Daily Music: High Bias
SXSW Music Live: Mastodon
Ponder the mysteries of SXSW programming: Metallic notables Mastodon found themselves the penultimate act on a Friday night SXSW showcase at Empire otherwise dedicated to punk and alternative rock acts.

12:45PM Sat. Mar. 18, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Live: Reverberation Appreciation Society Showcase
Takeover of Hotel Vegas by Austin’s Levitation festival and its sponsoring Reverberation Appreciation Society on Thursday evening meant a variety of what constitutes psychedelia. Dead Meadow represented heavy stoner rock, Crocodiles grinned friendly indie-pop, and Royal Trux rolled out grungy slop. Ultimately, four local acts ruled the roost.

2:00PM Fri. Mar. 17, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Live: British Jazz
The United States government cast a cloud over this Wednesday night showcase for UK jazz acts by revoking the ESTAs for multiracial acts United Vibrations and Yussef Kamaal, preventing them from entering the country. Fortunately, the remaining acts filled the gap, dedicating songs and sets to their brothers and delivering knockout performances.

2:02PM Thu. Mar. 16, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Live: Modern English
When Modern English began its set as de facto headliner of the Part Time Punks showcase on Tuesday night, it faced a packed house, including members of all the bands that performed before them. Fifteen minutes in, the Colchester, UK, quintet played to half outside at Barracuda.

1:10PM Wed. Mar. 15, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Live: Robert Glasper
“We’re gonna start off on some jazz shit,” said Robert Glasper about Monday night’s one-of-a-kind performance. As such, the Houston pianist/producer led bassist Derrick Hodge, sampler and beatboxer Taylor McFerrin (son of Bobby), sax/keys swing vote Terrace Martin, drummer Marcus Gilmore (grandson of Roy Haynes), and trumpet star Christian Scott.

2:45PM Tue. Mar. 14, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

No Idea Festival Q&A
In a festival-heavy town, No Idea is a breed apart. Now 14, the free improvisation/experimental endeavor exists outside of music industry mechanics with values rooted in community. Founder Chris Cogburn, himself a percussion and electronics improviser, met up to talk about the driving forces behind the festival he’s curated since 2003.

9:00AM Thu. Feb. 16, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

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Red Fang Sinks Its Hooks In
Red Fang has risen steadily over the last decade. Credit the Portlanders’ goofy videos, a dedicated road ethic, and their hooky, dissonance-spiked stoner rock landing on Late Show With David Letterman. Guitarist Bryan Giles called from San Francisco on opening night of a tour with Torche and Whores, all appearing Friday at Mohawk.

9:00AM Wed. Nov. 23, 2016, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Sound on Sound Review: Carcass
Closing the inaugural Sound on Sound as the only extreme metal band to perform – going on a half-hour after its 11:40pm slot and playing to a grounds nearly emptied by thunderstorms eight hours before – Carcass faced only a small crowd of diehards. The situation didn’t dampen the Liverpool quartet’s spirit anymore than did the rain.

1:50PM Mon. Nov. 7, 2016, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Sound on Sound Review: Bob Mould
Bob Mould relies on a simple formula: smashing pop hooks and sweet melodies against a concrete wall of slamming drums and painfully loud guitar. Just after 8pm Sunday, after the rain stopped, he cleared a sonic path through a suddenly primordial Sherwood Forest.

12:20PM Mon. Nov. 7, 2016, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

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