Austin City Limits shattered dreams this morning, as every festival eventually must, when it released its schedule for the two-weekend bash. Whereas before excited festival-goers could look at the line-up and think "I'd love to see that one! And that one! Wow, and them!," now they must look at the s ... More >>
Austin City Limits' lineup for 2013 was just announced: Headliners include Depeche Mode, The Cure, Muse, Kings of Leon and noted teenage-girl-advice-givers Atoms for Peace. Tickets go on sale May 7 -- early bird passes are sold out but VIP is available if you just can't wait. See also: -50 Don't ... More >>
British Sea Power's new record Machineries of Joy is out this week, and it's everything you'd hope for from one of the most underappreciated and upbeat indie rock acts of the last few years. Marking ten years since their debut The Decline of British Sea Power, Machineries of Joy beguiles the listene ... More >>
On day one of Ultra Music Festival 2013, the main-stage DJ surprisingly played Red Hot Chili Peppers' "By the Way." It's not one of the Cali crew's early songs, but it's a hit that came out when about 60 percent of the crowd (now dancing in tutus, "Show Me Your Tits" tees, and beaded masks slathered ... More >>
My Bloody Valentine released a new album over the weekend, and by all accounts it's very good. There are a lot of thick, quavering guitars on it, you can't really hear the vocals, and nothing goes much like you expect it to, which is to say that if you enjoy My Bloody Valentine, you'll enjoy m b v. ... More >>
Friday, June 1, at Gexa Energy Pavilion
The ShinsThursday, October 11, at House of Blues, $39.50The Shins were sort of indie-rock darlings until they got Braff-ed in the mid-Aughts. That's when they blew the eff up. We haven't heard much from them since 2007's Wincing the Night Away, but now that they've got a new one under their belts -- ... More >>
Tonight, The Melvins will perform at Trees. While perusing the Internet in search of photos, I realized the band has two drummers. I thought about how pointless and excessive it is to actually employ two drummers to support a band, but then I considered how powerful the result can be. Two drummers s ... More >>
Today, we mark Gary Numan's 54th birthday with a Covering Tracks homage by Dallas' own New Fumes. The godfather of synth-pop is still going strong, touring extensively last year, performing 1979's The Pleasure Principle in its entirety and providing guest vocals on the Battles track "My Machines." W ... More >>
Founder Wyatt Parkins has an angel on his shoulder.
Thursday, November 17, at Dada
The recent Big Four shows featuring thrash-metal kings Metallica, Megadeath, Slayer and Anthrax were massive, epic spectacles that were barely contained by the huge venues they were performed in -- legendary spots such as the Coachella-approved Empire Polo Club and Yankee Stadium, and some Europe ... More >>
BRAIDS' members are young -- all four members are in their (very) early 20s -- but the Canadian band is already earning quite a bit of critical buzz for their cool and collected, and heavily influenced by Animal Collective, brand of experimental pop. Led by the talented Raphaelle Standell-Preston, ... More >>
TV on the Radio & Broken Social Scene House of Blues September 16, 2011 Better than: having a ticket with a "rain or shine" guarantee from the box office, only to have it cancelled at the last minute.TV on the RadioAs a general rule, when two bands with large fan bases of their own share a bi ... More >>
Pete FreedmanArcade Fire played a familiar set to end Austin City Limits 2011. But it was still thrilling. The hot sun from the morning of Day Three at the 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival persisted well into the afternoon and evening at Zilker Park. But with the festival end looming and pl ... More >>
Saturday, August 13, at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie
Friday, August 5, at Dada
Sunday, July 3, at The Loft
We had some fun yesterday trying to guess the bill for the 2011 Austin City Limits Musical Festival -- and, hey, we were right about Kanye West, if nothing else. Early this morning, the folks behind the festival announced for full lineup for their end-of-summer offering. And, as expected, the 10t ... More >>
Cut Copy, Foals, Holy Ghost! and The Naked & FamousGranada TheaterApril 20, 2011Better than: going to see Foals and Cut Copy headline separate shows. Last night was a serious two-for-the-price-of-one experience. Cut CopyBlue lights hovered over the stage, as the crowd anxiously awaited Cut C ... More >>
Holy crap! We have a shitload of killer shows in our area tonight!
Good golly Miss Molly! SXSW frontwash is flooding into seemingly every venue in town. Enjoy it while it lasts...
Welcome to My First Show, where we give bands a chance to talk about the first shows they ever attended -- no matter how uncool and embarrassing those tales may be. The Demigs plan to take off... eventually.Guyton Sanders is literally a drummer about town. Whether he's ... More >>
Saturday, February 5, at Sons of Hermann Hall
Tuesday, February 1, at the Granada Theater
Best Coast, Wavves, No Joy Granada Theater January 24, 2011 Better Than: Being separated from your best friend/cat. Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino and Wavves' Nathan WilliamsOver the past year, the relationship between Nathan Williams and Bethany Cosentino, lead singers of Wavves and Best Coas ... More >>
With apologies to Robert Earl Keen, Devin the Dude, Cake, Hayes Carll and the multitude of also-rans filling up the regional concert calendar in these final weeks of 2010, it's safe to say, I think, that, with Friday night's Wu-Tang show at the Granada Theater, the year in live music effectively ... More >>
Check how gangster Tame Impala looksAlthough to an American ear the name "Tame Impala" may sound like some sort of ironic hip-hop group, it actually refers to a species of antelope. Which is a lot more fitting for a western Australian psychedelic rock quartet who, in 2008, topped the Australian I ... More >>
StarsSome artists function under just one name, while others function with multiple groups. Canadian indie pop group stars is the latter, with all of its members also being in super group Broken Social Scene on top of also having a plethora of solo albums and even TV appearances between them. But ... More >>
In this week's paper, Hannah Levin lays down some serious praise to Wolf Parade, placing the band's 2005 release, Apologies to the Queen Mary, in the esteemed company of Neutral Milk Hotel's 1998 opus, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, exclaiming that Wolf Parade's work is likely as close as we'll ever ... More >>
Oh, the decisions. As was the case last year, Fun Fun Fun's Saturday schedule forced some hard choices; today's toughest might be Washed Out and Deerhunter's simultaneous sets, thought there are plenty of other conflicting sets. But one of the things that makes Fun Fun Fun great is that the three ... More >>
Thursday, October 28, at the Granada Theater
Another day, another busy musical evening here in the metroplex. Seriously busy.
As a fellow Syracuse University alum with some connections to the band, I may be a little biased in the matter, but, listen, there's a lot to like about the SU-spawned Ra Ra Riot, whose endearing chamber pop thrust the band out of the college basement circuit and into the indie mainstream in 2008, r ... More >>
We've done this not once but twice before, so by now you should know the drill. If not, a quick refresher: On November 5, 6 and 7, at Austin's Waterloo Park, the other fall music festival in the capital city will present it's biggest--not to mention, we think, it's best--lineup offering to date. ... More >>
Montreal-based Land of Talk is an alternative indie rock band with dreamy vocals provided by jazz trained vocalist/guitarist Elizabeth Powell. The trio formed in 2006 and provide an amazingly dense sound that is both clear in its soundscape and technically proficient in its execution. The group sup ... More >>
Here we are, final morning of Austin City Limits, and we're getting all wistful and whatnot. It's a busy day ahead filled with North Texas connections like whoa: 15-year-old Dallas-born fiddle wunderkind Ruby Jane kicks the entire day off with her 11:15 a.m. set; Midlake will somehow have to physica ... More >>
Quite the hopping hump day we have here. While Monday and Tuesday each had a couple of interesting musical offerings, this particular Wednesday night has a bounty of choices for those in search of cool sounds.
Tuesday, September 14, at House of Blues