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Respectable Enemy: Curtis McMurtry

Last January, we sat down with Curtis McMurtry on the eve of his graduation from Sarah Lawrence College and his relocation to Nashville. A third generation Texan, grandson to Lone Star legend Larry McMurtry, and son of Americana scourge James McMurtry, he’s now back in Austin and celebrating his debut LP, Respectable Enemy, on Saturday at Strange Brew. Read More | Comment »

2:00PM Fri. Aug. 15, William Harries Graham

Laura Thomas Dishes Combo Plate Booking

Fifteen years ago, Laura Thomas left her job in hospice care to start Combo Plate Booking. Since then, her chief passions – music, tea, and travel – have defined the Austin native. Longest client Michael Fracasso anchors a local roster that includes Matt the Electrician, Betty Soo, Curtis McMurtry, Beaver Nelson, and Nathan Hamilton. Read More | Comment »

2:30PM Fri. Aug. 8, William Harries Graham

Eve & the Exiles in August

Eve Monsees owns Antone’s Records with husband Mike Buck. A local since she was 8, the guitarist came up with Gary Clark Jr., who thanked her immediately when he won a Grammy. The year she graduated high school, she began Eve & the Exiles with Buck, who she was working with at Antone’s. The couple, along with Forrest Coppack, assumed ownership in 2008. Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Tue. Jul. 29, William Harries Graham

Take Me Home: Kelley Mickwee

Kelley Mickwee’s You Used to Live Here drops today. After spending years singing as a duo with Jed Zimmerman and finding success with the currently on-hiatus Trishas, Mickwee went back to her personal drawing board, starting from scratch as a solo artist. Read More | Comment »

12:15PM Tue. Jul. 22, William Harries Graham

Tommy Ramone Goes Gold

Tommy Ramone, the last original member of the Ramones, died from cancer Friday. There’s little doubt that the musical and cultural impact of his band will last as long as Mozart’s. Read More | Comment »

2:00PM Tue. Jul. 15, William Harries Graham

Matt Harlan's Highway Anthem

Matt Harlan recently released his third album, Raven Hotel, on Houston Americana micro-label Berkalin Records. Recorded locally at Ace Recording and produced by Rich Brotherton, with appearances from Austin figures like Bukka Allen, Jon Greene, and bassist Glenn Fukanaga, it’s shot to No. 1 on the EuroAmericanaChart in just two weeks. Read More | Comment »

10:12AM Fri. Jul. 11, William Harries Graham

Twelve Tales from A.J. Croce

A.J. Croce returns to Austin on Saturday at the Strange Brew thanks to February’s Twelve Tales. His father Jim Croce (“Time in a Bottle,” “Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown”) died in a 1973 plane crash when he was 2, but A.J. Croce’s been his own musician since the beginning, a dynamic performer and songwriter moving from blues to pop with ease and skill. Read More | Comment »

1:30PM Thu. Jul. 3, William Harries Graham

Jess Klein’s Leap of Faith

Thursday night at Strange Brew, Jess Klein celebrates the release of Learning Faith, produced by her manager Mark Addison. Klein moved here in 2008 from New York. Within the first month, she met Addison, who propositioned her. “He made the offer that if I dog sat for him while he was away I could use his studio to demo my new songs for free.” Read More | Comment »

1:30PM Wed. Jul. 2, William Harries Graham

Like Father, Like Son

Last year, local guitarist and Bob Dylan’s band leader Charlie Sexton said to me: “A band is only as good as its drummer.” If Sexton’s words are true, Jeff Tweedy is in good hands with his son Spencer maintaining his backbeat. Read More | Comment »

12:45PM Mon. Jun. 23, William Harries Graham

Your Window Into the Austin Invasion Music Festival

I first read about Concert Window last fall and immediately told my dad, Jon Dee Graham, about it. He's been using Concert Window ever since. Not a technical guy, Dad finds Concert Window easy to use. I call it high-tech streaming for the low-tech musician. Read More | Comment »

3:26PM Thu. Jun. 19, William Harries Graham

John Elliott

I’ve heard tell of a legend among songwriters: John Elliott.  J. Wagner, who regularly writes with Gregory Alan Isakov and has worked with Elliott before, describes him as “someone who has opened a different door.” Read More | Comment »

11:30AM Wed. Jun. 11, William Harries Graham

The Life & Friends of Tarka Cordell

Several weeks ago, Life: Tarka & Friends came out in the UK via Room 609 Records. It features songs written by Tarka Cordell as sung by his friends: Lily Allen, Citizen Cope, Imani Coppola, Alex Elana, Evan Dando, Alice Smith, Scoundrels & Dirty Gentlemen, and Ruby Friedman, to name a few. Read More | Comment »

4:45PM Tue. Jun. 3, William Harries Graham

Continental Love Songs by Liv Mueller

Liv Mueller was raised in Milwaukee on what she terms “schmaltz music: Andy Williams, Bobby Vinton, Johnny Mathis, Connie Francis – very emotive, orchestral, cinematic, over-the-top love songs.” As a result, her Thursday, 8:30pm, shows in the Continental Gallery approximate Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Joan Jett banding together. Read More | Comment »

1:45PM Thu. May. 29, William Harries Graham

New York, New York

Last week, I began a love affair with New York, from the high rises of Manhattan to the historic brown stones of Brooklyn. It’s an exhilarating thing to see the city for the first time out of an airplane window. Flying into JFK, my first sight was the Jamaica Bay shoreline. Read More | Comment »

11:45AM Tue. May. 27, William Harries Graham

Margaret Moser Exit Interview

Last Thursday, after the city dedicated Margaret Moser Plaza to her, its namesake remarked, “I got in through the back door, so whenever I get invited in through the front door, I always run to the back door to see who I can let in.” That’s me, the youngest musician she ever invited to play the Austin Music Awards in 2007. Read More | Comment »

2:07PM Thu. May. 22, William Harries Graham

Summer Fun: Into the Mystic of High Road Pool

In the winter when I miss swimming at High Road Pool, Dave Alvin rings in my ears: “Kids are shootin’ fireworks below/ Hey baby, it’s the Fourth of July.” I never thought I could love a pool more than Barton Springs until a few years ago when my family joined what was then called the Elks Lodge. As of last fall, it’s now known as the High Road Lodge. Read More | Comment »

12:45PM Tue. May. 13, William Harries Graham

Margaret Moser’s Retirement Party

Margaret Moser’s retirement party, which I put together at the Continental Club on Sunday, began at 2:15pm with the rock & roll thrill ride of the Hickoids. No slow build, the show rocked all day long and closed with a surprise performance from Christopher Cross some seven hours later. Moser gasped and held her hand over her mouth when Cross arrived. Read More | Comment »

12:45PM Tue. May. 6, William Harries Graham

Warren Hood Settles Into Strange Brew

Warren Hood, Emily Gimble, and Willie Pipkin are the Brewbirds, who play every Sunday at Strange Brew, 8pm. When the bandleader, son of late Austin fiddler Champ Hood, attended the Berklee School of Music, he took home the String Achievement Award. Later, he played with San Fransisco’s Waybacks before settling back locally. Read More | Comment »

4:00PM Wed. Apr. 30, William Harries Graham

The Funambulist: Giulia Millanta

Giulia Millanta plays a CD release for her new album The Funambulist this Saturday at Strange Brew with her band – husband/guitarist David Pulkingham, drummer Michael Longoria, and Glenn Fukunaga on bass. She and Pulkingham just returned from touring Italy, where she was born and raised in Florence. Read More | Comment »

4:25PM Wed. Apr. 23, William Harries Graham

The Lovesong of Dawn & Hawkes

Thursday, Austin indie folk duo Dawn & Hawkes, fresh from winning over fans on The Voice with a rendition of the Beatles’ “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” appear at Lamberts. Ali Holder opens. The show folds into all the local performances that benefit SXSW Cares. Read More | Comment »

12:15PM Wed. Apr. 16, William Harries Graham

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