Music


A busy pre-ACL week with Alabama Shakes, Mavericks, Glen Hansard, more

A busy pre-ACL week with Alabama Shakes, Mavericks, Glen Hansard, more

OUR TOP PICKSFriday: Alabama Shakes at Austin360 Amphitheater. Brittany Howard is one of the most fascinating lead singers in rock music today, largely because of her stunning range.
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.
Rhiannon Giddens explores slave narratives, racism through folk music

Rhiannon Giddens explores slave narratives, racism through folk music

Rhiannon Giddens, the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist for the Grammy Award-winning band Carolina Chocolate Drops, is grabbing the elevator and walking out into the New York streetside, talking about her unexpected change in plans.
Top shows in Austin: Kanye West and Yacht Rock

Top shows in Austin: Kanye West and Yacht Rock

OUR TOP PICKSFriday: Diez Y Seis parties at Empire and 3Ten. Looking to celebrate Mexican Independence Day with sounds from Austin’s rich Latino music scene?
Goo Goo Dolls balance ballads and rockers at Skyline Theater

Goo Goo Dolls balance ballads and rockers at Skyline Theater

“We’re glad to see you’re keeping it weird like you promised,” Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac cracked a few songs into the Goo Goo Dolls’ set at the Statesman Skyline Amphitheater on Sunday.
HAAM Benefit Day, 09.13.16

Photos: HAAM Benefit Day, 09.13.16

The city-wide celebration of Austin music benefits the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians which since 2005 has helped more than 4,000 local musicians access more than $30 million of health care.
At 'Austin City Limits' taping, Cyndi Lauper proves she’s so unusual

At 'Austin City Limits' taping, Cyndi Lauper proves she’s so unusual

At age 63, is Cyndi Lauper still “So Unusual”? Glad you asked. Let’s run through few things the ’80s pop icon did at her “Austin City Limits” taping on Friday night: Contemplated whether a cockroach she encountered in a Nashville bathroom might actually be her spiritual master.
Eastside Kings Fest, HAAM Benefit Day among Austin music highlights

Eastside Kings Fest, HAAM Benefit Day among Austin music highlights

FRIDAYMohawk 10-year anniversary with the Get Up Kids. Before James Moody and crew took over, the venue at the corner of 10th and Red River streets was home to a series of ill-fated clubs with terrible names and sketchy vibes.
Remembering Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel

Remembering Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel

My father recently dusted off a batch of old family records that had been sitting in storage for years and gave me a musical treasure trove that I’m still sifting through with awe.
Best of Latino cultural arts in September

Best of Latino cultural arts in September

What happens when luxury condos replace local flea markets and neighborhood piñata shops disappear? That’s what Latino Comedy Project members asked themselves before creating their highly-anticipated show, “Gentrif*cked,” which will debut at 9:15 p.
Los Tigres del Norte, Lyle Lovett and more top Austin shows

Los Tigres del Norte, Lyle Lovett and more top Austin shows

FRIDAYPachanga presents Los Tigres del Norte at ACL Live. With a noted career that has spanned more than four decades, Los Tigres Del Norte continue to break barriers with their masterful storytelling.
Cherubs melt faces and hearts in Austin reunion show at Beerland

Cherubs melt faces and hearts in Austin reunion show at Beerland

The cinder block held, somehow.The gray piece of masonry in question had to somehow hold the bass drum of Cherubs drummer Brent Prager in place on Beerland’s stage, bracing against the 21 years’ worth of energy pent up since the beloved noise band last performed together.
Two very different concerts from Chris Stapleton, Hank Williams Jr.

Two very different concerts from Chris Stapleton, Hank Williams Jr.

Hank Williams Jr. might not have known who Chis Stapleton was before adding him to his current tour this summer, but the Austin crowd at the Circuit of the Americas Saturday night certainly knew the name of the Grammy-award-winning singer.
Dixie Chicks make up for 'Long Time Gone' with transcendent show

Dixie Chicks make up for 'Long Time Gone' with transcendent show

Near the end of the Dixie Chicks’ way-too-long-awaited, completely sold-out concert on Sunday night at the Austin360 Amphitheater, singer Natalie Maines thanked the adoring crowd sincerely, then added a little tease that seemed incredulous: “I hope you don’t wait another 10 years before you have us back.
Dixie Chicks lead week’s Austin music shows

Dixie Chicks lead week’s Austin music shows

FRIDAYSideways Grimace, Recovering at Highball. If you dig longtime Austin musician Richard Weiss’ indulgence in creative cover selections, this night’s for you.
Last Blues on the Green for the year, Culture Club among Austin shows

Last Blues on the Green for the year, Culture Club among Austin shows

FRIDAYIzzy Fest at Spider House Ballroom. Voodoobilly firebrand and steampunk romantic Izzy Cox’s bluesy bar busters and beguiling gypsy jazz draw on her colorful backstory of a renegade youth spent in traveling circuses, religious marching bands and mosh pits.
Best of Latino cultural arts in August

Best of Latino cultural arts in August

As soon as they stepped on stage, an electric energy took over the room. A sold-out crowd at the Long Center for the Performing Arts had come to say goodbye to Cuban music legends Buena Vista Social Club for their farewell tour last fall.
Sir Mix-A-Lot, En Vogue stand time’s test in ′90s throwback tour

Sir Mix-A-Lot, En Vogue stand time’s test in ′90s throwback tour

Nostalgia gets to be a dicey proposition when actual humans are involved.It’s one thing to lust after the pleasing memories of works of art — pop songs, movies, television shows — from long ago, since they’re locked in amber and don’t have to succumb to the effects of Father Time.
On the record: Catch up on recent Austin releases

On the record: Catch up on recent Austin releases

South Austin Moonlighters, “Ghost of a Small Town.” Following their 2014 studio debut “Burn & Shine,” this local supergroup of sorts, whose members marked many miles with the likes of Monte Montgomery, Stonehoney and the Whiskey Sisters, ups the ante on this 13-song set of all-original material.
Steven Tyler Goes ‘Out on a Limb’

Steven Tyler Goes ‘Out on a Limb’

After 40-plus years as one of the biggest mouths in rock ‘n’ roll, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is ready for a new song and dance.
Music Under the Star, Weird Al, boy bands and more in Austin this week

Music Under the Star, Weird Al, boy bands and more in Austin this week

FRIDAYNight Beats at the Mohawk outside. The trio is based out of Seattle, but their reverb-heavy psychedelia reflects the dusty Texas soundscapes founding members Dallas native Danny Lee Blackwell and Austin’s James Traeger grew up with.
Summer music series are in full swing

Summer music series are in full swing

Days are longer and hotter, but Austin music doesn’t slow down in the summer. In fact, the months of July and August are rich with outdoor music events, and many of them are free.
Austin360 club listings: Shows happening, July 1-7

Austin360 club listings: Shows happening, July 1-7

Friday888 Pan Asian Restaurant: Alyse BlackAntone’s: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Lou Ann Barton, Benny Turner, Marcia Ball, Jimmie Vaughan, Henry GrayACL Live: The Secret Of Kidz: Raise Your Voice 2016The Bayou Lounge: DJ DoloBD Riley’s: Michael Milligan, Texiana BluezBeerland: Free Kittens & Bread, Emily Davis, Dead Sally, MarryAnn, DJ John VomitnoiseBilly’s Ice: The Tejas BrothersThe Blackheart: Elsa CrossThe Brass Tap: Jacqui WalkerThe Broken Spoke: Jason RobertsBurger University: Dinsmore, CallardThe Buzzmill: Bob CheeversC-Boy’s Heart and Soul: Tomar Williams and the FCsCarousel Lounge: Xavier, Poor Yorick, Mad Cowboys, RelentlessCheer Up Charlies: The Nothing Song Presents Football, Etc, All People, Hikes, Honey and Salt, MeanGirlsThe Continental Club: The Happen-Ins, the Blues Specialists, Alejandro Escovedo, Casa Magnetico; the Gallery: the Robert Kraft Trio, the Lost CountsDhalia Cafe: Serenada HillDirty Dog Bar: ResidueDonn’s Depot: Donn & the Station MastersEl Mercado: Joseph Zito, W.
Antone’s 41st anniversary, Willie’s Picnic among Austin shows

Antone’s 41st anniversary, Willie’s Picnic among Austin shows

FRIDAYAntone’s 41st anniversary begins. Following the legendary blues club’s long tradition, the anniversary of its opening in the summer of 1975 is an extended affair, lasting a couple of weeks.
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.
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