Peter Blackstock

Music writer

Peter Blackstock is a music writer for the Austin American-Statesman. A UT grad who grew up in Austin, he worked at the Statesman in high school and college before moving to Seattle and co-founding the alt-country magazine No Depression in the '90s.

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For all the right reasons, Charlie Sexton is Austin music’s MVP
 In Austin, Charlie Sexton is the man who needs no introduction. Seemingly destined for stardom since his early teenage years, the 49-year-old musician cut his own path instead. Raised in blues clubs and launched into the pop-idol spotlight before he could vote, Sexton ultimately has built a life not as a marquee performer, but as a masterful...

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In Austin, Charlie Sexton is the man who needs no introduction. Seemingly destined for stardom since his early teenage years, the 49-year-old musician cut his own path instead. Raised in blues clubs and launched into the pop-idol spotlight before he could vote, Sexton ultimately has built a life not as a marquee performer, but as a masterful...
Good afternoon, here’s ‘Good Morning,’ a new video from Austin’s Max Frost
 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5xMlDeGFBU&w=640&h=390] Austin musician Max Frost has released a new video for his song “Good Morning,” an instantly catchy pop number that will be
            on his long-awaited Atlantic Records debut album due out later this year. The video was shot primarily in west Austin,...

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5xMlDeGFBU&w=640&h=390] Austin musician Max Frost has released a new video for his song “Good Morning,” an instantly catchy pop number that will be on his long-awaited Atlantic Records debut album due out later this year. The video was shot primarily in west Austin,...
Shakey Graves, Benjamin Booker among Capital One acts at Antone’s for SXSW
 Benjamin Booker will play Capital One’s SXSW series at Antone’s on March 11. JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Capital One is returning to Antone’s during South by Southwest this year, filling the confab’s first weekend with four shows
            mixing national acts such as Benjamin Booker and Warpaint with notable local...

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Benjamin Booker will play Capital One’s SXSW series at Antone’s on March 11. JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Capital One is returning to Antone’s during South by Southwest this year, filling the confab’s first weekend with four shows mixing national acts such as Benjamin Booker and Warpaint with notable local...
Austin360 On The Record: Shawn Colvin, Wilson Marks, Arielle LaGuette
 OUT THIS WEEK Shawn Colvin, “The Starlighter” (Amazon Music).
             A sequel of sorts to her 1998 children’s album “Holiday Songs and Lullabies,” Colvin’s new album further plays out her fascination
            with composer Alec Wilder and illustrator Maurice Sendak’s classic children&rsquo...

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OUT THIS WEEK Shawn Colvin, “The Starlighter” (Amazon Music). A sequel of sorts to her 1998 children’s album “Holiday Songs and Lullabies,” Colvin’s new album further plays out her fascination with composer Alec Wilder and illustrator Maurice Sendak’s classic children&rsquo...
This week in music: Cupcakke, Texas songwriters, Austin Music Awards
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound Revue at Stubb’s outdoor. When the Black Keys co-founder taped “Austin City Limits” late last year, it was a revelatory experience, in part because of the A-list backing band he brought with him (including studio legends Gene Chrisman on drums and Bobby Wood on keys)...

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OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound Revue at Stubb’s outdoor. When the Black Keys co-founder taped “Austin City Limits” late last year, it was a revelatory experience, in part because of the A-list backing band he brought with him (including studio legends Gene Chrisman on drums and Bobby Wood on keys)...
Rise and shine during SXSW for Four Seasons breakfasts with KUTX-selected acts
 Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats are among the acts playing KUTX’s “Live at the Four Seasons” during South by Southwest
               2018. Scott Newton/KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits More than a dozen artists in town for South by Southwest will play KUTX’s eighth annual “Live at the Four Seasons&rdquo...

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Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats are among the acts playing KUTX’s “Live at the Four Seasons” during South by Southwest 2018. Scott Newton/KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits More than a dozen artists in town for South by Southwest will play KUTX’s eighth annual “Live at the Four Seasons&rdquo...
This week’s music picks: Mood Mondays, Moonpies, St. Vincent and more
 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTKnheaUT_Y&w=640&h=390] Monday: 
               Mood Mondays with Christy Hays at Hole in the Wall.
             Hays, one of Austin’s rising-star singer-songwriters, is in the midst of a weekly residency in February at the UT campus-area
            haunt, and each week she teams up...

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTKnheaUT_Y&w=640&h=390] Monday: Mood Mondays with Christy Hays at Hole in the Wall. Hays, one of Austin’s rising-star singer-songwriters, is in the midst of a weekly residency in February at the UT campus-area haunt, and each week she teams up...
‘Last Man Standing,’ indeed: Willie Nelson rolls on with another new album
 Willie Nelson has a new album coming out on April 27. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Writing about Willie Nelson at the end of 2017, we noted that he’s having “one of the most amazing late-career resurgences American popular music has ever seen.” Here’s
            the next chapter: “Last Man Standing...

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Willie Nelson has a new album coming out on April 27. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Writing about Willie Nelson at the end of 2017, we noted that he’s having “one of the most amazing late-career resurgences American popular music has ever seen.” Here’s the next chapter: “Last Man Standing...
Austin360 On The Record: Loma, Midcentury, Altamesa
 Loma (l-r: Dan Duszynski, Emily Cross, Jonathan Meiburg). Contributed/Bryan C. Parker OUT THIS WEEK Loma, self-titled (Sub Pop). You never know what might bloom between artists who tour together. When Dripping Springs duo Cross Record opened shows for
            Austin-hatched band Shearwater a couple of years ago, the former’s Emily...

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Loma (l-r: Dan Duszynski, Emily Cross, Jonathan Meiburg). Contributed/Bryan C. Parker OUT THIS WEEK Loma, self-titled (Sub Pop). You never know what might bloom between artists who tour together. When Dripping Springs duo Cross Record opened shows for Austin-hatched band Shearwater a couple of years ago, the former’s Emily...
Party like it’s 1999 with an old-school Smashing Pumpkins lineup at Erwin Center
 Billy Corgan will bring a Smashing Pumpkins tour to the Erwin Center on July 16. Ashley Landis for American-Statesman 2013 It’s not quite a full reunion, but the Smashing Pumpkins lineup that will play the Erwin Center on July 16 will be the closest
            approximation to the one that recorded the band’s biggest hits in...

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Billy Corgan will bring a Smashing Pumpkins tour to the Erwin Center on July 16. Ashley Landis for American-Statesman 2013 It’s not quite a full reunion, but the Smashing Pumpkins lineup that will play the Erwin Center on July 16 will be the closest approximation to the one that recorded the band’s biggest hits in...
A Bizarros reunion and more live music in Austin this week
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Terri Hendrix Band with Lloyd Maines at Paramount Theatre. Tuesday was Hendrix’s 50th birthday, and the Central Texas singer-songwriter is celebrating with a big-venue show featuring her longtime pedal steel accompanist Maines (a member of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame). With more than a dozen albums on her...

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OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Terri Hendrix Band with Lloyd Maines at Paramount Theatre. Tuesday was Hendrix’s 50th birthday, and the Central Texas singer-songwriter is celebrating with a big-venue show featuring her longtime pedal steel accompanist Maines (a member of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame). With more than a dozen albums on her...