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Kanye West: Rock Star
“Rap is the new rock & roll. We the new rock stars, and I’m the biggest of all of them. I’m the No. 1 rock star on the planet,” claimed Kanye West during a 2013 interview with the BBC’s Zane Lowe. Many loaded discussions can be found in those three sentences. But, is Kanye right? Is he, in fact, the world’s greatest rock star? And if he is, what does it signify?

12:15PM Tue. Jul. 7, Kahron Spearman Read More | Comment »

The Roost Seeks Investors
Novel idea: Putting a first-class music venue in entertainment-deprived North Austin. Result: After 18 months in business, the Roost has fallen on desperate times.

10:35AM Mon. Jul. 6, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Summer Blockbuster Film Playlist
Music defines movies, controling our emotions scene to scene, and moving us from laughter to tears. The perfect soundtrack enhances the cinematic experience. For the growing legion of Spotify users, here’s a playlist from this summer’s blockbuster flicks.

12:30PM Wed. Jul. 1, William Harries Graham Read More | Comment »

The Graceful Dead
When word of the Grateful Dead began oozing out of San Francisco in 1966, they were as much a religious calling as a rock & roll combo. In Texas, that slot of high-octane psychedelic music had already been filled by our beloved 13th Floor Elevators, but something about the Dead was undeniable.

11:47AM Tue. Jun. 30, Bill Bentley Read More | Comment »

Walker Lukens Bakes NYC
Listeners of Walker Lukens’ 2013 debut Devoted may have pegged the Austinite as a solemn singer-songwriter in search of earnest emotional connections. He demonstrated his true colors as a loop-inducing pop experimenter on this year’s wily doo-wop/indie rock single “Every Night,” produced by Spoon drummer Jim Eno.

11:35AM Mon. Jun. 29, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Fashion Camp
Turning heads, shaking hips, and living up to the name of their 2010 single, “Amazing,” quality queer duo Hi Fashion – aka Jen DM and Rick Gradone – is one part talent, one part camp, and a whole lot of electro-pop to keep fans dancing all night long.

9:00AM Fri. Jun. 26, Sarah Marloff Read More | Comment »

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The Inevitability of Dawes
Los Angeles’ Goldsmith brothers, Taylor and Griffin, lead indie folk-pop quartet Dawes, performing tonight at Stubb’s. The group, which released its fourth studio LP All Your Favorite Bands earlier this month, is known for raw and real live sets. Frontman Taylor Goldsmith took time out to chat by phone from a tour stopover in Houston.

11:00AM Thu. Jun. 25, William Harries Graham Read More | Comment »

Riders Against the Storm Year
Shakey Graves’ Blues on the Green concert tonight was postponed until Aug. 22, and with it an opening set by local hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm – husband and wife team Chaka and Qi Dada. This week also brought news of femcee Jean Grae headlining the two-time Austin Music Awards Band of the Year’s second annual RAS Day Aug. 29 at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard.

4:00PM Wed. Jun. 24, Kahron Spearman Read More | Comment »

Cheer Ups Cheerless Over Development
On Monday morning, Cheer Up Charlie’s owner Tamara Hoover watched as a landscaper dug up plants on her bar’s back patio and loaded them into a van.

9:45AM Wed. Jun. 24, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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