Daily Music: Death Valley Nights
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 May 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. (Grateful Dead 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 »

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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Journeyman Neal Schon
Long before “Don’t Stop Believin’” – and “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Who‘s Crying Now,” “Faithfully,” etc. – Journey was a prog rock group. Prior to that, its founder Neal Schon, 62, joined the final lineup of the Santana band as a teenage guitarist. Journey lands at the Circuit of the Americas on Wednesday.

1:00PM Tue. May 17, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Levitation Live Shot: Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats
At 12:03am on Saturday, when Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats ceased, the UK doom melodians slammed the coffin shut on Levitation’s second-worst day – a black Friday without a single drop of precipitation (at least where this Central Austinite sat/stood/waited). Puddles of human fluid flowing through Empire Control Room’s tented outside stage didn’t count.

11:47AM Sat. Apr. 30, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Do Me Baby! Austin Does Prince
Prince high-kickin’ his best James Brown impression atop a grand piano at the Frank Erwin Center in 1997 remains only slightly less memory-searing than a hurricane-like rainstorm on the night the diminutive Hendrix disciple destroyed San Antonio’s AT&T Center in 2004. Total recall also dusts off a sovereign CD, Do Me Baby! Austin Does Prince.

2:25PM Wed. Apr. 27, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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