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Ghostland Observatory to headline Longhorn City Limits for Iowa State game

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Austin one-man band Mobley will open for Ghostland Observatory.

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Prior to the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Iowa State Cyclones, Austin-based Ghostland Observatory will headline the final Longhorn City Limits of the season, the school announced on Tuesday.

“Ghostland Observatory is the perfect fit to headline our final Longhorn City Limits concert this season,” said Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs Drew Martin. “Fans can look forward to an incredible audio and visual experience at night on the LBJ Lawn. I’m so excited to see the energy they can give to the crowd before our game versus the Cyclones.”

The electro-rock-funk duo of Aaron Behrens and Thomas Ross Turner have been around the Austin music scene since forming the band in 2003. The recent release, “See You Later, Simulator,” came out in September and marked the band’s fifth full-length album.

“The pair’s electro space odyssey still flashes back to Krautrock, Freddie Mercury glam, and Daft Punk worship, but in minimalist terms compared to the maximum bombast of Ghostland Observatory,” Alejandra Ramirez wrote in the Austin Chronicle.

Austin one-man band Mobley will open for Ghostland Observatory. A songwriter, producer, and multimedia artist, Mobley plays guitar, keys, and drums while singing at his shows, while also programming the lights and visuals. Last April, Mobley released “Fresh Lies, Vol. 1,” a concept “song cycle” that he described on his website.

“Initially, I’d planned to release it as an album, but as time wore on, I realized that it’s actually a much bigger project than that,” he wrote. “For me, an album is a statement; its terms and scope are defined. Fresh Lies isn’t an album; it’s a song cycle — it’s a large collection of songs that are connected by a thematic and conceptual approach. The concept that joins them is that they are all love songs that use romantic interplay as a metaphor to explore my relationship, as a black man especially, with my country.”

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. Concession options will be available, including Stubb’s BBQ and other game-by-game choices, along with happy hour pricing for beer and wine spritzers.