin

Phosphorescent has been on tour since before Coachella. Let's give Matt and band a proper welcome home at Brooklyn Bowl tonight (5/11). Tickets are still on sale, and if you act quick you can try and win a pair on our Facebook too.

Back on May 5th, Phosphorescent played a show at The Parish in Austin, Pictures from that show are in this post. They include an audience member who helped Matt sing "Wolves" on stage, and opener Family Band (who also open the Brooklyn show). More of those pictures, a recent La Blogoteque Take Away Show video, and more upcoming dates (Bonnaroo included), below...

Continue reading "Phosphorescent & Family Band played the Parish (pics) & a Take Away Show (video), play Brooklyn Bowl (tonight)"

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photos by Tim Griffin

Vivian Girls
Black Lips

[Black Lips] took the stage with their typical energy of 100 firecrackers and ripped into "Sea of Blasphemy", a helpful fan tossing a beer to lead guitarist Ian Saint Pé afterward. Shortly after, the band played my favorite song from their catalog, "Dirty Hands", arguably the best track from their awesome "live" album, Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo (and earlier, Let It Bloom). This track had people lip synching and lightly air punching, which then got kicked up a few notches with the first notes of "Katrina", which unsurprisingly got the biggest crowd reaction of the night. Lead singer and bassist Jared Swilley took a moment to mention that, "It feels good to be in Austin when it's not South by Southwest," -[Soundcheck]
The Black Lips and Vivian Girls tour, which ended in Baton Rouge on Saturday, and hit Webster Hall in NYC back on 4/12, swung through Emo's in Austin on Thursday (4/28). John Wesley Coleman opened the Texas show which is pictured in this post.

Vivian Girls are now on tour with No Joy. Black Lips are heading to Europe before coming back for more North American tour dates in June. All of those dates are below.

Black Lips have a new LP produced by Mark Ronson entitled Arabia Mountain due on June 7th. Check out the first single "Modern Art," released officially yesterday, above. While you're up there grab the band's remixing debut via a new WIN WIN remix that appears on a new Scion-sponsored WIN WIN remix EP. Vivian Girls' new LP Share The Joy is out now via Polyvinyl.

More pictures and some videos from Emo's and all dates, below.

Continue reading "Black Lips released a new song & remix (MP3s), toured w/ Vivian Girls, played Webster Hall & Emo's (pics & video)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Cut Copy @ Stubb's
Cut Copy

Midnight Magic have been added to Cut Copy's upcoming Brooklyn show with Foster the People, upping the total number of bands on the Prospect Park bill to three. Tickets are still on sale.

Cut Copy's tour with Holy Ghost! ended in Austin over the weekend with two big shows at Stubb's. Tim was at the 2nd one, and his pictures are in this post.

Like she has in the past, Nancy Whang joined Holy Ghost! during their set. Maybe she'll do the same this Friday at their sold out headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg which is being opened by The Hundred in the Hands.

More Austin pics, including a shot of CC's setlist, below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

The Raveonettes @ Emo's
The Raveonettes

While they played nearly half of [new album] Raven and the Grave, which features a more dark and gloomy sound exemplified by songs like "Apparitions" and "Evil Seeds," The Raveonettes pleased their excitable [Austin] fans be delving deep in their back catalog. As a result, the set proceeded like a greatest hits revue with new material sprinkled in. Old standbys like "Here Comes Mary" and the jangly "My Tornado" were accompanied by early favorites "Love In A Trashcan," and "The Love Gang," Several of their late career hits were also present, including the insanely catchy "Heart of Stone," "Lust," and "Dead Sound."

Upon finishing their main set with new track "My Time's Up," the band gave the audience members a chance to relax their ears before coming back onstage. Foo took the mic for the haunting "Forget That You're Young" before the band closed out the night with "Aly, Walk With Me." [Austinist]

The Raveonettes (who did not make it to SXSW due to visa issues) and Tamaryn are currently traveling across the country together on a tour that concludes with two nights of shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The 4/20 show is currently sold out, but 4/21 is still on sale.

Tamaryn @ Emo's

Tuesday night, while Hunx and his Punx and Shannon and the Clams were playing on the smaller stage, the two bands were doing it on the Emo's main stage with help from opener Shapes Have Fangs. Tim took pictures of the Austin show, including this picture of a picture that was on the wall:

Fungi Girls

Scheduled for an August opening, Emo's East will be fashioned along the lines of Washington, D.C.'s 930 Club and will accommodate up to 1,700. It will feature state of the art sound and lighting, plus tons of parking. Citing the new ACL Live venue raising the bar, Emo's owner Frank Hendrix says Austin's current live music climate is right for Emo's East. "Both artists and live music fans in Austin are savvy and their expectations are increasing. We want to offer them a first class facility to meet those expectations." [Soundcheck]
More pictures from the Raveonettes/Tamaryn show are below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

DOWNLOAD: Hunx & His Punx - Too Young to Be in Love (MP3)

Hunx strikes a pose @ Emo's
Hunx and his Punx

"For "Too Young to Be in Love," part-time hairdresser Hunx, born Seth Bogart, joined forces with Shannon Shaw, lead singer of the Bay Area garage band Shannon and the Clams, whose gutsy backup vocals helped take the band's sound to the next level.

"She has one of my favorite voices," Hunx said last week via phone. "It's kind of hard playing up against her because she's so powerful. In the past, I tried to be super girly, but now I can be deeper and the girls can go crazy."" [LA Times]

Download the retro sounds of "Too Young to Be in Love" above.

As you know, and then were reminded of along with a new video, friends and collaborators Hunx & His Punx and Shannon & the Clams (who both played a BV party at SXSW) are now out on tour, a tour that hits Cake Shop on 4/20 with Davila 666 and Glasslands on 4/23 with the K-Holes and Grass Widow (Davila 666 are at Knitting Factory that night).

Tuesday night, 4/12, Tim stopped by Emo's and caught opener Fungi Girls and Shannon, but actually missed Hunx's set while watching the Raveonettes and Tamaryn in the other room. Hunx was understanding about it though and posed for the above picture, and for some more which you can see with other shots from the Austin show, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield and Timothy Griffin

Adventure (by Tim)
Bass Drum of Death

Braids (by Tim)

Braids and Adventure are on tour with Toro y Moi now. The three bands play sold out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (4/10) and Monday (4/11).

As discussed and/or pictured HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE, we threw a free, three stage party with M For Montreal at Swan Dive and Barbarella in Austin on Saturday, March 19, 2011.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by, to all the bands who played and to Ramesh for DJing. Sorry to Bass Drum of Death for not getting to play due to some confusion. Thanks to the cast of Workaholics for stopping by and for doing some hosting (catch their show on Comedy Central now!). Thanks also to Izzoz, Sensible Portions, Honest Tea, VegAustin, Raw Revolution, NadaMoo, Firefly Vodka, Line 6, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Nudie Jeans, and ASCAP. Thanks to everyone else that helped and to anyone I forgot.

A whole bunch more pictures from the whole day are below...

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Psych Fest

The Reverberation Appreciation Society and The Black Angels are happy to announce the dates, location and full festival lineup for Austin Psych Fest 4. The 4th annual festival will be held at Seaholm Power Plant from April 29 - May 1, 2011. Spanning the full range of the psych sounds, the festival honors the past while also magnifying the modern vanguard of mind-expanding music.
Tickets for the Austin feastival are on sale, and the full lineup is listed below.

Meanwhile, festival co-organizers and co-headliners The Black Angels are on the road with Sunns and play NYC twice this weekend (Friday at Bowery Ballroom and Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg) (both sold out). All of their dates and their new video for "Haunting at 1300 McKinley" is below.

Austin Psych Fest artist Spectrum kicks off a tour later this month that includes NYC shows with Austin Psych Fest band Crystal Stilts at Le Poisson Rouge on 4/16 (tickets) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/17 (tickets). Crystal Stilts' new LP In Love with Oblivion is due on 4/12 via Slumberland, but is streaming now in full, below. Updated dates down there too...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield and Timothy Griffin

Menomena (by Tim)

After 14 hours of BrooklynVegan shows on Wednesday with barely a break (Emo's and then Swan Dive), and while BBG was holding down a stage at Emo's again, we returned to Swan Dive on Thursday, but this time with the addition of the two connecting stages at Barbarella for another full day BrooklynVegan Day Party. The 3-stage affair featured 19 bands, DJ Anika, and comedian Brody Stevens as host.

The day couldn't have started better, as we had one of the artists I was most excited to see playing live on the Swan Dive stage right at noon, and that was the tall, well-dressed and significantly bearded Josh T Pearson. I only wish I wasn't still hecticly dealing with issues after the doors opened so I could have been one of the people sitting down and enjoying his solo set of songs taken from his new album Last of the Country Gentlemen which is out on Mute on March 29. What I did hear sounded great.

Meanwhile, Savoir Adore kicked things off on the outside stage while Shannon & the Clams got things going inside Barbarella. Navigating the three stages and not getting lost was definitely one of the challenges we gave attendees at the venues we camped out at for day shows all week.

After Shannon came Hunx & His Punx who Shannon also plays with. As Andrew pointed out, "Hunx seemed pretty annoyed about the five-show day ahead of him. "Come see the last one," suggested Hunx, saving the goods for that final push. The Punx band showed off admirable chops though, with the drummer pounding away and girl-group-style backups by the bassist." Andrew continues:

"Out at the venue's back stage, Dominique Unique Young had a two-man band providing soulful hooks for her club bangers, which were just fine in the brutal sunlight. And then at Swan Dive, Rural Alberta Advantage made a push for anyone, like me, who hasn't checked out their new disc, Departing, yet to do so soon (live, drummer Paul Banwat easily does the work of two guys)."
Before Dominique came Alex Winston, complete with full band three backing singers. Dominique ended her set early, giving Brody lots of time to talk before late-addition Beans went on. Beans was great and is the coolest guy I met in Austin. That's around when Bill got there:
"...arriving just in time to catch the end of Fergus & Geronimo and Beans' sets. Trying to navigate between the two connected clubs -- blazing sunshine at the patio stage, pitch black for the Barbarella inside stage -- was a bit tough.

I watched most of Yuck's set and thought they sounded great. Not the most exciting band to watch, but that's okay, not everyone can bounce around the stage like Superchunk to whom they owe more than a little sonic dept. Speaking of, Mac McCaughan was their for their whole set which I thought was kind of awesome. I asked him if he was there to collect royalties from Yuck. He laughed and said, "No way, I love these guys!"

From there it was out to the Patio for Obits' set. There's something about their pedal-to-the-metal rock that sounds a little better in Texas. Plus they played the two songs I really wanted to hear: "You Gotta Lose" from the new album Moody, Standard and Poor, and their first-ever single "One Cross Apiece."

After scarfing down some tacos (courtesy of the El Diablo truck in Barbarella's backyard, yes a sister truck to the one here at Union Pool), I caught a little of Screaming Females, rip-roaring as usual, and Menomena."

Menomena went on to a packed Swan Dive after Damien Jurado and one of Sub Pop's newest signings Memoryhouse played (both of whom I pretty much missed while dealing with technical difficulties on other stages). Gentleman Jesse & His Men and Pete & The Pirates (a UK band who many I know consider one of their favorites, and their set this day definitely didn't disappoint) also played the inside stage.

Mellowhype (by Tim)
Mellowhype (Odd Future)

But the main attraction of the day goes to... Mellowhype who were playing their second-ever show as Mellowhype (their first was a day earlier at their new label Fat Possum's party at Club DeVille), and who brought the whole Odd Future crew with them (anyone who was in Austin anyway), Tyler included. It was a beyond-packed house full of excitement...

"The assembled crowd of hipsters, blipsters, and media types went nuts when the beats dropped, as this still-teenaged hip-hop collective has been drawing favorable comparisons to early Wu-Tang, especially in terms of production aesthetic and overall energy." [Houston Calling]
You can watch some of the action in videos below.

Thanks to Izzoz, Line 6 (the mics), Korg (keyboard), Vox (amps), Blackstar (and amps), Sensible Portions, Honest Tea, ASCAP, NadaMoo, Raw Revolution, Sailor Jerry, SPARKS, all the bands, Zach, Nevona, our bartenders, sound guys, Ramone, everyone who stopped by and anyone else I'm forgetting.

Lots more pictures and videos from the whole day, below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Evan Voytas
Evan Voytas

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

"When you've got a demure woman on the microphone and she can go from a soulful refrain to a heightened howl in the matter of a minute, you know you're in the presence of someone special. I don't know if "special" quite cuts it when it comes to describing Aly Spaltro, aka Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, but she was the definition of captivating at the Brooklyn Vegan showcase at the Swan Dive. I can appreciate a good singer/songwriter, but Lady Lamb's in a class of her own and it was fantastic to see her receive such a warm Austin welcome on her first tour jaunt outside of the Northeast." [dig Boston]

Sam Amidon
Sam Amidon

We already posted one set of pictures from this Wednesday night show. Here is another. It continues below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Ted Leo
Sharon Van Etten

""I write from a painful place," [Sharon Van Etten] recently told SPIN of the inspiration behind her latest release, the seven-song EP Epic. You can say that again. At the Swan Dive venue, just past midnight, Etten played a mournful solo electric ditty, reminiscent early Cat Power, and while her lyrics were largely undistinguishable, the track's title unidentifiable, it didn't matter -- the song gushed emotional ache like blood from an open wound. Words like "pain" and "brave" and "broken" occasionally rose over the five or six simple, tinny electric guitar chords she strummed alone. Even her bassist and drummer watched intently, like they'd never witnessed the emoting force of tangled nerves they in fact support each night. "[I'll] never let myself love like that again," she said. I'd reluctantly advise against it: It sounds like it hurt." [SPIN]
After multiple years of official BV showcases at Club DeVille, we changed it up a bit this year by moving to another Red River venue, the indoor and swanky Swan Dive which was the perfect setting for the sounds of Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (solo), Olof Arnalds (solo), Ted Leo (solo), Sam Amidon (solo, except for when Olof joined him on violin for his cover of "Walking on Sunshine"), Sharon Van Etten (full band), and Evan Voytas (full band). The only negative was that the crowd noise from the back was a bit loud at times, like during Olof especially, but otherwise an amazing evening and end to a long day that started with a two-stage BV day party at Emo's.

More pictures from the show, below...

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