Things that jump out at you after roughly 80 minutes of tuneful squall and fuzz, courtesy of Austin psych rockers The Black Angels: They like to write about death, suffering and dying. A lot. It’s no great revelation that the darker side of life and the afterlife make up a large piece of the quintet’s subject matter, especially since we’re more than a decade and six albums into their career.
An East Austin recreation center that was once a hot spot on the so-called “Chitlin’ Circuit” for African-American entertainers is expected to return to its roots as a hub of live entertainment and creative arts. Last month Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department began a partnership that offers music, production and live show engineering opportunities to area students at the Doris Miller Auditorium, the Rosewood Avenue facility that has served mostly as a gymnasium since the 1980s.