Chaos In Tejas might have scaled things back a bit this year, but the folks that brought you that festival are bringing you some great shows next week. One of the highlights is the show that features Parquet Courts, Radioactivity and Beth Israel over at Red 7. Parquet Courts are known for killer live shows, and people are drooling in anticipation for their upcoming record, Sunbathing Animal…out on What’s Your Rupture in June. But, just because these guys are great, doesn’t mean you should sleep on the opener Radioactivity. The band made up of former Marked Men released an excellent self-titled LP last year, with another one rumored for this year. It’s going to be an incredible show, and you can win a pair of tickets free!
Leave a comment about the band you’re most looking forward to at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014. I’ll pick my winner from there. Click HERE for the line-up. Contest ends Monday at 12 Noon.
Download: Parquet Courts – Borrowed Time [MP3]
Chaos in Tejas is here and the little festival that could has some nice lineups to choose with starting out this evening. An ATH approved pick for the evening would have to be the headlining DIIV show at Mohawk (despite their whiney behavior during SXSW). The remainder of the lineup is also solid with Deep Time and SURVIVE on the outside stage and Troller, ((Pressures)), and Phantom Lakes inside. Start the weekend off right with some great indie pop music.
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It’s interesting to see the interest in the heavier side of music again, especially considering the dull releases of late 90s metal. One of the group’s that recently caught my attention was Deconstruction Unit, due to the group’s history with Jay Reatard. While the guitar work has a dark-tinged garage feeling to it (bleeding into psychedelia) the vocals have this historic Danzig quality to them, which is fitting with the group’s home near the Arizona desert. They’ll be releasing their Void LP on February 19th via Jolly Dream Records before heading out on the road to tour with Milk Music; they will also be making their way through Austin during SXSW and Chaos in Tejas.
Download:Deconstruction Unit – Evil Man [MP3]
Need something to do to kill off your last day of work before vacation?
How about flipping through a gallery of pics from 2012. HASHTAG SxSW, FFF, ACL, Chaos, Party, Beach Balls, Yelling, Raining, Jumping, Beer, Fun, Regret, Pit, Backstage.
So click through and click the first shot and see how many of these shows you attended.
We’re all wiped out from a late night finish on the first Fun Fun Fun Fest evening, but we’re back up and at em’ ready to head in to Day Two with some rehydration and sunscreen. Here’s my picks for Saturday, and they might not be your run of the mill pick, so be sure to pay attention! Follow the jump for more. Read more
We caught a shortened set by Daughn Gibson during Chaos in Tejas and I remember thinking to myself that I’d probably really like the guy if I listened to his music at home. Nothing against the man’s live set, the whole computer based live show just really isn’t my thing. Not to mention he was terribly booked between one rowdy punk band and a hazy pop group. So I’m gonna show this guy some love by posting his new single “Lite Me Up” which, as I expected, is something I find a lot to like about coming through my stereo. Obviously the voice of Gibson is what you will immediately take note of and rightfully so. From here I plan on getting my hands on debut LP All Hell and seeing how I feel about it. I’ll be in touch.
This tune is just a single and only available now as a stream unless you care to buy a physical copy of the 7″ it appears on via Dull Knife Recordings.
Chased the Indie crowd over to Emo’s East on the last night of Chaos in Tejas. Dreams of a comfy photo pit were dashed, but the staff did what they could for the photographers to help us out.
Why were we there? To see the Mind Spiders, of course. Oh wait, the headliner was Best Coast. Did I care? Not so much, but I wanted to shoot them. So, why not check out an ATH favorite and take in the other “openers” Laura Stevenson and the Cans and Lemuria.
Click through for a few show notes and plenty of pics…
After taking a night to relax and sweat at Stubb’s, it was back into the Chaos. Primary venue choice was Club DeVille, but I did pop next door to see the goings-ons.
Club DeVille scored a great lineup for the indie kids with Sea Lions, Royal Headaches and The Clean. I saw more Japanese hardcore at The Mohawk courtesy Zyanose, full mosh pit included. Ironically, I took an elbow to the face while shooting Royal Headache.
Here come the pics…
Chaos in Tejas is that thing when you get ready for a show by not showering.
It is also that thing where randomly selected indie-punk-pop acts get thrown on stage in between hardcore and punk bands. In this case, The Mohawk featured Nathan’s man-crush, Ted Leo, had a set between Japanese thrash by Reality Crisis and old-school punk from The Mob.
To further confuse my ears, I stopped in for a bit of Big Freedia‘s set at Club DeVille.
Chaos in Tejas is among us, and it’s fueled with punk fury and unkempt hordes, but beneath it all lays the music; we absolutely love the music, especially Iceage. Read more