Daily Music: High Bias
Cobalt Cracks the Crust
A genre-defying force in extreme metal, Colorado duo Cobalt emerged as the blackened doom-prog act behind masterpieces Eater of Birds (2007) and Gin (2009). Multi-instrumentalist Erik Wunder and ex-Lord Mantis vox Charlie Fell now promote fourth LP Slow Forever in rare live show at Mohawk next Wednesday, Sept. 7. Wunder emailed us during rehearsals.

12:35PM Wed. Aug. 31, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Scientists Revisited on A Place Called Bad
Credited/blamed for grunge, Australia’s intrepid Scientists made an impact on alt-rock disproportionate to their reach. Reviled at home, the quartet’s albums rarely reached the colonies. Happily, the 4-CD A Place Called Bad makes a case for the band by including most of their studio recordings and all of the negative energy that made them iconoclastic.

11:45AM Fri. Aug. 19, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Boogarins é Foda
Boogarins’ pop smarts, psychedelic atmospherics, and South American rhythms won over locals at both South by Southwest and Austin Psych Fest. Recording locally now permits the Brazilian quartet a four-weekend stand at Hotel Vegas, the first club they played outside their country. They answered questions via e-mail driving from Portland to Anchorage.

10:00AM Thu. Jun. 30, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Unsane Banter
NYC noise trio Unsane plays former Emo’s GM and Buzz Mill owner Jason Sabala’s new club Grizzly Hall on Friday, joined by local cronies Honky and the Fuckemos. Austinite of two years, bassist Dave Curran runs sound at the Hall, perfect spot for him, guitarist/vox Chris Spencer and drummer Vinny Signorelli to rehearse and warm up for a European tour.

1:30PM Thu. May 19, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Levitation Live Shot: Boris, Sunn O))), Sleep
Originally scheduled to share the Levitation Tent on Saturday night, Boris, Sunn 0))), and headliner Sleep instead took over a sold-out Mohawk last night for five hours of droning doom.

10:30AM Sun. May 1, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Levitation Kick-Off
If you checked social media Thursday night, you’d think the Reverb Appreciation Society had declared war on its fans in the wake of Levitation’s cancellation. At the three festival kick-off shows last night, the mood was decidedly ... chill. No angry conversations, no crossed-arms in the crowds. Everyone seemed to take the loss of Levitation in stride.

11:47AM Fri. Apr. 29, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

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Levitation Q&A: Sunn O)))
Kings of avant-garde drone, Sunn O))) overwhelms Austin this weekend for the first time in 14 years. That’s in support of Kannon, the Seattle metallers’ first non-collaborative LP since 2009 and one that hearkens back to the group’s ambient grunge. Guitarist/bassist Greg Anderson addressed its distinctive sound becoming festival friendly.

4:45PM Wed. Apr. 27, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music: Barry Adamson
Barry Adamson’s music was always destined to exist on the fringes of society, along with the freaks, lovers, and creeps he celebrates.

2:15PM Sat. Mar. 19, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music: Yonatan Gat
“The people in the fancy seats can just rattle their badges,” winked guitarist Yonatan Gat near the beginning of his trio’s powerful SXSW set Friday night. Rest assured the Tel Aviv native and former axe god for Monotonix, which played legendary SXSW sets, wasn’t being off-putting.

1:40PM Sat. Mar. 19, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

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