The Day Dawes Took Over Stubbs – Photo Recap

American folk rock band, Dawes, took over Stubb’s early this month – balls of energy and fiery passion filled the stage.

From Los Angeles, Dawes are fast becoming experts in this field. They’ve been in this game for coming on nine years, and have the experience to hype up a room – experience they used in Austin.

Having recently released their sixth album, Passwords, this past June, the foursome will be on tour through ’til February. Details here.


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Photographer: Anie Walsh

St. Vincent, the Patron Saint of Stubbs – Photo Recap of 10/05

Slicked back hair and sharp red lips cut through the bustle of a crowded night at Stubbs last Friday (10/05) – everybody took notice when St. Vincent took to the stage.

A multi-instrumentalist singer, she left little time before releasing her energy into the crowd. Screaming into her microphone and throwing her hand into the air, pick in hand. A passion filled set led to a, frankly, sweaty crowd and an intense night – check out the photo recap below!



Photography: Anie Walsh

Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Shamir at Stubb’s Photo Recap

Portland-based via New Zealand psych rockers, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, visited Stubb’s last Friday during the Texas leg of their current tour with special guest, Philly singer, songwriter and actor Shamir. UMO released their fourth studio album, Sex & Food, in April and have been on a global tour ever since. The band will finish out July in the States before jettisoning across the pond with shows in Europe and Australia. You can visit the band’s website for additional info and tour dates. In the meantime, enjoy the shots below from UMO and Shamir at Stubb’s captured by Matthew Carlin.

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Photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt

Matisyahu Kicks Off Latest Tour Right With Stint in Austin – Photo Recap!

The self-proclaimed King Without a Crown, Matisyahu, has just recently kicked off his 2018 Strength To Strength Tour. Joined on his journey by eight-time Grammy award-winning singer Stephen Marley, the tour-crazy singer killed his show at Stubb’s BBQ at the end of May.

The tour marks the release of the East Coast singer’s sixth studio album, ‘Undercurrent’: a synergetic collaboration of Matisyahu and his band that flawlessly merges his classic instrumental improvisation with lyrics and vocals. A musical phenomenon that is near-unheard of outside of Matisyahu, he offers a unique experience sure to set your heart on fire.

If you missed him during his stint in Austin, you can catch him below in the photo recap or on one of his other tour dates:

Strength To Strength Tour Dates:

6/08 – Detroit, MI – Sound Board at MotorCity

6/09 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bells

6/12 – Columbus, OH – Express Live Indoor Stage

6/13 – Ocean City, MD – Seacrets

6/14 – Wantagh, NY – Mulcahys **

6/15 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre Summer Stage **

6/16 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Casino **

6/17 – Baltimore, MD – Concerts at the Port **

**Without Stephen Marley

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Matisyahu and Stephen Marley Taking Strength to Strength Tour to Stubb’s

GRAMMY-nominated artist Matisyahu has announced his 2018 Strength To Strength Tour alongside eight-time Grammy award winning singer, musician and producer Stephen Marley. Fresh from his Forest of Faith Tour, Matisyahu continues a blistering run of dates that began in 2017 with the Broken Crowns Tour and will be hitting Stubb’s on May 31st for a night of reggae royalty. Matisyahu will be making his return to Austin’s iconic venue after recording Live at Stubb’s Vol. IV last November.

Matisyahu has created his own space in modern music, developing a loyal following that has driven singles such as “One Day” and “King Without a Crown” to international recognition. His newest album, Undercurrent, was released last year via Thirty Tigers and Matisyahu’s own imprint, Fallen Sparks. The album embodies a collaborative and freeform spirit as Matisyahu and his band seamlessly merge instrumental improvisation sessions with lyrics and vocals. The synergistic energy of the album is especially apparent onstage, where Matisyahu and guitarist Aaron Dugan, bassist Stu Brooks, drummer Joe Tomino and keyboardist Big Yuki bring their creative dynamic to life. Undercurrent has showcased Matisyahu’s improvisational aptitude and live music chutzpa, that has the jamband and festival worlds taking note with his recently announced LOCKN’ Festival set.

The King Without a Crown continues to his journey on the road, both physically and spiritually, In his own words, “I started tour last fall in somewhat of a fallen, broken place with the Broken Crowns tour, then I entered into the unknown of the forest with faith in the Forest of Faith Tour and come out of it having found my strength, I am now going from strength to strength in my summer Strength to Strength tour. The names of the tours for me are truly a reflection of where I am spiritually and right now and I am feeling strong and confident”. Stephen Marley has also set his eyes onward towards the tour, and is “looking forward to playing music for the people on the Strength to Strength tour with Matisyahu”.

The boundary-breaking artist has been busy on tour, dropping a 3-part video series on the making of Undercurrent and taking time to speak to Billboard and the Huffington Post about it. He took time at his show in Austin 2017 to record LIVE AT STUBB’S VOL IV., capturing the freeform essence of his set at the historic venue, where he is set to reappear near the top of the tour.  Don’t miss the unforgettable duo of Matisyahu and Stephen Marley at a city near you and catch what Rootfire calls “Improvising Greatness.” Tickets go on sale Friday, 4/6 at
Strength To Strength Tour Dates:

5/30 – Houston, TX – White Oak Outside
5/31 – Austin, TX – Stubbs
6/01 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
6/03 – St. Louis, MO – Atomic Cowboy
6/06 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
6/08 – Detroit, MI – Sound Board at MotorCity
6/09 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bells
6/12 – Columbus, OH – Express Live Indoor Stage
6/13 – Ocean City, MD – Seacrets
6/14 – Wantagh, NY – Mulcahys **
6/15 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre Summer Stage **
6/16 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Casino **
6/17 – Baltimore, MD – Concerts at the Port **

**Without Stephen Marley

Emily Wolfe Celebrates Her Birthday at Stubb’s

Southern rock maiden Emily Wolfe celebrated her birthday last Friday at Stubb’s by electrifying the crowd with a fiery set of bluesy Delta stompers, seductive slow burners and straight-up Rock n’ Roll. A self-taught guitar phenom with powerful vocals, Wolfe was born to rock. Her impassioned live sets burst with raw emotions of vulnerability and empowerment. Last November, Wolfe released her teaser single “Holy Roller” and is currently working on her self-titled, full-length debut due out this Summer. The album has been over two years in the making and Wolfe has finally reached a place where she can release it as an independent artist without a label. We certainly can’t wait to hear what this guitar goddess has put together.

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Photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt

Matt and Kim at Stubb’s Photo Recap

Electronic dance-pop duo Matt and Kim put on a helluva show at Stubb’s last Thursday night. The Brooklyn-based pair are known for infectious, beat-driven anthems and explosive live shows and their performance at Stubb’s was no exception.

Matt (Johnson, keys) and Kim (Schifino, drums) will release their 6th album ‘ALMOST EVERYDAY’ this May on FADER Label. It was written during Kim’s extensive recovery after an onstage injury in early 2017 sidelined the band for the year. They used that time to create one of their most personal albums to date, with writing beginning just one month after Kim’s surgery.

Matt and Kim are currently on their first tour since the year-long break – the longest they’ve ever stayed off the road. The duo are back and stronger than ever and can’t wait to bring dance-ready hits from their back catalog as well as new songs from ‘ALMOST EVERYDAY’.

Matt and Kim at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater


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Photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt

Michigan Rattlers Bring Storytelling Americana to Austin

You wouldn’t imagine rich Americana storytelling to develop out of the northern Michigan tourist town of Petoskey. However, roots rock duo, Michigan Rattlers, have made a name for themselves with their compelling alt-country interpretation that’s perfectly suited for whiskey-warmed evenings around a campfire.

The band is comprised of childhood friends Graham Young and Adam Reed and blends percussive upright bass and acoustic guitar with evocative lyrics and shimmering Americana harmonies. Following the release of their self-titled debut EP in 2016, Rolling Stone named Michigan Rattlers one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know”. The band is currently touring the US and last Wednesday made a stop by Austin’s iconic Stubb’s to tell a few melodic campfire stories. Some new, some old and even an ode to their beloved Detroit Tigers, the Michigan Rattlers stories at Stubb’s left me yearning for a weekend spent camping at the lake and thankful the Stros finally got em’ one. Through nostalgic journey’s down memory lane, Michigan Rattlers soothe the soul to remind us of life’s simpler pleasures. For additional info and tour dates visit

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Matt & Kim Bringing The Rage to Stubb’s

After being sidelined all of 2017 due to a knee injury, electro-pop duo Matt & Kim are hitting the road this spring on a massive headlining tour with friends in Cruisr and Twin Kids.

Armed with a new album titled Almost Everyday that’s scheduled to drop on May 4th and two brand new singles “Forever” and “Happy If You’re Happy” that you can hear right now, 2018 is a return to form for the Brooklyn natives. Having recorded the entirety of Almost Everyday during the time Kim was recovering from an ACL tear she suffered playing a festival in Mexico, the group is eager to hit the road and share their new material with the world.

If you missed Matt & Kim’s sweat fueled set in Austin during South By Southwest, you’ll have another chance on April 12th when they bring their tour to Stubb’s BBQ.

Tickets can be found on the band’s website or directly through the venue.

Ladyfang at Stubbs

It was no surprise Thursday night to discover the Devil is a luring siren with a vicious bite. Disguised in a full-length trench coat, unrecognizable as She ascended the stage at Stubb’s…Her horns replaced with a loosely twisted bun and shimmering head ornament…A Novation keyboard in place of a pitchfork and a fresh pair of Adidas strapped around Her soon-to-be frenzied hooves. Once Cara Juan unleashed the night’s first of many howling screams during Ladyfang’s aptly titled opener, it was clear…she’s the Devil we all should follow.

Ladyfang’s entrancing frontwoman is a captivating force to witness live with her playful exuberance and frantic vocal outbursts that have led to many young Stefani comparisons. But don’t be mistaken, Ladyfang is so much more than Juan’s supporting cast. That fact became clear immediately as their set began with guitarist Andre Juan and bassist Tyler Schutte shredding through a minute-long instrumental opening. The band truly comes alive on stage with an infectious, dance-inducing cohesion blending devilish indie-pop with post-punk, alternative rock creating a uniquely eclectic pop-rock concoction. Their upbeat performance boasted blazing guitar riffs with righteous feedback carrying, bold, slap-in-the-face vocals and huge, sweeping choruses of hypnotic proportions. It was everything you could hope for in a live performance from one of Austin’s brightest alternative band’s. Expect 2018 to be a huge year for Ladyfang.

Ladyfang at Stubb’s



Photos by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun