Friday, August 30, 2013

Live music review: The Black Angels overdue debut Austin City Limits TV taping

Alex Maas and Christian Bland of The Black Angels    Photo: Emily Lim

There are a lot of folks who think what put Austin on the live music map is the Texas Blues sound made famous by artists likeStevie Ray VaughnSteve Earle and Jerry Jeff Walker in the 70s and 80s. In reality, the psych rock movement led byRoky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators came first and was nationally prominent both in Central Texas and the West Coast. This is why Austin psychedelic rock revivalists, The Black Angels' invitation to record an Austin City Limits TV (ACL TV) episode was... Continue reading at

Monday, August 26, 2013

Live music review: Dawes Austin City Limits TV taping

Examiner has seen Los Angeles quartet Dawes perform live three times and the band has grown in stature with each performance. The most recent was an Austin City Limits Television (ACL TV) taping at the Moody Theater Sunday evening. Our first encounter with Dawes was a ...Continue reading at

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Live music review: Kurt Vile sold out The Mohawk Austin Tuesday

The last time Examiner covered a Kurt Vile related event it was a "secret show" with his former band, The War on Drugs at Mercury Hall. Vile left the band in 2008. Tuesday's show at The Mohawk was anything but a secret. The show sold out a few hours before the doors opened at the Red River venue. Since the release of his new album, "Walkin on a Pretty Daze" (Matador Records), Vile has been... Continue reading at

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Live music review: My Bloody Valentine drops noise bomb on Austin Music Hall

Friday evening UK shoegaze pioneers My Bloody Valentine took the stage at Austin Music Hall in support of their first studio effort in 25 years. Solo act, New Fumes opened the show. As expected, Kevin Shields and his band played one of the loudest shows in Austin since UK band, Mogwai played Stubb's a few years ago. The band, in effect, dropped a... Continue reading at

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

5 Austin music festivals we love and why they kick ass

Due to the extreme heat each summer, music festival season in Austin arrives late in the year. Better late than never. Local music festival afficianados annually pray the weather in Austin will cool off before heading out to catch national and local bands as the summer wanes. In this week's list we tell you about our favorite five Austin music festivals and tell you why...continue reading at

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Live music review: White Denim thrills at Blues on the Green ACL Fest preview

On one of the hottest days of the summer, the final KGSRBlues on the Green (BOTG) at Zilker Park featured a preview of local bands invited to Austin City Limits Festival (ACL Fest) this year. White DenimMy Jerusalem and The Preservation performed in front of an estimated 8,500 music fans at the last Blues on the Greenthis year in what amounted to a mini... Continue reading at

Monday, August 5, 2013

Live music review: Son Volt lights up Belly Up Tavern in San Diego

The last time we got to witness Uncle Tupelo founder, Jay Farrar and his talented band that are Son Volt, the band was playing a sundowner set at Old Settler's Festival outside Austin last April that we had to leave early to cover another performance. That is why it was such a pleasrure to see the group headline San Diego's famous Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach Friday. The high-ceilings, exposed wooden support beams and relatively small room give the venue a decidedly homey feel. As far as Austin clubs go, the space feels like an expanded, upscale version of the old Antone's Nightclub in downtown Austin down to details like the VIP balcony next to the stage. Son Volt did an excellent... Continue reading at

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