Daily Music: Death Valley Nights
Bryan Ferry Enslaves the Moody
When one of the gods hasn’t played Austin in practical memory recall, their powering up at a beloved venue such as ACL Live at the Moody Theater is pyrotechnic. Boom! Bryan Ferry inside the crown jewel of local concert halls on Wednesday night left everyone flush and not a single soul singed.

10:25AM Thu. Mar. 23, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Rodeo Austin Day 5: Fitz & the Tantrums
When a surprise Foo Fighters show cleared out of Stubb’s at SXSW 2011, the cleanup crew and a few stragglers remained behind, zero attention paid to fact that another act was setting up on the big outdoor stage. Fitz & the Tantrums slayed too few. Wednesday night at Rodeo Austin – far, far away from Downtown Sodom – they went off like Superbowl Halftime.

3:10PM Thu. Mar. 16, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Chrissie Hynde, Talk of the Town
Chrissie Hynde made the most of her 48 hours in Austin. Starting Sunday when the Pretenders opened for Stevie Nicks at the Erwin Center – where she duetted on “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” – the Akron, Ohio, tough then upended the Austin Music Awards with impromptu punk. Monday at that same Moody Theater, her 40-year-old band debuted on Austin City Limits.

4:40PM Tue. Mar. 14, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Dwight Yoakam Opens Rodeo Austin
Far from the maddening crowd Downtown, monstrous bulls, back-cracking broncos, and alternately lackadaisical and fleet sheep bearing 5-to-7-year-olds on the ride of their lives baptized Rodeo Austin 2017. Daylong rains didn’t free up many seats inside the Travis County Expo Center arena Saturday night. Dwight Yoakam then stampeded one and all.

3:00PM Sun. Mar. 12, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Terry Allen’s Manifest Monographs
Camelot didn’t die with the Kennedys. Saturday at the 101-year-old Paramount Theatre, Terry Allen, Jo Harvey Allen, and their sons Bukka and Bale – plus at least one grandkid – held court like The Last Waltz. Lloyd Maines on guitar, Joe Ely gunning “Gimme a Ride to Heaven Boy,” Savannah Welch’s halo … Three hours never felt so monumentally Lone Star.

2:30PM Mon. Jan. 16, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Superjoint Fires Up
Metal’s found a new home in Austin. Mohawk, Barracuda, Sidewinder all throw horns, but new Grizzly Hall lessees Come and Take It Productions – late of the Dirty Dog Bar – core up on punk and metal, while dabbling in country and hip-hop. Anthrax, Marduk, and French delicacy Alcest dot their upcoming calendar, but first, a christening from Philip H. Anselmo.

10:30AM Fri. Jan. 13, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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Yee-Haw! Rodeo Austin 2017 Lineup
Turns out that SXSW Music’s big band reveal this morning and Rodeo Austin’s talent announcement preceding it are perfectly complementary: The former boasts volume, while the latter unveils headliners. Among the country legends gracing the Travis County Expo Center March 11-25 are Charley Pride, Dwight Yoakam, and “The Gambler,” Kenny Rogers.

11:00AM Tue. Jan. 10, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Friday Free Week Stoner Jam: Duel
Stoner lord vox, Seventies metal tunings, and a doom-braised Kraken rumble all steam roll Austin quartet Duel. Headlining tonight’s all-star gathering of like-minded locals at Swan Dive for Free Week, frontman Tom Frank fielded our five queries. “Lucky for both of us my edible just kicked in,” he emailed, “and I’ve decided to give this my FULL attention.”

11:00AM Fri. Jan. 6, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Willie Nelson’s 69 Minutes
Computer screen savers at a stageside tech outpost read “70 minutes.” Willie Nelson left exactly one minute on the table when he finished at the Moody Theater near 11pm on Thursday. That’s all it took for the greatest living country pioneer to consummate his May-December romance with Austin utilizing the intimacy of a solo songwriter set at the Cactus Cafe.

2:35PM Fri. Dec. 30, 2016, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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