Deborah Sengupta Stith

Music critic

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

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Top shows this week: Hayes Carll, Eric Johnson, Nicole Atkins and more
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Hayes Carll with Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer at Paramount Theatre. Like Bob Schneider (who’s also in action this weekend, at ACL Live), local singer-songwriter Carll has the unusual ability to balance playing small rooms like the Saxon Pub with the occasional large theater show. The ringer on this one, though...

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OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Hayes Carll with Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer at Paramount Theatre. Like Bob Schneider (who’s also in action this weekend, at ACL Live), local singer-songwriter Carll has the unusual ability to balance playing small rooms like the Saxon Pub with the occasional large theater show. The ringer on this one, though...
Virtually hang out with Ed Sheeran, Zac Brown Band in new ‘ACL’ series
 In 2017, our city’s signature show, “Austin City Limits,” turned 43, passing the British program “Top of the Pops,” which
            ended in 2006, to become the longest running music television series in history. To mark the occasion, the show’s producers
            launched a new virtual reality documentary...

Posted: 6 days ago

In 2017, our city’s signature show, “Austin City Limits,” turned 43, passing the British program “Top of the Pops,” which ended in 2006, to become the longest running music television series in history. To mark the occasion, the show’s producers launched a new virtual reality documentary...
Join us Friday at noon for a Facebook live session with Thor and Friends
 “The Subversive Nature of Kindness,” the new album from Thor and Friends drops Friday and we’ll have the band in our studio
            for a live session at noon to celebrate. Thor & Friends are Sarah Gautier, from left, Thor Harris and Peggy Ghorbani. The group will release their second record
               on Nov...

Posted: 7 days ago

“The Subversive Nature of Kindness,” the new album from Thor and Friends drops Friday and we’ll have the band in our studio for a live session at noon to celebrate. Thor & Friends are Sarah Gautier, from left, Thor Harris and Peggy Ghorbani. The group will release their second record on Nov...
Concert calendar: Merry musical shows for a harmonious holiday in Austin
 We might not dream of a “White Christmas” in Austin, but we certainly know how to rock a holiday jam.  Enjoy your favorite
            carols and spread cheer at seasonal soirees and festive benefits. Nov. 23: Dale Watson & his Lone Stars annual Thanksgiving Party. Just say no to post-feast food coma. Honky tonker Watson...

Posted: 7 days ago

We might not dream of a “White Christmas” in Austin, but we certainly know how to rock a holiday jam.  Enjoy your favorite carols and spread cheer at seasonal soirees and festive benefits. Nov. 23: Dale Watson & his Lone Stars annual Thanksgiving Party. Just say no to post-feast food coma. Honky tonker Watson...
Jackie Venson, Jai Malano, Ani DiFranco lead strong week of shows
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Geraldine’s 2nd anniversary with Jackie Venson and Jai Malano. Two of Austin’s best new blues artists join forces to celebrate the second birthday of the music-friendly hotel bar. Venson appears hot on the heels of a new EP release and a big year that included several stints opening for Gary Clark Jr. on...

Posted: 8 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Geraldine’s 2nd anniversary with Jackie Venson and Jai Malano. Two of Austin’s best new blues artists join forces to celebrate the second birthday of the music-friendly hotel bar. Venson appears hot on the heels of a new EP release and a big year that included several stints opening for Gary Clark Jr. on...
Weekend music picks: Geraldine’s and Empire throw birthday bashes
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday: 
               Geraldine’s 2nd anniversary with Jackie Venson and Jai Malano.
             Two of Austin’s best new blues artists join forces to celebrate the second birthday of the music-friendly hotel bar. Venson
            appears hot on the heels of a new EP release and a big year that included...

Posted: 8 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS Friday:  Geraldine’s 2nd anniversary with Jackie Venson and Jai Malano.  Two of Austin’s best new blues artists join forces to celebrate the second birthday of the music-friendly hotel bar. Venson appears hot on the heels of a new EP release and a big year that included...
Video premiere: ‘Too Low to Get High’ by Kalu & the Electric Joint

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Soulful artist Kalu James came to the United States from Nigeria when he was 18. Now, at 35, he’s been a fixture on the Austin music scene for well over a decade, both as a solo artist and with his new project Kalu & the Electric Joint. The Electric Joint pairs James with guitarist Jonathan “J.T.” Holt and...
Kelly Clarkson to headline Mix 94.7’s Merry Mix Show
 In 2013, Texas powerhouse singer Kelly Clarkson released an excellent contemporary Christmas album, “Wrapped in Red,” and
            this holiday season her Austin fans will have a chance to hear the songs live when she headlines radio station Mix 94.7’s
            Merry Mix Show. NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Kelly...

Posted: 10 days ago

In 2013, Texas powerhouse singer Kelly Clarkson released an excellent contemporary Christmas album, “Wrapped in Red,” and this holiday season her Austin fans will have a chance to hear the songs live when she headlines radio station Mix 94.7’s Merry Mix Show. NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Kelly...
SOS Fest: Electrifying club shows from Snow tha Product, Japandroids, more
 When 
            Sound on Sound Fest was forced to cancel in October, booker, Graham Williams performed the Herculean feat of securing club shows for 80-90% of the artists scheduled to play
            at the Renaissance Fest-themed event. Most of the shows took place last weekend and here’s an overview of the ones we caught. RELATED...

Posted: 10 days ago

When Sound on Sound Fest was forced to cancel in October, booker, Graham Williams performed the Herculean feat of securing club shows for 80-90% of the artists scheduled to play at the Renaissance Fest-themed event. Most of the shows took place last weekend and here’s an overview of the ones we caught. RELATED...
Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ tour will not stop in Austin or San Antonio
 Taylor Swift dropped her new album ‘Reputation’ to 
            mixed
            reviews last Friday. On Monday, she announced dates for the accompanying U.S. tour and Austin fans who want to catch the show should
            prepare for a road trip. Taylor Swift performs her only full concert of 2016 during the Formula...

Posted: 10 days ago

Taylor Swift dropped her new album ‘Reputation’ to mixed reviews last Friday. On Monday, she announced dates for the accompanying U.S. tour and Austin fans who want to catch the show should prepare for a road trip. Taylor Swift performs her only full concert of 2016 during the Formula...
SOS Fest: Snow tha Product proves she’s the Mexican-American rap breakout we need
 Texas is ready for a Mexican-American rap breakout. How ready? As Snow tha Product’s insanely hype Sound on Sound Fest makeup
            show proved: hysterical screaming, delirious dancing, turned up to 11 ready. Here's 
                  @SnowThaProduct crowd surfing at 
                  @EmpireATX last night. Her 
            ...

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Texas is ready for a Mexican-American rap breakout. How ready? As Snow tha Product’s insanely hype Sound on Sound Fest makeup show proved: hysterical screaming, delirious dancing, turned up to 11 ready. Here's @SnowThaProduct crowd surfing at @EmpireATX last night. Her ...