Music


Gina Chavez concert to benefit college fund for El Salvadorean women

When Xiomara Cordova walked across the Stateside at the Paramount stage in her cap and gown last summer, a roar erupted from the crowd at the benefit concert that helps raise money for the college fund Niñas Arriba (Girls Rising). Cordova was the first graduate of the program founded by Austin musician Gina Chavez and her partner Jodi Granado, and the show last year included a symbolic walk...
Babes Fest, Blues on the Green among top shows this week

Babes Fest, Blues on the Green among top shows this week

OUR TOP PICKS Saturday: Babes Fest at Empire. Boss Babes ATX launched in 2015 as a feminist networking group. Their inaugural Austin event, Babes Fest 2017, a three-day celebration of comedy, art, film and music created and curated by women, culminates with a two-stage extravaganza featuring a diverse selection of artists including Femina-X, Sam Lao, Sailor Poon, Aleisa Lani and former Austin360 Artists...
Preview: The lives of refugees echoed in classical music

Preview: The lives of refugees echoed in classical music

This story about how Austin Classical Guitar will honor refugees in performances at the Blanton Museum of Art this week hits the papers on Thursday. READ FULL STORY HERE. Guitarist Isaac Bustos brings an irreducible point of view to “I/We,” a multifaceted concert on the theme of refugees coming July 28-29 to the Blanton Museum of Art. Ovation after one part of Austin...
Austin Classical Guitar honors the plight of refugees

Austin Classical Guitar honors the plight of refugees

Guitarist Isaac Bustos brings an irreducible point of view to “I/We,” a multifaceted concert on the theme of refugees coming July 28-29 to the Blanton Museum of Art. “I know what it’s like to have your entire life in limbo,” Bustos says. “As a child, being treated differently because of my refugee status was difficult. Sometimes I fear that we lose sight of the...
Ice Cube strikes out, delivering worst rendition of ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ ever, maybe

Ice Cube strikes out, delivering worst rendition of ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ ever, maybe

Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube showed up at Wrigley Field in Chicago to take a swing at an old classic during the seventh inning stretch at the Cubs game on Saturday. Social media lit up afterwards, calling Cube’s rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” one of the worst baseball fans had ever heard. Judge for yourself: But not everyone panned it. Some fans thought the rapper...
George Strait, Ed Sheeran among guests at Louis Messina’s 70th bash

George Strait, Ed Sheeran among guests at Louis Messina’s 70th bash

Christine Messina knows a thing or two about staging events. So when her husband, music Austin titan  Louis Messina, turned the big seven-oh, she knew just what to do. She threw a tuneful party at Arlyn Studios and made sure that every detail, down to a fantasy candy counter, sang. Beau Bedford, Louis Messina and Shakey Graves at Messina’s 70th birthday party. Contributed...
Best Texas books to read right now

Best Texas books to read right now

Texas birds, Texas musicians, Texas media stars, Texas festivals and a guide to the Texas Capitol stack up on our state shelves this week. “Book of Texas Birds.” Gary Clark with photographs by Kathy Adams Clark. Texas A&M Press. For some of us, there are never too many Texas bird books. This one might not fit as easily into a backpack as snugly some of the more...
A dating survey says this is Austin’s ‘best bathroom for sex’

A dating survey says this is Austin’s ‘best bathroom for sex’

To be honest, a milkshake at a soda fountain sounds so much less exhausting than swiping photos of strangers into the digital void until your thumb develops acutely localized arthritis. The world ain’t a sock hop anymore, though. Most dates start online, and you’ll still have to meet up with potential paramours somewhere. An egg cream probably isn’t going to cut it.  One popular...
Best Austin music shows: Our picks for the week of July 21

Best Austin music shows: Our picks for the week of July 21

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: DJ Shadow at Emo’s. An early innovator in sample-based composition, Shadow set the template for modern artists who mine dusty vinyl to mash up sounds and create elaborate concept albums. He also was one of the first artists to experiment with sophisticated visual samples, embellishing his stage shows with accompanying video production. But don’t get it twisted, the...
Madonna stops auction of love letter from Tupac, underwear, hairbrush

Madonna stops auction of love letter from Tupac, underwear, hairbrush

A New York judge has ordered a company planning to auction articles belonging to pop star Madonna, including a love letter from rapper Tupac Shakur, a hairbrush, used underwear, and unreleased cassette recordings, to pull 22 items from the auction scheduled for Wednesday, July 19. The Material Girl claimed the items had been stolen from her by a “former friend.” The singer sought...
Aaron Carter speaks out after DUI arrest, says he doesn't drink alcohol

Aaron Carter speaks out after DUI arrest, says he doesn't drink alcohol

Following his DUI arrest Saturday night, Aaron Carter is telling his side of the story by recounting his version of the events that night. In an interview with "Entertainment Tonight," the pop singer emotionally opened up about how things have been since his arrest on charges of DUI refusal, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce and possession of drug-related objects. He explained...
Aaron Carter rips brother Nick after family feud goes public

Aaron Carter rips brother Nick after family feud goes public

Pop singer Aaron Carter criticized his famous brother this week, shortly after Nick Carter reached out to his sibling via social media. Aaron was recently arrested in Georgia on charges of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. After news of his arrest circulated, Nick posted about his brother on Twitter. “To my brother: I love u no matter what & if u feel the need to...
Pop princess dance party and more things to do in Austin

Pop princess dance party and more things to do in Austin

Film Pop Princess Video Dance Party at the Alamo Drafthouse. The Alamo’s original Pop Princess Video Dance Party was all about Madonna, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and some British girls named after random spices. This new show will cover the best of all eras, incorporating them along with Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and more. So dress up like your favorite princess...
Pop star Gwen Stefani sued by injured concertgoer after inviting fans to fill empty seats

Pop star Gwen Stefani sued by injured concertgoer after inviting fans to fill empty seats

Gwen Stefani is in the middle of a messy situation. The former “The Voice” coach and girlfriend of country crooner Blake Shelton is being sued by a woman who said she was injured while attending one of the pop star’s concerts. According to The Charlotte Observer, the plaintiff, Lisa Stricklin, attended Stefani’s Charlotte, North Carolina, show at the PNC Music...
Aaron Carter arrested on DUI, drug charges

Aaron Carter arrested on DUI, drug charges

Aaron Carter reportedly was arrested Saturday on DUI and drug charges in Georgia.  ABC News reported that the 29-year-old singer was charged with DUI, as well as possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana and "drug-related objects," according to the Habersham County Sheriff's Office. Carter's girlfriend, Madison Parker, also was arrested on charges of possession of less than 1 ounce...
Red River district mural spotlights history as hotbed of Austin music

Red River district mural spotlights history as hotbed of Austin music

When artist and musician Tim Kerr was approached about creating a mural that described the Red River Cultural District’s history — to be painted on what is believed to be the district’s oldest building, the nightclub Elysium — he knew immediately that the focus needed to be on the words detailing the past. “When I saw it, I thought, ‘Man, let’s (not) do anything...
Here’s what Alex Jones clips would sound like as a Bon Iver song

Here’s what Alex Jones clips would sound like as a Bon Iver song

Austin broadcaster and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has staked his claim in an array of fields over the course of his career: radio, video, merchandise, White House influence. But one industry into which he has not dabbled to date is acoustic folk music. Internet satire outlet Super Deluxe, however, has dared to dream. In a video uploaded to Facebook on Friday morning and titled “Alex...
12 albums you should check out in July

12 albums you should check out in July

This month, Jay-Z gets physical, Impalers rip your face off and we await the dramatic return of Arcade Fire. Jay-Z, 4:44 (Roc Nation). The physical version of Jay’s new one (and maybe the most flagrantly political album of his career) is in stores now. But did it go platinum? There seems to be some debate. HAIM, “Something to Tell You” (Columbia). The second album from...
Chris Cornell suicide scene photos published as outraged fans vent on social media 

Chris Cornell suicide scene photos published as outraged fans vent on social media 

Fans of musician Chris Cornell think this may have crossed a line. On Wednesday, TMZ shared graphic images of the scene of Cornell’s suicide, and the photos did not go over well with his fans. Pictures from the Detroit hotel room the night the musician died show some of his belongings, including the exercise apparatus he used to end his life. There were also three prescription bottles for prednisone...
Slaid Cleaves’ new album reaffirms he’s one of Austin’s best songwriters

Slaid Cleaves’ new album reaffirms he’s one of Austin’s best songwriters

The characters found in “Ghost on the Car Radio,” the new record from longtime local troubadour Slaid Cleaves, are easy to empathize with, and to believe. Mom-and-pop shopfolk decimated by big box stores. Blue-collar workers tied to the take-home pay. A worn-out automobile destined for the junkyard. They’re a varied lot, but they share this: None of them are Slaid Cleaves. The 52-year-old...
Three nights of Jason Isbell, the birthday of Antone’s and more shows

Three nights of Jason Isbell, the birthday of Antone’s and more shows

OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Sunday: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit at ACL Live. Americana sensation Isbell sold out two nights in this room last year, so it’s no surprise he had to add a third show this time around. Fans will be eager to hear material from his new album “The Nashville Sound,” the follow-up to 2015’s impressive “Something More Than Free” that earned him his...
ACL Fest: Only getting a single-day pass? Here’s how to choose which day

ACL Fest: Only getting a single-day pass? Here’s how to choose which day

Austin City Limits Music Festival released its day-by-day lineups Wednesday, which made us think of an eternal dilemma: If you can only go for one day, which day do you choose? Whether it’s a cost issue or a busy calendar, it’s a tough call. We’ve analyzed the lineups and have some tips to help you plan your one-day pass purchase. And no, the actual set times aren’t out yet...
New soundproofing, bass limits end Westin Hotel’s lawsuit against Nook

New soundproofing, bass limits end Westin Hotel’s lawsuit against Nook

Downtown Austin’s Westin Hotel will pay up to $145,000 to install and maintain a state-of-the-art soundproofing system at Sixth Street nightclub the Nook, in exchange for a promise that the Nook will turn off the music if sound levels exceed certain limits, the club’s attorney said. The settlement puts an end to a nuisance lawsuit filed last year over Nook’s “chest-thumping...
City’s new music division manager stresses affordability and revenue

City’s new music division manager stresses affordability and revenue

The new manager of the city of Austin’s Music and Entertainment Division plans to prioritize affordability issues for local musicians, saying she wants to “create a foundation for our creators to be able to make a living.” Erica Shamaly’s hiring was announced at a meeting of the Austin Music Commission on Monday at the Long Center. Shamaly, who comes to the position after three...
NEW DETAILS: How Westin Hotel and Nook reached a deal on sound levels

NEW DETAILS: How Westin Hotel and Nook reached a deal on sound levels

Downtown Austin’s Westin Hotel will pay up to $145,000 to install and maintain a state-of-the-art soundproofing system at Sixth Street nightclub the Nook, in exchange for a promise that the Nook will turn off the music if sound levels exceed limits, the club’s attorney said. The settlement puts an end to a nuisance lawsuit filed last year over Nook’s “chest-thumping bass,&rdquo...
Sheryl Crow’s denim vest went missing in Austin after Willie Nelson picnic show

Sheryl Crow’s denim vest went missing in Austin after Willie Nelson picnic show

Who hasn’t lost something on a trip? A water bottle, disposable camera, maybe even a ring. Even celebrities like Sheryl Crow aren’t immune.  Crow recently stopped by Austin to play the Willie Nelson Fourth of July Picnic. During her set, she wore a denim vest featuring a large Harley-Davidson patch on the back. Nearly a week later, Crow noticed her vest was missing and made a plea...
Macklemore surprises grandma on 100th birthday, recaps day in new video ‘Glorious’

Macklemore surprises grandma on 100th birthday, recaps day in new video ‘Glorious’

Seattle rapper Macklemore flew to California to surprise his grandmother for her 100th birthday. “What’re you doing here, honey?" his grandma, Helen Schott, said. "You made me cry." “Today, we’re going to do whatever you want to do,” he told her. She replied, “Oh God, I want to do it all.” Macklemore’s latest music video called &ldquo...
ICYMI: Telling stories at the Austin Chamber Music Fest

ICYMI: Telling stories at the Austin Chamber Music Fest

The Austin Chamber Music Festival is now well underway! READ FULL STORY HERE Chargaux plays July 9 at the North Door. Contributed The latest trend in chamber music — storytelling — might also be the most ancient cultural practice in human history. Yet as Michelle Schumann, artistic director of the Austin Chamber Music Center, sees it, a new-fashioned style of storytelling...
Is Stubb’s changing its name to Liberty Lunch? Documents say ‘yes’

Is Stubb’s changing its name to Liberty Lunch? Documents say ‘yes’

In a city where Old Austin frets about New Austin on a daily – if not hourly – basis, a piece of the past appears poised to make a return. In a filing Friday with the Texas secretary of state’s office, the company that owns the Stubb’s live music venue and barbecue restaurants reserved Liberty Lunch – the name of a beloved downtown Austin music venue that closed...
10 things I learned at Willie Nelson’s 2017 Fourth of July Picnic

10 things I learned at Willie Nelson’s 2017 Fourth of July Picnic

The Fourth of July has come and gone and with a little time to reflect, I can say that my 19th Willie Nelson Picnic fits squarely in the “good” category. There were few surprises, few disappointments. Safe, predictable and expensive are a comfort to a Picnic in its last days. Here are 10 things I learned about Willie Nelson’s 2017 Fourth of July Picnic ... 1. MIDNIGHT WRITER: I should...
At 88, Miss Lavelle White still sings the blues, and a whole lot more

At 88, Miss Lavelle White still sings the blues, and a whole lot more

Lounging on a couch upstairs at Antone’s, Miss Lavelle White gazes out the window and spies a grackle on a nearby rooftop, its mouth hanging open as if waiting for a handout. “I’ll come feed you later!” she says, with a sly cackle that suggests she’s both joking and serious at the same time. White, who turned 88 on July 3, has long been beloved in Austin by birds, fellow...
Austin music this week: Free series at Bullock, new Red River fest

Austin music this week: Free series at Bullock, new Red River fest

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Music Under the Star with James McMurtry and Akina Adderley at Bullock Museum. The Bob Bullock kicks off a run of three free Friday concerts on the Lone Star Plaza with master storyteller James McMurtry. Soulful singer Akina Adderley opens at 6 p.m. and food trucks, beer and soda are available on site. Worth noting: the main event takes place on the plaza in front of the museum...
The best possible list so far for the Austin arts season

The best possible list so far for the Austin arts season

We are assembling the best possible preview list for the coming Austin arts season. This is what we have been able to gather so far. Austin Opera Long Center, 512-472-5992, austinopera.org Nov. 11-19: “Carmen” Jan. 27-Feb. 4, 2018: “Ariadne auf Naxos” April 28-May 6, 2018: “La Traviata” The Austin Symphony will play along with Disney’s ‘Fantasia...
In heat of Willie’s Picnic, Hayes Carll has some shade for Steve Earle

In heat of Willie’s Picnic, Hayes Carll has some shade for Steve Earle

When Steve Earle told The Guardian last month that his wife had left him for a “younger, skinnier, less-talented singer-songwriter,” the stage was set for a showdown at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic. The singer-songwriter in question was Hayes Carll, now with Earle’s ex-wife Allison Moorer. And both Carll and Earle were set to perform within hours of each other...
Willie Nelson remains timeless at mellow Fourth of July Picnic

Willie Nelson remains timeless at mellow Fourth of July Picnic

After all the talk, all the rumors of poor health, there’s Willie Nelson up on stage at the end of his Fourth of July Picnic, bending strings and singing forcefully. He grimaces at some chords, but flashes a quick smile for applause at the end of each solo. It’s true, he’s as worn as his old guitar — ever more craggy and ever more a white-headed stranger. But he&rsquo...
Austin Chamber Music Festival reveals stories in the songs

Austin Chamber Music Festival reveals stories in the songs

The latest trend in chamber music — storytelling — might also be the most ancient cultural practice in human history. Yet as Michelle Schumann, artistic director of the Austin Chamber Music Center, sees it, a new-fashioned style of storytelling is the perfect complement to an intense, intimate and often misunderstood form of music. “Audiences often crave more from a concert,&rdquo...
Artists and audiences prepare now for the coming Austin arts season

Artists and audiences prepare now for the coming Austin arts season

The Austin arts season is upon us. Wait, you say, it’s just July. Right. Jeff Lofton plays the Long Center on Oct. 25. With some exceptions, arts and other cultural groups — we include major literary and historical outlets — don’t return to full form until September. Yet now’s the time for all arts groups to confirm their seasonal slates and for all readers...
July brings ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Spider-Man’ and finally ‘Rick and Morty’

July brings ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Spider-Man’ and finally ‘Rick and Morty’

Here are some of the best and highest-profile new releases in music, movies, TV and more on the horizon in July. As always, dates are subject to change without notice. 1. “Rick and Morty” season 3 (Adult Swim). Yeah, yeah, the first half of the final season of “Games of Thrones” is showing up this month, that’s great. Let’s talk about the real TV news: On June 29...
Meet the Austin City Hall worker who moonlights as Selena

Meet the Austin City Hall worker who moonlights as Selena

A standing-room-only crowd filled the Austin City Council Chambers June 22 as Stephanie Bergara stepped forward during the council’s weekly live music break to become a Texas icon: Selena. Bergara, who has the name of her alter ego tattooed across her forearm in red, has spent three years headlining Bidi Bidi Banda, paying tribute to Tejano music trailblazer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez,...
Rapper at AR nightclub where 28 injured in mass shooting, arrested in AL

Rapper at AR nightclub where 28 injured in mass shooting, arrested in AL

A rapper who performed at an Arkansas nightclub where gunfire erupted early Saturday injuring 28 people, has been arrested on unrelated assault charges in Alabama, Little Rock police said. Ricky Hampton, also known as Finese Twotymes, 25, was arrested on an outstanding aggravated assault charge with a gun at a club in Birmingham, Alabama where he was playing the night after the shooting at the Power...
No Austin date yet for Daniel Johnston’s ‘Final Tour’

No Austin date yet for Daniel Johnston’s ‘Final Tour’

Jay Janner/American-Statesman – Daniel Johnston performs at The Belmont during SXSW 2012. Eclectic singer-songwriter and creator of Austin’s iconic “Hi, How Are You?” street art, Daniel Johnston has announced a run of five shows billed as his “final tour.” The tour kicks off in late September and runs through early November with stops in...
Black Joe Lewis delivers sizzling Austin show before fall tour

Black Joe Lewis delivers sizzling Austin show before fall tour

Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears perform at the Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center at South by Southwest on Friday March 17, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Black Joe Lewis could play a gig in a sub-freezing meat locker and by the time he and the Honeybears backing band got to the riotous party funk of “Booty City” the room would feel like...
Weekend music picks: Babes Fest, Cumbia and new-wave punk

Weekend music picks: Babes Fest, Cumbia and new-wave punk

Saturday: Babes Fest at Empire.  Boss Babes ATX launched in 2015 as a feminist networking group. Their Austin event, Babes Fest 2017, a three-day celebration of comedy, art, film and music created and curated by women, culminates with a two-stage extravaganza featuring a diverse selection of artists including Femina-X, Sam Lao, Sailor...
Texas parents dress baby as Tejano star Selena for newborn photo shoot

Texas parents dress baby as Tejano star Selena for newborn photo shoot

Normally, only your family, friends and Facebook buddies coo over your newborn’s baby photos — but one Texas baby is getting attention across the country for her photo shoot taken at two weeks old, during which she was dressed as the late Tejano singer Selena. Baby Natalia’s mom, Helen Gallegos, and photographer Sofi Guerra are life-long Selena fans who teamed up for photo shoot...
Austin360 On The Record: Rachel Reese, Black Heart Saints

Austin360 On The Record: Rachel Reese, Black Heart Saints

OUT THIS WEEK Rachel Reese, “Siren” EP (LaFave Artist Alliance). Arriving in Austin from Nashville via Oklahoma, Reese shares some common geographical ties with Jesse LaFave, her partner and primary accompanist on this auspicious collection of pop-leaning singer-songwriter material. Reese’s immediately appealing voice has a...
Sultry singer Mélat releases new video; plays Babes Fest Saturday

Sultry singer Mélat releases new video; plays Babes Fest Saturday

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EIOVgw5AZE&w=492&h=307] On Monday, sultry R&B singer and recent Austin360 Artist of the Month, Mélat  released her latest video for the track “No Bad News” off her excellent album “MéVen” that dropped at the end of last year. She says the track &ldquo...
This week’s music: Catch early week sets from Charlie Belle, Suzanna Choffel

This week’s music: Catch early week sets from Charlie Belle, Suzanna Choffel

Charlie Belle Dave Creaney / American-Statesman Monday/Tuesday: Charlie Belle/Suzanna Choffel at Geraldine’s. Tucked into the fourth-floor restaurant and pool deck of the 2-year-old Hotel Van Zandt in the Rainey Street district, Geraldine’s is notable not just for featuring local music every day of the week, but for serving sets from some of the city’s most talented...
Eight reasons Logic gives us hope for the future of hip-hop

Eight reasons Logic gives us hope for the future of hip-hop

In the four years since XXL shouted him out as part of the 2013 Freshman class, 27-year-old rapper rapper Logic, hailing from the D.C. suburb Gaithersburg, Md., has been on a rapid rise. Last year he sold out a show at Stubb’s BBQ and for this year’s tour, supporting his excellent new album “Everybody,” he moved up to one of our city&rsquo...
Local glam pop kingpins Sphynx on the perils of hot pants and perfect summer jams

Local glam pop kingpins Sphynx on the perils of hot pants and perfect summer jams

Glam funk band Sphynx celebrates an album release at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Satuday. Our favorite fabulously mustachioed glitz pop fanatics, Sphynx, have been on the road this summer spreading their ebullient grooves across the country. They swing back into town this weekend for a Saturday glam slam at Cheer Up Charlie’s which also serves as the release party for...
Austin360 On The Record: Whiskey Shivers

Austin360 On The Record: Whiskey Shivers

  Whiskey Shivers play a record-release show July 22 at the Mohawk. Contributed OUT THIS WEEK Whiskey Shivers, “Some Part of Something.” Recordings are inherently kind of a tough proposition for bands such at insurgent bluegrass stompers Whiskey Shivers, whose identity is inextricably tied into the energy they unleash onstage. They bottle that energy well...
Boss Babes ATX launches anti R. Kelly site; prepares for Babes Fest

Boss Babes ATX launches anti R. Kelly site; prepares for Babes Fest

Fortuitously timed to a new set of horrifying (but not shocking) allegations of sexual misconduct against R&B star R. Kelly, local feminist collective Boss Babes ATX has launched a new website, stopbookingrkelly.com. Boss Babes Leslie Lozano, Jane Claire Hervey and Ashlee Pryor at Friends & Neighbors in 2015. The site is bare bones, just a simple background...
Weekend picks: Summer fun at Float Fest, DJ Shadow and Matthew Sweet

Weekend picks: Summer fun at Float Fest, DJ Shadow and Matthew Sweet

OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n12OBlcHx9E&w=492&h=307] Friday-Saturday: Matthew Sweet, Tommy Keene at 3Ten. What seems sure to be the power-pop double-bill of the summer features headliner Sweet, whose early-’90s album “Girlfriend” remains a classic of the genre, plus a terrific opener in Keene, who’s made more than a dozen records...
Demi-charmed life: Demi Lovato shares her lighter side with lucky Austin fans

Demi-charmed life: Demi Lovato shares her lighter side with lucky Austin fans

By Kayleigh Hughes, special to the American-Statesman At the Austin stop of her intimate “Sorry Not Sorry” house party tour, pop superstar Demi Lovato showed she’s ready to embrace happiness. The singer brought smiles and jams on Saturday for a breezy, would-have-been-a-boat party along the shores of Lake Travis at Ernie’s on the Lake. Demi Lovato performs...
Bill Collings, founder of Collings Guitars and Mandolins, dies

Bill Collings, founder of Collings Guitars and Mandolins, dies

2011 Laura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN Bill Collings, a highly respected luthier, whose treasured guitars were played by Keith Richards, Lyle Lovett, Pete Townshend, Joni Mitchell and many more, has died. He was 68. Collings founded Collings Guitars and Mandolins as a one-man shop in the mid-’70s and grew the company to a bustling business in Oak Hill with roughly 70...
This week’s music picks: Logic lives large, Larry Gatlin goes small and more

This week’s music picks: Logic lives large, Larry Gatlin goes small and more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZgPXVv1Z5o&w=492&h=307] Monday: John Ginty at Antone’s. If you’re a fan of Americana artists and/or jam bands, you’ve probably heard Ginty wailing away on keyboards either onstage or on record. Ginty got his start playing with singer-songwriter Neal Casal in the 1990s and soon was appearing...
Review: Jason Isbell is at the top of his game and still climbing

Review: Jason Isbell is at the top of his game and still climbing

By John T. Davis/Special to the American-Statesman Sometimes the good things are worth waiting for. Jason Isbell has spent the past few years collecting new fans, critics’ plaudits, Grammy awards and media attention with a near-mechanical regularity. The process seems to be peaking with the very recent release of his latest album, “The Nashville Sound.” It...
Meek Mill, Yo Gotti tour postponed

Meek Mill, Yo Gotti tour postponed

Rapper Meek Mill, who you might remember from his astonishing 2015 feat of actually making Drake look hard ( I mean, sort of), was scheduled to bring his “Against All Odds” tour with Yo Gotti to the HEB Center on July 29, but the tour has been postponed for unspecified reasons. RELATED: An emotional, in-depth (imaginary) interview...
Premiere: Ike Ramos’ new album ‘Paradise’ ft. Mélat, Bavu Blakes, Max Frost, more

Premiere: Ike Ramos’ new album ‘Paradise’ ft. Mélat, Bavu Blakes, Max Frost, more

Back in the mid aughts University of Texas grad, Ike Ramos used to rock the mic as part of local hip-hop groups Mike and Ike and 20/20 and Poise, but over the last decade his focus shifted to education. Ramos currently lives in L.A. where he works for a company called Flocabulary that develops educational hip-hop content for school districts across the country. [youtube=http...
Get your free music fix at Hot Summer Nights

Get your free music fix at Hot Summer Nights

Hot Summer Nights, the Red River Cultural District’s new Free Week in July event, is set to kick off Thursday night with a series of free concerts that invite you to explore the walkable wonder of Austin’s premiere live music district. Participating clubs include the Mohawk, Stubb’s, Empire, Barracuda, Sidewinder, Beerland and Cheer Up Charlie’s. In addition ...
Austin360 On The Record: Matt the Electrician, Madisons

Austin360 On The Record: Matt the Electrician, Madisons

Matt the Electrician plays Thursday, July 13, at Winflo. Contributed RECENTLY RELEASED Matt the Electrician, “The Doubles.” This ambitious 26-song double-disc set is the end-result of an extensive undertaking in which Matt Sever (a.k.a. the Electrician) released a series of singles in collaboration with six fellow locals: Wood & Wire, Little Brave, Dana Falconberry, Wilson...
Austin’s saddest puppet band, Fragile Rock, celebrates NPR debut Friday

Austin’s saddest puppet band, Fragile Rock, celebrates NPR debut Friday

Local comedian (and former Statesman employee) Brently Heilbron, leads Fragile Rock, an emo puppet band known for their morose but heartfelt songs. His puppets, constructed by local actor Shaun Branigan, exist in a universe far removed from the “Sunny Days” of “Sesame Street,” but they’re beginning to gain a national audience. Courtesy of facebook...
Watch: Slaid Cleaves at Waterloo Records, warming up for Sunday at the Stateside

Watch: Slaid Cleaves at Waterloo Records, warming up for Sunday at the Stateside

Sunday evening finds Austin singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves marking the release of his new album “Ghost on the Car Radio” with a concert at Stateside of the Paramount. Earlier this week, he offered a sneak-preview at Waterloo Records, where a sizable crowd turned out on a Monday afternoon to hear him play a few songs with accompanist Scrappy Jud Newcomb, who produced...
Sound on Sound day-by-day lineups: Yeah Yeah Yeahs Friday, Iggy Saturday, Shins Sunday

Sound on Sound day-by-day lineups: Yeah Yeah Yeahs Friday, Iggy Saturday, Shins Sunday

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement about day-by-day lineups for the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October comes the same drill for November’s Sound on Sound Fest, held about an hour east of Austin in McDade. Highlights include the Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing Friday, Iggy Pop on Saturday and the Shins on Sunday. Iggy Pop will headline Saturday&rsquo...
Bright Light Social Hour, Digital Wild set for final Blues on the Green

Bright Light Social Hour, Digital Wild set for final Blues on the Green

The Digital Wild will open for Bright Light Social Hour at the summer’s final Blues on the Green concert in Zilker Park on Aug. 2. Contributed/Philip Edsel Summer still has a long way to go, but KGSR’s Blues on the Green concerts are hitting the home stretch. The long-running local music series will present its final 2017 show on Aug. 2 in Zilker Park with psychedelic-tinged...
What does the heart of Antone’s sound like? It’s right here in the music

What does the heart of Antone’s sound like? It’s right here in the music

July tends to be a slow month in most of Austin’s nightclubs, but at Antone’s it’s the coolest time of the year, regardless of how hot it is outside. When Clifford Antone opened his first place in downtown Austin on July 15, 1975 — just a couple of blocks from where the sixth location sits today — he couldn’t have had the foresight that...
Weekend music picks: Three nights of Isbell, Music Under the Star and more

Weekend music picks: Three nights of Isbell, Music Under the Star and more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci-6Au1Gnrs&w=492&h=307] Friday-Sunday: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit at ACL Live. Americana sensation Isbell sold out two nights in this room last year, so it’s no surprise he had to add a third show this time around. Fans will be eager to hear material from his new album “The Nashville Sound,&rdquo...
ACL Fest day-by-day lineups are set, with single-day tickets going on sale Friday

ACL Fest day-by-day lineups are set, with single-day tickets going on sale Friday

Looking to buy single-day tickets to the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October rather than a weekend pass? Then you’ll want to take a close look at the just-announced day-by-day schedule of performers, in order to zoom in on which days feature the most bands at the top of your list. Chance the Rapper will play Saturday of both weekends at ACL Fest 2017. Erika Rich...
Watch: Miss Lavelle White celebrates 88 years at Antone’s

Watch: Miss Lavelle White celebrates 88 years at Antone’s

A birthday cake with double-8 candles. Special serenades from Lazy Lester, Benny Turner and others. And most importantly, another Sunday night at Antone’s with Miss Lavelle White. Austin’s longtime soulful singer of blues, funk, country and more celebrated with hometown friends and visiting luminaries on Sunday as Antone’s headed into the heart of its three-week...
City selects Erica Shamaly as Music & Entertainment Division manager

City selects Erica Shamaly as Music & Entertainment Division manager

Erica Shamaly, the City of Austin’s new Music & Entertainment Division manager, with director Kevin Johns of the Economic Development Department at Monday’s Music Commission meeting at the Long Center. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman The City of Austin announced the appointment of Erica Shamaly as the new manager of its Music & Entertainment Division ...
This week’s music picks: Dreams come true at Antone’s, blues turn green at Zilker and more

This week’s music picks: Dreams come true at Antone’s, blues turn green at Zilker and more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbDP3hZ8doA&w=492&h=307] Monday: Slaid Cleaves at Waterloo Records. Though he sometimes gets lost between elder statesmen such as Joe Ely and younger guns like Hayes Carll, no assessment of Austin’s finest troubadours would be complete without Cleaves. A dozen records into a quarter-century career, the Maine-born...
Austin360 On The Record: Adrian Ruiz Quintet

Austin360 On The Record: Adrian Ruiz Quintet

RECENTLY RELEASED Adrian Ruiz Quintet, “Premiere: A Collection of Originals.” Though bandleader Ruiz lives in San Antonio, where he teaches jazz at UTSA, he has strong ties to Austin from his years studying trumpet at the University of Texas. Filling out his quintet are four local jazz standouts: saxophonist Gil Del Bosque, pianist Collin Shook, bassist...
Weekend music picks: Stars shine at Bullock, blues blooms at Antone’s and more

Weekend music picks: Stars shine at Bullock, blues blooms at Antone’s and more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0BhwLamL_8&w=492&h=307] Friday: Music Under the Star with James McMurtry and Akina Adderley at Bullock Museum. The Bob Bullock kicks off a run of three free Friday concerts on the Lone Star Plaza with master storyteller James McMurtry. Soulful singer Akina Adderley opens at 6 p.m. and food trucks, beer and soda...
Watch: Chance the Rapper is poetry in motion for NPR Tiny Desk debut

Watch: Chance the Rapper is poetry in motion for NPR Tiny Desk debut

“Forgive me, I haven’t written a poem in a long time.” That’s how Chance the Rapper introduced “The Other Side” to an intimate Tiny Desk Concert audience at NPR’s offices, part of a new episode that the public radio network just posted to its website today. The hip-hop star, who wowed audiences at Circuit of the Americas in May during...
This week’s music picks, and picnics: Willie, McCourys, Diana Ross and more

This week’s music picks, and picnics: Willie, McCourys, Diana Ross and more

Tuesday: Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic at Circuit of the Americas. Austin’s pride and joy brings his historic Independence Day bash back to the edge-of-town racetrack’s amphitheater and plaza stages. Willie and his Family band should go on shortly before midnight, after performances by a cavalcade of compadres: Sheryl Crow...
Spencer Starnes, Austin area bassist and engineer, dies at 64

Spencer Starnes, Austin area bassist and engineer, dies at 64

Spencer Starnes. Contributed/Riverbend Choir Spencer Starnes, a Seguin native who moved to Austin in the 1970s and became a renowned bass player and studio engineer, died Thursday evening at his home in Spicewood, apparently of a heart attack. He was 64. Born Cameron Spencer Starnes III in Dec. 2, 1952, Starnes came from a musical family. His father, a World War II veteran who ...
A Margaret Moser primer: Essential articles from Austin’s greatest music champion

A Margaret Moser primer: Essential articles from Austin’s greatest music champion

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NwgeK9mBOM&w=492&h=307] After over 30 years serving as scribe, presenter, superfan and supporter to the Austin music scene, Margaret Moser stepped down from her post as a writer for the Austin Chronicle and show runner for the Austin Music Awards in 2014. She was facing what she brushed off as a “stage 4 death sentence...
Buddy system: Willie Nelson makes great music with Nashville producer

Buddy system: Willie Nelson makes great music with Nashville producer

Outside of his family and band, who has been the most important person in Willie Nelson’s orbit for the past few years? Perhaps Merle Haggard, who teamed with him for a landmark record and many shows in the last year of Haggard’s life. Maybe Kris Kristofferson, his fellow Highwayman with whom he spends a lot of time in Hawaii when he’s not in Texas or on the road. Or Billy Joe...
Austin360 On The Record: Midyear favorites among local releases

Austin360 On The Record: Midyear favorites among local releases

How much music is made by Austin artists every year? We don’t get to everything out there, but we try, and in the first half of 2017, our Austin360 “On the Record” column has reviewed or noted more than 100 recordings. They range from high-profile major-label releases to simple homegrown indie projects, covering everything from indie-rockers ...
Austin360 picks: Willie’s Picnic, Diana Ross, Village People and more

Austin360 picks: Willie’s Picnic, Diana Ross, Village People and more

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Sidewalk Chalk at Stubb’s indoors. The six-piece sound machine from Chicago blends hip-hop, jazz and soul. Their live shows unfold as an energetic explosion of booty-moving grooves. The band’s fourth album, “An Orchid is Born,” just dropped and it’s their strongest work to date, earning the indie crew a slow-building buzz from around the country...
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