Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Live music review:Neon Desert Festival emphasized EDM and international acts

In Austin, we are fortunate to have multiple festivals throughout the year to entertain us. In El Paso, Neon Desert Music Festival attendees told us last weekend was special for a number of reasons. The international lineup attracted fans from Juarez, across the border.  People came from all over Texas and the country to El Paso to visit and great international bands like Les Butcherettes, La Vida Boheme, Mexican Institute of Sound and DJ A-Trakmade appearances. Headliners, MobySparta and Austin's  ... Read more at examiner.com

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Live music review: Fader Magazine's "secret show" with The War on Drugs

Media folks are a friendly lot. Proudly, our Austin music media community is fairly cohesive and collaborative. Simply put, we help each other out when we can. Last night we were on hand for a "secret show" organized by Fader Magazine at Mercury Hall thanks to Katie Warner of BalconyTV Austin and The Austin Times. The act music fans came out in droves to see is The War on Drugs (Philadelphia).
Read more at Examiner.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Music festival preview: Austin City Limits announces best lineup in years

Late last night, promoter C3 Presents posted the new Austin City Limits Festival lineup. At first glance it looks better than any announcement by ACL Festival in the past few years. We were hoping for Neil Young and Crazy Horse and they are is in the lineup. So are the Red Hot Chili PeppersIggy Pop and the Stooges and Florence + the Machine to name some of the headliners. After hearing rumors for years that C3 landed Neil Young and RHCP... Read more at examiner.com

Friday, May 18, 2012

Weekend music preview: The White White Lights, The Boxing Lesson, Black Pistol Fire

While there are several good national touring acts coming through Austin this weekend (M83, Flogging Molly) the local music scene is heating up for Summer with appearances byPolitics, The White White Lights, The Greatcoats, The Boxing Lesson and Black Pistol Fire.Our preview this weekend includes a couple FREE shows so pay attention kids there is a much ground to cover this week. We will get started with what is happening tonight in the Live Music Capital. 

read more at Examiner.com...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Live music review: Panchanga Fest touted big name acts, cooler weather

Music festivals can be taxing, crowded and confusing, we wrote a post about it a while back. There has been a recent trend towards creating music festivals that cover a particular genre, thereby limiting the audience size. Old Settler's Folk Festival, FunFunFun Fest and Austin Psych Festival are all great examples of music festivals that draw a lot of fans, but not the 70,000 plus that cram into Zilker Park for Austin City Limits Festival due to the niche each festival serves.

Read more at Examiner - Austin...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Weekend music preview: Boxing Lesson, Calm Blue Sea, Pachanga, Jane's Addiction

The Austin local live music scene has a number of notable performances scheduled this weekend in addition to appearances by national acts, Jane's Addiction, Los Lonely Boys, Brownout and Puerto Rican sensations Calle 13. Notable Austin bands in the clubs this weekend; The Boxing Lesson, Residual Kids, Megafauna, The Calm Blue Sea, Ume and Ringo Deathstarr. Los Lonely Boys and Calle 13 are headlining the Pachanga Latino Music Festival at Fiesta Gardens. Brownout is also slated to play the fifth annual Latino fest. There is much to cover... Keep reading on Examiner.com

Friday, May 4, 2012

Live music review: Ziggy Marley turned ACL Live into a reggae palace Wednesday

For most music fans, Bob Marley is a mythical, legendary reggae artist they never got to see in person because he passed away some time ago. Marley's son, Ziggy looks and sounds much like his famous father. On Wednesday evening at The Moody Theater at ACL Live, he turned the venue into a reggae palace, rightfully assuming the role of heir to the throne vacated by his father's untimely death.

Read more on Examiner...

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Kong Screen Printing is participating in Springboard: Deep East Studio Showcase Saturday

Kong Screen Printing who have gained exposure recently for their hit "Welcome to Austin" t-shirt design is participating in Springboard this Saturday at Artpost in East Austin. Springboard is a free, open studio event that includes some of the larger studio complexes in Deep East Austin including Artpost (event location), Bay 6 Studios, Big Medium, Pump Project, Pigoata Studios (next to Bay 6) and the Pump Project Satellite. Our next event is right around the corner, this Saturday, May 5 from 2-9 p.m.

Springboard is a great opportunity to see art and meet artists. Whether you are a first-time visitor, a returning patron, or an art-o-phile who needs their studio-viewing fix before the annual East Austin Studio Tour in November. Browse the studios, experience the huge variety of art, be inspired by the creativity of each unique space.

The tour is self-guided. The locations are in close proximity to one another so consider bringing your bike for easy travel! Delicious, gourmet Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches will be available for guests!

Kong Screen Printing was founded by Bruce Braden who entered into a partnership with artist and Fine Art print maker, Ryan Burkhart last year. The partnership has already paid huge dividends as the pair produced a hit t-shirt design just before the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive, Film and Music Festival began this past March. The now infamous design has been customized for a local bar, been purchased by folks across the country and struck a nerve among Austin residents all at the same time.

The T-Shirt everyone is talking about

While Bruce and Ryan have fun producing hand-made, clever t-shirt designs, Kong also produces studio quality prints for visual artists and their patrons who demand high-quality, professional prints and reproductions. Kong also prints promotional items for clients like custom t-shirts, beer coozies, postcards and more. They can likely figure out how to print on any surface you want. The fact that they are nice, friendly folks is an added bonus for their clients.
Stop by Springboard on Saturday and meet the Ryan (Bruce is out of town). Bruce and Ryan also have a penchant for producing great micro brews. There may even be some kind beers laying around the studio to sample on Saturday. Come out and see for yourself and join the after party following Springboard. You can RSVP on Facebook here.

The Mill next door (now connected to Artpost by gates) will have art, live music and will host “Springboard After Dark” featuring DJ Bobby West, Joanna Barberra, Radiola and Those Nights participating in an art jam until 11p.m..


Welcome our newest artists:
  Jason Webb, Lucy MacQueen, Sara Vanderbeek,  Kasey Short, Laura Dray, and Ryan Burkhart

                                     What: Springboard - Deep East Studio Showcase

                                     When: Saturday, May 5, 2-9 pm

                                     Where : Kong Screenprinting at Artpost and The Mill 
                                                     4704 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702 (map)

Experience new works in sculpture, painting, screen-printing, jewelry, handmade boots, and audio electronics, and explore experimental work in progress with the artists.

Ryan Burhart


Tina Schwieger


Foster Talge

Jason Webb

Bruce Braden