Yes. They are available. Already. At present, you can get the collectible version of a three-day GA at the same price as a wristband only. Also, there appears to be a new wristband tagged as GA+ for those that do not want to drop full coin for a VIP wristband just to get a bottle of water or hide from the sun.
I was in Portland this week. It is pretty cool there. They apparently need more music to go along with the food, wine and beer scene.
Fanclub made a live studio type of performance video.
Earlier in the year, we lost Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit. I had very fond memories of meeting him and the band. Unfortunately, several people I know in recent years have lost their battles with depression. It hurts.
mastersystem was a project that allowed members of Frightened Rabbit and Editors to create a heavier 90’s alt-rock sound than either band possessed. It was the last work and last tour for Scott and the band has used footage to put together a video to say goodbye, highlighting the bright spirit, not the dark loss. Proceeds from a limited run vinyl version of “Old Team” that all proceeds will benefit the Scott Hutchison foundation. Look for that November 30th.
Boy Harsher is among the dark waviest of the dark wave revival. Sparse and haunting, with hooks that are designed to put you into a dizzy trance. “Face The Fire” is no diversion from the formula. It is gorgeous and the video featuring ATX native Sara Cummings suits its buried vocals and haunting loops. The full length, Careful, is due next February on Nude Club, preorder here.
It was a solid year for the Austin City Limits Music Festival. It was one of the best overall lineups in years. Better weather would have been nice, but what can you do about the weather (besides carbon offsets, public transportation, solar, efficiency audits, etc).
Sunday was the chill day for ATH for ACL WE2. I wasn’t approved by St. Vincent or Arctic Monkeys. Day six was even steamier than I would like to remember. Consider the wall hit, but it by will alone I set my mind in motion….and Janelle Monae’s extraordinary presence.
Friday was Alvvays going to be Nathan’s favorite day, even if he was never a Beatles fan.
Saturday did give us a treat in the form of Durand Jones and the Indications. There were a few other lovely highlights for the fam.
We are all in on this band (my favorite people from Korea behind Son Heung-min) and if you haven’t listened yet, here is the current jam “B-Lover” by Say Sue Me in video form, super spy-style. To our friends over the Atlantic, the band is kicking off some European dates with tickets available.
I make no mystery of my love for the synthy goodness, especially when it can carry a heavy tone. Public Memory is one such project led by Robert Toher.
Landing here on the pending release of the second LP, titled Demolition, the song embedded below is called “The Line”. Tension builds as the open of the track takes a stranglehold, running longer and longer, creating tension with the addition of a rising and falling sawtooth only to have haunting by high octave tones add to that stress. The release lands willfully under a flood of harmonies followed by the initial vocals only to quiet again to give lyrics space.
Demolition is due 11/9 on Felte.
We’ve got a local-flavored premier here, the second single by Western Youth from their upcoming release. “The King Is Gone” kicks off with a big guitar making a big guitar noise and settles into a groove that wreaks of Austin. If you ever wonder how one started an evening downtown in the early 90’s, it often sounded like this. Flourishes of piano and organ interplay and harmonize with the guitar and vocals; it is a sound you can only have when you have enough people on stage, enough instruments, enough pedigree lending their voices as the song ebbs and wanes through choruses and solos.
You can preorder the album due September 21 by clicking here, or have a listen live and pick up the record at the release party at Spiderhouse. It reset my headspace and now I can get on with my Friday.