Show Pics: The Church with Helio Sequence @ 3ten (9/19)

Nostalgia acts are difficult. Ticket prices are usually higher, merch is prominent, meet and greets are “a thing” and expectations can be low. I have had several great experiences lately with bands I loved years ago coming in and performing at an insanely high level including two recent shows at 3ten with The Fixx and Midge Ure.

The Church, more to the point Steve Kilbey and a slowly evolving support band, last came through Austin for SxSW. I was always overlapped and didn’t have the chance to catch them along the way. When I saw the announcement for The Church to headline a show at 3ten, my interest level was sufficient to go on radar. When I saw the announcement that The Helio Sequence would open, I was locked in as they are one of my favorite things.

It was a good show, but not without issues. That is what we call a teaser. Click through for notes and all the pics.

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A Night Out With Feverbones, Pollen RX and White Denim

Hello.

Nathan has announced that Feverbones is back and that they will be releasing new material soon on ATH Records. We are all really excited by this, they are remarkably talented musicians and it shows through with every song. It also means that you will be able to see them about town, so a benefit show at Mohawk with White Denim headlining and our friends Pollen RX playing next door at Cheer Up seemed like a perfect excuse to get together and take in a Feverbones set and get a quick band portrait.

So, I have just a few thoughts after the break with plenty of pics…

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A Challenge From John Maus

Do you like your pop music quirky? You anti-synths? You want to hear what happens when electronic foundations are slightly shaken to provide flourishes of syncopation from analog devices? It really is the break at around the two minute mark and instrumental bits that follow that won me, so hang in if on the fence.

Just check out this track from John Maus. The new record, Screen Memories, lands 10/27 on Domino. It can be ordered individually or as part of a six LP box.

ACL 2017: Festival News

Here come some big updates to the festival. Austin City Limits Festival made some rather big layout changes last year and they were warmly received. By moving the Cirrus Logic stage (rock island) away from that central location, a big traffic jam was removed and the addition of wine lounge was a hit for my wife-product.

Those changes have now led to more changes. The park is getting bigger for the first time. The Cirrus Logic stage is going to actually closer to Barton Springs and getting the Barton Springs moniker. The Barton Springs Rd. entrance will now be split, east and west and the Barton Springs stage tucked in between adding acreage to the grounds. Along with this bigger change, the other smaller stages are getting shuffled around a bit in hopes of cutting down sound spillover down and improving sound quality. They are adding another merch area and increasing the Eats in the park. Finally, we have the added Silent Disco in the Tito’s tent that used to sit idle late in the evening and during headliners. If you think the headliners suck, but you have to wait for your friends to share the Uber back to the car, you can dance with fest provided headphones.

Full details (plus platinum band changes $$$) here.

The other big update is the list of Official Late Night Shows. Go peruse the available bands and locales to decide your purchase at 10am on Friday.

Show Pics: Lucy Dacus @ Stubb’s (8/14)

How goes?

Today’s collection of thoughts and photographs is centered around a gathering viewing proceedings on the inside stage at Stubb’s. Lucy Dacus brought her smoky lyrics underpinned by clever organic pop to life for an appreciative crowd of music fans out on a Monday night. The music people also were treated to Cowboy Crisis and The Diamond Center. Pretty varied lineup…

Click through for the rest of the story in words and pictures.

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Show Preview: Lucy Dacus @ Stubb’s TONIGHT

Hey all, last minute reminder to come check out Lucy Dacus with me. She and a really talented batch of musicians supporting her are coming in town to play on the Stubb’s inside stage. Tickets are available here and should be at least a few at the door. #airconditioning

We caught Lucy Dacus’s set at ACL last year on weekend one, alas no weekend two repeat. We were terribly impressed and left as fans calling her set as a definite highlight in our recaps. I missed her set at 3Ten earlier this year, but will remedy that tonight. Come hang. I am testing a new lens. The Diamond Center and Cowboy Crisis open.

Show Pics: Caroline Says and Growl @ ABGB

This show was a while back. I brought along the camera just for fun, even through it was a date night/friend dinner, as I hadn’t shot at ABGB. I figure I might as well share pics even though I am still learning a new camera system. On tap, besides the beer, was Caroline Says and ATH Records‘ own Growl. Both bands are chock full of familiar friendly faces. So, delicious pizza, great beer, wife, friends that joined for dinner, Team ATH Records, two solid sets in a unique venue, lovely evening had.

Click through for some tips and pics.

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TR/ST Flexes On You

It was SxSW a few years back and I had just seen TR/ST for the third time. Having exchanged pleasentries side stage at Mohawk and in passing during the week, I worked up the nerve to ask for a quick portrait. His immediate response was, “No.” Magical moment. Right?

TR/ST, aka Trust, aka Robert Alfons, has captivated mindshare since I happened across “Candy Walls” six years ago. I think I listened to it seven times, over and over. It led the way for the record TRST in 2012 that still gets pretty heavy rotation in my house. It has been three years since Joyland and it is about time for a new track. And here it is. I planned on making this part of a have a nice weekend post, but it is too good. Maybe I was just tired and brain-fried when I listened to it yesterday, but damn. He tells Fader that “Bicep” is about “…the struggle between accepting and resisting shame, as well as an expression of sexual fantasies.” Perhaps, but this is brilliantly dark and danceable, just as you’d expect with that familiar edge lurking in the waveforms.

We’ll be waiting impatiently until 2018 for the new record.

NITE Want You to Dance Like No One is Watching

NITE is recently added favorite to the ATH IT Department. Their new record, Reborn, is available for preorder at that link kicking off the post and is landing in couple weeks via Cleopatra Records. In advance, they have released a video for the song “Dreamer”.

The song sounds like Tears for Fears tour bus collided head-on with Little Boots backing synths and a Juan MacLean groove. I dig it, looking forward to the new record. Twins, Myles and Kyle Mendez, are pushing the retro-future thing hard right now. They have an upcoming show with Night Drive and Blackbird Blackbird in Dallas, you should go if you are in the metroplex.

ACL 2017: Lineup By Day

…and single day tickets are going on sale Friday.

Here is a link to the ACL website for your internet reading.

The lineup by day is the normal precursor to single day tickets. Weekend one only, Cut Copy will be on Saturday. What has two thumbs and has a wife that will be at ACL on Saturday of Weekend One? This guy.

It seems that they have a fairly well-balanced spread of ATH faves in he mid-tier headliner levels. The XX, Bonobo, Crystal Castles and Hamilton Leithauser are on Friday. Spoon, aforementioned Cut Copy (WE1), Angel Olsen, Car Seat Headrest, Ought are on Saturday. Gorillaz, Run The Jewels, Portugal Guy and First Aid Kit will ease you back into the work week.

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