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The Blacker the Face

Not to make this tinder for some sociological or music debate, but I’m going to light a match anyway, just in case, and put on my “hater” cap. Sunday, Iggy Azalea won an American Music Award for “favorite” hip-hop album over Drake’s Nothing Was the Same and Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2. How is this possible? Read More | Comment »

Ill Communication 3:00PM Tue. Nov. 25, Kahron Spearman

First Listen: Mrs. Glass “When the Levee Breaks”

Live music generally proves scarce on Thanksgiving Day. Check our music listings Wednesday, when the Chronicle comes out a day early thanks to the holiday. Just like every Thursday night, however, you can find Mrs. Glass vibrating strings and sipping whiskey at the Blackheart. Read More | Comment »

Playback 1:30PM Mon. Nov. 24, Kevin Curtin

Rodeo Austin Re-Enlists Dwight Yoakam

Best music I saw during South by Southwest this year? Dwight Yoakam at Rodeo Austin. Work hell meant yours truly took in exactly two acts at the festival, for which my antidote has become spending the last Sunday of SXSW at the Travis County Expo Center. My wife and I hosted The New York Times and Rolling Stone for Yoakam – returning to that same Sunday in 2015. Read More | Comment »

Death Valley Nights 11:30AM Mon. Nov. 24, Raoul Hernandez

The Universal: Mary Gauthier

Mary Gauthier knows that her seventh album, Trouble & Love, is a difficult listen. It’s raw and intense, staring down the debris of heartbreak without pretense. Yet the new disc never dips into the maudlin or self-pitying, instead unfolding an unvarnished exploration of hurt and healing that ranks it among the truly great breakup LPs of all time. Read More | Comment »

Southside of the Tracks 4:20PM Fri. Nov. 21, Doug Freeman

Sonic Highwayman Dave Grohl

Foo Fighters tape their second Austin City Limits appearance tonight at ACL Live at the Moody Theater on the heels of a journey down Austin’s Sonic Highways. Dave Grohl called the Chronicle earlier this month to discuss the local segment of his HBO series and fielded questions about Nirvana’s Texas shows in 1991. Read More | Comment »

Playback 10:00AM Thu. Nov. 20, Kevin Curtin

Vladislav Delay’s Visa

Visa took shape after Vladislav Delay’s 2014 U.S. tour was cancelled due to visa issues. The inane bureaucracy of it all inspired Susa Ripatti’s return to ambient music, following a decade spent glitching across a fragmented ether. The Finish experimentalist shepherded minimal dub-techno with decisive records on Chain Reaction and Mille Plateau. Read More | Comment »

All-Notes-Off 2:25PM Wed. Nov. 19, Conor Walker

S-L-A-Y-E-R Siege

Oakland Raiders receiver Fred Biletnikoff had flypaper hands, jack rabbit moves, and elusive grace over the middle. Slayer is none of these things, but when Kerry King approached the drum riser to commune with Paul Bostaph and revealed the football Hall of Famer’s name on the back of his jersey, the unholy tie between brute sport and thrash metal roared. Read More | Comment »

Death Valley Nights 11:11AM Wed. Nov. 19, Raoul Hernandez

Big K.R.I.T. Cruises Cadillactica

Breaking through while maintaining your essence remains the most difficult task in hip-hop. When your major label debut (Live from the Underground) isn’t the critical or commercial success anticipated, an automatic hedging into commercialism generally follows. Mississippi MC Big K.R.I.T. bucks the trend on follow-up Cadillactica. Read More | Comment »

Ill Communication 11:30AM Tue. Nov. 18, Kahron Spearman

SXSW Music: Second List

South by Southwest now stands less than 120 days away, so expect the announcements to roll out on a regular basis from here on in. This morning, the Music festival offered a second batch of showcasing acts – 243 to be exact. Combined with last month’s initial reveal, that pushes the total number of confirmations over 400 for the March 17-22 mania. Read More | Comment »

Check Yo' Self 10:00AM Tue. Nov. 18, Chase Hoffberger

A new look at some fest highlights
 

Fun Fun Fun GIFs

We have another 12 months to wait until the next Fun Fun Fun Fest, but moments of the Nov. 7-9 underground music blowout remain in motion through some sprightly GIFs assembled by our photographer Shelley Hiam. Read More | Comment »

Playback 1:30PM Mon. Nov. 17, Kevin Curtin

Stephen King Revival

You’ve got one opportunity only, because there are some 449 others getting Revival signed too, which happens in just under 90 minutes on the third floor of BookPeople. Most have something prepared – a short, fast burst, or a single point (hopefully) of intersect. Others just nod and smile, and utter nothing at all. What would you say to Stephen King? Read More | Comment »

Death Valley Nights 11:47AM Mon. Nov. 17, Raoul Hernandez

Chrissie Hynde Q&A

Instead of fading into the abyss like some Eighties rockers who fronted blockbuster acts, Chrissie Hynde finds her name on the marquee for the first time. With June’s pop-infused Stockholm, the Akron native and longtime Englander finally owned what she’s been accused of being for decades – a solo act. ACL Live at the Moody Theater hosts her Wednesday. Read More | Comment »

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom 9:00AM Thu. Nov. 13, Nina Hernandez

Ryan Bingham Packs Holy Mountain

“I don’t have much of a plan,” admitted Ryan Bingham a song into his early solo set at Holy Mountain Tuesday night. “I was just going to come up here and play some songs.” Read More | Comment »

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom 2:15PM Wed. Nov. 12, Nina Hernandez

Jello Biafra Raves

Days after mocking Rick Perry with his Dead Kennedys’ standard “Kill the Poor” at Fun Fun Fun Fest, Jello Biafra puts on two very different performances today in Austin. Neither fronting Guatanamo School of Medicine, nor indulging his trademark spoken-word, the singer instead visits vinyl-and-stereo emporium Sound Gallery, then spins at Lost Well. Read More | Comment »

Napalm Heart 1:00PM Wed. Nov. 12, Tim Stegall

The Merle, Marty & Willie Party

The hottest movement in country music has been dubbed bro-country, a testosterone-fueled brand of pop mostly built on trucks, girls in tight shorts, and drinking. Last night’s show at the Moody Theater starred a different brotherhood and brand of country music that’s both traditional and feisty. An appearance by Willie Nelson made it even more special. Read More | Comment »

Geezerville 11:55AM Wed. Nov. 12, Jim Caligiuri

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Wiz Khalifa

Slinking onstage fashionably late, Wiz Khalifa delivered highlights from August’s Blacc Hollywood to a comfortably numb crowd at the Blue stage Sunday night. The MC’s now infamous purple dreads peeked out from underneath his cap as he spun “Hope.” Looking down at the front row, he complimented them on the scent of their weed. Read More | Comment »

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom 11:19AM Mon. Nov. 10, Nina Hernandez

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Neutral Milk Hotel

On Fun Fun Fun Fest’s third and final night, as nighttime temperatures plummeted, Neutral Milk Hotel appeared out of the midst of its own reclusiveness. Read More | Comment »

Earphoria 11:04AM Mon. Nov. 10, Neph Basedow

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Flying Lotus

Steven Ellison’s Flying Lotus project has reached cruising altitude. With 2008 breakout Los Angeles and legacy-securing Cosmogramma now firmly in the rearview mirror, he’s embracing artist maturation by releasing a series of well-received albums in a row, including the newly acclaimed You’re Dead. Read More | Comment »

Heretic Pride 10:47AM Mon. Nov. 10, Luke Winkie

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Rocket From the Crypt

“In our day, we knew how to do festivals,” teased John Reis, reviving his guise as Speedo, leader of reborn San Diego garage-punk kings Rocket From the Crypt. “We had big foam hats, love beads, and bell-bottom pants. Good to see you kids take it to the next level.” Read More | Comment »

Napalm Heart 10:31AM Mon. Nov. 10, Tim Stegall

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Yo La Tengo

Possessed of a catalog as extensive and eclectic as Yo La Tengo’s is, and with the New Jersey trio ever willing to plumb those depths, it’s never certain which form of the band will emerge at any given show. Leading with a wave of distortion and opening on “Big Day Coming,” it quickly became clear YLT came to jam. Read More | Comment »

Southside of the Tracks 10:15AM Mon. Nov. 10, Doug Freeman

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