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A-LIST PHOTOS: Ray Wylie Hubbard’s Birthday Bash at Paramount Theater, Nov. 17, 2017

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What to play during Thanksgiving? Here’s our Austin-centric playlist

What to play during Thanksgiving? Here’s our Austin-centric playlist

Christmas songs will soon be spinning nonstop, but before we get there, how about a Thanksgiving playlist that Austinites will love? I asked friends on social media for ideas, and they suggested more than two dozen songs with Austin ties, or at the very least a Thanksgiving vibe that Austin music lovers will enjoy. You can find these songs all together on a Spotify playlist on austin360.com. A Digital...
Jackie Venson, Jai Malano, Ani DiFranco lead strong week of shows

Jackie Venson, Jai Malano, Ani DiFranco lead strong week of shows

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Geraldine’s 2nd anniversary with Jackie Venson and Jai Malano. Two of Austin’s best new blues artists join forces to celebrate the second birthday of the music-friendly hotel bar. Venson appears hot on the heels of a new EP release and a big year that included several stints opening for Gary Clark Jr. on the road. Meanwhile, Malano, a fierce singer who only recently...
George Strait's lavish San Antonio home for sale

George Strait's lavish San Antonio home for sale

The San Antonio Express-News is reporting that George Strait’s enormous Santa Fe-style home overlooking The Dominion is for sale. The posh community on the northwest side of San Antonio along Interstate 10 has long been home to the city’s wealthy, including players for the San Antonio Spurs. The listing for the home boasts that it was built by acclaimed Arizona designer Bill...
This couple tied the knot at a famous Austin record store

This couple tied the knot at a famous Austin record store

It’s easy to spend hours flicking through the shelves at Waterloo Records, trying to score a deal on some vintage vinyl or discover something entirely new.  One Austin couple spent so much time at Waterloo, they figured they may as well get married there. Grayson Niven and Angelica Collins tied the knot Wednesday morning in the store, according to the store’s Facebook page. ...
A bilingual children’s book about Selena is blowing up on Amazon

A bilingual children’s book about Selena is blowing up on Amazon

More than 20 years after her death, young children will get the opportunity to learn about the life of Texas’ most famous Tejano singer.  “The Life of/La Vida de Selena: A Lil’ Libros Bilingual Biography” aims to teach readers about slain Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla Perez. It’s currently ranked atop the best sellers list for Children’s Spanish books. The...
Beyonce’s baby twins show up in leaked photos and Bey’s not happy

Beyonce’s baby twins show up in leaked photos and Bey’s not happy

Not everyone is happy to see pictures of the Bey Beys on the internet. Beyoncé and Jay-Z announced the addition of two more children to their family in in February via a beautiful Instagram post. Since the announcement, the parents have kept their summer arrivals as secretive as their fans would allow. Following rumors and speculations, Beyoncé shared an official picture...
Talk of a Spice Girls reunion in the works for 2018

Talk of a Spice Girls reunion in the works for 2018

The five original members of the 1990s-era British girl group the Spice Girls are reportedly set to reunite in 2018, according to The Sun. Mel B, Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Mel C and Geri Halliwell, have allegedly been taking part in secret talks regarding a potential reunion since the summer, with a 2018 date now agreed for a reunion. The group are also said to have agreed to a one-off TV...
Nicole Kidman featured on husband Keith Urban’s new single ‘Female’

Nicole Kidman featured on husband Keith Urban’s new single ‘Female’

It’s been the buzzworthy topic since Keith Urban performed “Female” on the CMA Awards Nov. 8. The song lyrics — co-written by Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon and Shane McAnally — were inspired by the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations. However, the positive, empowering words impacted Keith Urban, the father of two little girls, so strongly that not only did...
Stevie Nicks abused by ex Lindsey Buckingham, new biography says

Stevie Nicks abused by ex Lindsey Buckingham, new biography says

A new biography, called “Gold Dust Woman” by Stephen Davis, details alleged abuse against legendary rock singer Stevie Nicks by ex-boyfriend and fellow Fleetwood Mac bandmate Lindsey Buckingham. It apparently started back in 1973 when the duo was posing for their first album “Buckingham Nicks,” and the photographer told Nicks to remove her blouse in order to look...
Austin concert on Sunday to benefit hurricane-devastated Port Aransas

Austin concert on Sunday to benefit hurricane-devastated Port Aransas

Bands from the Austin and Corpus Christi areas will hold a fundraiser in South Austin on Sunday to benefit hurricane-devastated Port Aransas. Austin resident Debra Watson said she organized the event after noticing that Port Aransas was not getting the same level of attention and help like Houston, Corpus Christi and Rockport, which were also ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. More than two months after...
Austin and DC parties that trilled and thrilled this past week

Austin and DC parties that trilled and thrilled this past week

KMFA Classical 89.5, the Texas Book Festival and the LBJ Foundation showed us all how to do good and have a good time this past week. Dianne Donovan and TresMusicos at Sound Bites for KMFA. Contributed by Katrina Barber Sound Bites: KMFA at 50 When you throw your first gala 50 years into your history, you really want it to sing. The good folks behind  Sound Bites ...
Date set for big Mack, Jack and McConaughey benefit

Date set for big Mack, Jack and McConaughey benefit

The Austin triumvirate of  Matthew McConaughey,  Mack Brown and  Jack Ingram has already raised $7.5 million for youth charities through their  Mack, Jack & McConaughey  golf-plus-music-plus-dinner-plus-fashion-plus-auction-plus-good-will weekends. Mack Brown, Jack Ingram and Matthew McConaughey at 2017...
Top shows this week: Old Crow Medicine Show, Buckingham & McVie, more

Top shows this week: Old Crow Medicine Show, Buckingham & McVie, more

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Old Crow Medicine Show at Bass Concert Hall. You knew it had to happen someday. The string-band dudes responsible for unearthing the long-lost “Basement Tapes”-era Dylan throwaway “Wagon Wheel” and turning it into a 21st-century omnipresent roots anthem are returning to the Dylan well. On this tour, they’ll perform Dylan’s iconic 1966 double-album...
After cancellation, booker says SOS Fest is unlikely to return in 2018

After cancellation, booker says SOS Fest is unlikely to return in 2018

On Oct. 6, roughly a month before the knights were set to storm the castle, booker Graham Williams was forced to cancel the medieval-themed Sound on Sound Fest because an investor pulled out. A few weeks later, Williams has managed to mitigate the financial loss for his company, Margin Walker, by booking an estimated 80 to 90 percent of the artists scheduled to perform into club shows around Austin...
Best Austin parties for an artful time

Best Austin parties for an artful time

Design, photography and visual art count big in Austin’s social swirl this week. Nov. 8: Austin Design Week Studio Tour. 4704A E. Cesar Chavez St. Nov. 9:  Pop Austin VIP Opening Night Party. Fair Market. Nov. 9:  Struggle for Justice: Four Decades of Civil Rights Photography reception. Briscoe Center for American History. Nov. 9:  ...
Sia shares nude image of herself before paparazzi can sell it

Sia shares nude image of herself before paparazzi can sell it

Singer Sia just proved two can definitely play the game when she shared her own nude image before someone could profit from it. When she learned that someone was trying to sell a nude paparazzo photo of her, Sia took matters in her own hands by sharing the screenshot on her own on Twitter.  “Someone is apparently trying to sell naked photos of me to my fans. Save your money, here it is...
Olivia Newton-John’s ex found in Mexico years after mysterious disappearance

Olivia Newton-John’s ex found in Mexico years after mysterious disappearance

New reports claim that Olivia Newton-John’s missing ex-boyfriend Patrick McDermott has been found alive in Mexico. McDermott was believed to be dead after he did not return from a fishing trip in 2005, but New Idea reports that a photograph of what appears to be McDermott and an unidentified woman was found at a Mexican campsite last month. McDermott, a cameraman, owed thousands of dollars...
Chris Hillman’s new album weaves a last, and lasting, tie to Tom Petty

Chris Hillman’s new album weaves a last, and lasting, tie to Tom Petty

When 2017 began, Tom Petty had two big commitments on the horizon. Looming in April was a 53-show tour with his band, the Heartbreakers, celebrating 40 years since the November 1976 release of their debut album. But first, he had some business to take care of with an old friend. Chris Hillman had helped to change the direction of Petty’s life, half a century ago. As an original member of Rock...
Fall music from Austin artists includes Willie Nelson & sons and more

Fall music from Austin artists includes Willie Nelson & sons and more

Autumn has brought the usual onslaught of new releases from Austin musical artists, both high-profile and under-the-radar. Here’s a look at some of our favorites so far. Willie, Lukas & Micah Nelson, “Willie and the Boys: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2” (Legacy). The first volume in this loosely structured “Willie’s Stash” series of archival recordings, 2014&rsquo...
Southern rocker Gregg Allman’s music honored at UGA football game

Southern rocker Gregg Allman’s music honored at UGA football game

Iconic southern rocker Gregg Allman was honored during Saturday’s University of Georgia football game in Athens with a special halftime performance. The University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band performed a trio of the late musicians’s songs while recipients of the Gregg Allman Scholarship were recognized. The scholarship was established in 2014 by Allman in partnership with the UGA...
Jennifer Lopez finally opening up about why relationship with Ben Affleck ended

Jennifer Lopez finally opening up about why relationship with Ben Affleck ended

Jennifer Lopez is finally talking about the very public end of her engagement to actor Ben Affleck almost 15 years ago. The popular entertainer recently sat down for an interview with Vanity Fair and revealed she put great pressure on herself to “do something great all the time,” after becoming the first Latin actress to make $1 million from a role in a film.  She said believed...
Lizzo, Vintage Trouble and Michael McDonald among big shows this week

Lizzo, Vintage Trouble and Michael McDonald among big shows this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Lizzo at Emo’s. Do not go to this show. Unless you want to shake your body silly while screaming at the top of your lungs as your heart expands with such joy you feel like your chest might explode. The sassy rapper/singer sounds “Good As Hell” on tape, but seeing her perform live with her body-positive Big Girl dance crew is a next level feel-good experience...
A zombie-fied LCD Soundsystem throws Austin a haunted Halloween disco

A zombie-fied LCD Soundsystem throws Austin a haunted Halloween disco

This is how it starts: You trudge across a long curve of asphalt in the cold to reach a concrete monument to fast cars in the middle of Elroy. The rain trickles before it spills, and you feel a little sorry for yourself, you poor, bootless thing. But then you notice the guy in the cardboard-box robot costume, catching a sad gleam on his chassis under the tall and lonely lamps, and you wonder if his...
Ray Wylie Hubbard fans can look forward to new biography in 2019

Ray Wylie Hubbard fans can look forward to new biography in 2019

On the heels of his 2015 biography, “a life … well, lived,” Ray Wylie Hubbard is getting more literary attention.  Austin author Brian T. Atkinson has signed a contract with Texas A&M University Press for “The Messenger: The Songwriting Legacy of Ray Wylie Hubbard.” The book is expected in fall 2019 and will be released alongside a musical tribute to the Wimberley-based...
3 women who rocked Selena costumes for Halloween

3 women who rocked Selena costumes for Halloween

One of the most famous women in the world paid tribute to a Texas musical icon with her Halloween costume. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West joined countless other girls and women celebrating the life of Selena Quintanilla Perez by recreating one of her signature looks for Halloween.  Kardashian West spent the festive weekend in multiple costumes of other famous women in music. She dressed...
KMFA pays tribute to 50 years of high standards

KMFA pays tribute to 50 years of high standards

My sister, Kathleen Barnes Klingshirn, served as a part-time KMFA disc jockey during the mid-1970s, while she was a music student at the University of Texas. She drew an early Sunday morning shift at a time when one could safely conclude that there would not be an enormous audience of listeners for Austin’s only classical station. One week, however, she was called into the office of program...
Not everyone onboard as Southwest Airlines adds live music on some flights

Not everyone onboard as Southwest Airlines adds live music on some flights

  Southwest Airlines is adding live music to some flights as part of a new deal with Warner Music Nashville, according to Billboard magazine, but not everyone is onboard.    The live music on some flights is actually part of the “Live at 35” in-air concert series, which Southwest first launched in 2011, and will feature Warner Music Nashville artists. Atlantic...
Janet Jackson brought to tears visiting her childhood home

Janet Jackson brought to tears visiting her childhood home

Forty-three years after leaving her hometown of Gary, Indiana, Janet Jackson went back for the first time to visit the small white house where she and her siblings once lived before the Jackson 5, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson were household names. “When I saw the house … I just started crying,” she said Friday, according to the Northwest Indiana Times. “Me and my...
Of course Destiny’s Child is the best band from Texas

Of course Destiny’s Child is the best band from Texas

OK, Texans. It’s time for a good, old-fashioned music war. This week, Thrillist set about the task of selecting the best band from every state in the U.S. The criteria were reasonable. The band had to have formed in the state and not have relocated there. No solo artists. Only acts that came to fame after World War II. A fuzzy cocktail of historical significance, influence, popularity and quality...
Ringo Starr talks about new album, his musician pals and Austin’s vibe

Ringo Starr talks about new album, his musician pals and Austin’s vibe

“Would you like 7 to 10 minutes on the phone with Ringo Starr?” Well yes, yes I would, thank you very much. Interviewing a Beatle isn’t the kind of opportunity that comes along every day, so even a few minutes is appreciated. There may not be much time to go into detail in that brief of a window. But with a new record out — “Give More Love,” his 19th under his own...
Best parties for this rapturous Austin weather

Best parties for this rapturous Austin weather

What could go better with this glorious late October weather than unfettered socializing with fellow Austinites? Oct. 26-Nov. 3:  Austin Film Festival. Various locations. Oct. 26: Fall Fundraiser for Pease Park Conservancy. Ella Hotel. Oct. 26:  Future Luncheon for Austin Ed Fund. Fairmont Hotel. Oct. 26:  Amazon in Austin for Rainforest...
Where to find Day of the Dead altars

Where to find Day of the Dead altars

Although I grew up on the Texas-Mexico border and spent time during the Día de los Muertos season polishing the gravestones of loved ones in Mexico and sprucing up their resting places with new flowers, I don’t remember my family creating Day of the Dead altars. I fell in love with this Día de los Muertos tradition later on in life while living in Mexico City. It was there where...
Austin shows celebrate Clifford Antone’s legacy, more this week

Austin shows celebrate Clifford Antone’s legacy, more this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Clifford Antone Birthday Celebration at Antone’s. The founder of Austin’s most storied blues club would have been 68 on this day, and this year’s party is a two-show affair that focuses on many local women performers Antone championed over the decades. The first show benefits Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers, with performances by Marcia Ball...
Mike Judge, 'Tales from the Tour Bus,' can't get Billy Joe Shaver quite right

Mike Judge, 'Tales from the Tour Bus,' can't get Billy Joe Shaver quite right

As a young man, Billy Joe Shaver stood in the Nashville Street in front of God and everybody and threatened to beat up Waylon Jennings. As an old man, Shaver shot a man in the face in a showdown behind a bar just south of Waco. In between he lived a life of awesome Texas songs, and, fortunately for us, wrote them down. Crazy talent and a talent for crazy, there’s no doubt Shaver is a perfect...
Kid Rock says U.S. Senate run a publicity stunt, announces 2018 tour dates

Kid Rock says U.S. Senate run a publicity stunt, announces 2018 tour dates

Kid Rock is dropping his political ambitions – which were a publicity stunt he admitted to Howard Stern on Tuesday – to return to being a rock star. His “Greatest Show on Earth” tour launches Jan. 19 in Nashville and he’ll play 21 shows around the U.S. Kid Rock will also release “Sweet Southern Sugar” on Nov. 3, his first album recorded in Nashville...
All ATX goes ‘Back to the Armadillo’ for its annual fundraising concert

All ATX goes ‘Back to the Armadillo’ for its annual fundraising concert

Arguably Austin’s most famous music venue ever, Armadillo World Headquarters is most often associated with the coalescing of hippie and redneck cultures in the 1970s and the rise of Willie Nelson to superstardom. But those who attended shows there regularly could regale you with tales of a far broader experience. Armadillo proprietor Eddie Wilson’s recent memoir helped to shed light on...
The duet that could have been: Lady Gaga and George H.W. Bush

The duet that could have been: Lady Gaga and George H.W. Bush

Name a more iconic duo. We’ll wait. All five living former U.S. presidents headed to College Station over the weekend for a hurricane relief concert, called Deep from the Heart: The One America Appeal, at Texas A&M University. Stars like Alabama, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Sam Moore and Yolanda Adams performed, but so did one unexpected guest: pop star Lady Gaga. The “Million...
Mariah Carey’s ex-fiance James Packer calls relationship a ‘mistake’

Mariah Carey’s ex-fiance James Packer calls relationship a ‘mistake’

A year after calling off their engagement, James Packer is talking about his breakup with Mariah Carey for the first time. “I was at a low point in my personal life,” Packer said about his time with Carey. “She was kind, exciting and fun. Mariah is a woman of substance. But, it was a mistake for her and a mistake for me.” The couple first got together in 2015 and...
Today’s hires, fires, gifts and honors in Austin arts

Today’s hires, fires, gifts and honors in Austin arts

We lied. This post reports on no firings. You can relax. Yet “hires, fires, gifts and honors” sounds like a good catch-all headline. We might use it again. Zilker Theatre Productions makes two key hires The group that has staged the Zilker Summer Musical for 60 years has taken on  J. Robert “Jimmy” Moore as  artistic director....
Concert Club stages music without distractions or discomforts of clubs

Concert Club stages music without distractions or discomforts of clubs

The Rollins Studio Theatre does not attract the public scrutiny that follows Dell Hall, its bigger sibling at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, which turns 10 in 2018. One obvious reason is size. The Dell holds about 2,400 spectators, while the Rollins fills up when it reaches 200 or so guests, depending on the seating arrangement. Also, the Dell is home to some of the city’s best known...
This week’s music picks: Shawn Colvin, Slaid Cleaves and more

This week’s music picks: Shawn Colvin, Slaid Cleaves and more

Shawn Colvin wraps up a national tour back home in Austin on Monday at the Paramount Theatre. Deborah Cannon/AMERICAN-STATESMAN. Monday: Shawn Colvin at Paramount Theatre. One of Austin’s highest-profile singer-songwriters since she moved back in the 1990s (she’d lived here for a spell in the ’70s as well), Colvin is closing out a two-month...
Virtually hang out with Ed Sheeran, Zac Brown Band in new ‘ACL’ series

Virtually hang out with Ed Sheeran, Zac Brown Band in new ‘ACL’ series

In 2017, our city’s signature show, “Austin City Limits,” turned 43, passing the British program “Top of the Pops,” which ended in 2006, to become the longest running music television series in history. To mark the occasion, the show’s producers launched a new virtual reality documentary series called “ACL: Backstage,”produced...
Join us Friday at noon for a Facebook live session with Thor and Friends

Join us Friday at noon for a Facebook live session with Thor and Friends

“The Subversive Nature of Kindness,” the new album from Thor and Friends drops Friday and we’ll have the band in our studio for a live session at noon to celebrate. Thor & Friends are Sarah Gautier, from left, Thor Harris and Peggy Ghorbani. The group will release their second record on Nov. 17. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN ARTIST OF THE...
Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie share songs new and old at Bass Concert Hall

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie share songs new and old at Bass Concert Hall

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie perform at Bass Concert Hall on November 15, 2017. Scott Moore for American-Statesman Three songs into Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie’s performance at Bass Concert Hall on Wednesday evening, you might have guessed they’d turned the set list on its head and put an encore number near the beginning. “Never Going Back Again,&rdquo...
Concert calendar: Merry musical shows for a harmonious holiday in Austin

Concert calendar: Merry musical shows for a harmonious holiday in Austin

We might not dream of a “White Christmas” in Austin, but we certainly know how to rock a holiday jam.  Enjoy your favorite carols and spread cheer at seasonal soirees and festive benefits. Nov. 23: Dale Watson & his Lone Stars annual Thanksgiving Party. Just say no to post-feast food coma. Honky tonker Watson helps you dance your stuffing off in the long-standing holiday...
Austin360 On The Record: Eric Johnson, Golden Boys and more

Austin360 On The Record: Eric Johnson, Golden Boys and more

OUT THIS WEEK Eric Johnson, “Collage” (Vortexan). This new 10-song collection, a mix of originals and covers, tops a sudden whirlwind of activity for the longtime Austin guitar virtuoso. The interpretations on “Collage” are enlightening, from a gorgeous acoustic rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s “One Rainy Wish” to an uplifting update of...
Weekend music picks: Geraldine’s and Empire throw birthday bashes

Weekend music picks: Geraldine’s and Empire throw birthday bashes

OUR TOP PICKS Friday:  Geraldine’s 2nd anniversary with Jackie Venson and Jai Malano.  Two of Austin’s best new blues artists join forces to celebrate the second birthday of the music-friendly hotel bar. Venson appears hot on the heels of a new EP release and a big year that included several stints opening for Gary Clark Jr. on the ...
Video premiere: ‘Too Low to Get High’ by Kalu & the Electric Joint

Video premiere: ‘Too Low to Get High’ by Kalu & the Electric Joint

Soulful artist Kalu James came to the United States from Nigeria when he was 18. Now, at 35, he’s been a fixture on the Austin music scene for well over a decade, both as a solo artist and with his new project Kalu & the Electric Joint. The Electric Joint pairs James with guitarist Jonathan “J.T.” Holt and drummer John Speice. They honed their musical vision ...
Kelly Clarkson to headline Mix 94.7’s Merry Mix Show

Kelly Clarkson to headline Mix 94.7’s Merry Mix Show

In 2013, Texas powerhouse singer Kelly Clarkson released an excellent contemporary Christmas album, “Wrapped in Red,” and this holiday season her Austin fans will have a chance to hear the songs live when she headlines radio station Mix 94.7’s Merry Mix Show. NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during the 2017 Nickelodeon HALO...
SOS Fest: Electrifying club shows from Snow tha Product, Japandroids, more

SOS Fest: Electrifying club shows from Snow tha Product, Japandroids, more

When Sound on Sound Fest was forced to cancel in October, booker, Graham Williams performed the Herculean feat of securing club shows for 80-90% of the artists scheduled to play at the Renaissance Fest-themed event. Most of the shows took place last weekend and here’s an overview of the ones we caught. RELATED: SOS Fest unlikely to return in 2018 Grizzly...
Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ tour will not stop in Austin or San Antonio

Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ tour will not stop in Austin or San Antonio

Taylor Swift dropped her new album ‘Reputation’ to mixed reviews last Friday. On Monday, she announced dates for the accompanying U.S. tour and Austin fans who want to catch the show should prepare for a road trip. Taylor Swift performs her only full concert of 2016 during the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas ...
Japandroids fill Emo’s with anthems at rescheduled Sound On Sound Festival show

Japandroids fill Emo’s with anthems at rescheduled Sound On Sound Festival show

There’s something to be said for having the right setting. And while Canadian indie rock duo Japandroids probably would have availed themselves perfectly well outdoors at this year’s never-to-be Sound On Sound Festival, it’s hard to think of a better time and place for their undeniable anthems than the dark and cave-like Emo’s concert hall where sounds...
SOS Fest: Snow tha Product proves she’s the Mexican-American rap breakout we need

SOS Fest: Snow tha Product proves she’s the Mexican-American rap breakout we need

Texas is ready for a Mexican-American rap breakout. How ready? As Snow tha Product’s insanely hype Sound on Sound Fest makeup show proved: hysterical screaming, delirious dancing, turned up to 11 ready. Here's @SnowThaProduct crowd surfing at @EmpireATX last night. Her @SOSFestTX show was insane. pic.twitter...
The Shins push boundaries in rescheduled Sound on Sound Fest show at Emo’s

The Shins push boundaries in rescheduled Sound on Sound Fest show at Emo’s

For just over 75 minutes on Sunday night, James Mercer – who at this point in his career is the human being of most consequence behind indie rock heroes the Shins – gave a clinic on the many ways a songwriter can transform their material while still pleasing a close to sold-out crowd. The Shins play Sunday, Nov. 12, at Emo’s. Robert Hein/For American-Statesman...
Dan Auerbach, Turnpike Troubadours tapings will conclude 43rd ACL season

Dan Auerbach, Turnpike Troubadours tapings will conclude 43rd ACL season

Evan Felker and Turnpike Troubadours will tape “Austin City Limits” on December 5. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ JR. / AMERICAN STATESMAN 2014 Oklahoma red-dirt country band Turnpike Troubadours, previously booked for Dec. 1-2 two-night stand at ACL Live, has added a Dec. 5 taping of “Austin City Limits” at the venue. It will be the group’s debut appearance...
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile show their musical compatibility at ACL Live

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile show their musical compatibility at ACL Live

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile perform at ACL Live on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Australia’s Courtney Barnett and Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile have been two of indie-rock’s most promising singer-songwriters of the past decade, and when they teamed up to make an album together this year, it made a lot of sense. Their music...
This week’s music picks: Buckingham McVie, up-and-coming locals, and more

This week’s music picks: Buckingham McVie, up-and-coming locals, and more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov7Hvc2uvJs&w=492&h=307] Wednesday: Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie at Bass Concert Hall. Earlier this year, Austin got visits from both Fleetwood Mac namesake Mick Fleetwood, doing a featured interview at South By Southwest, and singer Stevie Nicks, who played the Erwin Center. Now two...
Grizzly Bear looks outward in rescheduled Sound on Sound Fest show at ACL Live

Grizzly Bear looks outward in rescheduled Sound on Sound Fest show at ACL Live

Grizzly Bear crammed the floor of ACL Live on Friday night, and robustly packed in the mezzanine. The upper balcony was about half full—a minor miracle all the same. The four-piece Brooklyn, New York, outfit is a pop oddity. 2009’s breakthrough album “Veckatimest” went gold, as single “Two Weeks” scored a Volkswagen commercial. The psychedelia-tinged...
LISTEN: The ultimate Thanksgiving playlist

LISTEN: The ultimate Thanksgiving playlist

Christmas songs will be filling the radio waves in just a few weeks, but what about Thanksgiving songs? Adam Sandler’s “Thanksgiving Song” might be the first that comes to mind, but when you think about the themes of friends, family and good food, the song ideas start to flow. I asked friends on social media for their suggestions of Thanksgiving songs with Austin or Texas connections...
Alejandro Escovedo to revisit ‘A Man Under the Influence’ album in ACL Live show

Alejandro Escovedo to revisit ‘A Man Under the Influence’ album in ACL Live show

Alejandro Escovedo will perform at ACL Live on January 13, 2018. Ashley Landis for American Statesman Alejandro Escovedo will rekindle his long ties to Austin, as well as his connections to the North Carolina Triangle’s music scene, when he resumes his annual tradition of starting out a new year with an ACL Live concert on January 13, 2018. Tickets, $28-$42, are on sale now ...
Austin musician Kullen Fox speaks about losing relatives in Sutherland Springs

Austin musician Kullen Fox speaks about losing relatives in Sutherland Springs

Kullen Fox, left, with Austin band Cotton Mather. Courtesy of Cotton Mather Sunday’s shooting deaths in Sutherland Springs hit home for Kullen Fox, an Austin musician who has played with many local acts including Charley Crockett, Cotton Mather, Jesse Dayton, Ian Moore, Jenifer Jackson, Hilary York and Brennan Leigh & Noel McKay. Five of those who died were cousins...
Austin360 On The Record: Texas Red Dirt Choir, Johnny Nicholas, more

Austin360 On The Record: Texas Red Dirt Choir, Johnny Nicholas, more

RECENTLY RELEASED Texas Red Dirt Choir, “Faith in the Water” (single). A sort of Texas country “We Are the World” aimed at raising funds for Hurricane Harvey victims, this digital-only single can be purchased or streamed via sites that are linked at faithinthewater.org (where donations also can be made). Written by Roger Creager and Kyle...
Austin360 video premiere: Check out the Nightowls’ new song “Lift Me Up”

Austin360 video premiere: Check out the Nightowls’ new song “Lift Me Up”

The Nightowls play a video release show on Nov. 17 at Barracuda. Contributed “Lift Me Up” is the new single from Austin soul band the Nightowls, and its groove is as uplifting as its title suggests. Ryan Harkrider’s passionate lead vocal performance is at the center of a fully-fleshed-out yet remarkably clean arrangement that features horns, backing vocals...
Carnaval Brasileiro announces dates for 41st samba party in Austin

Carnaval Brasileiro announces dates for 41st samba party in Austin

February is traditionally one of the coldest, grayest months of the year in Central Texas, but for the past 40 years, that hasn’t stopped Austinites from shedding their clothes and shaking their hips at the vibrant Brazilian Mardi Gras party, Carnaval Brasileiro. Carnaval Brasileiro 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro For American-Statesman A-LIST PHOTOS: Carnival...
Weekend music picks: SOS Fest club shows, Shinyribs, Old Crow Medicine Show and more

Weekend music picks: SOS Fest club shows, Shinyribs, Old Crow Medicine Show and more

OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyUOe7HAkpk&w=492&h=307] Friday:  Old Crow Medicine Show at Bass Concert Hall.  You knew it had to happen someday. The string-band dudes responsible for unearthing the long-lost “Basement Tapes”-era Dylan throwaway “Wagon Wheel” and turning it into a 21st-century omnipresent...
St. Vincent adds Austin date to ‘Fear the Future’ tour

St. Vincent adds Austin date to ‘Fear the Future’ tour

St. Vincent performs at ACL Fest 2014. Ashley Landis for American-Statesman Singer and expert ax-wielder Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent dropped her gorgeous new pop album “Masseduction” last month and her “Fear the Future” tour kicks off next week in Detroit. She winds her way around the country through the end of the year and into early 2018. The...
South by Southwest adds more acts for 2018 music fest

South by Southwest adds more acts for 2018 music fest

Tarriona Ball of Tank & the Bangas performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Sunday October 8, 2017. The group will return to Austin for South by Southwest in March 2018. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN South by Southwest has released its second batch of performers for the 2018 music festival, with more than 150 names on the list. This follows...
Queens of the Stone Age to play Austin360 Amphitheater in April 2018

Queens of the Stone Age to play Austin360 Amphitheater in April 2018

Josh Homme will bring his band Queens Of The Stone Age, shown here at ACL Fest 2013, to the Austin360 Amphitheater on April 24, 2018. Erika Rich for American-Statesman Rock band Queens of the Stone Age have added an April 24 show at the Austin360 Amphitheater to their 2018 tour promoting their new Mark Ronson-produced album “Villains,” which came out in August...
KGSR announces 27th anniversary party with Grouplove, X Ambassadors

KGSR announces 27th anniversary party with Grouplove, X Ambassadors

Popular Austin radio station KGSR is turning 27, and they’ll celebrate with a winter bash on Thursday, Dec. 7 at ACL Live. Grouplove at ACL Fest 2013. Ashley Landis for American-Statesman The party is co-headlined by Grouplove and X Ambassadors and will benefit the SIMS Foundation. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. More info. 
This week’s music picks: Mystery Monday anniversary, Help Clifford Help Kids and more

This week’s music picks: Mystery Monday anniversary, Help Clifford Help Kids and more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr7oup4wp98&w=492&h=307] Monday: Mystery Monday Fifth Anniversary at El Mercado Backstage. Mondays got brighter in November 2012 when Christine Albert and Sarah Lee Campbell teamed up to start a new weekly gig at one of South Austin’s best old-school Tex-Mex joints. Campbell died a year later...
Austin360 On The Record: All ATX, Brian Pounds, Drew Kennedy

Austin360 On The Record: All ATX, Brian Pounds, Drew Kennedy

OUT THIS WEEK All ATX, “Back to the Armadillo.” The fifth installment of this annual compilation-CD series featuring local bands is probably the most wide-ranging collection to date, largely because the Armadillo World Headquarters theme reflects the impressive breadth of artists who performed at the legendary 1970s Austin music venue....
After cancellation, organizers say SOS Fest is unlikely to return next year

After cancellation, organizers say SOS Fest is unlikely to return next year

On October 6, roughly a month before the knights were set to storm the castle, booker Graham Williams was forced to cancel the medieval-themed Sound on Sound Fest because an investor pulled out. A few weeks later, Williams has managed to mitigate the financial loss for his company, Margin Walker, by booking an estimated 80 to 90 percent of the artists scheduled to perform...
Watch: Gary Clark Jr. blazes through his ‘Justice League’ cover of ‘Come Together’ on ‘Late Late Show’

Watch: Gary Clark Jr. blazes through his ‘Justice League’ cover of ‘Come Together’ on ‘Late Late Show’

With muscular guitar riffs and furious soul, Austin blues torch bearer, Gary Clark Jr., cranked out a blistering cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together” on the ‘Late Late Show with James Corden’ Thursday night. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMk7CmGRrIU&w=492&h=307] Clark recorded the cover of the Beatles’ classic for the new “Justice...
Weezer and Pixies going on summer 2018 joint tour

Weezer and Pixies going on summer 2018 joint tour

Weezer is going on a joint tour next summer with the Pixies.  Spin reported that the band made the announcement for the North American tour Thursday on Twitter. The rock bands are co-headlining the 29-date tour.  “It is our distinct pleasure to welcome the Pixies to the stage for this tour,” according to a news post on Weezer’s official site. “Weezer’s...
November concert calendar: From Lizzo to Lindsey Buckingham

November concert calendar: From Lizzo to Lindsey Buckingham

With temperatures generally remaining in the bearable range, November is one of the best months of the year for live music in Austin. Here’s a run down of shows hitting Austin clubs this month. November shows 2: Una Noche para Puerto Rico at Empire. Our favorite Latin funk squad, Brownout, breaks out their heavy metal alter-ego Brown Sabbath to lend a (helping) “Hand of...
Joint tour with Weezer, the Pixies coming to Austin next summer

Joint tour with Weezer, the Pixies coming to Austin next summer

On Thursday, two titans of ’80s and ’90s indie rock, Weezer and the Pixies, announced plans to co-headline a massive summer tour. Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, right, and Brian Bell perform at Brazos Hall during the South by Southwest Music Festival on Friday, March 17, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP) The tour kicks off on June 23...
Thor & Friends create music to soothe souls, without pulling any punches

Thor & Friends create music to soothe souls, without pulling any punches

Thor Harris is not running for governor of Texas in 2018. Except, maybe he is. “I’m told that if I really, truly wanted to be governor, I would need to start driving around the state campaigning right now and raising tons of money, but I have a new record coming out and I’m told I can’t win,” the beloved Austin music eccentric says with a laugh. It’s late afternoon...
ACL Fest: Early bird tickets to 2018 fest on sale Thursday

ACL Fest: Early bird tickets to 2018 fest on sale Thursday

We still have a good six months or so before we’ll know the lineup for the 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival, but if you’re an ACL die hard who’s in it for the experience your first opportunity to scoop three-day passes to the festival is Thursday morning at 10 a.m. The crowd gathers to watch The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform on the Miller Lite Stage...
Ringo Starr & his All-Starr Band have a Halloween party at ACL Live

Ringo Starr & his All-Starr Band have a Halloween party at ACL Live

Ringo Starr performs at ACL Live on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman About the time that Ringo Starr pulled three kids out of the audience sporting homemade Sgt. Pepper-styled shirts, as his All-Starr Band launched into “With a Little Help From My Friends,” and Wimberley troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard came out to sing along, it was...
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