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ACL Review: White Reaper
Terrible name, great band. So’s Cage the Elephant, fellow Kentucky burners. Last year, the latter riot act torched an ACL Fest main stage like no less than the Clash. Sunday, again in Zilker Park, White Reaper tore through an hour on the BMI stage as relentlessly as Green Day.

11:47AM Mon. Oct. 16, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Songhoy Blues
As documented in 2015 film They Will Have to Kill Us First, Mali’s Songhoy Blues fled its home in Timbuktu to avoid prosecution under strict Sharia law, which bans music. A narrative with the indomitable spirit of music defying violent oppression usually puts audiences on an artist’s side long before a single note’s been struck.

11:25AM Mon. Oct. 16, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Middle Kids
When a feature on Elton John’s Beats 1 radio show slingshot single “Edge of Town” to millions of listens, Aussie group Middle Kids hadn’t even played a show yet. Most of their hype is anticipatory, boasting big things to come.

11:00AM Mon. Oct. 16, Rachel Rascoe Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Midland
Midland rode into ACL Fest in the wake of a middling industry controversy about whether the fast emerging country stars had paid enough dues to warrant the early success of last month’s debut LP, On the Rocks. Given the adopted Austin trio’s midday set at an overflowing Tito’s tent on Sunday, any protestations of authenticity proved irrelevant.

10:40AM Mon. Oct. 16, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Tank & the Bangas
Tank & the Bangas reside in a musical league of their own. Despite a sleepy, overcast 11:45am Sunday time slot, vocalist Tarriona “Tank” Ball, backing band the Bangas, and backup singers the Grenades set the bar impossibly high for every band following their set, seasoned headliners included.

10:25AM Mon. Oct. 16, Libby Webster Read More | Comment »

Sound on Sound Fest Make-Up Shows
Eleven days ago, hours before the start of ACL Fest, the Austin music community received crushing news: Sound on Sound Fest had been canceled. The medieval-themed genre music festival lost a key investor and didn’t have the cash flow to pull off its second year. Today, a salvaging of talent emerges with make-up gigs slotted for the same weekend.

9:55AM Mon. Oct. 16, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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Laying Down the Lore
Folklore. Fairytales. Tall tales. That thing that happened to a "friend of a friend." Aaron Mahnke's award-winning Lore podcast has collected and collated stories of changelings and ghosts, vampires and abductions, from around the world, and now Amazon adds shadows to his campfire stories with the Lore TV show.

3:00PM Sun. Oct. 15, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

DVDanger: Brawl in Cell Block 99
There's an old saying: Big dogs don't need to bark. Truth is, the biggest dogs try to curl up the smallest. That may be why Vince Vaughn, all six-foot five of him, looks like he's squeezing himself into the corner of a hotel couch, sipping a tea as he softly talks about the extreme brutality of prison flick Brawl in Cell Block 99.

2:15PM Sun. Oct. 15, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Tove Lo
Boobs as weapon, body as vessel, sexuality as expression; there’s a million ways to interpret dark, raunchy, Swede sensation Tove Lo’s multifaceted pop, where tales of drugs and sex clubs drop into exuberant anthems. Saturday at sunset, the Barton Springs stage’s overstuffed young crowd didn’t overthink it.

10:50AM Sun. Oct. 15, Rachel Rascoe Read More | Comment »

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