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.

Latest from Peter Blackstock

Austin360 On The Record: Whiskey Shivers
   Whiskey Shivers play a record-release show July 22 at the Mohawk. Contributed OUT THIS WEEK Whiskey Shivers, “Some Part of Something.”
             Recordings are inherently kind of a tough proposition for bands such at insurgent bluegrass stompers Whiskey Shivers, whose
               identity is inextricably tied into...

Posted: 4 days ago

  Whiskey Shivers play a record-release show July 22 at the Mohawk. Contributed OUT THIS WEEK Whiskey Shivers, “Some Part of Something.” Recordings are inherently kind of a tough proposition for bands such at insurgent bluegrass stompers Whiskey Shivers, whose identity is inextricably tied into...
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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...
This week’s music picks: Logic lives large, Larry Gatlin goes small and more
 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZgPXVv1Z5o&w=492&h=307] Monday: 
               John Ginty at Antone’s.
             If you’re a fan of Americana artists and/or jam bands, you’ve probably heard Ginty wailing away on keyboards either onstage
            or on record. Ginty got his start playing with singer-songwriter...

Posted: 8 days ago

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZgPXVv1Z5o&w=492&h=307] Monday: John Ginty at Antone’s. If you’re a fan of Americana artists and/or jam bands, you’ve probably heard Ginty wailing away on keyboards either onstage or on record. Ginty got his start playing with singer-songwriter...
Austin360 On The Record: Matt the Electrician, Madisons
 Matt the Electrician plays Thursday, July 13, at Winflo. Contributed RECENTLY RELEASED Matt the Electrician, “The Doubles.” This ambitious 26-song double-disc set is the end-result of an extensive undertaking in which Matt Sever (a.k.a. the Electrician)
            released a series of singles in collaboration with six fellow...

Posted: 11 days ago

Matt the Electrician plays Thursday, July 13, at Winflo. Contributed RECENTLY RELEASED Matt the Electrician, “The Doubles.” This ambitious 26-song double-disc set is the end-result of an extensive undertaking in which Matt Sever (a.k.a. the Electrician) released a series of singles in collaboration with six fellow...
Watch: Slaid Cleaves at Waterloo Records, warming up for Sunday at the Stateside
 Sunday evening finds Austin singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves marking the release of his new album “Ghost on the Car Radio”
            with a concert at Stateside of the Paramount. Earlier this week, he offered a sneak-preview at Waterloo Records, where a sizable
            crowd turned out on a Monday afternoon to hear him play...

Posted: 11 days ago

Sunday evening finds Austin singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves marking the release of his new album “Ghost on the Car Radio” with a concert at Stateside of the Paramount. Earlier this week, he offered a sneak-preview at Waterloo Records, where a sizable crowd turned out on a Monday afternoon to hear him play...
Sound on Sound day-by-day lineups: Yeah Yeah Yeahs Friday, Iggy Saturday, Shins Sunday
 Hot on the heels of 
            yesterday’s announcement about day-by-day lineups for the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October comes the same drill for November’s Sound on Sound Fest, held about an hour east of Austin in McDade. Highlights include
            the Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing Friday, Iggy Pop on Saturday and...

Posted: 11 days ago

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement about day-by-day lineups for the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October comes the same drill for November’s Sound on Sound Fest, held about an hour east of Austin in McDade. Highlights include the Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing Friday, Iggy Pop on Saturday and...
Slaid Cleaves’ new album reaffirms he’s one of Austin’s best songwriters
 The characters found in “Ghost on the Car Radio,” the new record from longtime local troubadour Slaid Cleaves, are easy to empathize with, and to believe. Mom-and-pop shopfolk decimated by big box stores. Blue-collar workers tied to the take-home pay. A worn-out automobile destined for the junkyard. They’re a varied lot...

Posted: 11 days ago

The characters found in “Ghost on the Car Radio,” the new record from longtime local troubadour Slaid Cleaves, are easy to empathize with, and to believe. Mom-and-pop shopfolk decimated by big box stores. Blue-collar workers tied to the take-home pay. A worn-out automobile destined for the junkyard. They’re a varied lot...
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...

Posted: 11 days ago

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...
Bright Light Social Hour, Digital Wild set for final Blues on the Green
 The Digital Wild will open for Bright Light Social Hour at the summer’s final Blues on the Green concert in Zilker Park on
               Aug. 2. Contributed/Philip Edsel Summer still has a long way to go, but KGSR’s Blues on the Green concerts are hitting the home stretch. The long-running local
            music series will...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Digital Wild will open for Bright Light Social Hour at the summer’s final Blues on the Green concert in Zilker Park on Aug. 2. Contributed/Philip Edsel Summer still has a long way to go, but KGSR’s Blues on the Green concerts are hitting the home stretch. The long-running local music series will...
What does the heart of Antone’s sound like? It’s right here in the music
 July tends to be a slow month in most of Austin’s nightclubs, but at Antone’s it’s the coolest time of the year, regardless
            of how hot it is outside. When Clifford Antone opened his first place in downtown Austin on July 15, 1975 — just a couple
            of blocks from where the sixth location sits today ...

Posted: 12 days ago

July tends to be a slow month in most of Austin’s nightclubs, but at Antone’s it’s the coolest time of the year, regardless of how hot it is outside. When Clifford Antone opened his first place in downtown Austin on July 15, 1975 — just a couple of blocks from where the sixth location sits today ...
Weekend music picks: Three nights of Isbell, Music Under the Star and more
 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci-6Au1Gnrs&w=492&h=307] 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...

Posted: 12 days ago

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci-6Au1Gnrs&w=492&h=307] 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...