The Virtue of The Voidz - Live at Stubbs BBQ - 10.4.18


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The Voidz have been a sort of sanctuary for Julian Casablancas over the last few years. A place for him to indulge his experimental side and possibly have a little less diplomacy than he has to when he is performing with The Strokes. I can only assume it's nice to hide from the pressures of being a headliner from time to time and what better way to do that then opening for Phoenix on back to back sold out nights at Stubb's just in time for Austin City Limits.

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The Voidz set began with the track “Leave It In My Dreams,” which set the tone for how the rest of the show would be: a huge blistering mix of guitars and synthesizers. The band may not be as "tight as The Strokes, but that is the point. It's a little rawer and in that sense embodies the spirit of rock and roll. Casablancas’ is as true to form as he has ever been in the 18+ years he has been a frontman. Still elusive, hiding behind sunglasses at night and a hazy cloud of smoke and dark lighting, but that's how we want him to be. In a culture of social media that gives us 24 hours a day access to our favorite musicians it's nice to have the mystery that The Voidz are doing something cool that most of us will never understand.

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This tour and the most recent release, Virtue, have the band at a crossroads no longer just being a backing band to Julian Casablancas but by dropping the moniker of "Julian Casablancas and The Voidz" and just going by The Voidz. It shows a leap of faith by Casablancas and commitment to everyone else on stage, and during several points, you could see just how cohesive the band had become and got a sense of a group enjoying themselves. While the set was short The Voidz still managed to enthusiastically power through "QYURRYUS", "Black Hole" and M.utually A.ssured D.estruction" before closing things out with "Human Sadness" and if he has carried on one trait from his time with The Strokes it's that when the show is done it's done and the impact of the show speaks for itself. No need for an encore, it leaves them wanting more.

The Voidz Tour Dates - Fall 2018

October 18, 2018 -PABELLON CUERVO - MEXICO CITY, MX

October 20, 2018 - COORDENADA

October 26, 2018 - VICAR STREET - DUBLIN, IRELAND

October 27, 2018 - MILL - BIRMINGHAM, UK

October 29, 2018 - DEN ATELIER - LUXEMBOURG

October 30, 2018 - ROCKING CHAIR - VEVEY, SWITZERLAND

November 1, 2018 - PITCHFORK - PARIS

November 3, 2018 - VILLAGE UNDERGROUND - LONDON

November 4, 2018 - UNDERGROUND VILLAGE -LONDON

November 6, 2018 - CONCORDE 2 - BRIGHTON, UK

November 7, 2018 - O2 RITZ - MANCHESTER, UK

November 9, 2018 - ICELAND AIRWAVES FESTIVAL - REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

Last Night: Kali Uchis - Isolation Tour


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The energy at Stubb's reached a fever pitch once the lights went out and a silhouette of Kali Uchis appeared center stage behind a curtain drenched in red lights. Softly singing the opening of "Dead To Me," the singer then emerged from behind the curtains to a wall of screams from her adoring fans. This tour is as huge a moment for the Colombian American singer as it is for her fans. With the release of "Isolation," she finally has a full arsenal of songs while performing at will undoubtedly be her most intimate shows as her meteoric rise is justly destined for arena shows. It is a unique time to be a Kali Uchis fan, and her most die-hards know it.

Uchis has begun to master her performance over the last few years and maintained eye contact with the crowd for the entire evening while pulling out carefully choreographed dance moves to tracks like "I Feel Love" and "Flight 22" while the whole amphitheater moved to the vibe.

Her strong suit lies in her Spanish language performances and is a subtle but firm reminder of how aware she is of her roots. In this, we got "Nuestra Planeta" and Gloria Trevi cover of "Todos Me Miran" to which the audience dutifully sang along.

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Uchis played an 18 song set that concluded appropriately with "Body Language" and showcased an artist on the verge of superstardom. Not based on one performance but based on her ability to connect and influence her audience in both style in attitude, a feat easier said than done. We will meet up with Kali Uchis next month in California at Tropicalia Fest and are ready for another party.

Kali Uchis Returns to Austin - September 27th at Stubbs


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Kali Uchis has had a huge 2018 with high profile festival slots to the critical acclaim of her debut, Isolation and this fall she will be touring in support of the album in what is sure to be one of the most anticipated tours of the year. The Colombian-American singer has shown her range to collaborate with everyone from Tyler The Creator to Juanes, and she recently released an acoustic version of "Dead To Me" with an all-new video to accompany the track. Kali Uchis will be in Austin at Stubb's next week. [Tickets]


Slash featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators at Stubb's - Slash Today's Guest on WTF Podcast with Marc Maron


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Slash wasted no time after the most recent tour dates with the reunited Gun and Roses and is back with his band Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. The band not only found time to record their third album, Living The Dream but also just launched their headlining tour of North America. To promote the new album and tour, Slash was today’s guest on the WTF Podcast with Marc Maron [LISTEN] where two geeked out about guitars and discussed everything from Slash’s early life to the glory days of GnR. The band will be in Austin next Monday (Sept 24th) at Stubb’s. [Tickets]

The band also just released the latest single, "My Antidote" as the third single from the release and is the band's 6th consecutive release to reach the Top 10 on the rock radio charts.

Calpurnia Embark On Their First World Tour


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Somehow between the success of Stranger Things and IT, Finn Wolfhard found time to not only start a band but also record an EP, play a few festivals and make their late night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live. You could quickly look at this as some novelty for child star that is having a very triumphant moment in their career if Wolfhard's enthusiasm for the music wasn't so apparent. Calpurnia is a band of teenagers with a style that relays a much older soul. The lo-fi fuzzy sound of their debut EP, Scout, is a welcome surprise and the band recently recorded a Spotify Singles session that featured a cover of Weezer's "Say It Ain’t So" that the group was inspired to record after playing it so much on the video game Rock Band.

This fall and into early next year Calpurnia will embark on a world tour that will include three Texas dates including a stop in Austin at Scoot Inn.

Calpurnia Tour Dates

October 20th - The Phoenix - Toronto, ON
November 28th - Club Academy - Manchester, UK
November 29th - KOKO - London, UK
December 2nd - Kessel Haus - Berlin, Germany
December 3rd - Paradiso Noord - Amsterdam, Netherlands
December 5th - Alhambra - Paris, France
December 21st - The Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC
January 4th - Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR
January 8th - Cannery Ballroom - Nashville, TN
January 10th - House of Blues - Dallas, TX
January 11th - Scoot Inn - Austin, TX
January 12th - House of Blues - Houston, TX

The Voidz Announce Tour Dates, Share James Corden Interview


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Julian Casablancas went all in earlier this year when he dropped "Julian Casablancas and" and committed to just being simply The Voidz. And with a fall tour that includes dates opening for Beck you can tell that he is putting in the hard work making the band his full focus while still balancing some effort in The Strokes. The band just wrapped up a weekend at Riot Fest and will continue their fall tour with a few shows alongside Phoenix including a pair of shows on October 3rd and 4th at Stubb's BBQ here in Austin [Tickets]. All of this is in support of their most recent release, VIRTUE, which was released in May and was the bands first release in four years. If that wasn't enough, the band also made time to sit in with James Corden for a segment called "What Would The Voidz Do" for the Late Late show that you can watch below.

The Voidz Tour Dates

9/17 – Starlight Amphitheater – Kansas City, MO*
9/19 – Pinewood Bowl – Lincoln, NE*
9/20 – Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
9/22 – Maverick Center – Salt Lake City, UT*
9/27 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
9/28 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
9/29 – Meow Wolf – Santa Fe, NM
10/2 – Tower Theater – Oklahoma City, OK
10/3 – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, TX #
10/4 – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, TX #
10/5 – Southside Ballroom – Dallas, TX #
10/6 – Heights Theater – Houston, TX
10/26 – Vicar Street – Dublin
10/27 – The Mill – Birmingham
10/29 – Den Atelier – Luxembourg
10/30 – Rocking Chair – Switzerland
11/1 – Pitchfork Festival – Paris
11/4 – Village Underground – London
11/6 – Concord 2 – Brighton
11/7 – O2 Ritz – Manchester
11/9 – Iceland Airwaves Festival – Reykjavik

* = with Beck
# = with Phoenix

Angel Olsen Announces Solo Tour


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Angel Olsen recently began her first solo tour since 2014 and will be making a stop in Austin, Texas at The Paramount Theater on September 20th. After the success of "My Woman" her acclaimed 2016 release found her playing to huge audiences she revisited some her earlier work for the most recent collection of music, "Phases". The new tour is a return to form for Olsen relying only on her voice and guitar and is indeed a unique way to see her while you still have to opportunity.

Angel Olsen Tour Dates

September 17 - Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
September 20 - Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre
September 21 - Marfa, TX @ Trans-Pecos Festival
September 28 - Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Festival
September 29 - North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA