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Prez for Life & Beyond: Lester Young
Still the President of Cool, Lester Young would’ve turned 106 today. In his soft-spoken slang, the Mississippi-born tenor saxophonist invented a chic jargon that infiltrated the mainstream (cool = hip, bread = payout) long before rappers disseminated it globally decades after he drank himself to death in 1959 at the age of 49.

4:20PM Thu. Aug. 27, William Harries Graham Read More | Comment »

Damien Rice Frees Up
Damien Rice released his third LP, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, last fall after eight years of silence. The Irish recluse, who’s all but sold out the Bass Concert Hall on Aug. 13, sings of love found and lost on the title track: “I’ve hung my happiness upon what it all could be. I could love you more than life if I wasn’t so afraid.”

10:00AM Thu. Aug. 6, William Harries Graham Read More | Comment »

Billy Harvey’s Headed Toward Danger
Billy Harvey recorded his new album over the last year in Austin, Santa Fe, and Los Angeles. Having released three previous LPs and one EP, plus touring for years, he’s developed a unique sound. Dear Danger, has a pop patina and singer-songwriter essence. He plays in-store at Waterloo Records today, 5pm, and four hours later at Strange Brew.

10:00AM Fri. Jul. 31, William Harries Graham Read More | Comment »

Wreckless Eric’s Bubblegum Dementia
In 1977, the year punk broke, Wreckless Eric released sensational punk-pop hit “(I’d Go the) Whole Wide World.” Born Eric Goulden, he became part of a songwriters cell on Stiff Records that included Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, and Nick Lowe. Like his label mates, Goulden’s lyrics remain brutal, abstract, poignant, funny. He plays Saturday at Strange Brew.

3:05PM Fri. Jul. 17, William Harries Graham Read More | Comment »

Summer Blockbuster Film Playlist
Music defines movies, controling our emotions scene to scene, and moving us from laughter to tears. The perfect soundtrack enhances the cinematic experience. For the growing legion of Spotify users, here’s a playlist from this summer’s blockbuster flicks.

12:30PM Wed. Jul. 1, William Harries Graham Read More | Comment »

The Inevitability of Dawes
Los Angeles’ Goldsmith brothers, Taylor and Griffin, lead indie folk-pop quartet Dawes, performing tonight at Stubb’s. The group, which released its fourth studio LP All Your Favorite Bands earlier this month, is known for raw and real live sets. Frontman Taylor Goldsmith took time out to chat by phone from a tour stopover in Houston.

11:00AM Thu. Jun. 25, William Harries Graham Read More | Comment »

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Scandalous Summer Soul Playlist
Ready for some uptown/downtown soul music? Are you prepared for the most styling musicians of all time to give rhythm and rhyme to the next three months? Welcome to a video playlist inspired by the hit television series Scandal.

4:20PM Wed. Jun. 17, William Harries Graham Read More | Comment »

Fragile Rock: Austin's Emo Puppet Band
This all started because a man named Brently Heilbron got divorced.

11:00AM Wed. Jun. 3, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Reckless Kelly’s Fields of Dreams
Reckless Kelly’s Celebrity Softball Jam takes the field on Sunday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. This year’s local musicians include Jack Ingram, Jamie Wilson, Shinyribs, Charlie Robison, and Kevin Fowler. Retired baseball players Josh Beckett, Adam Dunn, and Norm Charlton are joined by NFL players Kasey Studdard of the Houston Texans and Ahmad Brooks.

12:30PM Fri. May 29, William Harries Graham Read More | Comment »

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