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Sound on Sound Fest is a brand new festival that will feature a wide variety of music acts spanning all genres, as well as stand-up comedy, panel sessions, onsite camping, and more across three days in the heart of Central Texas. Key performers at the inaugural event will include Beach House, Explosions in the Sky, and Phantogram, as well as a wide range of indie, hip-hop, and EDM talent from Run The Jewels, Big Boi, Young Thug, Death Grips, and Wale to Purity Ring, Courtney Barnett, FIDLAR, Mac Demarco, Descendents, Thursday, FLAG, A-Trak, Boys Noize, Aesop Rock, Thundercat, and over 40 other acts.

Beyond all of the music, Sound on Sound will offer ticket buyers a truly unique festival experience at the beloved Sherwood Forest Faire. Located just east of Austin and set in the beautiful Lost Pines region of Central Texas, Sherwood Forest Faire is a 23-acre permanent renaissance village that features over 100 buildings including shoppes, pubs, restaurants, and stages. Additionally, the festival will have several shuttle and transportation options to ensure the safest experience for fans in Austin and beyond.


  • Beach House
  • Explosions In The Sky
  • Phantogram
  • Run The Jewels
  • Purity Ring
  • Courtney Barnett
  • Big Boi
  • Descendents
  • Death Grips
  • Young Thug
  • Thursday
  • Mac Demarco
  • Guided By Voices
  • FLAG
  • Wale
  • Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
  • Boys Noize
  • A-Trak
  • The Dead Milkmen
  • Youth Of Today
  • Jagwar Ma
  • Carcass
  • Thee Oh Sees
  • Wild Nothing
  • Aesop Rock
  • Cursive
  • Touché Amoré
  • Bob Mould
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan
  • Girls Against Boys
  • Baroness
  • Thundercat
  • Empress Of
  • Car Seat Headrest
  • Shannon and the Clams
  • Hinds
  • METZ
  • Protomartyr
  • Baio
  • Recover
  • Bully
  • Diarrhea Planet
  • Alex G
  • The Range
  • Turnstile
  • Denzel Curry
  • Pouya
  • Monkeywrench
  • Kero Kero Bonito
  • Good Riddance
  • Beach Slang
  • Old Man Gloom
  • Into It. Over It.
  • The Relationship (Feat. Brian Bell of Weezer)
  • Diet Cig
  • White Lung
  • Youth Code
  • Planes Mistaken For Stars
  • War On Women
  • Open Mike Eagle
  • American Sharks
  • Hard Proof
  • Radioactivity
  • Boyfrndz
  • Calliope Musicals
  • Magna Carda
  • Night Drive
  • Moving Panoramas
  • Leopold and His Fiction
  • Boombaptist
  • Protextor
  • Piñata Protest
  • Orthy
  • Anya
  • Die Young
  • Emily Wolfe

Three-day GA tickets are on sale now at for $169 plus tax and shipping. Additionally, three-day Treat Thy Self passes are also available for purchase for $445 plus tax and shipping. Treat Thy Self perks include preferred viewing areas, expedited entry, exclusive food and drink offerings and happy hours, dedicated lounges and restroom facilities, and additional amenities that will be announced later this summer.

Sound on Sound Fest will also offer onsite camping for just $115 plus tax and shipping. This ticket is a standalone pass allowing access only to the camping grounds, and it does not grant access to the festival performance grounds. Additional GA and Treat Thy Self camping upgrades are available upon checkout. Single-day tickets, as well as parking passes, will also be available for purchase in the coming months.

When: November 4th – 6th

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We still don’t know what the fate of Fun Fun Fun Fest will be, but a highly anticipated music festival from Margin Walker Presents—the new venture of from Graham Williams, co-founder of FFF Fest—was just announced this morning. Right out of the gate, and without any bands officially named, it’s getting lots of attention. The festival will be called Sound on Sound Fest and it’s scheduled to run November 4-6. Mark your calendars for June 28; the full lineup and location details will be unveiled at 10:00 a.m. CT, and then weekend and single-day tickets will go on sale.

With Williams at the helm, Sound on Sound will no doubt host big-name talent, but so far the promoters are only saying that it will feature a “diverse mix of nationally acclaimed and up-and-coming music acts, as well as comedians.”

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Tonight’s Hartman Foundation Concert in the Park will be the perfect way to wind down the weekend. These weekly concerts are one of Austin’s true summer treasures. The city at sunset is a beautiful backdrop to the music. Don’t forget to bring a picnic dinner and a blanket!

Each week features a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony. They will play a variety of music, everything from jazz and  light classical to pop selections and film scores.

Admission: Free

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

2016 Schedule

June 5 – Strings
June 12 – Woodwinds
June 19 – Big Band
June 26 – Brass

July 10 – Woodwinds
July 17 – Strings
July 24 – Brass
July 31 – Big Band

August 7 – Strings
August 14 – Brass
August 21 – Woodwinds
August 28 – Big Band

The Long Center Terrace
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704


A new music series – KUTX Live at Mueller – kicks off on today and runs through May 20th. For the first three Fridays in May, gather friends and family to enjoy live music at the Mueller Amphitheater. The fun starts at 7pm with a kid-friendly act, hosted by Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child and is followed by rock and roll for the grown-ups afterwards.

Pack a picnic, bring blankets and lawn chairs, and prepare for an evening of fun for the whole family!

The Lineup:

May 6
7 pm – Jarebear
7:45 pm – The Octopus Project

May 13
7 pm – El Tule
7:45 pm – Tameca Jones

May 20:
7 pm – The Que Pastas
7:45 pm – Hard Proof

Couple of items to note:

  • Food trucks will be on-site with food and drinks available for purchase.
  • Free parking is located in the garage adjacent to the Thinkery.
  • The 7:45 pm start time is an approximate time.

What: KUTX Live Music at Mueller

Where: Mueller Amphitheater, 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin

When: Friday, May 6, 13, & 20, 2016

Time: 7pm kid-friendly music; 7:45 (approx.) adult music

Cost: FREE

The city’s longest running free music series is back for its 26th season, and they’re ready to rock out this summer at Zilker Park.

MAY 25

Admission: free

Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704


Ladies grab your biggest derby hats and gentlemen come out sporting your most dapper attire—it’s time for the most exciting two minutes in sports! The second-annual Derby in the City Music Festival, an event that fuses everybody’s favorite horse race with live music, is the best way to catch the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby in Austin. Dress to impress and head downtown for an amazing lineup of live music featuring three recent ACL alums: Houndmouth, Jamestown Revival, and The Wind + The Wave. And come early as The Gents and Hello Wheels will be kicking things off. The best part? The Run for the Roses will be broadcast live on a jumbotron!

Odd Duck will be crafting their staple Makers Mark mint julep, along with a solid beer list from Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale, Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde, Odell Brewing IPA, and Sierra Nevada Otra Vez. Also on hand will be BBQ from Freedmen’s, fried chicken from Ms P’s Electric Cock, and Lick Ice Creams.

When: Saturday, May 7th

Time: Gates open at 1:30 p.m.

Austin American-Statesman West Lot
305 South Congress Ave.
Austin, TX, 78704

Cost: General Admission is $25/$35 day of event, VIP is $75

*Spring for VIP and do the derby right! You’ll get access to a private spot under the oak trees with seating and a bunch of complimentary perks: food, massages from Austin Massage company, luxury toilets, and a dedicated bar.

Here’s the full event schedule:
Houndmouth – 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
Jamestown Revival – 5:45 – 6:50 p.m.
Kentucky Derby Coverage on jumbotron – 5:15 – 5:45 p.m.
The Wind + The Wave – 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
The Gents – 2:55 – 3:35 p.m.
Hello Wheels – 2:00 – 2:35 p.m.

If you love everything about New Orleans—the culture, the music, and the mayhem—then don’t miss Abita’s Big Easy Tour, which is headed to Austin April 29-30. The folks at Abita will be rolling into town with the Young Pin Stripe brass band to celebrate the launch of their new Big Easy IPA. The event is totally free and will include Abita giveaways, tons of Mardi Gras beads, and heart-stomping live music. There will be several stops in Austin over the course of two days, so you can join up with the fun at any point. Here’s the full schedule:

Friday, April 29

4:00 p.m. Whole Foods HQ

8:00 p.m. Mean Eyed Cat

9:00 p.m. Star Bar

Saturday, April 30

4:00 p.m. Waller Creek Pub

5:00 p.m. Dizzy Rooster

8:00 p.m. Rainey Street Pub Crawl

It’s all in honor of Big Easy IPA, which was inspired by life in New Orleans. It’s brewed with lemon peels and dry hopped with Cascade, Amarillo, Centennial, and Simcoe for a hoppy aroma of citrus, fruit and pine. The beer is easy to drink and just right for long hot days, steamy nights, parades, or a day on the river with friends. It delivers the same powerful hop flavor you expect from an IPA, with a body, finish, and ABV that makes this beer go down easy.




SpringFest, the annual event put on by the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce, is always a blast—and now, with the lake full for the first time in ages, there is really something to celebrate! The 9th-annual festival, presented by St. David’s Emergency Center, will take place on Saturday, April 30 at the Hill Country Galleria. As they like to say in Lake Travis: “It’s the biggest time in the smallest town!”

Stroll and shop unique artisan vendors, let the kids run wild in the KidZone, and check out kid-friendly performances and live music all day in the amphitheater. With all of that water in Lake Travis, be sure to stop by the BoatExpo to see the latest and greatest in watercraft. And check out the popular Craft BrewHaus and WineStomp where you can sip local and regional craft beers and wines.

Bruce and Kelly looking at each other

When: April 30,  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where: The Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave

Cost: Admission and parking are totally free!

And here’s our advice: Make the most of the fest and stay for the weekend. Visit for overnight accommodations more information.

For updates about the event, like and follow the fest on Facebook at


With acts as diverse as the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, reunited shoegaze legends Slowdive, dub king Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Japanese doom metal heroes Boris, there is something for everyone at the 9th annual Levitation festival, happening April 29 – May 1. Held at Carson Creek Ranch, there are a couple ways to do Levitation, which is one of the best fests in Austin. And with the staggering amount of music and media festivals in this city, that’s saying something.

One way is to go all in and camp at the ranch. For a fee, your transportation to and from the fest will be covered every day. If you have an RV, you can park it onsite, or even rent a tent if you’re traveling and feel like packing light. There are even some camping-specific amenities available, including a general store to buy goods, showers and restrooms, “chill” spaces with hammocks and charging stations, plus a special stage viewing area accessible to campers only.

For the indoor types, getting to and from the fest is simple. The ranch is just minutes from the airport, where you can grab a shuttle. There’s also one you can catch downtown at 5th Street and San Marcos, which will take you to and from the festival for just $5. And, of course, Lyft and Uber are easy ways to get anywhere in Austin.

While there will be a ton of bands and artists from all over the world performing, here are a few locals worth checking out:

Holy Wave has played the fest every year since 2011. Their sound combines haunting drone and melodic garage rock for a catchy, psychedelic medley. Catch them in the Levitation Tent on Friday at 5:50 p.m.

Black Angels are the first name in modern Austin psych-rock. They’ve even performed as the backing band for local psych legend Roky Erickson. Don’t miss their signature brand of throbbing, hypnotic music on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. on the Reverberation Stage

Annabelle Chairlegs is a relatively new, female-fronted psych-rock band. Combining swirling melodies, jangly guitar, and obvious garage-punk influences, you won’t want to miss these locals, playing on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. at the Elevation Ampitheatre.

Above: Levitation 2015. Photo by Briana Purser. 

KGSR has released their line up for the 23rd season of Unplugged at The Grove. This is Austin’s longest running free concert series! It’s a pretty great line-up.


Admission: Free

When: Thursdays – August 25th

Time: 8pm

Shady Grove
1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

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