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Royal Thunder Q&A
Royal Thunder took hard rock by storm in 2012 with LP debut CVI, but the Atlantans’ acclaimed follow-up Crooked Doors emits psych, prog, and soulful balladry. Due to the split of singer/bassist Mlny Parsonz and guitarist Josh Weaver, it’s been compared to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Parsonz addressed the issue prior to the band’s gig Sunday at Holy Mountain.

9:00AM Thu. May 28, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Levitation Live Shot: ZZZ’s
Sternum-rattling bass. Jittery cymbal crashes. A squall of feedback. Thus did Japanese trio the ZZZ’s announce themselves Sunday to what began as a small audience. By the time they finished demolishing the oxygen around them like an unholy blend of Savages and Unsane, the few had swollen into a slavering pack of wild animals desperate for more.

10:15AM Mon. May 11, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Levitation Live Shot: Chui Wan
Another sign that Levitation is leaving its psychcentric focus behind, Chui Wan killed it. The Beijing quartet comes off as a post-punk band soaked in just enough reverb to pass. Make no mistake, however. They’re far more interested in dialing in than tuning out.

10:15AM Sun. May 10, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Levitation Live Shot: Spiritualized
Before a large crowd permeated by the smell of weed, Jason “Spaceman” Pierce and company took the stage 10 minutes late for one of the most highly anticipated sets of Levitation. Fronting a choir- and orchestra-less Spiritualized, the UK psych vet rolled into “Here It Comes (The Road, Let’s Go),” a brand-new song presumably slated for the LP in progress.

10:15AM Sat. May 9, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Levitation Live Shot: Willie Thrasher & Linda Saddleback
No spring chicken, Willie Thrasher has made music since the mid-Sixties, when he drummed for the Cordells, Northern Canada’s first Native American rock band. Today, the 67-year-old Inuk has a voice that cuts through the din, its insistent rasp like an axe against a wall of chatter. Not that Thrasher needs a weapon, if his Levitation set was any indication.

9:09AM Sat. May 9, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Levitation Q&A: Ryley Walker
When Ryley Walker’s debut LP All Kinds of You arrived in 2014, it heralded a distinctive new voice in contemporary music. That impression sustained widespread reinforcement on March’s masterful follow-up, the acclaimed Primrose Green. On his way to perform at Levitation on Saturday, the guitarist checked in by e-mail while on tour in Europe.

11:00AM Fri. May 8, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

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Moonspell Q&A
Hailing from Lisbon, Moonspell has combined doomed romanticism, brooding atmosphere, and power chords for more than two decades now. The quintet, playing the Dirty Dog Bar on Saturday with Septicflesh and Deathstars, returns to Austin for the first time since 2003. Singer Fernando Ribeiro e-mailed us about Portuguese metal and more.

9:09AM Thu. Apr. 23, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

SXSW Live Shot: Swervedriver/Church
Lo, down came the angels from guitar heaven, to bestow upon the mortals the gift of six strings, a plethora of pedals, and loud amplification. And it was oh-so-good.

10:40AM Sun. Mar. 22, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

SXSW Q&A: The Church
During its Eighties heyday, the Church’s hit with “Under the Milky Way.” Since then, the Australian institution endured creative entropy, poverty, and internal tension leading to the departure of co-founding guitarist Marty Willson-Piper. A lifetime achievement award from the Australian Recording Industry Association re-lit the furnace.

3:30PM Sat. Mar. 21, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

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