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Two weeks out, Euphoria music festival still lacks county permit

Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty on Tuesday took a stern tone with the organizer of the Finding Euphoria music festival, which is coming up in two weeks but still does not have a permit from the county. “Listen man, there’s a real clear road map as to how to get here on this deal,” Daugherty said. “So if this is your deal, get it done.” County staff members...
Euphoria Fest starts in 2 weeks. Organizers still don’t have a permit.

Euphoria Fest starts in 2 weeks. Organizers still don’t have a permit.

Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty on Tuesday took a stern tone with the organizer of the Finding Euphoria music festival, which is coming up in two weeks but still does not have a permit from the county. “Listen man, there’s a real clear road map as to how to get here on this deal,” Daugherty said. “So if this is your deal, get it done.” RELATED: Gramatik, Hippie...
Review: Perfume Genius bends over backward for queer triumph at Emo’s

Review: Perfume Genius bends over backward for queer triumph at Emo’s

Go ahead and try the kind of impossible back bends Mike Hadreas works his way into. No, truly — the man performing as Perfume Genius exhorts you. He’s daring you to bend yourself a little further. Go ahead. Try. Sometimes, a back bend is just a back bend. In the rapturously writhing form of Hadreas at Emo’s on Monday night, it was a metaphor. The consummate showman cycled through...
Here’s how you can take a party boat to ACL Fest 2018

Here’s how you can take a party boat to ACL Fest 2018

It’s a pretty common phenomenon to see plenty of kayaks and canoes on Lady Bird Lake during Austin City Limits Music Festival, considering Zilker Park is right along the water’s edge and you can hear the music from your water vessel. This year, the festival is taking a page from the notebook of those who paddle to the fest and giving away tickets for festival-goers to hit the high seas...
Setting the highest standards for the Art Dinner at Laguna Gloria

Setting the highest standards for the Art Dinner at Laguna Gloria

Etherial location. Elegant crowd. Exquisite cuisine. Excellent art. Scene from the Art Dinner at Laguna Gloria. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman For the past five years, the  Art Dinner at  Laguna Gloria has benefitted the  Contemporary Austin. Hosts expertly employ the arboreal setting on the grounds of the  Clara...
Marcia Ball does a Texas-Louisiana two-step on new album ‘Shine Bright’

Marcia Ball does a Texas-Louisiana two-step on new album ‘Shine Bright’

The back cover of Marcia Ball’s new album, “Shine Bright,” features the celebrated Austin singer and pianist striking a whimsical Statue of Liberty pose. Dressed in a silver gown, she holds a star aloft in her right hand and cradles a book in her left. Wait, let’s look closer at that book. It’s not the Constitution, or the Declaration of Independence. It’s a colorful...
Feds: Famous rapper Terrell “Ralo” Davis caught flying into Atlanta with nearly $1M worth of pot

Feds: Famous rapper Terrell “Ralo” Davis caught flying into Atlanta with nearly $1M worth of pot

An Atlanta rapper was busted flying into Atlanta on a private plane with more than 440 pounds of marijuana valued at $840,000, according to federal investigators. >> Read more trending news  Terrell “Ralo” Davis is facing two counts of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, WSB-TV reported. According to documents obtained by WSB, Davis was arrested at Peachtree DeKalb Airport,...
Reggae Fest leads a big week of shows in Austin

Reggae Fest leads a big week of shows in Austin

OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Sunday: Austin Reggae Fest at Auditorium Shores. Austin’s annual spring fling, which turns 25 this year, has adopted the slogan “What unity in the community sounds like,” which is appropriate. The fest draws one of the most diverse crowds we see in Austin each year; they show up for the feel-good grooves and the irie vibes. This year’s lineup features New...
Crime in parts of Red River district rose 26 percent in last year, study says

Crime in parts of Red River district rose 26 percent in last year, study says

The number of crimes committed in the Red River district in downtown Austin rose 26 percent in the last year, according to a study by city of Austin employees.  The city study — a rundown of evaluations and recommendations after a year-long pilot program that extended curfews for five outdoor music venues — reported that there were 240 crimes committed in the Red River district...
Philanthropitch bang plus Mack, Jack & McConaughey bucks

Philanthropitch bang plus Mack, Jack & McConaughey bucks

Several Austin giving groups prompt nonprofits to compete head-to-head for bucks, but few stage the “asks” with as much entertainment value and celebrity glamour as  Philanthropitch. The annual fast-pitch fest returns 6 p.m. May 8 to the  LBJ Auditorium. This year’s rock star panel includes: Kendra Scott — Designer...
Beyoncé gives $100,000 to 4 historically black colleges  

Beyoncé gives $100,000 to 4 historically black colleges  

Beyoncé paid tribute to historically black colleges during her groundbreaking Coachella performance, and now the singer is donating $100,000 to four black universities. The superstar singer announced Monday the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year through her BeyGOOD initiative. She plans to give $25,000 each to Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Xavier...
Old Settler’s Music Fest is ready to roll out new site near Lockhart

Old Settler’s Music Fest is ready to roll out new site near Lockhart

What’s new at the Old Settler’s Music Festival this year? Well, everything. After celebrating its 30th year in 2017 at the Driftwood site just southwest of Austin that had been the festival’s home since 2002, the area’s premier roots-music event endured enormous changes during the offseason. The end result: Old Settler’s 2018 commences this weekend at a new location,...
Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar up for auction Sunday

Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar up for auction Sunday

An electric guitar Stevie Ray Vaughan was given as a youth by his brother is expected to sell for about $400,000 at auction Sunday in their hometown of Dallas. Heritage Auctions will offer the 1951 Fender guitar. Vaughan biographer Craig Hopkins said the guitar has “considerable historical significance,” noting Vaughan “pretty much learned his craft on” the guitar. It was Vaughan&rsquo...
Trailblazing mariachi maestro Zeke Castro to retire

Trailblazing mariachi maestro Zeke Castro to retire

After bolstering Austin’s mariachi scene, inspiring generations of students and blazing a musical trail across the country, maestro Ezekiel “Zeke” Castro — who directs the mariachi ensemble at the University of Texas — will take his final bow in May when he retires after a noted career. On Sunday, the longtime music educator and musician will direct the last spring...
Guitar pull at Mack, Jack & McConaughey and more top this week’s shows

Guitar pull at Mack, Jack & McConaughey and more top this week’s shows

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Mack, Jack & McConaughey with Jack Ingram & Friends at ACL Live. The big news at this annual two-day benefit for children’s charities this year is the April 12 headlining show with the Dixie Chicks. But we’ve been to this closing-night guitar-pull-styled event before, and it’s something special. The marquee names alone warrant the price of admission, yet there&rsquo...
How Mack, Jack & McConaughey grew so big so fast

How Mack, Jack & McConaughey grew so big so fast

On Feb. 18, 2013, event wrangler Jennifer Horn Stevens faced a “go/no-go” deadline as to whether to greenlight the first Mack, Jack & McConaughey benefit. Namesakes Mack Brown, Jack Ingram and Matthew McConaughey — plus their wives, Sally Brown, Amy Ingram and Camila Alves — had only two months left to prepare for a two-day benefit in April 2013 that nobody knew would produce...
For now, Austin Opera opts to go without an artistic director

For now, Austin Opera opts to go without an artistic director

After firing Artistic Director  Richard Buckley for alleged misconduct,  Austin Opera has opted to go without a leader in that position for the 2018-2019 season. ALSO SEE: Richard Buckley fired from Austin Opera. Instead, General Director and CEO  Annie Burridge has appointed  Tim Myers, most recently artistic...
Webb Report: Going to concerts can help you live longer, study says

Webb Report: Going to concerts can help you live longer, study says

Austinites: You might be immortal, and you didn’t even know it. According to a study by British music venue O2, going to a music gig every fortnight could extend your life expectancy. Well, sorta. The study, conducted in partnership with Goldsmith University behavioral science expert Patrick Fagan and released last month, found that 20 minutes of “gig-time” can lead to a 21...
Review: Rostam’s half-light, full-heart Austin dream

Review: Rostam’s half-light, full-heart Austin dream

Rostam, by his own estimation, has two hits: “Wood” and “Bike Dream.” One’s a heady slice of psychedelia that prompts the singer to shout out to the Persians in the audience. The other’s a dreamy love song about boys loving boys that beats with the train-transfer pulse of New York City livin’. Rostam, by my estimation, knows himself pretty well, if that&rsquo...
The top 8 touring shows coming to Austin in April that aren’t sold out

The top 8 touring shows coming to Austin in April that aren’t sold out

Spring has sprung, and touring season is upon us. The bad news: many hot tours coming this month, including the Dixie Chicks, Miguel, Jake Bugg and Tank and the Bangas are already sold out. If you snoozed on buying tickets, you’ll be stuck scouring the secondary market. But if you act fast, tickets are still available to these eight great shows. April 13: Mack, Jack & McConaughey: Jack Ingram...
Austin’s Armstrong Community Music School founder Margaret Perry dies

Austin’s Armstrong Community Music School founder Margaret Perry dies

Margaret Perry, founder of Austin’s Armstrong Community Music School, has died. Margaret Perry with students at the Armstrong Community Music School. Contributed THIS IS BREAKING NEWS AND WILL BE UPDATED. Jeff and Gail Kodosky, Laura Walterman and Austin Gleeson have established the Margaret Perry Endowment Fund which has...
Ready to rock (or rap)? A roundup of Austin’s best spring concerts

Ready to rock (or rap)? A roundup of Austin’s best spring concerts

Spring has sprung and live music is back in season. Here’s a roundup of touring shows and large events coming up in the next two months. APRIL 13: Mack, Jack & McConaughey: Jack Ingram & Friends with Patty Griffin, Butch Walker, John Fullbright, Radney Foster, Bruce Robison, Jon Randall, more at ACL Live. The big news at this annual two-day benefit for children’s charities this year is...
Everything’s coming up festivals in April

Everything’s coming up festivals in April

March might have South by Southwest and October might have Austin City Limits, but April is the busiest time for festivals in the Austin area. From wiener dogs to brass bands to burlesque, here’s what’s on tap this month in Central Texas. Honk!TX, April 6-8. All ages can take part in this free three-day event that brings brass bands from across the country to locations throughout the city...
Brass bands, Miguel and some great Austin acts fill venues this week

Brass bands, Miguel and some great Austin acts fill venues this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Saturday: HonkTx! Street Band Festival. The scrappy D.I.Y. event brings together two dozen street bands from across the country and around the world. This year’s acts include Banda Rim Bam Bum from Santiago, Chile; the Legion of Flying Monkeys Horn Orchestra from Vancouver, Canada; and the Neon Brass Party from Seattle. They’ll play alongside local faves such as Maracatu...
Brothers and sisters! Tickets on sale April 6 for MC50 at Mohawk!

Brothers and sisters! Tickets on sale April 6 for MC50 at Mohawk!

To celebrate the MC5’s still-astonishing debut album, “Kick Out the Jams,” MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer is hitting the road with a bunch of ringers for the MC50 tour, which comes to the Mohawk Sept. 28. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 6. Kramer and co. will play Kick Out the Jams in its entirety, as well as an encore set of MC5 material that will change each night. While Kramer...
Sound Style: Chulita Vinyl Club members mix pachuca vibes into modern style

Sound Style: Chulita Vinyl Club members mix pachuca vibes into modern style

“Chingona is like a badass chick. She’s just down with herself and is strong and is like la firme woman, a strong woman … no apologies,” says Shavone Otero, a member of the Austin chapter of the Chulita Vinyl Club. “It was like a bad word, but we’ve definitely reclaimed it,” adds Madeline Casas, another Austin Chulita. On April 7, the women will perform at...
Caroline Says casts spells with indie sound grown from home recordings

Caroline Says casts spells with indie sound grown from home recordings

Caroline Sallee still vividly remembers the night that changed everything three years ago. “I was having a really bad day, and I checked my email,” she recalls of a late-2014 evening when someone from influential indie label Secretly Canadian dropped a line to inquire about her music. “I thought maybe it wasn’t real. “And then my washing machine broke and flooded my entire...
Chingona Fest aims to boost Latina female empowerment

Chingona Fest aims to boost Latina female empowerment

Austinite Denise Hernandez remembers sitting in a local restaurant with her fiancée and realizing that they were the only people of color dining there. “It was a strange moment,” she says. Hernandez, originally from Houston, says she wasn’t expecting that when she moved here. But it kept happening to her everywhere from eateries to professional events across the city. &ldquo...
Get ready for Urban Music Festival and more this week

Get ready for Urban Music Festival and more this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Saturday: Urban Music Festival at Auditorium Shores. Now in its 13th year, the two-day celebration of gospel, jazz, R&B and soul is a family-friendly alternative to the party atmosphere downtown during Texas Relays Weekend. Friday’s bill is headlined by the “Funky Divas” of ’90s R&B, En Vogue, led by two original members, Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron. Also...
Reba McEntire hints at big plans for hosting the ACM Awards

Reba McEntire hints at big plans for hosting the ACM Awards

Reba McEntire will host the ACM Awards for a 15th time coming up April 15, and it’s possible her hilarious turn playing Colonel Sanders in a recent round of KFC commercials had something to do with the Academy of Country Music asking Reba back this year. Those ads have reminded everyone just how funny and wacky Reba can be. >> Read more trending news  So, will we see Reba all dressed...
ICYMI: Holy O(+>! ‘Sign O’ The Times’ is streaming on Amazon Prime!

ICYMI: Holy O(+>! ‘Sign O’ The Times’ is streaming on Amazon Prime!

Dude. DUDE. (And I mean that in the most gender neutral way, which is how you should talk about all things related to today’s topic.) In fact, it has been on Prime since the end of February. And yes, you would be completely within your right to stop reading right now and fire up Prime. How was there not an announcement from heaven above is beyond me. And yes, I understand that this thing screened...
Meet 5 Austin Women of Distinction, 2 Young Masters

Meet 5 Austin Women of Distinction, 2 Young Masters

Each year, the  Girls Scouts of Central Texas judiciously selects a small group of leaders to honor as  Women of Distinction. They are saluted at a brisk, dignified  luncheon, this year set for noon on April 26 at the AT&T Center. I always learn a lot at this event. RELATED: Two dozen Austin parties you don’t want to miss. Alexis Jones...
Garth Brooks supports March for Our Lives protesters with new song

Garth Brooks supports March for Our Lives protesters with new song

Garth Brooks played a never-before-released song on his Facebook series, “Inside Studio G,” this week in support of Florida school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez and the upcoming “March for Our Lives” protest happening across the country this Saturday, March 24. >> Read more trending news  In the final segment of his March 19 Facebook show, Garth read excerpts from ...
Legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen extends successful Broadway run through December

Legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen extends successful Broadway run through December

Legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen is doing so well on Broadway, he’s staying for the rest of the year. >> Read more trending news  The veteran musician’s mega-successful one-man show, “Springsteen on Broadway,” has already been extended twice. Now, The Boss has decided to add 81 more shows between July 10 and Dec. 15 for a third and final extension. Tickets for...
Glen Campbell’s widow opens up about the family feud over his estate

Glen Campbell’s widow opens up about the family feud over his estate

The widow of country music legend Glen Campbell is telling her side of the story in the legal battle over her late husband’s estate. Kim Campbell also addresses allegations that she barred his children from seeing him. >> Read more trending news  Campbell is breaking her silence on the legal battle currently playing out in court over her late husband’s reported $50 million fortune...
Two dozen Austin parties you don’t want to miss

Two dozen Austin parties you don’t want to miss

It’s been a while since we previewed key upcoming Austin parties. Sorry. SXSW intervened. As well as some Austin news that made it hard to celebrate. But we are back with some prize-winning dates, including the last hurrahs for 2018 Rodeo Austin. March 23:  Rodeo Austin Youth Livestock Auction. ACL Live. March 23-May 12:  ...
No post-SXSW slowdown: Catch Joe Ely, Los Pinkys and more this week

No post-SXSW slowdown: Catch Joe Ely, Los Pinkys and more this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Joe Ely, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub. Ely has popped up around town for special appearances in recent weeks, accepting a special songwriting honor at the Austin Music Awards and taking part in the South by Southwest Blaze Foley tribute. Here’s a chance to hear a full set from the Texas legend at one of the city’s best listening rooms. $35-$40. 9 p.m. Come early for...
Jerry Jeff Walker’s still fightin’, and ‘It’s About Time’ for a new record

Jerry Jeff Walker’s still fightin’, and ‘It’s About Time’ for a new record

The sweet sound of a gently strummed guitar floats on an early spring breeze as we walk up to Jerry Jeff Walker’s front yard in West Austin. Beyond the gate, there’s Jerry Jeff, sitting on the porch and singing softly to himself. Realizing company has arrived, he ambles on over, gingerly. Ol’ Scamp Walker isn’t as light on his feet as he used to be, but his smile remains youthful...
3 Women Who Rocked SXSW 2018

3 Women Who Rocked SXSW 2018

Andrea Cruz performs during SXSW in Austin, Texas, on Friday, March 16, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Andrea Cruz:  She’s only recently released her debut album “Tejido de Laurel,” but already Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Andrea Cruz is a rising artist to watch. At her performance during SXSW’s first Sounds of Puerto Rico...
Photos: Rae Sremmurd at SXSW 2018

Photos: Rae Sremmurd at SXSW 2018

Rae Sremmurd performs at ACL Live in Austin during South by Southwest on Friday, March 16, 2018.
SXSW: At Scoot Inn, a ‘backstage’ peek at life of a legendary roadie

SXSW: At Scoot Inn, a ‘backstage’ peek at life of a legendary roadie

There were two things happening at the eastern fringe of SXSW on Friday afternoon. In the sun-splashed dirt courtyard of the Scoot Inn beer garden, the Brooklyn Bowl Family Reunion was in the final stretch of a three-day run — Erika Wennerstrom’s enormous voice on “Extraordinary Love” was swamping the place like a tsunami, drowning out pockets of disinterest...
A Perfect Circle to play Austin this fall

A Perfect Circle to play Austin this fall

A Perfect Circle, the rock outfit founded by Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan and guitarist Billy Howerdel released a new album “Eat the Elephant” on Friday. On Tuesday, the band announced plans for a supporting tour that includes an Oct. 24 stop at the Austin360 Amphitheater. A Perfect Circle’s current line-up is Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer)...
Gary Clark Jr. postpones June shows at ACL Live to December

Gary Clark Jr. postpones June shows at ACL Live to December

Gary Clark Jr. has postponed his upcoming ACL Live shows to December. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Gary Clark Jr. has rescheduled his June 13-15 three-night stand at ACL Live to December 3-5, the venue announced Tuesday. All tickets purchased will be honored on the corresponding day in the series: June 13 to Dec. 3, June 14 to Dec. 4 and June 15 to Dec. 5. The venue’s...
Save the date: ACL Fest tickets will go on sale next week

Save the date: ACL Fest tickets will go on sale next week

Heads up: Details about the 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival are coming soon. Organizers announced this morning via social media that tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, when the lineup will be released. Ticket and lineup details for the Austin City Limits Music Festival are coming soon. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN RELATED: ACL Fest 2018...
Ray Benson-affiliated warehouse district club Rattle Inn abruptly closes

Ray Benson-affiliated warehouse district club Rattle Inn abruptly closes

Representatives from FBR Management have confirmed that the Rattle Inn, a bar and live music venue in the Warehouse District, has closed. Bob Guz, co-founder of the Austin Ukulele Society, at the group’s Open Mic Night held at the Rattle Inn in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN) “It’s been a wonderful eight...
Janet Jackson to play Austin in July

Janet Jackson to play Austin in July

Pop superstar Janet Jackson has added a second leg to her popular State of the World Tour, a show that played Austin last September. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman The new leg of the tour kicks off in Austin on July 11 at the Circuit of the Americas. Tickets run $29.95-$499.95 and go on sale Monday, April 30 at 10 a.m. More info.
It’s a Deal: We will follow wherever the Breeders want to go

It’s a Deal: We will follow wherever the Breeders want to go

There’s a decent argument to be made that Kim Deal has had one of the most free range, “do what I want, when I want” careers in music. The Breeders perform Saturday, April 21, at Emo’s in Austin. Kyser Lough/For American-Statesman From a late ‘80s/early ‘90s string of classic records with the Pixies to soon after finding fame at the height of MTV&rsquo...
Old Settler’s music and spirit shines through, in all kinds of weather

Old Settler’s music and spirit shines through, in all kinds of weather

You want variety of music AND weather? The Old Settler’s Music Festival had it covered on Saturday. Blues to bluegrass to country to classical to gospel to folk to rockabilly: Check. Cloudy to light rain to heavy rain to rainbow to sunset to starshine to dense fog? Check. Storms were in the forecast for much of Central Texas, and they arrived in full at Old Settler&rsquo...
This week’s music picks: Perfume Genius, Haim, Marcia Ball, Wine Down and more

This week’s music picks: Perfume Genius, Haim, Marcia Ball, Wine Down and more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-XQkDyEwQo&w=492&h=307] Monday: Perfume Genius at Emo’s. “No Shape,” the 2017 release from Perfume Genius, is a lush and lovely collection of ebullient synth jams and heart-tugging ballads. In his early work, openly gay frontman Mike Hadreas explored his struggles with addiction. The new album is a celebration ...
Grand music, and big bubbles, drift on the air as Old Settler’s welcomes new digs

Grand music, and big bubbles, drift on the air as Old Settler’s welcomes new digs

The first big day of Old Settler’s Music Festival at its new site near Lockhart promised lots of good music from the likes of Calexico, Billy Strings, Jamestown Revival, Donna the Buffalo and many more. Under a welcome layer of clouds with mid-60s temperatures and a cool breeze, it delivered all that. Plus, bubbles. Kids chase after bubbles at the Old Settler’s...
I have come here to praise cassettes, not bury them.

I have come here to praise cassettes, not bury them.

It’s Record Store Day, and that means a rush on local haunts such as Waterloo Records and End of an Ear. Hundreds of collectibles were issued specifically for this annual event designed to help keep brick-and-mortar shops afloat in the streaming age. The resurgence of vinyl means most special RSD releases are in that format — but at least a couple of cassette reissues...
Austin360 On The Record: Marcia Ball, Charley Crockett, more

Austin360 On The Record: Marcia Ball, Charley Crockett, more

OUT THIS WEEK Marcia Ball, “Shine Bright” (Alligator). At 69, Ball remains one of Austin’s most prominent and active musicians, and on “Shine Bright,” which features nine originals plus three covers, she shows that she still has plenty to say. Recorded partly in Austin and partly at Dockside Studios in Louisiana, the album is an ideal reflection...
Jimmy LaFave’s last album to be released in July, the day after his birthday

Jimmy LaFave’s last album to be released in July, the day after his birthday

The cover of “Peace Town,” Jimmy LaFave’s final album. “Peace Town,” a 20-song double-disc set featuring material Austin singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave was working on when he died of cancer last year, is set for release on July 13 on Music Road Records. Ashley Warren, who administers the Jimmy LaFave Intellectual Property Trust on behalf of LaFave’s...
Foo Fighters blast off Austin360 Amphitheater’s concert season with marathon show

Foo Fighters blast off Austin360 Amphitheater’s concert season with marathon show

Dave Grohl leads the Foo Fighters at the Austin360 Amphitheater on April 18, 2018. Scott Moore for American-Statesman The pit at the Austin360 Amphitheater had no chairs for Wednesday’s season-opening concert by the Foo Fighters, and for all practical purposes on this night, you could have ripped out the reserved seats in the next tier as well. From the front all the...
Get your wallet: 25 Record Store Day releases we’re jonesing for

Get your wallet: 25 Record Store Day releases we’re jonesing for

It’s Record Store Day again on April 21, and, what with Austin home to way more than its fair share of stores, you can make a day of it, driving around to various locales and nabbing what you can. You can check for participating stores here.  Here is a list of what we’re excited about. This is not nearly all of the releases potentially out there. That list can be found here....
Weekend music picks: Irie vibes at Austin Reggae Fest, the Big Squeeze and a Bowie Tribute

Weekend music picks: Irie vibes at Austin Reggae Fest, the Big Squeeze and a Bowie Tribute

Spring in Austin means outdoor music season is upon us. OUR TOP PICKS Austin Reggae Fest 2014. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Friday-Sunday: Austin Reggae Fest at Auditorium Shores. Austin’s annual spring fling, which turns 25 this year, has adopted the slogan “What unity in the community sounds like,” which is appropriate. The fest draws one of the most diverse...
Attention Austin punk lifers: Jesus Lizard to play ACL Live in September

Attention Austin punk lifers: Jesus Lizard to play ACL Live in September

The Jesus Lizard’s David Yow at Liberty Lunch in 1996. Karen Warren/American-Statesman Born from the ashes of 1980s Austin punk band Scratch Acid, hardcore-noise band the Jesus Lizard had a good run in the 1990s and reunited once last decade, but they haven’t played here since 2009. That’ll change this fall when they return for a Sept. 22 concert at ACL Live...
Beyoncé just owned Coachella, could Bey-CL Fest be next?

Beyoncé just owned Coachella, could Bey-CL Fest be next?

We’re not going to spend a lot of time dissecting the epic performance by Houston superstar Beyoncé at Coachella this weekend. Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend One. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella ) You can read more about the set that transformed the Indio, Calif. festival...
Foo Fighters move Austin set time up so they can rock longer

Foo Fighters move Austin set time up so they can rock longer

The Foo Fighters have made no secret about their affection for our fine city. Not only do they swing through regularly, they’ve headlined our eponymous festival, Austin City Limits and taped episodes of the show it was named after multiple times. Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performs during the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park Friday, October 9, 2015. (Stephen ...
Watch: Austinite Reid Umstattd covers U2 on ‘The Voice’

Watch: Austinite Reid Umstattd covers U2 on ‘The Voice’

Over the past couple weeks, Austinite Reid Umstattd has advanced into the top 24 performers on the NBC singing competition “The Voice.” On Monday, he sang in round one of the show’s playoffs, putting in a passionate performance of the U2 classic “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Reid Umstattd. Courtesy of NBC.com On &ldquo...
Hot August nights: Jason Isbell to play 3 shows at Bass Concert Hall

Hot August nights: Jason Isbell to play 3 shows at Bass Concert Hall

Jason Isbell brings his band the 400 Unite back to Austin in August for three nights at Bass Concert Hall. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman There may be no hotter act in Americana music right now than Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, and Austin is one of the Nashville band’s best markets. So it’s no surprise that they’re returning here this summer...
Video premiere: Austin jazz singer Sarah Sharp’s ‘Just Go’

Video premiere: Austin jazz singer Sarah Sharp’s ‘Just Go’

Sarah Sharp. Contributed/Black Fret Austin singer Sarah Sharp spent many years singing with the Jitterbug Vipers, an offbeat Austin jazz-folk-swing ensemble whose beloved and charismatic ringleader, Slim Richey, died in 2015. Now she’s playing and recording under her own name, for the first time in about a decade. “Wake,” released last month, was the first...
This week’s music picks: Foo Fighters, Ibeyi, Old Settler’s Fest, more

This week’s music picks: Foo Fighters, Ibeyi, Old Settler’s Fest, more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRqiFPpw2fY&w=492&h=307] Wednesday: Foo Fighters at Austin360 Amphitheater. Last time through town in 2015, Dave Grohl and company headlined the Austin City Limits Music Festival, about a year after a marathon taping of the “Austin City Limits” TV show. This tour stop may be a little more “normal” by comparison, but...
Jack Ingram’s songwriter night brings a parade of pals for fundraiser finale

Jack Ingram’s songwriter night brings a parade of pals for fundraiser finale

Jack Ingram, right, and Jon Randall sing “Tin Man” on the first night of Mack, Jack & McConaughey, before revisiting the song again on Friday’s second night of the annual fundraiser at ACL Live. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman About the time Matthew McConaughey came out to thump on two stools that suspiciously resembled bongos while Jack Ingram was ...
Hey, you got your Longhorn football in my Live Music Capital!

Hey, you got your Longhorn football in my Live Music Capital!

The Nightowls are among the local bands playing music at the Texas Longhorns’ annual Orange-White Spring Game on April 21. Contributed It’s the most promising combo since chocolate and peanut butter. This year’s Orange-White Spring Game, the Texas Longhorns’ annual intrasquad football scrimmage at Memorial Stadium, will feature live music by four...
Meet the Dixie Chicks’ percussion ringers: Matthew McConaughey and Mack Brown

Meet the Dixie Chicks’ percussion ringers: Matthew McConaughey and Mack Brown

The Dixie Chicks (l-r, Emily Strayer, Natalie Maines and Martie Maguire) play the Mack, Jack & McConaughey gala and concert at ACL Live on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman “We’re at halftime now,” said Mack Brown as the first night of Mack, Jack & McConaughey came to a close Thursday at ACL Live. The legendary Longhorn...
Austin360 On The Record: Greyhounds, Wood & Wire, Josh T. Pearson, more

Austin360 On The Record: Greyhounds, Wood & Wire, Josh T. Pearson, more

OUT THIS WEEK Greyhounds, “Cheyenne Valley Drive.” Keyboardist Anthony Farrell and guitarist Anthony Trube were well-suited to their roles in Florida swamp-rocker JJ Grey’s band Mofro, but they were also too talented as songwriters to remain side players. It’s Austin’s gain, then, that they’ve focused on their band the Greyhounds in the past...
Six hip-hop shows bringing heat to Austin this spring

Six hip-hop shows bringing heat to Austin this spring

Spring in Austin is often warmer than we’d like it to be, but when these artists bring fire we’ll take the heat. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeQW-9Cg8qs&w=492&h=307] April 29: Joey Bada$$ at Emo’s. The young upstart from Brooklyn, whose arrival on the national scene as a teenager was heralded by 1000 (legitimate) Nas comparisons, is...
Take me to the river: Float Fest lineup is hotter than July

Take me to the river: Float Fest lineup is hotter than July

Run The Jewels will play Float Fest on the San Marcos River in July. JAY JANNER / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN Tame Impala, Snoop Dogg, Bassnectar, Run the Jewels, Glass Animals and Modest Mouse are among nearly two dozen acts set for Float Fest, taking place July 21-22 along the San Marcos River just east of San Marcos. The festival, which pairs modern music with river activities and outdoor...
Gramatik, Hippie Sabotage, G Jones lead lineup for scaled-back Finding Euphoria Fest

Gramatik, Hippie Sabotage, G Jones lead lineup for scaled-back Finding Euphoria Fest

After four years of expansion, the EDM and jam band festival, Euphoria Fest at Carson Creek ranch has intentionally scaled back and restructured as Finding Euphoria. Instead of a three-day event, this year’s festival will  be a single-day music event with two days of camping. Denis Jasarevic of Gramatik performs at the 2014 Austin City Limits music festival...
Brandi Carlile brings her band and strings to full bloom at ACL taping

Brandi Carlile brings her band and strings to full bloom at ACL taping

Brandi Carlile and her band tape “Austin City Limits” at ACL Live on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Scott Newton/KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits There was a moment during “Party of One,” the final track on Brandi Carlile’s new album and also the last song of her set during Tuesday night’s “Austin City Limits” taping at ACL Live, that...
Questlove, Blackillac, Girlpool added to Hot Luck Festival lineup

Questlove, Blackillac, Girlpool added to Hot Luck Festival lineup

Questlove DJs during SXSW 2012. Jay Janner/American-Statesman Hot Luck Festival, the food and music festival founded by Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, Mohawk owner, James Moody  and Mike Thelin, founder of Feast food festival in Portland has expanded the sampling of sounds available at the fest. RELATED: Hot Luck’s blazing chef lineup New events added include...
Watch: Austinite Reid Umstattd competes on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

Watch: Austinite Reid Umstattd competes on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

Season 14 of NBC’s singing competition show “The Voice” is going strong and on Tuesday, Austinite Reid Umstattd continued his rise through ranks with a successful turn in the show’s knockouts. The 34-year-old rocker used to play around town in the alt-rock band Nelo, but in recent years, he’s been focused on a solo career. On the show, each artist...
Weekend music picks: Jack Ingram, Patty Griffin and more swap songs at ACL Live

Weekend music picks: Jack Ingram, Patty Griffin and more swap songs at ACL Live

Patty Griffin performs at ACL Live on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Friday: Mack, Jack & McConaughey with Jack Ingram & Friends at ACL Live. The big news at this annual two-day benefit for children’s charities this year is the April 12 headlining show with the Dixie Chicks. But  we’ve been to this closing-night...
Here’s the wind-up for the Wine Down: 3Ten’s seasonal series begins this month

Here’s the wind-up for the Wine Down: 3Ten’s seasonal series begins this month

Kalu James fronts Kalu & the Electric Joint, kicking off 3Ten’s free music series the Wine Down on April 25. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN The annual rush of spring and summer programs featuring free live music has commenced. On the heels of last week’s Unplugged at the Grove announcement comes the lineup of this year’s shows at 3Ten for...
This week’s music picks: Day school benefit, Radney Foster, more

This week’s music picks: Day school benefit, Radney Foster, more

Monday: St. David’s Day School Benefit at St. David’s Historic Sanctuary. Frequently a prime venue for quality music during South by Southwest, St. David’s Episcopal Church has forged strong connections to the city’s musical community. A handful of them — Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few and Dave Insley &mdash...
Pecan Street Fest showcases the broad horizons of Austin music

Pecan Street Fest showcases the broad horizons of Austin music

Melat is among the local musicians performing at this year’s Pecan Street Festival May 5-6. With a lineup that features everything from hip-hop to indie-rock to singer-songwriters to cool DJs to a children’s choir, the 41st annual spring Pecan Street Festival might be Austin’s most diverse showcase for local musicians. Primarily an event for arts and crafts vendors stretching...
10 music festivals coming to Austin this spring

10 music festivals coming to Austin this spring

The weather is warm. The wildflowers are out. Let the festing begin! April 19-22: Old Settler’s Music Festival in Tilmon. Headliners this year include J.D. McPherson, Calexico, Greensky Bluegrass and I’m With Her (featuring Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan), but the big news is the new location, in rural Caldwell County southeast of Lockhart. There&rsquo...
Austin360 On The Record: Caroline Says, Melat, Patterson Barrett, Mike Nicolai, Jarebear

Austin360 On The Record: Caroline Says, Melat, Patterson Barrett, Mike Nicolai, Jarebear

RECENTLY RELEASED Caroline Says, “No Fool Like an Old Fool” (Western Vinyl). From our Austin360 Artist of the Month feature on the band and its leader, Caroline Sallee: “‘No Fool Like an Old Fool’ was recorded here in Austin, and is a bit quieter overall than its predecessor (2014’s “50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong”). ...
‘It’s All True,’ aka the Fugazi between-song-banter opera, plays May 18-20 at Stateside, you ice cream-eating (beep)

‘It’s All True,’ aka the Fugazi between-song-banter opera, plays May 18-20 at Stateside, you ice cream-eating (beep)

"It’s All True," an "opera-in-suspension based on the complete live archives of iconic underground band Fugazi,” by the Brooklyn-based performance group Object Collection, is coming to Stateside at the Paramount May 18 to 20. It’s a littler hard to describe so let’s go to the press release: "Grounded upon the DC post-hardcore outfit’s 1987-2002 Live...
Sound Style: Chulita Vinyl Club to play sold out Chingona Fest, Ney Day

Sound Style: Chulita Vinyl Club to play sold out Chingona Fest, Ney Day

In our Sound Style series, we talk to artists about how the idea of image plays into their work. For the latest installment we caught up with Madeline Casas and Shavone Otero from Chulita Vinyl Club, who schooled us on the way modern Chicanas are incorporating elements of pachuca fashion into their style. SOUND STYLE: Chulita Vinyl Club members...
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