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Shirley Ratisseau’s Last Blues

Shirley Ratisseau, 84, died Friday, April 12. With her passed a largely undocumented piece of Texas music history that began at her birth. She was inducted into the Austin Music Awards’ Hall of Fame in March. Read More | Comment »

12:31PM Tue. Apr. 16, 2013, Margaret Moser

Suzi Quatro Coming to Austin

Our favorite rockrgrl local or otherwise, Carla DeSantis Black, returns with another conference for female musicians up her velvety sleeve. The first annual MEOW Con takes place Oct. 24-26 at the Renaissance Hotel, with keynote speaker SUZI QUATRO. I hoped that would get your attention. Read More | Comment »

2:27PM Wed. Apr. 10, 2013, Margaret Moser

Jimmie Vaughan Suffers Heart Attack

The news came suddenly yesterday that Jimmie Vaughan had suffered a heart attack the previous week – on Wednesday, Jan. 23. He was treated at Pomona Hospital Medical Center in Southern California with a coronary angioplasty and stent. Read More | Comment »

1:37PM Thu. Jan. 31, 2013, Margaret Moser

Frankie Gavin Got Stoned

When it comes to modern Irish music, Frankie Gavin can stand up and take a bow as “The Prince of Irish Fiddlers.” And he’ll be taking several – literally – when he performs with his ground-breaking group De Danann at the One World Theatre tomorrow, Thursday. Read More | Comment »

2:10PM Wed. Jan. 30, 2013, Margaret Moser

Bill Carter Tackles the Unknown

The title of Bill Carter’s new album, Unknown, might double as the answer to, “Guess who’s playing in the Blame tonight?” At Waterloo Records – 5pm today – Carter’s backing band the Blame will consist of all-stars Denny Freeman, Andy Salmon, and Donny Wynn. Read More | Comment »

2:47PM Tue. Jan. 29, 2013, Margaret Moser

Sleepy LaBeef in a Bread Truck

For young musicians, life’s a crap shoot as to where the road leads, and there’s no reality check like touring. For Tom Lewis, first-call rockabilly and country drummer for locals Heybale! and the Wagoneers, Saturday’s show at the Continental Club with Sleepy LaBeef constitutes a trip down memory lane. Read More | Comment »

10:07AM Fri. Jan. 25, 2013, Margaret Moser

Austin Songwriter Symposium

The Austin Songwriter Symposium at the Omni Southpark looks strong in its ninth year. Running Thursday through Sunday, the annual gathering focuses on songwriters and publishers through workshops, mentoring, and performances. Local mainstays Eliza Gilkyson and Ian McLagan are featured speakers. Read More | Comment »

4:47PM Wed. Jan. 23, 2013, Margaret Moser

Carson McHone

Releasing an album or recording remains a milestone for any musician. Tonight at the White Horse, 10pm, Carson McHone oversees her first EP. I booked the young local for a U18 Threadgill’s series several summers back, and found myself utterly charmed by the teen songwriter citing onetime local Ana Egge as an inspiration. Read More | Comment »

3:20PM Tue. Jan. 22, 2013, Margaret Moser

Something Wicked This Way Comes: Lucinda Williams

“Hey, it’s Lu! Out here on the road! I’m in Dallas, then coming to Austin.” Those are sweet words from the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, who once called this town home. Her Paramount Theatre show tomorrow, Wednesday, finds her with Doug Pettibone, the duo configuration recalling her local tenure of the Seventies and Eighties. Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Tue. Jan. 15, 2013, Margaret Moser

Coralled: Stevie Tombstone

The Eighties made for mighty strange bedfellows, especially after punk rewrote the rules of rock engagement in the late Seventies. You could grow up loving all things country, then reject it for rock & roll, only to find country still in your blood. Just ask Stevie Tombstone, playing tonight at Giddy Ups. Read More | Comment »

1:25PM Mon. Jan. 14, 2013, Margaret Moser

Sonic Pathos & Antipathy: Gregg Turner

While Gregg Turner remains best known for founding late-Seventies L.A. hardcore punks the Angry Samoans, many fans of a certain vintage were also delighted by his wicked writing for Creem Magazine. With new CD Gregg Turner Plays the Hits in tow, he plays the Sahara Lounge Thursday and the White Swan on Friday. Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Tue. Jan. 8, 2013, Margaret Moser

Anarchy in S.A.

For nearly 35 years, I’ve obsessed over the Sex Pistols’ show at Randy’s Rodeo in San Antonio on January 8, 1978. Though I’m not a Sex Pistols collector or even that big a fan, the show peeled back the top of my skull and shotgunned everything I believed about music into smithereens. Did this happen to anyone else? I thought so. Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Fri. Jan. 4, 2013, Margaret Moser

Young Blood & Old Ways

“I’ve played with my band at Antone’s, and I’m originally from Corpus – born and raised.” So begins Devon Allman’s story as standard bearer to the one of rock’s great dynasties. The younger Allman returns to Austin on Wednesday at the Moody Theater with Cyril Neville in the Royal Southern Brotherhood – on the bill with John Hiatt and his father Gregg Allman. Read More | Comment »

11:07AM Mon. Dec. 31, 2012, Margaret Moser

Once a Believer, Always a Believer

2012 marked yet another stellar year for Alejandro Escovedo, who followed up Bruce Springsteen guest spots during South by Southwest with an acclaimed third collaboration with famed producer Tony Visconti in Big Station. Preparation for a career overview concert at the Moody Theater on Sat., Jan. 12, has given Escovedo much to think about. Read More | Comment »

9:07AM Fri. Dec. 28, 2012, Margaret Moser

Have Yourself a Continental Christmas

’Tis the season, or maybe no reason, but reunion shows seem well-suited to the holidays. Starting tonight, Friday, the Continental Club rings the nostalgia chimes with Speedy Sparks’ “End of the World Party,” followed tomorrow Saturday with Paul Ray & the Cobras’ annual Christmas show, and the Wagoneers’ 2nd annual All Ages Holiday Show on Sunday. Read More | Comment »

9:07AM Fri. Dec. 21, 2012, Margaret Moser

Li’l Band O’ Gold

What began as a work trip to Lafayette, La., with Chris Gray turned into an all-nighter with our native driver, guitarist C.C. Adcock, who took us nightclubbing with Steve Riley and Dave Egan to Dickie Landry’s badass pad. In my purse the next day was a Don’s cocktail napkin receipt written in Sharpie: “Margaret Moser pitched in $40 for oysters & beer – CC.” Read More | Comment »

4:40PM Tue. Dec. 11, 2012, Margaret Moser

Family Style: Kathy Murray's Blues

In the mid Seventies, about the time Austin’s blues scene began to whip up, I hit the clubs however possible. That’s however, not whenever, because I had no car, only a bicycle, and lived in dread North Austin. Getting to places like Soap Creek out in the hills could be tricky. Among the people I saw in the audience wherever I went was Kathy Murray. Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Mon. Dec. 3, 2012, Margaret Moser

Dangerous Toys Playtime Again

“The line-up is exactly the same as last year, and has been for looooong time!” Jason McMaster throws down the gauntlet for the Dangerous Toys reunion at Red Eyed Fly Saturday. “Mark Geary, drums. Mike Watson, bass. Scott Dalhover, guitar – all original since 1987 – and last, but not least, Paul Lidel on guitar since 1994.” Plus McMaster, natch. Read More | Comment »

3:51PM Thu. Nov. 29, 2012, Margaret Moser

Poodie's Stomps Out Butts

The club calendar from local booker David Cotton had a quick note attached: “For those of you who don't know, Poodie’s went nonsmoking as of July.” That’s akin to suggesting Willie Nelson cut off his braids and let his hair go gray. Whoops, that’s already happened, too! Call it a neon sign of the times. Read More | Comment »

4:17PM Tue. Nov. 13, 2012, Margaret Moser

Gram Parsons Hoot Night

As if Patterson Barrett doesn’t have enough to do with a new CD to promote, When I Was Your Age, he’s hosting the 6th Annual Gram Parsons Birthday Hoot at Threadgill’s World Headquarters tonight, Monday, 7pm. This year’s show benefits both the nonprofit Americana Music Association and the Gram Parsons Foundation. Read More | Comment »

2:02PM Mon. Nov. 5, 2012, Margaret Moser

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