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Future Islands / Big Freedia / L7 / Lauryn Hill / Off! @ FFF Fest 11/8/2015
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We expected the worst, and received the best. Ms. Hill arrived on time, began her set as scheduled, and played music without the crazy socio-political commentary. She looked extra comfortable sitting on a couch with the Austin skyline as her backdrop, playing the guitar and passionately motioning to her band to keep up with her energy. The horns, rhythm section, and back-up singers sounded like a hip hop symphony as they played complement to Lauryn's lyrics and soulful voice. The highlight of the night, at least to me, was "The Mystery of Iniquity", which is the track sampled by Kanye West on "All Falls Down". Simply magical! - [Houston Free Press]
After a rainy Saturday, Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest saw the sunshine on its final day which featured sets from Lauryn Hill (a last-minute sub for D'Angelo), Future Islands, L7, Venom, Off!, Dag Nasty, Big Freedia, Doomtree, Power Trip and lots more.

Pictures from FFF day 1 are HERE and day 2 are HERE. More from day 3, below...

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Grimes / Neon Indian / Wu-Tang Clan / Fuzz / Fucked Up @ FFF 11/7/2015
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That joy carried over to the Black Stage, where I caught epic Toronto hardcore act Fucked Up. Word was that this would be one of Fucked Up's last shows for a while, and they had one of the biggest crowds I had seen yet at the Black Stage join them. Damian Abraham later confirmed that they were taking it easy for a while, since he just had his third kid and needed to "be responsible" for a while, which added further excitement to the show. The thing about Fucked Up is that they're a hardcore band that deals in righteous celebration, and their shows are giant parties, where Damian works the crowd by becoming part of it. This was no exception, as he walked around hugging the crowd, smiling at fans, letting them sing and take part. The set was rightfully heavy on David Comes to Life material, and while the complexity of that epic work may not have come across as clearly while Damian had a mic in his mouth as he hula hooped with a fan, it made for a particularly fitting send off. The band seemed overjoyed to have the opportunity to make one of their last shows before their break be at FFF, shouting out Transmission booker Graham Williams for being "the only festival booker who once roadied for Hatebreed" as well as Torchy's, where Damian had been commanded to go by his wife in order to smuggle their hot sauce back to Canada. - [Ovrld]
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest continued on Saturday (11/7) with some rain and tons of great sets. In addition to Head Wound City and Shamir, Saturday saw Grimes, Fucked Up (who are "slowing down" as frontman Damian Abraham just had his third kid), Wu-Tang Clan, Gogol Bordello, Neon Indian, La Dispute, Ty Segall's Fuzz, The Charlatans, Archers of Loaf (who replaced Desaparecidos) and more. There were also comedians (Doug Benson and Tig Notaro performed on Saturday), plus extreme sports and more.

Pictures from FFF Fest day one are HERE and more from day 2 continue below...

Continue reading "FFF Fest day 2 in pics: Grimes, Fucked Up, Wu-Tang Clan, La Dispute, Neon Indian, Fuzz, Charlatans & more"

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Head Wound City, the side project/supergroup of The Blood Brothers' Jordan Blilie and Cody Votolato, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner, and The Locust's Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian, got back together in 2014 for their second show ever and first in nine years. Now the reunion is continuing with more shows and a full length album in the works, the followup to their only release, 2005's self-titled EP. Via San Diego City Beat:

In a lot of ways the recording of the new album was the exact opposite experience of the first EP. They had time and a budget and, perhaps more importantly, they were different people as well. To hear them tell it, the new material is still hard and visceral, but it's also mature and sonically varied. They're no longer five twenty-somethings just banging away on their respective instruments with abandon. They're five thirty-somethings banging away, but this time with feeling. They also brought in veteran producer Ross Robinson, who produced classics like At the Drive-in's Relationship of Command and The Blood Brothers' ...Burn, Piano Island, Burn.

"He was like a coach. Between takes, he'd talk to us about what we'd been doing and why we were doing it," says Serbian. "He'd just get us pumped up between takes and I've never had anyone do that."

They played a few more West Coast shows in June, and this past weekend they hit the second day of Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest and an FFF NITES show. We've got pictures of their set at the fest and a video of the night show. More below...

Continue reading "Head Wound City (Blood Brothers/Locust/Nick Zinner) are back, recording, played Fun Fun Fun Fest (pics, video)"

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Peaches / Converge / Antemasque / just a skeleton chillin'
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Mostly inspired and occasionally inane, Antemasque carried that same agitated vigor and theatrics of prior projects into their set on the Orange stage Friday night, starting 15 minutes late with "In the Lurch" and walloping through. Almost immediately one thing was clear: There's no one true frontman.

Each member performed with violent energy, demanding attention. [Omar] Rodríguez-López flailed on his guitar wildly and somehow maintained precision in his often math-y riffs, while his bassist brother Marfred [Rodríguez-López] recklessly knocked around. Blink-182's Travis Barker held down the middle, pummeling the drum kit and continuously evoking drawn-out yells of "Traaaaaavis!" from the crowd.

[Cedric] Bixler-Zavala also hurled his body across the stage in ways that made it unclear whether he was possessed by the music or some sort of Satanic presence, inexplicably hiding under a white tarp at one point as he sang. [Austin Chronicle]

Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest kicked off on Friday (11/6) and day 1 was loaded with great sets: Schoolboy Q, Converge, Drive Like Jehu, Babes In Toyland, The Dwarves, Cheap Trick, Hudson Mohawke, Rae Sremmurd, King Khan & BBQ, Mikal Cronin, Peaches, Parquet Courts, Cedric and Omar's Mars Volta/ATDI offshoot Antemasque with Travis Barker, and still plenty more. We already pictures of Shamir's set and one set of Drive Like Jehu, and we've got more DLJ shots, pics of everyone mentioned above, and more in this post.

FFF Fest continued on Saturday (11/7) and it wraps up today (Sunday, 11/8). Stay tuned for more coverage.

More day 1 pictures (by Tim Griffin unless otherwise noted) below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 day 1 pics (Schoolboy Q, Converge, Antemasque, Babes In Toyland, Dwarves, Cheap Trick, more)"

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Drive Like Jehu @ Fun Fun Fun Fest - 11/6/2015
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Despite many troubles, ATP festivals still exist and another one was just announced:

ATP Festival is excited to reveal their latest curators for All Tomorrow's Parties 2.0, seminal San Diego band Drive Like Jehu. Performing in the UK for the first time since 1994, Drive Like Jehu will be headlining the 2016 weekender as well as hand-picking the festival line-up. The first wave of artists performing alongside Drive Like Jehu will be revealed in the coming weeks.

All Tomorrow's Parties 2.0 Curated by Drive Like Jehu, held at Pontins in Prestatyn, will take place on 22nd, 23rd and 24th April 2016 for ATP Festival's second consecutive holiday camp weekender, following on from All Tomorrow's Parties 2.0 Curated by Stewart Lee (15/16/17th April 2016).

ATP's Barry Hogan adds "Jehu were undoubtedly one of my favourite performances at ATP Iceland this summer, and we couldn't pass up an opportunity to have them curate and headline ATP in what will be one of their first UK performances in over 20 years"

Limited Early Bird tickets (which start at £40 off full price per person - saving you up to £280 on your chalet) are available now via the ATP Ticket Store: http://buytickets.at/atpticketstore/38349

Meanwhile, Drive Like Jehu were interviewed for the 217th episode of Kreative Kontrol, a podcast you can listen to HERE, and they played a set at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on Friday. Pictures from that are in this post and continue below...

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Shamir @ Fun Fun Fun Fest -- 11/7/2015

Fun Fun Fun Fest is happening as we speak. Today (Saturday, 11/7) got off to a late and rainy start, but Shamir made the sun come out and got the "rainy day crowd to jump and dance", the crowd that wasn't watching Head Wound City anyway.

Shamir's tour includes two shows at Bowery Ballroom happening later this month.

Shamir's Austin festival performance, pictured in this post, came shortly after his high profile Thursday night performance of "On The Regular" on Colbert, which you can watch (complete with horn section and backup singers) along with more pictures from Fun Fun Fun, below...

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Reagan cheers Red 7's inevitable demise (more by Tim Griffin)!
Red 7's light up sign behind the bar (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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...

Continue reading "Austin's Red 7 and Holy Mountain closing; The Sidewinder opening in Red Eyed Fly space"

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The Charlatans 2015

Manchester's The Charlatans released Modern Nature this year, the band's first in half a decade. If you haven't checked it out, it's an excellent album -- through 26 years that includes a number of tragedies, The Charlatans have remained amazingly consistent, quality-wise. You can stream the whole album below.

As mentioned, The Charlatans will be over in America for Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest and will tour after, including a stop in NYC at Webster Hall on November 10. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/31) at 10 AM.

All tour dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

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Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.

Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.

The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 lineup: Jane's Addiction, D'Angelo, L7, NOFX, Wu-Tang, Venom, Ride, American Football, American Nightmare, Converge, Charlatans, Dag Nasty, MANY more"

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Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.

Now we've got pics of the whole three days on BV Austin. Check out day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE and day 3 HERE.

photos by Tim Griffin

Gorilla Biscuits @ FFF 2014
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The next band up was New York hardcore OGs Gorilla Biscuits. I caught their set at the festival and their FFF Nites show at the very tiny Mohawk Indoor later that night. Both were great but needless to say the late show was the one to be at. It's hard to believe this band formed over 25 years ago because they were still one of the freshest sounding bands of the weekend. Civ said on stage at both shows never to lose yourself, to stand up for and believe in the same things you did when you were 16 at 20, 30, 45. If anyone can preach that at a show he can, he's living it. GB played just about every song you wanted to hear -- "High Hopes," "Big Mouth," "No Reason Why," "Degradation" and so many more favorites. The Mohawk show didn't have a mosh pit so much as the entire room was a constantly-moving swarm of bodies both on and off stage. It was the kind of show where everyone left grinning and covered in each other's sweat. And after midnight on Sunday (or Monday morning by then), it was the best possible way to wrap up the weekend.
We wrote the above about Gorilla Biscuits' sets at Fun Fun Fun Fest this past weekend. Now we've got a set of pictures from their set in this post.

GB guitarist Walter Schreifels stays busy with plenty of other projects too, one of which is his blues rock-inspired Walter Schreifels and the Dead Heavens, who recently played a BV co-sponsored CMJ show. That band has since scheduled another NYC show happening on November 23 at Shea Stadium with Sneeze, Raw Blow and Vomitface. It's their only upcoming date at the moment. Walter also recently released a 7" with his other new group Vanishing Life.

More Gorilla Biscuits pics from FFF below...

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 1 - 11/7/2014

Austin's reunited emo vets Mineral just played two hometown shows last week, Fun Fun Fun Fest and a FFF Nites show the Thursday night before the festival. Now they've announced what they're saying will be the two final US shows of their reunion tour. They also take place in Texas -- Houston and Dallas this January, both with Josh T Pearson. Dates in Europe, Japan and Australia follow through late February. All are listed below.

We already wrote about Mineral's FFF set here, and now we've got pictures of their set. More, with the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Mineral announce final US shows of reunion tour with Josh T Pearson (dates & pics from Fun Fun Fun Fest)"

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 9 - Day 1 - 11/7/2014

Judas Priest brought 40 years of metal to their hour and a half set that had zero dull moments. Priest gave classic after classic and even when they worked in stuff from their new album they ripped as hard as the old favorites. Rob Halford is still the amazing frontman you'd want him to be, and really the whole band was on fire -- even the new guy Richie Faulkner they have on guitar. I'm usually iffy when the young, recently-added member of a legendary band tries to show off at all, but that dude shreds.
We wrote the above about Judas Priest's set at Fun Fun Fun Fest over the weekend and now we've got a set of pictures from their set in this post. More pics from the fest are still on the way.

Priest have been on tour with Steel Panther, who opened their NYC and NJ shows and played a FFF Nites show down in Austin while Priest was there for the fest. Like Satanicide, Steel Panther do the comedy hair metal thing and the crowd seemed to be loving it at the Barclays Center show. Their stuff probably goes over even better in a small venue, and you'll get to see them play one in NYC on their headlining tour which hits Gramercy Theatre on December 29. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All Steel Panther dates are listed, with more Judas Priest pics, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

#deafheaven on now @funfunfunfest #ffffest #funfunfunfest

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#rocketfromthecrypt @funfunfunfest #ffffest #funfunfunfest

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Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest went out on a high note on Sunday (11/9) after two previous days of fun fun fun. While I spent the first two days hopping from stage to stage, I spent the entire final day on the punk/metal-centric Black Stage, besides taking one brief break from the distortion to catch Angel Olsen's always-mesmerizing folk rock early on at the Orange Stage.

First up for me was Iron Reagan, the crossover thrash "supergroup" with members of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse and Darkest Hour. You couldn't have asked for a better start to the day as Iron Reagan made good on their promise to play more songs than any other band on the festival and still be off stage before they were supposed to. With only minimal breaks for banter, they ripped through songs from both of their albums and various EPs and included a cover of Cannibal Corpse's "A Skull Full of Maggots." These dudes definitely look and act the part, with no lack of '80s thrash hair swings and stage moves. They almost never smiled on stage, but if a song like "Your Kid's An Asshole" doesn't give it away, nobody was taking themselves too seriously.

After catching that Angel Olsen set, the next band on Black Stage was Deafheaven. Though you'd think the they would really be better fit for a dark room, they looked readymade for a festival set under the sun. The band's black metal/post-rock blend was tight as ever, but in daylight frontman George Clarke is even more of a sight to see. He's all about showmanship and crowd interaction and spends so much of the show reaching his hands out Nick Cave-style over the eager fans who can't wait to reach back.

Then came Hot Water Music, as much veterans of the '90s punk/emo scene as Mineral and Knapsack who played two days earlier, just with many more albums and only a two-year breakup period. They sounded awesome as always, with the highlights off their 2012 comeback album Exister sounding as great as their more classic material. Like they did at The Fest the weekend earlier, they brought out Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause to split lead vocals on "Trusty Chords" and you can check out a short clip of that below.

Gorilla Biscuits at tiny Mohawk indoor! 😵😵😵😵😵 #gorillabiscuits #mohawk #FFFnites

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After Hot Water Music, the veteran punk continued on the Black Stage through the end of the festival. The next band up was New York hardcore OGs Gorilla Biscuits. I caught their set at the festival and their FFF Nites show at the very tiny Mohawk Indoor later that night. Both were great but needless to say the late show was the one to be at. It's hard to believe this band formed over 25 years ago because they were still one of the freshest sounding bands of the weekend. Civ said on stage at both shows never to lose yourself, to stand up for and believe in the same things you did when you were 16 at 20, 30, 45. If anyone can preach that at a show he can, he's living it. GB played just about every song you wanted to hear -- "High Hopes," "Big Mouth," "No Reason Why," "Degradation" and so many more favorites. The Mohawk show didn't have a mosh pit so much as the entire room was a constantly-moving swarm of bodies both on and off stage. It was the kind of show where everyone left grinning and covered in each other's sweat. And after midnight on Sunday (or Monday morning by then), it was the best possible way to wrap up the weekend.

After GB on the fest was Rocket From the Crypt, one of the many bands of John Reis (Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, etc), who made it seem like their short reunion was over before this but luckily they had more in them. RFTC were great -- their many-membered lineup, two horn players included, took the stage in their matching outfits and delivered plenty of fan faves. We got "Middle," "On A Rope," "Heart of a Rat," "Im Not Invisible," "Glazed" and plenty more from their initial 10+ year run as a band.

Murder City Devils headlining the Black Stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest #murdercitydevils #FFFfest

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Following them and headlining the Black Stage for the night was Murder City Devils, who were pretty much the perfect match for RFTC given they were around at the same time for a while in the '90s/early '00s and shared an approach to blending rock n' roll and punk. One difference though is Murder City have a new album out and they played some of that but we also got plenty from their prime era like "18 Wheels," "Press Gang," "Idle Hands" and more. Whether it was an old one or a new one though, Murder City were on fire. They were incredibly tight, loud, and full of a serious amount of energy. Catching their set was my personal biggest conflict of the weekend (I had to miss Neutral Milk Hotel), but with a set like the one they played I have no regrets.

Day 1 recap HERE and day 2 recap HERE. We'll have pictures of all three days soon. Meanwhile you can check out lots more pics on the @BVAustin Instagram.

Continue reading "FFF Fest day 3 recap: Murder City Devils, Rocket From the Crypt, Gorilla Biscuits, Hot Water Music, Iron Reagan & more"

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#kingdiamond at @funfunfunfest #funfunfunfest

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#nas at @funfunfunfest #funfunfunfest #illmatic

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Fun Fun Fun Fest continued in Austin's Auditorium Shores on Saturday (11/8) with another amazing and eclectic lineup (and hopefully better lines). I started my day at the Black Stage for Fat White Family. The crazed psych band was a little calmer than they tend to be in a small venue, but even for a festival set so early on in the day, the Fat Whites brought it.

The energy on the Black Stage quickly rose significantly as Glassjaw followed, quenching the same early 2000s post-hardcore thirst that The Blood Brothers did a day earlier (not to mention they had a shared love for tight tees and theatrical stage moves). They leaned heavy on the early material and really put on a classic Glassjaw set, looking and sounding like no time had passed since 2002. The crowd followed suit, with a pit open and endless stage divers the whole time.

I hung around the Black Stage for a bit of METZ's wild-as-always set, and then headed to the Orange Stage where Courtney Barnett was playing. I hadn't seen Courtney in about a year since she played CMJ 2013, and not that I doubted her but after Saturday's set I'm sure of it that her rise to bigger stages is well deserved. One person said of her recent Webster Hall show, "Courtney Barnett's ramshackle gigs are now serious fucking rock shows" and that's exactly how I felt seeing her at FFF.

The Orange Stage continued to be the place to be as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart took the stage followed by their tourmates The New Pornographers. Pains, who have been on the road with their killer new lineup this year, brought it once again with a lot of the new album, a good mix of the first two, and another of the high energy shows this new lineup is becoming known for. Then the New Pornographers, Dan Bejar and Neko Case included, followed with another excellent set that kicked off with the title track from this year's Brill Bruisers and went on to include plenty more from that album. They apparently had some technical difficulties that they didn't mention until after they were fixed, but you wouldn't have known it. New Pornographers sounded flawless.

#sickofitall at @funfunfunfest #funfunfunfest

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Over at the Black Stage, NYHC legends Sick of It All were playing a set pulling from Blood, Sweat and No Tears and Scratch the Surface. SOIA definitely partied like it was 1989, started a wall of death ("a game we used to play before all the metal bands and ska bands took the idea"), and though they talked on stage about not getting too sucked into nostalgia (they mentioned they have a new album out but couldn't play anything off of it because of "contractual obligations"), they clearly had a lot of fun with those old songs.

Another nostalgia set then went down on the Blue Stage, where Nas played all of the unfuckwithable Illmatic. His DJ came out, played "The Genesis" over the PA, and then once he dropped that beat to "NY State of Mind," Nas finally took the stage and was on fire the whole time. Not to throw shade at his other albums, but as good as a Nas set usually is, previous times I've seen him don't compare at all to seeing Illmatic in full. It's no secret that it's a timeless album, but he really made it feel like it was on Saturday. Unlike Sick of It All's set, this didn't feel like nostalgia. There's a handful of good rappers on FFF's lineup, but Nas playing his 1994 album still sounded ahead of all of them.

Wrapping up the day on the Black Stage was the face-painted metal legend King Diamond. Like the other shows on his current US tour, he and his band had a haunted house-like stage set up with staircases, a fence in front of them, light-up crosses, a guest dressed up as a spooky old man, and more props. The operatic singer ran through a set of his songs and a few by Mercyful Fate, all while being a character in the stage show himself.

#modestmouse at @funfunfunfest #funfunfunfest

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I split the end of my night catching half of King Diamond's set, and then catching half of Modest Mouse over at the Orange Stage. Though it's still been years since Modest Mouse put out anything new (they did just put out a couple reissues though), Modest Mouse have been having an incredible year on tour. They packed the end of their set with favorites -- "Float On," "A Different City," "Out Of Gas," "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" -- and played them with this genuine energy that was a great reminder that they were once one of the most consistently great indie rock bands around. It might seem boring or obvious to say these things about Modest Mouse in 2014, but their recent live shows deserve it.

Day 1 recap HERE. We'll have a recap of the rest off FFF Fest 2014 (as well as full picture sets from all three days) soon. Meanwhile, you can check out lots more pics on the @BVAustin Instagram.

UPDATE: Day 3 is up.

words by Andrew Sacher / photos via @bvaustin

Mineral / Run the Jewels / King Diamond fans @ FFF Fest 11/7/2014

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Austin's annual music festival Fun Fun Fun Fest kicked off on Friday and, apart from the line troubles stemming from its new location, featured a stacked lineup like always, spanning punk, metal, hip hop, dance and more, with plenty of the old as well as the new. On top of that you could walk by wrestling matches, BMX competitions, standup comedy and more fun.

Over at the Orange Stage early on, Knapsack and Mineral repped '90s emo. Knapsack had reunited in 2013 and initially said that was it but fortunately they still had more in them and came back for this, while Mineral have been on a reunion tour for a couple months. The two bands pulled from totally different sides of the spectrum. Knapsack's punky songs were the more "fun" of the two, and those guys looked like they were having a blast on stage too. Mineral on the other hand brought the delicate guitars and post-rock crescendos, giving the crowd something to zone out. Both bands played like the seasoned veterans they are, but they've still got that youthful spirit that music like this came from.

After that on the Blue Stage came two veterans who are pushing things forward, Run the Jewels, the collaborative project of Killer Mike and El-P that sounds entirely modern. They take the hardcore rap that both of them came up and revitalize it with futuristic beats that doesn't really sound like any of the other hip hop at FFF this weekend. Both Killer Mike and El-P have a fair share of serious songs, but they have fun with RTJ -- including some lighthearted Sun Kil Moon ribbing -- and got the crowd going harder than anyone else I saw that day.

The Blood Brothers

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Then the Black Stage made it feel a little more like 2004 as post-hardcore maniacs The Blood Brothers came on, followed by dance-punk duo Death From Above 1979, both of whom expressed mutual admiration for the other from the stage. The Blood Brothers have been reunited this year, have only played less than 10 shows so far, and they're still the totally wild band that made Burn Piano Island, Burn. It only took seconds for the front of the crowd to turn into a crazed mosh pit which one of their singers spent about a third of the show in.

While Blood Brothers was all old favorites, DFA1979 put out their first new album since their 2004 debut this year and played a lot of that. It pretty much just sounds like their older material though, so the whole thing sounded like classic Death From Above. Plus by then the sun had set and their light show was killer, lightup elephant trunk faces included.

Going back further in time was the headlining set on the Black Stage from Judas Priest, who brought 40 years of metal to their hour and a half set that had zero dull moments. Priest gave classic after classic and even when they worked in stuff from their new album they ripped as hard as the old favorites. Rob Halford is still the amazing frontman you'd want him to be, and really the whole band was on fire -- even the new guy Richie Faulkner they have on guitar. I'm usually iffy when the young, recently-added member of a legendary band tries to show off at all, but that dude shreds.

We'll have a recap of the rest off FFF Fest 2014 (as well as full picture sets from all three days) soon. Meanwhile, you can check out lots more pics on the @BVAustin instagram.

UPDATE: Day 2 recap HERE. Day 3 recap HERE.

FFF Fest lines yesterday (via)

Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest kicked off in earnest yesterday (11/7) with such bands as Judas Priest, Alt-J, Dinosaur Jr, DFA 1979 and more. But Friday wasn't all fun fun fun. A large amount of attendees had trouble getting in due to very long lines and waits of three hours or more for will call. The fest apologized on Facebook:

Today many of our fans experienced significant delays with the check-in process due to a significant single wave of unexpected demand.

As you know, Fun Fun Fun was displaced from its former location in 2013 and was forced to create a completely new layout and process due to the renovations at Auditorium Shores. This dynamic alone creates challenges for staff and customers alike.

Since 2006, FFF has operated under a strict no refund policy, which remains today. Knowing this, we found it unacceptable to allow our loyal fans to miss their favorite artists, simply because of a delayed check-in process. So, we decided to take drastic measures to address this, by allowing the remainder of the line into Fridays nights show regardless of the check-in process. We did this in consultation and with the blessing of City of Austin officials. Ultimately, our primary concern is always safety in the line, safety in the fest, and safety on the way home - so we needed to coordinate with all parties to make sure this was a smart and effective solution.

We would like to personally apologize for any delays that our fans experienced today, and would like to thank everyone for their patience as we adjust to this new location for FFF.

The also offered some hopeful solutions for the rest of the Fest:
Queue (The FFF ticketing partner) will keep the box office open after the festival tonight to assist any customers still needing credentials for the weekend and for Nites.

The box office will open tomorrow at 8am for early check in, customer service, and questions and answers.

Now that we have identified the problem and allocated resources to fix it, we are confident that tomorrow's lines will be back to normal.

Please share this with your friends so everyone can stay informed. Thanks y'all.

It seems like it's working, reports were there were no lines as of noon today. Saturday's lineup (11/8) includes Modest Mouse, Nas, First Aid Kit, The New Pornographers and lots more. We'll have pictures and recaps of FFF soon.

In the meantime, follow along on BV Austin's instagram.

FFF Fest

Our favorite annual Austin music festival Fun Fun Fun Fest begins tonight/Thursday at various venues around Austin and continues for three days straight at Auditorium Shores, and each night at more local venues. The latter category is the 'Nites' when many bands play a 2nd FFF-affiliated show while in town for the fest.

BrooklynVegan is proud to present one of the Nites, and that is Dinosaur Jr., Meat Puppets and Cass McCombs at ACL Live Saturday night.

Our metal blog Invisible Oranges presents Pallbearer, local rippers Eagle Claw, Pallbearer's blackened tourmates Vattnet Viskar and JR Robinson's metal collective Wrekmeister Harmonies at Elysium Saturday night.

Locals Residual Kid, who were just in NYC for CMJ, open for the Blood Brothers at one of the Nite shows, and now count Sire/Warner as their label home.

The Blood Brothers are one of the many bands featured in our 'emo revival guide to Fun Fun Fun'.

Freddie Gibbs, despite being involved in a shooting in NYC, will be performing at Fun Fun Fun with Madlib.

Death Grips will not.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 begins (Freddie Gibbs included), Residual Kid signed to Sire, IO presents Pallbearer"

by Andrew Sacher

Meat Puppets @ Rough Trade - 11/1/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Meat Puppets

Meat Puppets and Cass McCombs brought their co-headlining tour to NYC over the weekend for shows at Rough Trade on Halloween and November 1. Meat Puppets headlined the first night and they switched it up on night 2. I caught the Meat Puppets set on the second night, which had them sounding excellent. They played plenty of the seminal Meat Puppets II (which turned 30 this year) and tons of other crowd pleasers. As they tend to, they stretched a handful of songs out into their Crazy Horse-style jams, and really locked into them. We don't have the exact setlist for the second night, but you can check out the night 1 setlist and a video below. If you were there, did you pick up the bands' new split 7"?

The Meat Puppets/Cass McCombs tour continues, hitting Austin for a BrooklynVegan-presented FFF Nites show with Meat Puppets' old '80s SST pals Dinosaur Jr on Saturday (11/8) at ACL Live. Like all FFF Nites shows, it's free with a Fun Fun Fun Fest wristband. Flyer below.

Our metal blog Invisible Oranges is also presenting a FFF Nites show with Pallbearer, Eagle Glaw, Vattnet Viskar and Wrekmeister Harmonies that night at Elysium. Check out the full FFF and FFF Nites schedule here.

Updated Meat Puppets/Cass McCombs dates are listed, with the setlist and a video from Rough Trade, below...

Continue reading "Meat Puppets & Cass McCombs played 2 NYC shows, playing FFF Nites show with Dinosaur Jr (BV presents)"

by Bill Pearis

Hundred V

Austin band Hundred Visions travel in the same circles as neighbors OBN IIIs and make a similar, if poppier, guitar racket. This week the band just released their second album, Spite, via Wau Pau and you can stream it via Rdio below. You can also check out the horror-themed video (a lot of that going around today, hmm) for single "You're Gonna Cut Me Loose" that plays like a lost, warped VHS rental from 1991. It makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.

While Hundred Visions have no tour plans at the moment, if you're heading to Austin next week for Fun Fun Fun Fest, they'll be playing a couple shows during that, including a Burger Records presented FFF Fest Nites show, and another with Thee Oh Sees, Jack Name and Warm Soda. Dates are listed, along with the video album stream and flyer, below..

Continue reading "Hundred Visions released 'Spite' & new spooky video (listen/watch), playing FFF Fest"

RTJ at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Run the Jewels, aka El-P and Killer Mike, gave away downloads of their new album for free last week. Now it's officially released physically and as a deluxe version on iTunes which includes the bonus track "Blockbuster Night Pt. 2" which features Despot and Wiki of Ratking. You can stream that below.

RTJ are celebrating the new release on Wednesday (10/29) at Rough Trade with a big event that begins at 6:30 PM and includes "an album play-through, a meet and greet, poster giveaways, and more." The first 20 people to get in will also gain entry to a private event happening afterwards that includes "a brief Q&A session with the group and Mass Appeal's Sacha Jenkins," followed by a screening of NYC classic The Warriors at nearby Nitehawk Cinema. Another way to get into that screening/Q&A is by entering our contest to win a pair of tickets. Details below.

They'll also be performing "Early" on the 'Late Show With David Letterman' this week with Boots, who also appears on the album version of the track. That airs on Halloween.

Halloween is also when their tour begins in Philly. It then hits Fun Fun Fun Fest, which goes down in Austin from November 7-9. Check out the schedule.

After FFF, they play NYC on November 29 at Stage 48 with Ratking and Despot. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.

Continue reading "Run the Jewels release LP bonus track, celebrating at Rough Trade (win tix to afterparty Q&A/screening & Stage 48 show)"

FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014

With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:

FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.
If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.

You can still get FFF passes here.

Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Nites lineup announced (Meat Puppets, The Jazz June, TPOBPAH, Power Trip, Single Mothers, Le1f, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Jazz June

Earlier this year, emo veterans The Jazz June put out their first new song in 12 years on a split with Dikembe, and mentioned that a full length produced by Into It. Over It.'s Evan Weiss was to follow. That album has now officially been announced. It's called After The Earthquake, and it will be out on November 11 via Topshelf (the same label that released Braid's comeback LP this year). It follows 2002's Better Off Without Air. That's the album artwork above and you can check out the tracklist, which includes "Over Underground" from the Dikembe split, below. (Their latest dates also say they play Fun Fun Fun Fest. A new addition to the Austin fest? We're not 100% sure yet, but stay tuned for confirmation on that.)

Into It. Over It. will be involved with other emo veterans this year too. His tour schedule includes opening the 10/11 date of American Football's three night run In NYC, and opening most of the Mineral tour.

Speaking of, Mineral singer Chris Simpson (also of The Gloria Record), is releasing a new album with his Zookeeper project this year, Pink Chalk, which is due out on October 14 via Count Your Lucky Stars (the label run by Empire! Empire!, whose new LP features a guest appearance from Chris). Chris stopped making music you can accurately call "emo" a while ago, and this new song is more along the lines of singer/songwriter indie. Good stuff no matter what genre name you give it, as you can hear (via Stereogum) below.

Continue reading "The Jazz June detail new LP, 'After The Earthquake'; Mineral singer Chris Simpson streaming a song from new Zookeeper LP"

Murder City Devils (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Murder City Devils

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.

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.
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.

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...

Continue reading "Murder City Devils releasing LP, replace Death Grips on Fun Fun Fun Fest; Modest Mouse replace Death Cab"

Death Grips

Death Grips (or someone with their Facebook password) posted a handwritten break up and show cancellation letter to their Facebook earlier today. One of the shows they're cancelling is Fun Fun Fun Fest... AGAIN. The Austin fest has had enough, and posted handwritten letter of their own in response. Check it out below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest responds to Death Grips"