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BET Awards full of Prince tributes and political moments

BET Awards full of Prince tributes and political moments

The BET Awards — or "The Prince Tribute Show" — featured emotional and energetic performances from Sheila E.
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.
Best of Latino cultural arts in July

Best of Latino cultural arts in July

In my hometown on the Texas border, I grew accustomed to my classmates leaving the school year early or enrolling late.
Selena Gomez, James Taylor, Margo Price among this week’s Austin shows

Selena Gomez, James Taylor, Margo Price among this week’s Austin shows

FRIDAYSelena Gomez at Erwin Center. Texas native and on-the-record Whataburger enthusiast Selena Gomez zeroed in on a winning formula with last year’s album, after an endless journey of Disney servitude and indistinct dance-pop mediocrity.
Kirk Franklin, Boston and another Prince tribute top this week’s shows

Kirk Franklin, Boston and another Prince tribute top this week’s shows

FRIDAY Kirk Franklin at ACL Live. Gospel music has always been an integral soundtrack for black social justice movements in America, and the title track for Franklin’s 2015 release “Losing My Religion” is an incisive spoken word piece that grapples with big issues — violence, poverty, gay rights, wage inequality.
Trans-Pecos pipeline mogul’s plans divide Austin-area musicians

Trans-Pecos pipeline mogul’s plans divide Austin-area musicians

Last month, Kelcy Warren, a politically connected pipeline mogul, notched a big win when his bid to build a nearly 150-mile natural gas pipeline through the Big Bend region of West Texas won approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, clearing the way for construction.
Best of Latino cultural arts in June

Best of Latino cultural arts in June

Stepping into Mexico City’s Alameda Central Park with its majestic fountains, impromptu performance art shows and canoodling couples, you can feel the energy of the megalopolis and its cultural richness.
Randy Newman, tributes to Prince and more in Austin clubs this week

Randy Newman, tributes to Prince and more in Austin clubs this week

A$AP Ferg at Stubb’s. “Always Strive and Prosper,” the debut from this year’s A$AP Mob breakout, captures the anarchic undercurrent of fury exploding on America’s hardest hit inner-city corners.
Florence and the Machine energize intimate 'Austin City Limits' taping

Florence and the Machine energize intimate 'Austin City Limits' taping

One night after playing the biggest stage in town, the Austin360 Amphitheater, Florence Welch and her 10-piece backing band the Machine performed a much more intimate set for the band’s second “Austin City Limits” taping at ACL Live.
Don’t trust anyone selling tickets to Morrissey’s Franklin Barbecue ‘gig’

Don’t trust anyone selling tickets to Morrissey’s Franklin Barbecue ‘gig’

“Ribs Ribs Ribs‘Cause I want the one I can’t haveAnd it’s driving me madIt’s all over, all over, all over my face”That, from the description of a Facebook event called “Morrissey LIVE at Franklin BBQ,” pretty much sums up the appeal of a hyper-local meme that might be sweeping your newsfeed.
Austin’s Black Pistol Fire stays raw while evolving sound

Austin’s Black Pistol Fire stays raw while evolving sound

It was just about two years ago when Austin blues/hard rock duo Black Pistol Fire found themselves in a spot most young local bands would give just about anything to have, playing at Emo’s as an opening act for world-famous rock band Wolfmother.
Guy Clark, 1941-2016

Photos: Guy Clark, 1941-2016

Austin music icon Guy Clark, a Grammy winner and member of the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame, died on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.
Willie Nelson brings his July 4 Picnic back to Circuit of the Americas

Willie Nelson brings his July 4 Picnic back to Circuit of the Americas

Raise the Stars and Stripes right here: The Picnic stays in Austin. Willie Nelson brought his iconic Fourth of July bash back home from Fort Worth in 2015, and things went well enough out at Circuit of the Americas to warrant a return engagement this year.
Five reasons to check out Pa’l Norte music fest

Five reasons to check out Pa’l Norte music fest

When the Pachanga Latino Music Festival announced earlier this year that it was shuttering the daylong festival — which brought together local, national and international Latin music artists at Fiesta Gardens in Austin for the past eight years — I thought about how many Central Texans were going to miss their annual spring fix of Latin music grooves.
Big shows in Austin: Rihanna, Leon Bridges, Florence, Hall & Oates, more

Big shows in Austin: Rihanna, Leon Bridges, Florence, Hall & Oates, more

FRIDAY The Cure at Erwin Center. We don’t care if Monday’s blue, Tuesday’s gray and Wednesday, too, on Friday we’ll be at the Erwin Center reveling in the remnants of our teen angst with 10,000 or so of our former misfit friends.
The 1975 march to the beat of replacement drummer at Austin360

The 1975 march to the beat of replacement drummer at Austin360

About 40 minutes into an alternately playful and dead serious concert from The 1975 on May 5 at Austin360 Amphitheater, singer Matty Healy turned a between-song pause into more of a moment to address some personnel news with the band.
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.
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.
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.
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