Music


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...
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...
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...
This week’s music picks: Wild Child at Blues on the Green, Ume, more

This week’s music picks: Wild Child at Blues on the Green, Ume, more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JE8kf7ucvo&w=492&h=307] Tuesday: Ume at Waterloo Records. Four years after their last album, “Monuments,” dropped, Austin’s hard rock outfit is back with a new collection, “Other Nature.” The band slowed down in 2015 after the couple at the core, Lauren and Eric Larsen, gave birth to a baby girl. For ...
Ponty Bone, masterful Texas accordion player, dies at 78

Ponty Bone, masterful Texas accordion player, dies at 78

Ponty Bone died Friday at age 78. Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman 2009 Ponty Bone, one of Texas’ best-known accordion players for decades and a key member of the Joe Ely Band during the 1970s and ’80s, died early Friday after an extended struggle with a rare neurogenerative disease. He was 78. Born Harry DePonta Bone on Oct. 9, 1939, young Ponty began taking accordion...
Glass Animals cancel tour, including Float Fest appearance after drummer’s injury

Glass Animals cancel tour, including Float Fest appearance after drummer’s injury

Earlier this month,  Joe Seaward, the drummer for British indie band Glass Animals, suffered a broken leg and skull injury after he was hit by a truck while riding his bike in Dublin. Glass Animals performs during the second weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN...
Austin360 On The Record: Jimmy LaFave, Eliza Gilkyson, more

Austin360 On The Record: Jimmy LaFave, Eliza Gilkyson, more

Jimmy LaFave. Matt Rourke/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2005 Jimmy LaFave “Peace Town” (Music Road) For about a year before his death from cancer in May 2017, Austin troubadour Jimmy LaFave was earnestly working in the studio on a final batch of songs that...
Look, up in the sky! It’s not Superman, or Shinyribs. It’s a Grackle!

Look, up in the sky! It’s not Superman, or Shinyribs. It’s a Grackle!

Kevin Russell, left, and Ron Byrd performed briefly as the Grackles in early-1990s Austin. Contributed For our latest “Grackle Week” feature in Thursday’s American-Statesman, we talked with Kevin Russell about the short-lived tenure of the Grackles, an early-1990s Austin band that soon morphed into long-running Americana group the Gourds. The Grackles centered...
Janet Jackson took “Control” of Empire on Tuesday

Janet Jackson took “Control” of Empire on Tuesday

Pop superstar Janet Jackson brings her ‘State of the World’ tour to the Austin360 Amphitheater on Wednesday night, but the “Rhythm Nation” never rests. Photo by Keller Davis. Courtesy of Mitchell Dean. Apparently, Ms. Jackson (we’re feeling a bit “Nasty”) had the night off Tuesday, and she chose to spend it hanging out with her fans...
City of Austin, Scoremore to host free session with Rap-A-Lot’s J. Prince

City of Austin, Scoremore to host free session with Rap-A-Lot’s J. Prince

The City of Austin Music and Entertainment Division and Scoremore Shows will team up to present a conversation with Rap-A-Lot Records CEO and Founder J. Prince (a.k.a. James Prince) on July 18 at 6 p.m. at 3Ten. Prince, a titan of the Texas music industry with a colorful past, has a new book called “The Art & Science of Respect” chronicling the rise of his...
Weekend music picks: Jawbreaker, Jaffe and Jamila, plus a new free music series

Weekend music picks: Jawbreaker, Jaffe and Jamila, plus a new free music series

This weekend’s music picks are brought to you by the letter ‘J.’ [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cwyh9cCUzRI&w=492&h=307] 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...
Willie, is that you? This 1962 video shows the Texas legend sporting a different look

Willie, is that you? This 1962 video shows the Texas legend sporting a different look

Willie Nelson is known for being a country music outlaw, but people forget he used to sport a much more clean-cut look. Way back before the Texas legend became famous for his annual Picnic, hippie braids, bandannas and marijuana, he was just another country singer with a great voice, a crew cut and a suit and tie. A video posted to the “I Despise Pop Country” Facebook page on Friday...
Tha Austin half-dozen: A new Project ATX6 crew will travel abroad to music fests

Tha Austin half-dozen: A new Project ATX6 crew will travel abroad to music fests

This year’s Project ATX6 class features (l-r) Nnedi Nebula, Jacob Jaeger, Georgia Parker, Michael Booher, Cory Reinisch and Carrie Fussell. Contributed/Kate Blaising Each year since 2014, Project ATX6 has given a half-dozen local musicians the chance to be ambassadors of Austin music at a handful of international events. This weekend, the organization revealed its...
Rapper Lil Dicky to play the Erwin Center in October

Rapper Lil Dicky to play the Erwin Center in October

On Monday, rapper, comedian and internet sensation, Lil Dicky announced a new headline tour, “Life Lessons with Lil Dicky” that will be hitting large venues around the country this fall. The tour rolls into Austin on October 25 for a stop at the Erwin Center.  Tickets go on sale Friday, July 13 at 10 a.m. In addition to the tour, the artist also known as Dave Burd is...
This week’s music picks: Johnny Irion, Sound & Cinema, Texas Radio Live

This week’s music picks: Johnny Irion, Sound & Cinema, Texas Radio Live

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waZb3xW8FqE&w=492&h=307] Wednesday: Johnny Irion at Cactus Cafe. Folk-rocker Irion and his wife, Sarah Lee Guthrie, make music much like Austin’s country couple Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis: Often they work together, but they’ve made records on their own as well. Irion’s new “Driving Friend” is the first under...
Austin360 On The Record: Dawn & Hawkes, Justin Stewart, more

Austin360 On The Record: Dawn & Hawkes, Justin Stewart, more

Dawn & Hawkes play a release show for their new album “The Other Side” on Friday, July 6, at Cactus Cafe. Contributed/Hello Darlin Photography OUT THIS WEEK Dawn & Hawkes, “The Other Side.” Since their 2015 full-length debut “Yours and Mine,” Austin duo Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes have had quite a few adventures, ...
Margo Price, Hayes Carll to team up for Hill Country Conservancy benefit

Margo Price, Hayes Carll to team up for Hill Country Conservancy benefit

Margo Price will return to Austin in September for an environmental benefit concert with Hayes Carll at ACL Live. Scott Moore for American-Statesman Did Margo Price’s stellar half-hour set at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic leave you wanting more? Check out this just-announced dynamite double bill, then: Price and Austin troubadour Hayes Carll ...
Willie’s Picnic revisited: Ten tidbits gathered across the day

Willie’s Picnic revisited: Ten tidbits gathered across the day

Ryan Bingham, with fiddler Richard Bowden, at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic at Circuit of the Americas on July 4, 2018. Scott Moore for American-Statesman It was the sweatiest of times, then it was the rainiest of times, then it was the coolest of times. And beyond the strange weather, Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic brought many memorable musical...
The rain, O’Rourke and other things: Beto sparks up a wet Willie Picnic in Austin

The rain, O’Rourke and other things: Beto sparks up a wet Willie Picnic in Austin

Willie Nelson performs during his Fourth of July Picnic at Circuit of the Americas on July 4, 2018. Scott Moore for American-Statesman There it was at the end, a crazy only-at-Willie’s-Picnic moment you had to see to believe: Beto O’Rourke, the charismatic Texas congressman seeking to oust Ted Cruz from the Senate this fall, was playing guitar with Willie Nelson onstage at...
Austin music: The best concerts coming to town in July

Austin music: The best concerts coming to town in July

We’ve already published our picks for the Fourth of July (including Willie’s Picnic) and this weekend’s top music picks, but after the fireworks have blasted away, there are still great shows coming to Austin. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7xfkVTUSJ8&w=492&h=307] July 11 and 25: Sound and Cinema on the Long Center Lawn. It’s...
Weekend music picks: Celebrate the Blues at Antone’s; Fight the power with Blastfamous USA

Weekend music picks: Celebrate the Blues at Antone’s; Fight the power with Blastfamous USA

Keep the fireworks going after the Fourth with these hot music picks. OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVUuBAuDVxA&w=492&h=307] Friday-Thursday: Antone’s 43rd Anniversary Bash. Technically, this annual celebration at Austin’s home of the blues is a monthlong affair, having begun June 29 and set to conclude July 28. For most of that stretch...
This week’s music picks: Celebrate freedom with Willie Nelson

This week’s music picks: Celebrate freedom with Willie Nelson

Take in the fireworks with Willie, then cool out with the Boss Babes and Fantastic Negrito. Willie Nelson. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2o17 Wednesday: Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic at Circuit of the Americas. That’s now four years of the Fourth with Willie at the racetrack, with headliners in the Austin360 Amphitheater plus a bunch more acts in the venue&rsquo...
Video premiere: Blastfamous USA and Blackillac join forces for ‘Pull Up’

Video premiere: Blastfamous USA and Blackillac join forces for ‘Pull Up’

Individually, and as a duo, rappers Zeale and Phranchyze have been making noise on the Austin underground scene for well over a decade. Early this year, they upped the ante for ATX hip-hop,  debuting a blistering new project Blackillac , that features their old homie, and fellow Austin High School alum, ...
Hall and Oates, Train concert at Erwin Center canceled

Hall and Oates, Train concert at Erwin Center canceled

A concert featuring ’80s soft rockers Hall and Oates and ’90s rockers Train scheduled for July 28 at the Frank Erwin Center has been canceled. Hall & Oates at the Austin360 Amphitheater on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman An email sent to fans who purchased tickets cited “scheduling conflicts” as the reason for the cancellation...
Free Week in July returns with Golden Dawn Arkestra, Riverboat Gamblers, more

Free Week in July returns with Golden Dawn Arkestra, Riverboat Gamblers, more

Hot Summer Nights returns to the Red River Cultural District on July 26-29 with a blazing roster of free shows featuring many of Austin’s favorite bands. Golden Dawn Arkestra. DAVE CREANEY FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN. The event mirrors, the popular Free Week mini-festival that takes over Austin clubs in the first week of January. Participating clubs, who will offer no cover...
Weekend music picks: Alejandro Escovedo, Jackie Venson, more

Weekend music picks: Alejandro Escovedo, Jackie Venson, more

OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsLdufJePz0&w=492&h=307] 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...
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...
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