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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.
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...
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...
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...
Huey Lewis tribute, Khalid, Toni Price and more in clubs this week

Huey Lewis tribute, Khalid, Toni Price and more in clubs this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Huey Lewis tribute & benefit at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre. This was supposed to be a concert by Bay Area great Lewis and his band the News, but he called off all future dates last month because of significant hearing loss resulting from Meniere’s Disease, a serious inner ear condition. To help promote awareness and raise money, this tribute show was put together featuring...
Who else did Willie get to smoke pot? Whoa ... Nellie?

Who else did Willie get to smoke pot? Whoa ... Nellie?

Peer pressure must be something when that peer is Willie Nelson.  Only yesterday we shared a story about how Willie hectored Woody Harrelson into smoking weed again after a (somewhat) two-year break. Not that it was a huge challenge … “Every once in a while you’re going to have something edible. Let’s be real, I’m not a nun,” Harrelson said. But Willie...
Finding Euphoria festival will shift to downtown venues

Finding Euphoria festival will shift to downtown venues

After struggling to file the required documents needed to gain a permit from Travis County, organizers of the electronic music festival Finding Euphoria have decided to move the festival from Carson Creek Ranch to various spots in downtown Austin, according to the festival’s website. “While we were initially confident that the permitting issues would be resolved, it is simply not feasible...
UPDATED: Finding Euphoria fest moves event to downtown venues

UPDATED: Finding Euphoria fest moves event to downtown venues

Organizers of the electronic music festival Finding Euphoria, who have struggled to file the required documents needed to gain a permit from Travis County, have moved the festival from Carson Creek Ranch to locations in downtown Austin, according to the event website. “While we were initially confident that the permitting issues would be resolved, it is simply not feasible for us to wait...
Multitudes flock to Red, Hot and Soul plus Austin Book Awards

Multitudes flock to Red, Hot and Soul plus Austin Book Awards

The flowers. Good heavens, the flowers. This represents only a fraction of David Kurio’s cascading floral arrangements at Red, Hot and Soul for Zach Theatre. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman David Kurio‘s cascading floral arrangements filled the eye at every angle during the  Red, Hot  and Soul gala, staged in the  ...
Best Austin coffee shops near Airport Boulevard

Best Austin coffee shops near Airport Boulevard

Airport Boulevard is fast changing into a cultural magnet. Austin Community College anchors a remake of Highland Mall and numerous new hot spots pop up on the boulevard. Yet some of the nearby coffee shops not far away are among Austin’s oldest and most revered. Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery. 411 E. 43rd St. 512-453-3399. quacksbakery.com. 6:30 a...
Lisa Loeb is at the end of ACL Fest’s lineup. This group cries for justice.

Lisa Loeb is at the end of ACL Fest’s lineup. This group cries for justice.

Reality truly does bite, according to one Facebook group with a bone to pick about the 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup, which was released Tuesday. “Listen. Lisa Loeb is a national treasure,” begins the description for the group titled “Give Lisa Loeb The Crowd She Deserves.” As the group’s description explains, the bespectacled singer behind &ldquo...
Black Pumas: ‘Let’s come together with all we have’

Black Pumas: ‘Let’s come together with all we have’

The final Thursday of Black Pumas’ residency at C-Boys falls on a balmy night in April. As the band prepares to take the stage, the air inside the club feels heavy, thick. The weekly rock ‘n’ soul revue led by singer Eric Burton and guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada started in February and overnight it became the hottest party in town. This is the show your music nerd friend who...
Austin music picks: Three fests coming up this weekend

Austin music picks: Three fests coming up this weekend

OUR TOP PICKS Saturday: Jmblya at Circuit of the Americas. Once again, local hip-hop promotion powerhouse Scoremore has produced a stellar lineup for their annual turn up. Emotional rapper/singer J. Cole leads a bill that includes a solid second tier featuring Migos and Young Thug (a late replacement for Cardi B, who canceled some tour dates because of her pregnancy). Kevin Gates, Playboi Carti, Bun...
Shakey Graves on new album ‘Can’t Wake Up,’ opening for Paul McCartney at ACL Fest

Shakey Graves on new album ‘Can’t Wake Up,’ opening for Paul McCartney at ACL Fest

“Can’t Wake Up,” the first new full-length from Austin’s Shakey Graves since his 2014 breakthrough, “And the War Came,” drops on May 4, and sonically, it’s a departure for the Americana standout. The folksy sensibility and witty lyricism are still there, but the new songs emerge through a psychedelic haze. No longer the singer-songwriter...
7 Cinco de Mayo shows to catch in Austin

7 Cinco de Mayo shows to catch in Austin

Los Super Seven performs during SXSW in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, March 15, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Infuse your Cinco de Mayo celebrations with some local live music. The holiday commemorates the Battle of Puebla in 1862 when a scrappy Mexican army defeated Napoleon III’s powerful French troops. Although now a minor holiday in Mexico, Americans...
Roughly a week out, Euphoria Fest still without Travis County permit

Roughly a week out, Euphoria Fest still without Travis County permit

After a close call last week, it appears Finding Euphoria, the electronic music festival held at Carson Creek Ranch in southeast Austin, will get its mass gathering permit from Travis County just days before the event begins. Travis County staffers told the Commissioners Court last week that event organizers had delayed sending required documents and that more time was needed for review, raising questions...
Look ahead to the next Austin season at Texas Performing Arts

Look ahead to the next Austin season at Texas Performing Arts

You already know which Broadway musicals are coming to Austin’s  Bass Concert Hall next season — yes, including “Hamilton” — but unless you attended the onstage party last night, you don’t know about the rest of the  Texas Performing Arts season. Related: Broadway smash”Hamilton” part...
Longer live music hours on Red River will remain in place

Longer live music hours on Red River will remain in place

Longer live music hours on Red River Street will stay for good, after a yearlong test that drew widespread praise and support. Austin City Council members agreed unanimously Thursday to permanently allow venues in the Red River Cultural District, between Sixth and 12th streets, to play amplified music until midnight on Thursdays and 1 a.m. on weekends — an hour later than previously allowed...
Last chance to hit the best of Austin spring party circuit

Last chance to hit the best of Austin spring party circuit

Soon it will be hot. Very hot. For many, too hot to party in Austin. That’s why we urge you to savor the last semblance of spring and hit this circuit of more than 40 parties hard. April 26:  Big Artist, Little Artist for Chula League. Mondo Gallery. April 27:  Women of Distinction Luncheon for Girl Scouts. AT&T Conference Center. April 27-29...
Waffle House shooting hero James Shaw, musicians will raise funds for victims’ families 

Waffle House shooting hero James Shaw, musicians will raise funds for victims’ families 

Nashville's musical community is raising money to benefit the victims of a shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House with a special T-shirt honoring the man who stopped the gunman. James Shaw Jr., lauded as a hero during the shooting that left four dead and more injured early Sunday, met with country singer Brantley Gilbert and indie rocker Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional on Wednesday at a Nashville...
Cine Las Americas film festival kicks off May 2

Cine Las Americas film festival kicks off May 2

When 88-year-old Abraham Bursztein’s children sell his Buenos Aires home and prepare to move him into a retirement home, he instead plans a secret one-way trip to Poland. Bursztein, a Holocaust survivor, decides to embark on a mission to find the Christian friend who saved him during World War II. The dramedy “El Último Traje” (“The Last Suit”), which will open...
This week: Mobley’s new music, Jack White, Joey Bada$$ among top picks

This week: Mobley’s new music, Jack White, Joey Bada$$ among top picks

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Mobley “Fresh Lies” release at Waterloo Records. The adventurous electro-pop artist doesn’t consider this new release an album. Instead, he thinks of it as an album-sized excerpt of an ongoing project, his exploration of the relationship between man and country cast as a romantic love song. This idea is as old as the traditional Irish ballads that are a latent...
Texas A&M journalism grad Lyle Lovett speaks out for student newspapers

Texas A&M journalism grad Lyle Lovett speaks out for student newspapers

As student newspapers across the country are campaigning to #SaveStudentNewsrooms from the financial pressures that are taking a toll on the rest of the industry, one of Texas A&M’s most famous journalism graduates has stepped forward to voice his support. Lyle Lovett on Wednesday took to Twitter to argue for the value of the student newspaper experience. “In my day there, the @TheBattOnline...
Nashville, here we come: Austin-themed exhibit opens at Country Hall of Fame this weekend

Nashville, here we come: Austin-themed exhibit opens at Country Hall of Fame this weekend

An exhibit opening this weekend at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville focuses on Austin-Nashville connections in the 1970s. Are you ready for a cosmic-cowboy journey back in time? We’re in Nashville this weekend to cover the opening of “Outlaws and Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s,” a major new exhibit at the Country Music...
Austin360 On The Record: Patricia Vonne, Brownout, more

Austin360 On The Record: Patricia Vonne, Brownout, more

Patricia Vonne celebrates the release of her new album on Saturday at the Continental Club. Contributed/Mark Guerra OUT THIS WEEK Patricia Vonne, “Top of the Mountain” (Bandolera). The seventh album from the Austin-based native of San Antonio draws upon the full range of her artistic ambitions and musical inclinations. A strong singer with a flair for the dramatic, Vonne consistently...
Get the blues while it’s hot: July brings the Antone’s anniversary bash

Get the blues while it’s hot: July brings the Antone’s anniversary bash

Miss Lavelle White celebrates her 89th birthday as part of the monthlong Antone’s anniversary celebration in July. TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN Summer’s almost here, and that means just one thing at Austin’s home of the blues: A monthlong blowout bash to celebrate the storied venue’s anniversary. This year marks 43 years since the club opened...
Donald Glover, king of the world: Why we hope to one day see ‘Lando: A Star Wars Story’

Donald Glover, king of the world: Why we hope to one day see ‘Lando: A Star Wars Story’

In October 2016, Starwars.com confirmed what had been rumored: Donald Glover had been hired to play a young Lando Calrissian in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” At the time, Glover was best know as a comedy writer on “30 Rock,” a strong actor on the sitcom “Community,” a good-not-great stand-up comic, and a musical artist called Childish Gambino whose second...
Weekend music picks: Little Steven, Steely Dan, Cupcakke, more

Weekend music picks: Little Steven, Steely Dan, Cupcakke, more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVzVLRzmTlo&w=492&h=307] 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...
Ludacris to play Rallycross event at Circuit of the Americas this fall

Ludacris to play Rallycross event at Circuit of the Americas this fall

Ludacris will perform at the World Rallycross Championship at Circuit of the Americas on Sept. 29. Contributed/Arnold Wells Multimillion-selling and Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris will perform Sept. 29 at Circuit of the Americas as part of the two-day FIA World Rallycross Championship event at Circuit of the Americas. Tickets, $30-$69, are on sale now via the World RX of USA...
John Prine at Waterloo Records? It’s happening, on June 4

John Prine at Waterloo Records? It’s happening, on June 4

John Prine has added a June 4 Waterloo Records in-store to his Austin itinerary for next month. Contributed/John Kurc Legendary songwriter John Prine already had two local appearances on the books for next month: June 5, taping “Austin City Limits” at ACL Live, and June 30, playing Bass Concert Hall. Now he’s added a third, significantly more intimate gig: He’ll...
UPDATE: Monkey gets loose at San Antonio airport, according to reports

UPDATE: Monkey gets loose at San Antonio airport, according to reports

Update, 6:25 p.m.: The monkey that got loose at San Antonio International Airport has been identified as a rhesus macaque, according to KSAT. Update, 4:49 p.m.: A San Antonio airport spokesperson says the monkey that escaped its crate on Monday has been shot with a tranquilizer “and the incident is over,” according to WOAI reporter Matthew Seedorff. According to...
That’s not brisket, that’s Grizzly Bear: Brooklyn band to play at Stubb’s

That’s not brisket, that’s Grizzly Bear: Brooklyn band to play at Stubb’s

Grizzly Bear will play the outdoor stage at Stubb’s on Sept. 12. Robert Hein for American-Statesman Brooklyn indie-rock band Grizzly Bear, whose 2017 album “Painted Ruins” reached the top-5 of the Billboard rock albums chart, will play the outdoor stage at Stubb’s on Sept. 12. Tickets, $46-$51, go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, via the venue&rsquo...
Emmylou Harris takes the long view of a storied career in first of two Paramount nights

Emmylou Harris takes the long view of a storied career in first of two Paramount nights

Emmylou Harris performed at the Paramount on Saturday, May 19, and will return for a second show on Sunday, May 20. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman Midway through her concert Saturday at the Paramount Theatre, Emmylou Harris made a reference to bucket lists but acknowledged hers is basically nonexistent. There’s a good reason for that, as she explained a little...
This week’s music picks: Blues on the Green, Hot Luck Fest and more

This week’s music picks: Blues on the Green, Hot Luck Fest and more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5u2EfCHReM&w=492&h=307] Tuesday: David Crosby at Paramount Theatre. Given that he’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it might come as a slight surprise that last year’s “Sky Trails” was just Crosby’s sixth solo album. Of course he’s best-known as a member of ensembles such...

Kendrick is king, Sza is queen, but where were ‘All the Stars’?

I only have one complaint with the Top Dawg Entertainment’s Championship Tour, which rocked the Austin360 Amphitheater on Friday night, but it’s a big one. So let’s get it out of the way up front: Kendrick Lamar and Sza performed on the same stage on the same night, roughly three months after “Black Panther” became a definitive cultural touchstone...
Sidewinder closes; might reopen as a new club, Chronicle reports

Sidewinder closes; might reopen as a new club, Chronicle reports

The Sidewinder has closed according to a report from the Austin Chronicle. Arrow de Wilde of Starcrawler performs at the Secret Sounds party at Sidewinder during SXSW on Wednesday March 14, 2018. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN The Red River Cultural District club opened in the space formerly occupied by the Red Eyed Fly in late 2015 and rapidly became a haven...
Austin360 On The Record: Kelly Willis, Jason Boland, more

Austin360 On The Record: Kelly Willis, Jason Boland, more

Kelly Willis is at Waterloo Records at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, to celebrate the release of “Back Being Blue.” LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN OUT THIS WEEK Kelly Willis, “Back Being Blue” (Thirty Tigers). Hard to fathom that it’s been more than a decade since the last solo release from Willis, in part because she’s done plenty since then, ...
Songwriters group to honor Texans Billy Gibbons, Christopher Cross, others

Songwriters group to honor Texans Billy Gibbons, Christopher Cross, others

Billy Gibbons will be inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association during a ceremony at the Paramount Theatre in February 2019. Photo by Erika Rich for American-Statesman The Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association will induct ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, 1980s hitmaker Christopher Cross, Americana troubadour Steve Earle and country tunesmith Bob...
Austin360 video premiere: Watch Kat Edmonson ‘Sparkle and Shine’ in Manhattan

Austin360 video premiere: Watch Kat Edmonson ‘Sparkle and Shine’ in Manhattan

Kat Edmonson premieres the video for her song “Sparkle and Shine” with Austin360 today. She’s at Waterloo Records on Thursday for a 5 p.m. in-store before Saturday’s concert at ACL Live. Contributed/Glynis Carpenter A Houston native who called Austin home for a decade, singer-songwriter Kat Edmonson moved to New York after her 2009 debut “Take...
Weekend music picks: Kendrick Lamar, Emmylou Harris and a charity crawfish boil

Weekend music picks: Kendrick Lamar, Emmylou Harris and a charity crawfish boil

It’s going to be a hot weekend in Austin, but there are plenty of cool sounds on tap. Kendrick Lamar performs on the second weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct. 8. 10/08/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN Friday: The Championship Tour with Kendrick Lamar, Sza at Austin360 Amphitheater. Kendrick Lamar is arguably the most important rapper...
Is Paul McCartney the biggest act ever at ACL Fest? C3 says yes.

Is Paul McCartney the biggest act ever at ACL Fest? C3 says yes.

Festival organizers don’t often traffic in superlatives or absolutes. Much as sports coaches prop up the team over contributions of any single player, they’re more likely to stress the value of the whole package. Amy Corbin, head of C3 Presesnts’ concert division, has that down when discussing the lineup she booked for this year’s Austin City Limits...
ACL Fest preview: Don’t ‘Fear the Future,’ St. Vincent will help us break free

ACL Fest preview: Don’t ‘Fear the Future,’ St. Vincent will help us break free

Though it was the second ‘Austin City Limits’ taping of her career and her third concert at ACL Live since February, on Monday night, ‘ACL’ director Terry Lickona introduced St. Vincent by remarking on what a unique experience the 35-year-old Dallas artist also known as Annie Clark had in store for the audience. Photo by Scott Newton Courtesy of...
Austin brewery Thirsty Planet is releasing a record of beer sounds

Austin brewery Thirsty Planet is releasing a record of beer sounds

Normally, when breweries debut a beer, they might offer a free koozie or pint glass with it. But South Austin beer maker Thirsty Planet Brewing has something this Live Music Capital of the World will love: its very first EP. The 6-track, 6-minute record won’t be your typical music album, as it features recordings of the new year-round brew, the Pailhead Pale Ale, being produced at Thirsty Planet&rsquo...
Late September offers up two big indie shows: Decemberists at Bass, Liz Phair at Mohawk

Late September offers up two big indie shows: Decemberists at Bass, Liz Phair at Mohawk

Colin Meloy brings the Decemberists back to Austin this fall. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2015 No need to wait till early October in Zilker Park to catch some of this fall’s buzz-heavy tours that are coming to Austin. Two major indie acts just landed at different venues here a couple of days from each other: Liz Phair, who’s at the Mohawk on Sept. 27, and the...
Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd bring ‘Dazed and Blazed’ tour to Austin

Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd bring ‘Dazed and Blazed’ tour to Austin

Rappers Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd have teamed up for a co-headline tour this summer cheekily dubbed ‘Dazed and Blazed.” Wiz Khalifa. (Tina Phan/American-Statesman) The show hits Austin in the heat of summer, with an August 25 show at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Tickets to the show run $36.50-$97.50 and go on sale Friday at noon. More information.  
Meet your ACL Hall of Fame inductees for 2018: Ray Charles, Los Lobos, Marcia Ball

Meet your ACL Hall of Fame inductees for 2018: Ray Charles, Los Lobos, Marcia Ball

Los Lobos will be inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame on Oct. 25 at ACL Live. Contributed The ceremony’s not till October, but Monday night before St. Vincent taped “Austin City Limits,” the long-running television show announced the inductees for its 2018 ACL Hall of Fame class: Ray Charles, Los Lobos and Marcia Ball. Established in 2014, the Austin City...
This week’s music picks: Dirty Projectors, Joe Pug, Khalid, more

This week’s music picks: Dirty Projectors, Joe Pug, Khalid, more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ckp0Rlhka_o&w=492&h=307] Tuesday: Dirty Projectors at Mohawk outdoor. In the band’s first tour since 2013, lead projector Dave Longstreth is joined by a five-piece backing crew that includes regular contributor Nat Baldwin but not Amber Coffman. Buzzy Lee opens. $26. 6:30 p.m. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin...
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 that 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...
Austin360 On The Record: Kat Edmonson, Vince Bell, more

Austin360 On The Record: Kat Edmonson, Vince Bell, more

Kat Edmonson plays songs from her new album “Old Fashioned Gal” at Waterloo Records on May 17 and at ACL Live on May 19. Contributed/Glynis Carpenter Generally our Austin360 On The Record roundup features local artists, but we occasionally include new work from artists who once called Austin home and thus still have connection to the city’s music community...
New Austin Ice Cream Fest After Dark party features Lee Fields, Tameca Jones, DJ Mel

New Austin Ice Cream Fest After Dark party features Lee Fields, Tameca Jones, DJ Mel

The Austin Ice Cream Festival returns to Fiesta Gardens on June 23 and this year, the fest is complementing the daytime kid-friendly extravaganza with a night party called After Dark featuring boozy frozen drinks for the grown folks. Musician Lee Fields. The music lineup tilts toward sizzling soul, with funky R&B lifer Lee Fields and the Expressions headlining...
Weekend music picks: Finding Euphoria releases club schedule, plus a Huey Lewis tribute

Weekend music picks: Finding Euphoria releases club schedule, plus a Huey Lewis tribute

Friday-Saturday: Finding Euphoria club shows in the Red River District. After the EDM Festival scheduled to take place at Carson Creek Ranch failed to secure the proper permits, the local music community rallied to rehouse one of  Austin’s few remaining indie music festivals in Red River clubs. Noticeably missing from the lineup is ...
Austin Beerworks: Karbach ‘shouldn’t be called craft beer’ as sponsor at ACL Fest

Austin Beerworks: Karbach ‘shouldn’t be called craft beer’ as sponsor at ACL Fest

Austin Beerworks has never been afraid to speak up about issues in the craft beer industry (or the beer industry at large) or call out the people involved. Case in point: This weekend, the North Austin brewery tweeted to Austin City Limits Festival and said that calling Karbach Brewing the festival’s ‘craft beer sponsor’ “intentionally misleads ticket buyers and you should...
‘We have lost 3 musicians since Christmas’: SIMS calls for help addressing opioid crisis

‘We have lost 3 musicians since Christmas’: SIMS calls for help addressing opioid crisis

The national opioid epidemic gripping the country is “rapidly seeping into communities in Austin,” according to local music nonprofit the SIMS Foundation. In 2017, the organization, which for 23 years has provided mental health and addiction recovery services for musicians and music industry professionals, experienced a surge in patients seeking treatment...
Hey jam-band revelers: Catch 3 nights of String Cheese Incident at this new Austin fest

Hey jam-band revelers: Catch 3 nights of String Cheese Incident at this new Austin fest

String Cheese Incident will headline all three nights of the inaugural Waterloo Music Festival at Carson Creek Ranch in September. Contributed/Scott McCormick Waterloo Music Festival, a new event centered around touring jam bands supplemented by local acts, will make its debut Sept. 7-9 at Carson Creek Ranch with top-drawing Colorado outfit String Cheese Incident as the...
On a star-studded iHeartCountry Fest night, the pre-teen wonder steals the show

On a star-studded iHeartCountry Fest night, the pre-teen wonder steals the show

Maren Morris performs with Keith Urban during the iHeartCountry Festival at the Erwin Center on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Scott Moore for American-Statesman Yes, the iHeartCountry Festival offers a smorgasbord of radio-friendly singers that listeners to their nationwide network of mainstream country stations get to hear as part of one five-hour marathon concert. And yeah, an...
J. Cole schools mumble rappers and trap stars alike at Jmblya

J. Cole schools mumble rappers and trap stars alike at Jmblya

This weekend marks the sixth year of Jmblya, the hip-hop festival launched by local promoter Scoremore that visits Dallas, Austin and Houston over three days. Last year, the festival graduated from the Statesman’s parking lot to the Circuit of the Americas parking lot, expanding to two stages and welcoming top-dollar headliners like Chance the Rapper, Migos and Gucci...
This week’s music picks: Gordon Lightfoot, Parker Millsap, Frankie Valli, more

This week’s music picks: Gordon Lightfoot, Parker Millsap, Frankie Valli, more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zQOt55mFhM&w=492&h=307] Monday: Savage Poor, Alice Spencer at Mohawk indoor. When they’ve not been busy with the steam locomotive that is Shinyribs during the past year or so, bassist Jeff Brown and backup singer Alice Spencer have put a bit of time into a couple of intriguing side projects. They’re together on this double ...
Tony Kinman, co-founder of influential Austin band Rank and File, dies

Tony Kinman, co-founder of influential Austin band Rank and File, dies

Tony Kinman lived in Austin for just a short time in the early 1980s, but the music he and his brother Chip Kinman made here had reverberations worldwide. With a young Alejandro Escovedo and drummer Slim Evans, they formed Rank and File, whose cowpunk sound combined elements of country and punk long before alt-country music became more widespread. Tony Kinman, center, with...
Jack White played a baseball game in East Austin on Thursday

Jack White played a baseball game in East Austin on Thursday

On Wednesday, modern guitar hero Jack White played the Austin360 Amphitheater as part of his tour promoting his strange new album “Boarding House Reach.” On Thursday,  White it the diamond at the Long Time Texas, a sand lot baseball facility in far East Austin for a 10 inning game that pitted his own Warstic Baseball club against local club ...
Album stream premiere: Austin indie duo Marmalakes’ ‘Please Don’t Stop’

Album stream premiere: Austin indie duo Marmalakes’ ‘Please Don’t Stop’

Marmalakes: Chase Weinacht (right) and Josh Halpern. Contributed/Katrina Barber It’s been an odd career arc for Austin indie duo Marmalakes. After issuing an EP a year from 2010 to 2013, they halted new output for five years. The drought ends with “Please Don’t Stop,” their first full-length album, out May 11 on Austin Town Hall Records. Partly they&rsquo...
T.I. replaces Gates at Jmblya and more things to know about the event

T.I. replaces Gates at Jmblya and more things to know about the event

Jmblya, the spring rap turn-up hosted by Scoremore Shows, hits the Circuit of the Americas on Saturday with a stacked lineup featuring J. Cole, Migos, Young Thug, T.I., Bun B., Trae tha Truth and more. Here are seven things to know about the fest. T.I. performs at Stubb’s during SXSW in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, March 18, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN  ...
Jack White shreds — his guitar and his songs — in show that’s basically all over the place

Jack White shreds — his guitar and his songs — in show that’s basically all over the place

Maybe there’s something to be said for zigging when everyone wants you to zag. Case in point: Jack White’s third solo album “Boarding House Reach” easily has been the most critically derided of his career, delivering musical and lyrical “What is he thinking?” moments every few minutes in what could be interpreted as a willing attempt to challenge...
On The Record: Shakey Graves, Jeff Plankenhorn, more

On The Record: Shakey Graves, Jeff Plankenhorn, more

Jeff Plankenhorn celebrates the release of “Sleeping Dogs” with an in-store Friday at Waterloo Records and show Saturday at One-2-One Bar. Contributed/Conqueroo OUT THIS WEEK Shakey Graves, “Can’t Wake Up” (Dualtone). Austin360/Statesman writer Deborah Sengupta Stith observes of Graves’ new album: “Sonically, it’s a departure for the Americana...
Weekend music picks: Jmblya, iHeartCountry, Superchunk, more

Weekend music picks: Jmblya, iHeartCountry, Superchunk, more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci-MGpBvUko&w=492&h=307] Friday-Saturday: Superchunk at 3Ten. If you hear folks bemoan how musicians aren’t political now like they were in the 1960s, point them toward Superchunk, for starters. The legendary North Carolina indie band, creators of major success story Merge Records, took on the Trump era...
Hey ’90s punk fans: Jawbreaker is playing Statesman Skyline Theater in July

Hey ’90s punk fans: Jawbreaker is playing Statesman Skyline Theater in July

Jawbreaker will play the Statesman Skyline Theater on July 13, 2018. Contributed Margin Walker Presents co-founder Graham Williams says that when he was booking the Fun Fun Fun and Sound on Sound festivals, one of the acts fans most often requested was influential 1990s trio Jawbreaker. Those fests are gone, but he’s finally got the band: They’ll play July 13 at...
It’s McCartney: ACL Fest pulls off its biggest-name headliner in years

It’s McCartney: ACL Fest pulls off its biggest-name headliner in years

It’s official: Rumors circulating in recent weeks that Paul McCartney might play the Austin City Limits Music Festival were confirmed Tuesday morning when the legendary Beatle was announced as the marquee headliner for both weekends of this fall’s fest in Zilker Park. Paul McCartney will headline this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival. DEBORAH CANNON...
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