Deborah Sengupta Stith

Music critic

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

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Doug E. Fresh, Patricia Vonne, Shakey Graves among this week’s shows
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Saturday: Round Rock Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs at Old Settlers Park. The two-day, family-friendly shindig includes music, games, clowns and a barbecue contest. Beatbox pioneer and early rap standout Doug E. Fresh headlines the Friday night party, and boy band Next Town Down leads a Saturday bill that includes a variety...

Posted: 4 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Saturday: Round Rock Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs at Old Settlers Park. The two-day, family-friendly shindig includes music, games, clowns and a barbecue contest. Beatbox pioneer and early rap standout Doug E. Fresh headlines the Friday night party, and boy band Next Town Down leads a Saturday bill that includes a variety...
ATX Television Festival: Talking race, gender and politics with the ‘Queen Sugar’ cast
 On Saturday, ATX Television Festival hosted a screening and panel discussion about the Oprah Winfrey Network family drama “Queen Sugar.” Set in New Orleans and the fictional small town St. Josephine, the story revolves around the Bordelon family, three estranged siblings who are reunited after the death of their father. In the...

Posted: 6 days ago

On Saturday, ATX Television Festival hosted a screening and panel discussion about the Oprah Winfrey Network family drama “Queen Sugar.” Set in New Orleans and the fictional small town St. Josephine, the story revolves around the Bordelon family, three estranged siblings who are reunited after the death of their father. In the...
‘The Americans’ at ATX Television Festival: Will Paige leave her life of crime?
 FX hit show “The Americans” just wrapped up its sixth and final season this spring. The final big event for the ATX Television Festival on Sunday was a celebration of the spy thriller with series’ actors Keri Russell (Elizabeth Jennings), Matthew Rhys (Phillip Jennings), Noah Emmerich (Stan Beeman), Holly Taylor (Paige Jennings)...

Posted: 6 days ago

FX hit show “The Americans” just wrapped up its sixth and final season this spring. The final big event for the ATX Television Festival on Sunday was a celebration of the spy thriller with series’ actors Keri Russell (Elizabeth Jennings), Matthew Rhys (Phillip Jennings), Noah Emmerich (Stan Beeman), Holly Taylor (Paige Jennings)...
ATX Television Fest: The best drink for ‘Drunk History’ is...
 On Friday, ATX Television Festival audiences were treated to a sneak peak of the new season of Comedy Central’s “Drunk History,” accompanied by an, ahem, spirited conversation with show creator Derek Waters, and actors Jack McBrayer and Steve Berg. Here are a few things we learned about the best intoxicated educational show...

Posted: 6 days ago

On Friday, ATX Television Festival audiences were treated to a sneak peak of the new season of Comedy Central’s “Drunk History,” accompanied by an, ahem, spirited conversation with show creator Derek Waters, and actors Jack McBrayer and Steve Berg. Here are a few things we learned about the best intoxicated educational show...
Tish Hinojosa, Wepa Festival and some big touring acts this week
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday. Tish Hinojosa at One World Theatre. A fixture in Austin’s folk and Latin music scenes during the 1980s and 1990s, Hinojosa recently moved back to Austin after many years overseas. She’ll celebrate a new album, “West,” her first since 2013’s “After the Fair.” James McMurtry, with...

Posted: 10 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS Friday. Tish Hinojosa at One World Theatre. A fixture in Austin’s folk and Latin music scenes during the 1980s and 1990s, Hinojosa recently moved back to Austin after many years overseas. She’ll celebrate a new album, “West,” her first since 2013’s “After the Fair.” James McMurtry, with...
Some customer information compromised in Ticketfly cyber attack
 Online ticketing company Ticketfly was taken offline last week following a cyber attack on the company. 
            On a web page set up by Ticketfly to share information about the attack, the company has confirmed that some user data was compromised.  Ticketfly reports that the compromised data includes names, addresses, emails and...

Posted: 12 days ago

Online ticketing company Ticketfly was taken offline last week following a cyber attack on the company. On a web page set up by Ticketfly to share information about the attack, the company has confirmed that some user data was compromised. Ticketfly reports that the compromised data includes names, addresses, emails and...
Weekend music picks: ZZ Top rocks the ROT Rally, plus Tish Hinojosa, Ray LaMontagne, more
 OUR TOP PICKS Tish Hinojosa (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN) Friday. Tish Hinojosa at One World Theatre. A fixture in Austin’s folk and Latin music scenes during the 1980s and 1990s, Hinojosa recently moved back to Austin after
            many years overseas. She’ll celebrate a new album, “West,” her first...

Posted: 12 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS Tish Hinojosa (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN) Friday. Tish Hinojosa at One World Theatre. A fixture in Austin’s folk and Latin music scenes during the 1980s and 1990s, Hinojosa recently moved back to Austin after many years overseas. She’ll celebrate a new album, “West,” her first...
The top touring shows coming to Austin in June
 Hot tunes for hot months. Here are the top tours coming to Austin in June. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_pRUZxIgdQ&w=640&h=390] June 
            4: Paul Simon at Erwin Center. Is it really the last time? We don’t always trust farewell tours, well-intended as they may be, but Simon, 76, says this
     ...

Posted: 16 days ago

Hot tunes for hot months. Here are the top tours coming to Austin in June. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_pRUZxIgdQ&w=640&h=390] June  4: Paul Simon at Erwin Center. Is it really the last time? We don’t always trust farewell tours, well-intended as they may be, but Simon, 76, says this ...
Cumbia, Bikers, Ice Cream and Babes: Austin has a summer music fest for everyone
 We have four months til 
            Donald Glover, Janelle Monae, Paul McCartney and many more hit the big stages at Zilker Park for our city’s outdoor music behemoth, Austin City Limits Festival, but don’t fret movers
            and groovers, Austin’s festival calendar doesn’t slow down for summer. Whether you&rsquo...

Posted: 17 days ago

We have four months til Donald Glover, Janelle Monae, Paul McCartney and many more hit the big stages at Zilker Park for our city’s outdoor music behemoth, Austin City Limits Festival, but don’t fret movers and groovers, Austin’s festival calendar doesn’t slow down for summer. Whether you&rsquo...
Pocket Fishrmen, more to play benefit for Casino el Camino employees
 It’s been over a month since the best greasy burger dive on Sixth Street, 
            Casino el Camino, shut down following a late night fire . Austin Fire Department photo The club is a favorite watering hole for musicians, and several bands have joined together to play a benefit for the bar’s
            employees who are still...

Posted: 17 days ago

It’s been over a month since the best greasy burger dive on Sixth Street, Casino el Camino, shut down following a late night fire . Austin Fire Department photo The club is a favorite watering hole for musicians, and several bands have joined together to play a benefit for the bar’s employees who are still...
Music this week: Paul Simon farewell tour, record release shows, more
 OUR TOP PICKS Saturday: Joe Ely & Terry Allen at Hogg Auditorium vs. Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore at Antone’s. This is a hard choice, pitting fellow Flatlanders Ely and Gilmore against each other on the same night, and both paired with intriguing partners. Ely and Allen became close compadres in Lubbock decades ago, helping to re-shape...

Posted: 18 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS Saturday: Joe Ely & Terry Allen at Hogg Auditorium vs. Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore at Antone’s. This is a hard choice, pitting fellow Flatlanders Ely and Gilmore against each other on the same night, and both paired with intriguing partners. Ely and Allen became close compadres in Lubbock decades ago, helping to re-shape...