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Britney Spear’s ex K-Fed wants child support increase amid star’s Vegas success

After seeing how successful her four-year Las Vegas residency has been, Britney Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline is asking for an increase in child support. >> Read more trending news  Federline’s attorney reportedly sent the pop singer a letter recently indicating that he would like to renegotiate the $20,000 monthly payment he currently receives from...
For all the right reasons, Charlie Sexton is Austin music’s MVP

For all the right reasons, Charlie Sexton is Austin music’s MVP

In Austin, Charlie Sexton is the man who needs no introduction. Seemingly destined for stardom since his early teenage years, the 49-year-old musician cut his own path instead. Raised in blues clubs and launched into the pop-idol spotlight before he could vote, Sexton ultimately has built a life not as a marquee performer, but as a masterful force just beyond the focus of center stage. Touring guitarist...
‘What happened to Austin?’ This one-handed barber has a story to tell

‘What happened to Austin?’ This one-handed barber has a story to tell

On the door of Austin’s Most Wanted, a no-frills barbershop in an industrial strip off Burleson Road in Southeast Austin, a muscular character with an impeccable fade smirks through prison bars he bends like rubber bands. Inside, Lawrence “Lench” Martinez efficiently wields his clippers to help his clients achieve similar swag. Working with his left hand, the only hand he has, he...
This week in music: Cupcakke, Texas songwriters, Austin Music Awards

This week in music: Cupcakke, Texas songwriters, Austin Music Awards

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound Revue at Stubb’s outdoor. When the Black Keys co-founder taped “Austin City Limits” late last year, it was a revelatory experience, in part because of the A-list backing band he brought with him (including studio legends Gene Chrisman on drums and Bobby Wood on keys). The same lineup will be with him for this show, along with...
World music artists launch Austin International Women’s Day concert

World music artists launch Austin International Women’s Day concert

When hundreds of thousands of women marched across the country last year, it became clear that change was coming. Since then, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have helped expose the stories of sexual harassment and abuse endured by women around the globe. Now, world music artists in Austin are taking their rallying cry for women’s equality to the stage with an International Women’s Day...
Flipside Austin parties before, during and after SXSW

Flipside Austin parties before, during and after SXSW

SXSW muscles its way onto Austin’s social calendar in a couple of weeks, but you can wrestle down plenty of other options for parties before, during and after the main event. Feb. 23:  Wonders and Worries Unmasked. JW Marriott.   Feb. 28:  Austin Music Awards. ACL Live. March 1:  Back on My Feet Austin Gala. JW Marriott....
Enter the hypnotic, disturbing beauty of ‘Koyaanisqatsi’

Enter the hypnotic, disturbing beauty of ‘Koyaanisqatsi’

Anyone who was lucky enough to see “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance” in the early 1980s will never forget it. The experimental movie about the tensions between the environment and the tentacles of modern urban life broke into the national consciousness without the use of words. First-time director Godfrey Reggio used slow-motion and time-lapse photography as well as sweeping aerial...
Gibson guitar company, maker of the Les Paul, facing bankruptcy after 116 years in business

Gibson guitar company, maker of the Les Paul, facing bankruptcy after 116 years in business

Gibson guitar company, which has been a staple brand among various musical instruments since 1902, is facing bankruptcy. >> Read more trending news  According to the Nashville Post, Gibson’s chief financial officer, Bill Lawrence, left after six months on the job and just as $375 million in senior secured notes mature and $145 million in bank loans become due, if they...
Longtime Austin Symphony manager Ken Caswell dies

Longtime Austin Symphony manager Ken Caswell dies

Kenneth “Ken” Caswell, who managed the  Austin Symphony from 1980 to 1998, has died.  Kenneth Caswell. Alicia Mireles/Austin American-Statesman “The entire Austin Symphony family is saddened by the passing of former executive director, Ken Caswell,” said Anthony Corroa. “Ken was a kind and gentle man.  He led the administration...
How to hear a never-released Jimi Hendrix rendition of ‘Hear My Train’

How to hear a never-released Jimi Hendrix rendition of ‘Hear My Train’

Get ready to hear another side of Jimi Hendrix.  The legendary guitarist is being memorialized on “Both Sides of the Sky” (out March 9), which features 13 studio recordings he made 1968-1970 — 10 of which were never before released. A freewheeling, never-before-heard rendition of “Hear My Train A Comin', ” recorded in New...
A Bizarros reunion and more live music in Austin this week

A Bizarros reunion and more live music in Austin this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Terri Hendrix Band with Lloyd Maines at Paramount Theatre. Tuesday was Hendrix’s 50th birthday, and the Central Texas singer-songwriter is celebrating with a big-venue show featuring her longtime pedal steel accompanist Maines (a member of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame). With more than a dozen albums on her own Wilory Records label across the past two decades, Hendrix...
Austin really loves love songs, according to this romantic list

Austin really loves love songs, according to this romantic list

Looks like you’re feeling the love, Austin. According to a list from Amazon Music, Austin is the No. 10 love song capital of the United States, meaning that Austin listens to the 10th most love and romance songs.  THINGS TO DO: What to do on Valentine’s Day in Austin Amazon Music says 2018’s most-streamed love song so far is “Sorry Not Sorry” by...
Never fear: Willie Nelson is up and kicking — literally kicking things

Never fear: Willie Nelson is up and kicking — literally kicking things

Two important facts about Willie Nelson, the closest thing Austin has to a canonized saint. First, the country singer recently canceled a string of February tour dates to recover from the flu. Second, he is a black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul. Those two things help explain how relieving a picture tweeted Sunday by Nelson’s son, Lukas, was to fans of the Red Headed Stranger. Though one...
Lana Del Rey’s ‘LA to the Moon’ tour makes a stop on Earth 

Lana Del Rey’s ‘LA to the Moon’ tour makes a stop on Earth 

It seemed fitting that Lana Del Rey essentially opened for herself Sunday night at the Frank Erwin Center. Judging by the stadium's pre-show hum and the screaming response to the first light-dim, fans didn't even bat a false eyelash at Kali Uchis' day-before cancellation. This was, after all, a Lana Del Rey concert. To many in attendance, the name at the top of the bill was the only one that...
Lana Del Rey played soccer with kids in Austin before her concert

Lana Del Rey played soccer with kids in Austin before her concert

Think singer Lana Del Rey is all about “Video Games”? Turns out she’s not afraid to kick around the soccer ball, either. That was bad. Sorry. But here’s the point: Del Rey, who performed at the Frank Erwin Center on Sunday, visited FCBEscola’s Austin soccer school at Circuit of the Americas over the weekend, according to the school’s Twitter account. The...
Country stars, Lana del Ray, Wild Child and more music this week

Country stars, Lana del Ray, Wild Child and more music this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, Midland at Erwin Center. Nashville-via-Alabama band Little Big Town, whose 2017 album “The Breaker” was their third country chart-topper, is the headliner here, but for the Austin show, there’s extra focus on the two Texas-centric opening acts. Musgraves, born and raised in East Texas, lived in Austin for a short time before...
‘Home Improvement,’ ‘Justified’ actor, musician Mickey Jones dead at 76

‘Home Improvement,’ ‘Justified’ actor, musician Mickey Jones dead at 76

Actor and musician Mickey Jones — known for dozens of character roles in TV and film, and a musical career that yielded numerous Gold records — has died at 76 after “a long illness.” >> Read more trending news  Jones’ agent Cherry Hepburn confirmed Jones’ death in a statement to Deadline but did not offer specifics on how he died or services...
Three chords and the literary truth: Willie Nelson to join Texas Institute of Letters

Three chords and the literary truth: Willie Nelson to join Texas Institute of Letters

Perhaps it was because we were concerned about his health. Perhaps it was because he’s no Red-Headed Stranger to honors of the sort. Either way, almost two weeks have gone by since it was announced that hometown icon Willie Nelson was elected to the Texas Institute of Letters. And this is the first we’ve mentioned it. Sorry, Willie. We’re still good, right? The Texas Institute...
Dan Auerbach reinvents himself with solo record beyond the Black Keys

Dan Auerbach reinvents himself with solo record beyond the Black Keys

When Dan Auerbach took the stage at ACL Live a couple of months ago to tape “Austin City Limits” with a band that included several legendary session players, you could almost hear the beaming smile on his face. To hear him tell the story, it’s been like that ever since he began writing and recording his 2017 solo record, “Waiting on a Song.” Auerbach remembers the day...
10 love songs we need right now: Austin artists on the art of love

10 love songs we need right now: Austin artists on the art of love

The power of music manifests in many ways. It’s a healing balm that soothes the soul, a battle cry, a neck-breaking, booty-shaking party jam. Music transcends logic or reason, moving in the realms of emotion and instinct. At its most profound, it’s an expression of our shared humanity. In love songs, artists stretch to make that connection, one soul reaching out to another. We, the listeners...
Still recovering from flu, Willie Nelson cancels February shows

Still recovering from flu, Willie Nelson cancels February shows

At 84 years old, there’s no doubt Willie Nelson would rather spend a stretch of February in Florida — but his doctor has other plans. Nelson cancelled or postponed eight February tour dates, including a half-dozen in the Sunshine State, on Monday after he was instructed to spend a “few extra weeks to recover completely from the flu,” a news release said. The release said Nelson...

Glimpse inside Austin parties for history and the arts

Two subjects galvanized this year’s  Angelina Eberly Luncheon, which benefits the  Austin History Center Association, the nonprofit ally of the  Austin History Center. One was the Driskill Hotel, traditional site of the always gratifying midday event. Leading the public chat about the venue’s past was  ...
Former lead singer of legendary Temptations, Dennis Edwards, dead at 74

Former lead singer of legendary Temptations, Dennis Edwards, dead at 74

The former lead singer of the legendary Motown group The Temptations, Dennis Edwards, has died in Chicago, according to news reports. >> Read more trending news  Edwards, 74, who replaced The Temptations singer David Ruffin, died Thursday a day before his 75th birthday, his family confirmed to CBS News. The Grammy Award-winner joined the successful soul group in 1968 and was featured on...
Richard Buckley fired as artistic director of Austin Opera for alleged inappropriate behavior

Richard Buckley fired as artistic director of Austin Opera for alleged inappropriate behavior

Austin Opera has terminated the contract of artistic director and principal conductor  Richard Buckley, effective immediately. Austin Lyric Opera artistic director Richard Buckley (left) in 2014. Buckley, who conducts on the international operatic circuit, had held that position since 2004. In a short statement, the opera said an investigation conducted with outside counsel determined...
Lisa Morales blends languages, musical styles seamlessly on new album

Lisa Morales blends languages, musical styles seamlessly on new album

The credits on “Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun,” the second solo album from Lisa Morales, read like a selective A-list of musicians in Austin’s rock, folk and Latin music realms. With producer Michael Ramos anchoring the support crew on keyboards and accordion, the record makes room for Charlie Sexton, Adrian Quesada, David Garza, David Pulkingham, Eliza Gilkyson and...
Majid Jordan, Jose Gonzalez highlight this week’s top Austin shows

Majid Jordan, Jose Gonzalez highlight this week’s top Austin shows

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Majid Jordan at Emo’s. Jordan Ullman and Majid Al Maskati’s dreamy R&B duo is one of the most promising of the many Drake-ish acts from the Toronto rap kingpin’s October’s Very Own label. The group is best known for co-producing and performing on Drizzy’s hit “Hold On, We’re Going On,” and the track’s anthemic vibe echoes...
Get on your feet: Body Rock ATX turns 8

Get on your feet: Body Rock ATX turns 8

“Partying is the bastard child of ceremony,” Ghislaine Jean, aka Qi Dada from Riders Against the Storm, told us five years ago. “When people go to party, they drink and they do all these different things because they’re trying to have an out-of-body experience; they’re trying to lose themselves,” she said. Back then, Body Rock ATX — hosted by Mahone, her husband...
Frida Friday ATX market features female artisans of color

Frida Friday ATX market features female artisans of color

When jewelry maker TK Tunchez found herself having a hard time breaking into Austin’s pop-up market scene with her Latina-inspired art and stylish handmade flower crowns, she decided to create a new path for minority women artisans whose work wasn’t always understood. Last spring, Tunchez launched Frida Friday ATX, a monthly market featuring female vendors of color at Kebabalicious on...
Willie Nelson's marijuana business keeps growing with new product line

Willie Nelson's marijuana business keeps growing with new product line

The Willie Nelson press release all but whispers temptation: “Go West, young man and get high in the country.” Not me, I say. I was raised along the banks of Whiskey River, and I intend to stay there. But if you’re the sort of Willie fan who intends to roll ‘em up and smoke ‘em before you die, keep reading. The press release wafted in from Denver, announcing that Willie&rsquo...
Chris Thile goes ‘Live From Here’ at Bass Concert Hall this week

Chris Thile goes ‘Live From Here’ at Bass Concert Hall this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Robyn Hitchcock at 3Ten. Exactly how this certifiable musical and lyrical genius escaped being a massive superstar still mystifies, as there are few creative minds on the planet who are his equal. Yes, he’s played the Erwin Center (opening for R.E.M. in 1989), but in the autumn of his years, he’s still a club act, and that’s the good fortune of those who go...
Rodeo Austin announces music lineup, plus more tickets on sale

Rodeo Austin announces music lineup, plus more tickets on sale

There’s been a flurry of concert announcement the past week; get ready to get your tickets. RODEO AUSTIN LINEUP Dwight Yoakam, Turnpike Troubadours, Ludacris, Young the Giant, Gladys Knight: Continuing with its “a little something for everyone” approach, Rodeo Austin has unveiled the music lineup for its annual ProRodeo & Concert Series on March 10-24 at the Travis County Expo Center...
Austin parties we love: Early 2018

Austin parties we love: Early 2018

After a holiday break, the Austin social scene warms up rapidly. Peek at some parties we eagerly anticipate. Jan. 27:  Opening night of Austin Opera’s “Ariadne auf Naxos.” Long Center. Jan. 27:  Dell Children’s Gala. Austin Convention Center. Jan. 27:  Human Rights Campaign Austin Gala. JW Marriott. Jan. 31:  ...
Merle Haggard’s tour bus up for auction in New Braunfels

Merle Haggard’s tour bus up for auction in New Braunfels

No matter what you drive to New Braunfels on the Saturday after the Super Bowl, you could — if you’ve deep, deep pockets — drive back just like a country music legend. Merle Haggard’s tour bus (a 2008 MCI J4500, if you know enough about buses for that to mean something to you) will be up for auction on Feb. 10 at Burley Auction Gallery. The bus was named by Haggard...
Country music star, actress Lari White dead at 52 after battle with cancer

Country music star, actress Lari White dead at 52 after battle with cancer

The multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician and actress Lari White has died. >> Read more trending news  The artist was diagnosed with peritoneal cancer in late 2017. White first broke the news in a blog post on Artist Works, telling readers that she had already endured pneumonia, surgery and was dealing with pain management. A Caring Bridge page was then established by her family...
Neil Diamond diagnosed with Parkinson’s, retiring from touring

Neil Diamond diagnosed with Parkinson’s, retiring from touring

Neil Diamond will retire from touring due to a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. >> Read more trending news  The renowned singer-songwriter announced the news in a statement Monday that said his doctors advised that he cancel the upcoming leg of his 50th anniversary tour set for Australia and New Zealand. “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that...
Haim and Lizzo are teaming up for a tour, and they’re coming to Austin in April

Haim and Lizzo are teaming up for a tour, and they’re coming to Austin in April

Fresh off the heels of their sophomore album “Something To Tell You,” the Haim sisters are headed back to Austin. The “Sister Sister Sister” tour will be making a stop in Austin at Stubb’s on April 24 with special guest Lizzo, who was one of the breakout artists of last year’s South by Southwest (and the previous year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival)...
Moody Blues and marching bands top this week’s Austin shows

Moody Blues and marching bands top this week’s Austin shows

OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Saturday: Fabulous Thunderbirds with Kim Wilson at Antone’s. In 1986 the Fabulous Thunderbirds became one of Austin’s biggest bands ever, with the top-10 single “Tuff Enough” omnipresent on the radio. Their overnight success was a decade in the making: The band’s mid-1970s rise intertwined with the arrival of Antone’s, which means...
Alesia Lani conjures soulful magic for ‘Cirque du Lani’ performance

Alesia Lani conjures soulful magic for ‘Cirque du Lani’ performance

A definition bleeds into a declaration on the spoken word intro to Austin artist Alesia Lani’s 2017 album “Resilient”: “Able to withstand or recover quickly after difficult conditions. Able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching or being too compressed. I am … I am … I am strong. I am tough. I am hearty. I am flexible. I am pliable. I am...
Snoop Dogg shouts out Westlake grad/Super Bowl QB Nick Foles in new track

Snoop Dogg shouts out Westlake grad/Super Bowl QB Nick Foles in new track

Snoop Dogg gives former Westlake QB/ Super Bowl ring-winner Nick Foles a shout-out in his brand new song, “Doggytails.” “Nick Foles with it — get it?” Snoop raps. “I be the backup, second in line, see when I get in, you ain’t gettin’ no more time. I’m free as a bird.” (A reference, obviously, to Foles’ one-time back-up status.) Snoop&rsquo...
New book claims Fader Fort was first outlet to bring hip-hop to SXSW (It wasn’t)

New book claims Fader Fort was first outlet to bring hip-hop to SXSW (It wasn’t)

We wrote earlier this month about a new book, “Fader Fort: Setting the Stage,” chronicling 15 years of the event’s history at South by Southwest, set to be released March 1 by the Fader, a music magazine/lifestyle brand that has grown into a global multimedia company. We had a chance to look at a copy of the book on Friday. It’s a 252-page, over-sized...
Good afternoon, here’s ‘Good Morning,’ a new video from Austin’s Max Frost

Good afternoon, here’s ‘Good Morning,’ a new video from Austin’s Max Frost

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5xMlDeGFBU&w=492&h=307] Austin musician Max Frost has released a new video for his song “Good Morning,” an instantly catchy pop number that will be on his long-awaited Atlantic Records debut album due out later this year. The video was shot primarily in west Austin, with fleeting images of the 360 bridge visible on the horizon...
Review: ACL Live isn’t ACL Live without St. Vincent

Review: ACL Live isn’t ACL Live without St. Vincent

By Bryan Rolli, special to the Statesman “There is no place in the world I’d rather be than right here in Texas,” Annie Clark — better known by her stage name, St. Vincent — said three songs into her Thursday night ACL Live set, beaming as the audience applauded wildly. Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, plays Thursday, Feb. 22, at ACL Live. ERIKA RICH/For American-...
Shakey Graves, Benjamin Booker among Capital One acts at Antone’s for SXSW

Shakey Graves, Benjamin Booker among Capital One acts at Antone’s for SXSW

Benjamin Booker will play Capital One’s SXSW series at Antone’s on March 11. JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Capital One is returning to Antone’s during South by Southwest this year, filling the confab’s first weekend with four shows mixing national acts such as Benjamin Booker and Warpaint with notable local talent including Shakey Graves and Band of Heathens. The...
Austin360 On The Record: Shawn Colvin, Wilson Marks, Arielle LaGuette

Austin360 On The Record: Shawn Colvin, Wilson Marks, Arielle LaGuette

OUT THIS WEEK Shawn Colvin, “The Starlighter” (Amazon Music). A sequel of sorts to her 1998 children’s album “Holiday Songs and Lullabies,” Colvin’s new album further plays out her fascination with composer Alec Wilder and illustrator Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s music book “Lullabies and Night Songs.” Though...
SXSW: Cold War Kids, Sylvan Esso, Khalid, Old Crow Medicine Show added to 2018 lineup

SXSW: Cold War Kids, Sylvan Esso, Khalid, Old Crow Medicine Show added to 2018 lineup

The South by Southwest Music Festival added a slew of new artists Thursday, and with this round, we’re starting to see some significant names roll in. California rockers Cold War Kids and Wavves, synth pop duo Sylvan Esso and “Young Dumb and Broke” teen icon Khalid have all been added. Khalid performs at the 2017...
Rise and shine during SXSW for Four Seasons breakfasts with KUTX-selected acts

Rise and shine during SXSW for Four Seasons breakfasts with KUTX-selected acts

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats are among the acts playing KUTX’s “Live at the Four Seasons” during South by Southwest 2018. Scott Newton/KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits More than a dozen artists in town for South by Southwest will play KUTX’s eighth annual “Live at the Four Seasons” shows March 14-17, including Nathaniel Rateliff...
Imagine Dragons head to Austin with 14-year-old sensation Grace VanderWaal

Imagine Dragons head to Austin with 14-year-old sensation Grace VanderWaal

Vegas-based arena rockers Imagine Dragons hit the road for the North American leg of their “Evolve” tour this summer. The tour arrives in Austin in the heat of summer, with an August 2 appearance at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Singer Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images) Along for the ride is 14-year-old singer-songwriter Grace VanderWaal who...
Mix it up with Austin music industry folks at ‘Feel the Love’ expo on Wednesday.

Mix it up with Austin music industry folks at ‘Feel the Love’ expo on Wednesday.

The Austin Music Foundation is hosting the fourth annual ‘Feel the Love’ music industry expo on Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Emo’s. The expo is a solid networking opportunity for musicians and industry professionals. Representatives from music support nonprofits and organizations will be available to provide information on resources available...
Carnival Beats reunion brings Mike Jones, Chingo Bling to Austin

Carnival Beats reunion brings Mike Jones, Chingo Bling to Austin

Back in the early aughts, local hip-hop production powerhouse Carnival Beats helped reshape the sound of Texas hip-hop, by writing beats for Houston rap songs that became ubiquitous hits. Their catalog includes classics like “Purple Stuff” by Big Moe, “Pourin’ Up” by Pimp C and “Sittin’ Sideways” by Paul Wall. They also produced...
SXSW: RSVP for Brooklyn Vegan’s Lost Weekend 2

SXSW: RSVP for Brooklyn Vegan’s Lost Weekend 2

Music website Brooklyn Vegan has teamed up with local promotion company Margin Walker Presents for three days of parties at Cheer Up Charlies. The events are scheduled for March 15-17 and they are free and open to the public (members of the public who are prepared to show up early and wait in line, that is). Lineups are coming soon, but  you can go ahead and...
Post Malone, 21 Savage to play Austin this summer

Post Malone, 21 Savage to play Austin this summer

Rapper who’s reluctant to admit he’s a rapper, Post Malone announced plans for a spring/summer tour with 21 Savage on Tuesday. The three-month jaunt includes a stop in Austin on June 16. Hip-hop star Post Malone attends the 2018 Maxim Party February 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for blu) Tickets to the show run $33...
SXSW: Showtime bringing Common for panel about ‘The Chi’, Lee Fields, DMC, Speedy Ortiz for parties

SXSW: Showtime bringing Common for panel about ‘The Chi’, Lee Fields, DMC, Speedy Ortiz for parties

Common will be in town for the South by Southwest Conference and Festival. The Chicago rapper/actor/activist/powerful and intelligent human being, will participate in a featured session on ‘The Chi,” the Showtime drama he created and executive produces. Common performs onstage during the 2018 JBL Three-Point Contest at Staples Center on February 17, 2018...
This week’s music picks: Mood Mondays, Moonpies, St. Vincent and more

This week’s music picks: Mood Mondays, Moonpies, St. Vincent and more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTKnheaUT_Y&w=492&h=307] Monday: Mood Mondays with Christy Hays at Hole in the Wall. Hays, one of Austin’s rising-star singer-songwriters, is in the midst of a weekly residency in February at the UT campus-area haunt, and each week she teams up with different women to help raise money for a variety of causes...
Austin’s Nick Foles explains his church connection with Matthew McConaughey

Austin’s Nick Foles explains his church connection with Matthew McConaughey

If you’re an American-Statesman reader, you probably spotted actor Matthew McConaughey’s full-page ad congratulating Austin native Nick Foles on his Super Bowl win. Foles appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Thursday and dished a little bit about his ATX roots and his connection to the “Dazed and Confused” star. “Besides the MVP, you got another...
‘Last Man Standing,’ indeed: Willie Nelson rolls on with another new album

‘Last Man Standing,’ indeed: Willie Nelson rolls on with another new album

Willie Nelson has a new album coming out on April 27. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Writing about Willie Nelson at the end of 2017, we noted that he’s having “one of the most amazing late-career resurgences American popular music has ever seen.” Here’s the next chapter: “Last Man Standing,” with 11 new songs written by Willie and his longtime...
SXSW: RSVP for Culture Collide party with White Reaper, Bully, Andrew W.K., more

SXSW: RSVP for Culture Collide party with White Reaper, Bully, Andrew W.K., more

Culture Collide has announced plans for a Dr. Marten’s sponsored day party at Container Bar on March 14-16. Andrew W.K. performs at Clive Bar at SXSW on Friday March 15, 2013. (Jay Janner/American-Statesman) The party is free and open to the public ( RSVP here) with bands from 1 to 6 p.m. daily. White Reaper and Bully headline on Wednesday followed by Tinashe on Thursday and Andrew...
Austin360 On The Record: Loma, Midcentury, Altamesa

Austin360 On The Record: Loma, Midcentury, Altamesa

Loma (l-r: Dan Duszynski, Emily Cross, Jonathan Meiburg). Contributed/Bryan C. Parker OUT THIS WEEK Loma, self-titled (Sub Pop). You never know what might bloom between artists who tour together. When Dripping Springs duo Cross Record opened shows for Austin-hatched band Shearwater a couple of years ago, the former’s Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski ended up teaming with the ...
Party like it’s 1999 with an old-school Smashing Pumpkins lineup at Erwin Center

Party like it’s 1999 with an old-school Smashing Pumpkins lineup at Erwin Center

Billy Corgan will bring a Smashing Pumpkins tour to the Erwin Center on July 16. Ashley Landis for American-Statesman 2013 It’s not quite a full reunion, but the Smashing Pumpkins lineup that will play the Erwin Center on July 16 will be the closest approximation to the one that recorded the band’s biggest hits in the 1990s. The Austin date will be the third of 36 shows the...
Ameripolitan Awards move north, but two Austinites are winners at annual gala

Ameripolitan Awards move north, but two Austinites are winners at annual gala

Austin’s Sophia Johnson won the Western Swing Female category at the 2018 Ameripolitan Music Awards in Memphis. Contributed Austin honky-tonker Dale Watson’s annual Ameripolitan Music Awards show moved to Memphis this year after a four-year run in Austin since its launch in 2014. But two Austinites still took home awards during Tuesday night’s gala at the...
SXSW: The festival is looking for Austinites willing to host international bands

SXSW: The festival is looking for Austinites willing to host international bands

South by Southwest season is almost upon us. The Interactive and Film conferences kick off on March 9 with the Music Festival starting in earnest the following week. Robin Dusek with the band Agrupacion Cariño from Mexico. She says they threw an ‘instant party’ in her house. Contributed by Robin Dusek. From the beginning, international music has been a...
Weekend music picks: Terri Hendrix turns 50, Kevin Russell bares his soul

Weekend music picks: Terri Hendrix turns 50, Kevin Russell bares his soul

OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6twIlkpqHUQ&w=492&h=307] Friday:  Terri Hendrix Band with Lloyd Maines at Paramount Theatre.  Tuesday was Hendrix’s 50th birthday, and the Central Texas singer-songwriter is celebrating with a big-venue show featuring her longtime pedal steel accompanist Maines (a member of the Austin...
You’re in Luck! Or you’ll want to be with this lineup at Willie’s place

You’re in Luck! Or you’ll want to be with this lineup at Willie’s place

Willie Nelson performs at Luck Reunion on March 16, 2017 in Spicewood, Texas. This year’s event is set for March 15, 2018. March 15 is the date for this year’s Luck Reunion, the annual musical gathering out at Willie Nelson’s fictional ghost-town in Spicewood in the midst of South by Southwest. Top names on the bill this year include Kurt Vile, Josh Ritter, Nathaniel...
Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch lead IHeartCountry Festival lineup

Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch lead IHeartCountry Festival lineup

The IHeartCountry Festival, a single-day event that’s more superstar showcase than actual festival, is set to return to the Frank Erwin Center on May 5 with a lineup loaded with radio country faves. Keith Urban performs onstage during the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival at the Erwin Center on April 30, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Luke Bryan, Keith Urban...
Take a sneak peek at SXSW events and locations, via city permit list

Take a sneak peek at SXSW events and locations, via city permit list

Just Blaze played the Fader Fort at South by Southwest in 2013. The style magazine appears set to return in 2018, in a new location. Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman A list of 160 permit applications in March on the city of Austin’s website sheds some light on what’s in store for South by Southwest day parties this year, including the return of Fader Fort...
Jimmy LaFave’s photos to be featured in art gallery exhibit

Jimmy LaFave’s photos to be featured in art gallery exhibit

Jimmy LaFave. Matt Rourke/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2005 Photography by Austin singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, who died last year of cancer, will be exhibited next month at the Stephen L. Clark Gallery on West Sixth Street, with an opening reception set for Saturday, March 10, featuring music by LaFave’s former backing band Night Tribe. The exhibit, “Searching for Peace...
Is Bruno Mars playing Formula 1 this year? It looks likely

Is Bruno Mars playing Formula 1 this year? It looks likely

Bruno Mars performs onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS There’s no announcement yet from Circuit of the Americas, but reports this morning of new Bruno Mars tour dates included an Oct. 20 stop at the outdoor venue, which just happens to be during the weekend of this year&rsquo...
The Fader releases new book chronicling 15 years at the Fader Fort during SXSW

The Fader releases new book chronicling 15 years at the Fader Fort during SXSW

The Fader, an influential music magazine that has grown into a global multi-media company, will expand the brand into hardcover with a new book “Fader Fort: Setting the Stage” which is set to come out on March 1. The book chronicles 15 years of the Fader Fort in Austin, including  rare backstage shots and portraits of artists like Kanye West, Lou Reed, Miley...
Lone Star Jam is movin’ on up to the Rodeo Austin grounds this May

Lone Star Jam is movin’ on up to the Rodeo Austin grounds this May

The Randy Rogers Band will play the Lone Star Jam on Sunday, May 27, at the Rodeo Austin grounds. Contributed The Randy Rogers Band, Gary Allan, Reckless Kelly and many more regional country-rock acts will once again gather on Memorial Day weekend for the Lone Star Jam, which moves to the grounds of Rodeo Austin this year. The annual two-day festival, previously held at Waterloo Park and...
One Night in Austin: Training for South by Southwest on a busy February night

One Night in Austin: Training for South by Southwest on a busy February night

South by Southwest is just around the corner, and for many Austinites that means a series of serpentine dashes between venues to cram in as much music as possible from the smorgasbord that overtakes the city’s streets in mid-March. Spotting an unusually busy Saturday evening in February, we decided to get in shape for the big event with a mini-SXSW-type adventure. The...
This week’s music picks: Eric Johnson, Erika Wennerstrom and more

This week’s music picks: Eric Johnson, Erika Wennerstrom and more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY03HoYd_uA&w=492&h=307] Tuesday: Erika Wennerstrom at ABGB. Known primarily for fronting Heartless Bastards, the indie-rock band that moved from Ohio to Austin a decade ago and got far enough to appear on “Austin City Limits,” Wennerstrom explores a different side of her artistry on &ldquo...
Little Big Town takes a rocket ride to the heart of pop country at Erwin Center

Little Big Town takes a rocket ride to the heart of pop country at Erwin Center

Little Big Town open their show with Elton John’s “Rocket Man” at the Erwin Center on Friday, February 9, 2018. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman When Little Big Town worked up “Rocket Man” for an Elton John tribute at the Grammys last month, they might not have been thinking, “Hey, let’s just kick off the show with it on our...
Police arrest, charge man with defacing Austin’s Stevie Ray Vaughan statue

Police arrest, charge man with defacing Austin’s Stevie Ray Vaughan statue

Austin police on Friday said they tracked down and charged a man they said vandalized Austin’s iconic statue of blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan. Witnesses on Monday – the day after the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl – saw a man spray-painting the base of the statue and place an Eagles jersey over the monument on the south shore of Lady Bird Lake, police said. Passers-by...
Shakey Graves releases new songs, discounts catalog for Shakey Graves Day

Shakey Graves releases new songs, discounts catalog for Shakey Graves Day

Seven years ago, the City of Austin declared February 9 “Shakey Graves Day,” and the artist also known as Alejandro Rose-Garcia is still celebrating. Shakey Graves performs during the All ATX concert at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN This year, Garcia has released two songs from his upcoming album...
Exclusive preview: Shinyribs in the magic cape on ‘Austin City Limits’

Exclusive preview: Shinyribs in the magic cape on ‘Austin City Limits’

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36wHP8WB0fY&w=492&h=307] Whether you’re watching at home or attending the Mohawk’s special viewing party, Saturday’s “Austin City Limits” episode featuring hometown heroes Shinyribs along with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach promises to be pretty special. For starters, there’s the magic cape!...
With a new album on the way, John Prine is coming to Austin

With a new album on the way, John Prine is coming to Austin

John Prine has a new album coming out in April and will play Austin’s Bass Concert Hall on June 30. Contributed/John Kurc Good news, John Prine fans: Not only does the legendary songwriter have a new album coming in April, he’s also hitting the road for a tour that will stop at Austin’s Bass Concert Hall on June 30. Tickets, $35-$65, go on sale next Friday, February 16...
Austin360 On The Record: Wild Child, Curtis Roush, Wade Bowen, more

Austin360 On The Record: Wild Child, Curtis Roush, Wade Bowen, more

OUT THIS WEEK Wild Child, “Expectations” (Dualtone). Four albums in, the Austin indie-folk band-that-could has become increasingly confident without losing the sense of childlike wonder that’s so central to the spirit of their music. “Expectations” is ambitious undertaking, one that involved worldwide work at studios in Norway, Wales, Montreal...
Thirty Seconds to Mars coming to Austin this summer

Thirty Seconds to Mars coming to Austin this summer

Jared Leto’s arena rock trio 30 Seconds to Mars has a new album coming out on April 6 and on Thursday, the band announced plans for “The Monolith Tour,” a cross-country jaunt that kicks off in Toronto in June. Facebook.com/thirtysecondstomars The tour hits Austin mid-summer with a July 7 date at Austin360 Amphitheater. Tickets run $29.50-$99.50 and go on sale Feb. 16...
Levitation adds the Make-Up, Ariel Pink, Russian Circles, Nick Hakim, more

Levitation adds the Make-Up, Ariel Pink, Russian Circles, Nick Hakim, more

After taking the year off in 2017, Levitation, the Black Angels-affiliated event formerly known as Austin Psych Fest, is set to return to Austin this spring as a series of showcases and curated events in the Red River cultural district. Contributed/Sasha Eisenman RELATED: Levitation 2018 to feature Slowdive, Black Angels, Ministry, Parquet Courts  On Wednesday, fest...
Cruise control: Austin acts bring their music to the high seas

Cruise control: Austin acts bring their music to the high seas

Ray Wylie Hubbard and his band perform on the 2018 Outlaw Country Cruise in the Caribbean. Contributed/Will Byington © 2018 Caribbean cruises planned entirely around on-deck concerts aren’t a new concept, but they’ve become increasingly popular in the last few years, especially in the winter months. And quite a few Austin musicians have gotten in on the action. One that...
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