Obscure La Grange Texas rap act LG Allstarz have turned themselves in after wounding 8 bystanders outside the entrance of the nightclub Spiros in Austin, Texas. Gunfire erupted at the club last night after the act was booted from the venue. After showing up late for their set and demanding their set, they took a swing at the promoter and were escorted out by security. Returning shortly afterward with guns they then apparently fired at the club entrance, wounding 8. For more on the story check out the Austin American Statesmen.
Though the next 2 weeks is kind of lacking for big name road shows, the rest of the summer in Austin is starting to fill out a bit. New concert announcements include a stop at the Austin Music Hall on August 3rd for Counting Crows and The Cult will play Stubb's on September 5th. Other tasty gigs coming up include Les Claypool and Matisyahu on June 9th, Incubus on August 19th, and then the next night you can get those spandex pants out of the closet for Blondie and Pat Benatar on August 20th, all at the Austin Music Hall.
Aside from the aforementioned gig by The Cult, Stubb's has some solid shows lined up as well starting with The Indigo Girls tomorrow, Animal Collective's set on June 5th is sold out already, Gomez plays on June 8th. Appropriately Explosions In The Sky plays on July 4th and then Austin favorites Spoon have 3 days in a row, July 9,10, and 11th. Rise Against with Rancid and Canada's Billy Talent play Stubb's on July 17th.
Emo's has some good shows coming too, scoring The New York Dolls on June 5th, Peaches on June 11th, and, strangely, David Allan Coe on June 12th. Ben Kweller plays Emo's on June 27th and a band I want to see just because of their name, Iwrestledabearonce plays on July 29th, opening for August Burns Red. Hatebreed plays August 22nd with Chimaira and Toxic Holocaust, dress appropriately.
Oddballs include Michael Schenker Group at Ace's Lounge on June 21, Germany's legendary guitarist apparently having gotten his visa issues sorted out, and speaking of legends, Jamaican reggae legend Yellowman plays the Flamingo Cantina on June 19th, and the Meat Puppets play The Parrish on June 20th.
Robin Trower will play La Zona Rosa on June 5th, Reel Big Fish and The English Beat on July 28th, and Sugar Ray will play August 21st.
Guitarist Slash enjoys a good tweet every now and again photo by jeff barringer - staff photographer
Ask anyone and they will tell you that I have had to be dragged into the "twittersphere" leaving long clawmarks where my fingernails finally lost their grip. I have not much interest in either being "followed" or "following" other people, something about the whole thing is kinda creepy and disconcerting. That said I have started following a few famous musicians and their adventures in "twitterland" and am amazed at some of the threads i have found. I am not sure if these are the actual people or someone impersonating them and based on the posts there is no sure way to tell. Maybe over time I will get a feel for their "tweeting" style, but for now here are some of my favorite tweets of the week...
Chris Cornell is tweeting "I don't like hats!" and wanting to shave his head. This is something I will have to add to my "things I didn't need to know about Chris Cornell" file.
Rocker Pete Yorn is using his twitter feed to discuss the comparative merits of the movies "Stripes" vs. "Meatballs" though twitters interface precludes posting in depth technical analysis, compare and contrast data sets and the like. (That must be on his Blog)
Meanwhile Al Yankovik is using his blog to complain about being spammed by a whole lot of people wanting to send him "sexy pictures of your friend Danielle!". Who is Danielle and why isn't anyone sending ME her pics?
Entertainment impresario P.Diddy has enlightened me with "Did I tell yall I love jello?????" followed immediately by "I've never had jello and ice cream. Have you?". Perhaps he is planning ahead for the future, Cosby has to retire soon, or maybe he is just thinking about lunch.
About the only two people I have been following that are actually using twitter to tell me something interesting are London based musician Imogene Heap, who lets people have an interesting look into the artistic process and guitarist Slash whose twitter feed is so business like sometimes I'm suspicious that he is using a "ghost tweeter" or at least having his lawyer edit them.
Know any good rock star twitter feeds? Let us know, we are always looking for interesting insights to the stars.