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Kevin Gates: By Any Means Necessary
Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates returns to the Scoot Inn Wednesday, four months after his second South by Southwest showcase and with a new mixtape, March’s By Any Means. The 55-minute collection blends the rawness of a streetwise rapper with the dexterity of one who earned a master's in psychology during his four months in prison.

3:30PM Fri. Jul. 11, 2014, Nina Hernandez Read More | Comment »

July Is Crime Month: Raymond Chandler’s 'The Long Goodbye'
Sometime during the Seventies, a decade that took me from 5 to 15, a neighbor who spent a significant portion of his career in Naval intelligence hunting our native Bay Area’s Zodiac because his employers feared the killer’s ciphers made him one of theirs, gave me a worn paperback of Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye. My mind still reels.

11:30AM Fri. Jul. 11, 2014, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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.

10:12AM Fri. Jul. 11, 2014, William Harries Graham Read More | Comment »

Demdike Stare
Continuing a survey of electronic and experimental sound design that occupies the space between compositional reclusiveness and music for the dance floor, this third installment of All Notes Off crosses the pond once again. This time zeroing in on Manchester’s Modern Love imprint to dissect Demdike Stare’s ongoing Testpressing series.

5:15PM Wed. Jul. 9, 2014, Conor Walker Read More | Comment »

Best of 2014 (So Far)
It’s been a surprisingly good year for my kind of music. I always complain about how much bad music there is out there. Then, I never have enough room to fit all the tracks I want on an 80-minute CD every six months.

2:00PM Tue. Jul. 8, 2014, Jim Caligiuri Read More | Comment »

Fun Fun Fun Fest Sidesteps Cancellations
“We’re pretty confident they’ll show,” said Fun Fun Fun Fest booker Graham Williams in May when I asked him about landing notorious no-shows Death Grips, whose set at the 2013 fall festival was cancelled abruptly when they discontinued all live appearances that year. The gruff hip-hop experimenters performed successfully at FFF in 2011.

12:30PM Tue. Jul. 8, 2014, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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First Listen: Ben Ballinger
Last night, weary and worn from a weekend of holiday parties and late-night musical excursions, I pried myself off the sofa to catch Ben Ballinger performing at Holy Mountain. Playing solo and still wearing work boots, presumably from his day job as a freelance handyman, the Oregon native had the small crowd hanging on his every introspective line.

1:35PM Mon. Jul. 7, 2014, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

DVDanger: 'Heavy Metal Movies'
We understand. If you love gruesome movies, the holidays suck.

12:00PM Sat. Jul. 5, 2014, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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.

1:30PM Thu. Jul. 3, 2014, William Harries Graham Read More | Comment »

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