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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 »

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 »

ACL Review: Walker Lukens & the Side Arms
Electro doo-wop? The prospect of just such a new millennial subgenre blips, bubbles, and bounces in the hands of Walker Lukens & the Side Arms. One of Saturday’s out-of-the-gate acts, on the grandly midsize (for ACL) Miller Lite stage, the local quintet played pied piper to a homegrown fan base, out in force despite the noontime solar fry.

9:20AM Sun. Oct. 9, 2016, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Lincoln Durham
“Rumor has it you’re all heathens and sinners, ACL,” cracked Lincoln Durham late into his noontime set in the Tito’s tent Friday. The event’s paradigm having flipped like a flapjack – parent rock traded for digital youth – both quotients have backslid. That didn’t stop ATX’s one-man wrecking crew from baptizing a large crowd with cleansing distortion.

9:10AM Sat. Oct. 8, 2016, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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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, 2016, 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, 2016, Raoul Hernandez 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, 2016, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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