When The Mars Volta broke up a few months ago a lot of blame was put on guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. TMV frontman Cedric Bixler Zavala went on a Twitter rant calling out Lopez and his fellow Bosnian Rainbows collaborator Teri Gender Bender. With Lopez and Bender in a relationship it seemed as though it was that tried and true story of a guy who chose the girl over his band. Bixler formally announced he was quitting The Mars Volta on Twitter with this statement:
Thank u 2 all VOLTA fans u deserved more especially after the way u rooted for us on this album. I tried my hardest to keep it going… But Bosnian Rainbows was what we all got instead. I can’t sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta… I honestly thank all of you for buying our records and coming to our shows. You guys were a blast to play in front of. We could never had done it with out you. My dream was to get us to the point were Jon Theodore and Ikey Owens came back but sadly it’s over. Thank u a million times over for ever giving a f-ck about our band.
Rodrigruez-Lopez took the high ground praising his fellow At The Drive-In members in regards to their reunion and plugging Bixler's solo project despite the harsh words. It was also very obvious that Lopez was a lot more enthusiastic during live performances with Bosnian Rainbows than he had been over the past year with ATDI and TMV.
Bosnian Rainbows are currently on tour in Europe with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs but Austin will get a chance to weigh in on the new project when they perform May 29th at Red 7. [TICKETS]
I finally made amends with Phoenix last night....
Having been a fan of the group for quite a few years I found myself exhausted with them by the time they played Stubb's for what felt like the 100th time a couple of years ago and if I had to listen to "1901" one more time I probably would have gone crazy. I guess it's pretty cliche but their success kind of soured me. Going into the show I was excited but not excited as you are supposed to be when seeing such a good band in such an intimate setting.
From the moment they opened with "Entertainment" you could tell that it was going to be a special performance. They wasted no time from there moving into material from their breakthrough, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, with Lasso, Lisztomania and Fences, which even I appreciated after taking a time away from listening.
The band was energetic and bold throughout the evening declaring “When you’re on tour, you play places where bands have been before, and you feel part of a tradition, and tonight it’s sort of the ultimate, the pinnacle moment, We’re very proud to be doing this ACL TV show, and we’re proud that you’re doing this with us – we feel like we’re keeping Austin weird.”
There were instrumentals that were riveting and several occasions where lead singer Thomas Mars ran into the crowd that made not only for an amazing performance but what I can only expect will be very interesting television. By the time they finished up with "Rome", Mars had climbed the rafters onto the second floor of ACL Live and was thanking everyone he came in contact with.
I have to admit that I would have never guessed that it would be one my favorite ACL tapings but that is exactly what it was. In terms of hugely successful "pop" bands we can (and often do) so much worse than Phoenix.
You can read a full review and see more photos at ACLTV.com
After weeks of speculation and quite a few sneak peeks, The 2013 Austin City Limits line up is here in all it's glory. While the last few days has given us headliners like Muse, Phoenix and The Cure alongside exciting acts like D'Angelo, Toro Y Moi, Local Natives and Haim, festival organizers saved the best secrets for last. Can we start off with the fact that DEPECHE MODE will be headlining!? That's reason enough for me but we also have Atoms For Peace, Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend and so many more to sweeten the deal.
The Line Up:
Depeche Mode, The Cure, Atoms For Peace, Kings of Leon, Muse, Wilco, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, D’Angelo, Passion Pit, Franz Ferdinand, Tame Impala, Local Natives, Portugal. the Man, Neko Case, Grimes, Jimmy Eat World, Dawes, The Joy Formidable, Purity Ring, Divine Fits, Toro Y Moi, The Shouting Matches, Haim, Smith Westerns, Savages, FIDLAR, Parquet Courts, Autre Ne Veut, Phosphorescent, Wild Belle, and Hundred Waters, Lionel Ritchie, Kaskade, Silversun Pickups, Grouplove, The Black Angels, Okkervil River, Shuggie Otis, Wild Nothing, Pinback, Foxygen, Reignwolf, Deap Vally, Bright Light Social Hour, Lissie, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, White Denim, The True Believers, Mona, Roadkill Ghost Choir, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Typhoon, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Dan Croll, Shovels & Rope, Electric Guest, Valerie June, The Band of Heathens, Red Baraat, Jacuzzi Boys, Widowspeak and more.
This will be the first year that the festival is split in to two weekends taking place on October 4-6 and again on October 11-13th.
General Admission 3 Day Passes, VIP 3 Day Passes, Platinum and Travel Packages will be available this morning (5/7) at 10am, while supplies last. Single day tickets will not be available this year.
For more information head over to the ACLFestival.com
Find the next "Live at The Landmark" event : http://www.jdliveatthelandmark.com
The Couch, hailing here from Austin, TX, releases the new video for "Kaiser", a popular track off their latest record released this past winter.
Catch their show TOMORROW at Holy Mountain / 9PM with The Baker Family. Event details here.
The Couch is also playing a free festival in San Marcos, MR. Fest (presented by KTSW and Dakota Ranch) this weekend. Catch them Friday Night at the Texas Music Theater @ 10PM.
Robert Plant has announced the first American tour dates for his latest project, The Sensational Space Shifters. Austinites will get the opportunity to see the rock legend on June 23rd when Plant makes his "hometown" debut at ACL Live. [Tickets on sale 4/27 : Info]