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Video: The Blind Pets “Heavy Petting” Promo Video

Local band The Blind Pets, known to party and throw down pretty heavy live, just put out a promo video for their upcoming release “Heavy Petting”. Let’s hear it for bringing back some rock-n-roll with swagger…No known release date, so stay tuned.

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Itch Pick: The Dig @ Mohawk 10.18

I haven’t been taking in as much new music these days as I should be, and mostly because a majority of it bores me. This band out of Brooklyn named The Dig, has managed to hold my attention for awhile with their most recent release Midnight Flowers. Granted it may remind me of The Antlers at times, who I have a little love for, but this 4-piece has recorded a album that runs solid from front to back, which most bands fail to do on a regular basis. Catchy, accessible hooks with daydream lyrics, Midnight Flowers provides plenty of opportunity and substance to hang on to for it’s duration.

Catch The Dig this Thursday 10.18 at Mohawk with The We Shared Milk and locals Royal Forest.

 

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Video: ACL 2012 Saturday Highlights

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Video: ACL 2012 Friday Highlights

Some clips of what went down at ACL Festival on the first day..

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ACL Pick: Crystal Castles

It’s getting to be that time of year again, time for one of Austin’s premier music festival that continues to sell out rapidly and draw folks from all over the globe. As we do every year, we be posting a list of band’s, probably lesser known by many, that we have on our list to check out. Some old favorites and some that are sparking current curiosity.

Now I’m generally not a fan of dance/electronic/rock duos, but vocalist Alice Glass is interesting to watch live. The girl rocks this genre like no other out there. Plus, what are your other options this time of day? Red Hot Chili Peppers? Regurgitated 90′s one trick pony antics by a band that should have quit when they were on top? Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to an aural and visual treat to end the fest with Crystal Castles. It’s a guaranteed dance party.

Sun 7:30 on The Honda Stage

 

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ACL Pick: Bad Books

It’s getting to be that time of year again, time for one of Austin’s premier music festival that continues to sell out rapidly and draw folks from all over the globe. As we do every year, we be posting a list of band’s, probably lesser known by many, that we have on our list to check out. Some old favorites and some that are sparking current curiosity.

Bad Books is the musical marriage of songwriters Kevin Devine and Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra) the two have been working together in other factions of the music business, so Bad Books seems a natural progression. The band is filled out with other members of Manchester Orchestra so fans of that band, and I know that you are a grand passionate bunch of fans, will more than likely enjoy the similar sounds of Bad Books.

Sunday 3:45 on the Austin Ventures Stage.

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ACL Pick: Gary Clark Jr.

It’s getting to be that time of year again, time for one of Austin’s premier music festival that continues to sell out rapidly and draw folks from all over the globe. As we do every year, we be posting a list of band’s, probably lesser known by many, that we have on our list to check out. Some old favorites and some that are sparking current curiosity.

Local blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr masters a genre that was the foundation of the Austin music scene for many years. As that genre has faded into the shadows of a scene that is bursting at the seams, Clark is the brightest hope for reviving it’s legacy. With a history of playing with most of the blues legends that come to mind, Clark has been establishing himself as the young saviour of the blues over the past few years, and is currently at the peak of his career threatening to become larger than life. Clark will be releasing his Blak And Blu recording on Oct 22nd, and will be hitting the late night tv circuit following.

The 2:15 time slot Sunday on the AMD Stage seems to a bit short.

 

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ACL Pick: Gotye?

It’s getting to be that time of year again, time for one of Austin’s premier music festival that continues to sell out rapidly and draw folks from all over the globe. As we do every year, we be posting a list of band’s, probably lesser known by many, that we have on our list to check out. Some old favorites and some that are sparking current curiosity.

Gotye..are you fucking kidding me? ACL, get your head out of your ass. The only two reasons to show up on Saturday are Steve Earle and Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Jack White is back again and probably will be in some mystical form the next year and the next and the next and the next…yawn. Hopefully Neil Young and Crazy Horse spend some time on the classics and don’t get too caught up in pressing the new material…

Neil Young and Crazy Horse headline Saturday..sure you can figure it out.

 

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ACL Pick: M83

It’s getting to be that time of year again, time for one of Austin’s premier music festival that continues to sell out rapidly and draw folks from all over the globe. As we do every year, we be posting a list of band’s, probably lesser known by many, that we have on our list to check out. Some old favorites and some that are sparking current curiosity.

 

 

M83 might not be familiar to most of you out there just on name alone, but there’s an argument that you have probably heard the band on several occasions. An electronic dream orchestration by French composer Anthony Gonzales, M83 have quietly worked their way into mainstream media with minimal nod from mainstream music consumers. The band’s 2011 release Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming has stood strong and present for the last year and their climb into the music listeners conscious may only be seeing the first few rungs of the ladder. Take a moment to breathe in the air, the sky, feel the grass, and enjoy M83

Friday 12th 7:30 Barton Springs Stage

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ACL Pick: Black Lips

It’s getting to be that time of year again, time for one of Austin’s premier music festival that continues to sell out rapidly and draw folks from all over the globe. As we do every year, we be posting a list of band’s, probably lesser known by many, that we have on our list to check out. Some old favorites and some that are sparking current curiosity.

Now, I’m not claiming to be that familiar with the Black Lips music, but their onstage antics and history are enough to warrant a few minutes of your time at ACL Fest this year. Nudity, vomiting, urination, chickens, fireworks, flaming guitars just to name a few should be worth a peak. Not to mention that the band had to secretly escape India while on tour in 2009..because of previously mentioned antics. It promises to be an entertaining show at the least.

Friday 12th 6:15 Austin Ventures Stage

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ACL Festival Pick: Afghan Whigs

It’s getting to be that time of year again, time for one of Austin’s premier music festival that continues to sell out rapidly and draw folks from all over the globe. As we do every year, we be posting a list of band’s, probably lesser known by many, that we have on our list to check out. Some old favorites and some that are sparking current curiosity.

 

The first band on our list, and this one was an easy one as they have been a personal favorite for years, specifically for the reason they released one of may favorite albums Gentlemen. The Afghan Whigs made their skid mark on the music scene in the early 90′s after forming in the late 80′s. Transcending the grunge movement the band established itself more as a post-punk garage outfit with lyrics fitting lengthy sessions with a therapist. A recent reunion of the band promises to relive the good ‘ol days of Jagermeister shots and unforgettable gentlemanly lyrics.

Friday 12th 4:15 on AMD Stage.

 

The Afghan Whigs – Debonair (Official Music Video)The Afghan Whigs
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Video: Diamond Rugs “Blue Mountains”

What’s not to like about a band that consists of members from Deer Tick, Los Lobos, Black Lips, Dead Confederate, and more..? Diamond Rugs is the name of the band, and you can catch them here in Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest…this is their video for “Blue Mountains”..

 

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Replacements DVD “Color Me Obsessed” Gets Nov 20th Release Date

The Replacements, a band that many might say was one of the greatest lesser known bands in the world, will be featured in a documentary DVD being released Nov 20th titled Color Me Obsessed.  A Gorman Bechard directed film will document the impact of the band on the scene with interviews including journalists, fans, and musicians. Hopefully some rare footage of the band will be included in there as well.

If you aren’t familiar with The Replacements, my immediate reaction might be shame on you, but instead I almost feel sorry for you, for not knowing the glorious mess of a band. The glorious mess of band whose greatness fell short of the industry’s measurement of a band’s success, but left a lasting impact on many who find success measured in different terms.

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James Murphy (Formerly LCD Soundsystem) Wants Your Photos

I’ve grown quite fond of James Murphy as of late. Although I purchased the band’s debut self-titled release back in 2005, I didn’t really keep up with the band, and probably missed many an opportunity to see them live. Sometimes it’s better late than never I suppose.

So, moving on from LCD Soundsystem, Murphy has been selected by Ron Howard to direct a short film, and he needs your photos for inspiration. Check out the video for complete info, and dust of the shutterbug inside yourself. I’m a Nikon guy personally, but I don’t think that matters..

 

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Video: Riverboat Gamblers “Comedians”

Local Austin rock/punk outfit Riverboat Gamblers have a new video for the track “Comedians” off of their May release The Wolf You Feed. I don’t know if it’s just me, but this track feels like a gentler kinder Riverboat Gamblers, and I like it….

 

 

 

Catch Riverboat Gamblers on the road:

  • 9/1/12 – New Braunfels, TX – Dia De Los Toadies @ Whitewater Amphitheater %
  • 10/3/12 – Shreveport, LA – Bear’s
  • 10/4/12 – Pensacola, FL – The Handlebar
  • 10/5/12 – St. Petersburg, FL – The Local 662
  • 10/6/12 – Orlando, FL – The Socail
  • 10/7/12 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
  • 10/8/12 – West Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
  • 10/10/12 – Newark, DE – Mojo Main
  • 10/11/12 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fire
  • 10/12/12 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
  • 10/13/12 – New York, NY – Jewel Concert Cruise
  • 10/16/12 – Quebec City, QC – Union Commercial
  • 10/17/12 – Montreal, QC – Cabaret Underworld
  • 10/18/12 – Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dee’s
  • 10/19/12 – London, ON – Call The Office
  • 10/20/12 – Hamtramck, MI – Small’s
  • 10/21/12 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
  • 10/22/12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
  • 10/24/12 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
  • 10/26/12 – Atlanta, GA – Star Community Bar #
  • 11/2/12 – New Orleans, LA – Parish @ House of Blues ^ 
  • % Toadies, Mariachi El Bronx, Helmet
  • * Cobra Skulls
  • # Valient Thorr, Scandinavian Cock
  • ^ Lagwagon, Cobra Skulls
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