It was difficult to tell who drew more of Austin's music fans to the Moody Theater, Wilco the headliner, or British songwriter Nick Lowe who has a relationship with Austin that stretches all the way to January 25, 1978 the Armadillo, when he and Dave Edmunds and their band Rockpile opened for Elvis Costello and the Attractions. That show turned out to be a seminal influence in Austin's own nascent alternative music scene, and sparked dozens if not hundreds of local bands.
Noted in the audience were Austin Chronicle writer Raoul Hernandez, singer Aimee Walden and her guitarist husband Micheal Moyer, and Austin singer-songwriter-author Jesse Sublett, who like I was at that early Austin gig 30+ years ago. Click here for more pics of Nick Lowe.
It's hard to go to a B-52's concert and not have fun, and tonight's gig at Stubb's was no exception. For a band that that is celebrating their 35th anniversary, they sound and look great, even if Fred isn't quite the dancer he was way back when they were just a "college" band out of Athens and I was a high school student hanging out Raul's and Club Foot.
It's hard to see the band and not reminisce over their long career arc. I still miss Ricky Wilson's distinctive surf twang, and though the 52's have done well in finding fill in's, there won't ever truly be a replacement. If we are really, really lucky we will get to see the B-52's for a few more years before they retire like their compatriots from Athens, R.E.M.
New York City's thrash metal masters Anthrax, with frontman Joey Belladona and Scott Ian, brought their tour to the brand new Emo's East, a huge(by club standards) new music venue that occupies the former Back Room location on East Riverside.
I don't know if the show sold out or not, but it was packed with fans of Austin's metal scene, including 101x's "No Control" Chuck Loesch looking like the notorious Viking Erik the Red with his infamous flowing red beard.
With supporting acts Death Angel and Testament opening this was a great thrash metal warm up for this Sundays Slayer gig at Auditorium Shores. For the complete Anthrax/Testament tour schedule check out http://anthrax.com
With a set that was as fast as it was loud and frantic, Death Angel's frontman Mark Osegueda's natty dreads were mostly a blur as he dashed around Emo's stage. Opening for thrash legends Testament and Anthrax, the Concord, California's based band is trying hard to show the old school some new tricks and are doing a damn good job. For more Death Angel info see http://deathangel.us
Prehistoric sludge metal band Mastodon filled up and sold out Austin's La Zona Rosa and then proceeded to trample the audience with heavy bass lines and wandering guitar rifts.
Their current North American tour continues on through November, ending in Atlanta on December 2nd. The break will be short with the band back on the road January 11th, in Europe. For tour info see mastodonrocks.com
L.A. based Weird Al Yankovic brought banjos and accordions to the ACL Live stage last night, making up for a missed appearance at last years Fun Fun Fun Fest.
The audience was full of kids of all ages, regardless of actual age, and included long time Austin guitarist Eric Johnson, who watched on while Weird Al wheeled and reeled through a succession of his MTV hits at a frenetic pace.
Erasure. the English synthpop duo, consisting of songwriter and keyboardist Vince Clarke and singer Andy Bell, made a long- long awaited, anticipated, and overdue, return to Austin, playing to a sold out audience at ACL Live at the Moody Theater on an elaborate stage that included gargoyles and steel cages.