Peelander-Z, 11/11/2017, Empire, Austin, Photos – Write-up

Written and photos by Craig McGreggor   To close an already wild evening, Peelander-Z was brought in as a late add to a show moved from Spiderhouse to Empire Control Room.  While Fragile Rock may have moved us emotionally, and Calliope Musicals visually, Peelander demanded physical movement.  The band identifies …

White Reaper, 10/12/2017, Mohawk, ACL Late Nights, Austin: Photos – Write-up

White Reaper played a killer set opening for Car Seat Headrest during their ACL late night concert! They are as raucous as their music would lead you to believe.  Catch White Reaper this weekend at ACL Fest or on tour!      

Possessed by Paul James, 9/29/2017, Emo’s, Austin, Photos – Write-up

Possessed by Paul James is a one man wall of punk rock bluegrass/roots/folk sound.  Konrad Wert becomes possessed when he hits the stage, full of energy, though sat in a chair for the entire performance.  Normally sitting before a few hundred people to keep the shows intimate feels, he thoroughly …

Gogol Bordello, 11/12/2016, Stubb’s Austin, Photos – Write-up

Written by Phil Barton The Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello stopped into Austin and gave a much needed break from what has been a very difficult week for so many.  I can only describe them as an endurance band that sprints the entire way through their 2 hour set.  Their shows …

Jeff Rosenstock, 11/2/2016, Mohawk, Austin, Photos – Write-up

Written by Bang Ho Tired and still recovering from a long Halloween weekend, a raucous Jeff Rosenstock would be the only logical choice for a mid-week Wednesday show.  There was no mistake in telling when the set began, people rushed to the front of the stage as soon as the …

The Front Bottoms, 4/28/2016, Emo’s, Austin, Photos – Write-up

Written by Bang Ho The Front Bottoms set the tone to their show by coming onto stage to Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On with lead vocalist Brian Sella wearing a Texas flag as a cape.  While usually described as indie rock, the vocals have a distinct punk cadence of …

They Might be Giants, 3/31, Stubb’s, Austin, Photos – Review

Guest writer Greg Ackerman How does a music fan and journalist live for 45 years and not see a They Might Be Giants (TMBG) performance until March 31 when the prolific indie-pop act landed at Stubb’s BBQ for an appearance at the venue? No idea. This is an experienced live …

SXSW 2016 3/11/2016-3/20/2016, Austin, Photos – Write-up

SXSW has ended. The most wonderful time of year has passed.  Thousands of artists and tens of thousands of SXSW attendees have returned home.  Some have fallen in love with Austin and plan to move here as soon as possible and a few have extended their vacation for a little longer …