Austin City Limits | October 12, 2014

  As you can tell from the picture, ACL weekend 2 was a bit of a hootenanny. If you click on the picture, you’ll see those are genuine Hee-Haw overalls, worn sans shirt. And while reclining on a hammock. The hijinks might be a bit in response to what was reported to be a crowd that was weighted towards Pearl Jam fans who had staked out spots early (PJ followed … Read more →

Austin City Limits | October 5, 2014

Mats @ ACL

Replacements wear the decades well at ACL – Peter Blackstock, Austin360 “How young are you, how old am I?” That’s how the Replacements classic “I Will Dare” begins, and when the band played it near the end of a 19-song, hourlong set on the Samsung Galaxy stage nearing sundown on Sunday at ACL Fest, it seemed to sum up the reality of this 1980s underground-rock archetype playing a music festival … Read more →

Summer’s End Festival | Sept. 27, 2014

Replacements in Tempe 2014

The Mats played the Summer Ends Festival in Tempe on Saturday night, sort of. The festival was scheduled for outdoors but the area was hit by a major rain storm and the venue was shut down Saturday afternoon by the city. Kudos to the festival organizers and bands for coming up with a Plan B because what a plan it was! The festival, with a reduced number of bands, was … Read more →

Forest Hills Stadium, Queens | September 19, 2014

I doubt I can give Friday night’s Forest Hills show the type of description it deserves but I will do my best but here’s an expert opinion on how great it was: Replacements show in NY last night was my favorite so far in the last year of gigs. — Josh Freese (@joshfreese) September 20, 2014 It was utterly thrilling and at times completely surreal to be in a … Read more →

Midway Stadium, St. Paul | September 13, 2014

By every account, the Mats show at Midway Stadium in St. Paul last night was an overwhelmingly success, to the say the least. Everything I have heard, seen or read about the show has been an absolute rave review (exception: Super long lines for merchandise). This review by Chris Riemenschneider seems to capture the spirit of the night best (i.e. will make you weep that you were not there to … Read more →