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Jeremy Nail’s album draws inspiration from facing hard truths head-on

Jeremy Nail’s album draws inspiration from facing hard truths head-on

“My mountain, the wind begins to moanI’m battered and broken, there’s still a ways to goWhen the night is bearing down on my soulI call on a friend to help me lift this heavy load”The bluesy opening track of Jeremy Nail’s new album “My Mountain” references natural forces, a recurring theme on the record.
Meet our Austin360 Artist of the Month

Meet our Austin360 Artist of the Month

For this series, we search the clubs, the coffeehouses and the hundreds of random band houses scattered around the city to bring Austin's best emerging talent to your desktop.
Austin’s A Giant Dog finds the right home for new record with Merge

Austin’s A Giant Dog finds the right home for new record with Merge

Three papier-mache creatures – colored pastel pink, off-turquoise and brown — sit atop the console television set in the living room of the home of Andrew Cashen and Graham Low, respectively the guitarist/singer, and bass player of Austin punk band A Giant Dog.
Best of Latino cultural arts in May

Best of Latino cultural arts in May

Playwright and teaching artist Jelisa Jay Robinson, who is African-American, grew curious about speaking Spanish ever since her father began teaching her a few words when she was in the fifth grade.
Glen Campbell’s life and music gets its proper due in Jimmy Webb’s show

Glen Campbell’s life and music gets its proper due in Jimmy Webb’s show

Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, Smokey Robinson, Cher, Johnny Mathis, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings: The hundreds of singers who have recorded Jimmy Webb’s songs across five decades include many of the most iconic figures in 20th-century American music.
Tony Bennett eclipses the bounds of time at Bass Concert Hall

Tony Bennett eclipses the bounds of time at Bass Concert Hall

We should all look, sound and feel as good as Tony Bennett does if and when we reach age 89. But for an hour and a half on Sunday night at Bass Concert Hall, the legendary crooner made everyone in the room feel good, regardless of their age.
Music listings, April 8-15

Music listings, April 8-15

Friday Anderson Mill Tavern: Snakeboy Johnson ACL Live: Donavon Frankenreite, Widespread Panic Barcelona: Treble Soul, Hannah Prestridge, Curt Jones The Bayou Lounge: DJ Dolo Beerland: Thin Skin, Art Acevedo, New China, Sam Gerhard Brass House: Candy DeClue, Art Carvajal Broken Spoke: Ben Rodgers, Bobby Flores Cactus Café: Chris Pureka Carousel Lounge: Ron Titter Band, Bad Marmot Carson Creek Ranch: Euphoria Music Festival Central Texas Speedway: The Red Dirt Coalition, the Logan Ryan Band Cherrywood Coffeehouse: Room 24 Chuggin’ Monkey: Will Southern, the Nine-Pound Hammers The Continental Club: The Blues Specialists, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Southern Culture on the Skids; the Gallery: Robert Kraft Trio, the Lost Counts Dirty Dog Bar: Forever in Disgust, Of the Sun Donn’s Depot: Donn & the Station Masters Down South Railhouse: Blane Howard Emo’s: Lissie Flamingo Cantina: Lion Heights, Heye Minds, Shashamani Soundsystem The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium: Jackie Venson Giddy-Ups: The Jailbirds TX Green Mesquite Barbeque & More: The Longshots Gruene Hall: Los Lonely Boys The Highball: The Copa Kings Historic Scoot Inn: Wood & Wire Recording Live Album in Austin, Possessed by Paul James, Rock Bottom String Band Hole In The Wall: Two Hoots and a Holler, Churchwood, C.
Rita Wilson shows off her musical side

Rita Wilson shows off her musical side

Rita Wilson’s credits include everything from beloved romantic comedy “Sleepless in Seattle” to HBO’s edgy “Girls,” but if she’s being totally honest, it was music, not acting, that was her “first love.
Carly Rae Jepsen runs away with social network Vine

Carly Rae Jepsen runs away with social network Vine

Saxophones are inherently funny. Ask Benny Hill. Or, since it’s 2016, ask Carly Rae Jepsen.Singer Jepsen, who released LP “Emotion” last year to critical acclaim (and visited Austin on her Gimmie Love tour earlier this year), has found viral fame once more.
Austin360 music picks: 7 nights of shows, April 1-7

Austin360 music picks: 7 nights of shows, April 1-7

Urban Music Festival at Auditorium Shores. In its 11th year, the festival programmed to coincide with Texas Relays Weekend continues its mission to provide a family-friendly alternative to the club-centric social scene.
Best of Latino cultural arts in April

Best of Latino cultural arts in April

At a time when educating women defied social, cultural and religious norms, 17th century Mexican nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz became an acclaimed poet, playwright and self-taught scholar.

Explosions in the Sky come home for energetic show

Austin band Explosions in the Sky inherited a post-rock outpost on Texas’ musical plain and turned it into a cross-disciplinary hive of creativity and inspiration.
Robert Plant mixes old and new songs at 'Austin City Limits' taping

Robert Plant mixes old and new songs at 'Austin City Limits' taping

When Robert Plant announced at the end of Monday night’s “Austin City Limits” taping at ACL Live that he and his Sensational Space Shifters would close with “an old English folk song,” the crowd didn’t seem to be buying it.
Editors' Picks: Best of SXSW Music 2016 Photos

Photos: Editors' Picks: Best of SXSW Music 2016 Photos

Take a look back at SXSW Music 2016 in Austin, TX. Our photographers Jay Janner, Stephen Spillman, Suzanne Cordeiro, Erika Rich, Tom McCarthy Jr., Deborah Cannon and Laura Skelding were all around capturing moments with the crowds and bands in town for the festival.
Music at Rodeo Austin, free stuff to do at SXSW

Music at Rodeo Austin, free stuff to do at SXSW

South by Southwest isn’t the only place to find live music this time of year; Rodeo Austin features performances — mainly country and pop acts — throughout its 15-day run, which started March 12 and continues through March 26.
15 bands you should not miss at SXSW 2016

15 bands you should not miss at SXSW 2016

With more than 2,000 artists filling stages during the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival, it can be hard to prioritize.
Around the world in 5 days: Top SXSW international artists

Around the world in 5 days: Top SXSW international artists

The South by Southwest Music Festival always has had a strong international component, and as the festival has expanded, so has the roster of top-notch talent from around the world.
Free and almost-free shows offer a taste of SXSW

Free and almost-free shows offer a taste of SXSW

South by Southwest is full of free (or almost free) events, both official and unofficial. Here’s a look at some favorites, particularly for Austinites who want to get a taste of the fest.
Fantastic Negrito digs deep to rediscover black roots music

Fantastic Negrito digs deep to rediscover black roots music

Xavier Dphrepaulezz a.k.a. Fantastic Negrito has never been one to get caught up in genres. His first and only major label release (under the name Xavier, on Interscope) dabbled in neo-soul, but he felt the label’s expectations pigeonholed his artistic vision.
Guerilla Toss creates exuberant noise you want to dance to

Guerilla Toss creates exuberant noise you want to dance to

If you want to get a sense of the noise funk quintet Guerilla Toss, your best bet may be to forego the usual avenues — Spotify, Bandcamp — and instead queue up some of the band’s performances on YouTube.
Vivian Moon crafts hypnotic, psychedelic grooves as Pastel Ghost

Vivian Moon crafts hypnotic, psychedelic grooves as Pastel Ghost

The video for Brooklyn-by-way-of-San-Francisco electronic artist Pastel Ghost’s “Clouds” is a mesmerizing, psychedelic vision — with striking colors, neon lasers, and a dancing, drifting animated woman.
Bay Area band Thao & the Get Down Stay Down bring a broad-ranging sound

Bay Area band Thao & the Get Down Stay Down bring a broad-ranging sound

Many moons ago, in the midst of alt-country magazine No Depression’s heyday, my co-editor Grant Alden mentioned that during a guest-lecturing stint at a Virginia university, he’d come across an aspiring student writer and musician who he thought we should use in our pages.
Facebook comments: March 7, 2016

Facebook comments: March 7, 2016

As reported by the American-Statesman’s Gary Dinges, Austin Mayor Steve Adler unveiled a six-page plan last week to give the city’s music industry a boost, featuring ideas such as encouraging venues to add gratuities for musicians to customers’ bills, creating land trusts to save venues from being displaced and creating roadshows to showcase local musicians.
President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama to speak at SXSW events

President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama to speak at SXSW events

In a first for South by Southwest, the festival this year will host a sitting U.S. president.President Barack Obama will be interviewed in a SXSW Interactive keynote conversation on Friday, March 11, with Texas Tribune Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith.
Facebook comments: March 1, 2016

Facebook comments: March 1, 2016

As reported by the American-Statesman’s Gary Dinges, Austin’s music industry has shed more than 1,200 jobs in the past four years, according to a report commissioned by Austin Music People and conducted by local firm TXP Inc.
Mayor pitches plan to boost Austin’s music industry

Mayor pitches plan to boost Austin’s music industry

Days after a report showed Austin lost more than 1,200 music industry jobs over a four-year span, city leaders unveiled a list of ideas Friday for helping reverse that troubling trend.
A roundup of Austin bands releasing music, playing shows to celebrate

A roundup of Austin bands releasing music, playing shows to celebrate

Balmy weather and buds on trees aren’t the only indication of an early spring in Austin this year. An onslaught of new records by local artists arrives this week, and the weekend leading up to Leap Day on Monday is blooming with release shows.
Austin360 club picks: 7 nights of music, Feb. 26-March 3

Austin360 club picks: 7 nights of music, Feb. 26-March 3

FRIDAY“Don’t Gentrify My Neighborhood” at Scoot Inn. Local rapper Lench Martinez hit a nerve when he dropped his song “What Happened to Austin” in early January.
ACL Live getting sister music venue in downtown Austin

ACL Live getting sister music venue in downtown Austin

The past few years haven’t been kind to downtown Austin music venues.Some have been forced to relocate or close as rents rise and older buildings are razed to make way for new high-rises.
Austin360 music picks: 7 nights of shows, Feb. 19-25

Austin360 music picks: 7 nights of shows, Feb. 19-25

FRIDAYCarrie Rodriguez “Lola” release at Waterloo Records. Rodriguez finds herself in a rare position as a Chicana Americana fiddle player, something that early in her career she says didn’t occur to her as being unusual.
Carrie Rodriguez offers modern Tex-Mex with ‘Lola’

Carrie Rodriguez offers modern Tex-Mex with ‘Lola’

Thanks to her fiery fiddle playing and twang-laden songs, native Austinite Carrie Rodriguez has in recent years risen to stardom and captured the hearts of Americana fans across the country.
A new Antone’s

A new Antone’s

“I wanna hear Derek O’Brien play some guitar.” It’s a Friday night at the new Antone’s, and one of the club’s co-owners, Gary Clark Jr.

Yo La Tengo transports auditorium audience to the astral plane

Yo La Tengo has traversed a lot of musical territory in 30 years of recording, but a prime entry point for a lot of their fans was the 1990 acoustic album “Fakebook,” a brilliant collection of originals and mostly obscure covers.
Take a quick spin back through recent Austin music highlights

Take a quick spin back through recent Austin music highlights

Next month, the music industry will descend on our fair city for South by Southwest, putting us in a national spotlight — but those of us who live here know Austin’s music scene thrives all through the year.
Austin360 music picks: 7 nights of shows, Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Austin360 music picks: 7 nights of shows, Jan. 29-Feb. 4

FRIDAYKool & the Gang at ACL Live. When they played the Urban Music Festival two years ago, bassist Robert “Kool” Bell was one of three original members of the Gang who performed.
Kelly Willis & Radio Ranch reunite to mark 25 years since first album

Kelly Willis & Radio Ranch reunite to mark 25 years since first album

It’s an oft-told cautionary tale in the music business, and that was especially the case when Kelly Willis first attracted attention almost three decades ago: A young artist barely out of school signs on to make a debut album, only to find that the record label has an entirely different vision for the singer’s identity.
Austin360 music picks: 7 nights of shows, Jan. 22-28

Austin360 music picks: 7 nights of shows, Jan. 22-28

FRIDAY“Chicano Giants of Jazz” with Joe Gallardo & Luis Gasca at H&H; Ballroom. Two Texas-born jazz horn players, trombonist Joe Gallardo and trumpet player Luis Gasca, team up for a special engagement at the southeast Austin events center.
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