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Grizzly Hall Announces Opening in East Austin

The people behind The Buzz Mill will be expanding their wooden empire on April 30th with the grand opening of Grizzly Hall at the former home of Midway Field House on East Riverside. The renovated building will double as a music venue and event space and carry on in Midways spirit by occasionally hosting popular sporting events. Owned and operated by former Red River era Emo's staff the music will be influenced by the era of the iconic venue with booking catering to metal and punk fans. The venue will have it's grand opening party on May 28th with a headline performance by High On Fire. You can see a partial list of upcoming events below.

JMBLYA 2016 – FESTIVAL PREVIEW PARTY
Saturday, May 7
*Performance and ticket information TBA

UNSANE
With Honky + The Fuckemos
Friday, May 20 | Doors at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 Day of Show

GRADY
With more acts TBA
Friday, May 27 | Doors at 7:00 p.m.
*Ticket information TBA

HIGH ON FIRE (GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION)
With Eagle Claw + Bridge Farmers
Saturday, May 28 | Doors at 7:00 p.m.
*Ticket information TBA

To stay up to date on all Grizzly Hall news and events, please visit www.grizzlyhalltexas.com, as well as make sure to follow Grizzly Hall on Facebook at www.facebook.com/grizzlyhalltexas and on Twitter at @GrizzlyHallTexas.

My Morning Jacket - "It Still Moves" Reissue + ACL Taping on May 2nd

My Morning Jacket are set to reissue a deluxe version of their 2003 album "It Still Moves" on May 27th. Singer Jim James had always felt that the the release was unfinished due to the bands aggressive touring schedule and took the opportunity to remix and remaster the album earlier this year. The band has released a teaser trailer for the album and are kicking off a tour starting today. The band will be in Austin on May 2nd for a performance on Austin City Limits and there is still an opportunity to win tickets to the taping. Enter [HERE] for a chance to attend.

My Morning Jacket Tour Dates

4/27 – Oklahoma City, OK at Criterion Music Hall
4/28 – Houston, TX at Revention
4/29 – New Orleans, LA at Jazz Fest
5/2 - Austin, TX at Austin City Limits [Win Tickets]
5/12 – Louisville, KY at Iroquois Amphitheater
5/13 – Louisville, KY at Iroquois Amphitheater
5/13-15 – Atlanta, GA at Shaky Knees
5/26 – Indianapolis, IN at Farm Bureau Lawn, White River State Park
5/28 – Morrison, CO at Red Rocks Amphitheater
5/29 – Morrison, CO at Red Rocks Amphitheater
8/25-28 – Arrington, VA at Lock’n Festival

Field Trip: Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Paper Tiger (San Antonio)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra | Paper Tiger 2.6.16

Unknown Mortal Orchestra have made their way to Texas over the last few nights touring in support of their phenomenal third album Multi Love. The album was one of the best releases of 2015 and seeing their current music performed live showcases what a powerful live act the group has become. Multi Love definitely has the psych rock elements the band has been known for but is definitely filled with elements of soul that could be easily compared to early Stevie Wonder. They opened strong with "Like Acid Rain" and as the the band worked through earlier material you could definitely see their current style influencing older tracks which was a very welcome surprise. Frontman Ruban Nielson was in good spirits throughout the night playfully challenging the crowds enthusiasm to the bands show the night before in El Paso. The San Antonio crowd was up to the challenge and got wilder as the night progressed. 

UMO frontman Ruban Nielson challenges crowds enthusiasm.

They closed the set with "Multi Love" which earned a strong sing along with bonus cheers from Texans in the know when the lyrics referenced Austin landmark Uchiko. They left the stage for a brief moment before returning for the encore and performing "Necessary Evil"  and then officially closing the night with "Can't Keep Checking My Phone" and turning Paper Tiger into a full on dance party.  The group has been going into such an interesting direction which each new release while not necessarily outdoing the previous work, but challenging it and themselves as musicians. It will be exciting to see where they go next. 

The Openers: Lower Dens

Lower Dens

Lower Dens could easily be interchangeable as headliners on this bill and that's what makes this such a special tour. The band opened confidently and performed standout tracks from their latest Escape From Evil including "To Die In LA" and "Ondine" while slowly winning over night crowd as the night progressed. The closed out with a bold and powerful acapella.  

Lower Den's Jana Hunter

Lower Den's Jana Hunter

Note: It should be mentioned that Lower Dens had both their van and equipment stolen after the show in San Antonio. If you have any information or want to help out in any way you can do so [HERE]. The van was a dark blue Ford Econoline with Maryland license plates (5CF854).

UPDATE: 2.8.16 - The van has been found. On Facebook they posted: "Some gear and all our laptops are missing, and the van is broken, but we'll be able to make the rest of the shows. Thanks so much to everyone for the support!!!!"

A full album from the show can be found [HERE]

Levitation 2016 Preview

Levitation 2016 won't take place till April 29th and May 1st of 2016 but today the good people at The Reverb Appreciation Society graced us with a preview of what they have in store for the 9th edition of the event. Nine artists were previewed today including Brian Wilson (performing PET SOUNDS!!!!!) Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Brian Jonestown Massacre, (The legendary) Lee Scratch Perry, Sleep, Ty Segall, Black Mountain and Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats. The new line up announcement continues the trend of Leviation's progressive line ups while still carrying on the legacy of it's psych rock roots. The full line up for Levitaton will be announced this winter and you can check the official Levitation site for updates.

[Levitation 2016 - Tickets]

ATX EvolvingLevitation
Arcade Fire Presents: 'The Reflektor Tapes' Screens This Weekend (9/26 - 9/27) at Alamo Drafthouse

Arcade Fire began screening their new short film, The Reflektor Tapes tonight at theaters across the globe and this weekend Austin audiences will have their chance to catch a screening at the Alamo Drafthouse. The film chronicles the early stages of the album in Jamaica, live performances all over the world from impromptu gigs in a Haitian hotel to packed arenas including a stop in Austin last year. The film will also feature interviews and intimate behind the scenes looks at the band. You get tickets to both showings below:

The Reflektor Tapes at Alamo Drafthouse:

Saturday September 26th - 3:55pm - Alamo Drafthouse Ritz [Tickets]
Sunday September 27th - 7:00pm - Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline [Tickets]

Leon Bridges To Perform On Austin City Limits - October 8th

Leon Bridges continues his meteoric rise on October 8th when he will perform at a taping of the Austin City Limits television program. Bridges will be in town performing both weekends of ACL Festival but those that are lucky enough to win the lottery will be treated to an intimate performance that will air on television later this fall. Keep checking the ACL-TV site for the lottery entry form.

DIIV - Dopamine

After previewing new material earlier this year at Austin's Levitation festival, DIIV finally releases the first track "Dopamine" from the forthcoming album Is This Is Are. No official release date is set for the sophomore effort but the band will hit the road in the next few weeks performing the new material including a stop in Austin on October 31st at Mohawk. [TICKETS]

ATX EvolvingDIIV, Mohawk