Bump & Hustle

SXSW Live Shot: Stones Throw DJ Night

“I wish you guys could see the stage. It’s a fucking mess,” said Stones Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf at the end of a magical Saturday night at Eastside haven the North Door. “There are records everywhere.” Read More | Comment »

10:30AM Sun. Mar. 16, Thomas Fawcett

SXSW Interview: CeeLo Green

“It’s been more than a job,” CeeLo said of his music career in conversation with NPR Music’s Frannie Kelley on Saturday morning. “It’s been such a civil service and a matter of of missionary work. It’s been an adventure.” Read More | Comment »

8:15PM Sat. Mar. 15, Thomas Fawcett

SXSW Live Shot: Tinariwen

Introduced as the godfathers of desert blues and the group that brought Tuareg music to the international stage, Tinariwen melted minds with 45 minutes of swirling guitar grooves and percussion Friday night. Read More | Comment »

2:50PM Sat. Mar. 15, Thomas Fawcett

SXSW Panel: The Noncomformists

“I started touring with my band in 2000 and we’ve played 200-plus shows a year since then,” explained Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace. “All of a sudden I’m 30 years old, and I don’t know who the fuck I am. Life happened quick.” Read More | Comment »

11:55PM Fri. Mar. 14, Thomas Fawcett

SXSW Live Shot: Mobb Deep/Tyler, the Creator

“We got our own lane,” proclaimed Havoc of Mobb Deep, midway through a set of boom bap classics mixed with material from their first LP in eight years, due in April. “We doing that hardcore shit.” Read More | Comment »

3:15PM Fri. Mar. 14, Thomas Fawcett

SXSW Panel: The Rhythm & the Brain

On a somber day in Austin there was something healing about Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart expounding on the big picture of why music matters. “Music is not a luxury. It’s a necessity,” he proclaimed. “It’s part of our DNA.” Read More | Comment »

11:40PM Thu. Mar. 13, Thomas Fawcett

SXSW Live Shot: Aloe Blacc

After fire marshals made their Rainey Street rounds at midnight, Clive Bar went from one in/one out to a single admittance for every five leaving. If you weren’t early for an Aloe Blacc show that started nearly an hour late, you were out of luck. The 300 people on the right side of the fence, however, were treated to a hell of a show with ample elbow room. Read More | Comment »

1:50PM Thu. Mar. 13, Thomas Fawcett

SXSW Preview: Mary Lambert

Two years ago, Seattle singer-songwriter Mary Lambert offered a longshot deal on Kickstarter: Donate $1,000 and join her at the Grammys if she ever went big. No one jumped on the deal, but in January there she was – flanked by Madonna on one side, Queen Latifah on the other – belting out the chorus of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage anthem “Same Love.” Read More | Comment »

10:45AM Thu. Mar. 13, Thomas Fawcett

SXSW Interview: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

“One of the mistakes I’ve made was doing reality TV,” confessed Sean Combs to a standing-room-only crowd. “When I was doing Making the Band, nobody understood that I’m an incredible actor. A lot of people think I yell at people and tell them to get cheesecake and that I’m an asshole. Well, I am an asshole sometimes.” Read More | Comment »

6:35PM Wed. Mar. 12, Thomas Fawcett

SXSW Live Shot: Latasha Lee & the BlackTies

Austin’s Latasha Lee & the BlackTies knotted together just one year ago, but they already carry themselves like old-school vets. In the past 12 months, the local R&B princess has torn up a bevy of stages both big (ACL) and small (Sahara Lounge) and released a solid digital LP of classic soul. Read More | Comment »

10:40AM Wed. Mar. 12, Thomas Fawcett

Born to Perform: Janelle Monaé

I’m a Janelle Monáe superfan. When I heard she was playing ACL Live at the Moody Theater on Tuesday, I got tickets immediately and implored Chronicle Music editor Raoul Hernandez to do the same. He’s got a thing for female R&B singers and hadn’t yet seen Monáe – a crime that needed correcting. Read More | Comment »

4:00PM Thu. Nov. 14, 2013, Thomas Fawcett

Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Shot: Jurassic 5

“They’re the originators,” a fan gushed in anticipation of Jurassic 5 taking the stage Sunday night at Fun Fun Fun Fest for only the second time in six years. Not quite. Jurassic 5 was a throwback when they began, dropping an eponymous EP in 1997 and championing a bygone Cold Crush era of beats and rhymes in four-part harmony. Read More | Comment »

1:35PM Mon. Nov. 11, 2013, Thomas Fawcett

Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Shot: Ice-T

Two hours after conquering the Black stage with metal outfit Body Count, Ice-T was at it again across the park, spitting the coldest gangster raps ever recorded and dishing out no-bullshit stage banter. “The fact that you over here at my stage means you here to see some gangster rap,” he ruled, “none of that pussy shit.” Read More | Comment »

10:30AM Sun. Nov. 10, 2013, Thomas Fawcett

Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Shot: Snoop Dogg

With Uncle Snoop now BFFs with everyone from Willie Nelson to Buzz Aldrin, it’s easy to forget that America’s cuddliest canine was once a menace to society. On Friday night, the FFF crowd was happy to simply bask in the Doggfather’s hazy G-funk aura. Read More | Comment »

10:29AM Sat. Nov. 9, 2013, Thomas Fawcett

Swamp Dogg Lotions Up

Born in Virginia in 1942, Jerry Williams became an accomplished songwriter and mid-tier R&B balladeer in the Sixties, though it wasn’t until he morphed into Swamp Dogg that he truly left his mark. Read More | Comment »

10:55AM Fri. Nov. 1, 2013, Thomas Fawcett

ACL Live Shot: Kendrick Lamar

It’s been less than two months since Kendrick Lamar lit a fire under hip-hop’s collective ass by calling out names on “Control,” a Big Sean song in name only. With that verse, Lamar didn’t simply put his peers on blast. He inserted himself into the "best rapper alive" conversation. On Saturday night at ACL he proved why. Read More | Comment »

11:10AM Sun. Oct. 6, 2013, Thomas Fawcett

ACL Live Shot: Valerie June

Valerie June stood holding a guitar at the front of the BMI stage, her swirling crown of righteous locks seemingly telling the story of black roots music from the beginning of time. Read More | Comment »

9:54AM Sun. Oct. 6, 2013, Thomas Fawcett

ACL Live Shot: Pacha Massive, Blind Boys of Alabama, JD McPherson, and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

The downtempo dub and Latin-electro grooves of Pacha Massive proved the perfect way to ease into a not-so-hot afternoon under the Zilker Tent. The abbreviated set by the NYC trio with Dominican and San Antonio roots was digital namaste, an aural appetizer of largely empty calories. At least there was shade. Read More | Comment »

11:07AM Sat. Oct. 5, 2013, Thomas Fawcett

Punjabi Powerhouse: Red Baraat

Saturday’s Wobeon Fest sub headliners, Red Baraat – direct support to Benin’s Afropop diva Angelique Kidjo – sounds like an Indian wedding marching through the French Quarter, a clanging cacophony of horns and percussion that’s part Bollywood, part Bayou brass. Read More | Comment »

12:20PM Fri. Apr. 5, 2013, Thomas Fawcett

Brazilian Broadband

Gilberto Gil remains an absolute giant of Brazilian music. While sitting in a parked car outside a Houston mega-church, the Chronicle spoke by phone with the famed singer-songwriter from his home in Brazil. Gil performs tonight at Bass Concert Hall. Read More | Comment »

10:57AM Tue. Oct. 30, 2012, Thomas Fawcett

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