Daily Music: 1, 2, Tres, Cuatro
Muse for the Ages: Loreena McKennitt
Just think, had she not shown a proclivity toward world music, we might be lauding advances in animal medicine from Dr. Loreena McKennitt, veterinarian. Instead, Canada’s beloved siren remains celebrated as a muse with an unparalleled triple threat talent for singing, writing, and performing. She appears Friday at a sold-out Paramount Theatre.

12:15PM Wed. Mar. 2, 2016, Margaret Moser Read More | Comment »

Chieftains Chief Paddy Moloney
“Hello, Paddy Moloney here!” The voice is everything you imagine the elfin leader of the Chieftains to sound like. Irish lilt? Check. Way with words? Double check. Tales to spin? A million of ’em. So, take a seat by the hearth, because Dublin’s beloved trad Irish music act plays Riverbend Center tonight.

2:47PM Wed. Feb. 26, 2014, Margaret Moser Read More | Comment »

Poi Dog Pondering Laughs, Talks Story, and Plays Like There’s No Tomorrow
Looking for a musician to nominate as Best Bassist? How about Bruce Hughes? From Bob Schneider to Arthur Brown, Hughes handpicks his projects with love and caution. This weekend, he’s the bottom line with Poi Dog Pondering at the Continental Club.

3:30PM Fri. Feb. 14, 2014, Margaret Moser Read More | Comment »

Alejandro Escovedo: R-O-C-K with the U.S.A.
It’s obvious Alejandro Escovedo took his time picking the acts both highlighted and performing in his United Sounds of Austin show Saturday at the Moody Theater. In a way, it’s a second chance at a once-in-a-lifetime project, one that began years ago in Chicago.

3:53PM Fri. Jan. 10, 2014, Margaret Moser Read More | Comment »

Nancy Coplin Retires from ABIA
Here’s something most people don’t know about veteran behind-the-scenester Nancy Coplin: “I came to Austin in 1966 to go to UT and left to marry a man in the ‘music business.’” By 1983, she’d moved back, and neither Austin, the Music Commission, nor the Airport have been the same.

11:59AM Mon. Dec. 16, 2013, Margaret Moser Read More | Comment »

(Dangerous) Toys for Christmas!
“They bring their kids!” So crowed Jason McMaster’s email about Dangerous Toys’ annual reunion – Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Red Eyed Fly – in regards to the hard rockers’ multi-generational appeal. What does that mean to the teasin’ pleasin’ Austinites?

2:20PM Thu. Dec. 5, 2013, Margaret Moser Read More | Comment »

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Marshall Chapman’s Back in Town – Tonight!
“Gigs never get old,” mused Marshall Chapman in an email. “Each one’s like living an entire lifetime.” Given the singer-songwriter’s first Austin gig was in 1977 at Soap Creek Saloon, the Spartanburg, SC., native has journeyed miles and miles since, bringing a string of hits and a new CD Blaze of Glory tonight to the Cactus Cafe.

5:15PM Wed. Nov. 13, 2013, Margaret Moser Read More | Comment »

Friends with Benefits
I’m sweating a story deadline and that’s weirdly appropriate given that two friends have passed in one day and I’m writing about a fundraiser for another friend with Stage IV liver cancer. DEAD-line, get it? Thanks, Mr. Reaper. As if I needed more reminders of our mortality.

2:30PM Tue. Oct. 8, 2013, Margaret Moser Read More | Comment »

Aloha, Milly Littlejohn
Milly Littlejohn died last week. Though she was a local resident in the Nineties, it’s unlikely any of you ever met her except perhaps backstage at the Austin Music Awards. Yet if it weren’t for Milly Littlejohn, I might never have come back to work for the Chronicle in 1991 after a sojourn to Hawaii.

11:35AM Tue. Oct. 1, 2013, Margaret Moser Read More | Comment »

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