Nashville’s Kings of Leon released its sixth studio album, "Mechanical Bull," in September last year to generally favorable reviews, though the album didn’t garner as much commercial success as 2010’s wildly popular "Come Around Sundown." No stranger to Austin — the group has played multiple SXSW and ACL Music fests — the group’s tour will make a stop at Austin360 Amphitheater on Sept. 13, along with Young the Giant and Kongos. Tickets will go on sale Friday morning.
More tickets set to go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (and two on Saturday):
• Cheech & Chong, War at the Backyard (June 5, on sale Saturday)
• Matrimony at Stubb’s (June 15)
• Young Marco at Kingdom (June 20)
• Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes at the Belmont (July 25)
• Asking Alexandria, Bless the Fall at ACL Live (Aug. 8)
• Chicago and REO Speedwagon at Cedar Park Center (Aug. 27, on sale Saturday)
Already on sale: M. Ward at Gruene Hall (May 10); Skaters at Stubb’s (May 20); Heavenly Beat at Empire Control Room (May 29); Protomartyr at Holy Mountain (May 30); Ramblin’ Jack Elliott at the Cactus Cafe (June 11); Boris at the Mohawk (July 29).
— Virginia Yapp
Free movies coming up
Three classic summer films will be shown on Friday nights in the South Shore District off Riverside Drive. Alamo Drafthouse is partnering with the newish living and retail district for the series, which will show "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (May 16), "Meatballs" (May 23) and "Dirty Dancing" (May 30).
Screenings are free to attend, and food trailers will be there to sell refreshments. Movies are scheduled to start at sunset around 8 p.m. South Shore District is at 1333 Shore District Drive. Information: www.southshoredistrict.com.
X Games music
The full music schedule for the X Games, June 6-8 at Circuit of the Americas, is now out, with local acts including Black Pistol Fire, Not in the Face and Emily Wolfe playing the KUTX Stage along with previously announced Austin360 Amphitheater headliners including Kanye West, the Flaming Lips and Gary Clark Jr.
Other musical entertainment includes DJ sets in the Velocity Lounge and a Battle of the Bands competition at the Sound Factory Stage. Four bands will compete in the Battle on each of the first two days (11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday), with the finals from 5-6 p.m. Sunday.
See the full schedule for acts at the Austin360 Amphitheater, KUTX Stage and Velocity Lounge, in chronological order, in the Austin Music Source blog at austin360.com.
More details on the entire X Games event are at www.xgames.com. Tickets are at www.ticketmaster.com/xgames.
Next week in Austin360
We’ll have interviews with artists, picks and more on the Pachanga Latino Music Festival, which is May 10 at Fiesta Gardens. Also: Matthew Odam reviews Chavez, a look at new movie "Chef" and Austin Shakespeare’s "As You Like It" in Zilker Park.