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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

U2 pushes a message of unity at dazzling Texas tour debut in Houston
If you go to see concerts very often, you’ve probably gotten used to the “anniversary tour” concept: Just in the past month alone, both Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and the Damned played shows in Austin to celebrate their 40th year as a band.

Posted: a day ago

If you go to see concerts very often, you’ve probably gotten used to the “anniversary tour” concept: Just in the past month alone, both Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and the Damned played shows in Austin to celebrate their 40th year as a band.
Austin360 On The Record: Garner Sloan, Sour Bridges, Paul Nipper, Ghost Wolves
 OUT THIS WEEK Garner Sloan, “Liquid Sails and Bobcat Tales.” Yes, Sloan is a singer-songwriter originally from West Texas, but no, he doesn’t sound like what that might imply. Country and folk styles have their place in the music he writes, but he’s not so easily classified. The arrangements often swirl and sway into...

Posted: 10 hours ago

OUT THIS WEEK Garner Sloan, “Liquid Sails and Bobcat Tales.” Yes, Sloan is a singer-songwriter originally from West Texas, but no, he doesn’t sound like what that might imply. Country and folk styles have their place in the music he writes, but he’s not so easily classified. The arrangements often swirl and sway into...
Austin music this week: Brownout’s new release, Lone Star Jam and more
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Hard Proof, Greyhounds, Cilantro Boombox at Mohawk outdoor. If you like your bands tight, your grooves big and your booty gyrating, this is a can’t-miss triple bill. Hard Proof and Cilantro Boombox bring the big band madness with wall of sound takes on Afrobeat, Reggae and Latin sounds while the duo behind Greyhounds...

Posted: 2 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Hard Proof, Greyhounds, Cilantro Boombox at Mohawk outdoor. If you like your bands tight, your grooves big and your booty gyrating, this is a can’t-miss triple bill. Hard Proof and Cilantro Boombox bring the big band madness with wall of sound takes on Afrobeat, Reggae and Latin sounds while the duo behind Greyhounds...
WATCH: U2 debuts new song ahead of Texas shows

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Wednesday night marks the first of two U2 tour stops in Texas, as the band plays NRG Stadium in Houston before a Friday concert at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
Watch: Jimmy LaFave ‘Austin City Limits’ episode from 1996
Jimmy LaFave. Matt Rourke/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2005 Before Monday night’s taping of “Austin City Limits” by Seattle indie-folk band The Head and the Heart, the long-running TV program’s executive producer Terry Lickona mentioned that staffers would soon be posting a half-hour segment of the show from 1996 featuring...

Posted: 4 days ago

Jimmy LaFave. Matt Rourke/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2005 Before Monday night’s taping of “Austin City Limits” by Seattle indie-folk band The Head and the Heart, the long-running TV program’s executive producer Terry Lickona mentioned that staffers would soon be posting a half-hour segment of the show from 1996 featuring...
Watch: Jimmy LaFave ‘Austin City Limits’ episode from 1996
Jimmy LaFave. Matt Rourke/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2005 Before Monday night’s taping of “Austin City Limits” by Seattle indie-folk band The Head and the Heart, the long-running TV program’s executive producer Terry Lickona mentioned that staffers would soon be posting a half-hour segment of the show from 1996 featuring...

Posted: 4 days ago

Jimmy LaFave. Matt Rourke/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2005 Before Monday night’s taping of “Austin City Limits” by Seattle indie-folk band The Head and the Heart, the long-running TV program’s executive producer Terry Lickona mentioned that staffers would soon be posting a half-hour segment of the show from 1996 featuring...
George Reiff, one of Austin’s best musicians, dies of cancer at 56
 George Reiff, one of Austin’s most accomplished musicians and producers, died Sunday night at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston after a nearly yearlong battle with cancer. He was 56. Reiff was “surrounded by his family and loved ones” when he died, Reiff’s close friend, Gretchen Harries Graham, confirmed Monday...

Posted: 4 days ago

George Reiff, one of Austin’s most accomplished musicians and producers, died Sunday night at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston after a nearly yearlong battle with cancer. He was 56. Reiff was “surrounded by his family and loved ones” when he died, Reiff’s close friend, Gretchen Harries Graham, confirmed Monday...
Jimmy LaFave, renowned singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 61
 Jimmy LaFave, who moved to Austin in the mid-1980s and became one of the city’s most prominent singer-songwriters of the past several decades, died Sunday night after a yearlong battle with an aggressive form of cancer. He was 61. Jesse LaFave, a nephew, confirmed Monday that Jimmy died at home in the company of family and loved ones...

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Jimmy LaFave, who moved to Austin in the mid-1980s and became one of the city’s most prominent singer-songwriters of the past several decades, died Sunday night after a yearlong battle with an aggressive form of cancer. He was 61. Jesse LaFave, a nephew, confirmed Monday that Jimmy died at home in the company of family and loved ones...