Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Live music review: Jones Family Singers album release party at Threagill's



When folks think of gospel music often it is dismissed as “church music” and not taken seriously by music fans. Last year’s Oscar winning documentary, “20 Feet From Stardom” pointed out that for a significant period in time nearly every successful rock and roll artist has used backup singers who were trained in gospel choirs to record and perform. The Jones Family Singers brought the notion that gospel is integral to ... Continue reading at Examiner.com

Friday, April 11, 2014

Live music review: Arcade Fire - Austin360 Amp vs Phi Slamma Jamma - Continental

Photo: Ashley Cass via Instagram

The Arcade Fire stopped in Austin yesterday at the Austin360 Amphitheater as the high-flying rockers from Montreal continued their endless tour supporting last year's acclaimed "Reflektor" album. The band also booked a "secret" after show at Continental Club under the name Phi Slamma Jamma. That show began after midnight and included DJ sets by frontman, Win Butler listed as DJ Windows 98 on the Continental's web site. Both performances were impressive but... Continue reading at Examiner.com

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Live music review: White Denim are ready to be Austin's next big thing



Austin writers have a penchant for prematurely announcing the "next big thing" in regards to local bands, however, there is nothing premature in claiming White Denim is an act that is going places. We knew it from the first time we saw the band several years ago at the old Emo's downtown. Last Thursday the band displayed a maturity in their live performance at Stubb's BBQ that indicated theJames Petralli-led group has already jumped from buzz act to national recognition. The jammy, psych-rock infused set the foursome played featured almost no... Continue reading at Examiner.com

Friday, March 21, 2014

Photos: SXSW 2014 - Kurt Vile, Dum Dum Girls, Big Freedia at Sailor Jerry House


Dum Dum Girls showing off their Oliver Peck tatttoos


Our favorite flavored spirit, Sailor Jerry Rum hosted the Sailor Jerry House at the Gypsy Lounge from Tuesday to Saturday during the South by Southwest (SXSWMusic Festival. The week kicked off with a surprise acoustic performance by Kurt Vile. The Dum Dum Girls also performed (and got tattoos) from legendary artist, Oliver Peck who starred on reality show, Ink Masters. Fans were offered free Sailor Jerry tattoos chosen at random by a spin at the wheel by... Continue reading at Examiner.com

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

10 SXSW 2014 breakout bands to watch

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South by Southwest (SXSW) closed with a bang Saturday despite drizzly weather that put a damper on outdoor shows during the day. We saw sets by Snoop DoggGary Numan and Phantogram among others. Snoop was fun. Gary Numan could teach a few young artists a thing or two about stage presence. Phantogram (sounds like a start-up app) were good too. But what we are really excited about are the breakout bands we saw perform for the first time during the festival; Desert NoisesJuly TalkFuture IslandsBearcubbinLucius and Lucas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. Our list includes top tier Austin bands... Continue reading at Examiner.com 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Live music review: Willie Nelson rocked Heartbreaker Banquet at SXSW 2014



The third annual Heartbreaker Banquet sponsored by Electric Lady Studios and Robot Fondue at Willie Nelson's Luck, Texas ranch Thursday during SXSW featured a surprise appearance by the red-headed stranger himself. The event held during South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival has featured Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Gary Clark Jr., Father John Misty and Shovels and Rope in the last couple of years. This year's lineup was possibly Heartbreaker Banquet's finest as The Wild FeathersLuciusShakey Graves and Lucas Nelson and the Promise of the Real performed in front of approximately 1,000 fans at the intimate venue. The evening ended with... Continue reading at Examiner.com

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

5 for SXSW 2014: NITF, White Denim, Snoop Dogg, Future Islands, Fader Fort preview



Officially the South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) began yesterday, but March 10 (often called overlap day) featured day parties stocked with bands and booze. Monday was also the first Jimmy Kimmel Live taping at the Long Center with Austin's own White Denim. Yesterday we hung at the Spotify House for Jungle and Future Islands then beat it over to the Fader Fort preview with Charli XCX and Chromeo. Tuesday evening ended at the Sailor Jerry House where surprise guest... Continue reading at Examiner.com