ACL Fest, now owned by Live Nation, had many worried that the other ACL – Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta – would also sell out to corporate overlords: Monsanto. Rest assured, the annual fall get-down put on by San Antonio indie Saustex Records remains 100% organic and true to its anti-ACL ideals: inexpensive tickets, locally-sourced lineups, and indoor plumbing.
Saturday calls cob-shuckers to the White Horse with a lineup lassoing roots and garage. Look for Chrissy Flatt’s local retro-pop project New Mystery Girl, whose “Brand New Love” was recently hailed on Little Stephen’s Underground Garage as the “coolest song in the world.” Other undigested kernels include twangy-pop act Trompe L’Oeil from Cher UK’s Mike McCoy, clever San Antone rock/folk songsmith Garrett T. Capps, and the sturdy, soulful rock and roll of Lazy Cowgirls leader Pat Todd’s the Rankoutsiders.
Squirting mayonnaise on the elote is none other than the Smith’s stinky-fingered cowpunk charmers the Hickoids, teasing material from their new album of Texas covers (Roky Erickson, Willie Nelson, Doug Sahm), The Out of Towners, which serves as a swan song for the band’s guitarist Davy Jones, who – even in death – remains the most talented member of the band.– Kevin Curtin
This Austin Noise-curated extravaganza hosts the debut local performance of celebrated Chicago No Wave troupe Ono. Their 1983 debut, Machines That Kill People, is a blackened triumph of synthesized thanatotic esoterica. Virginian duo Buck Gooter combine distorted guitar and bloodcurdling screams, while Shit & Shine mastermind Craig Clouse joins Butthole Surfers drummer King Coffey for slow-blistering transcendence in USA/Mexico. Rei Clones, Future Blondes, ST-37, Burnt Skull, Ghetto Ghouls, Breakdancing Ronald Reagan, Jonathan Horne, Aunt’s Analog, and DJ Anime Love Hotel add more sonic scour power than steel wool on brain tissue.– Greg Beets
Dillo Milk 2, second in a series of local roundups on grimy Austin skuzz, celebrates live with the 18 diverse punks of the record, including New China, a fourpiece of weirdo-noise wild performances, and the dark eccentricities of foursome Popper Burns. Trio Xetas, who slipped a brand new track (“The Soil”) on the LP, bring a foreboding, raw sound and sharp teeth in chewing out society. Riot Punch and Vampyre also appear.– Libby Webster
Don’t let the fiendish album art fool you: Austin fourpiece Duel churns out Camaro rock on debut LP Fears of the Dead. Guitarists Jeff Henson and Tom Frank prove themselves members of the Cult of Iommi, laying down fuzz box riffs and wah-drenched solos. The demonic swing of “Fell to the Earth” expertly recalls “Children of the Grave,” bolstered by Frank’s low, whiskey-soaked growl. Get the lead out.– Bryan Rolli
India’s pre-eminent tabla tamer Zakir Hussain teams with his Masters of the Percussion protégé Niladri Kumar, sitar scientist. Starting with a music Ph.D. in ’69, followed by Planet Drum with Mickey Hart and the soundtrack to Apocalypse Now, and through to this year’s International Jazz Day concert at the White House, Hussain, 65, reinvented the Hindustani classical hand drum to global renown. Second-generation Ravi Shankar disciple Kumar, 43, here co-jams on native ragas in a 2pm matinee.– Raoul Hernandez