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.

2016 Sound on Sound Festival


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.