Daily Music: La Vie en Rose
Levitation Live Shot: Caribou
Mohawk’s Sunday sell-out played witness to an increasingly endangered species: a Caribou club show. Canadian electronic composer Dan Snaith and his live threepiece tours consistently, but they mostly appear at festivals. Levitation’s cancellation meant that locals got to experience giant sounds tailor-made for vast fields in a contained space.

11:47AM Mon. May 2, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

Beach House’s Spring Party Blowout
Sunday night’s Beach House art show paved the way for a Monday evening spring blowout. Following a pop-up installation at Brazos Hall, which capped at 200 ticket holders, the Baltimore pop duo added two backing musicians and 2,000-plus people for a sold-out show at the Moody Theater.

12:07PM Tue. Apr. 12, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

Beach House’s Austin Installation
Save for the doormen, Brazos Hall looked closed for business Sunday night. And not just from the outside. As one entered the downtown venue, guided by flashlights from security, the place was completely dark.

12:30PM Mon. Apr. 11, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music: Spin Day Party
Spin’s annual SX day party at Stubb’s seldom disappoints. Attendees have learned to count on a stacked lineup of cutting-edge acts (recall Kendrick Lamar a couple years back), carefully curated crowd favorites, and a free supply of whatever beer partner they find that year. What up, Bud Light!

10:55AM Sat. Mar. 19, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Panel: Jessica Hopper
Jessica Hopper, who has writing and editing credits at Pitchfork, Rookie, and is now the editorial director of music at MTV, can count herself as one of the most successful female music journalists of all time.

8:57AM Fri. Mar. 18, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Keynote: First Lady Michelle Obama
The night before her Wednesday keynote speech, first lady Michelle Obama unveiled “This Is for My Girls,” an all-star anthem commissioned to benefit her Let Girls Learn initiative, which focuses on access to education for girls worldwide.

12:30PM Thu. Mar. 17, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

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SXSW Music: Hinds
Although they made the rounds last year at SXSW, Madrid quartet Hinds return now riding a wave of word-of-mouth. Their first splash of the week went down on the Eastside Tuesday night at Hype Hotel.

9:45AM Wed. Mar. 16, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

Shearwater Revisits 1980
Since album promotion requires musicians to endure multiple interviews at a sitting, slotting in after a prime one remains a tough act to follow. Fortunately, Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg still had plenty to offer on ninth LP and second Sub Pop disc Jet Plane and Oxbow, David Bowie, and the upcoming tour that kicks off Wednesday at the North Door.

11:50AM Tue. Feb. 2, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

Black Sheep Boy Will Sheff
On Wednesday, we rang up Will Sheff at home in Brooklyn, the Okkervil River frontman suspending dinner prep to talk about the 10th anniversary reissue of Black Sheep Boy, which includes the original LP, a follow-up EP, and a third CD of unheard material. Kitchen tips were also offered ahead of his sold-out solo sets this weekend at the Cactus Cafe.

3:00PM Fri. Dec. 11, 2015, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

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