Daily Music: Death Valley Nights
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 »

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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Adele Rules
Adele’s voice fills its surrounding so completely one can hear the ambiance of the space, her booming mezzo-soprano pouring into every nook. Echolocation among female pop singers isn’t rare – Janis, Aretha, Sinéad, Whitney – but the 28-year-old Brit’s first of two sold-out shows at the Frank Erwin Center on Friday proved who rules the 21st century roost.

1:47PM Sat. Nov. 5, 2016, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Sound on Sound Review: Boyfrndz
Live capital magic happens daily, but music festivals facilitate the miraculous. Like a fusion soundcheck by Thundercat at 11:30am on a hillside an hour outside of town in a medieval city; a 4-6pm back-to-back at BookPeople with Keith Morris and Waterloo Records with Alejandro Escovedo; all crowned by Adele herself on Red River. Boyfrndz included.

9:47AM Sat. Nov. 5, 2016, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Comedian emcees who no one’s written jokes for. Olympian musicians reading lyrics off a huge teleprompter. Pretending it’s New Year’s Eve, because that’s when the taping airs. Even so, Austin City Limits’ third annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony proved worth almost every minute of its three hours on Wednesday night at the Moody Theater.

1:10PM Thu. Oct. 13, 2016, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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