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City staff, Austin Music Commission recommend later curfews for Red River Cultural District
 City officials say a year-long pilot program that extended curfews for five outdoor music venues in the Red River Cultural
            District resulted in more money for bars, their staffs and local musicians while having no significant impact on nearby neighborhoods.
            As the program comes to its conclusion, city staff and the...

Posted: 17 days ago

City officials say a year-long pilot program that extended curfews for five outdoor music venues in the Red River Cultural District resulted in more money for bars, their staffs and local musicians while having no significant impact on nearby neighborhoods. As the program comes to its conclusion, city staff and the...
Weekend music picks: Blasts of brass from HonkTX! and the Dirty Dozen
 OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoLSblkOecQ&w=640&h=390] Friday-Saturday: HonkTx! Street Band Festival. The scrappy D.I.Y. event brings together two dozen street bands from across the country and around the world. This year’s
            acts include Banda Rim Bam Bum from Santiago, Chile; the Legion...

Posted: 17 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoLSblkOecQ&w=640&h=390] Friday-Saturday: HonkTx! Street Band Festival. The scrappy D.I.Y. event brings together two dozen street bands from across the country and around the world. This year’s acts include Banda Rim Bam Bum from Santiago, Chile; the Legion...
Music Commission wants to add $15 million to November bond election to create a music hub
 At their monthly meeting on Monday, members of the Austin Music Commission, a citizen-led group that advises City Council,
            passed a recommendation asking for $15 million for the creation of a music “hub” in the upcoming November bond election. A guitar in the Gibson showroom captures Austin’s spirit as the Live...

Posted: 17 days ago

At their monthly meeting on Monday, members of the Austin Music Commission, a citizen-led group that advises City Council, passed a recommendation asking for $15 million for the creation of a music “hub” in the upcoming November bond election. A guitar in the Gibson showroom captures Austin’s spirit as the Live...
Counting Crows ’25 Years and Counting’ tour coming to Austin this summer
 Adam Duritz and his band of Cali rockers, the Counting Crows. celebrate 25 years of making music with a nationwide tour this
            summer. Counting Crows performs at ACL Live at the Moody Theater. (Suzanne Cordeiro/American-Statesman) The show hits Austin on July 21 with a stop at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Special guest Live will...

Posted: 18 days ago

Adam Duritz and his band of Cali rockers, the Counting Crows. celebrate 25 years of making music with a nationwide tour this summer. Counting Crows performs at ACL Live at the Moody Theater. (Suzanne Cordeiro/American-Statesman) The show hits Austin on July 21 with a stop at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Special guest Live will...
The top 8 touring shows coming to Austin in April (that aren’t sold out)
 Spring has sprung, and touring season is upon us. The bad news: many hot tours coming this month, including the Dixie Chicks,
            Miguel, Jake Bugg and Tank and the Bangas are already sold out. If you snoozed on buying tickets, you’ll be stuck scouring
            the secondary market. But if you act fast, tickets are still...

Posted: 18 days ago

Spring has sprung, and touring season is upon us. The bad news: many hot tours coming this month, including the Dixie Chicks, Miguel, Jake Bugg and Tank and the Bangas are already sold out. If you snoozed on buying tickets, you’ll be stuck scouring the secondary market. But if you act fast, tickets are still...
Dierks Bentley to play Austin this fall
 Country artist Dierks Bentley announced the dates for his 2018 Mountain High Tour on Friday and the roster includes a stop
            at the Austin360 Amphitheater on September 20. Support artists for the tour are Brothers Osborne and Lanco. Singer Dierks Bentley performs onstage during the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival, A Music Experience...

Posted: 21 days ago

Country artist Dierks Bentley announced the dates for his 2018 Mountain High Tour on Friday and the roster includes a stop at the Austin360 Amphitheater on September 20. Support artists for the tour are Brothers Osborne and Lanco. Singer Dierks Bentley performs onstage during the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival, A Music Experience...
Get ready for Urban Music Festival and more this week
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Saturday: Urban Music Festival at Auditorium Shores. Now in its 13th year, the two-day celebration of gospel, jazz, R&B and soul is a family-friendly alternative to the party atmosphere downtown during Texas Relays Weekend. Friday’s bill is headlined by the “Funky Divas” of ’90s R&B, En Vogue,...

Posted: 22 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Saturday: Urban Music Festival at Auditorium Shores. Now in its 13th year, the two-day celebration of gospel, jazz, R&B and soul is a family-friendly alternative to the party atmosphere downtown during Texas Relays Weekend. Friday’s bill is headlined by the “Funky Divas” of ’90s R&B, En Vogue,...
Sarah Jarosz’ bluegrass supergroup I’m With Her plays NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert
 I’m With Her is a new indie folk supergroup that combines the talents of  Wimberley native Sarah Jarosz, Nickel Creek’s Sara
            Watkins  and Aoife O’Donovan of Crooked Still. They stopped by National Public Radio’s headquarters to record a Tiny Desk Concert recently.  It was thoroughly...

Posted: 23 days ago

I’m With Her is a new indie folk supergroup that combines the talents of  Wimberley native Sarah Jarosz, Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins  and Aoife O’Donovan of Crooked Still. They stopped by National Public Radio’s headquarters to record a Tiny Desk Concert recently.  It was thoroughly...
Weekend music picks: Urban Music Fest brings funky divas, old school soul
 OUR TOP PICKS En Vogue performs at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park on July 22, 2016. Photo by Robert Hein/For the American-Statesman
               Photo by Robert Hein/For the American-Statesman Friday-Saturday: Urban Music Festival at Auditorium Shores. Now in its 13th year, the two-day celebration of gospel, jazz, R&B and soul...

Posted: 24 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS En Vogue performs at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park on July 22, 2016. Photo by Robert Hein/For the American-Statesman Photo by Robert Hein/For the American-Statesman Friday-Saturday: Urban Music Festival at Auditorium Shores. Now in its 13th year, the two-day celebration of gospel, jazz, R&B and soul...
Chris Brown tour with 6lack, H.E.R. coming to Austin this summer
 On Tuesday, R&B singer Chris Brown announced his “Heartbreak on a Full Moon Tour” supporting his 2017 album of the same
            name. Chris Brown performs at Drai’s Beachclub – Nightclub at the Cromwell Las Vegas in 2016. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images
               for Drai’s Beachclub-Nightclub)...

Posted: 24 days ago

On Tuesday, R&B singer Chris Brown announced his “Heartbreak on a Full Moon Tour” supporting his 2017 album of the same name. Chris Brown performs at Drai’s Beachclub – Nightclub at the Cromwell Las Vegas in 2016. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Drai’s Beachclub-Nightclub)...
Who will play ACL Fest 2018? Eminem? The Weeknd? Beyoncé???
 The lineup for 
            Austin City Limits Festival generally doesn’t come out until early May, but now that lineups for the big three spring/summer festivals, 
            Coachella, 
            Bonnaroo and 
            Lollapalooza have been released, we can begin making educated guesses about who might show up in Zilker...

Posted: 25 days ago

The lineup for Austin City Limits Festival generally doesn’t come out until early May, but now that lineups for the big three spring/summer festivals, Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza have been released, we can begin making educated guesses about who might show up in Zilker...
2018 Black Fret nominees include A Giant Dog, Tomar and the FCs, Trouble in the Streets
 Black Fret, the local nonprofit that applies the patronage model that has sustained classic music for centuries to popular
            music forms, announced the 2018 class of  grant nominees at a party during the South by Southwest Music Festival. Sabrina Ellis of A Giant Dog performs at the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Vic Mathias Shores...

Posted: 30 days ago

Black Fret, the local nonprofit that applies the patronage model that has sustained classic music for centuries to popular music forms, announced the 2018 class of  grant nominees at a party during the South by Southwest Music Festival. Sabrina Ellis of A Giant Dog performs at the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Vic Mathias Shores...
Weekend music picks: Free family fun at Mueller, Joe Ely, Los Pinkys more
 South by Southwest might be over, but the music in Austin doesn’t stop. Here are our picks for the weekend of March 23-25. OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt_w1YrPm2g&w=640&h=390] Friday: Joe Ely, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub. Ely has popped up around town for special appearances in recent weeks, accepting...

1:23 PM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

South by Southwest might be over, but the music in Austin doesn’t stop. Here are our picks for the weekend of March 23-25. OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt_w1YrPm2g&w=640&h=390] Friday: Joe Ely, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub. Ely has popped up around town for special appearances in recent weeks, accepting...
Courtney Barnett adds Austin date to her North American tour
 On Tuesday, Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett announced the fall leg of her North American tour and the roster
            of new dates includes an October 27 stop in Austin at Stubb’s BBQ. Courtney Barnett performing at ACL Live on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman INTERVIEW: 
       ...

12:25 AM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

On Tuesday, Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett announced the fall leg of her North American tour and the roster of new dates includes an October 27 stop in Austin at Stubb’s BBQ. Courtney Barnett performing at ACL Live on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman INTERVIEW: ...
Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson bring ‘Twins of Evil’ tour to Austin
 Oh, it’s evil you want? Say no more. Gore-core metal acts Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson hit the road this summer for ‘Twins
            of Evil,’ a co-headlining summer tour. Marilyn Manson performs at Ozzfest 2016. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) The show comes to the Austin360 Amphitheater on August 17. Tickets run $29...

11:40 AM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

Oh, it’s evil you want? Say no more. Gore-core metal acts Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson hit the road this summer for ‘Twins of Evil,’ a co-headlining summer tour. Marilyn Manson performs at Ozzfest 2016. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) The show comes to the Austin360 Amphitheater on August 17. Tickets run $29...
Rainey Street live music venue, the Blackheart closing in April
 The Blackheart, one of the few venues in the Rainey Street district that regularly programs live music, will shutter at the
            end of April after failing to secure a lease renewal on their property. English rock band Temples performs at The Blackheart as part of SXSW 2017. (Tamir Kalifa/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN) The bar, which has been...

11:20 AM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

The Blackheart, one of the few venues in the Rainey Street district that regularly programs live music, will shutter at the end of April after failing to secure a lease renewal on their property. English rock band Temples performs at The Blackheart as part of SXSW 2017. (Tamir Kalifa/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN) The bar, which has been...
G-Eazy to play Austin with Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign in August
 Rapper G-Eazy announced plans for his new tour on Tuesday and the outing includes an August 9 stop at the Austin360 Amphitheater. G-Eazy performs at the Austin Music Hall in 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Along on the ride for this tour are Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, YBN Nahmir, P-Lo and Murda Beats. Tickets run from $35-$99...

10:54 AM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

Rapper G-Eazy announced plans for his new tour on Tuesday and the outing includes an August 9 stop at the Austin360 Amphitheater. G-Eazy performs at the Austin Music Hall in 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Along on the ride for this tour are Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, YBN Nahmir, P-Lo and Murda Beats. Tickets run from $35-$99...
SXSW Sound Style: South Korean street style from Cifika
 South Korean artist Cifika performed in Austin at the South by Southwest Korea spotlight on March 16. She’s been making waves
            in her home country, but she’s no manufactured K-Pop princess cranking out radio-ready pop songs. Instead she crafts moody
            compositions that layer haunting melodies over ominous...

5:39 PM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

South Korean artist Cifika performed in Austin at the South by Southwest Korea spotlight on March 16. She’s been making waves in her home country, but she’s no manufactured K-Pop princess cranking out radio-ready pop songs. Instead she crafts moody compositions that layer haunting melodies over ominous...
SXSW 2018: Unlikely heartthrob Cuco spins sunny psych pop daydreams
 Fresh out of high school, 19-year-old singer and trumpet player Cuco seems like an unlikely choice for this season’s heartthrob.
            He has a mop of unkempt curls, glasses and a low-key demeanor that says band nerd more than playa. Cuco performs at The Mohawk at SXSW on Friday March 16, 2018. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN...

1:46 PM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

Fresh out of high school, 19-year-old singer and trumpet player Cuco seems like an unlikely choice for this season’s heartthrob. He has a mop of unkempt curls, glasses and a low-key demeanor that says band nerd more than playa. Cuco performs at The Mohawk at SXSW on Friday March 16, 2018. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN...
SXSW 2018: Jay Park’s K-Pop to hip-hop crossover is going to be massive
 The Parish wasn’t at capacity for Jay Park’s 10:15 p.m. set at the Parish Friday night, but the club felt full, especially
            up by the stage where a flock of predominantly female fans crowded in, phones at the ready. They screamed madly every time
            they caught a glimpse of the 30-year-old former K-Pop star...

12:34 AM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

The Parish wasn’t at capacity for Jay Park’s 10:15 p.m. set at the Parish Friday night, but the club felt full, especially up by the stage where a flock of predominantly female fans crowded in, phones at the ready. They screamed madly every time they caught a glimpse of the 30-year-old former K-Pop star...
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