I am sure all of you have posted this on Facebook, but I figured we need to add it here just in case someone can’t find the pic later on…
Coachella is again using the two weekend format and will feature Outkast, Muse and Arcade Fire as headliners. I get Outkast and Arcade Fire, but please stop booking Muse at every festival. Please. It has to stop. I walk out when I hear Muse; it is my “you’re drunk, go home” alert. Or maybe that is why they are booked as headliners. “Hope you had fun, this is your queue to leave and rest up for tomorrow.” So many lasers. So many.
The festival is getting spendy, passes are $375 and $435 with daily shuttle service. Yikes. Weekend One only has the passes with shuttle service available. VIP will run you $799 with $150 more for parking.
Notables for me on the lineup, as with most festivals, are further down the list: Flume, Jagwar Ma, Dum Dum Girls, Wye Oak, Holy Ghost!, Blood Orange, Mogwai, Chvrches, STRFKR, Daughter, Poolside, Surfer Blood. Mid-levels I’d be stoked on are Bryan Ferry, The Knife, Pet Shop Boys, Beck, Neutral Milk, Motorhead and Little Dragon. You going to the desert? You wearing flip-flops?
Crystal Stilts. Quite a change up from what I was shooting just before heading to downtown proper.
I have been digging on the new wave disco vibes from Holy Ghost! since first hearing “Hold On” as a demo. I knew nothing about Midnight Magic, but Orthy is an easy sell for me to get out early. In fact, I was standing in the crowd and looked over and noticed Alex from Holy Ghost! standing next to me. Turns out they are fans of Orthy, too, so they decided to have the Ian and the band join along for the Texas dates.
Emo’s played host. Plenty of pics and a few notes from the evening follow…
We have some dancing to do.
Holy Ghost! last came to town in support of New Order. It was a great opening slot for them, save for one thing – they didn’t have all the new jams ready to unleash. Don’t get me wrong, I love the s/t, but I want to hear the new stuff. I am ready to dance to Dynamics.
Orthy will have their 12″ up for sale and Midnight Magic are road companions. Holy Ghost! has a knack for picking interesting openers so show up early.
Holy Ghost! knocked out a lovely opening set for New Order about a month back. I took killer pics. /me is modest.
The only real bummer about their spot was the timing; the new jams were still too far from release to be ready for the stage. Don’t get me wrong, I love the tracks that exist in the wild and all of the hits that helped prove to my less-obsessed friends it was worth it to show up early. Recently, there have been a few preview clips, which are stupid IMHO, for the pending release on DFA called Dynamics.
Stream the real thing below, “Okay” is a pretty chill release, but I can see it getting into rotation for the weekend playlist.
Let’s take a moment to reflect. New Order and (by inevitable association) Joy Division have been a massive influence on what I listen to even now. Recent songs shared here from bands like Flaamingos and Knifight could easily be tagged. Substance is standard issue listening, isn’t it? How could it not have an impact? So to see New Order, an elusive bucket-list band, announce the first North American show of their tour would be in Austin – well, it was a big day.
…and then I got the approval email to shoot the show. My head nearly exploded.
Holy Ghost! opened, added win. Read on for gushing fanboyisms and plenty of pics.
The busy show season winds down.
Third night of the week at The Parish, Holy Ghost! for a change of pace after seeing AABondy w/Gold Leaves and Real Estate. Alex is the frontman, Nick lurks behind the drumkit. By bringing along four more, their songs come to life. These guys have opened for Chromeo, LCD Soundsystem and Cut Copy. Big shows. How did they do as a headliner? How did they handle the room?
Jessica 6 opened, Eli Escobar spun, I took pictures.
DJ duo Holy Ghost! are stopping into the Parish on Thursday night and I know at least one ATH staffer who is peeing his pants in anticipation. As previously reported, the band usually travels with a band so things should be a bit more interesting than just your everyday DJ set. Support for the evening is provided by New York based groups Eli Escobar and Jessica 6. Power.
Download: Holy Ghost – I Wanted To Tell Her [MP3]
Things are warming up in Austin. The music schedule is nuts. Just saw Foals, about to see Arcade Fire, Tony Bennett, Fleet Foxes, Echo and the Bunnymen, Beirut and more. Bad news for them, Cut Copy may have stolen their thunder. The Aussies set the bar very high, and we’ll all win if there is a better show this year. Holy Ghost! opened, more after the jump…
||4/21 & 4/22
||4/21: $28 @ Frontgate & 4/22: SOLD OUT
Here’s a last minute show preview for the Cut Copy show at Stubbs tonight since it has yet to sell out. As you can see, no more tickets are available for Friday, so if you didn’t plan ahead, try to make it out tonight. We’ll have some ATH staffers on hand gettin’ down all night. Opening support for the evening is provided by Holy Ghost!
Download: Cut Copy – Hearts on Fire [MP3]
Tuesday night one of our newest writers Mairin Heard made it over to Stubbs for a set by electro-duo Chromeo. Apparently the show was a hit as most people had nothing but good things to say. Mairin has a review and some fancy photos after the jump. Check it out.