Saturday, May 31, 2014

Free Press Summer Fest 2014 interview: Tom Nguyen of Houston band The Tontons

One of the better moves Free Press Summer Fest(FPSF) organizers made this year was putting Houston upstarts, The Tontons on the main, Mars Stage Saturday. The quartet has been steadily gaining buzz in the national music press since forming five years ago. The contrast of Vocalist Asli Omar's jazzy vocal delivery against the created by brothers Adam and Justin Martinez (guitar and drums) and Tom Nguyen (bass) gives the act their own lush, soulful sound. 

The Tontons have drawn raves from Spin MagazineThe Austin ChroniclePop Press International and Examiner. If you missed our previous posts in which shared our love of the band find them at... Continue reading at

Friday, May 30, 2014

Win VIP tickets to Myspace Holy Ghost! show after X Games downtown kick off June 5

The official kick-off for X Games Austin will take place in the 2nd Street District on Thursday, June 5 where Myspace will be hosting a free Holy Ghost  performance at ACL LiveMyspace is giving away a pair of VIP tickets with guaranteed express entry to the concert which will likely reach capacity. Music fans may RSVP and should arrive early to ensure entry to the... Continue Reading at

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Top 10 acts to see at Free Press Summer Festival 2014

This weekend marks the sixth year of Free Press Summer Festival (FPSF) at Houston's Eleanor Tinsley Park. We picked ten acts you should see at the two-day (plus opening night party) festival that boasts headliners, Wu-Tang Clan and Jack White. The rest of the lineup is equally appealing. The DeftonesThe KillsWashed Out and Houston's own The Tontons all made our list.
The budding FPSF is similar to... Continue reading at

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Live music preview: Austin Music Vol 13 party tomorrow at new Visitor Center

Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 28) the Austin Music Office, a division of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau will host a free party at the ACVB's sparking new Visitor Center from 5-7 p.m. to celebrate today's launch of the Volume 13 of their Austin Music CD which highlights great, local artists each year. This year's CD spotlights a new roster of acts including 2014 Austin Music Award winners, Riders Against the Storm and soul outfit, Lastasha Lee and the Black Ties. Both acts will... Continue reading at

Thursday, May 22, 2014

X Games to live stream The Flaming Lips, Gary Clark Jr. and more this June

There is good news for live music fans who are not able to the attend the first X Games held in Austin this June. The event has announced plans to live stream some of the acts including The Flaming LipsBad Religion and local favorite Gary Clark Jr. Headliner Kayne West was not mentioned in the official anouncement sent to media this afternoon. The live music webcast will be streamed on, the X Games Facebook page and the X Games Livestream Channel.
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Monday, May 19, 2014

Live music review: Desert Noises rocked Stubb's BBQ after return to Austin

Last Friday Utah buzz band Desert Noises returned to Austin in support of their latest album, "27 Ways" at Stubb's BBQ. The foursome played an official showcase and several more appearances during SXSW in March. After we caught them at the Do512 Lounge playing their fusion of psych-rock, blues, folk and alt-country we were hooked. Friday's performance... Continue reading at

Monday, May 12, 2014

Live music preview: The Eastern Sea RB Sound Select show to benefit SXSW Cares

March was an emotional month for the Austin music community. A drunk driver fled Austin Police and mowed down four people near The Mohawk during SXSW. A positive result of the SXSW crash was The Mohawk, SXSW and Austin Community Foundation quickly organized SXSW Cares to benefit individuals and families affected by the accident. The tragic event also spawned a number of live music performances that benefitted SXSW Cares including tomorrow's Red Bull Sound Select show featuring ACL Festival veterans... Continue reading at

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Live music review: Austin Psych Fest 2014 Black Angels, Dandy Warhols, Temples

In the seventh year of the event, Austin Psych Fest has hit its stride. The music festival attracts fans and bands from all over the world. After rotating to a new venue each year since 2008, APF appears to have found a home in Carson Creek Ranch located minutes from Austin-Bergstrom Airport after returning to the location for a second consecutive year. Not only has the festival found a perfect home, the carefully curated roster of acts this year was stellar.
It is hard to decide which set stood out most, the intensity of post-rockers... Continue reading at