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Crosstalk: Metal Record Label Moves to Austin, and Last to Moody Center: This Week’s Austin Music News Headlines – Music

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Nuclear war now! Productions, a notable cult metal brand founded in 2001, has relocated to Austin from its longtime home in the Bay Area. A major record label and distribution operation, the black metal brand of NWN! also includes traditional heavy metal, doom and death metal in an extensive international catalog. Owner Yosuke Konishi announced the company’s move in July 2021, setting up a warehouse at 3607 San Antonio St., 78734, near Lake Travis. Eastern Front Records’ vinyl and consumer music store is now open daily. The label has faced controversy for working with artists accused of using Nazi-related imagery/ideologies, particularly regarding co-featuring NWN! of the 2019 Never Surrender Fest in Oakland. Amid protests over the event, Konishi permanently removed an underground metal discussion forum on his label’s website. Before, in a 2017 interview with a Swedish publication Bardo Methodologythe owner said: “I do not hold any particular political opinion […] one can enjoy music whether or not one agrees with the ideas expressed in it. We shouldn’t silence artists, but rather let listeners choose what they want to hear – even music with extreme ideas.” Konishi declined an interview request from the the Chronicle. Publisher promotions include an upcoming sixth NWN! Fest in Tijuana, following past festivals in Europe. After hosting a local merchants market and concert in April, NWN! brings Japanese black metal veterans Abigail to The Vegas Hotel on October 21. – Robert Penson and Rachel Rascoe

What’s New at the Moody Center, our Erwin Center replacement? The 5-month-old venue is nominated for Arena of the Year by the International Entertainment Buyers Association trade group, alongside names like Madison Square Garden. On last week’s schedule, Roxy Music notably undersold, with many tickets launching on resale sites for as little as $6. On the opposite end of the sales spectrum, Harry Styles’ sold-out six-night residence posted rules prohibiting camping and starting the line at 7 a.m. Find reviews of Roxy and Styles on our Daily Music blog. – RR

HAAM day earlier this month raised more than $800,000 to continue health care services for Austin musicians. Although slightly below the organization’s goal of $845,000, a press release noted that it was the highest amount ever raised in the organization’s history. HAAM celebrated last week with its first-ever pop-up healthcare service event at the snazzy KMFA studios. – RR