Peter Blackstock

Music writer

Peter Blackstock is a music writer for the Austin American-Statesman. A UT grad who grew up in Austin, he worked at the Statesman in high school and college before moving to Seattle and co-founding the alt-country magazine No Depression in the '90s.

Latest from Peter Blackstock

Gary Clark Jr. postpones June shows at ACL Live to December
 Gary Clark Jr. has postponed his upcoming ACL Live shows to December. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Gary Clark Jr. has rescheduled his June 13-15 three-night stand at ACL Live to December 3-5, the venue announced Tuesday. All tickets purchased will be honored on the corresponding day in the series: June 13 to Dec. 3, June 14 to...

Posted: 8 hours ago

Gary Clark Jr. has postponed his upcoming ACL Live shows to December. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Gary Clark Jr. has rescheduled his June 13-15 three-night stand at ACL Live to December 3-5, the venue announced Tuesday. All tickets purchased will be honored on the corresponding day in the series: June 13 to Dec. 3, June 14 to...
Save the date: ACL Fest tickets will go on sale next week
 Heads up: Details about the 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival are coming soon. Organizers 
            announced this morning via social media that tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, when the lineup will be released. Ticket and lineup details for the Austin City Limits Music Festival are coming soon. Tom McCarthy Jr....

Posted: 9 hours ago

Heads up: Details about the 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival are coming soon. Organizers announced this morning via social media that tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, when the lineup will be released. Ticket and lineup details for the Austin City Limits Music Festival are coming soon. Tom McCarthy Jr....
Old Settler’s music and spirit shines through, in all kinds of weather
 You want variety of music AND weather? The Old Settler’s Music Festival had it covered on Saturday. Blues to bluegrass to
            country to classical to gospel to folk to rockabilly: Check. Cloudy to light rain to heavy rain to rainbow to sunset to starshine
            to dense fog? Check. Storms were in the forecast for much...

Posted: 2 days ago

You want variety of music AND weather? The Old Settler’s Music Festival had it covered on Saturday. Blues to bluegrass to country to classical to gospel to folk to rockabilly: Check. Cloudy to light rain to heavy rain to rainbow to sunset to starshine to dense fog? Check. Storms were in the forecast for much...
This week’s music picks: Perfume Genius, Haim, Marcia Ball, Wine Down and more
 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-XQkDyEwQo&w=640&h=390] Monday: Perfume Genius at Emo’s. “No Shape,” the 2017 release from Perfume Genius, is a lush and lovely collection of ebullient synth jams and heart-tugging
            ballads. In his early work, openly gay frontman Mike Hadreas explored his struggles...

Posted: 2 days ago

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-XQkDyEwQo&w=640&h=390] Monday: Perfume Genius at Emo’s. “No Shape,” the 2017 release from Perfume Genius, is a lush and lovely collection of ebullient synth jams and heart-tugging ballads. In his early work, openly gay frontman Mike Hadreas explored his struggles...
Grand music, and big bubbles, drift on the air as Old Settler’s welcomes new digs
  The first big day of Old Settler’s Music Festival at its new site near Lockhart promised lots of good music from the likes
            of Calexico, Billy Strings, Jamestown Revival, Donna the Buffalo and many more. Under a welcome layer of clouds with mid-60s
            temperatures and a cool breeze, it delivered all that. Plus,...

Posted: 3 days ago

The first big day of Old Settler’s Music Festival at its new site near Lockhart promised lots of good music from the likes of Calexico, Billy Strings, Jamestown Revival, Donna the Buffalo and many more. Under a welcome layer of clouds with mid-60s temperatures and a cool breeze, it delivered all that. Plus,...
I have come here to praise cassettes, not bury them.
  It’s Record Store Day, and that means a rush on local haunts such as Waterloo Records and End of an Ear. Hundreds of collectibles
            were issued specifically for this annual event designed to help keep brick-and-mortar shops afloat in the streaming age. The
            resurgence of vinyl means most special RSD releases are...

Posted: 3 days ago

It’s Record Store Day, and that means a rush on local haunts such as Waterloo Records and End of an Ear. Hundreds of collectibles were issued specifically for this annual event designed to help keep brick-and-mortar shops afloat in the streaming age. The resurgence of vinyl means most special RSD releases are...
Austin360 On The Record: Marcia Ball, Charley Crockett, more
 OUT THIS WEEK Marcia Ball, “Shine Bright” (Alligator). At 69, Ball remains one of Austin’s most prominent and active musicians, and on “Shine Bright,” which features nine originals
            plus three covers, she shows that she still has plenty to say. Recorded partly in Austin and partly at Dockside Studios...

Posted: 4 days ago

OUT THIS WEEK Marcia Ball, “Shine Bright” (Alligator). At 69, Ball remains one of Austin’s most prominent and active musicians, and on “Shine Bright,” which features nine originals plus three covers, she shows that she still has plenty to say. Recorded partly in Austin and partly at Dockside Studios...
Marcia Ball does a Texas-Louisiana two-step on new album ‘Shine Bright’
 The back cover of Marcia Ball’s new album, “Shine Bright,” features the celebrated Austin singer and pianist striking a whimsical Statue of Liberty pose. Dressed in a silver gown, she holds a star aloft in her right hand and cradles a book in her left. Wait, let’s look closer at that book. It’s not the Constitution...

Posted: 4 days ago

The back cover of Marcia Ball’s new album, “Shine Bright,” features the celebrated Austin singer and pianist striking a whimsical Statue of Liberty pose. Dressed in a silver gown, she holds a star aloft in her right hand and cradles a book in her left. Wait, let’s look closer at that book. It’s not the Constitution...
Jimmy LaFave’s last album to be released in July, the day after his birthday
 The cover of “Peace Town,” Jimmy LaFave’s final album. “Peace Town,” a 20-song double-disc set featuring material Austin singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave was working on 
            when he died of cancer last year, is set for release on July 13 on Music Road Records. Ashley Warren, who administers the Jimmy LaFave...

Posted: 4 days ago

The cover of “Peace Town,” Jimmy LaFave’s final album. “Peace Town,” a 20-song double-disc set featuring material Austin singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave was working on when he died of cancer last year, is set for release on July 13 on Music Road Records. Ashley Warren, who administers the Jimmy LaFave...
Foo Fighters blast off Austin360 Amphitheater’s concert season with marathon show
 Dave Grohl leads the Foo Fighters at the Austin360 Amphitheater on April 18, 2018. Scott Moore for American-Statesman The pit at the Austin360 Amphitheater had no chairs for Wednesday’s season-opening concert by the Foo Fighters, and for all
            practical purposes on this night, you could have ripped out the reserved seats in...

Posted: 5 days ago

Dave Grohl leads the Foo Fighters at the Austin360 Amphitheater on April 18, 2018. Scott Moore for American-Statesman The pit at the Austin360 Amphitheater had no chairs for Wednesday’s season-opening concert by the Foo Fighters, and for all practical purposes on this night, you could have ripped out the reserved seats in...
Reggae Fest leads a big week of shows in Austin
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Sunday: Austin Reggae Fest at Auditorium Shores. Austin’s annual spring fling, which turns 25 this year, has adopted the slogan “What unity in the community sounds like,” which is appropriate. The fest draws one of the most diverse crowds we see in Austin each year; they show up for the feel-good grooves...

Posted: 5 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Sunday: Austin Reggae Fest at Auditorium Shores. Austin’s annual spring fling, which turns 25 this year, has adopted the slogan “What unity in the community sounds like,” which is appropriate. The fest draws one of the most diverse crowds we see in Austin each year; they show up for the feel-good grooves...