Daily Music: Death Valley Nights
Steven Tyler Romps His Roots
In the middle of his 100-minute set at a near-capacity Bass Concert Hall on Tuesday night, Steven Tyler decided to poll his audience. “How many of y’all love country?” he asked the middle-aged crowd to spirited applause. “How many of y’all love rock & roll?” This time, he was met with a deafening roar.

10:00AM Wed. Jul. 27, Bryan Rolli Read More | Comment »

Steve Miller on Jimmie Vaughan
Steve Miller’s extensive interview on the occasion of his show at the Long Center this evening yielded too many career nuggets to share, but not a few well-chosen words on Austin guitar monarch Jimmie Vaughan, who he strongly hinted would guest Tuesday alongside local harp great James Cotton. The Dallas-reared axe wielders teamed in Zilker Park last year.

12:30PM Tue. Jul. 26, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Grupo Fantasma Melts Austin City Limits
Neither floor, mezzanine, nor the balcony were full when Grupo Fantasma started taping its second Austin City Limits episode in a decade Tuesday night. ACL Live at the Moody Theater routinely crams indie rock acts with tenfold buzz into its PBS-loving arena. In the 75th minute, Austin’s Latino earthquake put them all to shame.

12:12PM Wed. Jun. 29, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

The Flatlanders’ Centennial
Right where, right where I belong / It feels so good I might be right where I belong.” During their 90-minute hootenanny Friday at Hogg Auditorium, the Flatlanders revisited a mantra on new millennial restart Now Again. Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore were flesh again, but the meeting of band and vintage venue set in stone true folk grandeur.

2:30PM Mon. Jun. 27, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Bedside Manner: Guitar & Pen
In April 1980, I was 14, and my campaign to see the Who at the Oakland Coliseum understandably doomed. Post-birthday that summer, the Cars at the same venue proved a poor runner-up. (Van Halen there next, no better.) The first proved a bitter precedent throughout high school, college, and grad school: Homework – reading – usurping fun.

1:25PM Wed. Jun. 22, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Avett Brothers Stomp the Moody
Decisions define musical acts same as people. Who from where and playing what when? Influences, yes. How tight, how long, how ’bout that singer? Why those pants? Selling out ACL Live at the Moody Theater immediately, the Avett Brothers proved on Sunday night they’re still a band apart.

3:47PM Mon. Jun. 20, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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John Carpenter, Rock Star
Howard Hawks, one of John Carpenter’s muses – ghost director of 1951’s The Thing From Another World – helped invent film repartee in Twentieth Century and His Girl Friday. Carpenter, 68, famed director of Halloween, The Fog, and Starman, bantered as quick as a tennis match in advance of his debut tour as synthesizer fiend behind many of his own film scores.

1:50PM Wed. Jun. 15, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Doors Guitarist Robby Krieger Rallies
L.A. native Robby Krieger talks like a surfer. The Doors guitarist, 70, who co-headlines the weekend’s Republic of Texas Biker Rally on Saturday with Steppenwolf’s John Kay, leaves a lot of sea and sky between some utterances, but his laid-back drawl belies the undertow of almost a half century of rock & roll history. Break on through.

1:00PM Thu. Jun. 9, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Monday Comes to Austin for Jimmy Buffett
Medicine’s Rod of Asclepius stamped each shoulder, giving way to hemp leaves cascading down the front, back, and sleeves, which at the elbows came stitched with the scales of justice. Legalize medicinal marijuana? Five consecutive years of summer tour warm-ups in Austin during May yielded a first at the Moody Theater Monday: Jimmy Buffett wore a blazer.

1:25PM Tue. May 24, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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