In a week filled with shows, it was perhaps one of the more anticipated sets of the week, especially with Future Islands seemingly springing to larger popularity via their performance on some late night talk show. I was a little bummed that people didn’t quite make it out early enough to catch the openers, Knifight, but perhaps that will help keep them our little secret for just a bit longer.
Thanks to Bryan at PPI for sharing some photos with us.
With tons going on in the city of Austin, musically, we hopped around the town Friday night, finally making our way over to support our friend Abram Shook and the release of his wonderful album, Sun Marquee. We were joined by friends and family; jokes were told, songs were sung. Reflecting back, the one word that sticks to my mind is consistency.
Read on for more detailed thoughts and some great photos by Brian Gray.
There were a multitude of reasons to attend the show on Wednesday night over at Holy Mountain. You could go for the return of Brazos. Or the rising star of Jess Williamson. Or, the Top 50 worthy Ski Lodge.
Us? We couldn’t decide, so we went for all three.
Skip on down to hear our thoughts and to see Brian’s shots of the evening…
The last place I expected to find myself on a Wednesday night was in church, but I had good reason to be there: Laura Marling. The unique songwriter was holing up at the Central Presbyterian Church for the night, and the acoustics alone guaranteed great sound, so we had to be there (I didn’t burn!).
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Having followed Crystal Stilts since their inception, including their involvement with Cinema Red and Blue, it’s surprising that I hadn’t caught the band live yet. But, Thursday night was going to change that, and my anticipation was riding high, after absorbing more and more of the group’s recent album, Nature Noir.
Read on for my highlights on the night, including photos from Brian Gray.
There are just some bands that you’re going to fawn over, so I’m always glad when I get a chance to see Terry Malts. It didn’t hurt that they had some great local acts supporting them before their set, which made for an all-around enjoyable night for us. Staying up late on a school night, well worth it.
You can read on for my thoughts and such things, not to mention B.Gray’s photos of the evening.
I didn’t really know what to expect on the evening of the Dent May show. There were tons of great bands playing, both local and traveling, so I wondered if people would turn out for Dent; turn out they did, buoyed by travelers from Ole Miss…leaving him with a home away from home show.
You can read further for my thoughts and Brian’s photos.
After spending several weeks listening to Pain is Beauty by Chelsea Wolfe, I was really anticipating an incredible show on Friday. Her voice and her continual growth led to a rather full crowd of eager lookie-loos yearning to hear her dark take on pop music. She was joined by Dallas act True Widow who aimed to set off the night in the right way.
Read on for thoughts, and thanks to our friend Bryan at PopPress for sharing some photos with us.
After a 7 year absence, Belle and Sebastian finally returned to Austin to play
The Bat Cave Moody Theater at Austin City Limits Live. Such a long absence would require a perfect show to win everyone over once again, and as expected, the Scots more than exceeded expectations.
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Sure, we knew it was going to be a sweat night, with temperatures still bordering on 100 when the bands took the stage at The Mohawk, but how hot would it get? Real hot. Sweat from bands, sweat from fans and sweat from our drinks. Regardless, the rock must go on, and rock it did. A Giant Dog, Shannon and the Clams and Mikal Cronin get commendations for valor in the face of hair dryer air.
Read on for our thoughts on all the bands and see B.Gray’s pretty photos.