Daily Music: La Vie en Rose
Happy Birthday James Blake
“At what age do you want to stop hearing ‘Happy Birthday’?” wondered James Blake about halfway through his 90-minute set at the Moody Theater on Sunday night. An audience member had just started a halfhearted impromptu sing-along to celebrate the UK crooner turning 28 today. “I think that may be now,” he quipped.

1:45PM Mon. Sep. 26, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

Frank Ocean Goes Blonde
Frank Ocean left fans in limbo for four long years after his masterful 2012 release Channel Orange. The road to the Long Beach singer’s follow-up was reportedly littered with missed deadlines and broken promises, causing a chorus of finger drumming. Would one of pop’s most important voices ever return?

11:50AM Fri. Aug. 26, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

Dixie Chicks Remain Red, White & True
Of course the Dixie Chicks launched their first U.S. tour in a decade during an election year. Halfway through a nearly two-hour set Sunday night at Circuit of the Americas, the screen behind the trio lit up with images of 2016 candidates. Slowly evolving into bipartisan mocking, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were soon wearing clown noses and wigs.

12:45PM Mon. Aug. 8, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

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 »

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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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