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Not just Lady Gaga: Anti-Texas bathroom bill stars have pro-LGBT cred

One minute Lady Gaga is flying over Houston, suspended by cables and dressed like Swarovski Batman. The next minute, she’s joining 140 or so entertainers to call for an end to “legislation that would target the LGBTQ community” in the Lone Star State. As the meme goes: Life comes at you fast, Texas. Would you believe that Texans have some opinions about an open letter from a small...
Bruce Springsteen gives Australian teen the thrill of a lifetime -- twice

Bruce Springsteen gives Australian teen the thrill of a lifetime -- twice

Rocker Bruce Springsteen gave an Australian teenager the thrill of a lifetime when the Boss invited him onstage to perform a song with the band, and he stole the show Thursday night at a concert in Brisbane.
Euphoria Music Festival loses appeal against Travis County

Euphoria Music Festival loses appeal against Travis County

Euphoria Music Festival lost its appeal against Travis County, a judge ruled this week, affirming a district judge’s decision from more than a year ago to dismiss the case. The organizers of Euphoria Music and Camping Festival sued the county in 2015 over the mass gathering permit guidelines the Commissioners Court had just approved, which regulate hours for large permitted events. Organizers...
Audit: Austin music official failed to report employee’s bogus invoice

Audit: Austin music official failed to report employee’s bogus invoice

Austin City Hall’s top music official, Don Pitts, failed to report a subordinate who billed the city $2,500 for work her boyfriend apparently never performed as part of a scheme to be reimbursed for unauthorized travel expenses, an investigation by the city auditor found. Additionally, the auditor’s office filed an ethics complaint against the now-former city employee Pitts failed to discipline...
Austin’s Carnaval Brasileiro celebrates 40 years

Austin’s Carnaval Brasileiro celebrates 40 years

A-List: Funky Meters at ACL Live, 02.16.17

A-List: Funky Meters at ACL Live, 02.16.17

Tacocat, a tribute to Neil Young and more live music this week

Tacocat, a tribute to Neil Young and more live music this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Delbert McClinton at Paramount Theatre. The Paramount seems drawn to West Texas living legends lately, as the first few weeks of 2017 have brought marquee events for Terry Allen, Joe Ely and now Delbert McClinton. All three spent their early years in the Panhandle, but McClinton, who got his start in music as a teen in Fort Worth, became a star after moving to Los Angeles in...
City music manager Don Pitts resigns while on administrative leave

City music manager Don Pitts resigns while on administrative leave

Don Pitts, music program manager for the city’s Music and Entertainment Office, resigned Tuesday morning after a month on paid administrative leave. Pitts, whose city salary was $95,180.80, was placed on leave Jan. 13, pending completion of a city auditor investigation. “I didn’t follow exact city protocol on an incident that I handled,” Pitts said Tuesday afternoon. He declined...
Joy Villa turns heads at Grammys with Trump-inspired 'Make America Great Again' gown

Joy Villa turns heads at Grammys with Trump-inspired 'Make America Great Again' gown

On Sunday evening in Los Angeles, musicians gathered for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, the biggest night in music for many mainstream musicians.
‘The Magic iPod’ website is nostalgia incarnate

‘The Magic iPod’ website is nostalgia incarnate

If you’re the type of music fan that thinks, “You know what this DMX song needs? A remix with Vanessa Carlton,” then wait no longer.
Music video celebrates Austin’s-Mexican American community

Music video celebrates Austin’s-Mexican American community

A new music video by local musician and singer Haydn Vitera for his Spanish-language song “Qué Pasará,” or “What Will Happen,” celebrates Austin’s Mexican-American community. The song asks what would happen if all the immigrant workers in our nation were gone. Inspired by the immigration policies of President Donald Trump and featuring appearances by Tejano...
Music video celebrates Austin’s Mexican-American community

Music video celebrates Austin’s Mexican-American community

Playing hide-and-seek until midnight with neighborhood friends. Attending Cristo Rey Catholic Church. Feeling the breeze through the screen doors of his Garden Street home. “All of my childhood memories are from East Austin,” said retired police officer turned community advocate Mark Gil, whose alter ego “Police Ice” has for decades inspired youths through rap music and...
Will it be Beyoncé versus Adele at the Grammys?

Will it be Beyoncé versus Adele at the Grammys?

Who will take home the trophies at Sunday’s 59th Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles? With a leading nine nods, including one for the coveted album of the year award, will Beyoncé finally earn the recognition her fans hoped for in 2015? Or are we being set up for another Kanye West outburst, perhaps directed at Adele this time? And now that the Grammys have acknowledged streaming music...
Review: Line Upon Line Percussion pushes boundaries of art and music

Review: Line Upon Line Percussion pushes boundaries of art and music

Line Upon Line Percussion. Contributed by Renelle Bedell This review written by freelance arts critic Luke Quinton A blue light glowed on a pillar at the center.
Jack Hunter: Lady Gaga non-political inclusion message was on point

Jack Hunter: Lady Gaga non-political inclusion message was on point

One of the greatest Super Bowl halftime shows has to be Prince’s in 2007, when it actually rained during his performance of Purple Rain. Only Prince could have pulled that off. Sunday night, Lady Gaga entered the galaxy of superior Super Bowl performers when she catapulted trapeze-style all over the stadium through KISS-worthy smoke and explosions, reminding millions why she’s one of the...
Beyoncé’s pregnancy with twins spawns split opinions

Beyoncé’s pregnancy with twins spawns split opinions

On National Signing Day, Houston hero Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter signed two star recruits to the team. The pop superstar is pregnant with twins, she announced on Instagram on Wednesday. People had opinions. Beyoncé posted a photo of herself, veiled and surrounded by flowers, holding her stomach. The caption read, “We would like to share our love and happiness. We have...
Pregnant-with-twins Beyoncé has long been queen of keeping a secret

Pregnant-with-twins Beyoncé has long been queen of keeping a secret

Truly, we didn’t see this coming. But we never really do when it comes to Beyoncé. The megastar announced she was pregnant with twins in a flower-filled, belly-revealing portrait posted to Instagram Wednesday. “We have been blessed two times over,” the caption reads. “We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes...
Rock band Later Days gets an early start with ‘Lost in the Sound’ album

Rock band Later Days gets an early start with ‘Lost in the Sound’ album

It’s just past midnight at a Sixth Street rock club, and Later Days is taking the stage, the last of four bands on a Saturday night bill. This is still a relatively new experience for them: Formed less than a year ago, they’ve played only a dozen or so live shows. You wouldn’t know it by the way they unleash their fury on the modest-sized crowd of fans and newcomers that have stuck...
February is all about music, award shows and things getting ‘Darker’

February is all about music, award shows and things getting ‘Darker’

Here are some of the best and highest-profile new releases in music, movies, TV and more on the horizon in February. As always, dates are subject to change without notice. 1. Lift to Experience, “The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads” (Mute) Once upon a time (and they always did have a “once upon a time” feel to them), there was a band from Denton called Lift to Experience. They were...
Critics’ picks for the week in live music

Critics’ picks for the week in live music

OUR TOP PICKS Saturday: Dawes at Stubb’s outdoor. The Los Angeles indie/Americana/pop band’s current tour is billed as “An Evening With Dawes,” which is industry code for “no opening act.” That’s good for the band’s ardent fans, who’ll get to hear two sets from the group. That should allow them not only to feature their new album, “We&rsquo...
A-List: KUTX Winter Jam at the ABGB, 01.21.17

A-List: KUTX Winter Jam at the ABGB, 01.21.17

A-List: Purity Ring DJ set at Empire Control Room, 01.21.17

A-List: Purity Ring DJ set at Empire Control Room, 01.21.17

A-List: Atmosphere at Emo’s, 01.20.17

A-List: Atmosphere at Emo’s, 01.20.17

Feel the blues with Jackie Venson at Waterloo Records

Feel the blues with Jackie Venson at Waterloo Records

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Jackie Venson at Waterloo Records. The rapidly rising blues artist’s decision to release a live album was a wise move. Watching Venson perform live is riveting. She’s a musician’s musician who channels spirits to coax soaring melodies out of her electric guitar. The magic she spins is evident in her 2016 release, “Live at Strange Brew,” but why not...
Sam’s Town Point stays in the ’hood with help from Ramsay Midwood

Sam’s Town Point stays in the ’hood with help from Ramsay Midwood

The announcement came rather humbly, fitting for a bar without a sign at its entrance tucked away in deepest South Austin. “As the new owner of Sam’s Town Point it would be fiscally irresponsible of me to not let you know that Jim Stringer will be playing there tonight,” singer-songwriter Ramsay Midwood wrote in a post on his Facebook page a few days before Christmas. Run for 30...
Now appearing at Strange Brew: Locked doors, ‘for lease’ sign

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

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 in damages for business lost to what the lawsuit describes...
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...
Pat Green’s ACL Live set proves why he’s still one of Texas’ greatest live acts

Pat Green’s ACL Live set proves why he’s still one of Texas’ greatest live acts

  “I’m Pat Green, and rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated,” the Texas singer/songwriter exclaimed as he ended the encore for his sold-out set at ACL Live Saturday night.
Austin360 Artist of the Month check-in: Later Days album release show

Austin360 Artist of the Month check-in: Later Days album release show

It’s fitting that Later Days, our Austin360 Artist of the Month for February, chose to hold its record release show at Grizzly Hall.
Sting showcases versatility, depth and enduring rock power at ACL Live

Sting showcases versatility, depth and enduring rock power at ACL Live

Austin, TX – Sting performs in concert at ACL Live on February 19, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro/For American-Statesman Every touring artist panders to the city he’s performing in, but Sting seemed genuine when he called Austin “the hippest town in America” at the top of his set at ACL Live on Sunday.
‘Funky Drummer’ Clyde Stubblefield dead at 73

‘Funky Drummer’ Clyde Stubblefield dead at 73

Clyde Stubblefield, whose 20-second drum break to open James Brown’s 1970 single “Funky Drummer” became one of hip-hop’s most popular samples, died Saturday, Rolling Stone reported. He was 73. His wife, Jody Hannon, told The Associated Press that Stubblefield died of kidney failure at a Madison, Wisconsin, hospital. He had been suffering from kidney disease for 10 years, and...
Listen to James Brown’s awe at Clyde Stubblefield’s ‘Funky Drummer’

Listen to James Brown’s awe at Clyde Stubblefield’s ‘Funky Drummer’

Clyde Stubblefield (Robin Little) Word has it that the great drummer Clyde Stubblefield has died at the age of 73.
Watch Sturgill Simpson take on Donald Trump’s wall in political new music video

Watch Sturgill Simpson take on Donald Trump’s wall in political new music video

  Sturgill Simpson’s latest music video dropped yesterday, four days after he took home the Country Album of the Year award for “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth” and performed at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
Austin360 On The Record: Later Days, Molly Burch and more

Austin360 On The Record: Later Days, Molly Burch and more

OUT THIS WEEK Later Days, “Lost in the Sound.” The debut album from this Austin hard-rock group comes less than a year after the band began. “The five members mesh so tightly that it seems like they could have been playing together for years,” we observed in our current Austin360 Artist of the Month feature. Release show Feb. 17 at Grizzly Hall. Here’s the video for the...
Willie Nelson brings it all home to San Antone at the rodeo

Willie Nelson brings it all home to San Antone at the rodeo

Willie Nelson at the San Antonio Rodeo on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman “I woke up still not dead again today,” Willie Nelson confirmed to a sold-out crowd at San Antonio’s AT&T Center on Thursday night.

SXSW 2017: Fest adds Peanut Butter Wolf, Langhorne Slim, Jackie Venson and 147 more

Jackie Venson plays an Austin New Year’s Eve. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN With three weeks to go before the South by Southwest Music Festival kicks off, fest organizers have added another 150 bands.
Incubus, Jimmy Eat World to play Austin360 Amphitheater in August

Incubus, Jimmy Eat World to play Austin360 Amphitheater in August

Alt-rock band Incubus has a new album “8” coming out this spring and the supporting tour includes a stop in Austin at the Austin360 Amphitheater on August 5. Pop-punk band Jimmy Eats World will open. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 24 at 10 a.m. via ticketmaster.com, all ticketmaster outlets, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Each pair of mobile/internet concert tickets sold will include...
Junior Brown helps make Ameripolitan Awards night special

Junior Brown helps make Ameripolitan Awards night special

You win some, you lose some. Ameripolitan Music Awards organizers had hoped to cap the fourth annual ceremony at the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday night with a performance by living legend Jerry Lee Lewis, recipient of this year’s Master Award.
Margin Walker’s Graham Williams calls transgender bathroom controversy a ‘faux moral issue’

Margin Walker’s Graham Williams calls transgender bathroom controversy a ‘faux moral issue’

JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN On Tuesday, almost 140 artists — including pop stars Lady Gaga, Janelle Monae and Grimes, rapper Vic Mensa and rock bands TV on the Radio and Wilco — signed a letter to Texas leaders urging them to reject two bills moving through the Texas Legislature that would strike down transgender-friendly bathroom policies in public schools, government buildings...
Where’s the SXSW party at? City releases list of SXSW week permits

Where’s the SXSW party at? City releases list of SXSW week permits

Tory Lanez performs at the Bud Light Factory at Brazos Hall during South by Southwest on Thursday March 17, 2016.
ACL Fest producer, C3 Presents releases statement against transgender bathroom bill

ACL Fest producer, C3 Presents releases statement against transgender bathroom bill

Olivia Stout holds up an American flag while her boyrfriend, Dylan Ionnotti, snaps a photo of Willie Nelson performing on the final day of the second weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct.
Weekend music picks: Neil Fest with Norah Jones, Shakey Graves; Feisty punk from Tacocat

Weekend music picks: Neil Fest with Norah Jones, Shakey Graves; Feisty punk from Tacocat

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Delbert McClinton at Paramount Theatre. The Paramount seems drawn to West Texas living legends lately, as the first few weeks of 2017 have brought marquee events for Terry Allen, Joe Ely and now Delbert McClinton.
Joe Ely celebrates 70 years with a blissful blowout at the Paramount

Joe Ely celebrates 70 years with a blissful blowout at the Paramount

It’s hard to imagine a more well-deserved 70th birthday party than the one Joe Ely had on Feb. 10 at the Paramount Theatre — surrounded onstage by lifelong friends, playing songs from the full stretch of his career to an adoring audience that packed the house. So when a chorus of “Happy Birthday to You” spontaneously rose from the crowd as Ely and his band got set for an encore...
Let Anastasia’s sensual ‘Born to Love’ EP be your Valentine’s soundtrack

Let Anastasia’s sensual ‘Born to Love’ EP be your Valentine’s soundtrack

Anya at SOS Fest. Robert Hein/For American-Statesman. Whether you’re a hardhearted cynic or a starry eyed romantic, there’s a lot to love about “Born to Love,” a new EP from hip-hop artist, Anastasia.
Future, Young Thug, Tory Lanez to play Austin360 Amphitheater in June

Future, Young Thug, Tory Lanez to play Austin360 Amphitheater in June

Future performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Friday October 9, 2015. Jay Janner/American-Statesman Trap rap superstar Future came to town last summer opening for Drake on the “Summer Sixteen” tour.
Jason Isbell will return to ACL Live for three nights in July

Jason Isbell will return to ACL Live for three nights in July

Jason Isbell returns to ACL Live for three shows in July. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman 2016 After selling out two nights at ACL Live last year, Americana sensation Jason Isbell is upping the ante this summer.
List: Grammy Award winners

List: Grammy Award winners

Here is the list of winners from Sunday's 59th Grammy Awards: Album of the Year: "25," Adele Record of the Year: "Hello," Adele, Greg Kurstin Song of the Year: "Hello," Adele, Greg Kurstin, songwriters Best Rap Album: "Coloring Book" by Chance the Rapper Best Urban Contemporary Album: "Lemonade" by Beyonce.
Live blogging the Grammys: Beyoncé, Adele and Sturgill, oh my!

Live blogging the Grammys: Beyoncé, Adele and Sturgill, oh my!

  LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Recording artist Adele accepts the Album Of The Year award for ’25’ onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Willie Nelson wins his eighth Grammy, for Gershwin tribute album

Willie Nelson wins his eighth Grammy, for Gershwin tribute album

Willie Nelson decided to record “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin” after the Library of Congress awarded him the prestigious Gershwin Prize in 2015.
Sarah Jarosz wins two Grammys; a look back at her rise to stardom

Sarah Jarosz wins two Grammys; a look back at her rise to stardom

Sarah Jarosz at the Old Settler’s Music Festival in 2014. Tammy Perez for American-Statesman Born in Austin and raised in Wimberley, 25-year-old Sarah Jarosz now lives in New York, but Central Texans shared in the joy when she won two Grammys on Sunday afternoon.
Beyonce, Bowie win early Grammys

Beyonce, Bowie win early Grammys

Singer Beyonce was an early winner at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, winning in best music video category to take her 21st Grammy. Meanwhile, the late David Bowie won an award for his final album, beating out Prince in the best engineered album, non-classical category.   The honors were awarded during Sunday’s pre-telecast ceremony. Beyonce won for the hit "Formation," but lost...
Grammys afternoon ceremony: Live blogging the awards action

Grammys afternoon ceremony: Live blogging the awards action

Wimberley-raised Austin native Sarah Jarosz won two Grammys after being one of the guest presenters at the Sunday afternoon Premiere Ceremony.
Legendary jazz musician Al Jarreau died Sunday at 76

Legendary jazz musician Al Jarreau died Sunday at 76

Fans are mourning the death of legendary jazz musician and Grammy Award-winning artist Al Jarreau. Jarreau, 76, passed away Sunday morning in Los Angeles, according to a statement on his website. “He will be missed,” the statement said. “His 2nd priority in life was music. There was no 3rd. His 1st priority, far ahead of the other, was healing or comforting anyone in need.&rdquo...
Joe Ely celebrates 70 years with a blissful blowout at the Paramount

Joe Ely celebrates 70 years with a blissful blowout at the Paramount

Joe Ely basks in the spotlight at the Paramount Theatre as Terry Allen joins the band during the encore of Ely’s 70th birthday show on Friday, Feb.
Film about Austin producer Mark Hallman’s studio to get Alamo premiere

Film about Austin producer Mark Hallman’s studio to get Alamo premiere

“The Shopkeeper,” a documentary that sets local producer Mark Hallman’s long-running Congress House Studio against the backdrop of the music industry’s downward spiral in the digital age, has its Austin premiere on Sunday, Feb.
Sturgill Simpson adds September concert date at Austin 360 Amphitheater

Sturgill Simpson adds September concert date at Austin 360 Amphitheater

  Sturgill Simpson will bring his Grammy-nominated brand of country music back to Austin in September.
Austin360 On The Record: Black Joe Lewis, and a whole lot more

Austin360 On The Record: Black Joe Lewis, and a whole lot more

OUT THIS WEEK Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, “Backlash” (Ingroove). Once a fast-rising star with a major-label deal, funk-blues-punk stylist Joe Lewis and his Honeybears ensemble did a slow fade over the past decade, after their notoriety peaked with an EP and album on Lost Highway Records. “Electric Slave” followed on Vagrant before an extended break, as Lewis moonlighted...
JMBLYA 2017 adds Migos and Gucci Mane, announces location

JMBLYA 2017 adds Migos and Gucci Mane, announces location

Following the drop of their powerful and very popular album “Culture” in January, Atlanta rap crew Migos, has been riding high as one of the biggest hip-hop crews in the world.
SXSW 2017: New music acts include Pussy Riot Theatre, Bilal, Pell

SXSW 2017: New music acts include Pussy Riot Theatre, Bilal, Pell

The South by Southwest Music Festival kicks off in just over a month and today the fest released a list of 140 new artists. None of the big names we’ve been holding out hope for surfaced on this list. The most intriguing addition is not a rock star, but the leaders of the most visible music protest movement of the last decade, Pussy Riot, who showed up on the schedule today as Pussy Riot Theatre...
Kris Kristofferson to join Jack Ingram’s songwriter benefit concert

Kris Kristofferson to join Jack Ingram’s songwriter benefit concert

Kris Kristofferson will take part in the Jack Ingram & Friends show at ACL Live on April 21. Erika Rich for American-Statesman The marquee headlining concert of Mack, Jack & McConaughey — this year featuring Miranda Lambert on April 20 — is ostensibly the annual fundraiser’s biggest music event.
One Night in February: Dynamic duos abound around town

One Night in February: Dynamic duos abound around town

“One Night in February” is the 11th installment of our monthly series in which we stop in at a half-dozen local music hot spots on a single evening.
Penis sketches, not ‘How to Punch a Nazi’ video got Thor Harris temporarily banned from Twitter

Penis sketches, not ‘How to Punch a Nazi’ video got Thor Harris temporarily banned from Twitter

2011 Julia Robinson/ FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN; Thor Harris plays a handmade dulcimer during the second set of the Island Arc.
Top shows celebrate Joe Ely’s birthday, Pinetop Perkins’ legacy, more

Top shows celebrate Joe Ely’s birthday, Pinetop Perkins’ legacy, more

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Joe Ely’s 70th birthday bash at Paramount Theatre. In November it was Ray Wylie Hubbard; now it’s Joe Ely. Gradually, the troubadours who helped put Austin on the map during the 1970s heyday of progressive-country are hitting the big seven-oh. Ely’s early work with the Flatlanders, followed by his breakout solo records that brought him a national following,...
The Black Angels to play Stubb’s BBQ in May

The Black Angels to play Stubb’s BBQ in May

Alex Maas of the Black Angels performs at ACL Fest 2013. ERIKA RICH / AMERICAN-STATESMAN After a devastating rain out in 2016, Levitation Fest won’t return to Austin this year, but event’s flagship act, the Black Angels, will headline Stubb’s BBQ on May 20 with A Place to Bury Strangers.
After stroke, Randy Travis says he is ‘damaged,’ but pressing on

After stroke, Randy Travis says he is ‘damaged,’ but pressing on

  Country singer Randy Travis revealed in an interview with The Tennessean published Tuesday that he flatlined three times and doctors advised moving him off of life support following his stroke in July of 2013.
SXSW 2017: Free AV Club/Onion party to feature Sylvan Esso, Sohn, Lizzo

SXSW 2017: Free AV Club/Onion party to feature Sylvan Esso, Sohn, Lizzo

Amelia Meath, left, and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso during the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (Stephen Spillman / for American Statesman) Have we mentioned South by Southwest is coming? The music festival begins a day earlier than past years on Monday, March 13, and the AV Club and the Onion just announced a doozy of a kick off party at the Mohawk. RELATED: Talking...
SXSW 2017 lineup: Ryan Adams? Big Sean? Depeche Mode? Our guesses

SXSW 2017 lineup: Ryan Adams? Big Sean? Depeche Mode? Our guesses

Ryan Adams performs at the JW Marriott during SXSW 2016. Photo by Kelly West/AMERICAN-STATESMAN It seems like each year the big names playing South by Southwest Music Festival turn up later and later, but at this point in the year, with the fest less than two months away, we’re able to look at release and tour schedules and start making educated guesses.
Weekend music picks: Joe Ely’s 70th birthday, a Black History Month Boogie and more

Weekend music picks: Joe Ely’s 70th birthday, a Black History Month Boogie and more

OUR TOP PICKS 2010 Larry Kolvoord/AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN Friday: Joe Ely’s 70th birthday bash at Paramount Theatre.
Angel Olsen is not your woman on ‘My Woman’ tour

Angel Olsen is not your woman on ‘My Woman’ tour

Photo by Robert Hein for the American-Statesman It’s not a misnomer. Angel Olsen is a baby-banged, easy-voiced actual angel.
Willie Nelson cancels 3 California shows, but still on for San Antonio rodeo next week

Willie Nelson cancels 3 California shows, but still on for San Antonio rodeo next week

Concerns about Willie Nelson’s health rose again Monday night when the country legend postponed three appearances this week at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, Calif.
Mick Fleetwood, Kesha, other speakers added to SXSW music lineup

Mick Fleetwood, Kesha, other speakers added to SXSW music lineup

Mick Fleetwood will be among the featured speakers at SXSW Music this year. Contributed/Sean M. Hower Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood, platinum-selling rap star Kesha and former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic are among a large group of speakers announced today for this year’s South by Southwest daytime conference lineup.
Opinion: It’s time to talk about the tension between the homeless population and the Red River Cultural District

Opinion: It’s time to talk about the tension between the homeless population and the Red River Cultural District

Last week’s Austin Chronicle cover story was a solidly reported piece from music writer Kevin Curtin about tension that’s been growing over the last several years as Red River has grown into the city’s most vibrant live music district, adjacent to city services for the homeless, most notably the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH).
Will Gary Clark Jr. celebrate his March 17 live album release at SXSW?

Will Gary Clark Jr. celebrate his March 17 live album release at SXSW?

Gary Clark Jr. at the Paramount Theater on December 6, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro/For American-Statesman Austin’s next generation blues great, Gary Clark Jr.
Country Music Roundup: Johnny Cash’s legacy lives on in two Super Bowl ad spots

Country Music Roundup: Johnny Cash’s legacy lives on in two Super Bowl ad spots

This Week’s News Sure, Luke Bryan sang the National Anthem at Sunday’s Super Bowl match up between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots in Houston.
Blink-182, The Naked and Famous to play Austin360 Amphitheater in March

Blink-182, The Naked and Famous to play Austin360 Amphitheater in March

If you missed Blink-182 at last year’s X Games Austin, or if you somehow managed to skip The Naked and Famous at Austin City Limits Music Festival in October, fear not.
Deftones, Rise Against coming to Austin360 Amphitheater this summer

Deftones, Rise Against coming to Austin360 Amphitheater this summer

Suddenly the Austin360 Amphitheater schedule is beginning to fill up quickly. The venue has just announced a June 28 date for hard rock bands Deftones and Rise Against, hot on the heels of this morning’s news that Muse and 30 Seconds From Mars will play there June 10.
Lady Gaga to play Erwin Center in December

Lady Gaga to play Erwin Center in December

On the heels of a Super Bowl performance widely regarded as spectacular, except by the folks who think it was a Satanic ritual, Lady Gaga has announced her national Joanne tour.
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