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SXSW List 6
With South by Southwest’s Music Conference just 40 days and nights away, artist announcements now arrive like clockwork. Today’s batch of 156 acts brings the total to an estimated 1,412 and includes ATX electro-pop warriors Ghostland Observatory, hyper-literate folkie Suzanne Vega, and four-time Grammy-winner Pat Benatar and hubby Neil Giraldo.

10:50AM Fri. Feb. 5, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

White Denim 2.0
Late last Friday, James Petralli sat in a local warehouse full of light bulbs, breaking away from a recording session to contemplate an upcoming series of performances in which his band White Denim pops up in tiny clubs throughout Austin every Thursday in February.

9:00AM Thu. Feb. 4, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Alicia Bognanno, Bully!
Bully makes brash grunge-pop, and leading the Nashville quartet is Alicia Bognanno. Fearless go-getter, the singer also acts as lyricist, frontwoman, guitarist, and audio engineer, with a staggering drive that garnered the band a record deal with Columbia Records. Bognanno’s crew elbows into the Parish on Thursday with New York’s Diet Cig.

12:30PM Wed. Feb. 3, Libby Webster Read More | Comment »

Shearwater Revisits 1980
Since album promotion requires musicians to endure multiple interviews at a sitting, slotting in after a prime one remains a tough act to follow. Fortunately, Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg still had plenty to offer on ninth LP and second Sub Pop disc Jet Plane and Oxbow, David Bowie, and the upcoming tour that kicks off Wednesday at the North Door.

11:50AM Tue. Feb. 2, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

Austin Music Census Data Will Remain Private
A drawn-out open records dispute over results from last year’s Austin Music Census has come to a conclusion as Texas’ Attorney General ruled that Titan Music Group, who the city contracted to conduct the survey, isn’t required to turn over the raw data to parties making public information filings.

11:40AM Mon. Feb. 1, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Laughing It Up with Kelly Willis
In 1990, MCA Records released the debut of a little known country singer named Kelly Willis, who’d bounced from Oklahoma to North Carolina and D.C. before graduating high school and moving to Austin with a band. Well Travelled Love charted and thus began a lauded career for the singer, who reunited the LP’s band Radio Ranch for a pair of shows this weekend.

1:45PM Fri. Jan. 29, William Harries Graham Read More | Comment »

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SXSW List No. 5
Yesterday, in a standalone announcement, South by Southwest confirmed the 2016 conference’s first superstar – Iggy Pop. The leathery punk visionary tests out his new band with Queens of the Stone Age leader Josh Homme at the Moody Theater on Wednesday, March 16, promoting upcoming LP Post Pop Depression.

10:10AM Fri. Jan. 29, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Grace Potter Lives to Perform
Change is hard. Grace Potter knows now after disbanding the Nocturnals (b. 2002) to make her first solo album, Midnight. Saturday, the Vermont rocker with a platinum wail debuts her new act at the Moody Theater.

11:00AM Wed. Jan. 27, Alejandra Ramirez Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Keynote 1: Tony Visconti
David Bowie as a South by Southwest Music keynote? Tony Visconti, who produced The Man Who Sold the World and Young Americans, co-produced the Berlin trilogy with Brian Eno, and piloted new Bowie swan song Blackstar into the abyss, could be the next best thing. Plus, since the festival super nova announced plans to have multiple keynotes, maybe Eno’s next.

10:02AM Tue. Jan. 26, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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