Deborah Sengupta Stith

Music critic

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

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The glow is bright again for Austin’s Ghostland Observatory
 Eight years after Ghostland Observatory’s last album, “Codename: Rondo,” was released, the Austin dance duo is back. “See You Later, Simulator,” a festival-ready collection of sweaty bangers woven with soaring electro-pop aspirations, drops Sept. 7. The band embarks on a national tour that kicks off in Tulsa...

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Eight years after Ghostland Observatory’s last album, “Codename: Rondo,” was released, the Austin dance duo is back. “See You Later, Simulator,” a festival-ready collection of sweaty bangers woven with soaring electro-pop aspirations, drops Sept. 7. The band embarks on a national tour that kicks off in Tulsa...
Ethan Hawke, Ben Dickey to celebrate ‘Blaze’ at Waterloo Records
 Waterloo Records will host a free celebration of the Blaze Foley biopic, “Blaze,” at Waterloo Records on Sunday. Ben Dickey, left, and Ethan Hawke play to a small crowd in the Gibson guitars showroom in Austin during SXSW 2018. JAMES GREGG/AMERICAN-STATESMAN. The event is billed as a “Q&A and performance,” featuring...

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Waterloo Records will host a free celebration of the Blaze Foley biopic, “Blaze,” at Waterloo Records on Sunday. Ben Dickey, left, and Ethan Hawke play to a small crowd in the Gibson guitars showroom in Austin during SXSW 2018. JAMES GREGG/AMERICAN-STATESMAN. The event is billed as a “Q&A and performance,” featuring...
Weekend music picks: Roky Erickson, Nakia and more
 It’s a great weekend to take in some local faves. OUR TOP PICKS Roky Erickson performs at the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Vic Mathias Shores at SXSW on Saturday March 17, 2018. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Friday: Roky Erickson at Barracuda. This gig is a warmup of sorts for the 71-year-old psych rock pioneer’s tour of the East...

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It’s a great weekend to take in some local faves. OUR TOP PICKS Roky Erickson performs at the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Vic Mathias Shores at SXSW on Saturday March 17, 2018. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Friday: Roky Erickson at Barracuda. This gig is a warmup of sorts for the 71-year-old psych rock pioneer’s tour of the East...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
Seven Austin-area fall music festivals (that aren’t ACL Fest)
 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 (hopefully) cooler festing season that will soon be upon us. Euphoria Fest 2017 at Carson Creek Ranch. Carson Creek will host several festivals this fall. Tess Cagle for American-Statesman...

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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 (hopefully) cooler festing season that will soon be upon us. Euphoria Fest 2017 at Carson Creek Ranch. Carson Creek will host several festivals this fall. Tess Cagle for American-Statesman...
Weekend music picks: Big brass, hot jams with Brownout, Dispatch, more
 OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFnwLPUqAhU&w=640&h=390] 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...

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OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFnwLPUqAhU&w=640&h=390] 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...
‘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...

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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...
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...

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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...
ACL Fest: The first single-day tickets to sell out are…
 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...

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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...