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]

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]

Dave Gahan & Soulsavers - All Of This And Nothing

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Dave Gahan and Soulsavers will reunite for their second album collaboration, Angels and Ghosts, on October 23rd. The Depeche Mode frontman will be taking the new material out on the road for a handful shows at intimate and iconic music venues. We get a preview of the upcoming material with the video for "All Of This And Nothing" below.

Dave Gahan and Soulsavers 2015:

October 19th - Los Angeles, California - The Theatre at Ace hotel
October 22nd - New York City - Town Hall
October 26th - London, England - Shepherd Bush Empire
October 30th - Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom
November 2nd - Paris, France - La Cigale
November 4th - Milan, Italy - Fabrique