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SXSW Interview: Raina Rose

Raina Rose: even her name reads like a poem. As it turns out, that’s because she’s the daughter of poet Leana McClellan and folk singer Morris McClellan. She’s showcasing Wednesday at South by Southwest, but look for her tonight at the Continental Club Gallery guitar pull with Owen Temple and Danny Malone. Read More | Comment »

2:47PM Sun. Mar. 9, William Harries Graham

Folk Traumatic Stress Disorder

Last Friday, I packed my Taylor guitar into Brent Grulke’s old, mint-green Carlton case, given to my dad, Jon Dee Graham, a few days before by Grulke’s widow Kristen. I rubbed my tired eyes, and boarded the 7am flight to Dallas, which Darden Smith was on. On the connecting flight from Dallas to Kansas City, we picked up Patrice Pike and Andrew Pressman. Read More | Comment »

2:07PM Tue. Feb. 25, William Harries Graham

Maria’s Taco Xpress Tries to Save a Life

Last June, a staff member at Maria’s Taco Xpress on South Lamar, Vincente Pedroza, 21, starting feeling weak and noticed unusual bruises on his legs. He was diagnosed with Leukemia. Aggressive chemotherapy didn’t work. The only thing that can save his life now is a bone marrow transplant. Read More | Comment »

2:30PM Fri. Feb. 14, William Harries Graham

Food Issue Extra Helpings: My Dinners with Jon Dee Graham

While we don’t eat chicken very often, the co-chef around the house, my dad Jon Dee Graham, has been whipping up “Reckless Chicken” since I can remember. It’s an Italian pasta recipe he got from drummer Jay Nazz of Reckless Kelly, thus duly renamed in our kitchen. Read More | Comment »

3:55PM Tue. Feb. 11, William Harries Graham

Thanks Barbara Lynn

Barbara Lynn’s debut single, 1962’s “You’ll Lose A Good Thing,” soared to the top of the Billboard pop and R&B charts. Skip forward almost half a century to 2009 and the American Folklife Center in Washington, D.C., honored her at both the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress. Her home of Beaumont named a street after her. Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Fri. Feb. 7, William Harries Graham

Alejandro Escovedo Hosts Matt McCormack Benefit

On Thursday at Strange Brew, Alejandro Escovedo hosts a benefit for his daughter ShaShai and her bandleader husband Matt McCormack, who lost everything last Halloween in the torrential rain that devastated the Onion Creek area and many Central Texans. Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Wed. Feb. 5, William Harries Graham

The ABGB

The ABGB (Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.) at 1305 W. Oltorf opened last fall on two acres beside the railroad tracks. Praise for Brian “Swifty” Peters and Amos Lowe’s beer was instant. ABGB has a huge parking and a beer garden with brightly colored lawn chairs. Inside, huge tables host pizza and brew. It’s also a music venue. Read More | Comment »

12:15PM Tue. Jan. 28, William Harries Graham

Josh Ritter’s Hungry

We caught up with Josh Ritter by phone in upstate New York as the renowned Idaho songsmith prepped his current tour. Saturday’s load-in at the Moody Theater with opener Gregory Alan Isakov is the third stop on the trek. Pitching it as an acoustic tour, Ritter says, “It’s just as exciting to play rock & roll quietly. It’s an amazing feeling.” Read More | Comment »

4:35PM Fri. Jan. 17, William Harries Graham

Sons of Fathers Residency

David Beck and Paul Cauthen banded together to play their first Sons of Fathers gig in October 2010. The frontmen met in San Marcos when they showed up at a new club for a gig. They admit to being competitors first, vying for local gigs. Many an ATX music act would kill for the group’s month-long residency at the Mohawk beginning tonight. Read More | Comment »

3:30PM Tue. Jan. 14, William Harries Graham

Alejandro Escovedo, Vagabond & Wandering Spirit

Saturday at the Moody Theater, Austin rock & roll icon Alejandro Escovedo presents the United Sounds of Austin, a star-studded journey through the history of local music. Guesting Lucinda Williams, Roky Erickson, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, Rosie Flores, Dr. James Polk, the Skunks, and many more, it’s the show of a lifetime. Read More | Comment »

3:03PM Fri. Jan. 10, William Harries Graham

Meet J Wagner

Meet J Wagner, Gregory Alan Isakov’s songwriting partner. He joins a family gathering, with my father Jon Dee Graham, Matt the Electrician, and myself at the Continental Club Gallery on Sunday, Dec. 29, at 8pm. Free. Read More | Comment »

10:07AM Mon. Dec. 23, 2013, William Harries Graham

Twang Twang Shock-A-Boom ‘Cutz’ New Music

Twang Twang Shock-A-Boom: If ever a local band name perked interest, it’s that one. Drummer Chris Searles explains. “I came up with the name as musical onomatopoeia during a particularly boring class at UT, and David Garza loved it right away. The other option was ‘Emily Dickinson.’” Read More | Comment »

4:47PM Tue. Dec. 10, 2013, William Harries Graham

Motown vs. Stax

Locally soulful singer-songwriter Walter Tragert says, “When folks ask me the age-old question – ‘Beatles or Stones?’– my response is always ‘Marvin Gaye.’” Friday at the Cactus Cafe, Charlie Faye hosts Motown vs. Stax, wherein Austin’s finest sing songs Bonnie Whitmore describes as “yet to be topped by anyone.” Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Tue. Dec. 3, 2013, William Harries Graham

Love Charli XCX

Charli XCX’s new hit single “Super Love,” whose video was filmed in trendy Tokyo, climbs the charts by the week. And unless you’ve been on a deserted island for the last year, it’s impossible you haven’t heard Swedish pop sensation Icona Pop’s “I Love It” everywhere. The infectious, happy club beat was penned by Charli. Read More | Comment »

3:47PM Fri. Nov. 22, 2013, William Harries Graham

Music of the Mind: Joe Pug

Joe Pug moved to Austin four years ago to be closer to musicians he admires, like Joe Ely, James McMurtry, and Ray Wylie Hubbard. He settled on the Eastside and frequents the Long Branch for a nightcap. Pug tours most of the year, but on off days you’ll find a book in his hands, “nonfiction mostly.” Catch him at the Parish this Saturday, Nov. 23. Read More | Comment »

3:07PM Tue. Nov. 19, 2013, William Harries Graham

Walking In Between: Ben Rector

Tomorrow night, indie sensation Ben Rector plays Stubb’s. A hit-maker since he was in college, he’s gained recognition mostly through word of mouth and has followed that up by starting his own label. In a time of artist independence from the major labels, Rector’s winning. Read More | Comment »

2:00PM Wed. Nov. 6, 2013, William Harries Graham

Diaryland: Matt the Electrician

There was a time when I had “Diaryland” by Matt the Electrician stuck on repeat. Then, this past Sunday, I shared the stage with the local singer-songwriter at the new guitar pull series I’m co-hosting with Bonnie Whitmore at the Continental Club Gallery. Playing with one of my Austin heroes proved exhilarating. Read More | Comment »

1:30PM Wed. Oct. 30, 2013, William Harries Graham

MEOW Con: Suzi Quatro

I’ve been a fan of Suzi Quatro’s since I was knee high, watching reruns of Happy Days featuring the Detroit-born rocker as Leather Tuscadero. Her hits “Rock Hard” and “Stumblin’ In” are regular spins on my iPod. Quatro sings the latter Top 5 U.S. smash of 1979 tonight at a special event for MEOW Con. Read More | Comment »

1:27PM Thu. Oct. 24, 2013, William Harries Graham

Island Girl: Madi Jane West

Madi Jane West could be a map of my life so far, major placements on my personal timeline. We met when we were 5 at a clay arts class at the Dougherty Arts Center. I spent huge amounts of time giggling with her when we were growing up, along with her best friend, local young photographer Des Magness. Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Tue. Oct. 22, 2013, William Harries Graham

Boxer Rebellion Goes the Distance

Having played last year’s ACL Fest, the Boxer Rebellion returns to Austin tonight at the Parish. The UK pop quartet became one of my favorites after I discovered them in the romantic comedy Going the Distance. Read More | Comment »

10:07AM Wed. Oct. 16, 2013, William Harries Graham

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