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Now appearing at Strange Brew: Locked doors, ‘for lease’ sign

Say so long to Strange Brew? What the popular South Austin music venue and coffee shop first described as a temporary closure last week increasingly appears to be permanent, with its doors still locked and a “for lease” sign now posted in the parking lot. Employees and musicians were taken by surprise Thursday when landlord Republic Commercial Properties locked the doors of the business...
With little fuss, Travis OKs later curfew for Euphoria Music Festival

With little fuss, Travis OKs later curfew for Euphoria Music Festival

The annual ruckus in Travis County over noise issues with Euphoria Music and Camping Festival seems to have hushed this year after commissioners voted Tuesday to allow artists to play later into the night than code normally permits. The variance, which commissioners approved 4-0 with Margaret Gómez abstaining, will allow the festival to stay open until midnight on weeknights and 2 a.m. on weekends...
2017 in Austin shows: The festivals are coming, plus touring shows

2017 in Austin shows: The festivals are coming, plus touring shows

January is traditionally a slow month for touring shows. Let’s call it the calm before the storm — a fantastic time to explore our homegrown music scene, at the Free Week shows that will flourish at downtown clubs this weekend, and beyond. But it’s a momentary lull. Before we know it spring will fling the city back into high gear. Here’s a look at some of the musical entertainment...
Top shows: Austin bands fill Free Week with all kinds of music

Top shows: Austin bands fill Free Week with all kinds of music

OUR TOP PICKS Free Week Friday: Magna Carda, Keeper, Mobley at the Mohawk. Holy triple bill, Free Week! With the jazzy wanderings of live band hip-hop outfit Magna Carda, the dreamy trip-hop of Keeper and the electrifying live show of soul pop artist Mobley, this is a can’t-miss chance to see three of the hottest rising Austin acts in one fell swoop. 7 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin...
San Antonio Spurs mascot mocks Mariah Carey’s NYE performance

San Antonio Spurs mascot mocks Mariah Carey’s NYE performance

The San Antonio Spurs mascot helped ring in the first home game of the new year by poking fun at Mariah Carey’s not-so-ringing New Year’s Eve performance.  Meet “Coyote Carey.” With the help of the team’s Silver Dancers, the always-eccentric Spurs Coyote appeared on court to do a routine to Carey’s song “Emotion” during Tuesday’s...
Westin hotel files lawsuit against neighboring Nook nightclub

Westin hotel files lawsuit against neighboring Nook nightclub

Staff writer Ryan Autullo contributed to this report. The downtown Westin hotel, which opened a year ago in Austin’s Sixth Street entertainment district, is suing a neighboring nightclub for doing what nightclubs do in downtown Austin. The Westin, at 310 E. Fifth St., has filed a civil nuisance lawsuit against the Nook, which sits behind the hotel facing Sixth Street. The hotel wants $1 million...
Watch Debbie Reynolds' charming acceptance speech at the 2015 SAG Awards

Watch Debbie Reynolds' charming acceptance speech at the 2015 SAG Awards

Actress Debbie Reynolds died Wednesday – just one day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher – but she will always be remembered for her wit, charm and talent. She showcased her strong personality while accepting the lifetime achievement award at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Reynolds was introduced by Fisher, who said, “She has been more than a mother...
WATCH: Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher stun in 2011 'Oprah' performance

WATCH: Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher stun in 2011 'Oprah' performance

Fans around the world were reeling after Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds died at age 84 on Wednesday, just one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, also died. Both Reynolds and Fisher made many talk show appearances, including this 2011 episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Fisher discussed what it was like having an iconic star as a parent, especially once she realized just...
Austin shows this week: NYE bashes, and the start of Free Week

Austin shows this week: NYE bashes, and the start of Free Week

OUR TOP PICKS Saturday: Austin’s New Year 2017 at Auditorium Shores. With more than 20 bands performing from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on four stages, followed by a fireworks finale, the City of Austin’s free celebration in the center of town has everything except a midnight ball-drop. The main Lake Stage features headliners Shinyribs and Ray Wylie Hubbard plus the Peterson Brothers, Tameca Jones...
Ricky Harris' death: 5 things to know

Ricky Harris' death: 5 things to know

Actor and comedian Ricky Harris died Monday at age 54, the Los Angeles Times reports. Actor, comedian Ricky Harris dead at 54 Here's what you need to know: 1.
Willie Nelson had a better 2016 than you did — here’s why

Willie Nelson had a better 2016 than you did — here’s why

Sometimes it seems like Willie Nelson is so ubiquitous that he must have figured out how to be in two places at once. This New Year’s Eve, though, he’ll manage an even neater trick: He’ll be in the same place at two different times, taking part in entirely different shows. How’s that again, you say? Here’s the deal: As usual, Willie and his Family Band will close out...
WATCH: Girl with autism stuns with heartwarming performance of 'Hallelujah'

WATCH: Girl with autism stuns with heartwarming performance of 'Hallelujah'

A schoolgirl from Donaghadee, Northern Ireland, is warming hearts this holiday season after a video of her moving rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" went viral.
Alan Thicke's widow releases heartbreaking statement about husband's death

Alan Thicke's widow releases heartbreaking statement about husband's death

The wife of Alan Thicke says her family is working through “profound mourning” days after the actor’s death at age 69.
'Hee Haw' star Gordie Tapp dead at 94

'Hee Haw' star Gordie Tapp dead at 94

You may not know his name, but you’ve probably laughed at his skits on “Hee Haw” over the years.
7 things country fans can be thankful for this year

7 things country fans can be thankful for this year

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. Others, like Ronnie Dunn covering an Ariana Grande song, not so much. But, as much as the naysayers and prognosticators like to bemoan the loss of “real country,” whatever that means, 2016 still had plenty of moments for country fans to...
'America's Got Talent' star Jackie Evancho to sing national anthem at Trump inauguration

'America's Got Talent' star Jackie Evancho to sing national anthem at Trump inauguration

Jackie Evancho will sing the national anthem at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration next month.
Robin Thicke posts emotional tribute to late father Alan Thicke

Robin Thicke posts emotional tribute to late father Alan Thicke

Robin Thicke paid tribute to his late father, actor Alan Thicke, early Wednesday with an emotional post on social media.
Austin’s notable musicians play to remember Chris Porter

Austin’s notable musicians play to remember Chris Porter

Plenty of local and regional marquee names helped bring out the crowd on Sunday night at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul to help get the late Chris Porter’s final recordings finished and released: Alejandro Escovedo, Will Johnson, Aaron Lee Tasjan, the Mastersons, John Moreland. All could headline shows in bigger rooms than this. But while their short individual sets were a big part of the draw,...
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. How did Beyoncé receive...
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. Dec. 3 “Sing-it-Yourself Messiah.” Go on — don’t let the holiday mood hold you back. You can join in with Chorus Austin when they sing Handel’s Messiah. 2 p.m. Dec. 3, St. Matthew&rsquo...
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 has opened up about what he thinks of celebrities endorsing political movements. Simmons, the co-founder and bassist for the legendary rock band KISS, appeared on Fox Business to speak about the dangers of celebrities getting involved in politics and how he thinks that the only way for a celebrity to affect change in politics is through voting. “Why anybody in...
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. 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. And somehow we expect that Hickman will still pop up now and again. But for...
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 first reported the news, saying that the movie will be produced and directed by Michael John Kirk, who has worked on "Frontline," a PBS documentary series. Prince died in April of a fentanyl overdose at 57 years old. The story of Prince's career will be told through interviews with family and fellow musicians who knew...
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: Best R&B/Soul Female Artist: Beyonce Best R&B/Soul Male Artist: Maxwell Song of the Year: Beyonce, "Formation" Video of the Year: Beyonce, "Formation" Album/Mixtape of the Year: Beyonce, "Lemonade" Best New Artist: Chance the Rapper Centric Certified...
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

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 — which...
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. 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.” Next year is shaping up to be a big one for Americana rockers Band of Heathens...
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

“2016 has been relentless in its heaviness,” Elizabeth McQueen says near the top of the premiere episode of the second season of her podcast “This Song.” 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...
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

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 exploded while I was out of town and discharged water at maximum pressure...
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. Nov. 18 marks the 17-year anniversary of Sahm’s passing, but his legacy looms as large as ever in 21st-century Austin music — and beyond, with artists such as rising country star Margo Price recently acknowledging his influence. Nearly three dozen local players have signed on to take part in this celebration at one of Doug’s favorite...
Concert series puts focus on contemporary chamber music

Concert series puts focus on contemporary chamber music

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 concert series dedicated to playing...
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 how to use a...
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

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: When we started out we didn’t expect to last more than a few years, never mind almost 50 years. I never thought it would turn into a lifelong...
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.
Strange Brew closure looks permanent, with doors still locked

Strange Brew closure looks permanent, with doors still locked

South Austin music venue and coffee shop Strange Brew remained locked on Tuesday afternoon. Peter Blackstock/Ameridcan-Statesman Say so long to Strange Brew?
Weekend music picks: Homegrown blues and helping hands

Weekend music picks: Homegrown blues and helping hands

OUR TOP PICKS Jackie Venson. Contributed by Gene Chavez. Friday: Jackie Venson at Waterloo Records. The rapidly rising blues artist’s decision to release a live album was a wise move.
‘King of the Hill’ creator Mike Judge to make new animated series about country music stories

‘King of the Hill’ creator Mike Judge to make new animated series about country music stories

This Week’s News *Sips beer* Yyyyyep. Mike Judge’’s TV series “King of the Hill” defies iconic images of Texas and looks at a slightly befuddled propane salesman as he copes with suburban life.
Rodney Crowell, Joe Ely and more to play Guy Clark tribute at Paramount

Rodney Crowell, Joe Ely and more to play Guy Clark tribute at Paramount

Guy Clark. Contributed/Señor McGuire The Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association will pay tribute to the late, great Texas songwriter Guy Clark and will honor author Tamara Saviano, whose biography of Clark was published last year, with an Americana all-star gathering on April 7 for its Darrell K.
Spoon announces new album release date, 3-day SXSW ‘residency’

Spoon announces new album release date, 3-day SXSW ‘residency’

2014 photo by Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / American-Statesman Austin’s favorite indie rock band Spoon announced today that their next album “Hot Thoughts” is set to drop on March 17.
Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, more will return to iHeartCountry Fest at Erwin Center

Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, more will return to iHeartCountry Fest at Erwin Center

Dierks Bentley performs at the 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival at the Erwin Center. He’ll return for the 2017 event.
SXSW 2017 wristbands on sale Tuesday morning

SXSW 2017 wristbands on sale Tuesday morning

Moving Panoramas perform at 3TEN Austin City Limits Live during SXSW 2016. Erika Rich for American-Statesman The South by Southwest Music Festival is less than two months away and on Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.
This week’s music picks: A tribute to Don Walser, Seela record release and more

This week’s music picks: A tribute to Don Walser, Seela record release and more

Anthony da Costa at Lemon Lounge. Though he recently moved to Nashville to pursue budding opportunities — he’s now the touring guitarist in renowned singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan’s band — Anthony da Costa was among the many talented musicians who helped make South Austin venue Strange Brew a thriving creative community during his years here.
Don Henley plays the hits and pays moving tributes at ACL Live

Don Henley plays the hits and pays moving tributes at ACL Live

Don Henley and bandmates singing “Seven Bridges Road” at ACL Live on Saturday, Jan.
Terry Allen casts Lubbock and Juarez in full color at the Paramount

Terry Allen casts Lubbock and Juarez in full color at the Paramount

Terry Allen, right, with his son Bukka at Waterloo Records in 2013. Allen performed Saturday night at the Paramount Theatre.