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Miraculous Sound: Jamie Wellwarth

Beloved local sound engineer Jamie Wellwarth, a regular at the soundboards for Nomad and the Continental Club, went in for surgery yesterday at Seton Hospital. A father of three young children, he’s also sticking close to his wife, who’s expecting a new baby any moment now. Read More | Comment »

Next Up! 2:00PM Fri. Jan. 30, William Harries Graham

SXSW Music: List No. 5

We’ve been poring over the growing list of showcase announcements now arriving weekly from SXSW Music, combing through intriguing unknowns, international curiosities, and veteran favorites playing the conference March 17-22. Today, that talent pool deepens with another 111 artists. Read More | Comment »

Playback 12:57PM Fri. Jan. 30, Kevin Curtin

Mardi Gras 2015: Wendy Colonna to Home and Back, Pt.1

There's a certain quality, one of them-thar je ne sais quois in Wendy Colonna's voice that sends writers skittering around to come up with unique ways to describe it. Margaret Moser already stamped it "smoky" and "alluring." Words like "soul" and "grit" and "honey" and "stomp" and "swamp" have served noble attempts. Read More | Comment »

Musical Fruit 10:30AM Fri. Jan. 30, Kate X Messer

The Trials of Tribulation

Swedish death metallers Tribulation lunge at you in corpse paint brandishing homicidal riffs and thrilling verve. As opener on Friday’s Mohawk sundering, they’ll get no more than 20-25 minutes – about their allotment opening for Watain and In Solitude at Red 7 on Halloween Eve in 2013. We emailed five questions to them, and guitarist Adam Zaars replied. Read More | Comment »

Death Valley Nights 10:47AM Thu. Jan. 29, Raoul Hernandez

A Fiesta Fit for la Reina

It's finally happening: a festival grand enough to truly honor the memory and legacy of beloved Texan superstar Selena. Yesterday, the City of Corpus Christi announced the debut of what's to be an annual event: Fiesta de la Flor: A Celebration of the Life & Legacy of Selena. Read More | Comment »

Musical Fruit 7:00AM Thu. Jan. 29, Kate X Messer

Lupe Fiasco: Tetsuo & Youth

With near constant artist/label strife over his previous two albums, it took threats from hacktivist group Anonymous to force Atlantic Records to provide a hard release date (Jan. 20) for Lupe Fiasco’s fifth album, Tetsuo & Youth. Read More | Comment »

Ill Communication 4:30PM Wed. Jan. 28, Kahron Spearman

Shout OUT: Jen Mulhern

Name: Jen Mulhern
Status: Austin, TX homegrown (originally from San Antonio)
ID: Lesbian
Queerly Quotable: “My favorite sound is the silence in between the beats. That’s what I would want to be remembered for in this era of constant humming." Read More | Comment »

Musical Fruit 11:05AM Wed. Jan. 28, Blake McCoy

My Life As Marky Ramone

Brooklyn native Marc Bell, 58, lived a musical lifetime before renaming himself Marky Ramone and assuming his new namesake’s drum throne. Now, he’s penned an autobiography, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone. He appears tonight at the Long Center for a screening of 1979 cult classic Rock & Roll High School, plus a Q&A session, and book signing, 8pm. Read More | Comment »

Napalm Heart 3:47PM Mon. Jan. 26, Tim Stegall

Mo’ Music Monday: Björk’s Vulnicura

Just days after announcing her return, the newly single Ms. Guðmundsdóttir surprised us all with a new LP, Vulnicura. Read More | Comment »

Musical Fruit 1:30PM Mon. Jan. 26, Rob Cohen

Jack White Towers Over the Austin Music Hall

Sunday rang in Jack White’s second night at Austin Music Hall. That was five nights before a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden, over two years since showing face at ACL Fest and taping Austin City Limits, and 13 years after becoming one of the most consistently successful rock stars of the modern age. Read More | Comment »

Playback 12:10PM Mon. Jan. 26, Kevin Curtin

SXSW Music: List Four

Following last week’s gargantuan third list of Music acts, South by Southwest today announced another 176 names. That brings the total number of confirmed showcasers to 1,140. Expect Friday dispatches from the conference until not another band could possibly fit on local stages. Read More | Comment »

Playback 1:40PM Fri. Jan. 23, Kevin Curtin & Raoul Hernandez

The Voice: Rebecca Loebe

American television audiences first heard of Rebecca Loebe when she covered Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” on The Voice in 2011. Christina Aguilera spun around first to give Loebe the green light. Within seconds, Adam Levine followed suit. Loebe makes her hometown solo debut at Strange Brew on Feb. 5, 8pm. Read More | Comment »

Next Up! 2:00PM Thu. Jan. 22, William Harries Graham

SXSW Music Wristbands on Sale Thursday

Wristbands for the South by Southwest Music Festival, at the discounted price of $169, are available to Austin area residents starting Thursday at 10am. Read More | Comment »

Playback 2:47PM Wed. Jan. 21, Kevin Curtin

Civil Rights v. Hip-Hop

On Oprah’s Master Class, rap giant Jay Z postulated that hip-hop had done more for race relations than most civil rights leaders, using the “turn-up” as proof of change. “If you look at clubs and how integrated they have become – before people partied in separate clubs... and now people party together,” said the Roc Nation CEO. Let’s break this down. Read More | Comment »

Ill Communication 11:30AM Tue. Jan. 20, Kahron Spearman

Armadillos to the Highest Bidder

A yard sale wouldn’t do. Neither would Ebay. Eddie Wilson’s massive unloading of concert posters, antique beer advertisements, and local music artifacts called for a live auction. Read More | Comment »

Playback 11:47AM Mon. Jan. 19, Kevin Curtin

Midge Ure Completely Solo

James “Midge” Ure, born 61 years ago in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland, boasts an unusual career path: teen pop outfit, Slik; declining to join the budding Sex Pistols; guitar sub for Thin Lizzy; synthpop pioneer in Ultravox and Visage; and co-author of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” with Bob Geldof. He arrives at the Cactus Cafe Sunday, solo acoustic. Read More | Comment »

Napalm Heart 4:47PM Fri. Jan. 16, Tim Stegall

California Forest Fire: Cleopatra Degher

Cleopatra Degher is reminiscent of one of music’s golden eras, when artists such as the Eagles and Carly Simon were breaking the charts, and J.D. Souther and Waddy Watchtel were the sound: The Seventies. Degher makes her Austin debut tonight at Lamberts and Friday at Strange Brew. Read More | Comment »

Next Up! 5:30PM Thu. Jan. 15, William Harries Graham

The Slow Death of R&B

There’s always the question about whether the falling of trees has actually happened if there was no sensory perception of the event. R&B, in its traditional form, seems more an incinerated forest. Still, there’s no fire, no smoke. Its protracted demise has been a mostly unobserved event, so is it actually happening? Read More | Comment »

Ill Communication 4:20PM Wed. Jan. 14, Kahron Spearman

SXSW Music: Third Whopping List

To get a perspective on the vastness of South by Southwest, consider that this morning’s announcement of 547 acts accounts for just over a quarter of the bands, singers, rappers, and DJs officially showcasing at the annual music conference, running March 17-22. Read More | Comment »

Playback 10:05AM Tue. Jan. 13, Kevin Curtin

Austin Noise Enters the No Zone

Take any Beatles song, then turn up the amps to maximum overdrive. Forget the melody. Give Ringo $200 worth of PCP. Replace the guitars with explosive static; John has a chainsaw. Actually, just forget about the Beatles, because this isn’t even music. This is Noise. Read More | Comment »

Shuffle 2:20PM Mon. Jan. 12, Waylon Cunningham

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