Tori Amos, Unexpurgated

May I be frank? Tori Amos said my name out loud at least thrice during this interview, and hearing that from my feminist fairy godmother made me want to vomit rainbows all day long. Preceding Wednesday’s show at the Long Center, the two of us talked about turning 50, feminism, and the music industry. Somehow I survived without openly weeping. Read More | Comment »

La Vie en Rose 11:00AM Thu. Jul. 24, Abby Johnston

Wheezing Spools: Cassettes in Electronic Music – Part II

Cassettes occupy a reclusive distance from the whims of the masses. Since tapes aren’t enslaved by prescribed pop expectations, a history of idiosyncratically edgy music endures. The following music is separated from the popularity contest vomiting forth from dogmatic dance formulae layered amid the babble of social media. Read More | Comment »

All-Notes-Off 12:30PM Wed. Jul. 23, Conor Walker

Take Me Home: Kelley Mickwee

Kelley Mickwee’s You Used to Live Here drops today. After spending years singing as a duo with Jed Zimmerman and finding success with the currently on-hiatus Trishas, Mickwee went back to her personal drawing board, starting from scratch as a solo artist. Read More | Comment »

Next Up! 12:15PM Tue. Jul. 22, William Harries Graham

Bob Log III Q&A

Bob Log III’s best gimmick isn’t his flamboyant getup of sequenced jumpsuits and telephone helmets. Nor is it his extreme showmanship of rafting over the audience in a rubber dinghy and enlisting the breasts of female fans to make “Boob scotch.” Rather, it remains his lightening fast, highly percussive, slide guitar fingerpicking. Read More | Comment »

Playback 3:30PM Mon. Jul. 21, Kevin Curtin

Sacred & Profane: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Shaking the ACL Live at the Moody Theater temple Saturday and Sunday, three-and-a-half hours and 31 gut shots all total, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds alternately caressed and flayed its flock. At the former main event, a sold-out concert prior to the band’s Austin City Limits taping, Cave reached down and rubbed both ears of a man in the front row. Read More | Comment »

Death Valley Nights 1:30PM Mon. Jul. 21, Raoul Hernandez

Vamp of Constant Sorrow? Lana Del Rey

The “saddest, baddest diva in rock” lands on the cover of Rolling Stone hitting stands tomorrow. Lana Del Rey, photographed by Theo Wenner and seductively cuddling a cat, has made headlines lately for her tepid relationship with the press. In a blog teaser to the story, Rolling Stone reveals that Del Rey tried to wiggle out of her cover. Read More | Comment »

La Vie en Rose 2:00PM Thu. Jul. 17, Abby Johnston

Johnny Winter (1944-2014)

Baby bands take note: You don’t want a feature about your act in the Chronicle. Used to be bands simply broke up after landing on our cover (looking at you Ed Hall, playing this Saturday at the North Door). Now, the curse is worse. Two weeks to the day after our Johnny Winter story comes the news that the Beaumont blues great died in Zurich yesterday. Read More | Comment »

Death Valley Nights 1:00PM Thu. Jul. 17, Raoul Hernandez

Wheezing Spools: Cassettes in Electronic Music - Part I

How does a puny plastic cuboid subject to decay and fluttering live up to a stylus on a bible black plane traveling 45 revolutions per minute? No tape revival or aging critic (ahem) with a cassette label can circumvent a doomed format that whorls and whines in a comic fugue. Yet such invalidities define the format’s unique black sheep standing. Read More | Comment »

All-Notes-Off 2:00PM Wed. Jul. 16, Conor Walker

Danzig at Housecore Horror

The Housecore Horror Film Festival remains a place for evil and unique fusions, so it makes perfect sense that the master of horror metal, Glenn Danzig, and metal’s favorite comedian, Brian Posehn, have both been added to the Oct. 23-26 lineup. Read More | Comment »

Off the Record 12:30PM Wed. Jul. 16, Richard Whittaker

Tommy Ramone Goes Gold

Tommy Ramone, the last original member of the Ramones, died from cancer Friday. There’s little doubt that the musical and cultural impact of his band will last as long as Mozart’s. Read More | Comment »

Next Up! 2:00PM Tue. Jul. 15, William Harries Graham

Searching for Austin in the Corners of Wisconsin

Only a fool or someone with good insurance bag checks their instrument while flying. I can’t bear the thought of my mandolin falling off that conveyer belt golf cart onto the tarmac or getting crunched under a set of water skis by a careless baggage handler. Musicians carry on. Read More | Comment »

Playback 12:30PM Tue. Jul. 15, Kevin Curtin

The Last Ramone

The meme spread like a rash across the Internet, telling a tale more powerful than any news report: The cover of the Ramones’ eponymous, 1976 debut – wherein Roberta Bayley’s photo introduced the world to the de facto blueprint punk band – stripped of all four members. Read More | Comment »

Napalm Heart 5:00PM Mon. Jul. 14, Tim Stegall

Happy Bastille Day?

Four years ago, I was having my first, best, and worst Bastille Day. When I booked my return flight out of Paris, I was looking for deals. I’d spent a semester writing about French music in Lyon, and between concerts and a rapidly-developing affinity for wine, my funds were dropping at alarming rates. Read More | Comment »

La Vie en Rose 2:00PM Mon. Jul. 14, Abby Johnston

Wish List: Kiss & Def Leppard

I wish I was in Def Leppard. I also wish I wasn’t caught up in the useless pontificating that causes people to look down their nose at a Def Leppard and Kiss double bill at a racetrack – the one Saturday night at the Circuit of the Americas. Read More | Comment »

Heretic Pride 1:00PM Mon. Jul. 14, Luke Winkie

Kevin Gates: By Any Means Necessary

Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates returns to the Scoot Inn Wednesday, four months after his second South By Southwest showcase and with a new mixtape, March’s By Any Means. The 55-minute collection blends the rawness of a streetwise rapper with the dexterity of one who earned a masters in psychology during his four months in prison. Read More | Comment »

Shuffle 3:30PM Fri. Jul. 11, Nina Hernandez

July Is Crime Month: Raymond Chandler’s 'The Long Goodbye'

Sometime during the Seventies, a decade that took me from 5 to 15, a neighbor who spent a significant portion of his career in Naval intelligence hunting our native Bay Area’s Zodiac because his employers feared the killer’s ciphers made him one of theirs, gave me a worn paperback of Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye. My mind still reels. Read More | Comment »

Death Valley Nights 11:30AM Fri. Jul. 11, Raoul Hernandez

Matt Harlan's Highway Anthem

Matt Harlan recently released his third album, Raven Hotel, on Houston Americana micro-label Berkalin Records. Recorded locally at Ace Recording and produced by Rich Brotherton, with appearances from Austin figures like Bukka Allen, Jon Greene, and bassist Glenn Fukanaga, it’s shot to No. 1 on the EuroAmericanaChart in just two weeks. Read More | Comment »

Next Up! 10:12AM Fri. Jul. 11, William Harries Graham

Demdike Stare

Continuing a survey of electronic and experimental sound design that occupies the space between compositional reclusiveness and music for the dance floor, this third installment of All Notes Off crosses the pond once again. This time zeroing in on Manchester’s Modern Love imprint to dissect Demdike Stare’s ongoing Testpressing series. Read More | Comment »

All-Notes-Off 5:15PM Wed. Jul. 9, Conor Walker

Best of 2014 (So Far)

It’s been a surprisingly good year for my kind of music. I always complain about how much bad music there is out there. Then, I never have enough room to fit all the tracks I want on an 80-minute CD every six months. Read More | Comment »

Geezerville 2:00PM Tue. Jul. 8, Jim Caligiuri

Fun Fun Fun Fest Sidesteps Cancellations

“We’re pretty confident they’ll show,” said Fun Fun Fun Fest booker Graham Williams in May when I asked him about landing notorious no-shows Death Grips, whose set at the 2013 fall festival was cancelled abruptly when they discontinued all live appearances that year. The gruff hip-hop experimenters performed successfully at FFF in 2011. Read More | Comment »

Playback 12:30PM Tue. Jul. 8, Kevin Curtin

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