ACL Live Shot: Crystal Castles
Zilker Park, Oct. 14
Reviewed by Luke Winkie, Fri., Oct. 19, 2012
The members of Crystal Castles don't show their faces. Ethan Kath hunkers behind an industrial smear of dark electronics, and Alice Glass' popsicle-blue hair flares down her snowy face, eyeliner where her eyes should be. I couldn't get a good look between the strobes, but this is ground zero for the electronic revolution. The Toronto rave duo emerged as basement thrashers, but now they're throwing weight around in the big font of festival posters. Kath's ice-cold synths snake out at crowds, Glass' voice a Frankenstein cluster of filters and knobs. It's "Baptism," a death march of a rager, and the kids go nuts. Nothing but raised hands and scarlet light. There's something curious about how something so severe and ugly can be so appealing, but Crystal Castles sculpts massive power out of dangerous noise. Somehow it becomes pop music along the way. The syncopated grooves make everything move in slow motion. The diminutive Glass swigs Jack Daniels and writhes out on top of the audience. I'm sure somewhere someone's gasping. Just the way they like it.
Austin Powell, Fri., April 24, 2009
Abby Johnston, Fri., May 17, 2013
Kevin Curtin, Fri., May 17, 2013
Jim Caligiuri, Fri., May 17, 2013
Austin Powell, Fri., May 17, 2013
Doug Freeman, Fri., May 17, 2013
Mamma Jamma Ride Kick-off Party at Saengerrunde Hall
at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre
Finding Rail Route Complicated Michael King, in “The Reading Railroad”, while making valuable points, seems to state that finding an initial route for urban ...
Problems Facing Mueller Neighborhood leaders and members past and present of the city of Austin's Robert Mueller Advisory Commission (RMAC) deserve credit for ...
People Are the Real Mueller Story Through various media, we are subjected to stories of Mueller: the construction project. While that can be appreciated, Mueller's true ...
Keeping Austin Weird Things that keep Austin weird: 1) belief that one needs a train to get from UT to the state Capitol; ...
More Women on the Cover, Please How about putting a woman on the cover once in a while? The last eight issues have all featured men ...
- Follow us@AustinChronicle