Deborah Sengupta Stith

Music critic

Deborah Sengupta Stith is a music writer for the Austin American-Statesman.

Latest from Deborah Sengupta Stith

Kendrick is king, Sza is queen, but where were ‘All the Stars’?
 I only have one complaint with the Top Dawg Entertainment’s Championship Tour, which rocked the Austin360 Amphitheater on
            Friday night, but it’s a big one. So let’s get it out of the way up front: Kendrick Lamar and Sza performed on the same stage
            on the same night, roughly three months after &ldquo...

Posted: a day ago

I only have one complaint with the Top Dawg Entertainment’s Championship Tour, which rocked the Austin360 Amphitheater on Friday night, but it’s a big one. So let’s get it out of the way up front: Kendrick Lamar and Sza performed on the same stage on the same night, roughly three months after &ldquo...
Sidewinder closes; might reopen as a new club, Chronicle reports
 The Sidewinder has closed 
            according to a report from the Austin Chronicle. Arrow de Wilde of Starcrawler performs at the Secret Sounds party at Sidewinder during SXSW on Wednesday March 14, 2018. JAY
               JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN The Red River Cultural District club
             opened in the space formerly occupied...

Posted: a day ago

The Sidewinder has closed according to a report from the Austin Chronicle. Arrow de Wilde of Starcrawler performs at the Secret Sounds party at Sidewinder during SXSW on Wednesday March 14, 2018. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN The Red River Cultural District club opened in the space formerly occupied...
SUMMER MUSIC GUIDE: Who’s playing where in the hottest months
 Where there’s heat, there’s music. That’s what summer in Austin is like, and it means big touring concerts, cool club shows and outdoor festivals everywhere. We’ve compiled a master list of more than 200 music events from June through September to help you plan what to do until the weather turns cooler again. Ready...

Posted: 3 days ago

Where there’s heat, there’s music. That’s what summer in Austin is like, and it means big touring concerts, cool club shows and outdoor festivals everywhere. We’ve compiled a master list of more than 200 music events from June through September to help you plan what to do until the weather turns cooler again. Ready...
Weekend music picks: Kendrick Lamar, Emmylou Harris and a charity crawfish boil
 It’s going to be a hot weekend in Austin, but there are plenty of cool sounds on tap. Kendrick Lamar performs on the second weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct. 8. 10/08/16 Tom
               McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN Friday: The Championship Tour with Kendrick Lamar, Sza at Austin360 Amphitheater...

Posted: 4 days ago

It’s going to be a hot weekend in Austin, but there are plenty of cool sounds on tap. Kendrick Lamar performs on the second weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct. 8. 10/08/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN Friday: The Championship Tour with Kendrick Lamar, Sza at Austin360 Amphitheater...
ACL Fest preview: Don’t ‘Fear the Future,’ St. Vincent will help us break free
 Though it was the second ‘Austin City Limits’ taping of her career and her third concert at ACL Live since February, on Monday
               night, ‘ACL’ director Terry Lickona introduced St. Vincent by remarking on what a unique experience the 35-year-old Dallas
               artist also known as Annie Clark had...

Posted: 5 days ago

Though it was the second ‘Austin City Limits’ taping of her career and her third concert at ACL Live since February, on Monday night, ‘ACL’ director Terry Lickona introduced St. Vincent by remarking on what a unique experience the 35-year-old Dallas artist also known as Annie Clark had...
Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd bring ‘Dazed and Blazed’ tour to Austin
 Rappers Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd have teamed up for a co-headline tour this summer cheekily dubbed ‘Dazed and Blazed.” Wiz Khalifa. (Tina Phan/American-Statesman) The show hits Austin in the heat of summer, with an August 25 show at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Tickets to the show run $36.50-$97.50 and go on sale Friday at...

Posted: 5 days ago

Rappers Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd have teamed up for a co-headline tour this summer cheekily dubbed ‘Dazed and Blazed.” Wiz Khalifa. (Tina Phan/American-Statesman) The show hits Austin in the heat of summer, with an August 25 show at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Tickets to the show run $36.50-$97.50 and go on sale Friday at...
Huey Lewis tribute, Khalid, Toni Price and more in clubs this week
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Huey Lewis tribute & benefit at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre. This was supposed to be a concert by Bay Area great Lewis and his band the News, but he called off all future dates last month because of significant hearing loss resulting from Meniere’s Disease, a serious inner ear condition. To help promote awareness...

Posted: 10 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Huey Lewis tribute & benefit at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre. This was supposed to be a concert by Bay Area great Lewis and his band the News, but he called off all future dates last month because of significant hearing loss resulting from Meniere’s Disease, a serious inner ear condition. To help promote awareness...
New Austin Ice Cream Fest After Dark party features Lee Fields, Tameca Jones, DJ Mel
 The Austin Ice Cream Festival returns to Fiesta Gardens on June 23, and this year the fest is complementing the daytime kid-friendly
            extravaganza 
            with a night party called After Dark featuring boozy frozen drinks for the grown folks. Musician Lee Fields. The music lineup tilts toward sizzling soul, with funky R&...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Austin Ice Cream Festival returns to Fiesta Gardens on June 23, and this year the fest is complementing the daytime kid-friendly extravaganza with a night party called After Dark featuring boozy frozen drinks for the grown folks. Musician Lee Fields. The music lineup tilts toward sizzling soul, with funky R&...
Weekend music picks: Finding Euphoria releases club schedule, plus a Huey Lewis tribute
 Friday-Saturday: Finding Euphoria club shows in the Red River District. After the EDM Festival scheduled to take place at Carson Creek Ranch failed to secure the proper permits, the local music
            community rallied to rehouse one of the Austin’s few remaining indie music festivals in Red River clubs. Noticeably missing
   ...

Posted: 11 days ago

Friday-Saturday: Finding Euphoria club shows in the Red River District. After the EDM Festival scheduled to take place at Carson Creek Ranch failed to secure the proper permits, the local music community rallied to rehouse one of the Austin’s few remaining indie music festivals in Red River clubs. Noticeably missing ...
‘We have lost 3 musicians since Christmas’: SIMS calls for help addressing opioid crisis
 The national opioid epidemic gripping the country is “rapidly seeping into communities in Austin,” according to local music
               nonprofit the SIMS Foundation. In 2017, the organization, which for 23 years has provided mental health and addiction recovery
               services for musicians and music industry professionals...

Posted: 11 days ago

The national opioid epidemic gripping the country is “rapidly seeping into communities in Austin,” according to local music nonprofit the SIMS Foundation. In 2017, the organization, which for 23 years has provided mental health and addiction recovery services for musicians and music industry professionals...
Jack White played a baseball game in East Austin on Thursday
 On Wednesday, 
            modern guitar hero Jack White played the Austin360 Amphitheater as part of his tour promoting his strange new album “Boarding House Reach.” On Thursday,  White it the diamond at 
            the Long Time Texas, a sand lot baseball facility in far East Austin for a 10 inning game that pitted his...

Posted: 16 days ago

On Wednesday, modern guitar hero Jack White played the Austin360 Amphitheater as part of his tour promoting his strange new album “Boarding House Reach.” On Thursday,  White it the diamond at the Long Time Texas, a sand lot baseball facility in far East Austin for a 10 inning game that pitted his...