Deborah Sengupta Stith

Music critic

Deborah Sengupta Stith is a music writer for the Austin American-Statesman.

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New book claims Fader Fort was first outlet to bring hip-hop to SXSW (It wasn’t)
 We wrote earlier this month about 
            a new book, “Fader Fort: Setting the Stage,” chronicling 15 years of the event’s history at South by Southwest, set to be released March 1 by the Fader, a music magazine/lifestyle brand that has grown into a global multimedia company.
            We had a chance to look...

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We wrote earlier this month about a new book, “Fader Fort: Setting the Stage,” chronicling 15 years of the event’s history at South by Southwest, set to be released March 1 by the Fader, a music magazine/lifestyle brand that has grown into a global multimedia company. We had a chance to look...
‘What happened to Austin?’ This one-handed barber has a story to tell
 On the door of Austin’s Most Wanted, a no-frills barbershop in an industrial strip off Burleson Road in Southeast Austin, a muscular character with an impeccable fade smirks through prison bars he bends like rubber bands. Inside, Lawrence “Lench” Martinez efficiently wields his clippers to help his clients achieve similar...

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On the door of Austin’s Most Wanted, a no-frills barbershop in an industrial strip off Burleson Road in Southeast Austin, a muscular character with an impeccable fade smirks through prison bars he bends like rubber bands. Inside, Lawrence “Lench” Martinez efficiently wields his clippers to help his clients achieve similar...
This week in music: Cupcakke, Texas songwriters, Austin Music Awards
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound Revue at Stubb’s outdoor. When the Black Keys co-founder taped “Austin City Limits” late last year, it was a revelatory experience, in part because of the A-list backing band he brought with him (including studio legends Gene Chrisman on drums and Bobby Wood on keys)...

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OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound Revue at Stubb’s outdoor. When the Black Keys co-founder taped “Austin City Limits” late last year, it was a revelatory experience, in part because of the A-list backing band he brought with him (including studio legends Gene Chrisman on drums and Bobby Wood on keys)...
Imagine Dragons head to Austin with 14-year-old sensation Grace VanderWaal
 Vegas-based arena rockers Imagine Dragons hit the road for the North American leg of their “Evolve” tour this summer. The
            tour arrives in Austin in the heat of summer, with an August 2 appearance at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Singer Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images) Along for...

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Vegas-based arena rockers Imagine Dragons hit the road for the North American leg of their “Evolve” tour this summer. The tour arrives in Austin in the heat of summer, with an August 2 appearance at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Singer Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images) Along for...
Mix it up with Austin music industry folks at ‘Feel the Love’ expo on Wednesday.
 The Austin Music Foundation is hosting the fourth annual 
            ‘Feel the Love’ music industry expo on Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Emo’s.  The expo is a solid networking opportunity for musicians and industry professionals. Representatives from music support nonprofits
            and organizations will...

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The Austin Music Foundation is hosting the fourth annual ‘Feel the Love’ music industry expo on Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Emo’s. The expo is a solid networking opportunity for musicians and industry professionals. Representatives from music support nonprofits and organizations will...
Carnival Beats reunion brings Mike Jones, Chingo Bling to Austin
 Back in the early aughts, local hip-hop production powerhouse Carnival Beats helped reshape the sound of Texas hip-hop, by
            writing beats for Houston rap songs that became ubiquitous hits. Their catalog includes classics like “Purple Stuff” by Big
            Moe, “Pourin’ Up” by Pimp C and &ldquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Back in the early aughts, local hip-hop production powerhouse Carnival Beats helped reshape the sound of Texas hip-hop, by writing beats for Houston rap songs that became ubiquitous hits. Their catalog includes classics like “Purple Stuff” by Big Moe, “Pourin’ Up” by Pimp C and &ldquo...
SXSW: RSVP for Brooklyn Vegan’s Lost Weekend 2
 Music website Brooklyn Vegan has teamed up with local promotion company Margin Walker Presents for three days of parties at
            Cheer Up Charlies.  The events are scheduled for March 15-17 and they are free and open to the public (members of the public who are prepared
            to show up early and wait in line, that is). Lineups...

Posted: 4 days ago

Music website Brooklyn Vegan has teamed up with local promotion company Margin Walker Presents for three days of parties at Cheer Up Charlies. The events are scheduled for March 15-17 and they are free and open to the public (members of the public who are prepared to show up early and wait in line, that is). Lineups...
Post Malone, 21 Savage to play Austin this summer
 Rapper who’s reluctant to admit he’s a rapper, Post Malone announced plans for a spring/summer tour with 21 Savage on Tuesday. The three-month jaunt includes a stop in
            Austin on June 16. Hip-hop star Post Malone attends the 2018 Maxim Party February 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty...

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Rapper who’s reluctant to admit he’s a rapper, Post Malone announced plans for a spring/summer tour with 21 Savage on Tuesday. The three-month jaunt includes a stop in Austin on June 16. Hip-hop star Post Malone attends the 2018 Maxim Party February 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty...