Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday gift guide: 10 Austin albums for your favorite music fan



Rather than reading another top records list, consider supporting artists who help "The Live Music Capital" live up to the slogan by purchasing their music for the holidays. The recommendations below are exclusively Austin bands who have put out albums in the last few years we think music fans will love listening to. Included are new releases out this year from Spoon, Brownout and Spanish Gold. There are records from The Wheeler Brothers and The Octopus Project in our gift guide that dropped a couple years ago because they are... Continue reading at axs.com

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Live music review: Spoon shines at sold-out KGSR 24th anniversary show




Indie rockers Spoon let music fans know guitar rock is still relevant despite media claims to the contrary last Friday at their sold-out KGSR 24th Anniversary show at ACL Live.  The tour kick-off performance highlighted a several songs from their acclaimed recent release, They Want My Soul. It is no surprise Spoon is still a leading Austin rock band. What is surprising is the band appears to have hit a new peak 20 years into their career when most bands are playing album anniversary shows. Instead, Britt Daniel and company put out what may be their best... Continue reading at axs.com

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Music festival preview: Austin Psych Fest reveals Levitation 2015 lineup




Austin Psych Fest marked the rebranding of the eighth annual event as Levitation 2015 by revealing a stellar lineup today. Flaming Lips, Spiritualized, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Tame Impala and festival founders, The Black Angels top the list of bands announced. The renaming comes as the festival welcomes new partners, Transmission Events, the same people who produce Fun Fun Fun Fest. The festival takes place... Continue reading at Axs.com

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Live music review: The Black Keys powered through ACL TV taping Monday


Photo: Scott Newton

Traditionally bands recording an episode of the Austin City Limits (ACL TV) televison show leave the stage near the end of the performance and return for an encore. The Black Keys intended to do the same but when the set came to a close Monday night band leader, Dan Auerbach shrugged his shoulders and told the crowd they were going to keep going. As if the momentum from the rollicking performance kept the Akron garage rockers from taking a break. Instead the band powered through a... Continue reading at axs.com

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mojo Nixon celebrated 10 years of SiriusXM Outlaw Country gig with guest artists



Retired psychobilly singer, Mojo Nixon celebrated 10 years of being at the helm of the SiriusXM Outlaw Country satellite radio show Thursday with a special appearance in Austin. Broadcast from a makeshift radio control room at ACL Live, Nixon's tenth anniversary party show was joined by Austin acts Joe Ely, Dale Watson, Paula Nelson, Justin Townes Earle, Jessie Dayton, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis and Rosie Flores among others.

Nixon is known for his bawdy humor and bombastic personality on air. The man who once had a hit with Debbie Gibson is Pregnant with My Two-Headed Love Child is prone to loud fits of laughter, off-color jokes and signing off each segment of the show yelling... Continue reading at axs.com

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Music festival preview: Six buzz bands to see at Fun Fun Fun Fest



Fun Fun Fun Fest is less than 48 hours away. We know festival-goers are planning 
their schedules and plotting their musical attack and we want to help. While it is easy 
to figure out headlining acts to see, finding the hidden gems in the lineup can be a 
guessing game. That is why we are here recommending six buzz bands 
(two for each day of FFF Fest) to put on your list this weekend. If you are watching at 
home, check out these bands on YouTube and your favorite streaming service. You'll 
likely add them to your playlists and pine for the opportunity to see these acts when they 
roll through your town.

Below is a short list of bands to put on your radar with ...Continue reading at Axs.com

Monday, November 3, 2014

Live music review: Duran Duran performs exclusive set for F1 Grand Prix Saturday



 the eve of the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) Grand Prix race in Austin Sunday, legendary '80s rockers, Duran Duran performed an exclusive set at ACL Live at the Moody Theater for race fans. The VIP-style event featured open bars, cocktail tables and buffets of food offerings. The two-time Grammy winners ran through a hit-filled 90-minute set while shrieking female fans voiced their excitement at seeing the Englishmen in the flesh.
While the band rests largely on the laurels of their first five albums (all released in the '80s), Duran Duran have admirably continued to record new albums releasing their 13th studio album, All You Need is Now in 2011 when they could have easily slid into being a retro-act like so many other aging bands. Also laudable was the absence of backing tracks which the synth-heavy act could have easily employed without complaint from their rabid fanbase. Instead, with ...Continue reading at Axs.com