Brad Buchholz

Brad Buchholz is a reporter at the Austin American-Statesman.

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Jimmy LaFave transcends cancer, teaching us through the magic of music
 Jimmy LaFave is running out of breath. The tumors in his chest are growing. He takes morphine for the pain. Yet even now, Jimmy is singing his heart out for us, touching us, teaching us, transcending terminal cancer at every turn, showing us what it is to live and die with dignity and grace through his music. See him now: Jimmy with his black...

5:00 AM Thursday, May. 11, 2017

Jimmy LaFave is running out of breath. The tumors in his chest are growing. He takes morphine for the pain. Yet even now, Jimmy is singing his heart out for us, touching us, teaching us, transcending terminal cancer at every turn, showing us what it is to live and die with dignity and grace through his music. See him now: Jimmy with his black...
Austin musicians talk about playing with Leonard Cohen
 Leonard Cohen: Poet, singer, seeker, scholar. Leonard Cohen: devout Jew, ordained Buddhist monk. Leonard Cohen: Man of elegance, man of melancholy. Leonard Cohen: Master of economy. Leonard Cohen: The voice of fire in “Joan of Arc, ” the cry of renunciation in “Story of Isaac, ” the ghost of Lorca in “Take this...

8:29 PM Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

Leonard Cohen: Poet, singer, seeker, scholar. Leonard Cohen: devout Jew, ordained Buddhist monk. Leonard Cohen: Man of elegance, man of melancholy. Leonard Cohen: Master of economy. Leonard Cohen: The voice of fire in “Joan of Arc, ” the cry of renunciation in “Story of Isaac, ” the ghost of Lorca in “Take this...
‘Underneath it all’
 For more than 10 years, singer-songwriter Terri Hendrix has been performing a song called “Breakdown.” It’s one of her signature tunes, focused on the theme of vulnerability — and owning up to the truth of our own frailty. “I had a breakdown … in a small town … and no one knew a thing,” Hendrix...

6:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 08, 2014

For more than 10 years, singer-songwriter Terri Hendrix has been performing a song called “Breakdown.” It’s one of her signature tunes, focused on the theme of vulnerability — and owning up to the truth of our own frailty. “I had a breakdown … in a small town … and no one knew a thing,” Hendrix...
From the archives: Larry Monroe on Bob Dylan
 For almost 30 years, Larry Monroe has been spinning records and CDs on KUT-FM radio - bringing us roots and folk and blues and jazz with a literate flair. Monroe 's signature is the "segway." He takes pride in piecing together creative set lists in which the songs are united by theme, a condition of heart or climate, or an artist's...

5:23 PM Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

For almost 30 years, Larry Monroe has been spinning records and CDs on KUT-FM radio - bringing us roots and folk and blues and jazz with a literate flair. Monroe 's signature is the "segway." He takes pride in piecing together creative set lists in which the songs are united by theme, a condition of heart or climate, or an artist's...
Ken Webster and his house of letters

5:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 06, 2013

Ken Webster spends most of his days in a Hyde Park playhouse — theater space, daydream space, a creative hideaway, where he immerses himself in the beauty of language, the genius of playwright Harold Pinter, an ocean of baseball trivia, the art of a well-placed comma. It is a serious place. It is a silly place. And for Webster: It is...
Together, in song and sorrow
 Slaid Cleaves appreciates the power of a good sad song. He’s written a few good ones of his own, too — songs about displacement, songs about grief, songs about mortality. Cleaves is certainly the only artist in American music to write a song (“Temporary”) with lyrics assembled from tombstone epitaphs. “Hey, we&rsquo...

12:07 AM Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2013

Slaid Cleaves appreciates the power of a good sad song. He’s written a few good ones of his own, too — songs about displacement, songs about grief, songs about mortality. Cleaves is certainly the only artist in American music to write a song (“Temporary”) with lyrics assembled from tombstone epitaphs. “Hey, we&rsquo...
Stevie Ray Vaughan’s musical surge before ‘Texas Flood’
 “Stevie Ray Vaughan was here, on stage here, in this very building — and he played his guitar so loudly, I swear, the beers would shake on the tables. It was a long time ago. Stevie was just a kid. And man, this room has really changed. But I remember. I can see it still … .” It’s Sunday. It’s spring....

5:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 15, 2013

“Stevie Ray Vaughan was here, on stage here, in this very building — and he played his guitar so loudly, I swear, the beers would shake on the tables. It was a long time ago. Stevie was just a kid. And man, this room has really changed. But I remember. I can see it still … .” It’s Sunday. It’s spring....
‘At Any Price’ is rich with complexities

5:00 AM Thursday, May. 16, 2013

“At Any Price” is a family drama, a community drama, set in the American Heartland — a pertinent film about fate and morality and survival and denial set against the myth of the American Dream. Think Shakespeare, in the cornfields. A Greek tragedy, set in corn country. This is the essence of the latest film from acclaimed...
When Cinema meets ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

5:00 AM Thursday, May. 16, 2013

Ramin Bahrani creates quiet, intimate movies that honor high literary aspirations. They’re sensitive, nuanced, rich with mystery and figurative imagery. His films are eager to examine questions of morality and justice and fate. Bahrani’s films feel writerly. No surprise: The director’s first love, growing up in North Carolina...
Best bets, May 16
 Garrett Lebeau — new to Austin, via the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming — creates music that’s sultry, substantial, soulful. Most importantly: It never shouts to make its point. Lebeau’s music is striking for its quietness, a welcome respite from this loud and restless world. On first blush, Lebeau’s...

3:45 PM Wednesday, May. 15, 2013

Garrett Lebeau — new to Austin, via the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming — creates music that’s sultry, substantial, soulful. Most importantly: It never shouts to make its point. Lebeau’s music is striking for its quietness, a welcome respite from this loud and restless world. On first blush, Lebeau’s...
Pablo Picasso, without colors

1:21 AM Sunday, Apr. 28, 2013

Picasso, without color. Picasso, in black and white and gray. Picasso, touching war and loneliness. Picasso, immersed in play. “Picasso Black and White,” on display at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, showcases master painter Pablo Picasso in all of these dimensions. This major exhibit, which runs through May 27, is serious, sobering...