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Housecore Horror Relights the Superjoint

We’ve known for a while that Housecore Horror Film Festival has been hiding something special in its bag of tricks. Now they’re unleashing it. Phil Anslemo conjures up his old band Superjoint Ritual for the first time in a decade. Read More | Comment »

9:00AM Tue. Aug. 19, Richard Whittaker

Zakk Wylde Summons Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde isn’t the skinny kid that played guitar for Ozzy Osbourne any more. The bruising, blues-tinged metaler and his Black Label Society hammer through tracks from their ninth album, Catacombs of the Black Vatican, at Emo’s tonight. Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Fri. Aug. 1, Richard Whittaker

Loud, Fun, and Colorful

The Octopus Project's aesthetic has always been difficult to quantify. Experimental-electro-indie-pop-with-visual-flair is probably accurate, though the band’s founder Josh Lambert states it best, “When people don’t know our band, I usually say we’re loud, fun, and colorful.” Read More | Comment »

3:20PM Wed. Jul. 30, Fernie Martinez

Danzig at Housecore Horror

The Housecore Horror Film Festival remains a place for evil and unique fusions, so it makes perfect sense that the master of horror metal, Glenn Danzig, and metal’s favorite comedian, Brian Posehn, have both been added to the Oct. 23-26 lineup. Read More | Comment »

12:30PM Wed. Jul. 16, Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: 'Heavy Metal Movies'

We understand. If you love gruesome movies, the holidays suck. Read More | Comment »

12:00PM Sat. Jul. 5, Richard Whittaker

Housecore Horror Gets Heavy Again

Most music festivals announce their musical headliners first. Not the Housecore Horror Film Festival, which just released a list of 18 heavy-beyond-heavy opening acts, plus an astounding special guest: Randy Blythe from Lamb of God. Read More | Comment »

8:30AM Tue. Jun. 24, Richard Whittaker

SXSW Live Shot: Animals As Leaders

There’s big difference between a rock show and a concert performance. Live, prog metal revivalists Animals As Leaders sit firmly on the concert side of that abyss. Read More | Comment »

1:40PM Sat. Mar. 15, Richard Whittaker

SXSW Panel: Fan Data – Journey from Analysis to Action

In 2014, a new album is worthy roughly an email address. Read More | Comment »

12:35AM Sat. Mar. 15, Austin Powell

SXSW Live Shot: Soundgarden

Chris Cornell apologized in advance. “We have so many tunings on this record, we’ll be switching guitars every song,” he told the near-capacity crowd at ACL Live at the Moody, holding an iPhone to the crowd in a thinly veiled bit of product placement. Read More | Comment »

3:35PM Fri. Mar. 14, Austin Powell

SXSW Live Shot: Gary Numan

Irony, definition: an audience so busy fucking with their phones they forget to dance to “Cars” – the ultimate song about technology dividing us. Read More | Comment »

11:35AM Fri. Mar. 14, Richard Whittaker

SXSW Day Party: Lydia Loveless

“It’s awfully early for rock & roll, isn’t it?” mused Lydia Loveless near the start of her noon set for KDHX’s 17th annual Twangfest at South Lamar’s Broken Spoke, the landmark honky-tonk an otherwise ideal setting. The answer was obvious, but her phrasing was telling. Read More | Comment »

7:59PM Thu. Mar. 13, Austin Powell

SXSW Live Shot: Jay-Z & Kanye West

The line for Jay-Z and Kanye West at the Austin Music Hall stretched like Black Friday at Walmart, extending all the way down Cesar Chavez. “Everyone with a wristband will get in,” staffers repeatedly assured the restless throng Wednesday night. Two hours after doors were scheduled to open, it became clear hundreds were likely to be left in the cold. Read More | Comment »

1:17PM Thu. Mar. 13, Austin Powell

SXSW Day Stage: Clear Plastic Masks

There’s no colder room to play during SXSW than the Next Stage in the Austin Convention Center. Tucked into the corner of the Exhibition Hall behind large black curtains, it’s a sobering space with a sit-down audience. There’s nothing to hide behind, no way to phone it in. Read More | Comment »

8:45PM Wed. Mar. 12, Austin Powell

SXSW Live Shot: Ramesh

Austin’s Voxtrot was an unnecessary casualty of the hype machine wars of the mid-2000s, the unique-pageviews arms race that left music blogs racing to either champion or clip indie bands at the knees. Despite three acclaimed EPs, the group’s proper self-titled debut in 2007 tanked on Pitchfork and public interest followed suit. Read More | Comment »

11:23PM Tue. Mar. 11, Austin Powell

Housecore Horror Lives Again!

Scream for more, horror and metal fans. After months of speculation – when would it be? would it be back in Austin? – the second Housecore Horror Film Festival has been confirmed for October 23-26. And yes, it’s bringing the carnage back to ATX. Read More | Comment »

5:12PM Fri. Feb. 14, Richard Whittaker

Soak in the 'Blue Sunshine'

While the big Mondo news recently has been their announcement of their Disney show for SXSW, the mavens of weird visuals are staying true to their indie roots with their latest release: A poster, vinyl soundtrack and VHS release for political/drug paranoia classic Blue Sunshine, to be dealt at a special screening this month. Read More | Comment »

3:35PM Tue. Feb. 11, Richard Whittaker

Meet Chet O'Keefe

Chet O’Keefe begins a four-week residency at Strange Brew this Sunday, 6-7:30pm. He’s been staying out at Kinky Friedman’s ranch in Medina since Thanksgiving following a tour together last year. Friedman called up Strange Brew owner Scott Ward a couple weeks ago trying to get O’Keefe a gig. Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Thu. Jan. 30, William Harries Graham

A New Album From That Guided By Voices Man?

This is how it happens: A new Robert Pollard album comes into the Chronicle for consideration. Read More | Comment »

10:35AM Thu. Dec. 12, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner and Robert Fisher

Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Shot: Sparks

Scientists have spent decades searching for the evolutionary missing link. In edgy pop, from the Flaming Lips to the Dresden Dolls, it’s Sparks. Read More | Comment »

11:45AM Sun. Nov. 10, 2013, Richard Whittaker

Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Shot: Body Count

To the APD officers in the golf cart bobbing their heads during Ice-T on the Blue stage: probably a good thing you missed his metal tendencies hours earlier. Body Count doesn’t have a stellar relationship with Lone Star law enforcement. Read More | Comment »

9:55AM Sun. Nov. 10, 2013, Richard Whittaker

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