We attended the first Heartbreaker Banquet in 2012 and it remains one of our favorite concert-going experiences ever. Taking place in the fictional western town of "Luck, TX", built on Willie Nelson's ranch for his movie, Red Headed Stranger, this respite from the craziness and crowds of SXSW has a history of curating amazing talent; striking a balance between established acts and those about to blow up. In 2012, we got to see Gary Clark Jr, Father John Misty and Shovels & Rope before they went on to national acclaim.
This year, you'll get to see Willie Nelson & Family headline. They'll be joined on the main stage by Hurray For The Riff Raff, Nikki Lane, Leon Bridges, Heartless Bastards, Delta Spirit, Clear Plastic Masks, Elle King, JP Harris, Horse Thief, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Insects Vs. Robots, and Lily Meola.
The Revival Tent stage will feature Butch Walker, Angel Olsen, Israel Nash,Joseph, Lindi Ortega, The Deslondes,Hamilton Leithauser, Matt Sucich, and an “In The Round” song swap hosted by Jonny Burke and featuring Langhorne Slim, Luke Bell, Daniel Romano, and Hugh Masterson.
The event will take place on Thursday, March 19 with doors at 12:00pm. Tickets go on sale March 3, and can be purchased at www.heartbreakerbanquet.com
It's a huge week for Austin's maestros of spiritual psych pop, Technicolor Hearts. They celebrate the release of their excellent new EP, Now We're Here, at Cheer Up Charlie's on Friday, March 6th. Joining them on two stages will be Total Unicorn, Les Rav, Borrisokane, Silver Ships, Francine 13, Lunar Gold, Las Urracas, The Delay In the Universal Loop, DJ Personal Best, DJ Young Creature, plus movement by Woven Feet Dancers. We really like their music and they are some of the best people we know, so please get out and support great local artists.
Furthermore, Technicolor Hearts have released a beautiful and moving video for the new song, "Who You Are". Watch it after the jump. Hope to see you at Cheer Up Charlie's on Friday.
Mikal Cronin's MCII was our favorite album of 2013. It's still our go-to for brightening up dreary days or singing along at the top of our lungs as we drive with the windows down. After extensive touring on MCII and as part of Ty Segall's Manipulator band, Mikal Cronin is back with MCIII, due May 5th on Merge Records.
According to the Merge web site, the album is also a deliberate attempt to simply “go big.”
"As he did on his self-titled 2011 debut and 2013’s MCII, Cronin arranged and played nearly all of the record himself, including the tzouras, a traditional Greek string instrument he heard and subsequently bought while on tour in Athens. There’s French horn, saxophone, and trumpet. There are mood-altering crescendos and heartbreaking turns-of-phrase, guitars both gorgeous and pugnacious. No longer satisfied with the sound of “just one string player,” Cronin arranged parts for a full string quartet instead.
The first 500 orders of MCIII on LP in the Merge store will receive the album on clear colored vinyl. A limited amount of the clear colored vinyl run will also be available in independent stores worldwide on release day.
LP includes a coupon for a full download. Cassettes will not include download coupon. Preorders will ship to arrive on or around the release date of May 5, and will include a button while supplies last."
Stream the first new track from MCIII, "Made Up My Mind", below. Pre-order the album here.
Parquet Courts, whose Sunbathing Animal was one of the top albums of 2014, are getting the Third Man Records treatment. The band cut a live album at the House that Jack Built and it will drop March 3rd. Here's a taste of what to expect. Listen to previews of "Sunbathing Animal" and Vienna II. See the full press release after the jump.
- SXSW wristbands are on sale at 10am today!
- Bonnaroo 2015 lineup is announced! Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + The Machine and more!
- Levitation (Austin Psych Fest) announces first batch of 2015 artists: The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Spiritualized, Primal Scream, Fuzz & more!
- Foo Fighters announce more 2015 tour dates
- The Black Keys On Touring Video. Will Play Austin Twice.