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Photos: Snow Tha Product performs at Emo’s Austin on June 23, 2018

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Vinnie Paul was co-founder, drummer of Texas metal band Pantera

Vinnie Paul was co-founder, drummer of Texas metal band Pantera

Vinnie Paul, co-founder and drummer of the Arlington-based metal band Pantera, has died at 54. Pantera’s official Facebook page posted a statement early Saturday announcing his death. The label of Hellyeah, his most recent group, confirmed the death but neither statement mentioned Paul’s cause of death. His real name was Vincent Paul Abbott, and he was born in Abilene. He and his brother...
Ice Cream Festival after dark and more top shows this week

Ice Cream Festival after dark and more top shows this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Kesha, Macklemore at Austin360 Amphitheater. The power of Kesha’s 2017 comeback album “Rainbow” was underlined at the Grammy Awards, when she was joined on stage by an all-star cast of female singers for a breathtaking performance of the single “Praying.” Though her contract still ties her to longtime producer Dr. Luke, whom she sued in 2014, claiming...
Doug E. Fresh, Patricia Vonne, Shakey Graves among this week’s shows

Doug E. Fresh, Patricia Vonne, Shakey Graves among this week’s shows

OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Saturday: Round Rock Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs at Old Settlers Park. The two-day, family-friendly shindig includes music, games, clowns and a barbecue contest. Beatbox pioneer and early rap standout Doug E. Fresh headlines the Friday night party, and boy band Next Town Down leads a Saturday bill that includes a variety of gospel groups and jazz artist Don Diego. Free, $5 parking...
Herpes claims against Usher heading to trial in Los Angeles, judge rules

Herpes claims against Usher heading to trial in Los Angeles, judge rules

A California judge has ruled that all herpes claims against R&B singer Usher (real name Usher Raymond IV) will be tried in Los Angeles Superior Court, where it is illegal to knowingly or recklessly transmit a sexually transmitted disease. >> Read more trending news  The artist is accused of not disclosing his herpes diagnosis to three sexual partners. One of the women, identified as Jane...
Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga star in remake of ‘A Star is Born;’ new trailer released

Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga star in remake of ‘A Star is Born;’ new trailer released

  Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the much-anticipated remake of the romantic love story, “A Star is Born,” starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. >> Read more trending news  The film marks Cooper’s directorial debut and Gaga’s first starring role in a major film.  The cast also includes Dave Chappelle, Sam Elliot and Andrew Dice Clay...
Tish Hinojosa, Wepa Festival and some big touring acts this week

Tish Hinojosa, Wepa Festival and some big touring acts this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday. Tish Hinojosa at One World Theatre. A fixture in Austin’s folk and Latin music scenes during the 1980s and 1990s, Hinojosa recently moved back to Austin after many years overseas. She’ll celebrate a new album, “West,” her first since 2013’s “After the Fair.” James McMurtry, with whom she shared bills often back in those early days, is...

Tejano music legend Jimmy Gonzalez dies

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWeypTl6-rM&w=492&h=307] Tejano music legend and Grammy award-winner Jimmy Gonzalez died Wednesday. He was 67. Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz was scheduled to perform as headliners this weekend in Aransas Pass. The Brownsville native was admitted to a San Antonio hospital early Wednesday morning following a brief illness when he died, according...
38 years after premiere, 'Urban Cowboy' still a Texas original

38 years after premiere, 'Urban Cowboy' still a Texas original

Country music has been going all to hell ever since the first notes drifted out of Tennessee. Whether it was Ray Price’s strings, Kris Kristofferson’s bawdy croak, Garth Brook’s slick pop or whatever the heck Florida Georgia Line is, somebody, somewhere thinks country music sure ain’t what it used to be. Right in the middle of those four examples came the “Urban Cowboy&rdquo...
Summerstock Austin is a-comin’ down the street

Summerstock Austin is a-comin’ down the street

Before you know it,  Summerstock Austin will be packing folks into the air-conditioned  Rollins Studio Theatre three shows at the  Long Center for the Performing Arts. Last year, we were bowled over by “Annie Get Your Gun” and mightily amused by “Monty Python’s Spamalot” as performed by students ...
Singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa releases new music after nearly dying

Singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa releases new music after nearly dying

When singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa moved back to Austin five years ago after spending nearly a decade in Germany, she intended to rebuild the musical career that had made her a Texas trailblazer in the 1990s. She hoped to heal after her marriage ended, reintroduce herself to the local music scene and climb back to the top. But she didn’t realize that before she could fully pick up...
Winners rejoice for 2018 Austin Critics Table Awards

Winners rejoice for 2018 Austin Critics Table Awards

Seems like yesterday when we sat down at Katz’s Deli to vote on the first  Austin Critics Table Awards. Now a whole new generation of arts journalists are making the decisions. We could not be happier. The following individuals and groups were honored Monday night at  Cap City Comedy Club. (If I missed any, let me know.) CRITICS TABLE AWARDS 2018 THEATER...
Cumbia music festival kicks off in Austin on Saturday

Cumbia music festival kicks off in Austin on Saturday

Colombian American artist Kiko Villamizar brings a music festival exploring the folkloric roots of cumbia to Austin on June 9. There’s nothing like cumbia to bring both elders and youth together. On June 9, the Wepa Cumbia Roots Festival returns to Austin with top musicians including Grammy award-winning folk masters Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto of Colombia...
Jaimee Harris has been waiting, and her moment is about to arrive

Jaimee Harris has been waiting, and her moment is about to arrive

If I had to pick just one song from the hundreds that Austin musician Jaimee Harris has written to help you understand where she’s coming from, it would be “Catch It Now.” On “Red Rescue,” her completed but not yet released debut album — more about that later — Harris delivers the tune solo, accompanied only by her acoustic guitar. As its verses unspool, her...
Music this week: Paul Simon farewell tour, record release shows, more

Music this week: Paul Simon farewell tour, record release shows, more

OUR TOP PICKS Saturday: Joe Ely & Terry Allen at Hogg Auditorium vs. Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore at Antone’s. This is a hard choice, pitting fellow Flatlanders Ely and Gilmore against each other on the same night, and both paired with intriguing partners. Ely and Allen became close compadres in Lubbock decades ago, helping to re-shape the history of Texas folk, country and rock ’n&rsquo...
Troye Sivan’s Bloom Tour is coming to Austin

Troye Sivan’s Bloom Tour is coming to Austin

Oh my, my, my. Looks like Troye Sivan fans have something to get excited about this fall.  The pop singer announced Wednesday that Austin will be the second stop on his headlining tour. Sivan is scheduled to hit ACL Live at the Moody Theater on Sept. 23, after a Sept. 21 stop in Irving. Tickets go on sale June 8 at 11 a.m. at LiveNation.com and TroyeSivan.com. According to a news...
Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore team up on ‘Downey to Lubbock’ album

Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore team up on ‘Downey to Lubbock’ album

If you’re a fan of Texas troubadour Jimmie Dale Gilmore, you’re most likely also a fan of California singer-songwriter Dave Alvin. For decades they’ve been among the best-known artists in Americana music, and their career tracks are similar. Alvin rose up with roots-rock group the Blasters, with whom he wrote the now-classic tune “American Music.” Gilmore first got noticed...
7 upcoming benefits: Austin’s social scene still sizzles in summer

7 upcoming benefits: Austin’s social scene still sizzles in summer

June 16 Common Threadz Spring Gala 2018 What: An evening of love, compassion and giving back — as well as a couple surprises — to benefit the Promise School of Lanjani in Tanzania, Africa. Cost: $250 individual ticket; table ticket is $2,000. Location: University Of Texas Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto Blvd. Information: commonthreadz.org/events June 23 2018 PROUD! Gala & Austin LGBT...
Willie Nelson walks off show in Charlotte, said to have stomach bug

Willie Nelson walks off show in Charlotte, said to have stomach bug

Willie Nelson stiffly took the stage a second time for the finale of the Outlaw Music Festival in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday night, strapped on Trigger, then immediately took the guitar off, turned and whipped his cowboy hat into the crowd and walked off stage without playing a note. A tweet a few hours later from Live Nation Carolina said that the 85-year-old country legend was suffering from an...
Gregg Allman tribute video released on anniversary of his death

Gregg Allman tribute video released on anniversary of his death

The music of Gregg Allman lives on. The Southern rock legend died one year ago on May 27, and to commemorate the anniversary of his passing at age 69, his team compiled a three-minute video that showcases Allman the way he’d want to be remembered – always making music. The clip, set to his 1973 song “Queen of Hearts” from his “Laid Back” solo album, features Allman...
Mad about Austin Camerata

Mad about Austin Camerata

From where I sit, “ Austin Camerata” translates into “unadulterated beauty.” At least it did last night when the Austin chamber orchestra played the Rollins Studio  Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. But first, an historical note:  Debra and  Kevin Rollins, whose...
Six Austin places, past and present, to commune with Willie

Six Austin places, past and present, to commune with Willie

There are two kinds of people in Austin: Those who remember old Austin and those who will start remembering old Austin in a few years. Wait, that’s not it. Maybe it’s: Those who have allergies and those who will. Well, maybe both of those are true. But what I’m aiming for is this: Those who love Willie Nelson and those who ought to start. Willie was born in Abbott, north of Waco...
And your next Blues on the Green headliner is: Bob Schneider!

And your next Blues on the Green headliner is: Bob Schneider!

What with May 23 being the first Blues on the Green show of the season, the BotG powers that be waited until the end of the Black Angels show to announce that Bob Schneider and Superfonicos would be the next act to play the storied series. Ol’ Bob and Superfonicos plays the Green (aka Zilker Park) June 13.
Iconic Latin rock bands Enanitos Verdes, Hombres G to play in Austin

Iconic Latin rock bands Enanitos Verdes, Hombres G to play in Austin

After the last encore had been performed, the stage lights turned off and the fans had gone home, members of the iconic Latin rock-pop groups Los Enanitos Verdes of Argentina and Hombres G of Spain headed to a celebratory post-show dinner in Austin two years ago. It was there where a genius musical idea emerged for a future show, says Felipe Staiti, guitarist for Los Enanitos Verdes. Why not mesh...
This week: Little Steven, Lone Star Jam, Cupcakke, Steely Dan and more

This week: Little Steven, Lone Star Jam, Cupcakke, Steely Dan and more

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul at Paramount Theatre. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his long tenure in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, the guitarist born Steven Van Zandt has been known as Little Steven, Miami Steve and, on “The Sopranos,” Silvio. Nowadays he might be most widely heard on “Underground Garage,” a syndicated...
Austin Under 40 Awards winners are solid gold

Austin Under 40 Awards winners are solid gold

We always cheer the Austin Under 40 Awar ds  ceremony, not just because it benefits two worthy causes,  YWA Foundation and the Austin Sunshine Camps, but also because so many rising social stars end up among the winners. Toya Bell picks up the Austin Under 40 Award for Mentor of the Year. Contributed by Lauryn Vaughan of Not Purple...
SUMMER MUSIC GUIDE: Who’s playing where in the hottest months

SUMMER MUSIC GUIDE: Who’s playing where in the hottest months

Where there’s heat, there’s music. That’s what summer in Austin is like, and it means big touring concerts, cool club shows and outdoor festivals everywhere. We’ve compiled a master list of more than 200 music events from June through September to help you plan what to do until the weather turns cooler again. Ready, set, sweat! 1: Dennis DeYoung & the Music of Styx, Night Ranger...
The last time we talked to supreme Broadway artist Stephen Sondheim

The last time we talked to supreme Broadway artist Stephen Sondheim

In the occasion of  Zach Theatre‘s first fully staged musical by  Stephen Sondheim, “Sunday in the Park with George,” which opens May 30, we republish this Nov. 8, 2009 story that includes my interview with great man himself.  Stephen Sondheim in 1976. AP Stephen Sondheim, the creative force behind 18 major musicals, might...
We salute Bloomberg arts gifts, Austin Opera, Austin Art League and more

We salute Bloomberg arts gifts, Austin Opera, Austin Art League and more

As reported in the New York Times, Bloomberg Philanthropies is putting $43 million into small and midsize arts group in seven new cities, including Austin. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite “We wanted to reach cities that we thought had a really strong mix in the way they were serving up arts and culture,”  Kate Levin...
Austin humorist, country music entertainer Sammy Allred dies at 84

Austin humorist, country music entertainer Sammy Allred dies at 84

Sammy Allred, a native Austinite who was a nationally known humorist, country music entertainer and radio personality, died Thursday. He was 84. Allred and Dewayne Smith formed the comedic country music duo the Geezinslaw Brothers in the 1950s. They were regulars on the “Louisiana Hayride” radio show based in Shreveport, La., in the late 1950s and once opened for Elvis Presley. The Geezinslaws...
This week’s music picks: Haley Heynderickx, Night Glitter EP release

This week’s music picks: Haley Heynderickx, Night Glitter EP release

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyvYIYwLzTw&w=492&h=307] Tuesday: Haley Heynderickx at Cactus Cafe. Portland, Ore., has consistently produced noteworthy indie acts for some time now, and Heynderickx (don’t try to spell it without a program) is the latest from the Rose City to attract nationwide attention. Her full-length debut “I Need to Start a...
Anderson East can sing the IKEA catalog and we will listen

Anderson East can sing the IKEA catalog and we will listen

Artists like Anderson East, an Alabama rock-and-soul singer with a voice so startling and strong that it seems like the product of Greek mythology, are so singular that you almost have to grade them on a different curve. Anderson East records an episode of “Austin City Limits” on Friday, June 22, at ACL Live. Scott Newton/KLRU-TV For parallels, think of names like Whitney Houston...
Watch: ACL Fest headliner Paul McCartney’s sentimental ‘Carpool Karaoke’

Watch: ACL Fest headliner Paul McCartney’s sentimental ‘Carpool Karaoke’

‘The Late Late Show’ just wrapped up a week of broadcasts in host James Corden’s native London with a trip to the British Midlands where he toured Liverpool with one of the city’s most famous sons, Sir Paul McCartney. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjvzCTqkBDQ&w=492&h=307] In a thoroughly charming installment of the show’s famous bit, &ldquo...
Melania Trump wears ‘I really don’t care. Do u?’ jacket ahead of border trip

Melania Trump wears ‘I really don’t care. Do u?’ jacket ahead of border trip

Update, 4:58 p.m.: Melania Trump also wore her now-infamous jacket after returning from her visit to the Texas border. The Dallas Morning News’ Washington bureau chief, Todd J. Gillman, tweeted Thursday afternoon that Trump sported the jacket reading "I really don't care. Do u?" as she returned to Andrews Air Force Base from McAllen. Getty Images released photos where the words...
‘Barton Springs Eternal’ video is a musical blast from Austin’s past

‘Barton Springs Eternal’ video is a musical blast from Austin’s past

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdtMZs7ISnU&w=492&h=307] Here’s a Throwback Thursday for ya. Let’s travel in time to the spring of 1992, when Austin environmental activists launched the Save Our Springs Alliance to address concerns about the future of Barton Springs. Among the activists were many Austin musicians. Over a couple of days in April 1992 at Cedar...
Texas R&B great, Barbara Lynn receives National Heritage Fellowship

Texas R&B great, Barbara Lynn receives National Heritage Fellowship

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded Beaumont R&B singer and guitarist, Barbara Lynn with a National Heritage Fellowship. Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts says the fellowship recognizes artists who “have dedicated their lives to mastering these distinctive art forms and sharing them with new audiences both...
He’ll be at ACL Fest this fall, but Paul McCartney has two new songs out now

He’ll be at ACL Fest this fall, but Paul McCartney has two new songs out now

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aef2eV7GmQw&w=492&h=307] What exactly is a double A-side single? Presumably Paul McCartney thinks highly enough of the two new songs he released Wednesday that he didn’t consider either of them a B-side, so that’s how “I Don’t Know” and “Come on to Me” are being marketed. RELATED: ...
Round Rock will host the U.S. Quidditch Cup for second year in a row

Round Rock will host the U.S. Quidditch Cup for second year in a row

It’s as if Central Texas “Harry Potter” fans swallowed a vial of Liquid Luck. For the second year in a row, Round Rock was chosen to host the U.S. Quidditch Cup. The national championship tournament will take place April 13-14 at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Old Settlers Park.  PHOTOS: U.S. Quidditch Cup in Round Rock on April 14 The 2019 event will be the...
Long Center’s Concert Club lineup features Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Marcia Ball, more

Long Center’s Concert Club lineup features Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Marcia Ball, more

Whitney Rose plays the Long Center Concert Club series on Jan. 30, 2019. Contributed/Jen Squires If you’ve been to shows at the Long Center, likely they were in Dell Hall, the venue’s primary space for marquee events. But its smaller Rollins Theatre offers a more intimate music experience, and its Long Center Concert Club series provides chances to catch top local...
Weekend music picks: Ice Cream Fest, Kesha & Macklemore, more

Weekend music picks: Ice Cream Fest, Kesha & Macklemore, more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-Dur3uXXCQ&w=492&h=307] Friday: Kesha, Macklemore at Austin360 Amphitheater. The power of Kesha’s 2017 comeback album “Rainbow” was underlined at the Grammy Awards, when she was joined on stage by an all-star cast of female singers for a breathtaking performance of the single “Praying...
In the mood for Texas ghost towns? Of course you are.

In the mood for Texas ghost towns? Of course you are.

The fine people at My SA.com have asked an important question: Aren’t you or ain’t you not afraid of no ghost (town)? In a piece called “Creepy Texas ghost towns totally worth a road trip this summer,” MySA makes the case that, well, if you are going to take a hot day trip in Texas, you might as well hit up some ghost towns. We agree 100 percent. In case you were wondering...
This week’s music picks: Jump on It, Guided By Voices, more

This week’s music picks: Jump on It, Guided By Voices, more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU7_YV0azcE&w=492&h=307] Wednesday. Jump on It with Derez De’shon, Trae tha Truth at Travis County Expo Center. East Austin’s long-running music in the park series, hosted by Charles “Nook Turner” Byrd, moves to the fairgrounds for all ages concerts every Wednesday through Aug. 18 (excluding July 4). The kickoff event...
Video: Austin360 Artist of the Month Jaimee Harris makes her Antone’s debut

Video: Austin360 Artist of the Month Jaimee Harris makes her Antone’s debut

Culminating a busy week of hometown performances before she spends most of the summer on tour, Austin360 Artist of the Month Jaimee Harris brought her band to Antone’s on Thursday night for a showcase performance that included many songs on her upcoming album “Red Rescue” plus quite a few new songs she’s written in the interim. READ MORE: ...
Prepare for pandemonium at the Erwin Center when Panic! at the Disco returns

Prepare for pandemonium at the Erwin Center when Panic! at the Disco returns

Brendon Urie and Panic! at the Disco will return to the Erwin Center in February 2019. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman 2017 Devotees of Las Vegas band Panic! at the Disco are eagerly awaiting next week’s release of “Pray for the Wicked,” the band’s sixth album. Now their Austin fans have another date to anticipate: Feb. 8, 2019, which is...
‘Wayne’s World,’ ‘Grease,’ more to play Long Center law free Sound & Cinema series

‘Wayne’s World,’ ‘Grease,’ more to play Long Center law free Sound & Cinema series

The Long Center Sound and Cinema Series is one of the more popular free summer film series in Austin and NOW we know what titles (and bands) are playing this summer! July 11: “Wayne's World” with music from Billy King & The Bad Bad Bad July 25: “Grease” with music from Huggy & the Feel Goodz Aug. 1: “Mean Girls” with music from Go Fever Aug. 15: “O Brother...
Song premiere: Eliza Gilkyson sings a folk classic with Jimmy LaFave

Song premiere: Eliza Gilkyson sings a folk classic with Jimmy LaFave

Eliza Gilkyson’s upcoming album, “Secularia,” includes a duet with Jimmy LaFave on the folk classic “Down By the Riverside.” Contributed/Todd V. Wolfson If you’re a folk music fan, you’ve heard “Down By the Riverside” probably dozens, maybe hundreds of times. Renowned for its “Ain’t gonna study war no more&rdquo...
Austin360 On The Record: Outlaws & Armadillos, Tish Hinojosa, more

Austin360 On The Record: Outlaws & Armadillos, Tish Hinojosa, more

The entrance to the new Outlaws & Armadillos exhibit, which opens May 25 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville and will run through early 2021. At left is a portrait of a young Willie Nelson painted by Austin artist Kerry Awn. A new 2-CD retrospective has been released in conjunction with the exhibit. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman RECENTLY...
Weekend music picks: Shakey Graves, Jerry Douglas Band, more

Weekend music picks: Shakey Graves, Jerry Douglas Band, more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ol-8wwYkw1o&w=492&h=307] Friday-Saturday: Round Rock Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs at Old Settlers Park. The two-day, family-friendly shindig includes music, games, clowns and a barbecue contest. Beatbox pioneer and early rap standout Doug E. Fresh headlines the Friday night party, and boy band Next Town Down leads...
Bob Seger’s back! Vertebrae issue addressed, he’ll play Erwin Center in early 2019

Bob Seger’s back! Vertebrae issue addressed, he’ll play Erwin Center in early 2019

In this 2012 file photo, Bob Seger performs at the Country Music Hall of Fame Inductions in Nashville. Seger has rescheduled his Austin concert at the Erwin Center for March 7, 2019. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File) Originally scheduled for last fall, Detroit rocker Bob Seger’s concert at the Erwin Center was postponed for medical reasons but now has a rescheduled...
This week’s music picks: John Prine tribute, Jaimee Harris, more

This week’s music picks: John Prine tribute, Jaimee Harris, more

Suzanna Choffel takes part in Wednesday’s John Prine tribute show at Threadgill’s. Erika Rich for American – Statesman Wednesday: John Prine tribute at Threadgill’s. June feels like unofficial John Prine Month in Austin: The legendary songwriter played Waterloo Records and taped “Austin City Limits” earlier this week, and he’ll be back ...
Kacey Musgraves revels in ‘Golden Hour’ of another ‘Austin City Limits’ taping

Kacey Musgraves revels in ‘Golden Hour’ of another ‘Austin City Limits’ taping

Kacey Musgraves at a 2016 ACL Live show. She returned to the venue for an “Austin City Limits” taping on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Rising up at a time when mainstream country radio sadly overemphasized uninspiring bro-country, Kacey Musgraves blew through like a breath of fresh air with her 2013 breakthrough single &ldquo...
Austin360 On The Record: Jesse Dayton, Sarah Sharp, Golden Dawn Arkestra

Austin360 On The Record: Jesse Dayton, Sarah Sharp, Golden Dawn Arkestra

Jesse Dayton’s “The Outsider” is his 10th album. Contributed OUT THIS WEEK Jesse Dayton, “The Outsider” (Blue Elan). Originally from Beaumont, Dayton subsequently lived in Houston and Los Angeles before relocating to Austin, where he’s gradually become one of the city’s most accomplished Americana musicians. “The Outsider” is his 10th...
John Prine’s return to ‘Austin City Limits’ features new songs and old sing-alongs

John Prine’s return to ‘Austin City Limits’ features new songs and old sing-alongs

John Prine taping “Austin City Limits” on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Scott Newton/courtesy of KLRU-TV Folks may have noticed by now that John Prine has a way with words. At 71, he’s become an elder statesman of American songwriting, a role he accepts and even appreciates, as he noted in a Monday afternoon discussion with KUTX’s Elizabeth McQueen at Waterloo...
Some customer information compromised in Ticketfly cyber attack

Some customer information compromised in Ticketfly cyber attack

Online ticketing company Ticketfly was taken offline last week following a cyber attack on the company. On a web page set up by Ticketfly to share information about the attack, the company has confirmed that some user data was compromised. Ticketfly reports that the compromised data includes names, addresses, emails and phone numbers of Ticketfly users. Local venues Antone&rsquo...
Weekend music picks: ZZ Top rocks the ROT Rally, plus Tish Hinojosa, Ray LaMontagne, more

Weekend music picks: ZZ Top rocks the ROT Rally, plus Tish Hinojosa, Ray LaMontagne, more

OUR TOP PICKS Tish Hinojosa (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN) Friday. Tish Hinojosa at One World Theatre. A fixture in Austin’s folk and Latin music scenes during the 1980s and 1990s, Hinojosa recently moved back to Austin after many years overseas. She’ll celebrate a new album, “West,” her first since 2013’s “After the Fair.” James McMurtry...
Farewell, Paul Simon? Parting is such sweet sorrow at the Erwin Center

Farewell, Paul Simon? Parting is such sweet sorrow at the Erwin Center

Paul Simon performs at the Erwin Center on Monday, June 4, 2018. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman “I like the idea of not knowing what I’ll do when this stops,” Paul Simon told the Erwin Center crowd a few songs into his Monday concert, by way of addressing the “farewell tour” designation of his current trek across America. Now 76, Simon is ...
George Strait feels the love from sold-out crowd at the Erwin Center

George Strait feels the love from sold-out crowd at the Erwin Center

George Strait performs at the Erwin Center’s 40th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman OK, so the cowboy didn’t quite ride away after all. Four years and change after the Austin date of his 2014 farewell tour, George Strait was back in the saddle again at the Erwin Center on Sunday night, helping the city’s biggest indoor...
One night (and day) in Austin (and beyond): A scorching Saturday for live music

One night (and day) in Austin (and beyond): A scorching Saturday for live music

It’s fitting that Saturday afternoon marked the first official crossing of the 100-degree barrier in Austin, because June 2 had long been circled on the calendar as one of the hottest nights for live music around town in recent memory. Here’s a rundown of what we took in, to accompany the video recap above. 2 p.m.: Jerry Jeff Walker exhibit reception at the Wittliff...
This week’s music picks: Paul Simon, Black Pumas, more

This week’s music picks: Paul Simon, Black Pumas, more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb1g6fleR_I&w=492&h=307] Monday: Paul Simon at Erwin Center. Is it really the last time? We don’t always trust farewell tours, well-intended as they may be, but Simon, 76, says this is his last go-round. He’s definitely in a looking-back phase, with journalist Robert Hilburn’s new biography “Paul Simon: ...
16 years later: Austin’s … Trail of Dead on that defining record

16 years later: Austin’s … Trail of Dead on that defining record

Released in 2002 on Interscope Records to immediate and overwhelming critical acclaim, “Source Tags & Codes” became the defining album for Austin art punks …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead before anyone in the band could really process what was happening to them. Austin band …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead performs June 1 at...
The top touring shows coming to Austin in June

The top touring shows coming to Austin in June

Hot tunes for hot months. Here are the top tours coming to Austin in June. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_pRUZxIgdQ&w=492&h=307] June  4: Paul Simon at Erwin Center. Is it really the last time? We don’t always trust farewell tours, well-intended as they may be, but Simon, 76, says this is his last go-round. He’s definitely in a looking-back...
Cumbia, Bikers, Ice Cream and Babes: Austin has a summer music fest for everyone

Cumbia, Bikers, Ice Cream and Babes: Austin has a summer music fest for everyone

We have four months til Donald Glover, Janelle Monae, Paul McCartney and many more hit the big stages at Zilker Park for our city’s outdoor music behemoth, Austin City Limits Festival, but don’t fret movers and groovers, Austin’s festival calendar doesn’t slow down for summer. Whether you’re into cumbia or conscious hip-hop, bikers ...
Austin360 On The Record: Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore, more

Austin360 On The Record: Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore, more

Jimmie Dale Gilmore, left, and Dave Alvin celebrate the release of their new album “Downey to Lubbock” on Saturday at Antone’s. AMANDA VOISARD / AMERICAN-STATESMAN OUT THIS WEEK Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore, “Downey to Lubbock.” Gilmore, from Austin, and Alvin, from California, combined their considerable cred on this duo project that finds them...
Pocket Fishrmen, more to play benefit for Casino El Camino employees

Pocket Fishrmen, more to play benefit for Casino El Camino employees

It’s been over a month since the best greasy burger dive on Sixth Street, Casino El Camino, shut down following a late night fire . Austin Fire Department photo The club is a favorite watering hole for musicians, and several bands have joined together to play a benefit for the bar’s employees who are still out of work. “Casino El Camino may be re-opening...
Waitin’ for the bikes: ZZ Top tops ROT Rally music lineup at Expo Center

Waitin’ for the bikes: ZZ Top tops ROT Rally music lineup at Expo Center

ZZ Top will play this year’s Republic of Texas Biker Rally at the Travis County Expo Center on June 9. Suzanne Cordeiro/American-Statesman Get ready for the invasion of the motorcycles next weekend: The Republic of Texas Biker Rally hits town Nov. 7-9, and they’re bringing ZZ Top with them this time. The multimillion-selling Texas rock trio will play the annual bash at the...
Weekend music picks: Ely & Allen, Alvin & Gilmore and more and morre

Weekend music picks: Ely & Allen, Alvin & Gilmore and more and morre

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9N3IbU4Dq4&w=492&h=307] Saturday: Joe Ely & Terry Allen at Hogg Auditorium vs. Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore at Antone’s. This is a hard choice, pitting fellow Flatlanders Ely and Gilmore against each other on the same night, and both paired with intriguing partners. Ely and Allen...
Jukebox Cinema debuts June 3 with ‘Ballmastrz: 9009’ animator Christy Karacas

Jukebox Cinema debuts June 3 with ‘Ballmastrz: 9009’ animator Christy Karacas

Man, Beerland has been killing it of late. First, they announce all kinds of tremendous shows: The Scientists Oct. 5 and 6! The June 1  And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead show is early, which is pretty great given that most of their fans are in their 40s! And now Beeland is getting into what annoying money types call “the cinema space” with the debut of Jukebox Cinema...
When Joe Ely met Waylon Jennings, and more notes from the Country Music Hall of Fame

When Joe Ely met Waylon Jennings, and more notes from the Country Music Hall of Fame

Joe Ely performs at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman NASHVILLE — Sunday marked the conclusion of a whirlwind four-day weekend at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to celebrate the opening of “Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s,” a new Austin-centric exhibit...
This week’s music picks: The Wine Down, Richard Buckner, more

This week’s music picks: The Wine Down, Richard Buckner, more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHcLWDN_vKI&w=492&h=307] Wednesday: The Wine Down series with Sour Notes at 3Ten. The local indie band, whose 2017 album “Darkest Sour” was their fifth release in less than a decade, celebrates is 10th anniversary by playing this seasonal series that features local bands plus tastings...
Outlaws & Armadillos exhibit-opening concert brings the 1970s-era music to life

Outlaws & Armadillos exhibit-opening concert brings the 1970s-era music to life

The Country Music Hall of Fame commissioned new artwork for its Outlaws & Armadillos exhibit including this Sam Yeates piece depicting Willie Nelson’s early-1970s move to Austin after a fire at his Nashville-area farm. Contributed/Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum NASHVILLE — The relatively new CMA Theater attached to the Country Music Hall of...
Outlaws & Armadillos exhibit opening in Nashville puts spotlight on Austin

Outlaws & Armadillos exhibit opening in Nashville puts spotlight on Austin

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville touts its new Outlaws & Armadillos exhibit, which opens this weekend and will run through early 2021. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman Walking into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s new “Outlaws & Armadillos” exhibit is like entering a time warp back to 1970s Austin. Posters from...
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