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Deborah Sengupta Stith

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Deborah Sengupta Stith is a music writer for the Austin American-Statesman.

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Best Austin music shows: Our picks for the week of July 21
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday: DJ Shadow at Emo’s. An early innovator in sample-based composition, Shadow set the template for modern artists who mine dusty vinyl to mash up sounds and create elaborate concept albums. He also was one of the first artists to experiment with sophisticated visual samples, embellishing his stage shows with accompanying...

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OUR TOP PICKS Friday: DJ Shadow at Emo’s. An early innovator in sample-based composition, Shadow set the template for modern artists who mine dusty vinyl to mash up sounds and create elaborate concept albums. He also was one of the first artists to experiment with sophisticated visual samples, embellishing his stage shows with accompanying...
Boss Babes ATX launches anti R. Kelly site; prepares for Babes Fest
 Fortuitously timed to a new set of 
            horrifying (but not shocking) allegations of sexual misconduct against R&B star R. Kelly, local feminist collective 
            Boss Babes ATX has launched a new website, 
            stopbookingrkelly.com. Boss Babes Leslie Lozano, Jane Claire Hervey and Ashlee Pryor at Friends & Neighbors...

Posted: 17 hours ago

Fortuitously timed to a new set of horrifying (but not shocking) allegations of sexual misconduct against R&B star R. Kelly, local feminist collective Boss Babes ATX has launched a new website, stopbookingrkelly.com. Boss Babes Leslie Lozano, Jane Claire Hervey and Ashlee Pryor at Friends & Neighbors...
Weekend picks: Summer fun at Float Fest, DJ Shadow and Matthew Sweet
 OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n12OBlcHx9E&w=640&h=390] Friday-Saturday: Matthew Sweet, Tommy Keene at 3Ten. What seems sure to be the power-pop double-bill of the summer features headliner Sweet, whose early-’90s album “Girlfriend”
            remains a classic of the genre, plus a terrific...

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OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n12OBlcHx9E&w=640&h=390] Friday-Saturday: Matthew Sweet, Tommy Keene at 3Ten. What seems sure to be the power-pop double-bill of the summer features headliner Sweet, whose early-’90s album “Girlfriend” remains a classic of the genre, plus a terrific...
Accomplished luthier Bill Collings dies
 Bill Collings, a respected luthier whose treasured guitars have been played by Keith Richards, Lyle Lovett, Pete Townshend, Joni Mitchell and many more, has died following a yearlong battle with bile duct cancer. He was 68. He died Friday, according to a post on his business website. Collings founded Collings Guitars and Mandolins as a one-man...

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Bill Collings, a respected luthier whose treasured guitars have been played by Keith Richards, Lyle Lovett, Pete Townshend, Joni Mitchell and many more, has died following a yearlong battle with bile duct cancer. He was 68. He died Friday, according to a post on his business website. Collings founded Collings Guitars and Mandolins as a one-man...
Wilco announces Southern U.S. tour with a stop in Austin
 Rock band Wilco has announced a Southern U.S. tour in support of their latest album “Schmilco.” Deborah Cannon/ American-Statesman The tour includes 
            a stop in Austin on Oct. 1 at Bass Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 21 at 10 a.m. at 
            c3concerts.com, 
            texasperformingarts.org...

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Rock band Wilco has announced a Southern U.S. tour in support of their latest album “Schmilco.” Deborah Cannon/ American-Statesman The tour includes a stop in Austin on Oct. 1 at Bass Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 21 at 10 a.m. at c3concerts.com, texasperformingarts.org...
Bill Collings, founder of Collings Guitars and Mandolins, dies
 2011 Laura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN Bill Collings, a highly respected luthier, whose treasured guitars were played by Keith Richards, Lyle Lovett, Pete Townshend,
            Joni Mitchell and many more, has died. He was 68. Collings founded Collings Guitars and Mandolins as a one-man shop in the mid-’70s and grew the company to...

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2011 Laura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN Bill Collings, a highly respected luthier, whose treasured guitars were played by Keith Richards, Lyle Lovett, Pete Townshend, Joni Mitchell and many more, has died. He was 68. Collings founded Collings Guitars and Mandolins as a one-man shop in the mid-’70s and grew the company to...
Meek Mill, Yo Gotti tour postponed
  Rapper Meek Mill, who you might remember from 
            his astonishing 2015 feat of actually making Drake look hard (
            I mean, sort of), was scheduled to bring his “Against All Odds” tour with Yo Gotti to the HEB Center on July 29, but the tour 
            has been postponed for unspecified reasons. RELATED: ...

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Rapper Meek Mill, who you might remember from his astonishing 2015 feat of actually making Drake look hard ( I mean, sort of), was scheduled to bring his “Against All Odds” tour with Yo Gotti to the HEB Center on July 29, but the tour has been postponed for unspecified reasons. RELATED: ...
Premiere: Ike Ramos’ new album ‘Paradise’ ft. Mélat, Bavu Blakes, Max Frost, more
 Back in the mid aughts University of Texas grad, Ike Ramos used to rock the mic as part of local hip-hop groups Mike and Ike
            and 20/20 and Poise, but over the last decade his focus shifted to education. Ramos currently lives in L.A. where he works
            for a company called Flocabulary that develops educational hip-hop content...

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Back in the mid aughts University of Texas grad, Ike Ramos used to rock the mic as part of local hip-hop groups Mike and Ike and 20/20 and Poise, but over the last decade his focus shifted to education. Ramos currently lives in L.A. where he works for a company called Flocabulary that develops educational hip-hop content...
Get your free music fix at Hot Summer Nights
   Hot Summer Nights, the Red River Cultural District’s new Free Week in July event, is set to kick off Thursday night with a series of free concerts
            that invite you to explore the walkable wonder of Austin’s premiere live music district. Participating clubs include the Mohawk, Stubb’s, Empire, Barracuda...

Posted: 6 days ago

  Hot Summer Nights, the Red River Cultural District’s new Free Week in July event, is set to kick off Thursday night with a series of free concerts that invite you to explore the walkable wonder of Austin’s premiere live music district. Participating clubs include the Mohawk, Stubb’s, Empire, Barracuda...
Austin’s saddest puppet band, Fragile Rock, celebrates NPR debut Friday
 Local comedian (and former Statesman employee) Brently Heilbron, leads Fragile Rock, an emo puppet band known for their morose
            but heartfelt songs. His puppets, constructed by local actor Shaun Branigan, exist in a universe far removed from the “Sunny
            Days” of “Sesame Street,” but they&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

Local comedian (and former Statesman employee) Brently Heilbron, leads Fragile Rock, an emo puppet band known for their morose but heartfelt songs. His puppets, constructed by local actor Shaun Branigan, exist in a universe far removed from the “Sunny Days” of “Sesame Street,” but they&rsquo...
Three nights of Jason Isbell, the birthday of Antone’s and more shows
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Sunday: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit at ACL Live. Americana sensation Isbell sold out two nights in this room last year, so it’s no surprise he had to add a third show this time around. Fans will be eager to hear material from his new album “The Nashville Sound,” the follow-up to 2015’s impressive...

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OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Sunday: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit at ACL Live. Americana sensation Isbell sold out two nights in this room last year, so it’s no surprise he had to add a third show this time around. Fans will be eager to hear material from his new album “The Nashville Sound,” the follow-up to 2015’s impressive...