Deborah Sengupta Stith

Music critic

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

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Levitation spreads pysch sounds through Red River cultural district
 “You hear from a lot of people who have built anything, the easiest way to never get there is to quit,” says Rob Fitzpatrick, co-founder and primary booker for Levitation Festival. Less than two weeks before the festival, founded in 2008 as Austin Psych Festival, is set to kick off, Fitzpatrick is feeling good. After taking...

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“You hear from a lot of people who have built anything, the easiest way to never get there is to quit,” says Rob Fitzpatrick, co-founder and primary booker for Levitation Festival. Less than two weeks before the festival, founded in 2008 as Austin Psych Festival, is set to kick off, Fitzpatrick is feeling good. After taking...
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...

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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...
Weekend music picks: Irie vibes at Austin Reggae Fest, the Big Squeeze and a Bowie Tribute
 Spring in Austin means outdoor music season is upon us. OUR TOP PICKS Austin Reggae Fest 2014. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman 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,”
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Spring in Austin means outdoor music season is upon us. OUR TOP PICKS Austin Reggae Fest 2014. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman 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,” ...
Beyoncé just owned Coachella, could Bey-CL Fest be next?
 We’re not going to spend a lot of time dissecting the epic performance by Houston superstar Beyoncé at Coachella this weekend. Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend One. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty
               Images for Coachella ) You can read more about the...

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We’re not going to spend a lot of time dissecting the epic performance by Houston superstar Beyoncé at Coachella this weekend. Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend One. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella ) You can read more about the...
Foo Fighters move Austin set time up so they can rock longer
 The Foo Fighters have made no secret about their affection for our fine city. Not only do they swing through regularly, they’ve
             headlined our eponymous festival, Austin City Limits and taped episodes of the show it was named after multiple times. Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performs during the Austin City Limits Music Festival...

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The Foo Fighters have made no secret about their affection for our fine city. Not only do they swing through regularly, they’ve headlined our eponymous festival, Austin City Limits and taped episodes of the show it was named after multiple times. Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performs during the Austin City Limits Music Festival...
Watch: Austinite Reid Umstattd covers U2 on ‘The Voice’
 Over the past couple weeks, Austinite Reid Umstattd has advanced into the top 24 performers on the NBC singing competition
            “The Voice.” On Monday, he sang in round one of the show’s playoffs, putting in a passionate performance of the U2 classic “I Still Haven’t
            Found What I’m Looking...

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Over the past couple weeks, Austinite Reid Umstattd has advanced into the top 24 performers on the NBC singing competition “The Voice.” On Monday, he sang in round one of the show’s playoffs, putting in a passionate performance of the U2 classic “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking...
UtopiaFest moves closer to Austin, features STS9, Patty Griffin, Lukas Nelson
 For the past nine years, UtopiaFest organizers have distinguished the annual music and camping shindig from cookie cutter
            festivals around the country by keeping the well-curated event deliberately intimate and family friendly. Lukas Nelson at the ACL Music Festival at Zilker Park on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro for...

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For the past nine years, UtopiaFest organizers have distinguished the annual music and camping shindig from cookie cutter festivals around the country by keeping the well-curated event deliberately intimate and family friendly. Lukas Nelson at the ACL Music Festival at Zilker Park on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro for...
Six hip-hop shows bringing heat to Austin this spring
 Spring in Austin is often warmer than we’d like it to be, but when these artists bring fire we’ll take the heat. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeQW-9Cg8qs&w=640&h=390] April 29: Joey Bada$$ at Emo’s. 
            The young upstart from Brooklyn, whose arrival on the national scene as a teenager was heralded...

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Spring in Austin is often warmer than we’d like it to be, but when these artists bring fire we’ll take the heat. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeQW-9Cg8qs&w=640&h=390] April 29: Joey Bada$$ at Emo’s. The young upstart from Brooklyn, whose arrival on the national scene as a teenager was heralded...
Guitar pull at Mack, Jack & McConaughey and more top this week’s shows
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Mack, Jack & McConaughey with Jack Ingram & Friends at ACL Live. The big news at this annual two-day benefit for children’s charities this year is the April 12 headlining show with the Dixie Chicks. But we’ve been to this closing-night guitar-pull-styled event before, and it’s something special. The...

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OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Mack, Jack & McConaughey with Jack Ingram & Friends at ACL Live. The big news at this annual two-day benefit for children’s charities this year is the April 12 headlining show with the Dixie Chicks. But we’ve been to this closing-night guitar-pull-styled event before, and it’s something special. The...
Gramatik, Hippie Sabotage, G Jones lead lineup for scaled-back Finding Euphoria Fest
 After four years of expansion, the EDM and jam band festival, Euphoria Fest at Carson Creek ranch has intentionally scaled
            back and restructured as Finding Euphoria. Instead of a three-day event, this year’s festival will  be a single-day music
            event with two days of camping. Denis Jasarevic of Gramatik...

Posted: 9 days ago

After four years of expansion, the EDM and jam band festival, Euphoria Fest at Carson Creek ranch has intentionally scaled back and restructured as Finding Euphoria. Instead of a three-day event, this year’s festival will  be a single-day music event with two days of camping. Denis Jasarevic of Gramatik...
Questlove, Blackillac, Girlpool added to Hot Luck Festival lineup
 Questlove DJs during SXSW 2012. Jay Janner/American-Statesman Hot Luck Festival, the food and music festival founded by Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, Mohawk owner, James Moody 
            and Mike Thelin, founder of Feast food festival in Portland has expanded the sampling of sounds available at the fest. RELATED: 
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Questlove DJs during SXSW 2012. Jay Janner/American-Statesman Hot Luck Festival, the food and music festival founded by Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, Mohawk owner, James Moody  and Mike Thelin, founder of Feast food festival in Portland has expanded the sampling of sounds available at the fest. RELATED: ...