May 2015

Five Shows to See in June

The summer is upon us, and we have a list of five shows in June that you should not miss. Incredibly, none of these shows are sold out, but they should be, and there’s a…

Hear New Track “Cherry Picking” from Duo Girlpool

I caught Girlpool at this year’s Fader Fort during SXSW and was convinced by the duo’s plodding, simple, pop that blends elements of late 90’s punk with the aesthetic of lo-fi acoustic pop. “Cherry Picking,” the…

Abram Shook Welcomes Us to his Landscape Dream

Abram Shook’s last album, Sun Marquee, released last January, succeeded as one of the year’s best, in Austin or otherwise. The record employed bright, major-key guitar noodling, brilliantly syncopated rhythms, and Shook’s smooth croon….

Daniel Bachman’s Deliberate River

Daniel Bachman’s new album River was released Tuesday on Three Lobed Records, prompting another round of reflective listening sessions. You can read our review of his last record here. This most recent release from the…

Reasons We’re Starting Our Summer with FPSF Again

To be honest, you had me at Future Islands, FPSF. I can’t figure out why other texas festivals haven’t booked the band, who have garnered spots on major festivals across the country. Future…

Two Breathtaking Nights with Sufjan Stevens at Bass Concert Hall

Sufjan Stevens has always written songs dense with mythological and personal points of reference; emotions and sentiments bubble perceptibly on the surface, but truly understanding them takes consideration and scrutiny. While this remains so on…

Elvis Perkins Entered the Cosmic Parish

Last week, I had the opportunity to see Elvis Perkins perform for the first time. He’s touring in support of his third album, I Aubade, an organically rich long play that showcases Perkins at…

You’ll Never Believe Who Was Dancing at the Tennis Show This Tuesday

It was me. Besides the egregious amount of rain to come into town Tuesday night, the Denver band Tennis also arrived playing to a sold-out dancing Parish crowd that sang all the words to…

Stephin Merritt Brought Humor and Love to Central Presbyterian Church: Live Review

The Magnetic Fields’ primary creative force, Stephin Merritt, brought his theatrical songs to Central Presbyterian Church on Wednesday night for a conceptual performance. Merritt was accompanied by cellist Sam Doval, another member of Merritt’s…

Why Levitation (Née Psych Fest) Deserves Your Attention

This weekend, Levitation (originally dubbed Austin Psych Fest) will take over Carson Creek Ranch for a three-day festival of some of psych rock’s most lauded bands from up-and-coming must-see acts like Fat White…

Photo Gallery: Levitation Presents Whirr, Holy Wave, Moving Panoramas, and More

Peruse these photos taken April 18th at Mohawk for this Levitation-sponsored bill featuring Whirr, Holy Wave, Moving Panoramas, Pollen, Tele Novella, and more. All photos © Pop Press International & Bryan C. Parker…

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