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PHOTOS: 2Cellos at the Frank Erwin Center

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Haim and Lizzo are teaming up for a tour, and they’re coming to Austin in April

Haim and Lizzo are teaming up for a tour, and they’re coming to Austin in April

Fresh off the heels of their sophomore album “Something To Tell You,” the Haim sisters are headed back to Austin. The “Sister Sister Sister” tour will be making a stop in Austin at Stubb’s on April 24 with special guest Lizzo, who was one of the breakout artists of last year’s South by Southwest (and the previous year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival)...
Moody Blues and marching bands top this week’s Austin shows

Moody Blues and marching bands top this week’s Austin shows

OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Saturday: Fabulous Thunderbirds with Kim Wilson at Antone’s. In 1986 the Fabulous Thunderbirds became one of Austin’s biggest bands ever, with the top-10 single “Tuff Enough” omnipresent on the radio. Their overnight success was a decade in the making: The band’s mid-1970s rise intertwined with the arrival of Antone’s, which means...
Alesia Lani conjures soulful magic for ‘Cirque du Lani’ performance

Alesia Lani conjures soulful magic for ‘Cirque du Lani’ performance

A definition bleeds into a declaration on the spoken word intro to Austin artist Alesia Lani’s 2017 album “Resilient”: “Able to withstand or recover quickly after difficult conditions. Able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching or being too compressed. I am … I am … I am strong. I am tough. I am hearty. I am flexible. I am pliable. I am...
Edwin Hawkins, gospel star behind ‘Oh Happy Day,’ dead at 74 

Edwin Hawkins, gospel star behind ‘Oh Happy Day,’ dead at 74 

Grammy winner Edwin Hawkins, the gospel star best known for the crossover hit "Oh Happy Day," has died. »RELATED: Photos: Notable deaths in 2018 Hawkins died early Monday at his home in Pleasanton, California. He was 74 and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, publicist Bill Carpenter told The Associated Press. The Edwin Hawkins Singers reached the top 10 on the pop charts with...
Deadline delayed a year for crowdsourced fund for music venues

Deadline delayed a year for crowdsourced fund for music venues

Almost a year and a half ago, Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced plans for a crowdsourced investment fund to save live music venues. Locals, he said, could buy into and preserve favorite venues that might be knocked down as development and rental rates increase. But progress on the idea has been slow, as the city struggles with exactly how that might work. “Conversations are getting more and...
2Cellos and some steel guitars are among this week’s best Austin shows

2Cellos and some steel guitars are among this week’s best Austin shows

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band at ACL Live. It’s a distant memory now, the first time I saw Ritter perform, ambling out onstage as a special guest of Glen Hansard’s band the Frames at a Boston nightclub and pin-drop silencing the crowd with a heart-stopping rendition of his song “Come and Find Me.” He’d made just two records at that point, but...
Bountiful weekend: Alejandro Escovedo, Terry Allen, Poi Dog Pondering

Bountiful weekend: Alejandro Escovedo, Terry Allen, Poi Dog Pondering

Alejandro Escovedo, Terry Allen, Poi Dog Pondering: If you’re a longtime fan of local music, you have some tough choices to make this weekend — even though none of these three acts is technically an Austin artist. But all of them have deep ties to the city, and those ties are at times intertwined between them. Escovedo, who moved to Dallas in 2016 after more than three decades as an Austinite...
Forty years ago tonight, the Sex Pistols brought chaos to Dallas

Forty years ago tonight, the Sex Pistols brought chaos to Dallas

Variations of the photo are familiar to most everyone interested in Texas music history. There’s the large sign for the historic Dallas venue The Longhorn Ballroom, and on the marquee beneath it: Sex Pistols (Tonite!) and Merle Haggard. Haggard, of course, was on his way to becoming one of the most legendary country artists in history. But it’s not his show that’s remembered. The...
No more ‘Dixie’ for Dolly Parton’s Civil War-themed dinner show

No more ‘Dixie’ for Dolly Parton’s Civil War-themed dinner show

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is dropping the word “Dixie” from its name for its 2018 season, according to a news release from the company that runs the dinner show attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri.  “Our shows currently are identified by where they are located,” Parton said in a statement. “Some examples are Smoky Mountain...
Fire ‘destroyed everything inside’ Austin-based publisher, record label Raw Paw, company says 

Fire ‘destroyed everything inside’ Austin-based publisher, record label Raw Paw, company says 

Austin-based media company and record label Raw Paw says its studio was heavily damaged and most of its contents destroyed by a fire Tuesday.  The fire at 4004 Reeders Dr. happened sometime between 1 and 6 a.m., the company said.  On its Instagram account, Raw Paw said the fire “destroyed everything inside the house including countless pieces of artwork, printing equipment, supplies...
Grammy Awards 2018: Lady Gaga, Pink, Patti LuPone Childish Gambino among performers

Grammy Awards 2018: Lady Gaga, Pink, Patti LuPone Childish Gambino among performers

This year’s Grammy ceremony will feature performances from first-timer Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover), as well as Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Pink and a couple of Broadway favorites. The show’s milestone 60th anniversary marks its return to New York for the first time in 15 years, so it makes sense that the grand dame of musical theater, Patti LuPone, a two-time...
San Antonio Symphony capsizes again

San Antonio Symphony capsizes again

The San Antonio Symphony, periodically threatened, has canceled the rest of its 2017-2018 season. Over the weekend, its board of directors decided to suspend play by symphony. Its tricentennial performances this weekend will be its final ones. John Davenport /San Antonio Express-News Almost every year since I started reporting on the arts in the 1980s, the San Antonio Symphony has been...
Whither music festivals? The forecast for Austin may change in 2018

Whither music festivals? The forecast for Austin may change in 2018

A lot happened in Austin music last year, from festival ups and downs to changes in the nightclub landscape to civic concerns about affordability to the passing of beloved community members. Here’s our look back at 2017, with an eye toward some new developments on the horizon in 2018. A few years back, it seemed Austin could have been renamed the Live Music Festival Capital of the World. The...
Free in Austin and more shows coming up this week

Free in Austin and more shows coming up this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker at 3Ten. David Lowery may be best-known these days as an activist for musicians’ rights, but the University of Georgia professor spent the 1980s and ’90s fronting Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker. The former were one of the best bands the American underground of that era produced, mixing folk, rock, psychedelia and whimsy on a series...
Former Austin Symphony conductor Maurice Peress dies

Former Austin Symphony conductor Maurice Peress dies

Maurice Peress, music director of the Austin Symphony from 1970 to 1972, died on Dec. 31. He was 87. American-Statesman, Sept. 13, 1970 An assistant conductor to  Leonard Bernstein at the  New York Philharmonic, Peress conducted the first performance Bernstein’s “Mass” at the Kennedy Center. The multi-media masterpiece is slated...
Best coffee shops near North Austin

Best coffee shops near North Austin

We extended our coffee search to Near North Austin recently and, although we got a good start on this sector in late 2017, we need your help in filling out the candidates. We’d gladly add to this list. Contributed Kick Butt Coffee. 5775 Airport Blvd. 512-454-5425. kickbuttcoffee.com. 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.,  6 a.m.-2 a.m., Fri., 7 a.m.-2 a...
Meet the voice of Austin’s MetroRail trains

Meet the voice of Austin’s MetroRail trains

When riders step onto the MetroRail, they might not realize the voice announcing the train’s next stop belongs to one of Austin’s top talents. Meet Alex Marrero, a musician and vocalist who forms part of the funk ensemble Brownout, which this summer released its latest EP “Over the Covers.” About three years ago, Brownout fans around the world got to know Marrero as the...
Kick off the new year with Free Week, 50 First Jokes and more events

Kick off the new year with Free Week, 50 First Jokes and more events

1. Free Week in Red River Cultural District Various dates and times starting Jan. 1. Free. Venues along and near Red River Street. freeweek.do512.com. This annual new-calendar kickoff has become a favorite of local clubgoers. Though Red River Street remains the core, some associated shows extend to East and West Sixth, Rainey Street and even the UT campus area. (It’s worth noting, too, that...
Spend New Year’s Day brunching, running and more in Austin

Spend New Year’s Day brunching, running and more in Austin

Hair of the Dog 2018. Yard Bar’s annual New Year’s Day event will wipe our hangovers away with cute dogs, black-eyed peas and Bloody Marys. There will also be $3 beers. The heart of the afternoon is the series of contests for dogs and their owners. The contests include Best Dog Beard, Best Dog Mohawk, and Best Dog and Owner Lookalike. Make a donation to the Austin Humane Society at...
Our first Austin360 Awards: This was Austin’s best music in 2017

Our first Austin360 Awards: This was Austin’s best music in 2017

What were the best things about Austin music in 2017? Every year about this time, we come up with answers, offering our favorite bands, records, venues and the like. But we recognize that while we strive to evaluate records on their critical merits, the process is ultimately subjective. This year we decided to cast the net wider. We asked dozens of locals with deep knowledge of Austin’s music...
Have a musical New Year’s Eve at these Austin shows

Have a musical New Year’s Eve at these Austin shows

OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Sunday: Willie Nelson & Family New Year at ACL Live. This one’s too big for a single night. After Nelson began playing New Year’s Eve at this marquee downtown venue when it opened in 2011 (his statue presides out front), the event quickly grew into a two-night, and now three-night, affair. His sister Bobbie has always been in the band on piano, but this year it&rsquo...
Pop star Shakira postpones tour until June after vocal cord surgery

Pop star Shakira postpones tour until June after vocal cord surgery

Fans of Shakira may be more than a bit concerned about the singer’s latest news. >> Read more trending news  Last month, the Colombian crooner revealed that she needed surgery after doctors uncovered a hemorrhage on her vocal cords. The 40-year-old mother of two announced on Instagram that her 2018 concert dates would be rescheduled because of the surgery. “I then went...
Ringling Bros. Circus demands Kid Rock rename ‘Greatest Show on Earth' tour

Ringling Bros. Circus demands Kid Rock rename ‘Greatest Show on Earth' tour

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has filed a federal lawsuit in Florida against Robert James Ritchie, better known by his stage name Kid Rock, over the name of his current “Greatest Show on Earth Tour.” >> Read more trending news  The lawsuit was filed in Tampa federal court on Friday. The circus company trademarked the phrase, “The Greatest Show on Earth&rdquo...
Hunker down with our winter playlist

Hunker down with our winter playlist

It’s cold out, Austin – not exactly “build a snowman” cold, but still – and what better way to get into the spirit than with songs celebrating the chill? Curl up under a blanket and enjoy this wintry mix. Recipe: Spanish hot chocolate 5 soup recipes to keep you warm during winter weather A go-to chili recipe perfect for a dreary day
The Year in Willie: He’s not only still not dead, he’s lapping the field

The Year in Willie: He’s not only still not dead, he’s lapping the field

When I moved back to Austin four years ago this week after two decades away, a joyous recent development awaited me: Willie Nelson, on the other side of 80, was in the midst of one of the most amazing late-career resurgences American popular music has ever seen. Within six months of my return, Willie had his first No. 1 country album in almost 30 years (2014’s “Band of Brothers”)...
How Austin’s Latino cultural arts scene helped heal, inspire in 2017

How Austin’s Latino cultural arts scene helped heal, inspire in 2017

Austin’s Latino cultural arts scene ebbed and flowed this year with the end of chapters and beginning of new ones. Our music community mourned the loss of 24-year-old rising accordionist Anthony Ortiz Jr, who died in the summer after a 10-month battle with cancer. Austinites showed their love of the musical prodigy at the annual Day of the Dead celebration at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American...
Austin band Cherubs’ ‘Heroin Man,’ an ATX classic, is back in print on LP...but move fast.

Austin band Cherubs’ ‘Heroin Man,’ an ATX classic, is back in print on LP...but move fast.

Cherubs’ 1994 album “Heroin Man” (originally on Trance Syndicate) is a stone-cold classic of Austin noise rock. Original LPs fetch around $142 on discogs.com. Heck, LP reissues with fancy handmate art goes for around $150.  (That said, original CDs can be found for $20 to $45 or so and CD reissues can be found for $5.) Anyway, the fine people at Amphetamine Reptile Records...
Are the best looking cellists alive coming to Austin?

Are the best looking cellists alive coming to Austin?

So there are these two guys who play cello. They are called... wait for it 2CELLOS. 2Cellos is a Croatian cellist duo, Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser. Dudes have been signed to Sony Masterworks since 2011 and cranked out four albums of instrumental arrangements of well-known pop songs, classical and film music. They have been on TV all over the place and they are coming to the Frank...
When Austin meant a golden future for movie star Dennis Quaid

When Austin meant a golden future for movie star Dennis Quaid

Recently, we reported that movie star Dennis Quaid had put his Marina Club house up for sale. The Houston-raised actor is spending less and less time here in Austin. That compelled us to reach back into the archives to a brighter 2005, when Quaid and his then-new bride Kimberly Buffington sat down with this reporter at Hoover’s Cooking...
Mariah Carey trying to redeem herself after disastrous 2016 New Year’s performance

Mariah Carey trying to redeem herself after disastrous 2016 New Year’s performance

Singer Mariah Carey will get a second shot at performing during “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest” after totally bombing her performance last year. >> Read more trending news  The pop icon announced the big news in a joint statement with Dick Clark Productions, saying, “We can all agree that last year didn’t go exactly...
Eminem’s daughter, Hailie, all grown up and celebrating her 22nd birthday

Eminem’s daughter, Hailie, all grown up and celebrating her 22nd birthday

Rapper Eminem’s daughter, Hailie Scott, is turning 22-years-old on Christmas Day. >> Read more trending news  Once the subject of her father’s 2004 hit “Mockingbird,” Scott is now a student at Michigan State University and took to Instagram on Friday to kick off her 22nd birthday celebrations. “Happy early birthday to me,” she captioned a sizzling snap...
Tuba Christmas, plus a Christmas Eve song swap for the holidays

Tuba Christmas, plus a Christmas Eve song swap for the holidays

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: TexMex Holiday Fiesta at ACL Live. One of the last holiday shows of the season is also one of the coolest. With Grammy-winning Tex-Mex outfit Los Texmaniacs and living-legend accordionist Flaco Jimenez at the helm, this borderland party brings in a broad horizon of possibilities thanks to a stellar cast of special guests. Expect some Free Mexican Airforce action between Jimenez...
10 essential Christmas songs by Texans

10 essential Christmas songs by Texans

The month of December is no stranger to lists, from Christmas wish lists to end-of-year “best of” lists regarding pop culture. So to keep in the festive spirit, I curated this list of 10 holiday songs by Texans y’all just gotta listen to before Christmas.  There are many, many more that could be mentioned, but since this is the season of giving, I kept each artist to one appearance...
The most popular books, movies and music at the Austin Public Library in 2017

The most popular books, movies and music at the Austin Public Library in 2017

2017 was a year of change for Austin, as each year always is. But some things never change. The fact that we love bemoaning Austin traffic. The fact that our city is consistently ranked one of the best places to live in the country. The fact that grackles never cease to instill fear and awe in the hearts of Austinites.  There’s also the fact that even with a shiny, brand-spanking-new location...
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler opens Janie’s House for abused girls 

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler opens Janie’s House for abused girls 

The first thing you see when you walk into Janie’s House is a quote painted in script on the wall: “They say the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” >> Read more trending news  Those words from Mark Twain would resonate with anyone. But Steven Tyler turned them into a mission. On Nov. 1, the first-ever...
Webb Report: The 10 best Christmas songs of all time

Webb Report: The 10 best Christmas songs of all time

When you stop and think about it, the lack of designated songs for our major holidays is puzzling. New Year’s Day has “Auld Lang Syne.” Halloween has … let’s go with “Monster Mash”? I guess you could play “Big Yellow Taxi” on Arbor Day, if you were so inclined. Christmas, though? The holiday season has an embarrassment of musical riches,...
So many shows to help you have a merry musical holiday

So many shows to help you have a merry musical holiday

This week’s music picks feature an expanded section of recommended shows that includes quite a few holiday-themed events. OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Peligrosa 10-year anniversary at North Door. Ten years ago, a trio of DJs decided to shake up Austin’s dance music scene with irresistible rhythms from around the world. Over the next decade, they built on that vibe to grow a mighty collective...
Russell Simmons at center of NYPD investigation after 11 women accuse him of assault

Russell Simmons at center of NYPD investigation after 11 women accuse him of assault

UPDATE: Dec. 14, 2017 6:00 p.m.: The New York Police Department’s special victims unit has opened an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct against music mogul Russell Simmons after allegations from 11 women, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Times is reporting that seven of the cases occurred in New York and that police are in the process of contacting women who have accused...
Study: Luckenbach is world leader in live music (and Austin is OK, too)

Study: Luckenbach is world leader in live music (and Austin is OK, too)

The data has come in. It has been analyzed. And the results show the live music capital of the world is … Luckenbach. <iframe width="459" height="344" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1hmtDrKe4ug?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> That is...
Khalid surprises El Paso elementary school, donates more than 500 gifts

Khalid surprises El Paso elementary school, donates more than 500 gifts

Austin has Matthew McConaughey. Houston has Beyonce. But El Paso... El Paso has Khalid.  The recently Grammy-nominated 19-year-old has been called Chuco Town’s “adopted son” and hasn’t (even once) forgotten where he came from.  READ: Matthew McConaughey delivers 4,500 free Thanksgiving turkeys to families  Khalid made a special visit to El Paso&rsquo...
CEO of GSD&M applies business know-how to show biz

CEO of GSD&M applies business know-how to show biz

Back in college during the 1970s, Duff Stewart caught the rollicking road version of the musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” at Austin’s recently resurrected Paramount Theatre. There was no way that the Dallas-born student could know that this Texas-staged production of the Tommy Tune-directed show would launch Pace Theatrical, the Houston-based touring group that evolved...
Review: Please, Dream Syndicate, don’t stay away so long next time

Review: Please, Dream Syndicate, don’t stay away so long next time

By Wes Eichenwald, special to the American-Statesman After a three-month, 40-city tour of Europe and the US behind their first new album in nearly three decades — 2017’s “How Did I Find Myself Here?” — past and present alt-rock heroes the Dream Syndicate played their final live date, at least for a while, Saturday night at ACL Live’s smaller...
Review: And in that Austin moment, I swear Bon Iver was infinite

Review: And in that Austin moment, I swear Bon Iver was infinite

Call it close encounters of the bearded kind, or call it a UFO touching down from Wisconsin. But whatever you call Bon Iver’s live show, call it beautiful. Bon Iver at ACL Live on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo by Roger Ho) OK, yes, going to see Justin Vernon at ACL Live on Saturday involved him singing the word “butterflies” in a soulful falsetto, followed...
This week’s music picks: “Hi, How Are You?” Day, Sphynx and more

This week’s music picks: “Hi, How Are You?” Day, Sphynx and more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73pQbppSWHk&w=492&h=307] Monday: “Hi, How Are You?” Day at the Mohawk. Songwriter Daniel Johnston’s trademark catch-phrase — the title of his best-known 1980s cassette release, celebrated with a mural near the University of Texas campus — provides the name for this “celebration...
Hi, how are you? We’d like to tell you about ‘Hi, How Are You?’ Day.

Hi, how are you? We’d like to tell you about ‘Hi, How Are You?’ Day.

Daniel Johnston’s iconic mural of Jeremiah the Innocent adorns the wall of a building at 21st and Guadalupe streets. DALE ROE / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Don’t like Mondays? Well how about if it’s “Hi, How Are You” Day? That’s the case this coming Monday, January 22, as a handful of local organizations have come together for a special show at...
From Mancini to Cobain: 2Cellos knows no bounds at Erwin Center

From Mancini to Cobain: 2Cellos knows no bounds at Erwin Center

Stjepan Hauser, left, and Luka Sulic of the Croatian-Slovenian duo 2Cellos perform at the Erwin Center on January 18, 2018. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman You get a little bit of everything at a concert by Eastern European duo 2Cellos. Classical instrumentation? Check. A suite of popular movie themes? Check. AC/DC’s greatest hits? Check. Drum solo? Check....
Fall Out Boy follows ‘Mania’ release with tour including an Austin date

Fall Out Boy follows ‘Mania’ release with tour including an Austin date

Fall Out Boy performed at the MTVU Woodie Awards at the American-Statesman parking lot during South by Southwest on March 20, 2015. The band will return to Austin on Sept. 23 for a concert at the Erwin Center. Lukas Keapproth/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Fresh off last night’s appearance on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Chicago rock band Fall Out Boy has...
Austin Music Awards adds Lucinda Williams, will honor Joe Ely and Liz Lambert

Austin Music Awards adds Lucinda Williams, will honor Joe Ely and Liz Lambert

Lucinda Williams returns to the Austin Music Awards this year as a presenter and performer. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2014 Joe Ely will receive the Townes Van Zandt Songwriting Award and Liz Lambert will be presented with the Margaret Moser Women in Music Award at this year’s Austin Music Awards, which for the first time since 1987 moves outside...
Austin360 On The Record: Terminal Mind, Johnny Dango, Summer Fires

Austin360 On The Record: Terminal Mind, Johnny Dango, Summer Fires

Terminal Mind: Steve Marsh (bass), Greg Murray (drums) and Doug Murray (guitar) at Raul’s in Austin in 1979. Contributed/Ken Hoge ARCHIVAL RELEASE Terminal Mind, “Recordings” (Sonic Surgery). The Austin punk bands that formed in the wake of the Sex Pistols’ legendary San Antonio show 40 years ago this month left a lasting impression...
Weekend music picks: Fab T-Birds, Dream Syndicate, Moody Blues and more

Weekend music picks: Fab T-Birds, Dream Syndicate, Moody Blues and more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz0df22-Zgk&w=492&h=307] Friday-Saturday: Fabulous Thunderbirds with Kim Wilson at Antone’s. In 1986 the Fabulous Thunderbirds became one of Austin’s biggest bands ever, with the top-10 single “Tuff Enough” omnipresent on the radio. Their overnight success was a decade in the making: The...
Mike Carroll, singer for 1980s Austin band Poison 13, dies

Mike Carroll, singer for 1980s Austin band Poison 13, dies

Mike Carroll, front, with Poison 13 in 1985. Taylor Johnson / AMERICAN STATESMAN Longtime Austin musician Mike Carroll, who left an indelible impression as the passionate and charismatic singer for 1980s blues-punk garage band Poison 13 and later with the Lord High Fixers and Total Sound Group Direct Action Committee, died Tuesday night after a weeks-long battle with bacterial...
What’s open, what’s closed? A look at shows on and off with the weather

What’s open, what’s closed? A look at shows on and off with the weather

The Continental Club will be closed Tuesday night for weather reasons. Rodolfo Gonzalez/American-Statesman On the whole, Tuesday wasn’t shaping up to be a particularly busy night on the Austin club scene, which makes the evening’s weather issues won’t affect too many shows. Here’s a quick look at some prominent venues and whether they plan to be open ...
Old Settler’s settles suit with Driftwood Fest out of court

Old Settler’s settles suit with Driftwood Fest out of court

The Travelin’ McCourys will play this year’s Old Settler’s Music Festival at a new location near Lockhart. Scott Moore for American-Statesman A lawsuit between Old Settler’s Music Festival and the nascent Driftwood Music Festival filed in October has been settled out of court, Old Settler’s announced in a newsletter to festgoers on Monday. &ldquo...
It’s South by Southwest wristband season! Available now, online only

It’s South by Southwest wristband season! Available now, online only

SXSW wristbands go on sale at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 16, for $169. Deborah Cannon/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2007 It’s that time again: South by Southwest will begin selling wristbands to this year’s SXSW Musi Festival at 11 a.m. this morning (Tuesday, Jan. 16). They’re $169 (tax included) and will only be available online via the event’s website. More than...
Buy a ticket to Dave Matthews Band’s Austin show, get his next record free

Buy a ticket to Dave Matthews Band’s Austin show, get his next record free

Dave Matthews will play the Austin360 Amphitheater on May 22. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman 2015 When it sleets, it pours concert announcements, apparently. On the heels of Tuesday’s announcement of a May 2 Jack White stop at the Austin360 Amphitheater comes word that the venue also will present jam-scene kingpins the Dave Matthews Band on May 22. Tickets,...
That’s not snow, that’s Jack White: He’s coming to Austin in May

That’s not snow, that’s Jack White: He’s coming to Austin in May

Jack White will play the Austin360 Amphitheater on May 2. Matthew Danser for American-Statesman 2015 Another solo album from former White Stripes frontman Jack White is coming in March, and his tour to support the record will bring him to the Austin360 Amphitheater on May 2, the venue announced Tuesday morning. Tickets, $40-$89.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 26 via the venue&rsquo...
Alejandro Escovedo revisits a classic album and remembers friends at ACL Live

Alejandro Escovedo revisits a classic album and remembers friends at ACL Live

Alejandro Escovedo at ACL Live on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Midway through introducing the dozen-plus musicians onstage with him near the end of the first set Saturday at ACL Live, Alejandro Escovedo asked the crowd to forgive him if he was stumbling through it a little bit. “I just had a birthday and I’m really old,&rdquo...
This week’s music picks: Lazy Lester, Steel Mondays, 2Cellos and more

This week’s music picks: Lazy Lester, Steel Mondays, 2Cellos and more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFiMaS0wov4&w=492&h=307] Monday-Thursday: Lazy Lester at Antone’s. When Antone’s celebrated its 42nd anniversary last summer with an impressive batch of blues greats, booker Zach Ernst seemed especially pleased at having booked this Louisiana legend for an extended run. “It really feels like...
T for Texas, T for Tennessee: Austin gets props in Nashville’s Country Hall of Fame exhibit

T for Texas, T for Tennessee: Austin gets props in Nashville’s Country Hall of Fame exhibit

An upcoming exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville focuses on Austin-Nashville connections and features poster artwork from Austin’s Jim Franklin. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville has set a May 25 opening date for “Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s,” a major new exhibition exploring...
Austin360 On The Record: Shelley King, Lolita Lynne, Wide Open

Austin360 On The Record: Shelley King, Lolita Lynne, Wide Open

RECENTLY RELEASED Shelley King, “Fan Faves” (Lemonade). The 2008 Texas State Musician revisited her past work for an 11-song set featuring songs that have tended to be most requested at her shows over the years. The leadoff track “Call of My Heart” is a welcome rescue from King’s out-of-print 1998 debut album of the same name, one of four tunes...
Weekend music picks: Josh Ritter, Kalu James and more

Weekend music picks: Josh Ritter, Kalu James and more

OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrBAdzACig0&w=492&h=307] Friday:  Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band at ACL Live.  It’s a distant memory now, the first time I saw Ritter perform, ambling out onstage as a special guest of Glen Hansard’s band the Frames at a Boston nightclub and pin-drop silencing the crowd...
A big list from South by Southwest: More than 500 acts added

A big list from South by Southwest: More than 500 acts added

Wyclef Jean is among the acts that have been added to the South by Southwest lineup this week. Contributed Here’s the biggest name-drop yet for this year’s South by Southwest: The annual mid-March mega-festival has announced more than 500 new additions to its music event. Highlights include the North American...
Off the road again: Willie Nelson halts 5 western U.S. dates with cold or flu

Off the road again: Willie Nelson halts 5 western U.S. dates with cold or flu

Willie Nelson with his Family band at ACL Live on Friday, December 29, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman The nasty cold/flu bug that’s going around? Willie Nelson apparently has it too. On the road out west this week after another triumphant run of New Year’s Eve shows in Austin, Nelson halted a show Saturday in San Diego during the first song and has ...
How do you define a music venue? Music Commission has recommendations

How do you define a music venue? Music Commission has recommendations

Could creating a new city land designation for “live music venue” make performance spaces more appealing to community groups wary of a new bar or nightclub in their neighborhoods? Big Freedia at the Mohawk. Robert Hein for American-Statesman At a scheduled monthly meeting on Monday, the Austin Music Commission unanimously approved a resolution to recommend creating ...
Priscilla Presley, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater to speak at SXSW

Priscilla Presley, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater to speak at SXSW

Mrs. Presley is coming to Austin. Priscilla Presley, who is executive producing “Elvis Presley: The Searcher,” a new documentary about her late husband, will join doc director (and longtime Bruce Springsteen filmmaker) Thom Zimny as well as writer and director Olivier Assayas; director and noted Austinite Richard Linklater; and “Westworld” showrunners...
This week’s music picks: James McMurtry, John Mills and more

This week’s music picks: James McMurtry, John Mills and more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0BhwLamL_8&w=492&h=307] Tuesday-Wednesday: James McMurtry at Continental Club & Gallery. The acclaimed songwriter is perhaps Austin’s highest-profile musician with a regular residency gig, and he has two of them, whenever he’s in town: Tuesdays upstairs at the Continental Gallery playing acoustic, and Wednesdays downstairs...
Don’t take the skinheads bowling after all: Camper/Cracker show canceled

Don’t take the skinheads bowling after all: Camper/Cracker show canceled

Camper van Beethoven at SXSW 2010. Ben Sklar for American-Statesman Friday’s sold-out show at 3Ten with 1980s alternative-rock band Camper Van Beethoven and its 1990s successor Cracker has been canceled because of illness of a key band member, the venue announced Thursday night. “Under doctor’s orders due to illness, we regret to announce that this show has unfortunately...
Jackie Venson has more going on than most of us

Jackie Venson has more going on than most of us

It’s 9:30 a.m. on a mid-December morning and while the rest of the city merrily bustles toward a holiday break, Jackie Venson is not slowing down. The 27-year-old electric blues guitarist — voted 2017 Breakout Artist of the Year by a panel of Austin critics, industry insiders and superfans in the inaugural Austin360 Awards — just rolled out of bed after playing a holiday party for...
Empire team, Heard Presents to take over the Parish following eBay auction

Empire team, Heard Presents to take over the Parish following eBay auction

When ATX Brands owner, Doug Guller, put Sixth Street club the Parish up for sale on online auction site eBay, many in the Austin music scene worried it was the death knell for another live music venue.  On Thursday, local music fans were given a solid reason to breathe easier. BORNS, Garrett Borns, performs at the Parish during SXSW 2015. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)...
What Austin albums sold best in 2017? Here’s a local-focused list

What Austin albums sold best in 2017? Here’s a local-focused list

Spoon’s “Hot Thoughts” was the top-selling Austin release of 2017 at Waterloo Records. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN The Texas Music Office asked a handful of record stores across the state to send along their top Texas sellers in 2017, and this week they published the results as part of their official newsletter. It’s available here: The top selling Texas artists...
Austin360 On The Record: John Mills Times Ten

Austin360 On The Record: John Mills Times Ten

OUT THIS WEEK John Mills Times Ten, “Flying Blind” (Fable). Of all the Austin jazz acts whose downtown home base is the Elephant Lounge, this one is probably the biggest. It’s called John Mills Times Ten because the longtime local saxophonist’s backing crew is 10 players strong. Everything about “Flying Blind,” a follow-up to...
Weekend music picks: Free Week finale with Los Coast, Tomar and the FCs, more

Weekend music picks: Free Week finale with Los Coast, Tomar and the FCs, more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKfMlQ7KWFE&w=492&h=307] Friday: Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker at 3Ten.  David Lowery may be best-known these days as an activist for musicians’ rights, but the University of Georgia professor spent the 1980s and ’90s fronting Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker , respectively. The...
Austin360 Breakout Artist of 2017, Jackie Venson, will join us for a live set Weds. at noon

Austin360 Breakout Artist of 2017, Jackie Venson, will join us for a live set Weds. at noon

In our inaugural Austin360 Awards, a jury of critics, industry insiders and super fans voted for Jackie Venson as 2017 Breakout Artist of the Year. Jackie Venson laughs while posing for a portrait at One 2 One Bar in Austin, Texas, on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. Venson has been named Breakout Artist of the Year in the inaugural Austin360 Awards and the Artist of...
New Lyft program offers Austin musicians free rides to gigs

New Lyft program offers Austin musicians free rides to gigs

In 2018, ride hailing service Lyft is branding itself as “The rideshare of Austin music.” According to a press release published just before the new year, the company is now offering free rides to and from gigs to musicians playing at partner venues. RELATED: Best of Free Week 2018 “It’s expensive and difficult to park downtown, even harder for...
Willie Nelson brings the family for a New Year’s cheer at ACL Live

Willie Nelson brings the family for a New Year’s cheer at ACL Live

Willie Nelson with his Family band at ACL Live on Friday, December 29, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Oh, to be in Austin when New Year’s Eve is here. There’s no more ideal way to spend it than with Willie Nelson, singing at the theater that hosts the TV show he launched, on the downtown block that bears his name, where he’s forever venerated in ...
This week’s music picks: Mobley, Thor, Nakia among Free Week highlights

This week’s music picks: Mobley, Thor, Nakia among Free Week highlights

Starting Monday: Free Week in Red River Cultural District and beyond. This annual new-calendar kickoff has become a favorite of local clubgoers. Though Red River Street remains the core, some associated shows extend to East and West Sixth, Rainey Street and even the UT campus area. (It’s worth noting, too, that other shows around town on these days also are free, even...
Spending New Year’s Eve in? ACL Hall of Fame broadcast might be the ticket

Spending New Year’s Eve in? ACL Hall of Fame broadcast might be the ticket

Elvis Costello, Chris Isaak and Trombone Shorty helped the Neville Brothers celebrate their Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction at ACL Live in October. The program airs on KLRU on New Year’s Eve. Courtesy KLRU and Austin City Limits/Photos by Gary Miller As the clock approaches midnight on Sunday, the New Year is set to bring freezing temperatures that may...
Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Austin

Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Austin

Whether you’re ringing in 2018 with friends, family or a significant other, you’re probably trying to choose between Austin’s many New Year’s Eve events. Choices are hard. We’ve got some ideas for you. Austin’s New Year’s Eve at Auditorium Shores. The city of Austin is throwing its annual New Year’s Eve bash on the shores of Lady Bird Lake...
Austin360 On The Record: A look back at highlights of 2017

Austin360 On The Record: A look back at highlights of 2017

For the inaugural Austin360 Awards, we asked dozens of local music community experts to nominate five finalists, and then choose a winner, for Album of the Year and other categories. You’ll find those results here: The Austin360 Awards for 2017 Throughout the year, Austin360 On The Record reviewed or noted about 200 local releases, from high-profile artists who tour the...
No New Year’s Eve plans? No money? Kick it with Kool Keith, Bushwick Bill in South Austin

No New Year’s Eve plans? No money? Kick it with Kool Keith, Bushwick Bill in South Austin

Courtesy of the Little Darlin’ If you procrastinated on making New Year’s Eve plans and blew your entertainment budget on holiday shopping, the Little Darlin’ just unveiled an appealing alternative to sitting at home with a TV countdown. The South Austin bar has announced a free performance by oddball rap sensation Kool Keith and Houston rap legend Bushwick ...
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