News

VOTE FOR THE MOHAWK!

May 15, 2015

One of our most beloved venues in Austin, The Mohawk, is up for USA Today’s “10Best Readers’ Choice” award, but the only way they’ll win is with your diligent voting!

Mohawk has been the host for many of the most memorable shows I’ve attended including Big Freedia, Suicidal Tendencies, Melt Banana, Public Enemy, Iggy Pop, X, Turquoise Jeep, Pentagram, The Melvins, Dead Milkmen, and countless more.

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Mohawk is also the host for House of Vans every year for SXSW, and the lineup never disappoints. This past year I caught The Damned, which was a nice treat for me after working merch for them a couple of years ago during the last Chaos in Tejas.

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(Inside gossip: I sold their shit so well, Pinch asked me to tour with them, to which I had to politely decline) It was great to finally be able to watch instead of work. I also ran into Nardwuar that night, who was trying to figure out how I got in a few moments faster than him using the same credentials. (the PIP line was a cluster-fuck this SXSW)

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The Mohawk is currently number 9 in the contest, and could really use all the help EVER to reach number 1. This venue truly deserves it, and is a huge part of Austin’s Red River Cultural District. Help put this venue on the map even further and offer your vote every day!

http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-small-music-venue/mohawk-austin/

///Holly Jee

News

Celebrate Ten Years of FUNFUNFUN!

May 14, 2015

I’ve got some great memories in the vault thanks to the folks at Transmission Events. Fun Fun Fun Fest is consistently the best festival every year, and I always have the time of my life – this year they celebrate 10 years of fun and fellowship, and will release the anniversary lineup on May 28th. Tickets will also be available at 10am CST that day.

Here’s a recap from FFF8:

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There’s seriously too many amazing artists to list. People gather from all over the globe to see their favorite performers all in one lineup, and even scour the crowd to see what celebrities are making an appearance!

This festival sets itself apart from the others every year by offering 3 stages of stacked musical acts, a comedy stage that has been host to many notable standup comics and television stars, as well as influential performers like John Waters, Henry Rollins, Tenacious D, Jello Biafra and much more. You’ll also find skate and BMX ramps with scheduled rides by some of the biggest names in the extreme sports world, the best food truck selections in the city, and plenty of shopping options from local purveyors; and did I mention the NITES shows?

Fuck Disneyland, Fun Fun Fun is truly he happiest place on earth.

Follow the fest on social media for updates on the lineup, contests, and other general radness.

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#FFFfest and #FFFX

///Holly Jee

Live Music Coverage

Do512 Day with Jonathan Terrell and Two Gallants

May 13, 2015

May 12th is Do512 day here in Austin, and they celebrated in a big way at Stay Gold with Jonathan Terrell headlining the evening.

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I stand in front of the stage, it’s my first time seeing JT perform since meeting him when he called upon our design team recently for some artwork. A guy approaches me to my right and says “He’s gunna rock your face off,” to which I replied, “I know” – and he did. Terrell’s eyes scan across a packed room of eager faces as he belts his moody poetry set to the hauntingly desolate twang of his folk-country guitar playing, occasionally allowing his harp to get a few waning moans in. He means it.

Next I stopped by Red 7 to catch the last half of Two Gallants‘ show.

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This folk-rock due from San Francisco played a dark, intimate set to a room of devotees hanging onto Adam Stevens’ every growl. The floor-lit stage is eclipsed by their feral movements and overwhelmingly passionate stage presence, and the audience is hooked. Stevens’ voice is reminiscent of Chris Cresswell‘s in my opinion, which automatically reserves this band a permanent place in my heart. This was my first time seeing Two Gallants; I’ve never heard a Saddle Creek band I didn’t like.

///Holly Jee