Each year, just outside the hustle and cuss of downtown Austin, Zilker Park plays host to the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival. Every direction of the wind brings together this whole collage of musical migrants for a three-day binge between their favorite bands, their drugs of choice and the rich, aesthetic feel that the capital of Texas implies. Aside from the weekend renaissance taking place on top of those green, grassy knolls, the “Live Music Capital of the World” comes to life across our city as musicians, whether ACL performers or not, take the opportunity to play at venues nightly throughout downtown for a twisted assortment of individuals still chasing that afternoon’s high.
Thursday night at Antone’s, October 11, you can expect to see the Atlanta, Georgia-based band known as the Black Lips headline the venue in what could be considered “pre-heating the oven” for the 11th annual ACL weekend. The band, who draw their roots from garage, punk, indie and psychedelic rock, was first formed in 1999 between subculture dangers Cole Alexander, guitar, Jared Swilley, bass, Ben Eberbaugh, guitar, and Joe Bradley on the drum kit. In 2002, after losing Eberbaugh in a drunk driving accident, Jack Hines was introduced as the official stand-in for the late guitarist; only to later be replaced by Ian St. Pe. From there, the band has toured both across the country as well international. And can also account for a total of six studio albums and two live albums under the group’s name, “Black Lips.”
Earlier in their career, Black Lips was notoriously known for their provocative, sometimes unruly, stage antics: like, vomiting, (Cole’s medical condition), urination, nudity, fireworks, flaming guitars, a chicken, etc. Since adding a pinch of maturation over the years, and actually comprehending their instruments, the shows have somewhat relaxed if you’re not taking into consideration their nut-grinding sound they so unapologetically produce.
Opening for the night will be local Austin artists, A Giant Dog, (AGD), and Not In The Face!, (NITF.) AGD brings to the stage a type of rancid moan between the loud speakers from their ginger front woman, Sabrina. While the rock-duo Jonathan Terrell, vocals and guitar, and Wes Cargal, drums, of NITF bring their raspy, classic rock-inspired sound to the stage hoping to melt a face or two.
Doors will be open as of 8 p.m. Thursday night for the Official ACL Music Festival Late Night Show, and AGD should be taking stage close to 9 p.m. Ticket prices range from $18 to $22 and are available in advance here.