ACL 2016: Band of Horses at Austin City Limits

Photo Credit: Scott Newton

Photo Credit: Scott Newton

Band of Horses could easily be described as one of Austin's favorite bands. Having played here several times over the course of their career to huge crowds and several appearances at the Austin City Limits Festival over the last few years. The band recently completed their sixth album Why Are You OK and returned to to the ACL Festival stage on Friday night for a triumphant set before settling into their second appearance on the Austin City Limits stage last night. The latest album was written by the bands leader, Ben Bridwell, in what has been described as an "estrogen charged atmosphere" at the home he shares with his wife and four daughters. Bridwell took every free moment he could find between taking care of his daughters in his garage writing material for the new album and it is one of there best releases. Band of Horses were making their second appearance on Austin City Limits last night having played at the the old studios on the campus years before. The band opened strong with "Is There A Ghost" from their second record before showing off new tracks "Solemn Oath" and "Casual Party". They then made a quick set changed for a stripped down acoustic version of "No One's Gonna Love You" that had an audience of over 2,500 completely silent. When they finished they were given a standing ovation and thunderous applause that was refreshingly authentic after a long weekend of short festival sets. The bands energy was contagious and the adoration and respect they have for each other is so apparent. They joked around with each other and commented to the crowd on how much fun they were having before joking that "Now that were all having fun, here's a song about death" and then performing a fan favorite "The Funeral" before finishing off the night with "The General Specific". It was definitely one of the most memorable performances at Austin City Limits and we will make sure to remind you when it airs early next year as part of ACLTV's Season 42 on PBS. The band will also be back in Austin this Friday as part of weekend two of the Austin City Limits Festival

Band of Horses - Austin City Limits Setlist 10.2.16

Is There A Ghost
The Great Salt Lake
Casual Party
Solemn Oath
Throw My Mess
No One's Gonna Love You
Part One
Our Swords
Detlef Schrempf
In A Drawer
The Funeral
The General Specific

ACL 2016: RZA - Live from the 36th Chamber of Shaolin

RZA kicked off a huge two weeks in Austin last night with the world premiere of his live scoring of the 1978 classic "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin". The film was a staple of the Wu Tang Clan growing up and they have taken samples from the film and incorporated into their music since day one. The live scoring was an idea that initially came up a year before when RZA was in town for Fantastic Fest and apparently had the idea after a little too much Mescal with the FF staff. Once the buzz wore off though the idea still seemed like a good one and he began to incorporate classic Wu Tang tracks into the film and worked out how the scoring would be done live. The crowd at the State Theater was the first to see this live and it took the first 20 minutes to get in a flow but once he found his rhythm RZA transformed the film into something special. He took tracks from every Clan member and applied it carefully to match certain tones of the film, from intense opening credits layered with "Triumph" off Wu Tang Forever to funnier scenes mixed with "Old Man" from Masta Killa and Ol' Dirty Bastard you can tell he put a lot of thought into the soundtrack. What admirable is that standing up for two hours straight and scoring a film is no easy task and is a testament to how passionate RZA is to showing respect to a genre of films that shaped him as a producer and as a director. There is only one more live scoring in the near future that will take place at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles on October 10th (SOLD OUT). RZA will continue his trip to Austin with performances at Austin City Limits with his new project Banks and Steelz with Paul Banks of Interpol.

Last Night: The Kills at ACL Live

The Kills finally made their proper return to Austin,Texas last night after a long time away. Okay, technically they were just here in March for SXSW but that doesn't really count. After several years away and without a new release since 2011, the band returned this year with the brilliant Ash & Ice. After guitarist Jamie Hince had an incident with a car door that led to several surgeries on his hand that left the future of the band at risk and the waiting game began. While unable to perform Hince took the time to build a new studio while singer Alison Mosshart moved to Nashville and focused on her side project, The Dead Weather, with Jack White. Ash & Ice was long overdue but finally arrived this year and last night the band opened with "Heart of A Dog" to one of their largest crowds in Austin to date. The band bounced around their entire catalog all night creating dream set list for die hard fans that included favorites "Doing it to Death" and "Tape Song". The band closed out the night with one of their earliest tracks "Fried My Little Brains" and finishing with one of their most well known "Sour Cherry". You can see the full set list and below.

Chromatics - Dear Tommy

It's been four long years since Chromatics last release and although we don't quite know when they will releasing the follow up Dear Tommy the band has shared the title track from the upcoming album today. The video is gorgeous with a blend of broken glass, blood and roses all colliding together with the groups signature sound providing the soundtrack.

Dinosaur Jr. - September 16th at ACL Live

Credit: Levi Walton

Credit: Levi Walton

Dinosaur Jr. are returning to Austin on September 16th for a show at ACL Live. The band just released their first album in four years, Give Me A Glimpse Of What Yer Not, on August 5th and have kept busy over the summer opening for Janes Addiction. We haven't had them in Austin since they did a FFF Nites show with the Meat Puppets in 2014 and who better to bring them back than FFF veterans and newly christened Margin Walker Presents. You can purchase TICKETS HERE.