In Girling’s nocturnal new video, Andy Sharp sings of a celestially connected afterlife, in which our dead friends and family raise the morning sun and fill moon with light. Sadly, it’s only “Fiction.”
Suzanna Choffel celebrates today’s drop of Hello Goodbye with an album release party tonight at 3ten ACL Live. The Austin native’s fourth full-length disc, the album continues expanding on her unique soul-folk-pop sound with the help of producer David Boyle and an A-list cast of locals including Charlie Sexton, Davíd Garza, and Jazz Mills.
Four long years have passed since the xx sold out consecutive nights downtown at the Moody Theater. On Wednesday, first installment of this succeeding two-show stand, the general admission crowd on the floor pressed into the barriers to get up close to the London trio. Fueled by that energy and a fervent “oh-em-gees”-ness, the xx delivered.
“Outlaw country mixed with Southern rock, mixed with toad licking,” appraises Jeff Pinkus of the rootsy, ne’er-do-well anthems on Pure Luck’s eponymous debut. “It’s got a lot of psychedelia – songs taking you to a different place than you thought you’d go. Other songs are very traditional, but somehow it all tied together.”
At 3pm, the ACL Fest app sent out a notification: “Now, can I get an encore? Do you want more?” It was an appropriate lyric for what was being hinted at, never mind it coming from a collaboration with Linkin Park. Jay Z will be headlining Zilker Park.
Wake up, wipe the crust from your eyes, and pour a cup of coffee. After a week of fake poster leaks and real performer clues dropped via song lyrics on their phone app, ACL Fest breaks the dawn with its annual lineup reveal. Headlining Austin’s largest outdoor music festival in October are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper, Gorillaz, and the Killers.
Merle Haggard initially encountered Blaze Foley’s music when he cut “If I Could Only Fly” with Willie Nelson in 1987, after which the country icon became one of the late Austin troubadour’s biggest fans. Yet like much of Foley’s career, Haggard’s championing of his music was riddled with missed opportunities.
“I’m thinking it may be the last trip around the country,” Tom Petty told Rolling Stone in December about his Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary tour. Eight shows into 46, Oklahoma to London (lone European date), Tuesday’s two-hour worship at a rafters-stocked Frank Erwin Center took on the distinct air of victory lap. Petty, 66, indulged freely.