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    Celebrate Halloween 2018 in Downtown Austin at Edge Terrace. Dance the night away with a Rooftop Day of the Dead Dance Party featuring live music and entertainment from PDA – Austin’s high energy party band from Moontower Entertainment. The Edge team will be dressed to distress on the scariest of all holidays with ghoulish costumes, drinks specials, and the best excuse to dance away a Wednesday this Halloween!

    Join us for a scary good time on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 from 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM!

    Live Music from PDA
    Halloween Themed Drink Specials
    Costume Contest and Prizes
    Complimentary Psychic Readings
    Free for Hotel Guests
    Non- hotel guests – $20
    Entrance will be limited so purchase tickets today!

      Kick start your weekends at WET Deck with live beats by DJ Kurupt & Buck Rogers while staying hydrated with exclusive summertime cocktails. Tickets are $10 for non-guests and are complimentary for guests of W Austin. Cash is not accepted at the door.

        Join us at Icenhauer’s for a lovely fall evening full of sipping & shopping from a few of our favorite local brands:

        Jennifer Lovena Textiles
        Hey Girl Earrings
        87 ATX
        Fox & Brie
        Maysa Bogheiri Art

        Live Music
        Cocktails
        Gobble Gobble

        21 & up

          Beloved 70s-inspired California lifestyle brand, Aviator Nation, is throwing a party to celebrate the opening of its first shop in Austin. Pop by the new store to hang with founder (and Texas native!), Paige Mycoskie, for a night of live, local music, cocktails by Titos, and a chance to shop the latest and greatest Aviator Nation gear – including exclusive Austin styles – in the brand’s largest flagship store.

            Austin institution, Mean Eyed Cat celebrates its 14th Anniversary with live music as well as all-night drink and food specials on Friday September 28th. Guests can enjoy an array of Johnny Cash’s top hits from tribute band The Band in Black, who take the stage at 7 p.m.

            Kids and adults of all ages: get ready to be movin’ and groovin’ at the 5th annual Hush Hush Music Bash! This  FREE, family-friendly event will take place at The Domain on Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 2-6 pm.

            For those who can’t make it to Austin City Limits Music Festival and have FOMO (fear of missing out), Hush Hush Music Bash is the perfect way to get your live music fix while preparing your kids to be future festival-goers in a smaller, more intimate setting.

            This year’s fantastic lineup includes performances by:

            El Tule (2-2:45 p.m.)

            Ms. Kat’s Music & Movement (3-3:45 p.m.)

            Riders Against the Storm (4-4:45 p.m.)

            Tim Kubart (5-6 p.m.)

            In addition to live music, there will be lots of fun activities for little ones of all ages, including:

            – Mini hockey with Chaparral Ice
            – Jumping on a Springfree Trampoline with Springfree Trampoline AustinAdvertisement
            – Cookie decorating for the kids with Baked by Amy’s
            – Face painting and a photo booth, courtesy of Capital Pediatric Group
            – Test out a bike with woomBikesUSA
            – Handmade Egg Shakers at the Mi Casa Es Tu Casa booth
            – Free KIND Snacks (while supplies last)
            – Practice martial arts with Palacios ATA Martial Arts
            – Giveaways and much more!

            Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to set up in the plaza and enjoy the music and activities. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The event will take place in Amy Donovan Plaza, located between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s.

            What: Hush Hush Music Bash
            When: Saturday, October 6, 2018
            Time: 2-6 p.m.
            Cost: FREE

            Hush Hush Music Bash is presented by LiveMom, Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, The Domain, with music sponsored by Springfree Trampoline Austin.

            Giveaway: Register to win a VIP Bag filled with swag and some treats, too! We’re giving away 50 VIP swag bags, and all you have to do is register on the form below for your chance to win. Winners will be notified by Wednesday, October 3, 2018. The bags will only be available for pickup during Hush Hush Music Bash on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 2-5 pm. The bags can not be held for pickup or mailed to the winner.

              An Evening of Led Zeppelin is making their return to Austin at Come and Take It Live Saturday June 16th, 2018!

              Performed by:
              Vocals: Josh Ross (Black Heart Saints)
              Guitar: Jelly Ellington
              Bass: Jonas Saks
              Drums: Aric Garcia
              Special Guests: Curtis Lee & Cole Gramling

              Doors: 7pm
              Cari Hutson and Good Company (Janis Joplin Tribute): 8pm
              An Evening of Led Zeppelin: 10pm

              $10 Adv/ $15 Door
              *This event is ALL AGES, however, anyone under the age of 21 will be charged an additional ‘minor surcharge’ at the door.*

              Poster by Renzo Designs

                The Vintage 15 will be performing on Mother’s Day, May 13th in the Central Plaza Pavilion at 4 p.m. The Vintage 15 is a powerhouse ensemble of young talent from across the country adding a brilliant energy to the jazz scene in Austin, TX. Combined with a meticulously crafted music library covering everything from Frank Sinatra to Harry Connick, Jr; Ella Fitzgerald to Michael Bublé, the Vintage 15 soars over the competition with a swagger unlike any other big band out there.

                All photos: Mike Manewitz

                Our lede may be a bit misleading or at the least, confusing to fans who are aware Oh Sees did not play a “headlining” stage at LEVITATION music  festival last month. Instead, the Los Angeles-based garage psych/punk outfit helmed by John Dwyer sold-out back to back nights at Barracuda (April 27-28) then added a show at Hotel Vegas billed as the official LEVITATION after party benefiting the Austin Children’s Shelter/ SAFE. That show also sold out hours before the performance. Simply put, Dwyer and company reigned over the festival like post-punk kings.

                Festival founders,  The Black Angels performed a headlining show at Stubb’s BBQ Sunday that was more than entertaining. The mind-bending Mustaciho Light Show that accompanies each TBA performance was in full effect. UK greats Slowdive delivered a fantastic headlining show to a packed Stubb’s the previous evening  and a rare live appearance by metal-lords, Electric Wizard destroyed on the largest stage (Stubb’s) of LEVITATION over the four-day event, but no act dominated the psych-rock festival like the Oh Sees did. While the group is listed as active from 1997, the side-project of Dwyer (Coachwhips) really began performing as The Ohsees (there have been a number of moniker iterations over the years) in 2006. Eleven years later Dwyer’s outlet for releasing experimental sounds including post-punk and noise rock element has become his most successful musical enterprise. 

                Similar to The Black Angels in that Oh Sees have a trademark sound. TBA deals in neo-psych music. Oh Sees are harder to pigeonhole into a genre. Dwyer has developed at signature sound over the past decade marked by dual drum kits that primarily play in sync, providing a percussive texture that drives the Oh Sees machine. But it’s Dwyer’s astounding guitar work that gives the music its tantalizing flavor. Part punk, part psych-rock but all rock n roll, it’s an acquired taste that can quickly become an obsession as we found ourselves hitting each and every performance by the group during the festival. 

                It’s the extended jams that set Oh Sees apart from their contemporaries. What punk outfit do you know of that plays fifteen minute songs that drive fans into a crowd-surfing frenzy? Yeah, that what we thought. No act but these guys do it the way they do. If you have the opportunity to catch them live. Do it. Here’s their upcoming tour schedule. We’d seriously consider going on Oh Sees tour if work didn’t keep us in Austin full-time. 

                It’s clear that LEVITATION who moved their festival to eight venues (most in Red River Cultural District) from the logistical nightmare that was Carson Creek Ranch in 2016 after a one-year hiatus, books one of the most unique festival lineups in the country. Beyond psych-rock music, there was experimental electronica, Latin music, folk, post-punk and lo-fi pop. We challenge you to find a more diverse and original lineup anywhere in the U.S. this year. You won’t. 

                Side notes

                D.C. post-punk act The Make-Up delivered one of the more entertaining sets of the festival. He spent the majority of the time performing on top of fans at Cheer-Up Charlie’s (see photo). We also caught frontman Ian Sevonius’ side-project ESCAPE-ISM at Beerland with 365 Things favorites, Kay Odyssey. We recommend seeing all three acts live. 

                LEVITATION Latin acts were impressive this year. There were standout sets by South Americans; Boogarins, Veuleveteloca, Follackzoid. We’re intrigued and now scouring streaming sites for similar acts. A Spanish venue-owner told us the music coming out of South America currently is among the most exciting a couple years ago at Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona. He was correct. Rock music from below the equator is sizzling hot. 

                Lo-fi pop wonder Ariel Pink turned in a sold-out performance at Empire Garage that saw fans crowd-surfing to downbeat songs by the notoriously moody frontman, Ariel Rosenberg. While we enjoyed his upbeat songs, the slower, circus-like songs left us puzzled. There were also frequent vocal mic issues that appeared to incense Rosenberg who thankfully made it through the set without having an aneurism. In any case, we don’t see what Pitchfork sees but it’s clear the group has a loyal following and their shows are fun.