Daily Music: Death Valley Nights
Avett Brothers Stomp the Moody
Decisions define musical acts same as people. Who from where and playing what when? Influences, yes. How tight, how long, how ’bout that singer? Why those pants? Selling out ACL Live at the Moody Theater immediately, the Avett Brothers proved on Sunday night they’re still a band apart.

3:47PM Mon. Jun. 20, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

John Carpenter, Rock Star
Howard Hawks, one of John Carpenter’s muses – ghost director of 1951’s The Thing From Another World – helped invent film repartee in Twentieth Century and His Girl Friday. Carpenter, 68, famed director of Halloween, The Fog, and Starman, bantered as quick as a tennis match in advance of his debut tour as synthesizer fiend behind many of his own film scores.

1:50PM Wed. Jun. 15, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Doors Guitarist Robby Krieger Rallies
L.A. native Robby Krieger talks like a surfer. The Doors guitarist, 70, who co-headlines the weekend’s Republic of Texas Biker Rally on Saturday with Steppenwolf’s John Kay, leaves a lot of sea and sky between some utterances, but his laid-back drawl belies the undertow of almost a half century of rock & roll history. Break on through.

1:00PM Thu. Jun. 9, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Monday Comes to Austin for Jimmy Buffett
Medicine’s Rod of Asclepius stamped each shoulder, giving way to hemp leaves cascading down the front, back, and sleeves, which at the elbows came stitched with the scales of justice. Legalize medicinal marijuana? Five consecutive years of summer tour warm-ups in Austin during May yielded a first at the Moody Theater Monday: Jimmy Buffett wore a blazer.

1:25PM Tue. May 24, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Journeyman Neal Schon
Long before “Don’t Stop Believin’” – and “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Who‘s Crying Now,” “Faithfully,” etc. – Journey was a prog rock group. Prior to that, its founder Neal Schon, 62, joined the final lineup of the Santana band as a teenage guitarist. Journey lands at the Circuit of the Americas on Wednesday.

1:00PM Tue. May 17, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Levitation Live Shot: Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats
At 12:03am on Saturday, when Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats ceased, the UK doom melodians slammed the coffin shut on Levitation’s second-worst day – a black Friday without a single drop of precipitation (at least where this Central Austinite sat/stood/waited). Puddles of human fluid flowing through Empire Control Room’s tented outside stage didn’t count.

11:47AM Sat. Apr. 30, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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Do Me Baby! Austin Does Prince
Prince high-kickin’ his best James Brown impression atop a grand piano at the Frank Erwin Center in 1997 remains only slightly less memory-searing than a hurricane-like rainstorm on the night the diminutive Hendrix disciple destroyed San Antonio’s AT&T Center in 2004. Total recall also dusts off a sovereign CD, Do Me Baby! Austin Does Prince.

2:25PM Wed. Apr. 27, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Springsteen Takes Dallas to The River
At the 3:20 mark – hours, not minutes – Bruce Springsteen could only repeat, “I got nothing.” Some 20,000 fanatics at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas on Tuesday knew better, even if the E Street Band looked ready for a post-concert cocktail. A somewhat anti-climactic “Bobby Jean” served as canny come down from three-plus hours at dizzying heights.

5:47PM Wed. Apr. 6, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Mavericks Tame Rodeo Austin
Even on a Sunday afternoon when the cowboys couldn’t rope the calves and the kindergartener-strapped muttons were busted – flat-out lethargic – not to mention the horse fillies failed to slalom the barrels, and no one could stay on the bull tonnage, Rodeo Austin still broke the bank. Paradise weather and the Mavericks saw to that.

11:00AM Mon. Mar. 14, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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