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Fleetwood Mac Bewitches the Frank Erwin Center
If ever an arena rock band made a convincing case for its own unplugged club tour, it was Fleetwood Mac Sunday night at the Frank Erwin Center. At the hour mark of an epic, 160-minute, 23-song show, a stripped down mini set cushioned the stillness and enduring beauty of songs known to all. Rockers age – musicians, compositions – but intimacy never grows old.

12:47PM Mon. Mar. 2, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Charles Attal Discusses C3/Live Nation Deal
“This business is all relationships,” nodded Charles Attal in an exclusive interview at the Chronicle last week about billion-dollar concert giant Live Nation acquiring “a controlling stake” in C3 Presents. Myself and two of the three Charlies – Attal and Charlie Jones – bonded over our fledgling local careers 20 years ago. That yielded the following.

7:07AM Thu. Feb. 26, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

For Friday the 13th... Alice Cooper
And in the end (as the song goes... ) – with balloons, streamers, and confetti filling the Moody Theater – the ringmaster leading 100 minutes of ghoulish Barnum & Bailey spectacle, Alice Cooper, recalled no less that Sir Paul McCartney at the Erwin Center in 2013. That Detroit-born Vincent Damon Furnier, 67, likely identifies as a Lennonite matters not.

12:30PM Fri. Feb. 13, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

The Trials of Tribulation
Swedish death metallers Tribulation lunge at you in corpse paint brandishing homicidal riffs and thrilling verve. As opener on Friday’s Mohawk sundering, they’ll get no more than 20-25 minutes – about their allotment opening for Watain and In Solitude at Red 7 on Halloween Eve in 2013. We emailed five questions to them, and guitarist Adam Zaars replied.

10:47AM Thu. Jan. 29, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music: List Four
Following last week’s gargantuan third list of Music acts, South by Southwest today announced another 176 names. That brings the total number of confirmed showcasers to 1,140. Expect Friday dispatches from the conference until not another band could possibly fit on local stages.

1:40PM Fri. Jan. 23 Read More | Comment »

Ian McLagan 1945-2014
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame keyboardist and 20-year Austin resident Ian McLagan suffered a stroke on Monday and was admitted to Brackenridge Hospital on Tuesday, where he died Wednesday at 2:39pm according to those who worked with him.

3:17PM Wed. Dec. 3, 2014, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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Levitation Uncorks 2015 Lineup
Three-dozen acts offloaded from the Levitation mothership just now, the re-branded Austin Psych Fest. While South by Southwest has revealed 400 names for March madness, and last week Rodeo Austin shot out of the gate with its lineup, Levitation now kicks in with a hefty dose of its May 8-10, 2015, freak flag at the idyllic Carson Creek Ranch once again.

11:13AM Wed. Dec. 3, 2014 Read More | Comment »

Rodeo Austin Re-Enlists Dwight Yoakam
Best music I saw during South by Southwest this year? Dwight Yoakam at Rodeo Austin. Work hell meant yours truly took in exactly two acts at the festival, for which my antidote has become spending the last Sunday of SXSW at the Travis County Expo Center. My wife and I hosted The New York Times and Rolling Stone for Yoakam – returning to that same Sunday in 2015.

11:30AM Mon. Nov. 24, 2014, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

S-L-A-Y-E-R Siege
Oakland Raiders receiver Fred Biletnikoff had flypaper hands, jack rabbit moves, and elusive grace over the middle. Slayer is none of these things, but when Kerry King approached the drum riser to commune with Paul Bostaph and revealed the football Hall of Famer’s name on the back of his jersey, the unholy tie between brute sport and thrash metal roared.

11:11AM Wed. Nov. 19, 2014, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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