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Amanda Shires still loves Texas, but she’s fully bloomed in Nashville

Amanda Shires Mention the word “panhandle” to Lubbock-raised singer-songwriter Amanda Shires, who now lives in Nashville, and it’s enough to make her swoon over the memory of her home state. Sitting backstage in Zilker Park on the final day of this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival, Shires is happy just to be talking to someone who knows the region’s proper term...
Tim McGraw's mom pays off layaway orders at Florida Walmart

Tim McGraw's mom pays off layaway orders at Florida Walmart

Tim McGraw's mother, Betty Trimble, made sure some deserving families have a merry Christmas. Trimble paid off several customers' layaway orders Tuesday at the Walmart in Macclenny, Florida. Shopper Deborah Jackson said Trimble told people she was playing Secret Santa and was excited to pay the layaway balances. Another shopper, Jessica Lumpkin, said she didn't even have anything on layaway, but Trimble...

The snubs, surprises and oddities among this year’s Grammy nominations

Anyone who follows contemporary music might have predicted that superstars Beyoncé, Adele, Kanye West and Drake would earn a lot of Grammy nominations. And they did — to the tune of 30 of them. But as with every year, the rest of the field is pretty much wide open. Below, a few notable snubs, surprises and under-card achievements among the new Grammy class. Going into the...
Soak up the seasonal sounds, from country to classics to jazz and more

Soak up the seasonal sounds, from country to classics to jazz and more

What’s a holiday season without music, especially in the Live Music Capital of the World? Here’s a look at our best bets for seasonal sounds, plus a short list of many others. “ ...
Dolly Parton plans telethon to help Tennessee wildfire victims

Dolly Parton plans telethon to help Tennessee wildfire victims

Not only did the devastation take place near the icon’s popular Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, but it also claimed the lives of 14 people and injured dozens. Parton already has teamed up with the Dollywood Co. and the Dollywood Foundation to create the My People Fund that will give $1,000 per month for half a year to the wildfire victims who lost their homes. But that didn&rsquo...
Gene Simmons: Celebrities should 'shut their pie-holes' about politics

Gene Simmons: Celebrities should 'shut their pie-holes' about politics

Gene Simmons  Simmons, the co-founder and bassist for the legendary rock band KISS,  “Why anybody in the fifth estate would care what a celebrity thinks or otherwise is the height of foolishness,” Simmons said. “I think celebrities should basically shut their pie-holes and do what they do best.” Simmons went on to speak of the foolishness of protesting the election...
Photos: 2016 Kennedy Center Honors

Photos: 2016 Kennedy Center Honors

The inductees at President Barack Obama's final Kennedy Center Honors included Al Pacino; Mavis Staples; Martha Argerich; James Taylor; and Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmidt and Joe Walsh of the Eagles.
Kanye West 911 call: 'Don't let him get any weapons,' dispatcher says

Kanye West 911 call: 'Don't let him get any weapons,' dispatcher says

Prior to his nine-day hospitalization in Los Angeles, rapper Kanye West exhibited signs that something may have been wrong with him. After several onstage rants, the prolific rapper abruptly canceled the rest of his cross-country tour and retreated to his home. Shorty after the tour was called off, a personal altercation led West’s doctor to call for backup. On Thursday, the doctor's heavily...
David Halley resurfaces with his first album in more than two decades

David Halley resurfaces with his first album in more than two decades

David Halley is catching up, at long last. More than 20 years after his last album, the once-omnipresent, then-invisible Austinite is back with “A Month of Somedays,” a 10-track disc as good as any record a local singer-songwriter has made in this decade. That won’t come as a surprise to those who knew Halley in his younger days, when he appeared on “Austin City Limits,&rdquo...
Sara Hickman, Dolly Parton, SIMS benefit and more this week in Austin

Sara Hickman, Dolly Parton, SIMS benefit and more this week in Austin

Saturday: Sara Hickman at El Mercado Backstage. Saturday: “Heart of the City” SIMS Foundation benefit at Emo’s. Monday: Bottle Rockets, Marshall Crenshaw at 3Ten. Tuesday: Dolly Parton at the Erwin Center. Wednesday: Project ATX: Bringing It All Back Home at Stateside at the Paramount. Wednesday: Sad13 at Mohawk indoor. Good Vibrations III at Barracuda and Hotel Vegas Weary Boys...
Read the poetry of the Man in Black in Johnny Cash’s 'Forever Words'

Read the poetry of the Man in Black in Johnny Cash’s 'Forever Words'

Johnny Cash may be one of the most prolific posthumous country stars. “American VI: Ain’t No Grave” and “Out Among the Stars” gave fans of the Man In Black more work to cherish after the legend died in 2003, and they were commercial successes as well. Now, a new book of poems spanning Cash’s entire life has been published by his estate. “Forever Words: The...
Prince documentary coming in 2017

Prince documentary coming in 2017

A documentary about Prince is on its way. Movie news website Screen Daily Prince The story of Prince's career will be told through interviews with family and fellow musicians who knew him, including Lenny Kravitz, Sheila E., Mick Jagger, Bono and Billy Idol. Screen Daily reported that "Prince: R U Listening" will be released in the first half of 2017.
2016 Soul Train Awards: Complete winners list

2016 Soul Train Awards: Complete winners list

Wondering who won big at the 2016 Soul Train Awards? Check out the complete winners list below:
Photos: 2016 Soul Train Awards red carpet

Photos: 2016 Soul Train Awards red carpet

Erykah Badu hosted the show, which taped Nov. 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The show aired on BET and Centric on Nov. 27.
Photos: 2016 Soul Train Awards

Photos: 2016 Soul Train Awards

Erykah Badu hosted the show, which taped Nov. 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The show aired on BET and Centric on Nov. 27.
Seasonal sounds from our holiday music video series

Seasonal sounds from our holiday music video series

Watch the videos Holidays just wouldn’t be compete without music. We invited Austin acts Jackie Venson, Jeff Lofton and Folk Uke — plus a ringer from Dallas, the Old 97’s — to the Austin360 studio to share a few favorites from the season with us in the form of music videos. Here’s a bit about each performer and the song they chose. Watch the videos or listen to the playlist...
Hayes Carll, Lauryn Hill among top picks for Austin music shows

Hayes Carll, Lauryn Hill among top picks for Austin music shows

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Hayes Carll, Band of Heathens at the Paramount. Friday-Saturday: Caravana at Barracuda. Saturday: Bob Schneider & the Moonlight Orchestra at ACL Live. Saturday: Spanksgiving 3 at Empire. Sunday: MLH Caravan featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill at ACL Live. Thursday: Wood Brothers, Ben Sollee at Emo’s. Joe Ely at Saxon Pub The Get Down with Dat Boy Supa, Anya, more at Flamingo...
Why did Alejandro Escovedo leave Austin for Dallas? It’s complicated

Why did Alejandro Escovedo leave Austin for Dallas? It’s complicated

Perched on the edge of a gentle hill with a sweeping skyline view of downtown Dallas, the Belmont Hotel is a welcoming haven, and not just for travelers. A few dozen guest rooms wind around the narrow streets of the recently restored villa-style complex, but there’s also a residence apartment above the main lobby. That’s where Alejandro Escovedo landed when he left Austin last year. A...
WATCH: Ellen DeGeneres tweets star-studded #MannequinChallenge video from White House

WATCH: Ellen DeGeneres tweets star-studded #MannequinChallenge video from White House

Get ready to see the most epic Mannequin Challenge to date. Watch Michelle Obama's #MannequinChallenge with the Cleveland Cavaliers Mannequin Challenge video tackles Black Lives Matter Mannequin Challenge: Beyonce, Britney Spears, other celebrities get in on the trend Hold it, what is the 'Mannequin Challenge'?
Singer Elizabeth McQueen finds new ways to engage with Austin music

Singer Elizabeth McQueen finds new ways to engage with Austin music

On the air and the web “2016 has been relentless in its heaviness,” Elizabeth McQueen says near the top of The reliably bright KUTX radio personality sounds somber but resolute as she recounts “team ‘This Song’s’” decision to make a last-minute programming pivot following the gut-wrenching death of songwriting icon Leonard Cohen less than a week before the...
Watch Selena Gomez's emotional AMAs acceptance speech

Watch Selena Gomez's emotional AMAs acceptance speech

Get the tissues ready. Pop star Selena Gomez, who recently took a break to focus on her anxiety and depression, gave an emotional speech Sunday as she accepted the award for favorite female artist – pop/rock at the American Music Awards.
‘The History of Rock & Roll’ looks at forces that influenced music

‘The History of Rock & Roll’ looks at forces that influenced music

“The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963” Like many folks, Ed Ward has had kind of a rough 2016. The former Austin American-Statesman music editor and author of the excellent “The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963” is, for example, currently living in an attic in South Austin. No, really. “My house blew up,” Ward says. “The toilet...
Doug Sahm tribute, Punk Rock Olympics among Austin music highlights

Doug Sahm tribute, Punk Rock Olympics among Austin music highlights

Friday: Doug Sahm tribute at Hole in the Wall. Friday-Saturday: Grouplove at Stubb’s outdoor. Friday-Sunday: Punk Rock Olympics at Spider House Ballroom. Saturday: Eric Johnson at the Paramount. Saturday-Sunday: Darlingside at Cactus Cafe. Dumpstaphunk, Eric Krasno Band at Antone’s Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan at C-Boy’s (Miss Lavelle White opens Saturday) Andy Roddick...
Concert series puts focus on contemporary chamber music

Concert series puts focus on contemporary chamber music

“Tetractys: Fall Show” It’s a sign of the city’s growth that, as Austin’s classical music calendar becomes ever more dense, new presenters continue to emerge, finding room for new concerts and ideas. “I wanted to see more performances of contemporary music in Austin,” says James Burch, a cellist who is one of the three co-founders of Tetractys, a just-born...
Healing with music of Parker Millsap at “Austin City Limits” taping

Healing with music of Parker Millsap at “Austin City Limits” taping

Parker Millsap wasn’t about to let anyone off the hook. “We’re going to do a song about the end of everything,” the young Oklahoman told the crowd at ACL Live on Nov. 9 as he began his first-ever taping of “Austin City Limits.” And just in case you didn’t catch his drift, he added: “More specifically, it’s about nuclear annihilation of the entire...
Photos: Enrique Iglesias' former mansion back on the market at lower price

Photos: Enrique Iglesias' former mansion back on the market at lower price

The 6,670-square-foot home, dubbed Villa Jasmine, features six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a 1,400-square-foot pool, 150 feet of waterfront, a rooftop Jacuzzi and views of Miami and Biscayne Bay.
SEE IT: Bikers help stranded Bruce Springsteen on Veterans Day

SEE IT: Bikers help stranded Bruce Springsteen on Veterans Day

A group of New Jersey bikers came across an unexpected sight while on a Veterans Day ride – Bruce Springsteen stranded on the side of the road.
Austin musicians talk about playing with Leonard Cohen

Austin musicians talk about playing with Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen: Poet, singer, seeker, scholar. Leonard Cohen: devout Jew, ordained Buddhist monk. Leonard Cohen: Man of elegance, man of melancholy. Leonard Cohen: Master of economy. Leonard Cohen: The voice of fire in “Joan of Arc, ” the cry of renunciation in “Story of Isaac, ” the ghost of Lorca in “Take this Waltz.” Leonard Cohen: A man who knows...
Jimmy Grabowske, longtime Austin pedal steel guitarist, dies at 87

Jimmy Grabowske, longtime Austin pedal steel guitarist, dies at 87

Jimmy Grabowske, an influential Austin pedal steel guitarist who performed with country musicians locally and around the state for more than six decades, died Saturday. He was 87. Born Moreland James Grabowske in Rockport on July 4, 1929, he moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas in the 1940s and ended up becoming a longtime fixture in the city’s music community. Grabowske was part...
Geezer Butler talks Black Sabbath legacy, band’s final U.S. show

Geezer Butler talks Black Sabbath legacy, band’s final U.S. show

ON “STATESMAN SHOTS” Black Sabbath plays its last show ever in the United States on Saturday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio (tickets on sale at livenation.com). We talked by email wth bassist Geezer Butler about the legendary band’s legendary last tour. Geezer Butler: San antonio has always been a great place for us to play. The fans are very passionate, and I think it is...
Geezer Butler talks Black Sabbath legacy before final US show (ever)

Geezer Butler talks Black Sabbath legacy before final US show (ever)

Black Sabbath is on its final tour, and the band’s final U.S. show is Saturday, Nov. 12, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Trump surrogate's 'mazel tov cocktail' gaffe sparks Twitter trend

Trump surrogate's 'mazel tov cocktail' gaffe sparks Twitter trend

Donald Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes  Hughes was slamming Jay Z’s “No Church in the Wild” music video, pointing out its graphic language while defending Trump. She went on to discuss how Jay Z’s video starts with a crowd throwing not Molotov cocktails but “mazel tov cocktails” at the police. The CNN panel then called her out for the mistake. “That...
Shannen Doherty offers support to Michael Bublé after hearing of his son's cancer diagnosis

Shannen Doherty offers support to Michael Bublé after hearing of his son's cancer diagnosis

Shannen Doherty knows exactly what Michael Bublé is going through. Singer Michael Buble announces his 3-year-old has cancer The singer revealed last week that his 3-year-old son, Noah, has been diagnosed with cancer.
Why you can't get that one song out of your head: The science of earworms

Why you can't get that one song out of your head: The science of earworms

"Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga. "Don't Stop Believin' " by Journey. Katy Perry's "California Gurls." If you spend the rest of the day with the words "Just a small town girl/living in a lonely world" or "Ra ra ah-ah-ah/Ro ma ro-mah-mah" running an endless loop through your head, we're sorry. But know that you are not alone. Psychologists who are trying...
Did Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks have a sly message in their CMA Awards performance?

Did Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks have a sly message in their CMA Awards performance?

If you heard anything about the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville on Wednesday, it was probably that Beyoncé was scheduled to perform.
CMA Awards 2016: Complete list of winners

CMA Awards 2016: Complete list of winners

Here's a complete list of winners at the 50th annual Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday: PHOTOS: 50th CMAs: Red carpet arrivals PHOTOS: 50th annual CMA Awards show Beyonce, Dixie Chicks may have stolen the show at the 50th CMAs Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley talk musical inspirations ahead of Country Music Awards Read more trending stories Entertainer of the Year: Garth Brooks Male Vocalist...
Sound on Sound Fest picks from our music team

Sound on Sound Fest picks from our music team

What music shall ye seek to hear, between your mead swilling and your tomato throwing, at Sound on Sound Fest? Pray, let our music team be your guides. Some recommendations: Run the Jewels Empress Of Death Grips Hinds Beach House/Purity Ring Big Boi Anya Young Thug Pussy Riot Conversation Kero Kero Bonito Big Freedia Explosions in the Sky Guided By Voices Moving Panoramas Courtney Barnett Calliope...
Two nights of Adele lead this week’s top shows in Austin

Two nights of Adele lead this week’s top shows in Austin

Friday-Saturday: Adele at the Erwin Center. Friday: Jamestown Revival at Emo’s. Saturday: Fastball at the Parish. Sunday: Gram Parsons Birthday Bash at Threadgill’s. Wednesday: Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams at Cactus Cafe. Thursday: “Help Clifford Help Kids” with Irma Thomas at ACL Live. Tomar & the FCs CD release shows at C-Boy’s Mary Chapin Carpenter at Paramount...
Photos: 64th Annual BMI Country Awards

Photos: 64th Annual BMI Country Awards

Tuesday night in Nashville, country music stars walked the red carpet as BMI honored the industry's best.
‘Strange’ days: Movies, books, music and more coming in November

‘Strange’ days: Movies, books, music and more coming in November

Here are some of the best and highest-profile new releases in books, music, movies and more on the horizon in November. You can tell the gift-giving holidays are fast-approaching, what with all the reissues and box sets. As always, dates are subject to change without notice. 1. “Doctor Strange.” Real talk: This looks like a lot of fun. Dr. Strange is the creation of Marvel creative godfather...
Fit for the King: Elvis' Guest House at Graceland hotel opens in Memphis

Fit for the King: Elvis' Guest House at Graceland hotel opens in Memphis

It has been years in the making, and now this world-class resort in Memphis, Tennessee, next to Elvis Presley's mansion is taking the region by storm. WHBQ From EP's Bar and Grill, up to one of the King’s private rooms, back down to a massively detailed lobby, over to Delta's Kitchen, then back up to a seventh-floor suite themed after Elvis' Palm Springs mansion, you will have no doubt that...
Photos: Elvis' Guest House at Graceland hotel opens in Memphis

Photos: Elvis' Guest House at Graceland hotel opens in Memphis

From EP's Bar and Grill, up to one of the King's private rooms, back down to a massively detailed lobby, over to Delta's Kitchen, then back up to a seventh-floor suite themed after Elvis Presley's Palm Springs mansion, you will have no doubt that you are in Memphis with the King.
Insane clowns and the Juggalos among us: A story about outsider love

Insane clowns and the Juggalos among us: A story about outsider love

“Terrifying clown” is a time-honored trope in horror films and comic book villainy, and in this freak show of an October in America, scary clowns became a real-life menace in cities across the country, including  On Oct. 14, the 20th anniversary tour for “Riddlebox” came to Empire Garage. It was ICP’s first Austin performance since 2001, a momentous occasion for...
Brownout’s latest ‘Black Sabbath’ bash leads a bevy of Halloween shows

Brownout’s latest ‘Black Sabbath’ bash leads a bevy of Halloween shows

Brown Sabbath at Scoot Inn With blistering horn blasts, searing guitar licks and an onslaught of polyrhythmic percussion, “Brown Sabbath,” the Black Sabbath tribute project from border-funk outfit Brownout, was a surprise sensation in 2014. Now the nine-piece is back with a second collection of Sabbath covers, “Brown Sabbath, Vol. 2,” due out Oct. 28. They celebrate the release...
Explore graffiti art show and follow Conjunto Los Pinkys to new venues

Explore graffiti art show and follow Conjunto Los Pinkys to new venues

When veteran graffiti artist On Nov. 5, Austinites can check out the one-day show featuring live painting, breakdance battles, a gallery and music from performers such as Austin360’s July Artists of the Month The show includes a mix of established graffiti artists, including many Latino artists from around the state, as well as up-and-coming ones. “Emerge” also embraces younger...
Adele endorses Hillary Clinton at Miami concert

Adele endorses Hillary Clinton at Miami concert

Hillary Clinton has added another big name to her list of supporters – Adele. The Associated Press reports that the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter told fans Tuesday at her Miami concert – which Clinton was attending – that she thinks the Democratic presidential nominee is "amazing.
Usher and The Roots jam well together to close F1 weekend

Usher and The Roots jam well together to close F1 weekend

In a last minute substitution after the Weeknd’s cancellation, Usher and the Roots proved they can be counted on, putting on a stellar, energetic Sunday night set at Circuit of the Americas. The Formula One closing show felt less like a highly choreographed event designed to be flawless and more like the results of over a dozen performers whose level of experience and comfort with their craft...
Taylor Swift sings Calvin Harris' 'This Is What You Came For' at her only concert of 2016

Taylor Swift sings Calvin Harris' 'This Is What You Came For' at her only concert of 2016

Taylor Swift, 26,  Swift sang her version of “This Is What You Came For,” which she co-wrote with ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris. Harris  “I’ve never played this song live before,” Swift, who was recovering from a cold, told her fans. “But if you know it, maybe you could sing along, and then I could get to know what that feels like to hear it sung back to...
WATCH: Pentatonix stuns with new cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'

WATCH: Pentatonix stuns with new cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'

Pentatonix has done it again. Cohen released the song in 1984, and since then, it has been covered by multiple artists. Fans seem to love Pentatonix's take on the classic, and many YouTube comments have been posted about the video. “I cried. Anyone else?” one user wrote. “LOVE YOU PENTATONIX,” another said.
Music picks: Friends play for Chris Porter, Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Music picks: Friends play for Chris Porter, Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: DJ Mark Farina at Empire Control Room. Saturday-Sunday: Mike Cooley at Cactus Cafe. Sunday: “It’s Gonna Get Weird Without You:” A Fundraiser for Chris Porter at C-Boy’s. Wednesday-Thursday: Steve Earle & the Dukes at Continental Club. Wednesday-Thursday: Armadillo Christmas Bazaar at Palmer Events Center. Thursday: Invincible Czars and Panoramic Voices...
Weekend music picks: Friends rally to finish Chris Porter’s work

Weekend music picks: Friends rally to finish Chris Porter’s work

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: DJ Mark Farina at Empire Control Room. The Chicago DJ was an early house music innovator, dropping snippets of hip-hop, disco, Latin sounds and other unexpected styles into club mixes.
Country Music Roundup: Sturgill Simpson nominated for Album of the Year Grammy

Country Music Roundup: Sturgill Simpson nominated for Album of the Year Grammy

This Week’s News The nominees for the 2017 Grammys were released Tuesday. They were full of the usual suspects (Adele, Beyonce, Drake) and some serious head-scratchers (Justin Bieber in the “Album of the Year” category”; David Bowie’s omission in the same group).
Ray Benson and Dale Watson team up on an album

Ray Benson and Dale Watson team up on an album

Every once in a while, it seems like Ray Benson is suddenly everywhere. Monday found him at Waterloo Records, in a rare non-guitar-playing role because of recent shoulder surgery, leading an abbreviated Asleep at the Wheel lineup through a few holiday songs from their new yuletide album “Lone Star Christmas Night.
Dolly Parton’s tour de force of talent and charm wins over Erwin Center

Dolly Parton’s tour de force of talent and charm wins over Erwin Center

About the time Dolly Parton picked up a rhinestone-studded soprano saxophone 10 songs into her marathon show at the Erwin Center on Tuesday night, it was hard to imagine that she could possibly be real.
PJ Harvey to play Stubb’s in April

PJ Harvey to play Stubb’s in April

(Christie Goodwin) English alt-rocker P.J. Harvey will embark on her most extensive tour in over a decade next year in support of her latest album “The Hope Six Demolition Project.
Gary Keller’s All ATX steps up its game as an advocate for local music

Gary Keller’s All ATX steps up its game as an advocate for local music

Making ends meet in 21st-century Austin is a challenge that extends well beyond musicians. But because we’re known as the Live Music Capital of the World, efforts to preserve that cornerstone of the city’s culture have moved front and center in recent years. They include the Other nonprofits take different approaches. Those four organizations recently became the focal points of another...
Hey Grammy voters! A few hints to help you get it right this time

Hey Grammy voters! A few hints to help you get it right this time

Willie Nelson, ‘Stranger Things’ composers, Sarah Jarosz to rep Central Texas at 2017 Grammys

Willie Nelson, ‘Stranger Things’ composers, Sarah Jarosz to rep Central Texas at 2017 Grammys

Sarah Jarosz at the Old Settler’s Music Festival in 2014. Tammy Perez/For American-Statesman Texas will shine bright on Grammy night 2017, as H-Town’s finest, Beyoncé, topped the nominee list released this morning with nine nods.

Charlie Sexton walks through the crowd Saturday at Emo’s while sharing stories about working with David Bowie.
Sound on Sound Fest sets 2017 dates; Early bird passes on sale Thursday

Sound on Sound Fest sets 2017 dates; Early bird passes on sale Thursday

Sound on Sound Festival will return to Sherwood Forest Faire in McDade, Texas next year, organizers announced on Monday.
A journey through Jordan

A journey through Jordan

The doors to the world swung wide open for But that was just the beginning. Their Latin American tour has led to other independent tours in places like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. This fall, when the U.S. Embassy in Jordan invited Chavez and her band to tour there, they took us along. Through regular online Austin360 tour diary posts, the band gave us a glimpse into what it’s like when an American...
This week’s music picks: Hello Dolly, Bringing ATX6 Home and more

This week’s music picks: Hello Dolly, Bringing ATX6 Home and more

Monday: Bottle Rockets, Marshall Crenshaw at 3Ten. Some of the best pure-pop songs of the 1980s came from Crenshaw, whose knack for a classic melody on the likes of “Cynical Girl” and “Mary Anne” and his bespectacled boyish visage made him the perfect choice to play Buddy Holly in the Ritchie Valens biopic “La Bamba.
Gary Clark Jr. picks old friend Eve Monsees for Jameson music program

Gary Clark Jr. picks old friend Eve Monsees for Jameson music program

Gary Clark Jr. is back in town for a three-night run of intimate solo performances at the Paramount that kicked off on Sunday, and it’s a safe bet his oldest musical collaborator, Eve Monsees, will be in the house at least one night. Childhood friends, Clark and Monsees came up in Austin music scene together, mentored by our city’s godfather of blues, Clifford Antone, who invited them...
Smoky Mountain wildfires: What country artists, others are saying

Smoky Mountain wildfires: What country artists, others are saying

More than 500 burned acres, 11 confirmed deaths and thousands of evacuated residents and tourists
Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Ginuwine, the Whispers to headline 2017 Urban Music Fest

Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Ginuwine, the Whispers to headline 2017 Urban Music Fest

Austin360 On The Record: David Halley, Mélat, B. Harold Benton

Austin360 On The Record: David Halley, Mélat, B. Harold Benton

OUT THIS WEEK David Halley, “A Month of Somedays.” The long-awaited return of one of Austin’s best songwriters of the 1980s and early ’90s lives up to the reputation he earned during that heyday.
Gary Clark Jr. selects Eve and the Exiles for new Jameson Music program

Gary Clark Jr. selects Eve and the Exiles for new Jameson Music program

Gary Clark, Jr., and Eve Monsees, left, perform during the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction and Celebration held at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, in Austin, Tx.
Alejandro Escovedo rocks his ‘ACL’ taping with a special band

Alejandro Escovedo rocks his ‘ACL’ taping with a special band

It’s almost impossible to nail down what Alejandro Escovedo will do next. From his first appearance on “Austin City Limits” in 1983 as a guitarist with cowpunk band Rank and File, to his next one nearly 20 years later performing a musical-theater folk tale centered on Mexican-American themes, to subsequent solo episodes featuring chamber-rock lineups from his Austin heyday, he&rsquo...
Alejandro Escovedo rocks his ‘ACL’ taping with a special band

Alejandro Escovedo rocks his ‘ACL’ taping with a special band

From left: Kurt Bloch, Scott McCaughey, Alejandro Escovedo, John Moen and Peter Buck taping “Austin City Limits” at ACL Live on Wednesday, Nov.
Best of Austin Music, November 2016: Adele, Dan Penn and SOS Fest

Best of Austin Music, November 2016: Adele, Dan Penn and SOS Fest

Much of the big news this month took place just outside of Austin rather than in the city limits. In McDade, east of Elgin, the first-ever Sound on Sound Fest got off to a strong start before torrential rains doused the final day with snafus.
Country Music Roundup: Dolly Parton’s ‘My People’ fund announced to help victims of Smoky Mountain fires

Country Music Roundup: Dolly Parton’s ‘My People’ fund announced to help victims of Smoky Mountain fires

This Week’s News 3:47 p.m. Thursday UPDATE: A Tennessee mayor says that the death toll from wildfires earlier this week has increased to 10.
Sounds of the season from Austin and beyond

Sounds of the season from Austin and beyond

For the second year in a row, we invited Austin artists to drop by our studio to perform their favorite holiday tunes.
Dolly Parton gets back to basics with ‘Pure & Simple’ tour and album

Dolly Parton gets back to basics with ‘Pure & Simple’ tour and album

It’s early November, the morning after Dolly Parton accepted the Let’s just say Dolly doesn’t have a 9-to-5 job. Down the line she goes on the telephone, graciously answering a question each from 19 journalists. They ask her about everything from her long career to her new album to her movies to her theme park and more. And about Willie. It’s important to her that the CMA...
Alesso, Pretty Lights, Young Thug, Wiz Khalifa to play Euphoria Fest 2017

Alesso, Pretty Lights, Young Thug, Wiz Khalifa to play Euphoria Fest 2017

Kyser Lough/For American-Statesman Euphoria Fest, the electronic music and dance festival that has been steadily growing at Carson Creek Ranch over the last several years, has revealed the first 50 artists for next year’s event.
Weekend music picks: Sordid confessions and fond farewells

Weekend music picks: Sordid confessions and fond farewells

  Erika Rich for American-Statesman Saturday: Sara Hickman at El Mercado Backstage. Though this is being billed as the longtime local singer-songwriter’s “final Austin performance,” it’s not the ultimate arrival of the retirement she announced earlier this year, as dates in Arlington and Houston remain on her itinerary for early 2017.
Austin musician Phoebe Hunt launches ‘Songs for Standing Rock’ series

Austin musician Phoebe Hunt launches ‘Songs for Standing Rock’ series

Austin musicians Phoebe Hunt, Dawn & Hawkes, Wendy Colonna, Daisy O’Connor and Samuel Grey Horse are among the artists who appear on “Songs for Standing Rock, Vol. 1,” the first in a series of downloadable compilations created to raise funds for protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Native American Reservation in North Dakota.
Three emerging black female Austin artists who you should know

Three emerging black female Austin artists who you should know

Anya at SOS Fest. Robert Hein/For American-Statesman. Controversy erupted on Austin music scene Facebook pages over the weekend when a band full of white dudes with an inflammatory name that references black women’s genitalia had their show at Hotel Vegas cancelled following a social media backlash related to the band’s name.
This week’s music picks: Savannah Welch benefit, Wood Brothers and more

This week’s music picks: Savannah Welch benefit, Wood Brothers and more

Monday: “Eye Love Savannah Jam” at Monkey Nest Coffee. Local photographer Todd V. Wolfson hosts an informal show on the last Monday of every month at his neighborhood coffee shop, bringing in folks he’s photographed over the years ranging from well-known figures to under-the-radar talents.
Gone Country: 7 things country fans can be thankful for this year

Gone Country: 7 things country fans can be thankful for this year

So far, the year has been full of surprises for country music fans. Some, like Loretta Lynn’s first album in more than a decade, were pleasantly welcome.
Austin360 On The Record: KGSR Broadcasts, Thieves

Austin360 On The Record: KGSR Broadcasts, Thieves

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Country Music Roundup: A new book of Johnny Cash poetry is now available

Country Music Roundup: A new book of Johnny Cash poetry is now available

This Week’s News 7/4/90 Larry Kolvoord AMERICAN-STATESMAN…..Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic.
Weekend music picks: Americana, Caravana, Schneiderama and more

Weekend music picks: Americana, Caravana, Schneiderama and more

Friday: Hayes Carll, Band of Heathens at the Paramount. It’s been a big year for Texas troubadour Carll, who released his first album in five years, “Lovers and Leavers,” and got a best country song nomination at the Grammys for Lee Ann Womack’s cover of his tune “Chances Are.
Lizzo: When women get together ‘the universe conspires with us’

Lizzo: When women get together ‘the universe conspires with us’

Lizzo, right, performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park Sunday October 2, 2016.
Austin360 Artist of the Month check-in: Croy & the Boys record release, and a Guy Clark story

Austin360 Artist of the Month check-in: Croy & the Boys record release, and a Guy Clark story

One of the best shows by a local band we’ve seen this year was the record-release party for “Hey Come Back,” the debut album from our Austin360 Artist of the Month for November, Croy & the Boys.
Kanye West cancels remaining tour dates after profanity-laced rant

Kanye West cancels remaining tour dates after profanity-laced rant

Kanye West has abruptly canceled the rest of his Saint Pablo Tour just days after interrupting a concert in California with a rant about Beyonce, MTV, politics and other topics. A representative for the rapper The tour was scheduled to continue through Dec. 31 with stops in Dallas, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston and New York City, among other places. No reason for the cancellation was given. West...
One Night in November: Southside Saturday Night

One Night in November: Southside Saturday Night

“One Night in November” is the eighth installment of our monthly series in which we visit a half-dozen local music hot spots on a single evening.
This week’s music picks: Check out locals on Thanksgiving week

This week’s music picks: Check out locals on Thanksgiving week

Keep the Home Fires Burning: Fewer touring acts are coming through town as we head into the holiday season, but it’s a great time to check out some of the best acts Austin has to offer.
Sharon Jones dies after battle with pancreatic cancer

Sharon Jones dies after battle with pancreatic cancer

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings performed in concert at the Austin360 Amphitheater on May 17, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Powerful soul singer Sharon Jones has died, according to a statement from her publicist: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings perform at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.
Austin360 On The Record: Robert Earl Keen, Churchwood and more

Austin360 On The Record: Robert Earl Keen, Churchwood and more

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Levitation Fest will not return to Austin in 2017

Levitation Fest will not return to Austin in 2017

Jesus and Mary Chain play Levitation Fest 2015. Erika Rich For American-Statesman Levitation, the festival formerly known as Austin Psych Fest and co-founded by members of the Black Angels, will not return to Austin in 2017, organizers announced via the festival’s social media channels this morning.
J-Lo, Marc Anthony sing duet at Latin Grammy Awards

J-Lo, Marc Anthony sing duet at Latin Grammy Awards

Jennifer Lopez and ex-husband Marc Anthony performed a surprise duet during the 17th annual Lopez and Anthony performed "Olvidame y Pega la Vuelta" together Thursday. Anthony also sang his hit "I Need to Know." Lopez called the father of her 8-year-old twins “a living legend” as she presented Anthony with the Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year award...
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