SXSW sent out the new batch of confirmations for next year’s Music event and there’s a lot to be excited about already. Personally, the announcement that has me the most excited is the news that Gang of Four will be taking part, joining UK legends Swervedriver, who were announced last month. Of the newer groups, Seattle up-and-comers Beat Connection and La Luz are both on the list, as are locals The Digital Wild, Girl Pilot, Mirror Travel, Mother Falcon, Quiet Company, SPEAK, S U R V I V E, Whiskey Shivers, and The Zoltars. It’s going to be a strong year for Austin acts and in the coming months the international roster is sure to gain even more must-see headliners. You can view the full list here.Permalink
Khattie Q, the badass guitarist and vocalist of local punk faves BLXPLTN, recently went through a medical ordeal that found her taking an unwanted ambulance ride that landed her some even more unwanted hospital bills. Which is why some friends have put together a GiveForward campaign to help her with her expenses. If you’ve got money to pitch in, Khattie would very much appreciate it, and for all you other local musicians out there, don’t forget that in Austin, HAAM has your back for medical insurance issues.Permalink
Photos by Josh Kamnetz
Words by Robert Pelle
Most of the time when we listen to music, it’s alone: in the car, on the bus, or on the computer while procrastinating on Facebook. But once a year, we Austinites get together from all walks of life and experience the magic of music together at Austin City Limits Fest. Each year they manage to outdo themselves with their incredible lineup, and 2014 is going to be a tough one to beat next year. The festival season’s hottest ticket Outkast playing the same weekend as rock legends Pearl Jam may seem like every music fan’s dream, but the folks at ACL made it a reality.
The fest kicked off on Friday with the much buzzed about Night Terrors of 1927. While I discovered them back at SXSW, their well-received ACL set hopefully will bring the synth-pop band to the mainstream. The always incredible CHVRCHES drew huge crowds and almost everyone was singing along to their anthemic hits. It’s crazy to think that I saw them with fifty other people at 11am two SXSW’s ago. But the main attraction the first night was Outkast. Atlanta’s hip-hop Gods busted out of the gate with their masterpiece “B.O.B.” and kept the energy going throughout their hit-filled set. Andre 3000 donned a white wig and a pricetag that just said “sold out” on it and while he may have dressed the part of corporate shill, he was clearly having so much fun that it seemed a little ironic.
Every day during the festival our friends at AT&T Uverse were holding public art shows featuring world renowned local graffiti artists like Grimnasty creating incredible pieces right before your very eyes in just an hour (as in super fast, you know, like the speed of Uverse’s GigaPower), all on the back of Samsung Galaxy phone covers! So you weekend two goers, I’d try my hardest to get a hold of one of those one of a kind phone cases and people will be asking about it for months! Plus, stopping by the AT&T Footprints tent gives you a chance to relax and charge a smartphone or two while catching livestreams of the festival and learning anything you want to know about GigaPower.
My favorite discovery of the festival had to be Jhene Aiko. I kept hearing her name in the same breath as Sade, which if you know me comparing anyone to Sade will get my attention. While she wasn’t as dynamic as the queen of slowjamz, Aiko definitely brought a great energy, burning incense and covering Tupac in an encore. While she made as much as she could with a 3pm set, I would have loved to have seen her in a small, intimate setting at 1am. She might be too big for that now, but I can still dream!
ACL 2014 was a blast. I’m really upset that I’ll be missing Lorde on Sunday, but it was still great to see all of the bands I did see. Can it be 2015 already?!
Secret message for our FCC overlords: This post was made possible through Ovrld’s association with AT&T. The tickets were provided by AT&T, but AT&T is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this post. All opinions expressed in the post are Ovrld’s own and not those of AT&T.
News: Stop by Juiceland and Get Free Recordings by Emily Bell, Megafauna and Others Courtesy of Joynt
This weekend, local app start-up Joynt is launching with a collaboration with Juiceland and several great Austin acts, including Emily Bell, Megafauna, Gina Chavez and Quiet Company, allowing visitors to Juiceland to get new recordings by these acts on their smartphones. Anyone who adds Joynt to their phone and goes to any Juiceland location and checks in through the app receives the content and on top of that, Juiceland will donate 50 cents from each purchase to ECHO, a local non-profit dedicated to ending chronic homelessness in Austin. Also taking part in this launch is the Venus Illuminato, who will be playing our free day party at Holy Mountain on Sunday, so be sure to stop by after you get your free download!
Yesterday on Ovrld’s main site, we did a spotlight piece on Dusty Groove Radio, a combination podcast and DJ night at Plus. Today we have a special exclusive episode from DGR to share with you. Check it out and don’t forget you can catch Dusty Groove Radio’s next event at Plush on Wednesday, October 8th.
As you hopefully already know, this weekend was the debut of Austin’s first hip hop festival Weird City, and the combination of badass local talent and must see national acts made Red River the place to be on Friday and Saturday. In case you missed out on all of the action, though, the Weird City team has been releasing quick recap videos of the festivities, with a slew of awesome local videographers (including our own Carlos J. Matos) aiding in getting the shows documented. Check them out and keep an eye on Ovrld for more Weird City recaps.
Sunday brings another Austin newcomer to look out for. III Bones have been a slowly simmering success down in Florida and after recording their upcoming album at Good Danny’s relocated to Austin. The duo-centric group has a soulful-serenading presence that carries the spirit of Memphis blues and their flashes of foot stomping swamp rock will remind you of the tenacity of The Ghost Wolves. III Bones transcends any comparison though with their bold embrace of lo-fi sound. Its gritty and feels more than it sounds. Lead singer Victoria de Benedicty has a timeless voice with a trembling timbre that can stop you in your tracks or send you spiraling into a dance of total loss of body control. Joining them will be Blynd Birds, the garage blues culmination of Jared Michaels genre-swirling into a cohesive project. Michaels embraces the unheard of combining the voice of a raspy wearing traveler stumbling straight out of a western saloon with modern lightning quick electric guitar slamming. It promises to be a packed night of discovery of new favorites with Ben Ballinger delivering an intimate solo set and The Carousels new moniker Supermoon setting the night off right. See you at Hotel Vegas at 9PM!
We’re already fans of Twin Vision so it wouldn’t take much to encourage us to go catch one of their shows (or watch one of their videos), but holy shit, this poster Alisa Longoria did for the band’s upcoming gig at Trailer Space on Saturday, September 13th is a pretty fantastic incentive. Looking like a Dia de los Muertos interpretation of Hunter S. Thompson with holographic pogs for eyes, the central image of the poster is macabre but lighthearted. A good, striking central image is always a plus in poster design, but what’s equally notable here is the washed out, industrial grime color palette, a stark contrast to the muted coloring that dominates a lot of contemporary band design. I love the mixture of the fonts, too, from that grungy text in the sunglasses to the svelt, classical curves of the headliner and the more simplistic, clear info up top. Alisa Longoria did some fantastic work here, so be sure to give this designer the ultimate compliment by actually heading down to the show. It’s even free! –Nick Hanover