Show Review: Florence + the Machine @ Austin City Limits (5/20/16)

florence-2On Friday night, the Moody Theater hosted one of the strongest and well-renowned acts in the music world on the ACLTV stage. Florence + the Machine brought their trademark flare for the dramatic and pumped out an epic and high-energy 12 song performance in the midst of their How Beautiful World Tour. The night prior the group hit an evening at the Circuit of the Americas Amphitheater to a much larger audience, but the element of subtlety and artistic restraint are nowhere to be found within the front woman’s agenda. When she gets on stage, it is laid out for all to see and bare witness like an emotional tsunami; unpredictable and unrelenting.

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ACL Lineup is Here!

untitledThe Austin City Limits Festival lineup was announced earlier this morning, and as rumored by everyone, Radiohead will be headlining both weekends. As usual I’m digging on the undercard with bands like Frightened Rabbit, Mr. Conor Oberst, and Saint Motel as highlights for me. And it looks like we’ll getting some Flying Lotus action back in Austin after the unfortunate turn of events around Levitation Festival. Once again the festival has put together two weekends worth of solid music. Tickets are now available here for both weekends. Full lineup here or click on the image attached.

Show Review: My Morning Jacket @ Austin City Limits (5/1/16)

jamesOften when it comes to the Austin City Limits Television program, performers can come across as coy or taken aback at just the honor of being invited. With 42 seasons running, the tapings do hold a certain special quality all their own. For My Morning Jacket however, this was just another show in a new leg of their extended tour. Another show of which they absolutely commanded from the final introductory syllables from Terry Likona’s mouth. Read more

ACL 2015 WE2 In Pictures: Sunday Edition

HozierMy have a nice weekend post this week is the final edition of ACL 2015 pics. Sunday Funday…

It was a pretty busy day and though it got off to a slow start, things escalated quickly with a personal highlight from Strand of Oaks. Knifight was a solid local start and Beat Connection was sexually objectified while playing their smooth new jams. Amason seemed hungover. Sheppard proves that Aussie pop music is based on 80’s movie montages in the best way possible. Lord Huron was nice in the crowd. Strand of Oaks is rock and roll. The Decemberists played a mostly different set. Kurt Vile was maybe a little too high? Is that possible? Alt-J was kinda boring, but photogenic at the same time. I had a heat check on Hozier, big humble, genuine smile from a guy that has talent to overcome an annoying hit song. Florence & The Machine was pretty and had mental fans in a completely different demographic from last Sunday’s headliner.

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ACL 2015 WE2 In Pictures: Saturday Edition

TV On The RadioCollection Two…

Saturday’s lineup was feeling a bit weak as I rubbed the sleep from my eyes, but I soldiered on and ended up having a great day. Despite being first, I still contend that FIDLAR was the most rock and roll we got in any 45 minute slice at ACL this year. Come at me, I’ll argue it and win. The “Sweater Song” done with meows for the verses? Can’t beat that. It was also home to the most legit beer-throwing. After that, I chased music and photos equally ending the night with a brief amount of deadmau5‘s crazy stage setup in the viewfinder and a stroll through the Waterloo Records tent. My real headliner was TV on the Radio; such a great set and about the best we have seen from the band in years – concise and on point. In between, we have Ryn Weaver, Glass Animals, Houndmouth, locals Sounds Del Mar, a very solid set from Unknown Mortal Orchestra and a revisit of Jose Gonzalez.

Click through and get lost in the memories…

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ACL 2015 WE2 In Pictures: Friday Edition

ACLSo, let’s start with the photo portion of our ACL coverage. I have a confession; I sold my soul to take photos of the Foo Fighters. Yes, I signed a release. If the Foo people read this, please try to keep up to your end of the bargain and leave the watermark for ATH and send a little credit our way “as allowed”. I’ll probably never check if you guys use my pics, but be nice.

The Friday edition of photos starts with Avers and ends with the Foos, Son Little, Royal Blood, London Souls, Albert Hammond Jr., Billy Idol, Run The Jewels and Tame Impala in between.

Click through and gaze…

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ACL 2015: Noteworthy Weekend Two Changes

ACL 2015 WE1 109Click that big top banner for tips from our experience last weekend.

We now know that Weekend One festival goers won the weather lottery. We dodged the forecasted rain, but it will be hot as hell with record setting temperatures on Sunday and don’t get me started about the ragweed forecast. My face is gonna hurt. I’ll be chasing photos; the true glamour of festival photography is shooting three, running to the next pit and waiting.

I do think this lineup is better than last weekend, especially on Saturday. Why? It comes down to added variety, added ATH approved jams and some rock and or roll.

  • Avers – My first band today did a fun interview with ATH during SxSW. Get silly early with me. Friday, Homeaway @ 11:30
  • Riders Against The Storm – Support the locals for this one. Best fusion band, but… Saturday, Austin Ventures @ 11:45
  • FIDLAR – Cuz, fuck it dog, life’s a risk. Most punk thing at ACL, prolly. Saturday, Miller Lite @ 12:00
  • Sounds Del Mar – More locals, a bit of a mashup group. This video rules. Saturday, BMI @ 4:30
  • Modest Mouse – Yeah, saw them at FFF, they’re back. Saturday, Honda @ 6:20
  • Knifight – Replacing Night Drive, these guys will go dark early. Sunday, Austin Ventures @ 11:45
  • Beat Connection – ATH faves and I want to hear my summer jam cuz it is gonna be summer hot. Sunday, Homeaway @ 12:00
  • Florence + The Machine – Ya know, they are gonna be a good way to walk out on a hot damn day. Sunday, Samsung @ 8:30

ACL Fest Preview: Random Stuff To Help You

ACLWe have been setting you up with interviews, and a few news posts and some fun previews. Let’s get down to business. These are the things that will help you survive ACL. After the break you will get information that will make you feel like a seasoned pro at festing, updates on food and vendors around the grounds and plenty more.

Team ATH has a combined thirty eight years of ACL experience. You can trust us…

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ACL Interview: Waters

watersHere we are peeps, ACL is now a few short days away and I hope everyone is ready and raring to go in the heat.  The ATH crew is certainly amped for the weekend while we struggle to survive the long work week ahead prior to all the fun times.  Today I’m excited to be continuing our ACL coverage with a nice interview from ATH approved band Waters.  Leading man and creator of the group Van Perszaowski offers up the responses.  Hit the jump for more.

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