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.
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. 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.
Hayes Carll will be taping an episode of Austin City Limits on August 30th. The show is sure to focus on his most recent release Lovers and Leavers, which was a stripped down shift in style for Carll that was met with widespread acclaim. Carll grew up in The Woodlands, Texas and got his start playing in dive bars in and around Galveston. His songwriting has drawn comparisons to other another Texas great, Townes Van Zand and one of his best assets is creating an intimate atmosphere when performing live so his second appearance on the Austin City Limits stage is sure to be something special. You can enter for a chance to win tickets to the taping HERE.
S U R V I V E members Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein have been getting a ton of well deserved attention for their work on the Stranger Things soundtrack over the last month and it could not have come at a better time. S U R V I V E as a whole have been doing some amazing work on their own right for the last few years and all this new found attention comes on the eve of the release of their upcoming album RR7349. We get a second preview of the new album with the track "Wardenclyffe" that you can listen to below. This fall the group will embark on a fall tour that will no doubt see a huge influx of fans of the Netflix hit show that are curious to see more of the artists work. They will be having the release party at Barracuda on September 30th that will double as a hometown send off for the tour. Tickets are available for only $10 and you can pre-order the LP on the groups BandCamp.
S U R V I V E - U.S. Tour Dates
September 30 — Austin, TX @ Barracuda - TICKETS
October 4 — Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
October 5 — San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
October 6 — Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
October 7 — San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
October 8 — Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's
October 11 — Portland, OR @ Holoscene
October 12 — Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
October 14 — Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
October 16 — Joshua Tree, CA @ Desert Daze Festival
October 26 — Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
October 27 — Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
October 28 — Washington D.C. @ U Street Music Hall
October 29 — Philadelphia, PA @ 714 (Making Time)
October 31 — Brooklyn, NY @ Good Room
November 1 — Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
November 2 — Allston, MA @ Great Scott
November 3 — Buffalo, NY @ Studio at Waiting Room
November 4 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Lodge
November 5 — Detroit, MI @ El Club
November 6 — Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
December 31 — Dallas, TX @ It'll Do
Mexrrissey, the mariachi/latin styled tribute to Morrissey will be touring this fall with two stops in Texas. The all-star band that consists of members of Mexican Institute of Sound, Moderatto, Calexico and more have received critical acclaim for their album of Moz covers, No Manchester. The Texas dates are a must see with unique performances in Marfa as part of the Transpecos Festival at El Cosmico and at an historic outdoor amphitheater on the Riverwalk in San Antonio.
Fall 2016 Tour Dates
8/20 - Helsinki, Finland - Helsinki Festival
9/23 - Marfa, TX - Transpecos Festival
10/26 - Falls Church, VA - State Theatre
10/27 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
10/28 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
10/29 - Philadelphia, PA - Merriam Theater
10/30 - San Antonio, TX - Arneson River Theater
10/31 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
11/1 - Escondido, CA - Center Theater
11/2 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
The first annual Sound on Sound Festival will take place on November 4-6 at Sherwood Forest Faire just east of Austin in McDade, Texas. After 10 years of running Fun Fun Fun Fest and Transmission Entertainment the crew behind the scenes parted ways with Transmission a few weeks ago to start Margin Walker Presents and Sound on Sound. The festival shares the same aesthetic and DIY that FFF started with mixed with the playfulness of being held at a medieval themed park. Beach House will headline along with Explosions in the Sky and Phantogram. We can't help but notice that frequent collaborators (Big Grams - Big Boi and Phantogram and Killer Mike- Run The Jewels) will all be in attendance so we can hope for some crossover. It also boasts a ton of up and coming acts like Car Seat Headrest, Empress of, Thundercat and Hinds as well as some great local acts including Orthy, Boyfriendz, Night Drive, Magna Carda, American Sharks and more.
Three-day GA tickets are on sale now at www.soundonsoundfest.com for $169 plus tax and shipping. Additionally, three-day Treat Thy Self passes are also available for purchase for $445 plus tax and shipping, which entitles ticket-buyers to the utmost festival-going experience at Sound on Sound Fest. Treat Thy Self perks include preferred viewing areas, expedited entry, exclusive food and drink offerings and happy hours, dedicated lounges and restroom facilities, and additional amenities that will be announced later this summer.
Sound on Sound Fest will also offer on-site camping for all ticket-buyers for just $115 plus tax and shipping. This ticket is a standalone pass allowing access only to the camping grounds, and it does not grant access to the festival performance grounds. Additional GA and Treat Thy Self camping upgrades are available upon checkout online at www.soundonsoundfest.com. Single-day tickets, as well as parking passes, will also be available for purchase in the coming months.