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August 20, 2022

A Fine Night For A Freakout

By: Laurie Gallardo

And now, for something completely obvious: Everything is absurd. Surely you’re aware of life’s great folly. But Big Bill indulges in the artistry of turning that absurdity into exhilarating and cathartic musical experiences like Public Freakout Compilation, their second full-length LP released via Spaceflight Records.

Worry not about the future, and release the mundanity of existence with the jittery “Forget About Monday” – and simultaneously enjoy the visuals of the John Valley-directed video, with vocalist Eric Braden‘s brilliantly unnerving stare into your soul. “And the whole world hates my guts / But Sunday’s all right…” Speaking of unnerving, there’s always the metamorphosis of our “bucking bull” protagonist in “Almost Everybody,” directed by Shannon Wiedemeyer and featuring the work of make-up artist Bailey Dieckman. The festering demon beast within that won’t take your disingenuous bull crap is finally bursting out. “Can’t fake it / Can’t make it…”

Friends and fiends, it’s time for the band’s annual celebration of chaos, the Big Bill Big Ball, now in its fifth year and ready to dish out more freakouts. Get out of your shell and join the fam tonight, Saturday August 20, at Swan Dive on Red River. Doors at 8:30 p.m., with a ridiculously insane line-up on two stages: Sailor Poon, Calliope Musicals, Being Dead, Pussy Gillette, Chucky BLK and KHXNID (KAH-NID, apologies from the AMM for the mispronunciation).

Cinderella, this is your ball. Let loose and wreak havoc.


October 30, 2023


Genesis Owusu returns to Austin to perform tomorrow night at Empire Garage.


October 28, 2023

LEVITATION: Saturday and Sunday

AMM picks for LEVITATION weekend, including Amyl & The Sniffers, Durand Jones, Altin Gün and more.


October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

The AMM’s LEVITATION 2023 picks for Fri/Sat, including Alan Palomo, Allah-Las, Queen Serene and more.


October 26, 2023

So Very Curious, Indeed

A Curious Mix of People book launch reunion show, Saturday at The Parlor on Guadalupe.


October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

Allison Russell brings The Returner Tour to 3Ten tomorrow night.


October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

Bienvenido al Laboratorio

Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.