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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 »

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 »

Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits Vols. I-III
Billy Joel last played Austin in 1990 on the Storm Front tour. While the Erwin Center would’ve killed for a return engagement this past weekend, having also hosted him in ’87 and ’82, Friday’s sell-out at the AT&T Center in San Antonio proved why the Bronx-born son of a German classical pianist remains one of the most commercially successful pop acts ever.

4:20PM Mon. Dec. 12, 2016, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Alejandro Escovedo Grinds Axes at ACL
Once Austin housed a guitar SWAT team called the True Believers – Lynyrd Skynyrd run by Mexicans as born out of Andy Warhol’s Factory. Lou Reed, David Bowie, only roots huffing, Americana glam. At the final taping of Austin City Limits’ 42nd season, Alejandro Escovedo once again commanded a three-axe assault, the volume dialed to 11 and heart set on burst.

11:47AM Thu. Dec. 1, 2016, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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Warpaint’s New Song
Some bands you see live every time they hit town. Not because they’re your band necessarily, or even the band. You go because they’re a band – a live band for the ages. Outside Emo’s after Warpaint let out on Thursday night, that refrain played over and over from rapturous patrons: “It was my first time, but I’ll never miss them again.”

12:15PM Fri. Nov. 18, 2016, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

10 Questions for Geezer Butler
Black Sabbath bassist Terence “Geezer” Butler, 67, wrote the lyrics to “War Pigs,” “Paranoid,” “Iron Man,” “Sweet Leaf,” “Children of the Grave,” “Changes,” and too many others to list. On the occasion of the UK metal quartet’s show in San Antonio on Saturday at the AT&T Center – billed as their last North American performance ever – Butler emailed us back.

1:30PM Fri. Nov. 11, 2016, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Sound on Sound Review: Cherubs
Like Richard Pryor may have cracked: Someone says “evacuate,” I get the f-u-c-k out. At 2:21pm, with two songs left in Leopold & His Fiction’s big rawk main stage set, the storm hit Sound on Sound Sunday. Shortly thereafter, an emergency broadcast system-like loop gave the order to clear Sherwood Forest. I was halfway home when Cherubs reeled me back again.

11:15AM Mon. Nov. 7, 2016, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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