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SXSW Music Live: The Sandinistas
“Hi, we’re the Sandinistas,” grinned singer/guitarist Dan Hagerty at the 20 people gathered before the punk-pop trio two songs into their SXSW showcase at Javelina on Friday night. “We’re from South Wales in the UK. If you don’t know where that is,” he added, tongue firmly in cheek, “that’s where Tom Jones is from.”

12:25PM Sat. Mar. 18, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Live: Spoon Nite 2
Much, much easier getting into the Main on Wednesday night for the second of Spoon’s three nights celebrating their new Matador Records release Hot Thoughts. The crowd was sparse as Austin’s Quin Galavis took the stage shrouded in dry ice and angry red lighting.

2:45PM Thu. Mar. 16, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Live: Bash & Pop
“Let me offer you some important advice,” offered a clearly loose Tommy Stinson upon greeting yours truly on Wednesday evening, minutes before taking the stage at the Hotel Vegas patio. “Never play any club that doesn’t stock your brand of booze.”

10:40AM Thu. Mar. 16, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Live: Spoon Nite 1
By the time Tuesday evening’s line to get into the Main – rebranded Eno’s through Thursday in honor of its former incarnation as Emo’s and Spoon drummer Jim Eno – allowed entry, Austin’s Bright Light Social Hour were neck-deep in the lysergic emanations of the Beatles’ Tibetan Book of the Dead rewrite, “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

2:15PM Wed. Mar. 15, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Willie Nelson
Someone let Texas’ most famous musical byproduct down. Audience conversations should never be louder than “On the Road Again.” Yet, following a “Thank you, Willie” video from a cross section of ACL 2016 acts, an audience-pumping intro by Matthew McConaughey, and the state flag unfurling as a backdrop on “Whiskey River,” the damned P.A. needed upping.

11:37AM Mon. Oct. 10, 2016, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Cage the Elephant
One thing can be said with total certainty about Bowling Green, Kentucky’s Cage the Elephant: They exert a lot of energy.

10:50AM Sun. Oct. 9, 2016, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

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ACL Review: Struts
“Austin, we released our debut album Everybody Wants in the UK two years ago,” announced Luke Spiller, preening frontman for English glam revivalists the Struts, near the end of their ACL set on Friday. “Radio refused to play us! I hate that! So the four of us bought tickets to America last year, and we’ve been here since! And we love it!”

10:25AM Sat. Oct. 8, 2016, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

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, 2016, 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, 2016, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

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