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 →

Boston Calling | September 7, 2014

Paul westerberg boston calling

The Mats dodged a bullet playing on Sunday because the venue (which is an outdoor plaza in downtown Boston) was evacuated Saturday night due to severe thunderstorms and lightening and a few acts got bumped. Weather was not a factor on Sunday, thankfully. Here’s the set list, which kicked off with “Favorite Thing”. Time was quite tight, I think this may have been the shortest set to date at just … Read more →