The schedule for Austin City Limits Festival 2014 is out. Now comes the hard part. As Deborah Sengupta Stith wrote Tuesday, there's very little staggering of sets this year, with most acts leaving the starting gate at the same time on their respective stages.
OUT THIS WEEK Micky & the Motorcars, “Hearts From Above”: Ten years and a half-dozen albums into their run as one of the mainstays on the Texas country-rock roadhouse circuit, this outfit led by “the other Braun Brothers” – the ones not in higher-profile act Reckless Kelly – stand fully on their own merits with “Hearts From Above.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER! THANKS FOR PLAYING. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFEmTsfFL5A It’s time to grab your Hot Topic shirt and party like it’s 2007: Pop punk mainstays Fall Out Boy and Paramore are coming to the Austin360 Amphitheater on Aug.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sioGbwB5MyU The King of Pop is coming to Austin. Don't fret - it's not a zombie apocalypse or a hologram performance; it's the Cirque du Soleil production, Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour.
Legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter, a native of Beaumont who performed often at 1960s and '70s-era Austin venues such as the Vulcan Gas Company and Armadillo World Headquarters, died Wednesday at a hotel room in Zurich, his publicist confirmed to The Associated Press Thursday morning.
IN THE NEWS Spoon’s “Vinyl Gratification” : To spark pre-orders for next month’s “They Want My Soul” on the Loma Vista label, Austin indie rock band Spoon provided select record stores around the country with a limited batch of 10-inch vinyl records containing three new songs.
Chloe Chaidez has the energy of Tina Turner and the precision of the Tasmanian Devil. That sums up everything the lead singer of Los Angeles buzz band Kitten did at Stubb’s on Tuesday night — the spirit was unflaggingly willing, but the flesh sometimes just a tad weak.
I mean, I think most people would have been satisfied with better cell service but sure, this is cool, too: Music fans with champagne wishes and caviar dreams can now enter Austin City Limits Festival's latest contest, a chance to win 10 single day tickets plus 10 private passes for the festival's new Golden Porta Potty.
When dark folk singer Marissa Nadler last played Austin during South by Southwest 2007, she was situated between a slew of metal acts including Oxbow, Boris, Zoroaster and former Melvins bassist Mark Deutrom.
JULY 8 Dale Watson, “The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy” (Red River): This three-disc set collects Watson’s first two “Truckin’ Sessions” discs (released in 1998 and 2009) and adds a third batch of new tracks, with titles such as “I Live on Truckin’ Time,” “Birmingham Breakdown” and “Lugnut Larry.
Bands and film crews, start your engines: The Music Video Race is coming to Austin. Launched a couple years ago in San Francisco, this event, in which teams create music videos in a three-day weekend and then show them at a premiere the following weekend, is branching out to Austin and Los Angeles this year.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. THANKS FOR PLAYING! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFMD7Usflbg Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and two other guys who are not Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are putting the makeup back on and hitting the road in a co-headlining tour with Def Leppard to celebrate 40 years of driving fans wild and driving critics crazy.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. THANKS FOR PLAYING! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPcASvgb7yg Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow just co-hosted "Austin City Limits" 40th anniversary special taping at ACL Live, and now Austinites can catch her performing as the Rascal Flatt's special guest along with Gloriana for the Rascal Flatts Rewind Tour 2014 at Austin360 Amphitheater Friday, July 11.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. THANKS FOR PLAYING! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqAvFx3NxUM Laugh if you want to (I did) but everyone who stuck around for Richie’s closing set on weekend one of Austin City Limits Festival last year was “Dancing on the Ceiling” as Richie proved he was not just some cheesy ‘80s dude.
UPDATE 10:32 p.m.: In response to news that Sacramento noise rap outfit Death Grips has broken up, thereby cancelling their Fun Fun Fun Fest appearance for the second year in a row Fun Fun Fun Fest has decided to break up with the band in the same way they announced their split -- with a picture of a note on a napkin.
The first half of 2014 brought a lot of record releases by local acts that got plenty of attention — from Willie Nelson’s first batch of new songs since the ’90s, to a second duo record by Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, to the auspicious debut of Spanish Gold — but also many more that warranted notice.
It will probably be another six months or so before we know who's playing next year's Urban Music Fest, but the event, which will celebrate its tenth anniversary next year, is doing a couple "ticket blasts" tomorrow.
Peter Blackstock is a music writer for the Austin American-Statesman. A UT grad who grew up in Austin, he worked at the Statesman in high school and college before moving to Seattle and co-founding the alt-country magazine No Depression in the '90s.