Full Service Circus

Full Service won’t be on the cover of the Chronicle this week, but you can’t say they haven’t tried. The local quartet continues promoting this weekend’s Full Service Circus, a bonanza of music, sports, and games, for which they’ve already sold 300 tickets to largely out-of-town fans. The second annual event runs Friday through Sunday around town. Read More | Comment »

Playback 3:47PM Mon. Oct. 20, Kevin Curtin

Relatives Oracle Hospitalized

The Relatives moved a little heaven and earth last week during a private performance at Arlyn Studios. Notably absent from the gospel-rocking soul staples was lead singer Gean West, who’s spent much of the past six weeks home in Dallas at Parkland Memorial Hospital for reoccurring heart problems. Read More | Comment »

Check Yo' Self 11:30AM Fri. Oct. 17, Chase Hoffberger

Oh L'amour!

Le Gay Place just about slapped herself silly when she missed Mr. Andy Bell at Austin Pride 2013. Something about a traumatic encounter with a beleaguered bleacher, a disastrous dust-devil, and pom-pons on a truck. No matter. Mr. Bell returns with Mr. Clarke to court/spark the faithful, and to pimp Erasure's latest, The Violet Flame, at ACL Live. Read More | Comment »

Musical Fruit 9:00AM Fri. Oct. 17, Kate X Messer

ACL Offshoot: Against Me!

On an off night from their tour with ACL Fest headliners the Gaslight Anthem, Against Me! packed the indoors stage at Stubb’s. The Florida punks would normally open a mosh pit in a sea of misfits outside. Sunday night, at the downstairs bar reeking of body odor and sweat, the quartet took to the inside stage and a mass of bodies hit the spin cycle still. Read More | Comment »

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom 3:30PM Tue. Oct. 14, Nina Hernandez

D-I-V-O-R-C-E: Greg Ginn’s Gets Ugly

Black Flag nucleus Greg Ginn is being portrayed as an unfit parent in affidavits filed by his ex-wife Marina Ginn. Read More | Comment »

Playback 2:20PM Tue. Oct. 14, Kevin Curtin

ACL Live Shot: Calvin Harris

Fifteen years ago, Calvin Harris would’ve been a nobody. He’d still have the money, the Grammys, the industry renown, but this headlining set? No way. Who cares about producers? Men and women behind pop music are supposed to blend into the background. That’s the job description. Read More | Comment »

Heretic Pride 12:24PM Mon. Oct. 13, Luke Winkie

ACL Live Shot: Lorde

Lorde’s target audience of high school girls was out in full force on Sunday night, ready to slurp up her artsy tales of suburbia, alienation, high school, and alienation in suburban high schools. Opening with “Gladiators,” the teenage Kiwi had her Texan peers bellowing along with every word. Read More | Comment »

Shut Up 11:46AM Mon. Oct. 13, Melanie Haupt

ACL Live Shot: The Replacements

For its second ACL Fest sunset, the Minneapolis foursome picked up where they left off, opening with last Sunday’s closer, “Alex Chilton.” Read More | Comment »

Shuffle 11:31AM Mon. Oct. 13, Neph Basedow

ACL Live Shot: Phantogram

On the final day of ACL Fest’s second weekend, Greenwich, New York, jewel Phantogram buffed a gemstone all their own. Initially a tricky read thanks to numerous technical difficulties hampering the first third of the show, the electro-pop outfit turned coal into a mouthful of diamonds. Read More | Comment »

Ill Communication 11:12AM Mon. Oct. 13, Kahron Spearman

ACL Live Shot: Imelda May

Sunday afternoon, Zilker Park became a swamp that smelled like stockyards. Large chunks of lawn transformed into muddy bogs getting steamier once the sun came out and cut through the chill. Which made it all a big, stanky sauna. Read More | Comment »

Napalm Heart 10:49AM Mon. Oct. 13, Tim Stegall

ACL Live Shot: Cults

When Cults played ACL Fest in 2011, they held down a bigger stage. The NYC duo and its band was just steadying a live act after the buzz of their eponymous full-length bow. Returning to Zilker Park Sunday on the last tour stop for second album Static, the Brooklyn quintet swelled the tiny Austin Ventures stage with a roaring haze of pop-tinged shoegaze. Read More | Comment »

Southside of the Tracks 10:29AM Mon. Oct. 13, Doug Freeman

ACL Live Shot: MØ

Somebody get this girl a bigger crowd, stat. Read More | Comment »

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom 10:02AM Mon. Oct. 13, Nina Hernandez

Brooklyn girl-pop sextet pulls into the fast lane

ACL Live Shot: Lucius

Lucius tore down the Austin Ventures stage. Read More | Comment »

Ill Communication 11:55AM Sun. Oct. 12, Kahron Spearman

ACL Live Shot: Icona Pop

Icona Pop made its ACL debut perhaps nine months too late. The Swedish duo’s absolute banger by Charli XCX, “I Love It,” appeared a one-hit wonder from the start, but the women’s sub-Azalea, sub-Zedd draw in the late afternoon on Saturday served as a solemn confirmation. Their Zilker Park introduction sifted through dying embers. Read More | Comment »

Heretic Pride 11:41AM Sun. Oct. 12, Luke Winkie

ACL Live Shot: My Brightest Diamond

Though not slotting any headliner positions, females dominated the Saturday ACL Fest roster. While pop idols of the moment swelled the limits of stages, Shara Worden and My Brightest Diamond conquered a corner of the field in the Zilker Tent and proved perhaps one of the most underrated performances of the weekend. Read More | Comment »

Southside of the Tracks 11:18AM Sun. Oct. 12, Doug Freeman

ACL Live Shot: Bully

“Hi, we’re Bully,” leader Alicia Bognanno announced three songs into the Nashville grime-pop band’s Saturday afternoon ACL set. “Austin is awesome! I’m gonna walk around the whole town tomorrow on my day off. We’re going to play some more music now.” Read More | Comment »

Napalm Heart 10:55AM Sun. Oct. 12, Tim Stegall

ACL Live Shot: Zoé

Three semesters of college Spanish isn’t sufficient to decipher Zoé frontman León Larregui’s seductive murmur, but everybody from native speakers to the guy draped in Canadian colors understood the misty vibes from the Mexican quintet’s intoxicating fifth LP, Programaton. Read More | Comment »

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom 10:39AM Sun. Oct. 12, Nina Hernandez

ACL Live Shot: Jon Batiste/Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

ACL Fest might not have quite as much soul as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, but a pair of Crescent City cats – one on Friday and the other Saturday – let the good times roll. Read More | Comment »

Bump & Hustle 10:09AM Sun. Oct. 12, Thomas Fawcett

ACL Live Shot: Mac DeMarco

Clad in a grungy, plaid flannel shirt with a mop of listless bedhead, the gap-toothed slack rocker didn’t look like the conventional heartthrob. Nevertheless, girls squealed with delight as he strolled onstage. “I’m Mac,” he waved. “Now, we’re friends.” Read More | Comment »

Shuffle 9:48AM Sun. Oct. 12, Neph Basedow

Glaswegian vets arc across their catalog in 62 minutes

ACL Live Shot: Belle & Sebastian

It was a night for Belle & Sebastian deep cuts excepting the opening track, “Enter Sylvia Plath.” A disco ode to the doomed poetess may be portent of what to expect on the Glaswegian quintet’s ninth full-length, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, coming in January. Read More | Comment »

Shut Up 12:16PM Sat. Oct. 11, Melanie Haupt

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