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June 16, 2023

Into Oblivion

By: Laurie Gallardo

TR/ST. Photography: Pooneh Ghana.

What a glorious start to Oblivion Access Festival. With the likes of San Jose, CA trio Duster, mesmerizing New Mexico artist Midwife, the twisted brilliance of doom/grind/post-punk harsh noise outfit Elizabeth Colour Wheel, and the obliterating hardcore that is Oklahoma City’s Chat Pile, it was a perfect evening welcoming fest goers into the abyss with the darkest embrace. Expect more of these ridiculously stunning and awe-inspiring performances taking over the Red River Cultural District at Empire Control Room, Elysium, Mohawk, Valhalla, Central Presbyterian Church on E. 8th, Chess Club and The 13th Floor.

This year’s Oblivion Access line-up is massive, celebrating underground music and art on the darker end of the spectrum, from grindcore to doom metal, hip-hop to punk, dark synth to noise rock and beyond. Just a smattering of AMM picks include experimental artist Jarboe; hip-hop outfit clipping; Toronto dark wave artist and AMM fave TR/ST (featured on today’s AMM); doom metal band Pallbearer; experimental duo Yellow Swans; and of course, Drab Majesty; along with local artists Thor and Friends, noise rockers USA/Mexico, Mugger, and F— Money.

For more Oblivion Access picks, check out KUTX host Ryan Wen’s badass selections, and check out the fantastic feature about the festival by Texas Standard. And find Oblivion Access ticket info at this link here.

*One more thing: The AMM would like to send an extra shout-out to KFC Murder Chicks, playing at Empire Control Room this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. I’ve had “Tsundere 2.0” on repeat for two days in a row. Go get your face melted.


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.