Daily Music: High Bias
ACL Review: Kacey Musgraves
Sunday afternoon, Kacey Musgraves took to a Samsung stage that was decked out in neon cacti in front of a desert sunset backdrop. Despite the Old West cliches, the East Texas native from Golden brought with her concerns prompting a huge crowd: How to balance small-town values she grew up with a more expansive view of the world?

10:45AM Mon. Oct. 3, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Luísa Maita
Forget what you know about Brazilian music. In most cases that likely means bossa nova, Os Mutantes’ psychedelia, and the extreme thrash of Sepultura. It should also include the sound of Fio da Memória, the second album from Luísa Maita.

10:05AM Sun. Oct. 2, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Bombino
The Tuareg culture’s musical fusion of West African rhythms, traditional melodies, and classic rock riffs has made serious inroads to stateside six-string worship through envoys Terakaft and Tinariwen. No Tuareg has earned as high a profile as Bombino, and his Friday show in the ACL tent – the guitarist’s 100th performance this year – demonstrated why.

10:10AM Sat. Oct. 1, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Eliot Sumner
Well-documented by now, being the scion of a famous musician can prove a curse. Ultimately, then, they can either embrace the familial influence and endure lifelong comparisons, or they can run in the opposite direction by aggressively rejecting the previous generation. Eliot Sumner, daughter of Gordon “Sting” Sumner, chooses a third option.

9:15AM Sat. Oct. 1, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

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 »

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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 »

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