Daily Music: Bump & Hustle
Sun Ra Commander Marshall Allen
Marshall Allen is 92 years young and remains as sharp as the notes that explode from his alto saxophone. The Kentucky native joined the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra in 1958 and has been steering the ship ever since his mentor (and the band’s namesake) died in 1993. Sun Ra, of course, remains one of the most innovative and enigmatic artists who ever lived.

1:00PM Wed. Aug. 24, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

The Bo-Keys’ Memphis Soul
The Bo-Keys have carried the torch for Memphis soul music since the late Nineties. Bassist/bandleader Scott Bomar waxed rhapsodic about that sound and Heartaches by the Numbers, the band’s third LP, which drops while they’re in town with vocalists Percy Wiggins and Don Bryant for a three-night stint at Antone’s: Thu., April 28, through Sat., April 30.

9:00AM Thu. Apr. 28, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music: George Clinton
If the new Antone’s wasn’t broken in yet, it sure is now. The reborn venue on Fifth Street was at capacity (400) a full half-hour prior to George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic’s scheduled 8pm set time on Friday. A line of those hoping to get in snaked around the building.

10:10AM Sat. Mar. 19, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music: NPR Music Showcase
When you’re 67, you get dibs on the the 7:30pm set time even if you could outdraw most of the later acts. And so Charles Bradley kicked off the stellar NPR-curated lineup at Stubb’s on Wednesday night by taking it back “to when music was music and love was love.”

2:30PM Thu. Mar. 17, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music: Golden Dawn Arkestra
SXSWers thought they were coming to Austin. Instead, they were swept into the cosmos. The bizarro space caravan known as Golden Dawn Arkestra has now ballooned to 18 band members, including a 7-piece horn section, three elaborately costumed dancers, and a wizard who just chills with a staff at the back of the stage.

10:55AM Wed. Mar. 16, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill remains one of the most beloved and confounding acts in all of music, and her local weekend stint reiterated that. A late sub for fellow R&B enigma D’Angelo, she taped Austin City Limits on Saturday and closed Fun Fun Fun Fest Sunday. The better of the two performances happened in front of the real skyline, not the replica inside the Moody Theater.

1:55PM Mon. Nov. 9, 2015, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

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Fun Fun Fun Fest: Joey Bada$$
“Let’s take ’em back to that 1999 shit one time,” Joey Bada$$ instructed his DJ. For most performers, that would mean cuing up an old school hit, but the 20-year-old rapper was barely out of diapers that year. Instead, it was a nod to his debut mixtape, which doubles as a love letter to the the golden era of hip-hop.

10:12AM Sun. Nov. 8, 2015, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Schoolboy Q
Schoolboy Q busted onstage with the gun-clapping “knock-knock” of “Gangsta,” the most sinister single from his major label debut. It’s only been 18 months since the L.A. rapper dropped Oxymoron, a compelling mix of soulful street narratives and heady weed anthems, but Q said he was ready to move on.

12:47PM Sat. Nov. 7, 2015, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

Fun Fun Fun Q&A: Afrika Bambaataa
Regarding the birth of hip-hop, Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, and Afrika Bambaataa rightfully divvy up the lion’s share of credit. Born Kevin Donovan, Bambaataa followed Herc in playing break-beats at Seventies block parties and founded the Universal Zulu Nation, which codified the elements of hip-hop culture. Catch him Sunday at Fun Fun Fun Fest.

2:30PM Thu. Nov. 5, 2015, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

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