In theory, the Yolks’ nothing-new-under-the-sun approach to loud three-chord rock should have been merely good. Yet I couldn’t stop pointing my eyes and ears at the stage. If they’re taking drugs, I want to know what.
SXSW DAY 5: KING TUFF, GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH, HELIOTROPES, BELIEFS, ROKY ERICKSON, GAL PALS, JACUZZI BOYS, HOTT MT, MMOSS, TEENAGE BURRITOS, PEACH KELLI POP, THE YOLKS, NIGHTMARE BOYZZZ, PHARAOHS
April 18th, 2013 · 1 Comment
December 15th, 2012 · No Comments
Photos by Walter Sy The Echo sure held it together for such a tight and crazy crowd for King Tuff. Locals Zig Zags & and Lovely Bad Things opened the night with their intense sets, setting things up for crazier times ahead.
December 14th, 2012 · No Comments
FYF FEST DAY 1: KING TUFF, REDD KROSS, NEIL HAMBURGER, VASELINES, JONAH RAY, MATT BRAUNGER, BARON VAUGHN, GROWLERS, MARC MARON, PURITY RING, WARPAINT, PETE HOLMES, WHITE ARROWS
September 6th, 2012 · No Comments
Some chick came on stage for a bit and sang with the band—the rumor is that it was one of the McDonald brothers’ daughters, but nay, that must be a misprint. No way these guys could ever be mature enough to take care of another living being, right?
August 8th, 2012 · No Comments
Monday night blues were cured with good time punkers The Black Lips and rocker King Tuff at The Observatory. Oh, and Happy Birthday Jared! Photos by Matt Draper
POST SXSW: DAN KROHA, GAY BI GAY GAY, KING TUFF, DEAD SHIPS, CRACK PIPES, UGLY BEATS, FOREVER CHANGES
March 30th, 2012 · 2 Comments
As a somewhat hetero, cisgendered male-identifying dude with proven bisexual tendencies, I was hoping to see a larger smorgasbord of folks whose gender identities and inclinations didn’t fall into the rigid guidelines of gay/lesbian, but it did feel inviting and very friendly. I loved the festival, though I fear for its future. I hope they can keep things going, because I want to come back next year! Even the port-o-potties were pink, decorated, and amazing.
SXSW DAY 5: PETER CASE AND PAUL COLLINS, THE SHRINE, AUDACITY, SUMMER TWINS, KING TUFF, FEEDING PEOPLE, TIGER HIGH, APACHE, TOMORROW’S TULIPS, MEAN JEANS
March 22nd, 2012 · 1 Comment
Tiger High persevered and didn’t miss a beat of their engaging and infectious punk/guitar rock, a feat accomplished by drummer Greg Roberson, even without the full use of his left hand, which had previously been completely severed and reattached following an accident involving a pig and a glass door (you get the idea). Despite having to duct-tape the drumstick in said hand during the band’s set, his drumming was anything but ham-fisted(!), and he provided a rock-steady foundation for the group’s imaginative performance.
March 13th, 2012 · 1 Comment
Deschryver’s insistent melee of beats gave the songs a feeling of urgency right out of the gate, as though they’d taken the crescendo at the end of a song by some lame Coldplay-type band and started there, building whole songs around something that felt explosive, hypnotic, and yet grimly final, like watching a tragedy played out over and over again on CNN as you stare, helpless.
March 11th, 2012 · 2 Comments
Sam Flax might have been the most impressive new band on the bill, a post-Hawkwind synthy Numan-wave band with two keyboards, a drum machine, and a couple guitars—and they looked as good as they sounded, with a poncho-clad bassist looking like Ariel Pink’s taller brother, and a blond male guitarist/singer wearing a multi-colored windbreaker and Kim Fowley’s cheek makeup. His female co-singer on keys looked pretty bad-assed too, with a futuristic funnel of hair on top of her head …
December 5th, 2011 · 2 Comments
King Tuff recorded every song on his new record all by himself in the dead of night. It’s one of the best freak-in-full-freak-mode albums of the decade. Find it, buy it, cook it, eat it. This interview by Chris Ziegler.