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"...A Band Called Death is this season’s engaging entry in the burgeoning field of the should’ve/could’ve/would’ve rock documentary. Along the lines of last year’s Oscar-winning doc Searching for Sugar Man, A Band Called Death chronicles the life, death, and rediscovery of a musical act that folded without achieving success only to be exhumed decades later by a seeming quirk of fate..."
"...Directed by: Jeff Feuerzeig. There came a point when Jeff Feuerzeig became so fed up with the lack of attention his favorite band -- Half Japanese -- was getting that he decided to do something to remedy the situation: he made a documentary about them..."
"...Anyone who has attempted co-habitation knows full well that it’s never about the dishes, or the dirty socks on the floor; these points of conflict are merely manifestations of much deeper issues. And so it goes for Band Aid’s longtime couple Anna (Lister-Jones, Lola Versus) and Ben (Pally, Night Owls), whose relationship has hit a rough patch after a series of failures (or, ya know, what some of us call life)...."
"...There's a shadow hanging over the Detroit-born proto-punk band Death – but it's also the light that shines on it. Both light and dark came from David Hackney, eldest of the three Hackney brothers who formed the roaring outfit, and the one who never saw its rebirth...."
"...After being married almost a decade and raising a family, blues mama Susan Tedeschi and slide guitarist Derek Trucks joined forces – in a band. Revelator, their soulful debut, recalls traveling circus acts like Delaney & Bonnie & Friends..."
"...As the first installment of my new (hopefully) monthly spotlight on a local band, I wanted to take a look at the new generation of outlaw country, the Moonhangers. The local threepiece moonlights as one of our favorite gritty blues bands Chili Cold Blood (see "Chili Cold Blood Loves You!" Dec..."
"...The mother of all New Orleans’ brass tacks, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, celebrated its half-century anniversary in 2011. My first show ever was within that first decade – when I was about halfway through my own first decade..."
"...But Jewish cafe owner Dina (Elkabetz) isn’t interested in politics or history. She and her friends are simply bored to death in Bet Hatikva and therefore happy to take the band members, who had the misfortune of getting on the wrong bus during a tour, into their world for the night, if for no other reason than to experience something different..."
"...For 30 years, Kim Gordon played bass in Sonic Youth. All but three of them she spent married to bandmate Thurston Moore, a union that ended infamously in 2011..."
"...As usual, the list runs heavy with international showcasers, reminding us all the world’s a stage, but that the entirety of Austin becomes a bandstand come two weeks in March. England sends 23 acts down to the colony, among them gothy shoegaze buzz band Lusts and haunting songwriter Holly Macve, who has recently signed to UK tastemaker label Bella Union..."
"...The rally runs noon-1:30pm, but the march on state government begins at the Congress Ave. Bridge, 10:45am, led by the Kashmere HS Marching Band, descended from the famous Houston funkestra...."
"...“No revelations in the water, no tears into the booze.” That line haunts closer “Window Blues,” from Band of Horses' sophomore Sub Pop album, Cease to Begin. It's lead vocalist/guitarist Ben Bridwell's long fought realization, rising clean from sodden, broken ghosts..."
"...Certified legends amongst old Austin heads, Uncle Walt’s Band has elsewhere remained a cult fascination, hallowed by roots music connoisseurs, record collectors, and fans of each member’s subsequent successes...."
"...In its original late-Sixties/early-Seventies incarnation, Houston’s Kashmere High School Band was begun by visionary music teacher Conrad Johnson, who sharpened the students into a crack ensemble whose brawny, fluid, big-band sound was as powerful as those of funk’s best-known pioneers...."
"...In the late Nineties, many SXSW attendees discovered the best band performing all week wasn’t playing an exclusive showcase for industry insiders, but performing free on the South Congress sidewalk. Houston’s Allen Oldies Band remains an irony-free covers combo that embodies all that is – or was – unhinged and transcendent about rock & roll...."
"...Some 11 years ago, the South Austin Jug Band first appeared on the local scene. That's when the head scratching began..."
"...The Game On Austin event this Thursday, Oct 15, is meant to be a friendly affair, but we just can't help ourselves and want to include a competitive element for a few select guests. We're signing up 16 competitors to test their metal in a head to head Rock Band tournament!..."
"...With Mikal Cronin still raging on the Reverberation Stage, the crowd in the Levitation Tent was surprisingly sparse when Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band kicked off. TV On the Radio vocalist Tunde Adebimpe was keen to start on time, an especially admirable trait for someone with a tableful of electronic effects in tow...."
"...Last year finally saw the drop of Magnet School's premiere full-length, Tonight We Drink Tomorrow We Battle the Evil at Hand on local imprint Arclight, and while the word is just now getting out, these boys know exactly what they're doing. Tucker took some time out to chat via e-mail about the band, the album, and that Big Rock sound. Shut Up: I know all you guys have known one another for quite some time now..."
"...What happens when you put roughly 30 record nerds in a store run by record nerds to watch a band of record nerds? Sadly, not the apocalypse. However, Times New Viking has tapped into something that proves a return to the lo-fi movement is not a bad thing right now..."
"...As the title of their debut suggests, the Blue Noise Band is a "multi-purpose" unit in every sense of the term. Though the local instrumental quartet has its structural foundation in jazz, their goof-laden, quick-change musical character lands them squarely in the avant-weird camp..."
"...Many people consider The Band Wagon the greatest of all Vincente Minnelli's great musicals. (An American in Paris, Gigi, Meet Me in St..."
"...And yet here are three-fourths of Kissinger in the pristine LBJ-S lobby, ready to plug their show at Emo's that night on the 101X morning show. Unfortunately, the one band member who's not here has the amp..."
"...When the women of Handful first convened their "Church of Divine Distortion" back in September 1996, they had but one overriding motive. "The idea was that none of us wanted to be a wussy girl band," asserts drummer Susie Martinez..."
"...Beside recent ACL Fest performers the Mowglis, UK rockers Band of Skulls, and reggae hitmaker Collie Buddz, other notable artists getting invites include Beach Boy Mike Love, early Fleetwood Mac guitarist Jeremy Spencer, femme rocker Melissa Etheridge, and indie siren Sharon Van Etten...."
"...Damn, brother. So this whole emo puppet band thing was …..."
"...Locally, representation begins with newly minted Merge signees A Giant Dog, Band of Heathens, Matt Gilmour’s Patient Wolf, recent Chronicle cover stars Moving Panoramas, bluesman Paul Oscher, Skyline, Nightowls, and Jon Dee Graham, with Graham’s son William Harries Graham & Painted Redstarts filling out the frame...."
"...South by Southwest increased its bandwidth this afternoon, extending official invitations to another 348 acts from Austin and around the world. The re-up brings the festival’s tally to in excess of 500 names, with some 1,500 or more expected to be added before the Music conference, March 11-16, 2014...."
"...The Warren Hood Band(Red Parlor)..."
"...The Band of Horses frontman took the Miller Lite stage for the quintet’s headlining set seemingly excited, beaming smiles, and cheering on the crowd. His between-song banter then became increasingly sarcastic and eventually biting..."
"...The most pressing reason for SXSW’s early acceptance pertains to international acts, and their need to secure flights and proper visas. Eighty-one of the first 195 announced bands will come from foreign lands – though, based on what’s happened in previous years, a few will likely back out – including the Dunwells, an English band signed to the local home of Los Lonely Boys, Playing in Traffic Records; Greenland folk-popper Nive Nielsen & the Deer Children; Burger Records’ Dutch treasure Mozes & the Firstborn; and Andrea Echeverri, the longtime singer in Colombian rock outfit Aterciopelados...."
"...That wild Cajun night happened some seven years and left sterling memories of those three members of Li’l Band O’ Gold...."
"...James’ soulful trill ran high to Ward’s scratchy, deep croon, while Oberst’s trembling vocals darted in between. Adding Johnson’s distinctively clipped drawl in for harmonies only bolstered the band’s heartthrob appeal, with the five members decked out in suites that signaled the final stop of the group’s U.S..."
"...Though this new paradigm is born of necessity for young bands trying to garner attention in a media-saturated industry, the effect is yet another nail in the label-based music industry's decaying coffin. A new generation of talent is increasingly looking at new technology and social-networking tools to not only disseminate its music to the largest possible audience but to specifically target its fan bases to maximize its efforts...."
"...In my youth, I took a strong anti-boy band stance. Recently, however, I've discovered something truly icky about myself that I cannot rationalize as ironic posturing..."
"...He's brimming with excitement about his new band the Midnight Stroll, which, aside from his short-lived country outfit, the Dirty Banquet, marks Behrens' first significant step away from Ghostland. They've released just one song, but it's a great one: a thumpy rock tune called "Day and Night" that rides a crunchy Neil Young riff into a tranquil chorus where Behrens glows, "I'm just thankful for the ride."..."
"...But that hasn't stopped him from writing his own work. His latest book, The Darkling Band, came out Oct..."
"...Dear Editor, I don't have anything for or against Cruiserweight (I've never even heard 'em), but I'm fairly certain the Chronicle has featured other bands I don't particularly like [“Cruiserweight: Armed and Ready,” Music, Feb. 18]..."
"...The Allman Brothers BandAt Fillmore East Deluxe Edition (Mercury)The Allman Brothers BandLive at the Atlanta International Pop Festival (Epic/Legacy)..."
"...Originally from Portsmouth, England, the classically trained pianist entered the world of pop music in 1979 with Look Sharp!. Bristling with attitude while wondering "Is She Really Going Out With Him?," Jackson and his band -- Gary Sanford (guitar), Graham Maby (bass), and Dave Houghton (drums) -- spent the next two years constantly touring and released two more albums, I'm the Man and Beat Crazy...."
"...The singer-guitarist also poured love on our town, where the band rented a practice space in preparation for the show, plus a screening on Thursday at the Alamo Drafthouse of Jawbreaker documentary Don’t Break Down...."
"...Nelson; Franz von Suppé's Poet and Peasant Overture; the folk song "The Girl I Left Behind Me," as arranged by Leroy Anderson; Karl L. King's "Circus Days" and "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite March"; David Lovrien's "Monkey Business"; Frank Ticheli's "Shenandoah" for Concert Band; Carmen Dragon's arrangement of "America the Beautiful," and – can you guess? – Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."..."
"...The Band Wagon is showing at 8pm tonight at the Marchesa Hall and Theatre. The Austin Film Society is screening the film to celebrate the anniversary of last summer's "Best Little Art House in Texas" campaign to upgrade the venue to modern standards..."
"...Heaving a tsunami of seminal, late-1960s UK heavyosity*, the band rears up behind the singer's expulsive roar, one line punctuated with what sounds like "I don't give a fuck!" only it's "phlaaauuuccck!" That precedes an exquisite turnaround of guitar/bass/drums exploding into the song's unmistakable refrain. Six thunderous minutes can't contain the frontman's bawl...."
"...It was all kinds of fun watching the rich pageant of Americana kitsch and class that made up the inaugural parade, from the FAMU band to the Americorps Alum to the Tuskegee Airmen to the Mobile Azalea Trail Maids to the Carnaval de San Anto to the WHOA~! HOLD ON! The Lesbian and Gay Band Association?! YES! The Lesbian and Gay Band Association!..."
"...Dear Editor, I am writing in regards to Tom Bowman's Postmark "The Question: How Good Are the Musicians?" (July 25) in which he asserts that a glut of deluded, poor-quality local musicians are causing clubs to book out-of-town bands instead of offering employment opportunities to local ones. There are two obvious points to me here: 1) There will always be a market to see out-of-town bands because of the novelty of seeing a band from out of town, especially a famous one, and 2) a good deal of the out-of-town bands booked here fit the very description of knowing (far) less than the 10 chords that he decries. And why not? What's so great about being "great"? I'd rather see a fun and energetic punk band crank out one three-chord barrage after another and have an entertaining stage presence than watch someone who took music theory in college play some wanky set showing off all the (more than 10!) chords they learned and the progressions that they go in, because there are some very talented and skilled musicians "who think they rock, dude," when I personally think that they do not. Of course, I can make the distinction that that is just my own humble opinion and that there are people who are into that kind of music, and that's cool, too. On the other end of the spectrum, the pop charts tend to indicate that "insipid lyrics" still command a draw and suggest that strong musical skills may not be required to sell out shows. Let everyone have their turn, and the live music fans will ultimately decide if a band just gets booked at their friends' house parties or headlines at Emo's outdoors on a Saturday night or pulls off both in the same evening...."
"...Two High String BandInsofarasmuch (Blue Corn) Acoustic music takes a lot of forms these days. There's revved-up breakneck bluegrass (Split Lip Rayfield, R.I.P.), Django-style swing (David Grisman), virtuosic neo-jam-band excursions (Nickel Creek), and traditional bluegrass from down in the holler and up on the mountain..."
"...Rev Peyton & his Big Damn Band – the barrel-chested evangelist, his wife and washboard wiz Breezy Peyton, and drummer Ben Russell – struggled out of the gate with tech difficulties, but the Indiana native just doesn’t quit. As the sound crew scurried around testing cables, he coaxed the crowd into a clump and delivered a thundering acoustic verse...."
"...The practice of financing albums through online crowdfunding has become so commonplace that even the Yuppie Pricks, a punk band that presents themselves as yacht-owning day traders disgusted by the middle class, have just launched one. This week, the band opened up an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for their fourth album, Appetite for Consumption...."
"...And while it is true he worked on two plays, that doesn't really paint the full picture of his last year of life. He had also been working hard with his band Federal! State! Local! to finish their debut album, Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy. This was an endeavor he was absolutely ecstatic about finishing up and releasing to the public..."