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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...
Ameripolitan Awards move north, but two Austinites are winners at annual gala
 Austin’s Sophia Johnson won the Western Swing Female category at the 2018 Ameripolitan Music Awards in Memphis. Contributed Austin honky-tonker Dale Watson’s annual Ameripolitan Music Awards show 
            moved to Memphis this year after a four-year run in Austin since its launch in 2014. But two Austinites still took home...

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Austin’s Sophia Johnson won the Western Swing Female category at the 2018 Ameripolitan Music Awards in Memphis. Contributed Austin honky-tonker Dale Watson’s annual Ameripolitan Music Awards show moved to Memphis this year after a four-year run in Austin since its launch in 2014. But two Austinites still took home...
You’re in Luck! Or you’ll want to be with this lineup at Willie’s place
 Willie Nelson performs at Luck Reunion on March 16, 2017 in Spicewood, Texas. This year’s event is set for March 15, 2018. March 15 is the date for this year’s Luck Reunion, the annual musical gathering out at Willie Nelson’s fictional ghost-town
            in Spicewood in the midst of South by Southwest. Top names on the...

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Willie Nelson performs at Luck Reunion on March 16, 2017 in Spicewood, Texas. This year’s event is set for March 15, 2018. March 15 is the date for this year’s Luck Reunion, the annual musical gathering out at Willie Nelson’s fictional ghost-town in Spicewood in the midst of South by Southwest. Top names on the...
Take a sneak peek at SXSW events and locations, via city permit list
 Just Blaze played the Fader Fort at South by Southwest in 2013. The style magazine appears set to return in 2018, in a new
               location. Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman A list of 160 permit applications in March on the city of Austin’s website sheds some light on what’s in store for South by
            Southwest...

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Just Blaze played the Fader Fort at South by Southwest in 2013. The style magazine appears set to return in 2018, in a new location. Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman A list of 160 permit applications in March on the city of Austin’s website sheds some light on what’s in store for South by Southwest...
Jimmy LaFave’s photos to be featured in art gallery exhibit
 Jimmy LaFave. Matt Rourke/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2005 Photography by Austin singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, 
            who died last year of cancer, will be exhibited next month at the Stephen L. Clark Gallery on West Sixth Street, with an opening reception set for Saturday,
            March 10, featuring music by LaFave’s former backing...

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Jimmy LaFave. Matt Rourke/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2005 Photography by Austin singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, who died last year of cancer, will be exhibited next month at the Stephen L. Clark Gallery on West Sixth Street, with an opening reception set for Saturday, March 10, featuring music by LaFave’s former backing...
Is Bruno Mars playing Formula 1 this year? It looks likely
 Bruno Mars performs onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles. Kevin Winter/Getty
               Images for NARAS There’s no announcement yet from Circuit of the Americas, but reports this morning of new Bruno Mars tour dates included an
            Oct. 20 stop at the outdoor venue...

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Bruno Mars performs onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS There’s no announcement yet from Circuit of the Americas, but reports this morning of new Bruno Mars tour dates included an Oct. 20 stop at the outdoor venue...
Lone Star Jam is movin’ on up to the Rodeo Austin grounds this May
 The Randy Rogers Band will play the Lone Star Jam on Sunday, May 27, at the Rodeo Austin grounds. Contributed The Randy Rogers Band, Gary Allan, Reckless Kelly and many more regional country-rock acts will once again gather on Memorial
            Day weekend for the Lone Star Jam, which moves to the grounds of Rodeo Austin this year. The...

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The Randy Rogers Band will play the Lone Star Jam on Sunday, May 27, at the Rodeo Austin grounds. Contributed The Randy Rogers Band, Gary Allan, Reckless Kelly and many more regional country-rock acts will once again gather on Memorial Day weekend for the Lone Star Jam, which moves to the grounds of Rodeo Austin this year. The...
One Night in Austin: Training for South by Southwest on a busy February night
  South by Southwest is just around the corner, and for many Austinites that means a series of serpentine dashes between venues
            to cram in as much music as possible from the smorgasbord that overtakes the city’s streets in mid-March. Spotting an unusually
            busy Saturday evening in February, we decided to get in...

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South by Southwest is just around the corner, and for many Austinites that means a series of serpentine dashes between venues to cram in as much music as possible from the smorgasbord that overtakes the city’s streets in mid-March. Spotting an unusually busy Saturday evening in February, we decided to get in...
This week’s music picks: Eric Johnson, Erika Wennerstrom and more
 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY03HoYd_uA&w=640&h=390] Tuesday: 
               Erika Wennerstrom at ABGB.
             Known primarily 
            for fronting Heartless Bastards, the indie-rock band that moved from Ohio to Austin a decade ago and got far enough to appear on “Austin City Limits,” Wennerstrom...

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY03HoYd_uA&w=640&h=390] Tuesday: Erika Wennerstrom at ABGB. Known primarily for fronting Heartless Bastards, the indie-rock band that moved from Ohio to Austin a decade ago and got far enough to appear on “Austin City Limits,” Wennerstrom...
Little Big Town takes a rocket ride to the heart of pop country at Erwin Center
 Little Big Town open their show with Elton John’s “Rocket Man” at the Erwin Center on Friday, February 9, 2018. Suzanne Cordeiro
               for American-Statesman When Little Big Town worked up “Rocket Man” for an Elton John tribute at the Grammys last month, they might not have been
            thinking...

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Little Big Town open their show with Elton John’s “Rocket Man” at the Erwin Center on Friday, February 9, 2018. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman When Little Big Town worked up “Rocket Man” for an Elton John tribute at the Grammys last month, they might not have been thinking...
Exclusive preview: Shinyribs in the magic cape on ‘Austin City Limits’
 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36wHP8WB0fY&w=640&h=390] Whether you’re watching at home or attending the Mohawk’s special viewing party, Saturday’s “Austin City Limits” episode featuring
            hometown heroes Shinyribs along with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach promises to be pretty...

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36wHP8WB0fY&w=640&h=390] Whether you’re watching at home or attending the Mohawk’s special viewing party, Saturday’s “Austin City Limits” episode featuring hometown heroes Shinyribs along with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach promises to be pretty...
With a new album on the way, John Prine is coming to Austin
 John Prine has a new album coming out in April and will play Austin’s Bass Concert Hall on June 30. Contributed/John Kurc Good news, John Prine fans: Not only does the legendary songwriter have a new album coming in April, he’s also hitting the
            road for a tour that will stop at Austin’s Bass Concert Hall on June...

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John Prine has a new album coming out in April and will play Austin’s Bass Concert Hall on June 30. Contributed/John Kurc Good news, John Prine fans: Not only does the legendary songwriter have a new album coming in April, he’s also hitting the road for a tour that will stop at Austin’s Bass Concert Hall on June...
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