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Moody Blues and marching bands top this week’s Austin shows
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Saturday: Fabulous Thunderbirds with Kim Wilson at Antone’s.
             In 1986 the Fabulous Thunderbirds became one of Austin’s biggest bands ever, with the top-10 single “Tuff Enough” omnipresent on the radio. Their overnight success was a decade in the making: The band’s mid-1970s rise...

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OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Saturday: Fabulous Thunderbirds with Kim Wilson at Antone’s. In 1986 the Fabulous Thunderbirds became one of Austin’s biggest bands ever, with the top-10 single “Tuff Enough” omnipresent on the radio. Their overnight success was a decade in the making: The band’s mid-1970s rise...
Alesia Lani conjures soulful magic for ‘Cirque du Lani’ performance
 A definition bleeds into a declaration on the spoken word intro to Austin artist Alesia Lani’s 2017 album “Resilient”: “Able to withstand or recover quickly after difficult conditions. Able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching or being too compressed. I am … I am … I am strong...

Posted: 13 hours ago

A definition bleeds into a declaration on the spoken word intro to Austin artist Alesia Lani’s 2017 album “Resilient”: “Able to withstand or recover quickly after difficult conditions. Able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching or being too compressed. I am … I am … I am strong...
2Cellos and some steel guitars are among this week’s best Austin shows
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band at ACL Live. It’s a distant memory now, the first time I saw Ritter perform, ambling out onstage as a special guest of Glen Hansard’s band the Frames at a Boston nightclub and pin-drop silencing the crowd with a heart-stopping rendition of his song “Come and Find Me...

Posted: 7 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band at ACL Live. It’s a distant memory now, the first time I saw Ritter perform, ambling out onstage as a special guest of Glen Hansard’s band the Frames at a Boston nightclub and pin-drop silencing the crowd with a heart-stopping rendition of his song “Come and Find Me...
Weekend music picks: Josh Ritter, Kalu James and more
 OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrBAdzACig0&w=640&h=390] Friday: 
               Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band at ACL Live.
             It’s a distant memory now, the first time I saw Ritter perform, ambling out onstage as a special guest of Glen Hansard’s
            band the Frames...

Posted: 8 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrBAdzACig0&w=640&h=390] Friday:  Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band at ACL Live.  It’s a distant memory now, the first time I saw Ritter perform, ambling out onstage as a special guest of Glen Hansard’s band the Frames...
How do you define a music venue? Music Commission has recommendations
 Could creating a new city land designation for “live music venue” make performance spaces more appealing to community groups
            wary of a new bar or nightclub in their neighborhoods? Big Freedia at the Mohawk. Robert Hein for American-Statesman At a scheduled monthly meeting on Monday, the Austin Music Commission unanimously...

Posted: 9 days ago

Could creating a new city land designation for “live music venue” make performance spaces more appealing to community groups wary of a new bar or nightclub in their neighborhoods? Big Freedia at the Mohawk. Robert Hein for American-Statesman At a scheduled monthly meeting on Monday, the Austin Music Commission unanimously...
Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers coming to Austin this spring
 On Monday, classic rock legends Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers announced plans to co-headline a North American tour this
            summer. Steely Dan at Bass Concert Hall in 2013. The tour kicks off on May 10 in Charlottesville, NC and will wind through the southern United States, hitting Austin early
            in the run with a May...

Posted: 10 days ago

On Monday, classic rock legends Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers announced plans to co-headline a North American tour this summer. Steely Dan at Bass Concert Hall in 2013. The tour kicks off on May 10 in Charlottesville, NC and will wind through the southern United States, hitting Austin early in the run with a May...
Jackie Venson has more going on than most of us
 It’s 9:30 a.m. on a mid-December morning and while the rest of the city merrily bustles toward a holiday break, Jackie Venson is not slowing down. The 27-year-old electric blues guitarist — voted 2017 Breakout Artist of the Year by a panel of Austin critics, industry insiders and superfans in the inaugural Austin360 Awards &mdash...

Posted: 14 days ago

It’s 9:30 a.m. on a mid-December morning and while the rest of the city merrily bustles toward a holiday break, Jackie Venson is not slowing down. The 27-year-old electric blues guitarist — voted 2017 Breakout Artist of the Year by a panel of Austin critics, industry insiders and superfans in the inaugural Austin360 Awards &mdash...
Empire team, Heard Presents to take over the Parish following eBay auction
 When ATX Brands owner, Doug Guller, put Sixth Street club 
            the Parish up for sale on online auction site eBay, many in the Austin music scene worried it was the death knell for another live music venue.  On Thursday, local music fans
            were given a solid reason to breathe easier. BORNS, Garrett Borns, performs at...

Posted: 14 days ago

When ATX Brands owner, Doug Guller, put Sixth Street club the Parish up for sale on online auction site eBay, many in the Austin music scene worried it was the death knell for another live music venue.  On Thursday, local music fans were given a solid reason to breathe easier. BORNS, Garrett Borns, performs at...
Whither music festivals? The forecast for Austin may change in 2018
 A lot happened in Austin music last year, from festival ups and downs to changes in the nightclub landscape to civic concerns about affordability to the passing of beloved community members. Here’s our look back at 2017, with an eye toward some new developments on the horizon in 2018. A few years back, it seemed Austin could have been...

Posted: 14 days ago

A lot happened in Austin music last year, from festival ups and downs to changes in the nightclub landscape to civic concerns about affordability to the passing of beloved community members. Here’s our look back at 2017, with an eye toward some new developments on the horizon in 2018. A few years back, it seemed Austin could have been...
Free in Austin and more shows coming up this week
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker at 3Ten. David Lowery may be best-known these days as an activist for musicians’ rights, but the University of Georgia professor spent the 1980s and ’90s fronting Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker. The former were one of the best bands the American underground of that era produced...

Posted: 14 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker at 3Ten. David Lowery may be best-known these days as an activist for musicians’ rights, but the University of Georgia professor spent the 1980s and ’90s fronting Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker. The former were one of the best bands the American underground of that era produced...
Weekend music picks: Free Week finale with Los Coast, Tomar and the FCs, more
 OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAkcSd5l9Qg&w=640&h=390] Friday: Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker at 3Ten. David Lowery may be best-known these days as an activist for musicians’ rights, but the University of Georgia professor spent
            the 1980s and ’90s fronting Camper Van Beethoven...

Posted: 15 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAkcSd5l9Qg&w=640&h=390] Friday: Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker at 3Ten. David Lowery may be best-known these days as an activist for musicians’ rights, but the University of Georgia professor spent the 1980s and ’90s fronting Camper Van Beethoven...
Austin360 Breakout Artist of 2017, Jackie Venson, will join us for a live set Weds. at noon
 In our inaugural 
            Austin360 Awards, a jury of critics, industry insiders and super fans voted for Jackie Venson as 
            2017 Breakout Artist of the Year. Jackie Venson laughs while posing for a portrait at One 2 One Bar in Austin, Texas, on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. Venson has been
               named Breakout Artist of...

Posted: 15 days ago

In our inaugural Austin360 Awards, a jury of critics, industry insiders and super fans voted for Jackie Venson as 2017 Breakout Artist of the Year. Jackie Venson laughs while posing for a portrait at One 2 One Bar in Austin, Texas, on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. Venson has been named Breakout Artist of...
New Lyft program offers Austin musicians free rides to gigs
 In 2018, ride hailing service Lyft is branding itself as “The rideshare of Austin music.”  According to a press release published just before the new year, the company is now offering free rides to and from gigs to musicians playing at partner
            venues. RELATED: 
               Best of Free Week 2018 “It&rsquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

In 2018, ride hailing service Lyft is branding itself as “The rideshare of Austin music.” According to a press release published just before the new year, the company is now offering free rides to and from gigs to musicians playing at partner venues. RELATED: Best of Free Week 2018 “It&rsquo...
Our first Austin360 Awards: This was Austin’s best music in 2017
 What were the best things about Austin music in 2017? Every year about this time, we come up with answers, offering our favorite bands, records, venues and the like. But we recognize that while we strive to evaluate records on their critical merits, the process is ultimately subjective. This year we decided to cast the net wider. We asked...

Posted: 21 days ago

What were the best things about Austin music in 2017? Every year about this time, we come up with answers, offering our favorite bands, records, venues and the like. But we recognize that while we strive to evaluate records on their critical merits, the process is ultimately subjective. This year we decided to cast the net wider. We asked...
Have a musical New Year’s Eve at these Austin shows
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Sunday: Willie Nelson & Family New Year at ACL Live. This one’s too big for a single night. After Nelson began playing New Year’s Eve at this marquee downtown venue when it opened in 2011 (his statue presides out front), the event quickly grew into a two-night, and now three-night, affair. His sister Bobbie...

Posted: 21 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Sunday: Willie Nelson & Family New Year at ACL Live. This one’s too big for a single night. After Nelson began playing New Year’s Eve at this marquee downtown venue when it opened in 2011 (his statue presides out front), the event quickly grew into a two-night, and now three-night, affair. His sister Bobbie...
No New Year’s Eve plans? No money? Kick it with Kool Keith, Bushwick Bill in South Austin
 Courtesy of the Little Darlin’ If you procrastinated on making New Year’s Eve plans and blew your entertainment budget on holiday shopping, the Little Darlin’
            just unveiled an appealing alternative to sitting at home with a TV countdown. The South Austin bar has announced a free performance by oddball rap sensation...

Posted: 21 days ago

Courtesy of the Little Darlin’ If you procrastinated on making New Year’s Eve plans and blew your entertainment budget on holiday shopping, the Little Darlin’ just unveiled an appealing alternative to sitting at home with a TV countdown. The South Austin bar has announced a free performance by oddball rap sensation...
Free Week 2018: Get ready for your annual Austin music binge
 Over a decade ago, Margin Walker’s Graham Williams, then a booker for the downtown Emo’s location, conceptualized Free Week
            as a way to bring warm bodies into the club during one of the slowest weeks of the year. The philosophy is simple: throw open
            the doors, drop the cover charge and invite folks to come...

Posted: 22 days ago

Over a decade ago, Margin Walker’s Graham Williams, then a booker for the downtown Emo’s location, conceptualized Free Week as a way to bring warm bodies into the club during one of the slowest weeks of the year. The philosophy is simple: throw open the doors, drop the cover charge and invite folks to come...
Weekend music picks: Our favorite New Year’s Eve shows in Austin
 OUR TOP PICKS Willie Nelson hosts three nights of revelry at ACL Live. Suzanne Cordeiro/For American-Statesman Friday-Sunday: 
               Willie Nelson & Family New Year at ACL Live.
             This one’s too big for a single night. After Nelson began playing New Year’s Eve at this marquee downtown venue when...

Posted: 23 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS Willie Nelson hosts three nights of revelry at ACL Live. Suzanne Cordeiro/For American-Statesman Friday-Sunday:  Willie Nelson & Family New Year at ACL Live.  This one’s too big for a single night. After Nelson began playing New Year’s Eve at this marquee downtown venue when...
Tuba Christmas, plus a Christmas Eve song swap for the holidays
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday: TexMex Holiday Fiesta at ACL Live. One of the last holiday shows of the season is also one of the coolest. With Grammy-winning Tex-Mex outfit Los Texmaniacs and living-legend accordionist Flaco Jimenez at the helm, this borderland party brings in a broad horizon of possibilities thanks to a stellar cast of special guests...

Posted: 28 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: TexMex Holiday Fiesta at ACL Live. One of the last holiday shows of the season is also one of the coolest. With Grammy-winning Tex-Mex outfit Los Texmaniacs and living-legend accordionist Flaco Jimenez at the helm, this borderland party brings in a broad horizon of possibilities thanks to a stellar cast of special guests...
Get your clicking fingers ready for $25 Jmblya early bird tickets
 In 2017, Jmblya the single-day rap and EDM event produced by local powerhouse Scoremore Shows, doubled attendance for the
            second year in a row. They hosted a sold out crowd of 25,000 fans for a riotous turn up at the Circuit of the Americas headlined
            by Chance the Rapper. The party will return to Austin on May 5, 2018...

6:03 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

In 2017, Jmblya the single-day rap and EDM event produced by local powerhouse Scoremore Shows, doubled attendance for the second year in a row. They hosted a sold out crowd of 25,000 fans for a riotous turn up at the Circuit of the Americas headlined by Chance the Rapper. The party will return to Austin on May 5, 2018...
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