Daily Music: Death Valley Nights
Grooving With Cass McCombs
East Bay Area native Cass McCombs hasn’t done as many interviews as his enigmatic groove poetry demands, but the singer-songwriter-guitarist, 38, laughed easily and often on the dime of his new record label Anti-. The L.A. dweller’s eighth LP Mangy Love, which came out late last month, prompted the call. That and his show at the Parish on Monday, Sept. 19.

10:00AM Wed. Sep. 14, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Adult Play: Storm Thorgerson by Steve Miller
In 2010, I walked into Encore Records – then on Anderson Lane (now on E. Sixth) – and was instantaneously drawn by some all-powerful cosmic magnet to a 40 x 40 record company promo of Steve Miller’s new disc, Bingo! “This looks like one of those old Hipgnosis covers from the Seventies,” I awed to owner Chuck Lokey staring up at its spot high on a wall. Good eye, yo.

11:30AM Fri. Jul. 29, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Steven Tyler’s Country Romp
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 »

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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 »

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 »

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