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Summer Reading: Sam Phillips
Our December detailing of Elvis Presley’s early shows in Austin coincided with publication of a definitive biography on the man who discovered him. Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock & Roll by Peter Guralnick provided deep background on the moment Presley became Johnny Appleseed and transformed music. Missing was analysis of the book itself.

11:30AM Fri. Jun. 17, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

The Cure Romances Austin
Biggest surprise of the Cure’s Friday the 13th stand at the Frank Erwin Center? Robert Smith smiled. The enduring British outfit’s sole remaining founder – long reputed as one of rock’s most morose figures – managed several grins across the band’s three-hour performance on Red River.

10:45AM Mon. May 16, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

Down Every Road with Merle Haggard
News broke on Wednesday afternoon via a Facebook post from Ben Haggard: “A week ago, Dad told us he was gonna pass on his birthday, and he wasn’t wrong. An hour ago, he took his last breath surrounded by family and friends.”

11:30AM Thu. Apr. 7, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music: Loretta Lynn
BBC Radio took over Stubb’s on Thursday night, opening with 83-year-old American treasure Loretta Lynn. Queen of country music for half a century, she’s promoting new LP Full Circle, her 40th to hit Billboard’s Top 10 Country chart. Consider the booking another case of a long-standing UK tradition: selling our indigenous music back to us.

8:40AM Fri. Mar. 18, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

SXSW Interview: Dion
Dion Francis DiMucci, born July 18, 1939, in the Bronx, scored some of doo-wop’s biggest hits with his first group, the Belmonts (“Teenager in Love”). Solo hits “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer” were better, and he achieved a blues Zen covering the Drifters’ “Ruby Baby.” Tonight he vets new LP New York is My Home at the Driskill’s Victorian Room, 11pm

4:15PM Thu. Mar. 17, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

SXSW Interview: Dion
 
SXSW Music Panel: No Future – 1976 and the Birth of Punk in the UK
“It’s the howl of the underclass,” roared Vivien Goldman, editor in 1976 of UK music weekly Sounds and now “punk professor” at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in New York City.

2:10PM Thu. Mar. 17, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

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ACL Taping: Iggy Pop
House lights dimming, a wildings stomp whoops over the house PA. Onto the ACL Live at the Moody Theater stage swagger five musicians in matching red sharkskin evening jackets with black velvet lapels and narrow-cut black trousers and black shoes. The drummer begins pounding out a monstrous Motown-meets-Gene Krupa beat familiar from film and television.

10:35AM Wed. Mar. 16, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

Alejandro Escovedo on a Wire
Catching a beloved rock & roller fresh from his mother’s memorial service does’t exactly constitute good timing, but in inimitable fashion, Alejandro Escovedo proved warm and gracious – gentlemanly. Now an Austin expatriate, he was also prepping his annual birthday show at the Moody Theater on Saturday, this one conceived as a tribute to Leonard Cohen.

10:00AM Fri. Jan. 8, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Afrika Bambaataa
“What month is this?” one of the Universal Zulu Nation MCs asked as Afrika Bambaataa manned the turntables Sunday afternoon. “This is Hip-Hop History Month!” Auditorium Shores thus received a lesson not only in hip-hop history, but in how a master works his craft.

10:25AM Mon. Nov. 9, 2015, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

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