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Yee-Haw! Rodeo Austin 2017 Lineup
Turns out that SXSW Music’s big band reveal this morning and Rodeo Austin’s talent announcement preceding it are perfectly complementary: The former boasts volume, while the latter unveils headliners. Among the country legends gracing the Travis County Expo Center March 11-25 are Charley Pride, Dwight Yoakam, and “The Gambler,” Kenny Rogers.

11:00AM Tue. Jan. 10, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music List No. 3
Now two months way, South by Southwest Music released its largest block of bands to date this morning. The new batch of 498 acts includes psychedelic stoner trio Dead Meadow, rising Minneapolis singer/rapper Lizzo, B-52’s singer Cindy Wilson, and Sad13, pop project of Speedy Ortiz frontwoman Sadie Dupuis.

10:00AM Tue. Jan. 10, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Friday Free Week Stoner Jam: Duel
Stoner lord vox, Seventies metal tunings, and a doom-braised Kraken rumble all steam roll Austin quartet Duel. Headlining tonight’s all-star gathering of like-minded locals at Swan Dive for Free Week, frontman Tom Frank fielded our five queries. “Lucky for both of us my edible just kicked in,” he emailed, “and I’ve decided to give this my FULL attention.”

11:00AM Fri. Jan. 6, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Protextor’s Fleshlight-Funded Video
“I just wanted to make a sex song that was honest,” says ATX MC Protextor of “Marks,” a steamy track off his 2015 LP Shift. “Ever since ‘My Baby Does the Hanky Panky,’ sex has so often been treated by male lyricists as nothing more than, ‘Hey guys, I got laid!’

1:30PM Tue. Jan. 3, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Willie Nelson’s 69 Minutes
Computer screen savers at a stageside tech outpost read “70 minutes.” Willie Nelson left exactly one minute on the table when he finished at the Moody Theater near 11pm on Thursday. That’s all it took for the greatest living country pioneer to consummate his May-December romance with Austin utilizing the intimacy of a solo songwriter set at the Cactus Cafe.

2:35PM Fri. Dec. 30, 2016, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Jackie Venson & Dale Watson’s Manhattan Mosey
In the second episode of Jackie Venson’s web series, the burgeoning singer-songwriter-guitarist crosses paths with fellow Austinite Dale Watson in Manhattan. Munching gyros, singing in the subway, and generally “moseying” – a pace Watson says New Yorkers detest – they discuss the practical and philosophical points of life as a bandleader.

11:45AM Mon. Dec. 19, 2016, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits Vols. I-III
Billy Joel last played Austin in 1990 on the Storm Front tour. While the Erwin Center would’ve killed for a return engagement this past weekend, having also hosted him in ’87 and ’82, Friday’s sell-out at the AT&T Center in San Antonio proved why the Bronx-born son of a German classical pianist remains one of the most commercially successful pop acts ever.

4:20PM Mon. Dec. 12, 2016, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Burning Books With the Schisms
My old pal Webster defines “schism” as a “formal division in or separation from a church or religious body.” Fitting, then, that the latest offering from Austin rock noir trio the Schisms urges listeners to “Burn your Bibles and Torahs.”

11:15AM Mon. Dec. 12, 2016, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

The Bob Dylan Nobel: The Morning After
Southwestern University professor David Gaines, a fan and scholar of Bob Dylan's work, spent the week in Stockholm to cover the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Dylan. Here's his account of the ceremony at which the award was presented on Dec. 10.

9:00AM Mon. Dec. 12, 2016, David Gaines Read More | Comment »

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