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, in his artillery. 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

First Listen: Ben Ballinger

Last night, weary and worn from a weekend of holiday parties and late-night musical excursions, I pried myself off the sofa to catch Ben Ballinger performing at Holy Mountain. Playing solo and still wearing work boots, presumably from his day job as a freelance handyman, the Oregon native had the small crowd hanging on his every introspective line. Read More | Comment »

Playback 1:35PM Mon. Jul. 7, Kevin Curtin

DVDanger: 'Heavy Metal Movies'

We understand. If you love gruesome movies, the holidays suck. Read More | Comment »

Off the Record 12:00PM Sat. Jul. 5, Richard Whittaker

Twelve Tales from A.J. Croce

A.J. Croce returns to Austin on Saturday at the Strange Brew thanks to February’s Twelve Tales. His father Jim Croce (“Time in a Bottle,” “Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown”) died in a 1973 plane crash when he was 2, but A.J. Croce’s been his own musician since the beginning, a dynamic performer and songwriter moving from blues to pop with ease and skill. Read More | Comment »

Next Up! 1:30PM Thu. Jul. 3, William Harries Graham

Boy Meets (Christeene's) World

Christeene performed in Boy George's backyard, and guess who has a new fan? Read More | Comment »

Musical Fruit 11:30AM Thu. Jul. 3, Kate X Messer

Sweet Blues: A Film About Michael Bloomfield

After watching Sweet Blues: A Film About Michael Bloomfield from the new box set on the guitarist, From His Head to His Heart to His Handsreviewed in this week’s issue – I had questions about it. Legacy Records then put me in touch with the film’s producer/director, Bob Sarles. His response was so illuminating it’s worth sharing: Read More | Comment »

Geezerville 11:00AM Thu. Jul. 3, Jim Caligiuri

Jess Klein’s Leap of Faith

Thursday night at Strange Brew, Jess Klein celebrates the release of Learning Faith, produced by her manager Mark Addison. Klein moved here in 2008 from New York. Within the first month, she met Addison, who propositioned her. “He made the offer that if I dog sat for him while he was away I could use his studio to demo my new songs for free.” Read More | Comment »

Next Up! 1:30PM Wed. Jul. 2, William Harries Graham

Seldom Felt Reemerges with Skudge

All Notes Off’s survey of electronic & experimental sound design this week rummages through the enigmatic UK label Seldom Felt, tracking six white label singles and their resurfacing for the latest remix series by Swedish duo Skudge. Read More | Comment »

All-Notes-Off 11:00AM Wed. Jul. 2, Conor Walker

Devo Q&A: Gerald Casale

Devo friended the Chronicle more than 30 years ago. In advance of tomorrow’s show at the Moody Theater, bassist and co-songwriter Gerald Casale spoke from a “horrible Holiday Inn with no Internet service,” a setback that pales next to the loss of his bandmate and brother, Bob Casale, whose sudden death in February deeply rattled the band. Read More | Comment »

Earphoria 11:45AM Tue. Jul. 1, Neph Basedow

Manuel “Cowboy” Donley Lands NEA Grant

Manuel “Cowboy” Donley’s career extends back to the Forties, the 86-year-old local having helped define Tejano music with sophisticated orchestral arrangements. The National Endowment for the Arts took note and just last week awarded him the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship, a top honor that includes $25,000. Read More | Comment »

Playback 2:00PM Mon. Jun. 30, Kevin Curtin

Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath

Brownout’s progressive take on Latin funk got thrown for a black-cloaked loop last autumn when the local Grupo Fantasma offshoots nestled into Frank one Thursday in September and unleashed a set of Black Sabbath covers. Read More | Comment »

Check Yo' Self 2:30PM Fri. Jun. 27, Chase Hoffberger

Austin City Limits: This is 40

For its 40th anniversary party at ACL Live at the Moody Theater last night, Austin City Limits returned to its roots. No Coldplay. No Nine Inch Nails. Simply two long sets of high-powered roots and blues from superstar and rising star musicians playing from deep in the heart. Read More | Comment »

Geezerville 11:47AM Fri. Jun. 27, Jim Caligiuri

Make My Head Sing

In April Jessica Lea Mayfield released the most surprising album of the year: Make My Head Sing…. The Ohio native’s third effort mixes guitar wail and plaintive, angelic vocals for an effect that’s darkly attractive, making Mayfield’s appearance on Stubb’s indoor stage tonight one not to be missed. We caught up with the Mayfield before her show. Read More | Comment »

Geezerville 11:27AM Tue. Jun. 24, Jim Caligiuri

First Listen: Chris Catalena & the Native Americans “Telegram”

A familiar face and kind soul among Austin's musician ranks, Chris Catalena has played sideman in Christian Bland & the Revelators and Strange Boys offshoot Living Grateful. He steps forth with his solo debut, Here Comes the Time, this week, via American Sharks drummer Nick Cornetti’s Pau Wau Records. Read More | Comment »

Playback 9:14AM Tue. Jun. 24, Kevin Curtin

Housecore Horror Gets Heavy Again

Most music festivals announce their musical headliners first. Not the Housecore Horror Film Festival, which just released a list of 18 heavy-beyond-heavy opening acts, plus an astounding special guest: Randy Blythe from Lamb of God. Read More | Comment »

Off the Record 8:30AM Tue. Jun. 24, Richard Whittaker

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