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PHOTOS: G-Eazy and fans share a night between him and them

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Austin musician bringing old songs to a new generation

Austin musician bringing old songs to a new generation

All his life, Walter Tragert has channeled music. He’s wrangled a living from it for 30 years and partnered with some of Austin’s finest musicians, including Scrappy Jud Newcomb and the late Ian McLagan. His solo outings (the 1996 CD “Heavy Just the Same,” 2004’s “Lousy with Desire” and the 2012 recording “A Single Drop of Rain”) have showcased...
Fashion icon Tim Gunn to mentor Austin for a day

Fashion icon Tim Gunn to mentor Austin for a day

If you’ve ever wanted  Tim Gunn from “Project Runway” to act as your mentor — even for just a short time and as part of a very large group — your chance is here. Tim Gunn from “Project Runway” will speak in Austin in September. Contributed The sweet, dapper man who always “makes it work” is the featured speaker...
Singer Tamar Braxton said she was ‘targeted’ after confrontation with Delta pilot

Singer Tamar Braxton said she was ‘targeted’ after confrontation with Delta pilot

Singer Tamar Braxton is speaking out for the first time about an “unfortunate” exchange she said she had with a Delta Air Lines employee earlier this year. >> Read more trending news  During an interview with TMZ, the singer discussed her interaction with a pilot, who reprimanded her on a flight last month. She said she was “targeted.” The star’s sister...
Seniors vanish from retirement home, found at headbanging heavy metal festival

Seniors vanish from retirement home, found at headbanging heavy metal festival

Two senior citizens disappeared from their rural retirement home in northern Germany Friday and were later found with thousands of headbangers at a heavy metal music festival in Wacken, according to news reports. >> Read more trending news  The nursing home alerted police when staff discovered the elderly men missing from their home, in Dithmarscher, according to German broadcaster...
Want to hear the ACL Fest action but skip the ticket price tag? Here are some tips

Want to hear the ACL Fest action but skip the ticket price tag? Here are some tips

We’ve all been there. When the Austin City Limits Music Festival rolls around, sometimes, you just don’t feel like coughing up the money for a day or weekend pass. But not attending feels like you’d be missing out on some great performances. What are your options? Take some advice from Austin pros: You don’t actually have to be within the gates to hear some of the best acts...
Wind down summer with Blues on the Green, more Austin events

Wind down summer with Blues on the Green, more Austin events

1. Blues on the Green at Zilker Park Music starts at 8 p.m. Aug. 8. Free, parking pass $15 + service fees. 2115 Lou Neff Road. kgsr.com. Have we already reached the end of the road for this year’s Blues on the Green run? The popular KGSR-sponsored series, which draws thousands to Zilker Park every few weeks during the summer months, has tapped a bit of an underdog for its final headlining spot...
The Voice: Kevin Galloway sings a sweet new tune beyond Uncle Lucius

The Voice: Kevin Galloway sings a sweet new tune beyond Uncle Lucius

Written by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher in the early 1970s, “You Are So Beautiful” is an extraordinarily simple song that relies heavily on the power and emotion of a great singer. The legendary Joe Cocker was perfect for it: His top-5 version in 1975 became one of his signature songs. So if you’re going to record “You Are So Beautiful,” you better have game. Kevin...
‘Real Women Have Curves’ play comes to Austin

‘Real Women Have Curves’ play comes to Austin

When the film “Real Women Have Curves” hit the big screen more than 15 years ago, it not only gave audiences a glimpse into the Latina immigrant experience but also highlighted issues such as body positivity and the strength of female bonds. Set in a small sewing factory, a group of women share their dreams and struggles. Ana, the youngest of the workers, graduated high school but can&rsquo...
Bidi Bidi Banda singer finds her own voice while celebrating Selena

Bidi Bidi Banda singer finds her own voice while celebrating Selena

For the past four years, Stephanie Bergara has honored the spirit of Selena through her tribute project, Bidi Bidi Banda, but the Tejana music icon has been her artistic inspiration and style muse since she was a child. She has a distinct memory of watching Selena perform at the Tejano Music Awards in 1993. The singer’s pop panache blew her 8-year-old mind. “She had this red lipstick and...
A Texas expat looks at 50: Ian Moore comes home for milestone birthday

A Texas expat looks at 50: Ian Moore comes home for milestone birthday

Known to Austin music fans since his teenage years playing the clubs here, Ian Moore had an attention-getting stint in Joe Ely’s band that helped lead to his own record deal with Capricorn in the early 1990s. Since then, he’s released nearly a dozen albums and several EPs, including the new “Toronto” on Last Chance Records. Moore turns 50 this month, and he’s returning...
Usher sells metro Atlanta mansion with climate-controlled treehouse, yoga studio for $1.5M

Usher sells metro Atlanta mansion with climate-controlled treehouse, yoga studio for $1.5M

R&B singer Usher has reportedly sold his 8,022-square foot home in Alpharetta, Georgia, which he first bought in 1998 from the legendary music executive L.A. Reid, for $1.5 million. >> Read more trending news  Usher has called metro Atlanta home since he and his family moved from Chattanooga, Tennessee when he was 12-years-old. The Alpharetta mansion, located inside an exclusive gated community...
Would you wake up early for a dance party at an Austin mansion? Daybreaker will

Would you wake up early for a dance party at an Austin mansion? Daybreaker will

Daybreaker will host an early morning dance party on Aug. 3. Photos courtesy Daybreaker Would you get up at the crack of dawn for a house party? Daybreaker is throwing an ’80s morning dance party, starting with a 6 a.m. fitness class followed by two hours of dancing (with reckless abandon, according to the website) in a historic Austin mansion. That should leave you pumped for a...
Paul McCartney returns to roots with performance at Cavern Club

Paul McCartney returns to roots with performance at Cavern Club

Paul McCartney still believes in yesterday. >> Read more trending news The former Beatles singer, songwriter and bass player returned to his rock ’n’ roll roots Thursday, playing at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. The club, site of nearly 300 performances by the band during the early 1960s, is no longer at the Mathew Street site where it opened as a jazz club in 1957, closing in 1973...
Golden Dawn Arkestra’s album makes aggressive call for enlightenment

Golden Dawn Arkestra’s album makes aggressive call for enlightenment

Topaz McGarrigle, leader of Austin’s art-jazz funk ensemble, Golden Dawn Arkestra, is doubling down on the group’s mission to spread good vibrations through immersive cinematic performance with the new album, “Children of the Sun.” The record dropped in June when the band was in the middle of their third European tour, and they finally get around to the business of hosting...
Texas rock ‘n’ roll legend Roy Orbison is back ... as a hologram

Texas rock ‘n’ roll legend Roy Orbison is back ... as a hologram

Roy Orbison is touring this year. Sort of. As noted by the folks at Texas Hill Country and elsewhere, a tour called “In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert – The Hologram Tour,” is playing a 28-date North American run. Two dates are slated for Texas: Oct .24 at the Majestic Theater in Dallas and Oct. 26 at the Smart Financial Centre near Houston.  The Orbison hologram fronts...
Paramore brought a fan on stage to sing ‘Misery Business’ in Houston and the video will make your day 

Paramore brought a fan on stage to sing ‘Misery Business’ in Houston and the video will make your day 

If you think you love pop-rock group Paramore, well, you probably don’t love them as much as this guy. Meet Emory Harris, a Houston native who is a huge Paramore fan -- such a huge fan, in fact, he’s been to seven of their shows, according to Buzzfeed.  Harris attended the band’s concert Friday night in Houston, and apparently, lead singer Hayley Williams recognized him from...
Sam Smith and free Hot Summer Nights among this week’s top music picks

Sam Smith and free Hot Summer Nights among this week’s top music picks

OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Thursday: Dan Stuart’s Tour of Austin. As leader of 1980s L.A. rock band Green on Red, Stuart played frequently in Austin and even lived here for a short while. He’s called Mexico home for the past eight years, but while visiting family in Tucson this summer, he carved out a week for a “tour of Austin” to celebrate the release of his new CD “The Unfortunate...
Songwriter Dan Stuart, back from Mexico, embarks on a ‘tour of Austin’

Songwriter Dan Stuart, back from Mexico, embarks on a ‘tour of Austin’

It’s the endless cycle of the musician’s lifestyle: Make a record in the studio, get it pressed up and released, then go on tour. That’s what Mexico City singer-songwriter Dan Stuart is doing over the next week, with one catch: He’s not touring the world. Or the country. He’s touring Austin. From Friday to the following Thursday, Stuart will appear eight times across...
Meet the Grackles: The secret history of Kevin Russell’s early-’90s band

Meet the Grackles: The secret history of Kevin Russell’s early-’90s band

You may know Kevin Russell as the leader of Shinyribs, one of Austin’s biggest bands of the past few years (both literally and figuratively). If you’re a longtime fan of his singing and songwriting, you no doubt were familiar with the Gourds, who became one of the best bands in Americana music around the turn of the century. And if you really go way back with Russell, you might...
Great free shows and some important punks in Austin music this week

Great free shows and some important punks in Austin music this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Jawbreaker, A Giant Dog, Lemuria at Statesman Skyline Theater. The influential 1990s indie-punk trio hadn’t played for more than two decades when they reunited for last September’s Riot Fest in Chicago. The band’s four albums — 1990’s “Unfun,” 1992’s “Bivouac,” 1994’s “24 Hour Revenge Therapy” and 1995&rsquo...
Start your week with events like Martini Monday at Drink.Well

Start your week with events like Martini Monday at Drink.Well

Lecture Summer Salon: Young & Republican in the Trump Era. The Texas Tribune is hosting a summer’s worth of salons for young Texans that will focus on key issues driving state politics and public policy. The conversation this time around will focus on what it’s like to be part of today’s GOP. There will be snacks provided and sips available from a cash bar. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July...
Summer in Austin heats up with Sound & Cinema, 2nd Street Social, more

Summer in Austin heats up with Sound & Cinema, 2nd Street Social, more

1. Sound & Cinema 6 p.m. July 11. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org. Another popular Austin summer tradition is back, pairing live, local music with classic movies and cult films projected on the Alamo Drafthouse’s giant inflatable outdoor screen on the Long Center’s front lawn. The kick-off event will feature a concert by Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad,...
Singer Chris Brown arrested after Florida performance

Singer Chris Brown arrested after Florida performance

Singer Chris Brown was arrested Thursday night in Florida on an outstanding warrant after a performance in West Palm Beach, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news  Brown, 29, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from 2017 out of Hillsborough County on a felony battery charge, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department. Brown was booked and released after posting...
Catch New York’s Radio Jarocho perform in Austin

Catch New York’s Radio Jarocho perform in Austin

Radio Jarocho of New York is among the wave of young artists embracing traditional son jarocho music and making it their own. Photo contributed by Mar Joya At a time when anti-immigrant rhetoric keeps growing and debates over asylum seekers and border walls heat up, it might seem impossible to find solutions. But there’s one thing that does make it possible for...
Night Glitter shimmers through the fuzz on debut EP ‘Hangin’ on a Dream’

Night Glitter shimmers through the fuzz on debut EP ‘Hangin’ on a Dream’

A light on the disco ball casts us into a private galaxy, some cosmic hideaway where we exist between shifting stars on the walls and a thick haze of reverb, a swirling murk of fuzz that births cascading keyboard lines, pulsing bass and the occasional stray ’80s video game sound effect. In reality, we’re at the Mohawk on a Tuesday night, where the psychedelic pop project Night Glitter...
Margo Price is in the thick of the Picnic again with Willie Nelson

Margo Price is in the thick of the Picnic again with Willie Nelson

Mid-May 2018 was a momentous stretch at home in Nashville for Margo Price. One of country music’s brightest rising stars, she booked the iconic Ryman Auditorium for the first time as a headliner — and sold out three nights. “I feel like I’m dreaming,” she told the crowd, as guests including Sturgill Simpson and Emmylou Harris joined her for the occasion. The first night...
Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ is nothing less than an Austin triumph

Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ is nothing less than an Austin triumph

Leonard Bernstein‘s “Mass” is about nothing less than a profound loss of faith, Not just personal, but also national, even universal. Premiering 1971 during some of the most grim days of the Vietnam War, the great composer’s theatrical take on the traditional Mass structure was to deconstruct it and put it back together. In this case, last week’s cover of...
Young artists explore what’s beyond walls in popular Mexic-Arte exhibit

Young artists explore what’s beyond walls in popular Mexic-Arte exhibit

When I was in elementary school, my parents fueled something of a tween and teen fashion sensation in our small border town. Between parenting, working and running the household, they somehow also began creating personalized bracelets out of nylon thread and thin strips of plastic packaging material. (Did I mention they’re also resourceful?) Each two-toned bracelet featured a person’s...
BET Awards reportedly considering move to Austin

BET Awards reportedly considering move to Austin

The BET Awards could be bound for Austin, according to published reports. With new management in place at the cable network, Fortune magazine says serious consideration is being given to relocating the ceremony from Los Angeles to one of three cities, including Austin. The other options on the table are reportedly Atlanta and Houston. The BET Awards, which honor African Americans who excel in movies...
Ed Sheeran sued for $100 million, accused of copying hit Marvin Gaye song

Ed Sheeran sued for $100 million, accused of copying hit Marvin Gaye song

Singer Ed Sheeran is facing more legal trouble for allegedly copying a Marvin Gaye song. >> Read more trending news  Structured Asset Sales, a company that purchased one-third of the copyright to Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” is seeking $100 million in damages for copyright infringement, according to TMZ.  The company is alleging that Sheeran used multiple...
Fantastic Negrito, Antone’s anniversary and Willie’s Picnic coming up

Fantastic Negrito, Antone’s anniversary and Willie’s Picnic coming up

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Bill Kirchen’s 70th birthday bash at El Mercado Backstage. Originally from Connecticut, electrifying guitarist Kirchen rose to fame in Michigan and then the Bay Area with Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen, later moving to the D.C. area and rocking out with the trio Too Much Fun. For the past decade or so, he’s been in Austin, a constant presence in local clubs...
Donald Glover narrates new Time’s Up campaign on sexual harassment

Donald Glover narrates new Time’s Up campaign on sexual harassment

The Time’s Up movement is dedicated to helping women combat sexual assault, and the organization has enlisted the help of Donald Glover for its latest campaign.  >> Read more trending news  Earlier this week, the group release a public service announcement about sexual harassment in the workplace. Directed by Rashida Jones and narrated by Donald Glover, the nearly three-minute-long...
John Prine is back for one more local appearance in June, at Bass Hall

John Prine is back for one more local appearance in June, at Bass Hall

The mayor’s office never properly declared June to be John Prine Month in Austin, but it’s kind of felt like that, unofficially. The living-legend songwriter was here for two events earlier this month, talking with KUTX-FM’s Elizabeth McQueen at Waterloo Records on June 4 and then taping an episode of “Austin City Limits” the next night. RELATED: Review of John Prine...
Relive legendary '73 Willie Picnic on Friday (but with shade and cocktails)

Relive legendary '73 Willie Picnic on Friday (but with shade and cocktails)

Willie Nelson’s 1973 Fourth of July Picnic in Dripping Springs was an adventure. It was a disaster. It was brilliant. It was brutal. It was all of those things and it was also a moment in time — you can’t go back. But if the magic was in the music, you can get a feel for that pioneering Picnic this Friday at Better Half Coffee & Cocktails, 406 Walsh St. Austin DJ Will Furgeson...
5 Seconds of Summer edges Beyoncé-Jay-Z collaboration, tops Billboard charts 

5 Seconds of Summer edges Beyoncé-Jay-Z collaboration, tops Billboard charts 

Australian pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the United States that will be released this week, edging the collaborative LP of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and a push by fans of the late rapper XXXTentacion, Billboard reported. >> Read more trending news “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds of Summer, sold 142,000 total copies in the week...
ACL Fest: Another single-day sell out for the massive fall festival

ACL Fest: Another single-day sell out for the massive fall festival

Single-day tickets for two of three days of Austin City Limits Festival’s first weekend are now sold out. The crowd reacts as Skepta performs at ACL Fest 2017. Dave Creaney / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Sir Paul McCartney has inspired 75,000 music fans to walk “The Long and Winding Road” to Zilker Park on Friday, Oct. 5, ensuring a capacity crowd for the first day of the 2018...
This week’s music picks: Sound and Cinema’s summer finale

This week’s music picks: Sound and Cinema’s summer finale

As summer winds down, we bid a favorite music series farewell til next year. Erika Rich for American-Statesman Wednesday: Sound & Cinema at the Long Center. The popular music and movies series co-presented by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse closes with the comedy crime flick, “O Brother Where Art Thou.” Local country band Rattlesnake Milk sets the stage for a film that...
Get ready to fest: A look at 7 events happening this fall

Get ready to fest: A look at 7 events happening this fall

Yes, it’s approximately 900 degrees outside and the idea of an outdoor music festival is hard to fathom, but let’s look ahead to the (we hope) cooler festing season that will soon be upon us. The fall music behemoth, Austin City Limits Music Festival, hits Zilker Park on Oct. 5-7 and 12-14. This year’s headliners are Paul McCartney, Childish Gambino and Metallica, and weekend two...
Austin360 On The Record: William Clark Green, Ben Ballinger, more

Austin360 On The Record: William Clark Green, Ben Ballinger, more

William Clark Green. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN OUT THIS WEEK William Clark Green, “Hebert Island.” Following 2015’s acclaimed “Ringling Road” and a 2016 live album recorded at Gruene Hall, Green further establishes himself as one of the best contemporary Texas country-rock performers with this 14-song set. Immediately connecting tracks...
Weekend music picks: Big brass, hot jams with Brownout, Dispatch, more

Weekend music picks: Big brass, hot jams with Brownout, Dispatch, more

Our top picks for live music in Austin this weekend. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFnwLPUqAhU&w=492&h=307] Saturday-Sunday: Dispatch at Stubb’s outdoor. Not many jam-bands this century have been more successful than Dispatch, a trio that began in Vermont in the 1990s. After disappearing for most of the previous decade (save for the occasional reunion show)...
Video premiere: Western Youth’s ‘Hangin’ On’ offers peek at upcoming debut album

Video premiere: Western Youth’s ‘Hangin’ On’ offers peek at upcoming debut album

Western Youth’s “Hangin’ On” will be part of their self-titled album due out Sept. 21. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman Austin band Western Youth has been picking up steam over the past year as they prepare for next month’s release of a self-titled album, their first in five years. Taylor Williams has fronted the band since the start, but there’s...
‘Austin City Limits’ to kick off season 44 on Oct. 6

‘Austin City Limits’ to kick off season 44 on Oct. 6

Austin’s storied music television show, “Austin City Limits” will kick off its 44th broadcast season with an hour-long performance from art-rocker St. Vincent set to air on PBS at  8 p.m. CST on Oct. 6.  Earlier in the day, the artist also known as Annie Clark will play the show’s namesake festival at Zilker Park. RELATED: ...
A doughnut museum. In Austin. With an ‘edible wall.’ It’s happening, for a few hours.

A doughnut museum. In Austin. With an ‘edible wall.’ It’s happening, for a few hours.

Move over, Louvre. Get lost, Getty. Austin’s about to host a museum that will make those venerated cultural galleries seem boring: a pop-up doughnut museum. According to a Facebook event, the Refinery on Brazos Street will turn into the “Museum of Donuts” on Aug. 26 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The “pop-up experience” is to promote Shop Koko, a new merch line from...
District Cultural Arts Fest celebrates rich arts legacy of East Austin

District Cultural Arts Fest celebrates rich arts legacy of East Austin

Six Square, a local organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the historic legacy of the African American community that once thrived in East Austin, invites Austinites to celebrate the neighborhood at  the District Cultural Arts Fest on Sept. 1. Artist Chris Rogers unveiled a new mural at 12th and Chicon streets after his original mural, featuring African-American...

Video: See highlights from Austin360 Artist of the Month Kevin Galloway’s record-release shows

Our Austin360 Artist of the Month for August is Kevin Galloway, the former Uncle Lucius leader whose first solo album, “The Change,” came out last week. He celebrated with record-release events on Friday at Waterloo Records and the Continental Club, playing both events with his band that features guitarist Doug Strahan and his Good Neighbors rhythm...
This week’s music picks: Blues on the Green finale, Ben Ballinger

This week’s music picks: Blues on the Green finale, Ben Ballinger

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwvCEWWWt7Q&w=492&h=307] Wednesday: Blues on the Green with Oh Hellos, Bidi Bidi Banda at Zilker Park. Have we already reached the end of the road for this year’s Blues on the Green run? The popular KGSR-sponsored series, which draws thousands to Zilker Park every few weeks during the summer months, has...
ACL Fest: We have our first sell-out for a single day

ACL Fest: We have our first sell-out for a single day

Austin City Limits Festival hits Zilker Park on Oct. 5-7 and 12-14 and the festival put single-day tickets on sale on Wednesday. Jason Arnott and a crowd of fans cheer M83 at ACL Fest 2016. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman) Apparently a whole lot of folks were waiting to see one act: Metallica. Saturday tickets for weekend one are now sold out. Rapper Travis...
Our August artist of the month is learning to balance music and family

Our August artist of the month is learning to balance music and family

A decade of playing shows and making records with roots-music outfit Uncle Lucius established Kevin Galloway as one of Austin’s finest singers. His voice is rich, full of character and versatile; he can swing from an easygoing croon to a full-on soulful shout. Now the father of two young children, Galloway has put Uncle Lucious to bed to concentrate on a solo career and spending less time on...
Alessia Cara shows how far she’ll go at debut ‘ACL’ taping

Alessia Cara shows how far she’ll go at debut ‘ACL’ taping

In an energetic “Austin City Limits” debut, 22-year-old pop breakout Alessia Cara delivered a solid set of sing-along pop songs that resonated with a crowd that skewed female and very young. Scott Newton. Courtesy of KLRU/Austin City Limits The Toronto artist bounded onto the stage and belted the upbeat breakup song “I’m Yours.” with a trio of backup singers...
Song premiere: Hear Ian Moore cover Doug Sahm’s ‘At the Crossroads’

Song premiere: Hear Ian Moore cover Doug Sahm’s ‘At the Crossroads’

Ian Moore plays Antone’s this weekend to celebrate his 50th birthday. Contributed/Curtis W. Millard When Ian Moore turns 50 next week in his adopted home of Seattle, he’ll be at the major-league ballpark Safeco Field for a big Pearl Jam show there. But before the big five-oh hits, he’s made a trip back to his hometown of Austin for shows Friday and Saturday...
Austin club crawl: 13 music venues to explore downtown

Austin club crawl: 13 music venues to explore downtown

Where should you go see live music in Austin? Glad you asked. Here are 13 music venues to check out downtown. Soweto Kinch plays the Elephant Room during SXSW 2018. Deborah Sengupta Stith/American-Statesman Elephant Room . This venue has been the heart of the city’s jazz scene since 1991. In this no-frills spot tucked away in a cozy cellar under a strip...
Austin360 On The Record: Kevin Galloway, ‘Blaze’ soundtrack news, more

Austin360 On The Record: Kevin Galloway, ‘Blaze’ soundtrack news, more

Kevin Galloway celebrates the release of “The Change” on Friday at 5 p.m. at Waterloo Records and 9:30 p.m. at the Continental Club. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN OUT THIS WEEK Kevin Galloway, “The Change” (Nine Mile). Our Austin360 Artist of the Month for August, Galloway is releasing his first album under his own name after a decade of ...
Drive-By Truckers will park it for two nights at Scoot Inn this fall

Drive-By Truckers will park it for two nights at Scoot Inn this fall

Patterson Hood, left, and Mike Cooley will bring the Drive-By Truckers to Scoot Inn on Nov. 16-17. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2008 There’s no new record coming from acclaimed rockers Drive-By Truckers this fall, but there is an old one — and they’re celebrating with a slew of tour dates that will include two nights Nov. 16-17 in Austin at the Scoot...
ACL Fest: Paul McCartney headlines night one; Gambino to close out the fest

ACL Fest: Paul McCartney headlines night one; Gambino to close out the fest

Single-day lineups for Austin City Limits Festival have been released and rock ‘n’ roll legend Paul McCartney will take opening night headline honors, followed by metal titans Metallica playing the big stage on Saturday and Donald Glover’s electrifying R&B/rap act Childish Gambino closing out the fest on Sunday. Paul McCartney performs at...
Album premiere: Hear Jeremy Nail’s new ‘Live Oak’ in its entirety

Album premiere: Hear Jeremy Nail’s new ‘Live Oak’ in its entirety

Jeremy Nail’s new album, “Live Oak,” is due out Aug. 17. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2016 When we last visited with Austin singer-songwriter Jeremy Nail, it was to discuss his 2016 album “My Mountain,” which partly chronicled Nail’s loss of a leg from a rare form of cancer. With the help of producer Alejandro Escovedo and some of Austin’s ...
Can I buy an S? Shinyribs set for Swan Songs Serenade

Can I buy an S? Shinyribs set for Swan Songs Serenade

Shinyribs will play this year’s Swan Songs Serenade on Oct. 17. Scott Newton/KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits One of Austin’s biggest bands teams up with one of the city’s most distinctive charity organizations this fall, when Shinyribs plays the annual Swan Songs Serenade on Oct. 17 at Riverbend Centre for the Arts. The event is a fundraiser for Swan Songs, an Austin nonprofit...
Weekend music picks: Celebrate Austin’s 179th birthday with a free bash

Weekend music picks: Celebrate Austin’s 179th birthday with a free bash

Music and family-friendly fun at Austin’s birthday bash, plus a benefit for a local guitar slinger and more. OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9KQ8n9Dt70&w=492&h=307] Friday-Saturday: Ian Moore’s 50th birthday celebration at Antone’s. A native Austinite who moved to the Northwest two decades ago, Moore has made a point to keep strong ties with his...
Passes for ACL Fest weekend one are sold out; single-day tickets coming Weds.

Passes for ACL Fest weekend one are sold out; single-day tickets coming Weds.

If you’ve been waiting to buy your passes for the first weekend of Austin City Limits Festival, we’re sorry to inform you that the festival is now reporting that 3-day tickets for weekend one, October 5-7, are sold out. Passes for weekend two, October 12-14 are still available. A fan cheers during a performance by Angel Olsen on the second weekend of the Austin...
This week’s music picks: Sound & Cinema, Imagine Dragons, more

This week’s music picks: Sound & Cinema, Imagine Dragons, more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rC51YZP360&w=492&h=307] Wednesday: Sound & Cinema with Go Fever and “Mean Girls” at Long Center Lawn. The next-to-last installment of this popular music-and-film summer series features the best band of the bunch. Go Fever, fronted by Australian transplant Acey Monaro, plays engaging and infectious...
Austin360 On The Record: Israel Nash hits new heights on ‘Lifted’

Austin360 On The Record: Israel Nash hits new heights on ‘Lifted’

Israel Nash celebrates the release of “Lifted” on Friday at Scoot Inn. Contributed/Rett Rogers OUT THIS WEEK Israel Nash, “Lifted” (Desert Folklore/Thirty Tigers). Communing with music and nature on his compound in Dripping Springs since moving from New York in 2011, Nash plays psychedelic folk-rock that feels rooted deep inside his own private universe yet still...
SXSW standout Billie Eilish coming to Austin this fall

SXSW standout Billie Eilish coming to Austin this fall

Teenage pop sensation, Billie Eilish made a big splash at SXSW this spring. She displayed an impressive range of songwriting skill and emotional depth in an intimate performance at the Vevo House during the fest.  Billie Ellish performs at the VEVO House during South by Southwest on March 14, 2018. (Photo by Erika Rich) Last week, she dropped the defiant industrial dirge...
BJ Barham on politics, country music and his favorite Austin taco spot

BJ Barham on politics, country music and his favorite Austin taco spot

BJ Barham is bringing his band American Aquarium to Texas this week. They’ll play Thursday in Houston and Friday in New Braunfels at Gruene Hall (that show is sold out). Before that, Barham will play a free solo acoustic show Wednesday at Waterloo Records. Before Barham sings a note at Waterloo, though, he has to make a stop on Manor Road to grab some tacos. “Man, I love Taco-Mex,&rdquo...
Sam Smith has the voice and the songs, but his stage has serious stage presence

Sam Smith has the voice and the songs, but his stage has serious stage presence

Sam Smith performs at the Erwin Center on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Judging from the occasional waves of euphoric screaming as well as the frequent singing along throughout Sam Smith’s concert Saturday night at the Erwin Center, it was clear that his fans love the English singer’s voice, his songs and his stage presence. What...
This week’s music picks: Suffers, BJ Barham, Hot Summer Nights

This week’s music picks: Suffers, BJ Barham, Hot Summer Nights

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DezOqPo8Y0k&w=492&h=307] Monday: The Suffers at Waterloo Records. With an intro by rapper Paul Wall, a smoky interlude featuring Bun B. and the gut-wrenching track “After the Storm,” which uses slow burning love as a salve for any residual ache from Hurricane Harvey, “Everything Here,” the new release from the ...
One Night in Austin: It was a hot time in the old town last night

One Night in Austin: It was a hot time in the old town last night

We’re in the throes of many consecutive days with temperatures above 100 degrees, but live music pays no mind to the summer heat in Austin. From downtown and SoCo nightclubs to a campus cafe to an iconic record store to a classic beer garden, we found good music everywhere on a Friday night in the heart of July. Check out the video above to accompany this recap. 5 p...
You, too, can live in Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan’s childhood home. (Strat not included.)

You, too, can live in Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan’s childhood home. (Strat not included.)

It doesn’t mean that you will be able to play “Pride and Joy” or “Couldn’t Stand the Weather,” but you, too, can live in the childhood home of Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The  1,100-square-foot, 2-1 house at 2557 Glenfield Ave. in the Dallas neighborhood of Oak Cliff is listed at $159,900. As noted by the fine people at the Oak Cliff Advocate, the house...
Hot Summer Nights: A dozen fantastic free shows for your midsummer rocking

Hot Summer Nights: A dozen fantastic free shows for your midsummer rocking

Find your new favorite local band when the second edition of Hot Summer Nights, the Free Week in July music series takes over the Red River Cultural District next week. Venues throughout the district will be hosting no cover shows all weekend. Here are a dozen top picks to choose from, but you can find the full listings here. Thursday, July 26 Lindsey Mackin of...
Ol’ Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain? Willie Nelson’s next album salutes Sinatra

Ol’ Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain? Willie Nelson’s next album salutes Sinatra

Willie Nelson pays tribute to Frank Sinatra on “My Way,” due out in September. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman We gave a heads-up about it in our Fourth of July Picnic coverage, but now more details are available about “My Way,” Willie Nelson’s next album, due Sept. 14 on Legacy Recordings. As the title suggests, this one’s an homage to Frank Sinatra...
KGSR announces lineup for final 2018 Blues on the Green concert

KGSR announces lineup for final 2018 Blues on the Green concert

Have you made it out to Blues on the Green this summer? Your final chance to take in a free concert at Zilker Park courtesy of radio station KGSR 93.3FM is on August  8. Bidi Bidi Banda 2015 KELLY WEST / AMERICAN-STATESMAN The final installment of the popular series will be headlined by San Marcos indie folk duo the Oh Hellos with the fantastic Austin Selena tribute act...
Austin360 On The Record: Belle Sounds, Ume, Cody Canada

Austin360 On The Record: Belle Sounds, Ume, Cody Canada

Andre Moran and Noelle Hampton of the Belle Sounds. Contributed/Barbara FG Photography OUT THIS WEEK Belle Sounds, “The Sea Within.” Centered around singer-songwriter Noelle Hampton and guitarist Andre Moran, the Belle Sounds have become one of Austin’s best pop bands since forming five years ago. “The Sea Within” has been a long time coming: Their last release...
Austin’s Myers-Briggs match makes a lot of sense

Austin’s Myers-Briggs match makes a lot of sense

I cannot remember important facts about my own family medical history, but I have built a good part of my self-image around the results of a personality test I took in chemistry class at Crockett High School. According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I am an ENFP. And according to one lifestyle website, if you are, too, and you’re not already here, you might want to buy a plane ticket...
Weekend music picks: Smooth crooning from Sam Smith plus border pop and more

Weekend music picks: Smooth crooning from Sam Smith plus border pop and more

OUR TOP PICKS Hot tunes for hot times in the city. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xe8B56GuZgQ&w=492&h=307] Friday-Thursday: Dan Stuart’s Tour of Austin. As leader of 1980s L.A. rock band Green on Red, Stuart played frequently in Austin and even lived here for a short while. He’s called Mexico home for the past eight years, but while visiting family in...
Macklemore on the UT campus: A fluting glimpse of the rap sensation

Macklemore on the UT campus: A fluting glimpse of the rap sensation

Macklemore at Bass Concert Hall in 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to campus. It is National Flute Day!” So proclaimed Seattle rap star Macklemore, speaking to a smallish crowd at Littlefield Fountain on the University of Texas campus in a video he posted to his Facebook page on Monday. Two things up front: 1) No, yesterday was not...
Robert Plant is coming to Austin in September

Robert Plant is coming to Austin in September

Our favorite rock ‘n’ roll legend/former Austinite is coming to town this fall. Robert Plant performs at a benefit concert for Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), Dec. 16, 2012. Ashley Landis for American-Statesman On Tuesday, Robert Plant announced a string of September tour dates supporting his latest release “Carry Fire.” The Led Zeppelin front man...
Who’s bigger than Childish Gambino? Daniel Johnston, that’s who.

Who’s bigger than Childish Gambino? Daniel Johnston, that’s who.

Wonders never cease in the world of Daniel Johnston. The Texas songwriter, who rose to prominence in Austin with home-recorded cassettes in the 1980s, is No. 1 on this week’s Top Commercials chart in Billboard, thanks to a much-talked-about new Apple ad that features his song “Story of an Artist.” RELATED: Song by Daniel Johnston featured...
Even Willie Nelson’s new coffee brand isn’t legal in every state

Even Willie Nelson’s new coffee brand isn’t legal in every state

Willie’s Reserve, a strain of marijuana launched by Texas legend and famed marijuana acolyte Willie Nelson, isn’t available legally in Texas. And fans of cannabidiol (CBD), which recently became legalized in Texas in very specific cases dealing with epilepsy, might have to wait a while to eventually get their hands on Nelson’s new Willie’s Remedy line of coffee. According...
Kacey Musgraves announces tour dates in Austin in March 2019

Kacey Musgraves announces tour dates in Austin in March 2019

On Monday, singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves announced the North American dates for her “Oh, What a World” tour supporting her most recent release, “Golden Hour.” Kacey Musgraves performs on the opening weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct. 2. 10/02/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN The tour hits Austin next...
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