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Shakey Graves gets the brass ring at Bass for KUTX party
Tammy Perez

Shakey Graves gets the brass ring at Bass for KUTX party

As a child growing up in Austin, Alejandro Rose-Garcia — known to music audiences as Shakey Graves — often waited in the wings at Bass Concert Hall while his father worked jobs with the stage crew for theatrical productions. Saturday night, he returns to those old stomping grounds — but this time, he’s one of the stars of the show.

“I spent a lot of time not being allowed to get on that stage,” he remembers. “And being told, ‘No, you cannot go climb through the “Cats” set. I was like, ‘It looks so cool, can’t I touch all this stuff? Can’t I be on this stage?’ But the answer was always no.

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New live music lounge Stay Gold opens on Cesar Chavez

Will Tanner and Nathan Hill, owners of the new club Stay Gold, aren’t trying to get drawn into a conversation about gentrification and the changing face of East Austin, but the topic is hard to avoid. Stay Gold will take over the space of Tejano club El Leon, on a small lot near Leal’s Tire Shop on East Cesar Chavez Street. Across the street, Drinks Lounge, run by folks from East Sixth Street clubs the Brixton and Shangri-La, replaced another Tejano spot, Club El Caletano, less than six months ago.

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The musical life of oddball genius Jack White
Matthew Danser

The musical life of oddball genius Jack White

Jack White is born John Anthony Gillis in Detroit, Mich., in 1975, to parents who work for the archdiocese of Detroit, his father as a maintenance man and his mother as secretary to the cardinal. The youngest of 10 children, seven years younger than his nearest sibling, he inherits their discarded musical instruments and starts playing drums in elementary school.

» Interactive: The weird, wonderful world of Jack White

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Austin360 music picks: 7 nights of shows, Jan. 30-Feb. 6
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7 nights of shows, Jan. 30-Feb. 6

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Leon Bridges at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul. “It’s like, damn, every year since I started playing guitar, something better happens,” Leon Bridges told his hometown paper Fort Worth Weekly last month in discussing his rise from open-mic upstart to Texas music’s new it-kid. When the 25-year-old classic soul singer and songwriter recorded a few songs with Austin Jenkins and Josh Block of Austin band White Denim last year, he could not have imagined that two of the tracks would soon attract more than a million listens on SoundCloud in just three months.

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Peligrosa DJ collective to launch record label

Peligrosa DJ collective to launch record label

The first album to be released on the new Discos Peligrosa record label, Kiko Villamizar’s “La Remolacha,” is an exhilarating fusion of Latin American and Caribbean sounds with ample jazz and a few hints of hip-hop thrown in for good measure. The album is out today and DJ collective Peligrosa will celebrate the release and the launch of the label, helmed by founding member Orión García, at its monthly throwdown Friday night at Empire.

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Blackstock: House of Songs reaches toward new horizons
Jay Janner

House of Songs reaches toward new horizons

“You have to get people who are willing to play an ice glockenspiel, and write a song with it.”

The challenges Troy Campbell brings up in conversation tend to differ from what most local musicians deal with on a day-to-day basis. As the founder of House of Songs, an international songwriter’s retreat in South Austin that has a variety of ambitious projects in the works, Campbell operates in a world that extends well beyond the nightclub circuit for which Austin is renowned.


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