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SXSW Expands Music Festival
The countdown to South by Southwest 2017 ticks at 228 days. Next year’s buzz bands are still six to eight months away from reveal, but we doubt Donald and Melania Trump will get the same keynote invitation the Obamas received earlier this year. Nevertheless, SXSW 2017 has begun taking shape with this morning’s announcement of 11 speakers.

11:00AM Mon. Jul. 25, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Stephen Marley’s Revelations
Greatness always arrives in the nick of time. After co-starring as kid genius in older brother Ziggy’s acclaimed reggae outfit the Melody Makers, Stephen Marley bloomed late as a solo artist. At 34, the Kingston, Jamaica-reared singer released 2007’s thoughtful and timeless debut Mind Control, earning him his first Grammy in a continuing line of them.

10:30AM Fri. Jul. 22, Kahron Spearman Read More | Comment »

Drake and Future: Day and Night
A fourth grader-scribbled headline, “If You’re Reading This We Made It,” flashed along the backdrop of Drake’s headlining slot at 2015’s ACL Fest. Fast forward almost a year later to the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday, and the Toronto MC’s eminence proved no less palpable.

2:37PM Thu. Jul. 21, Alejandra Ramirez Read More | Comment »

Maxwell Matters at the Moody
At Monday’s show to a full Moody Theater, Maxwell’s haircut and wardrobe screamed Sam Cooke and young Marvin Gaye: gray suit, white shirt, skinny tie, pointed-toe oxfords, and black aviators. With occasional hip thrusts and a sensual confidence, the New York crooner played to his status as one of R&B’s sexiest and most prominent figures in decades.

12:30PM Tue. Jul. 19, Alejandra Ramirez Read More | Comment »

Yuppie Pricks Stage RNC Watch Party
Tonight, the GOP hangs red, white, and blue streamers in Cleveland as it rallies begrudgingly behind nontraditional nominee Donald J. Trump. Texas Governor Greg Abbott got a doctor’s note to excuse him from the Republican National Convention, but a stampede of pachyderms that includes Austin’s Yuppie Pricks otherwise scrambles to façade party unity.

1:30PM Mon. Jul. 18, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

We Need to Talk About Maxwell
2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Gerald Maxwell Rivera’s debut, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, but the first of this month also saw the release of the Brooklyn neo-soul native’s fifth LP and first in seven years, blackSUMMERS’night. Prior to his show at the Moody Theater on Monday, July 18, he discussed his debut, his insecurities, and Prince.

10:40AM Wed. Jul. 13, Alejandra Ramirez Read More | Comment »

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Coming of Age With Jane Ellen Bryant
From deep inside the pile of CDs, cassettes, records, and other promotional ephemera the postman delivered, an entrancing pair of brown eyes stared out at me. The peepers belonged to one Jane Ellen Bryant, a young local in heavy makeup and messy hair who seemed to be sinking into a mound of children's toys.

11:00AM Mon. Jul. 11, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Vacationing with Zakk Wylde
Zakk Wylde, master shredder for Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society, and as a solo artist, found time for a phoner on the Fourth of July – also the fourth birthday of his youngest son, Sabbath Page – in anticipation of an appearance on Sunday at Emo’s.

11:20AM Thu. Jul. 7, Bryan Rolli Read More | Comment »

White Lung’s Mish Barber-Way
White Lung have recently shifted from abrasive punk to an electrifying, poppier sound, laced with tinges of metal and punk on their new album, Paradise, a crazed cacophony and triumph of an LP. Led by the visceral vocals of Mish Barber-Way, the Vancouver trio plays Sidewinder one week from today: Wednesday, July 13.

3:00PM Wed. Jul. 6, Libby Webster Read More | Comment »

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