Tuesday 22 Jul
CD reviews

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

07/01/2014 | Comments 0

Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
06/24/2014 | Comments 0

Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0

ACL: Day 2 in photos

The Antlers, Twin Shadow, Iron & Wine, funny-looking people!

By Matt Carney September 18th, 2011
Photos are difficult to acquire in bulk without a photo pass.

That's just one little lesson I've learned at this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival, as well as the following: don't wear jorts (they snag in the crotch and it's more often than not difficult to dig your phone out of the front pocket), and sometimes you've got to just put in the time if you want to see a band you love up close.

The latter I'll be doing all day today, Sunday, as Broken Social Scene, Fleet Foxes and Arcade Fire play the Bud Light stage in succession. If all goes well, Win Butler's going to climb up on the barrier right in front of my face while he shouts his way through "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" at approximately 8:30 p.m. tonight.

In the meantime however, check out these photos from Saturday! Day 2 recap is on its way, though it is susceptible to the press tent's Wi-Fi, which has been spotty. Keep checking in on Twitter

The Antlers

Twin Shadow

Iron & Wine

Also, check out these hilarious dudes. Easily the best fest signs I've ever seen. Had a good laugh about them with my sister because we could see their signs at the Kanye show. Sure enough I go to buy a T-shirt at the merch tent Saturday afternoon, and they're right next to me with their own faces on signs. Brilliant.

These guys

For more coverage:

Day 1 recap
Day 1 in photos
Day 2 recap soon to come
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