The Lineup

Check out music from Sarah Jaffe, Caribou, and more. Read More | Comment »

The Lineup 4:34PM Thu. May. 13, 2010

Mean Old Man

Teasing the introduction to “Great Balls of Fire” early into his set on Saturday for the third annual Revival Festival at the Nutty Brown Amphitheater, Jerry Lee Lewis outlined his modus operandi with what could be affectionately referred to as dirty old man banter: “It’s like making love to a lady. You have to ease into it … and then you pay for it.” Read More | Comment »

Off the Record 2:15PM Wed. May. 12, 2010, Austin Powell

Five Years

Further proof that time flies: Slobberbone plays its first Austin show in five years Saturday at the Continental Club. The reason the Denton-based quartet with the funny name has been away so long is that they broke up in 2005, after four albums and more than ten years of brutal touring. Read More | Comment »

Geezerville 2:10PM Wed. May. 12, 2010, Jim Caligiuri

Grascals' Garten Party

One of the hottest tickets in country music is playing Austin on Wednesday night, and it’s not Carrie Underwood at the Erwin Center. It's the Grascals, and not only are they top-notch musicians who once backed Dolly Parton, the ticket is free at Scholz Garten. Read More | 2 Comments »

Girlie Action 11:30AM Tue. May. 11, 2010, Margaret Moser

Rock & Roll Summer School

SXSW advisor/music instructor James Mays stands at the forefront of the Austin youth music movement. Whether it’s Jamfest, SchoolJam Texas, or SXSW Underage, his events are characterized by high turnout and premium venues. This summer, Mays attempts his most ambitious undertaking, The Kids Are Alright Festival, June 4 and 5. Read More | Comment »

Next Up! 2:59PM Mon. May. 10, 2010, Aaron Miller

A Unified Cactus?

As promised, and just under the wire, the Friends of the Cactus Cafe has submitted a business plan for the future of the Cactus Cafe. Now the question is, with UT proposing an immediate decision on the venue's future, whether it will get a thorough hearing? Read More | Comment »

Off the Record 1:35PM Mon. May. 10, 2010, Richard Whittaker

OTR - 33 RPM

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Off the Record 4:45PM Thu. May. 6, 2010, Austin Powell

The saga of Roky Erickson and Will Sheff continues

Tour of Psychedelic Austin, Part 2

Here's part two of Roky Erickson and Will Sheff's Tour of Psychedelic Austin in support of True Love Cast Out All Evil. The daytrip includes a visit to the Zilker Elementary School and an abandoned church where the 13th Floor Elevators used to rehearse. Read More | Comment »

Off the Record 1:00PM Thu. May. 6, 2010, Austin Powell

Imaginary Television

In the 1970s, Graham Parker emerged as one of the "angry young men" of British rock, often pigeonholed with Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, songwriters with distinctive, passionate songwriting styles who all emerged to around the same time. Read More | Comment »

Geezerville 11:33AM Wed. May. 5, 2010, Jim Caligiuri

Let the Good Times Roll

Eschewing the popular mainstream bands that have made other festivals intolerably overcrowded, the still largely regional, family-friendly Festival International de Louisiane, held in Lafayette, highlights music from the French-speaking parts of the globe: France, Canada, Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and, of course, Louisiana. Read More | Comment »

Death Valley Nights 2:50PM Mon. May. 3, 2010, Jay Trachtenberg

The Lineup

Check out music from Those Darlins, Zeale, and more. Read More | Comment »

The Lineup 4:22PM Thu. Apr. 29, 2010

Roky Erickson and Okkervil River hit the historic streets

Tour of Psychedelic Austin, Part 1

Will Sheff uses two microphones when Okkervil River backs Roky Erickson in concert: one for his serene harmony on “Be and Bring Me Home” and ghostly echo on “I Walked With a Zombie,” the other to prompt Erickson through the band’s PA without the audience hearing. He needed both at the Paramount last Saturday. Read More | Comment »

Off the Record 1:14PM Thu. Apr. 29, 2010, Austin Powell

Cactus Decision Delayed

Interesting news out of UT: As the Student Friends of the Cactus Cafe finalize their proposal for a self-operating model with current management and extra student input, the final decision on the campus institution has been pushed back, and two major statewide agencies have weighed in. Read More | Comment »

Off the Record 3:32PM Wed. Apr. 28, 2010, Richard Whittaker

OTR - 33 RPM

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33 RPM 3:15PM Wed. Apr. 28, 2010, Austin Powell

Confidence & Comedy

Before Sarah Jarosz performed at SXSW 2010, I was introduced to her new Nashville manager. I mentioned I’d known Jarosz since she was 13. “You have no idea how many people have told me that," he responded with a chuckle. Read More | Comment »

Geezerville 12:01PM Wed. Apr. 28, 2010, Jim Caligiuri

Tossed Genre Salad

DIY fundraisers Kickstarter have invaded Austin's art and music scenes, and its latest hostage is Church of the Friendly Ghost, which is proposing a three-day festival in June, entitled New Media Art & Sound Summit. Read More | Comment »

Schadenfreude 4:02PM Tue. Apr. 27, 2010, Audra Schroeder

Giving Up the Gun

Rostam Batmanglij’s lilting, classical string arrangements are one the hallmarks of Vampire Weekend. The composer performs tonight at the Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz with the Tosca String Quartet, which premieres new works by Golden Hornet Project’s Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski, along with Sam Arnold and Will Taylor. Read More | Comment »

Off the Record 12:28PM Mon. Apr. 26, 2010, Austin Powell

The Big Sigh

It's fun to see the evolution of a band, to be invested enough, from first LP to present, to make mental notes and sense a shift. Last night, Beach House's shift was marked with a big "sold out" sign on Emo's outside stage door. Read More | Comment »

Schadenfreude 2:43PM Fri. Apr. 23, 2010, Audra Schroeder

The Lineup

This week, music from Psych Fest acts, Steve Martin, and more. Read More | Comment »

The Lineup 11:42AM Fri. Apr. 23, 2010

And Then There Were Two

"The Cactus Cafe lives on," UT's Vice President for Student Affairs Juan Gonzalez told the crowd at Tuesday's public forum on the future of the venue in the Texas Union. "What does that mean?" replied a member of that crowd. Read More | 1 Comment »

Off the Record 10:00AM Thu. Apr. 22, 2010, Richard Whittaker

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