Locals Slayed At ACL, Rubber Gloves Re-Opens and Leon Bridges Gets Political.

Last weekend, the first of Austin City Limits‘ two weekends of festing went down. While Friday night was headlined by M83, featuring Denton’s Kaela Sinclair, the weekend was huge for some other local musicians, too.

On Sunday afternoon, Quaker City Night Hawks frontman Sam Anderson joined Domo Genesis on the main stage, playing guitar on a cover of Ice Cube‘s “It Was a Good Day” and what Consequence of Sound referred to as “a spiraling jam of Genesis standout track ‘Dapper.'” Other members of the live band included Genesis production duo the Garcia Bros., who Anderson tells White Noise he’s been working on some hip-hop stuff with of late. Then, later in the day, the rest of the Night Hawks enjoyed a full ACL set of their own.

In other ACL tidbits, breakout country superstar Maren Morris made one fan’s day big time. Thanks to big brother watching, Morris used Spotify to figure out her top streamer in Austin, and then reached out to her via Twitter to invite her backstage. So cool we’ll look past how creepy technology is getting.

Speaking of Twitter, The Outfit, TX got a pretty nice cosign via the platform courtesy of Danny Brown, who shouted them out when asked about underground hip-hop acts he was into.

Moving on, still more locals have been added to the current season of The Voice. The Dallas-raised, former Barney cast member Halle Tomlinson joined Team Alicia. And Fort Worth’s Austin Allsup (son of Buddy Holly guitarist Tommy Allsup) who joined Team Blake. They join Simone Gundy, Dana Harper and Josh Halverson, who we mentioned last week, as Season 11 contestants thus far. Yet another round of blind auditions goes down tonight.

On even bigger screens than The Voice is the new Nat Turner slave rebellion flick The Birth of a Nation. The major motion picture’s soundtrack boasts an appropriately racially-charged jam by the local powerhouse duo Lecrae and Leon Bridges. Perhaps it’ll finally convince Emily Lordi that Bridges is politically involved enough to justify his existence.

Other new records on the horizon include sometimes Bridges collaborators The Texas Gentlemen, who have been up at Fame working on their debut album. And a new Robert Gomez project, Ether Villain will perform for the very first time at the Greater Denton Arts Council building this Friday, October 7. The band includes vocalist Marion Powers, drummer Matt Pence and keyboardist Evan Jacobs.

Then there’s the also pretty new-ish Denton outfit Salvation Egg (improvised sounds by Michael Briggs and Tera Melos drummer John Clardy) which just released its first music video.

Sticking in Denton, it looks like there’s going to be at least one more shot to catch a show at Rubber Gloves, albeit a fake one. It appears that a local film has received permission to shoot a scene at the club, and they’re looking to pack the house with 200 or so extras while a fictitious Denton band plays.

For another chance to relive the past, The Hourly Radio is reuniting to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of its debut record, History Will Never Hold Me. The band is playing three shows this fall, two locally and one in New York. The Dallas crowd can catch them at Three Links on October 14 on a bill with CLIFFFS, Shadows of Jets and The Blessed Isles.

A few other shows to add to the ol’ black book include the just-announced How the Edge Stole Christmas. This year’s lineup includes Weezer, AWOLNATION, Dirty Heads, Capital Cities, KONGOS and Judah & the Lion. Tickets to the December 6 concert go on sale Friday, October 7.

Another Christmas show is Kacey Musgraves‘ “A Very Kacey Christmas” show, which goes down December 21 at Billy Bob’s. Tickets go on sale here on Friday, too, although you can snag some pre-sale tickets right now using the code word “reindeerpoop.”

And KXT celebrates its 7th anniversary on November 2 with a concert at the Kessler. That one will be headlined by White Denim.

Finally, though -topic got his little black backpack back, it was empty. His future, meanwhile, is still out there in the wrong hands, represented in a couple of unreleased albums sitting on a stolen hard drive. Read more about that saga here.

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