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SXSW Panel: Love the Art, Fuck the Artist

Artists getting screwed over by the record industry isn’t new, but the current state of the state might be the worst ever. This discussion led by Jay Rosenthal, Senior VP and General Counsel of the National Music Publishers’ Association, moved quickly through compensation – or rather the lack of it – with songwriters being a particular focus. Read More | Comment »

10:47PM Thu. Mar. 13, Jim Caligiuri

SXSW Live Shot: St. Paul & the Broken Bones

Obviously, it’s in their blood. A group of seven young men from the Birmingham/Muscle Shoals area of Alabama, St. Paul & the Broken Bones neither recreate or imitate. The soul music they make feels good and it’s very real. Dubbed St. Paul due to his background singing gospel, frontman Paul Janeway surprises almost every time he opens his mouth. Read More | Comment »

12:15PM Thu. Mar. 13, Jim Caligiuri

SXSW In-Store: Barrence Whitfield & the Savages

With its warrens of vintage vinyl and ancient posters advertising rock & roll and blues from the middle part of last century, Antone’s Records was the perfect venue for Boston’s Barrence Whitfield & the Savages heated performance Wednesday afternoon. Read More | Comment »

10:15AM Thu. Mar. 13, Jim Caligiuri

SXSW Live Shot: Vintage Trouble

Knowing I was heading into a clusterfuck, I arrived for my first Tuesday night showcase 45 minutes early and was still unable to get close to this explosive L.A. quartet. The venue, a converted, three-bay automotive garage, was far too small for the much-buzzed-about Vintage Trouble. Read More | Comment »

12:33AM Wed. Mar. 12, Jim Caligiuri

SXSW Interview: Vintage Trouble

Ever done a three-way... interview? I did, with a trio of the foursome known as Vintage Trouble. It’s unusual to do a phone interview with an entire band, so I was wary beforehand, but they were well-spoken. As a matter of fact, in the end it was one of the most intense and satisfying interviews I’ve ever conducted. Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Tue. Mar. 11, Jim Caligiuri

SXSW Lou Reed Tribute Gathers Steam

“It’s going to be New York meets Austin,” says Richard Barone. He’s talking about the South by Southwest tribute to Lou Reed, Friday, Mar. 14, at the Paramount Theater. The line-up looks spectacular, with more acts – some only participating in this one event – being added daily. You’ll be surprised by the caliber of talent not yet announced. Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Wed. Mar. 5, Jim Caligiuri

Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song: Amos Lee

Philadelphia’s Amos Lee headlines the Moody Theater tonight, but he recalls a performance inside Stubb’s when he was just getting started as one of his most memorable local gigs. Like any well-traveled musician, he loves Austin. Still, when it came time to record his latest, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, he chose Nashville. Read More | Comment »

10:30AM Thu. Feb. 27, Jim Caligiuri

Life After Lubbock

Jaston Williams remains best known around these parts for 1981 play franchise Greater Tuna. The actor and playwright also counts as friends some famous musicians from Lubbock, near which he was raised. The panhandle’s outpost of strange gets its due Friday and Saturday when Williams shares the Stateside at the Paramount stage with his cabal. Read More | Comment »

3:50PM Wed. Feb. 19, Jim Caligiuri

Food Issue Extra Helpings: Blood & Chocolate

Must be my Italian heritage, because associating love and food comes naturally to me. My grandmothers, my mother, my aunts always made sure my siblings, my cousins, and I were never hungry, expressing their affection with a bowl of cheesy pasta followed by a hunk of heavenly chocolate cake. Cue Dean Martin singing “That’s Amore.” Read More | Comment »

3:00PM Wed. Feb. 12, Jim Caligiuri

Mandy Barnett’s Classic Country

When people start talking about Mandy Barnett, eventually the word “amazing” gets used. The Nashville-based singer with a deep country style plays the Continental Club tonight and it’s your shot at finding out what that word really means. Read More | Comment »

3:30PM Fri. Feb. 7, Jim Caligiuri

You’ll Never Hear Fred Frith Plunk

Saturday at the ND, Austin hosts something rare and likely beautiful. Guitarist/composer Fred Frith says the last time he was Central Texas was 1985 with the experimental NYC rock band Skeleton Crew. This time he’ll bring his “prepared guitar” for a night of improvisation. Read More | Comment »

2:30PM Fri. Jan. 31, Jim Caligiuri

10 Minutes with Slaid Cleaves

Slaid Cleaves made 2013 best-of lists nationwide with Still Fighting the War. Friday, he joins Jimmy LaFave, Eliza Gilkyson, and Sam Baker at the One World Theatre for two shows of Walking Woody’s Road. Read More | Comment »

12:05PM Thu. Jan. 23, Jim Caligiuri

This Is No Depression

In every decade since the Seventies, there’s been a roots music revival of some sort. Two new reissues sound off with the best of it in the Eighties and Nineties. This Is Lone Justice captures the influential Los Angeles band at its infancy, while Uncle Tupelo’s No Depression spawned an entire industry. Read More | Comment »

2:35PM Wed. Jan. 15, Jim Caligiuri

Made Up Mind: The Best of 2013, Vol. 2

2013 ended up being an unexpectedly fertile year for roots rock. Proof can be found on the mix herein, one last look at the past 12 months. Most artists were addressed on this forum or in the pages of the Chronicle, all more than worthy of a spin. Read More | Comment »

5:35PM Wed. Jan. 8, Jim Caligiuri

10 Minutes with Robert Earl Keen

Tonight, Robert Earl Keen wraps up a very successful year with his Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee production for ACL Live at the Moody Theater. We caught up with the Hill Country raconteur last week, recapping his first ever tour with fellow Aggie Lyle Lovett, the making of his upcoming bluegrass LP, and the fact that it’s Robert, not Bobby. Read More | Comment »

10:07AM Fri. Dec. 20, 2013, Jim Caligiuri

Dar Williams, In the Time of Gods

As far as she can figure, folk diva Dar Williams hasn’t played in Central Texas since 2008. That was the last time she toured with a new album. Sunday night, 7pm, she appears at the One World Theater with In the Time of Gods. Read More | Comment »

1:07PM Wed. Dec. 11, 2013, Jim Caligiuri

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Every year, there’s always one new Christmas release that stands apart. This season it’s from pub rocker turned crooner Nick Lowe, whose first attempt at something seasonal lands an instant classic. With many moods and tunes veering drastically from the ordinary, even its surf rock “Silent Night” runs counter to standard fare. Read More | Comment »

1:45PM Fri. Dec. 6, 2013, Jim Caligiuri

Jimmie Vaughan: 50 Years Performing

Eternal Austin guitar hero Jimmie Vaughan celebrates 50 years making music on Tuesdays at the Continental Club, hosting a residency that runs through New Year’s Eve. He usually brings his stinging blues to larger stages, so it’s a great opportunity to catch the older brother and original influence of Stevie Ray Vaughan up close and personal. Read More | Comment »

4:30PM Mon. Nov. 25, 2013, Jim Caligiuri

Doug Sahm: All About the Groove

After Lou Reed’s death, the number of people sharing stories of his friendship or recalling a random meeting with him was astounding. The only time I remember something similar happening was after the passing of Doug Sahm. Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Mon. Nov. 18, 2013, Jim Caligiuri

Catching Up With Kevin Welch

These days, Butch Hancock performs with his son Rory, while Lucas Hubbard plays guitar for Ray Wylie. Let’s not forget what readers of the Chronicle have discovered: Jon Dee Graham’s son William has become a force of nature as a musician and a writer. Kevin and Dustin Welch have their own special thing going on. Read More | Comment »

12:20PM Wed. Nov. 6, 2013, Jim Caligiuri

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