Daily Music: High Bias
Sound on Sound Review: Japandroids
Rock & roll conviction lives and dies onstage, something Japandroids proved during a Sound on Sound makeup show Saturday night at Emo’s that was the duo’s first Austin appearance since a sold-out benefit at Mohawk in February.

9:45AM Sun. Nov. 12, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

King Crimson Kills
Except for a drive-by gig by one of its side Projekcts and a reunion several years ago from an ex-employees Crimson Projekct, Austin hadn’t hosted a proper King Crimson performance in 22 years. On Thursday night, in a Bass Concert Hall brimming with Crimfans waiting two decades to see their monarch, the reception bordered on ecstatic.

10:30AM Fri. Oct. 20, Michael Toland 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: Tash Sultana
After the ascension to mass dominance of Ed Sheeran, the novelty of seeing a musician accompany themself with self-generated loops should have worn off by now. On Saturday afternoon in Zilker Park, weekend-two-only performer Tash Sultana proved she isn’t merely beating her guitar, however.

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

ACL Review: Ron Gallo
Gimmicks come and go in pop music, but the simple pleasures of three chords and a few hooks will never die. For example, former Toy Soldiers member Ron Gallo’s debut Heavy Meta revels in simple songs that reveal their melodic gifts early. That doesn’t mean the Philadelphian isn’t above some goofiness.

9:35AM Sat. Oct. 14, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

King Crimson’s Tony Levin
Reigning over Bass Concert Hall next Thursday, Oct. 19, King Crimson remains one of the few bands tagged “progressive rock” that actually progresses. While other acts ape early-Seventies sounds – even those that hail from the era – the British/American group led since 1969 by guitarist Robert Fripp keeps pushing into new realms.

9:00AM Thu. Oct. 12, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

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ACL Review: Jacob Banks
The shifting winds of the music industry make pinpointing future stars difficult. Sometimes, however, the signs are recognizable: a smart song placement, a savvy guest spot. Nigerian-born/London-based singer-songwriter Jacob Banks isn’t a household name, but the contingent of die-hard fans in the modest crowd Sunday make that seem inevitable.

8:55AM Mon. Oct. 9, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Car Seat Headrest
Will Toledo has come a long way from recording in the backseat of his car. The Seattle-based songwriter and his band Car Seat Headrest ascended the indie rock ladder to major festival appearances by, like their peers, drawing on the Eighties. A raucous Saturday afternoon set proved exhibit A.

10:00AM Sun. Oct. 8, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Lemon Twigs
Brothers Brian D’Addario and Michael D’Addario – the Lemon Twigs – took the ACL Fest stage on Friday afternoon in slacks and button-downs, as if Mom dressed them for the gig. “Now, boys, you need to look proper for the nice people of Austin.”

9:00AM Sat. Oct. 7, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

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