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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 »

2:30PM Fri. Jun. 27, Chase Hoffberger

Encore for Dorham’s Backyard

Roughly 80 artists, musicians, and East Austin residents attended the Urban Renewal Board meeting Monday night to learn that the licensing agreement for Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, the outdoor music venue on East Eleventh Street adjacent to the Victory Grill, had been extended to its current holder, DiverseArts Culture Works, through Sept. 30. Read More | Comment »

3:51PM Tue. Jun. 17, Chase Hoffberger

Longbranch Twittering Blues

Longbranch Inn management would like Austinites to know that those who own and work at the venerable East Austin bar are neither racist, bigoted, nor ethnically insensitive. In fact, the people involved with the dive don’t have any affiliation at all to the social media vehicle that’s drawing it such ire. Read More | Comment »

6:26PM Mon. Jun. 16, Chase Hoffberger

Omar Souleyman

Adam Sandler ain’t the true Wedding Singer. That designation goes to Omar Souleyman. The Syrian matrimonial maven whose affinity for performing at nuptial agreements has spawned some 500-odd live compilations and albums over the last two decades. Read More | Comment »

1:45PM Tue. Jun. 10, Chase Hoffberger

Full Service Telethon

Tree-hugging, Vitamin D-endorsed foursome Full Service have been mailing laminated, hand-drawn comics to Chronicle Music editor Raoul Hernandez since last year. He began collecting them when he caught on, but the Austin rockers aren’t any closer to scoring a cover. This week’s installment plugs tonight’s Full Service telethon. Read More | Comment »

11:57AM Tue. Jun. 10, Chase Hoffberger

X Games: Kanye West Touches the Sky

Rare is the Austin concert where you turn around in an amphitheater of more than 10,000 capacity and find a standing-room-only sea of people clapping to a beat with corporal precision. Yet there he stood onstage, Kanye West, 30 minutes before his 37th birthday, imploring everyone to clap along to “Power.” Read More | Comment »

11:17AM Mon. Jun. 9, Chase Hoffberger

City’s SXSW Survey Finds Little Worth Noting

The most notable takeaway from Wednesday’s second public meeting by the city’s Austin Center for Events (ACE) staff, which presented results of the citizen feedback survey taking stock “on all events related to” the 2014 SXSW Film, Interactive, and Music Festival, was that four of the six panelists didn’t find any conclusions deemed noteworthy. Read More | Comment »

9:30AM Thu. May. 29, Chase Hoffberger

Stephen Marley Q&A

Stephen Marley was born reggae royalty, but that’s not necessarily on your mind when he’s on the other end of a phone call, talking about his upcoming third LP, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, a star-studded marriage of hip-hop and reggae. First time he mentions “my father,” however – the Bob Marley – that’s when you clear your throat. Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Fri. May. 23, Chase Hoffberger

Operation: North by Northeast

The fight to fly Dana Falconberry, Aisha Burns, Jesse Moore, Mrs. Glass, Carson McHone, and Leo Rondeau – the six-pack chosen by fellow musicians and bookers to represent Austin at next month’s North by Northeast Music Festival in Toronto – begins tonight with a fundraiser at the White Horse. Read More | Comment »

1:15PM Wed. May. 21, Chase Hoffberger

Judas Priest Pounds Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014

A full two months before its usual unveiling, Transmission Events just announced the cull for Fun Fun Fun Fest’s ninth annual edition, set for Auditorium Shores and Butler Park Nov. 7-9. Get yer Orange, Black, and Blue Stage highlighters ready. Read More | Comment »

9:00PM Mon. May. 19, Chase Hoffberger

Spoon Surprises Hotel Vegas

“Thanks for waiting around,” Britt Daniel smiled after “Small Stakes,” the second song in Spoon’s surprise set at Hotel Vegas Tuesday night. “Were we on time?” That depends on who you ask. Read More | Comment »

12:15PM Wed. May. 7, Chase Hoffberger

Austin Psych Fest Live (Sunday): Think No Think

Why the Levitation Tent ran 15-20 minutes early all weekend at Psych Fest remains anyone’s guess. Three stages otherwise perfectly pyramided time-wise were thus out of phase. Anyone wondering why upstart local trio Think No Think sounded as if they’d opened up midway through their show Sunday at 2pm were actually 15 minutes late. Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Mon. May. 5, Chase Hoffberger

Austin Psych Fest Live (Saturday): Bombino

Nomad is also a noun representing an individual who can’t seem to stay in one place. It’s a fitting LP title for Bombino, the Tuareg guitarist who swept out of the Sahara Desert three years ago and somehow wound up this weekend inside a dust bowl in Southeast Austin. Read More | Comment »

1:30PM Sun. May. 4, Chase Hoffberger

Austin Psych Fest Live (Saturday): Mirror Travel

Hard not to notice, out here among the plenitude of longhairs, the supreme dearth of women holding court onstage throughout Psych Fest. For every Zia McCabe, the Dandy Warhols keyboardist, and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan singer Ruby Kato Attwood, there’s six dudes. Fortunately, Austin’s Mirror Travel defies convention. Read More | Comment »

11:30AM Sun. May. 4, Chase Hoffberger

Austin Psych Fest Live (Friday): Aqua Nebula Oscillator

A brief stocktaking of Aqua Nebula Oscillator’s Friday inventory: two table drapes, one cheetah patterned, one velvet. A bongo, tambourine, and sampler pad, two guitars, bass, drums, and a lap steel. An Indian party dress, two spiritual offerings they’d prepared, and enough hair to keep Locks of Love effectively running all summer. Read More | Comment »

10:30AM Sat. May. 3, Chase Hoffberger

Chronolog Radio (May 2)

With Austin Psych Fest staging a major trip on Carson Creek Ranch this weekend, Kevin Curtin and I slapped a super-sized order of reverb on our vocals and circled into Chronolog’s stratosphere. Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Fri. May. 2, Chase Hoffberger

The Faces Behind the Beats

Hip-hop protocol pairs two individuals (and their posses) in a studio: the rapper and the producer. They go to work, a record gets made. Typically, it’s the MC you see performing, getting his or her face on the flyers and drawing attention. The producer goes back to the boards, burrowing in the studio, and starts working on new cuts. Read More | Comment »

2:40PM Wed. Apr. 30, Chase Hoffberger

Chronolog Radio: April 25

Black Eyed Vermillion’s trip to the Moonrunners Music Festival in Chicago means Kevin Curtin, who lends mandolin to the local crust punk ensemble, couldn’t make our SXSWfm taping this week. Alas, proceedings fell to yours truly – por mi cuenta. Read More | Comment »

3:00PM Fri. Apr. 25, Chase Hoffberger

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra

Questioned about the difference between the instrumental expanse of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and 19-year-old side project Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Montreal rock poet Efrim Menuck explains how Godspeed’s “always been more about laying breadcrumbs.” Read More | Comment »

1:45PM Tue. Apr. 22, Chase Hoffberger

2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival Line-up

Tickets hit the streets at 10am, and the curtain’s now up. Festival czars C3 Presents revealed the line-up for the 2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival this morning, Oct. 3-5 and 10-12. Grab your nearest fine tooth comb. Read More | Comment »

6:01AM Tue. Apr. 22, Chase Hoffberger

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