Live Nation Acquires Controlling Stake in C3 Presents

Austin’s biggest rumor is now the music industry’s breaking news. Word broke this afternoon that C3 Presents, the local concert promotions giant responsible for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, and other festivals – as well as a swath of local shows – has sold its majority share to concert monolith Live Nation Entertainment. Read More | Comment »

Check Yo' Self 5:05PM Fri. Dec. 19, Chase Hoffberger

I Hate Christmas

I’m on the phone with my father, Jon Dee Graham, while he’s hesitantly driving through snow on his way from Illinois to Kansas. Waiting for his return at this time of year is typical of my family. Although the lives of traveling musicians take a toll on their families at the holidays, my dad always makes it home for Christmas. Read More | Comment »

Next Up! 3:47PM Fri. Dec. 19, William Harries Graham

Santa Is Real: Seasonal Platters

Instead of recording whole Christmas albums, many artists now release a song digitally and offer it as a free download – like Austin’s Erin Ivey. On the other hand, the Largehearted Boy blog offers legal downloads daily, and there’s ample holiday mp3s. Even so, plenty of Xmas discs abound this year, so let’s jingle some bells. Read More | Comment »

Geezerville 2:30PM Thu. Dec. 18, Jim Caligiuri

J. Cole Cares

Poignancy remains the occasional frenemy of rap, setting a thin but rigid boundary between affecting and corny. Gifted North Carolina rapper and chart-topper J. Cole toes that fine line on his new high-wire act, third studio disc 2014 Forest Hills Drive, with Philippe Petit’s precision. Read More | Comment »

Ill Communication 3:00PM Wed. Dec. 17, Kahron Spearman

Shivery Shakes “Remember When”

Life’s fleeting, so value the moments. That’s the premise of “Remember When,” my favorite song amongst the 10 sunburned tracks on local quartet Shivery Shakes’ new LP, Three Waves & A Shake. Read More | Comment »

Playback 3:30PM Mon. Dec. 15, Kevin Curtin

Centro-Matic Packs It In

When Centro-matic formed in Denton in 1996, bandleader Will Johnson didn’t give the band much prognosis for success. Yet nearly two decades and 11 studio LPs later, the original quartet of Johnson, Matt Pence, Scott Danbom, and Mark Hedman brings the group to an end on Dec. 18 with a sold-out show at the Parish having become a cornerstone of Texas indie rock. Read More | Comment »

Southside of the Tracks 4:20PM Fri. Dec. 12, Doug Freeman

Grace Park & the Deer’s Indomitable Spirit

The Deer celebrates it sophomore album this week. On the Essence of the Indomitable Spirit no doubt had something to do with KUTX making the locals its December band of the month. Singer Grace Park says theirs is a work about becoming invincible after loss. Read More | Comment »

Next Up! 3:00PM Fri. Dec. 12, William Harries Graham

10 Minutes with David Bromberg

In the Seventies, I lived in New York and the artist I saw perform more than any other was David Bromberg at such legendary and now defunct venues as the Bottom Line and My Father’s Place. Back then, he’d have a large band with horns, fiddles, and all kinds of stringed instruments. They played American folk music, some of it loud as hell. Read More | Comment »

Geezerville 11:59AM Thu. Dec. 11, Jim Caligiuri

Wu-Tang Clan: A Better Tomorrow

Being an admirer of Staten Island rap collective Wu-Tang Clan feels analogous to the constant rekindling of a relationship. Friends remind you that your time together has long passed expiration, but you fall back into it anyway. Of course, it doesn’t work. Really, what did you expect? Welcome to A Better Tomorrow. Read More | Comment »

Ill Communication 4:20PM Wed. Dec. 10, Kahron Spearman

Ian McLagan 1945-2014

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame keyboardist and 20-year Austin resident Ian McLagan suffered a stroke on Monday and was admitted to Brackenridge Hospital on Tuesday, where he died Wednesday at 2:39pm according to those who worked with him. Read More | Comment »

Death Valley Nights 3:17PM Wed. Dec. 3, Raoul Hernandez

Weezer Blisses Out the Austin Music Hall

Weezer’s emotional sophomore disc, 1996’s Pinkerton, embarrassed author Rivers Cuomo as a perfect vignette of his tortured sabbatical at Harvard. In 2001, The Green Album then traded “Tired of Sex” for “Island in the Sun.” Twenty years after its debut, on Tuesday night at a sold-out Austin Music Hall, none of the L.A. quartet’s catalog was off-limits. Read More | Comment »

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom 1:30PM Wed. Dec. 3, Nina Hernandez

Levitation Uncorks 2015 Lineup

Three-dozen acts offloaded from the Levitation mothership just now, the re-branded Austin Psych Fest. While South by Southwest has revealed 400 names for March madness, and last week Rodeo Austin shot out of the gate with its lineup, Levitation now kicks in with a hefty dose of its May 8-10, 2015, freak flag at the idyllic Carson Creek Ranch once again. Read More | Comment »

Playback 11:13AM Wed. Dec. 3, Kevin Curtin & Raoul Hernandez

Fight the Power

Driving Downtown to the Mike Brown rally last week gave me the urge to match the overwhelming feelings. My iTunes library spit out Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, the Coup, X-Clan, and more. However, I wanted to hear my voice, which was nowhere to be found. I suddenly became very frustrated, satiating myself with a fallback: Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power.” Read More | Comment »

Ill Communication 4:20PM Mon. Dec. 1, Kahron Spearman

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

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