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Frank Ocean Goes Blonde
Frank Ocean left fans in limbo for four long years after his masterful 2012 release Channel Orange. The road to the Long Beach singer’s follow-up was reportedly littered with missed deadlines and broken promises, causing a chorus of finger drumming. Would one of pop’s most important voices ever return?

11:50AM Fri. Aug. 26, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

Sun Ra Commander Marshall Allen
Marshall Allen is 92 years young and remains as sharp as the notes that explode from his alto saxophone. The Kentucky native joined the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra in 1958 and has been steering the ship ever since his mentor (and the band’s namesake) died in 1993. Sun Ra, of course, remains one of the most innovative and enigmatic artists who ever lived.

1:00PM Wed. Aug. 24, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

Name Sayers Gets Randy With the New Moon
Standing in the summer sun, Devin James Fry contemplates the cycle of the moon – particularly its first stage, when our celestial tagalong disappears from view, its illuminated side facing away from Earth.

11:57AM Mon. Aug. 22, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Scientists Revisited on A Place Called Bad
Credited/blamed for grunge, Australia’s intrepid Scientists made an impact on alt-rock disproportionate to their reach. Reviled at home, the quartet’s albums rarely reached the colonies. Happily, the 4-CD A Place Called Bad makes a case for the band by including most of their studio recordings and all of the negative energy that made them iconoclastic.

11:45AM Fri. Aug. 19, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Being Alice Cooper
“Actually, it’s pronounced ‘Mill-e-wah-que.’” Like the two starry-eyed protagonists of 1992 comedy Wayne’s World, I felt wholly unworthy to speak to Vincent Furnier – better known as shock rock pioneer Alice Cooper, 68 – ahead of his return to the Moody Theater on Sunday.

12:00PM Wed. Aug. 17, Bryan Rolli Read More | Comment »

Metal’s Beach Boys: Def Leppard
Given a 10-day forecast of rain, the weatherman predicts a brief respite Friday and Saturday – the former just in time for Def Leppard’s return to Circuit of the Americas. Enjoying a brief respite before kicking off the next leg of their North American tour, 58-year-old axeman Phil Collen took time to chat about integrity, longevity, and hating hair metal.

2:00PM Tue. Aug. 16, Bryan Rolli Read More | Comment »

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Los Coast Simplifies
Over the church choir funk of Los Coast’s latest single, “Simplify,” Trey Privott sparks a spiritually electrifying refrain: “I only look to the sky! I only look to the sky!" For the 26-year-old Georgia transplant, whose prodigious pipes echo the grainy greatness of Southern power hitters John Fogerty and Wilson Pickett, that sky’s the limit.

10:00AM Mon. Aug. 15, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Casual Strangers Administer Turing Test
Can a robot act so human that we can’t tell it’s a machine? That’s the premise for the Turing Test, an experiment developed by Alan Turing in 1950 that evaluated artificial intelligence on the basis of whether a computer can offer such realistic responses to questions that the administrator can’t distinguish whether the subject is man or machine.

1:45PM Mon. Aug. 8, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Dixie Chicks Remain Red, White & True
Of course the Dixie Chicks launched their first U.S. tour in a decade during an election year. Halfway through a nearly two-hour set Sunday night at Circuit of the Americas, the screen behind the trio lit up with images of 2016 candidates. Slowly evolving into bipartisan mocking, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were soon wearing clown noses and wigs.

12:45PM Mon. Aug. 8, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

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