Friday, August 28, 2009

The Dirty Projectors Return to Austin This Fall

(photo by: Sarah Cass)

As odd a setup as the last Dirty Projectors Austin show was (oddly late, at a smaller venue), it sold out fairly quickly to the surprise of many. The band has just announced that they will be embarking on another tour of the states this fall and Austin is one of the lucky cities on the list. The band will stop by Antone's on Monday, October 26th. I doubt that Greg Ginn will be playing with the band again, but a Black Flag fan can cross his fingers, can't he? Tickets just went on sale at 10 AM this morning so get yours before you can't anymore!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New No Age : 'You're A Target'

No Age @ Club 1808 12
(Photo by us!)

Here's a new one for you. It's the closing track from No Age's new EP Losing Feeling (out October 6th) and it's called "You're A Target". The guys will be in town for Fun Fun Fun Fest and we can't wait. I'm sure they will be bringing this one, more new ones, and all the oldies for us to enjoy.

mp3: No Age - "You're A Target" (via pf)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Full Fun Fun Fun Fest Lineup Is Here!

They have done it! The good folks at Transmission have made the impossible possible and have succeeded in putting together a lineup that will trounce the past three years of Fun Fun Fun Fest. I won't waste any more of your time. Here's some of the highlights:

No Age
Mika Miko
7 Seconds
Of Montreal
Le Savy Fav
Fucked Up
Atlas Sound

Thursday, August 20, 2009

New Fun Fun Fun Fest Acts Announced

Four more new acts performing at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest hit the net today and they will not disappoint. This year's festival is going to be a good one, especially since the bulk of the lineup hasn't even been revealed yet. The new ones are in bold:

Kid Sister, DRI (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles), Yeasayer, Vega, GZA, Atlas Sound, WHY?, Melt Banana, 7 Seconds, Death, Le Savy Fav, Jesus Lizard, King Khan & BBQ Show, Shearwater, Todd Barry, Red Sparowes, Broadcast, and Lucero.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

ACL 2009 Aftershows Announced

The ACL aftershows will probably be the best bet this year if you're one of those people who doesn't like the sun, likes an intimate setting, and have a little bit of extra cash stored up. This year's aftershows are something special and it will certainly be a difficult task to weigh the different shows against one another. Here's the list of those worth checking out:

Thursday, October 1
- The Walkmen, Blitzen Trapper, and Wye Oak @ Emo's Outside
- School of Seven Bells and Magic Wands @ Emo's Jr.

Friday, October 2
- Devotchka and Los Amigos Invisibles @ La Zona Rosa
- The Raveonettes and Here We Go Magic @ The Parish
- !!!, Harlem, and Neon Indian @ Emo's Outside

Saturday, October 3
- Grizzly Bear and Beach House @ Emo's Outside

Sunday, October 4
- Bon Iver and Megafaun @ Paramount

You can grab tickets to all of these shows as part of the pre-sale if you pay for them before they go on sale to the general public on Thursday. Just head on over to this site and pick them up before midnight on Wednesday. When you go to pay, just enter the code "GREENGRASS" and the pre-sale tickets are all yours.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Yet Another New Wavves Song (& Video) Featuring Zach Hill : 'Hula Hoop'

I hate to post a lot about one artist in particular, but this new Wavves material is really doing it for me. While it does contain more of the formulaic stuff we've heard in the past from Nathan Williams, you can't help but think that Williams got really really lucky to have the phenom on drums that is Zach Hill. Here's a video of the two playing a new one entitled "Hula Hoop".

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Review & Photos : The 6th Annual Pandarosa Showcase @ Trammel Crow Lake in Dallas

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To be honest, I was skeptical when all of the equipment was being set up in the middle of a field at Trammel Crow Lake Park. But, despite being marred by a minor setback involving theft earlier in the day and a delayed starting time, this year's Showcase was one of the best in The Pandarosa's history. The location turned out to be the perfect setting, just on the edge of the city the label has worked around all these years. It provided a picturesque backdrop to the night's music. The weather was on everyone's side and made the events of the evening that much more enjoyable. The round-robin style of switching out bands every two (or so) songs kept things fresh. The band's sets all worked out nicely and sounded fantastic. All those who played really care for what they are doing and deserve more recognition than they are getting.

In the photos above, you will see Johnny the Wham, We Are Not Shepherds, Jacob Chaney, Mary Anne Thompson, and Abraham Kills the Giant.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Wavves : 'Cool Jumper' (featuring Zach Hill)

When we first heard about the impending collaboration between Nathan Williams of Wavves and drummer extraordinaire Zach Hill, we were a little taken aback. Williams is kind of luke-warm at times, but he has his moments of brilliance. Hill is a stunningly technical and consistently talented musician, so the contrast between the two names could come off a bit funny, but it seems that their first song together could dispel all that skepticism. In a blog post, Williams linked to a Wavves song entitled "Cool Jumper" and tagged Zach Hill in the post. Throughout the song, the drumming isn't too technical, but it ramps up towards the end. Otherwise, the song comes off as a successful attempt at the collaboration between a seasoned vet and a fast-rising rookie.

In other news, Wavves will be in town at Emo's on October 10th.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Listen to the New No Age EP 'Losing Feeling' For Free

No Age has a new 4-song, vinyl and download-only, EP due out October 6th on Sub Pop, but you don't have to wait that long to hear it. Losing Feeling, in its entirety, is up for streaming on Sub Pop's sight right now. Give it a go!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

This Weekend : The Pandarosa Showcase @ Trammel Crow Lake in Dallas

I have often thought to myself that I would never post about something unless I genuinely believed it was worth your time and I feel that I have stayed true to that standard. That being said, it often happens that you might have a friend (or friends in this case) that wants to play music and you may tell them that they are great, outstanding even, and offer your support, when really what they are doing is sub-par. But hey, you want to be a good friend right?

That's not the case with my friends at The Pandarosa. They are my friends and family first, and I view them as musicians second, but they are damn good at what they do. This will be the sixth incarnation of their annual Pandarosa Showcase and they keep getting better each year. This year's festivities will take place at Trammel Crow Lake and will include the gorgeous back-drop of downtown Dallas. Not every band on the label will be there in physical form, but each band will be playing from the entire Pandarosa back catalogue, as well as showcasing new material and new talent. There will also be a visual arts showcase from extended members of the Pandarosa family to bring it all home. If you're in Dallas this weekend, you won't want to miss it.

Everything happens this Saturday, August 8th at Trammel Crow Lake in Dallas at 7 p.m.