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Austin360 On The Record: John Mills Times Ten
 OUT THIS WEEK John Mills Times Ten, “Flying Blind” (Fable).
             Of all the Austin jazz acts whose downtown home base is the Elephant Lounge, this one is probably the biggest. It’s called
            John Mills Times Ten because the longtime local saxophonist’s backing crew is 10 players strong. Everything...

Posted: 13 days ago

OUT THIS WEEK John Mills Times Ten, “Flying Blind” (Fable). Of all the Austin jazz acts whose downtown home base is the Elephant Lounge, this one is probably the biggest. It’s called John Mills Times Ten because the longtime local saxophonist’s backing crew is 10 players strong. Everything...
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: 13 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: 13 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...
Willie Nelson brings the family for a New Year’s cheer at ACL Live
 Willie Nelson with his Family band at ACL Live on Friday, December 29, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Oh, to be in Austin when New Year’s Eve is here. There’s no more ideal way to spend it than with Willie Nelson, singing at
            the theater that hosts the TV show he launched, on the downtown block that bears...

Posted: 17 days ago

Willie Nelson with his Family band at ACL Live on Friday, December 29, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Oh, to be in Austin when New Year’s Eve is here. There’s no more ideal way to spend it than with Willie Nelson, singing at the theater that hosts the TV show he launched, on the downtown block that bears...
This week’s music picks: Mobley, Thor, Nakia among Free Week highlights
 Starting Monday: Free Week in Red River Cultural District and beyond. This annual new-calendar kickoff has become a favorite of local clubgoers. Though Red River Street remains the core, some
            associated shows extend to East and West Sixth, Rainey Street and even the UT campus area. (It’s worth noting, too, that other
  ...

Posted: 17 days ago

Starting Monday: Free Week in Red River Cultural District and beyond. This annual new-calendar kickoff has become a favorite of local clubgoers. Though Red River Street remains the core, some associated shows extend to East and West Sixth, Rainey Street and even the UT campus area. (It’s worth noting, too, that other ...
Spending New Year’s Eve in? ACL Hall of Fame broadcast might be the ticket
 Elvis Costello, Chris Isaak and Trombone Shorty helped the Neville Brothers celebrate their Austin City Limits Hall of Fame
               induction at ACL Live in October. The program airs on KLRU on New Year’s Eve. Courtesy KLRU and Austin City Limits/Photos
               by Gary Miller As the clock approaches midnight on Sunday...

Posted: 18 days ago

Elvis Costello, Chris Isaak and Trombone Shorty helped the Neville Brothers celebrate their Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction at ACL Live in October. The program airs on KLRU on New Year’s Eve. Courtesy KLRU and Austin City Limits/Photos by Gary Miller As the clock approaches midnight on Sunday...
Austin360 On The Record: A look back at highlights of 2017
 For the inaugural Austin360 Awards, we asked dozens of local music community experts to nominate five finalists, and then
            choose a winner, for Album of the Year and other categories. You’ll find those results here: The Austin360 Awards for 2017 Throughout the year, Austin360 On The Record reviewed or noted about 200 local...

Posted: 19 days ago

For the inaugural Austin360 Awards, we asked dozens of local music community experts to nominate five finalists, and then choose a winner, for Album of the Year and other categories. You’ll find those results here: The Austin360 Awards for 2017 Throughout the year, Austin360 On The Record reviewed or noted about 200 local...
Austin360 On The Record: A look back at highlights of 2017
 For the inaugural Austin360 Awards, we asked dozens of local music community experts to nominate five finalists, and then
            choose a winner, for Album of the Year and other categories. You’ll find those results here: The Austin360 Awards for 2017 Throughout the year, Austin360 On The Record reviewed or noted about 200 local...

Posted: 19 days ago

For the inaugural Austin360 Awards, we asked dozens of local music community experts to nominate five finalists, and then choose a winner, for Album of the Year and other categories. You’ll find those results here: The Austin360 Awards for 2017 Throughout the year, Austin360 On The Record reviewed or noted about 200 local...
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: 20 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: 20 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...
The Year in Willie: He’s not only still not dead, he’s lapping the field
 When I moved back to Austin four years ago this week after two decades away, a joyous recent development awaited me: Willie Nelson, on the other side of 80, was in the midst of one of the most amazing late-career resurgences American popular music has ever seen. Within six months of my return, Willie had his first No. 1 country album in almost...

Posted: 21 days ago

When I moved back to Austin four years ago this week after two decades away, a joyous recent development awaited me: Willie Nelson, on the other side of 80, was in the midst of one of the most amazing late-career resurgences American popular music has ever seen. Within six months of my return, Willie had his first No. 1 country album in almost...
This week’s music picks: Tex-Mex Christmas at Antone’s, Ozomatli and more
 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOMRNSmwa3U&w=640&h=390] Monday: 
               Blue Christmas Tex-Mex Dance Party with Flaco Jimenez and Los Pinkys at Antone’s.
             If you didn’t catch the big Tex-Mex Fiesta at ACL Live on the Friday before Christmas, here’s another chance for a sampling
     ...

Posted: 24 days ago

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOMRNSmwa3U&w=640&h=390] Monday: Blue Christmas Tex-Mex Dance Party with Flaco Jimenez and Los Pinkys at Antone’s. If you didn’t catch the big Tex-Mex Fiesta at ACL Live on the Friday before Christmas, here’s another chance for a sampling ...
Old Settler’s Fest adds acts, releases partial day-by-day schedule
 The War & Treaty will perform at the Old Settler’s Music Festival in April 2018. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman More details are taking shape for the Old Settler’s Music Festival, which 
            moves to a new home near Lockhart in April 2018. New additions to the lineup include J.D. McPherson, Will Hoge, California...

Posted: 27 days ago

The War & Treaty will perform at the Old Settler’s Music Festival in April 2018. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman More details are taking shape for the Old Settler’s Music Festival, which moves to a new home near Lockhart in April 2018. New additions to the lineup include J.D. McPherson, Will Hoge, California...
Austin360 On The Record: Russell Haight, Bob Livingston and more
 OUT THIS WEEK Russell Haight, “Destination.” A saxophonist who plays with several local jazz acts and is an 
            assistant professor with Texas State University’s jazz program, Haight steps out on his own for this hourlong, 10-track instrumental set that spotlights his fluid playing and his natural
            talent...

Posted: 27 days ago

OUT THIS WEEK Russell Haight, “Destination.” A saxophonist who plays with several local jazz acts and is an assistant professor with Texas State University’s jazz program, Haight steps out on his own for this hourlong, 10-track instrumental set that spotlights his fluid playing and his natural talent...
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: 27 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...
Weekend music picks: TexMex Holiday Fiesta, Tuba Christmas and more
 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKQwamBGbw8&w=640&h=390] 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...

Posted: 29 days ago

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKQwamBGbw8&w=640&h=390] 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...
Red River club Beerland’s owners to change, but not its identity
 Austin club Beerland featured the band Cherubs in 2016. Kyser Lough for American-Statesman The new year will bring new owners to longtime Red River music venue Beerland, but don’t expect big changes. Austin Jukebox,
            a curator of local music events that has booked quarterly shows into the small club that’s a haven for...

Posted: 30 days ago

Austin club Beerland featured the band Cherubs in 2016. Kyser Lough for American-Statesman The new year will bring new owners to longtime Red River music venue Beerland, but don’t expect big changes. Austin Jukebox, a curator of local music events that has booked quarterly shows into the small club that’s a haven for...
How much does Austin miss George Reiff? Two dozen acts testify in 5-hour show
 From chart-toppers and Grammy winners to club-level touring acts to local standbys who rarely play outside of Austin, the
            performers who took the stage on Sunday evening at Emo’s had one thing in common: George Reiff had worked with all of them,
            and he made their music better. Reiff, who 
            died of...

Posted: 30 days ago

From chart-toppers and Grammy winners to club-level touring acts to local standbys who rarely play outside of Austin, the performers who took the stage on Sunday evening at Emo’s had one thing in common: George Reiff had worked with all of them, and he made their music better. Reiff, who died of...
This week’s music picks: Jimmy LaFave tribute, Julien Baker, Steve Earle
 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsA-UShRMmE&w=640&h=390] Monday: 
               Jimmy LaFave Tribute with Eliza Gilkyson and friends at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.
             Gilkyson has played the annual holiday shopping event many times, but this year is different: She’ll lead a cast of locals
            paying...

3:03 PM Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsA-UShRMmE&w=640&h=390] Monday: Jimmy LaFave Tribute with Eliza Gilkyson and friends at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Gilkyson has played the annual holiday shopping event many times, but this year is different: She’ll lead a cast of locals paying...
So many shows to help you have a merry musical holiday
 This week’s music picks feature an expanded section of recommended shows that includes quite a few holiday-themed events. OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Peligrosa 10-year anniversary at North Door. Ten years ago, a trio of DJs decided to shake up Austin’s dance music scene with irresistible rhythms from around the world. Over the next...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

This week’s music picks feature an expanded section of recommended shows that includes quite a few holiday-themed events. OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Peligrosa 10-year anniversary at North Door. Ten years ago, a trio of DJs decided to shake up Austin’s dance music scene with irresistible rhythms from around the world. Over the next...
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