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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...

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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...

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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...
Music giant Live Nation acquires majority stake in Austin’s ScoreMore
 Music industry giant Live Nation has acquired a majority stake in Scoremore Shows, an Austin-based business focused primarily on hip-hop and electronic dance music. Financial terms of the deal weren’t released. In its eight years of existence, Scoremore Shows — which produces the Jmblya music festival locally — has grown...

Posted: 18 days ago

Music industry giant Live Nation has acquired a majority stake in Scoremore Shows, an Austin-based business focused primarily on hip-hop and electronic dance music. Financial terms of the deal weren’t released. In its eight years of existence, Scoremore Shows — which produces the Jmblya music festival locally — has grown...
El estilo de las pachucas sigue con las ‘chulitas’
 “Ser Chingona es como una chica ruda. Alguien que es auténtica, una mujer firme y fuerte… que no pide disculpas por ser ella misma”, dijo Shavone Otero, miembro de Chulita Vinyl Club en Austin. “Es como una mala palabra, pero definitivamente la hemos reconceptualizado”, agregó Madeline Casas, otra...

Posted: 18 days ago

“Ser Chingona es como una chica ruda. Alguien que es auténtica, una mujer firme y fuerte… que no pide disculpas por ser ella misma”, dijo Shavone Otero, miembro de Chulita Vinyl Club en Austin. “Es como una mala palabra, pero definitivamente la hemos reconceptualizado”, agregó Madeline Casas, otra...
This week: Little Steven, Lone Star Jam, Cupcakke, Steely Dan and more
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul at Paramount Theatre. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his long tenure in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, the guitarist born Steven Van Zandt has been known as Little Steven, Miami Steve and, on “The Sopranos,” Silvio. Nowadays he might be most widely...

Posted: 25 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul at Paramount Theatre. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his long tenure in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, the guitarist born Steven Van Zandt has been known as Little Steven, Miami Steve and, on “The Sopranos,” Silvio. Nowadays he might be most widely...
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: 29 days 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: 30 days 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...

5:00 AM Thursday, May. 17, 2018

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...

1:49 PM Wednesday, May. 16, 2018

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...

3:48 PM Tuesday, May. 15, 2018

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...

2:12 PM Tuesday, May. 15, 2018

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...
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