Future Shock

Just in time for the onslaught of forward-thinking Interactive geeks, Switched On, the Eastside's new electronic music mecca, opens Saturday, offering an array of vintage and new instruments. Pataphysics, Survive, Silent Diane, and How I Quit Crack celebrate across the street at Victory Grill, starting at 9:30pm. Read More | Comment »

Schadenfreude 4:15PM Tue. Feb. 23, 2010, Audra Schroeder

15-Year-Old Me Is Squealing

Courtney Love, punk rock's Norma Desmond, brings the latest incarnation of Hole to Spin's annual day party at Stubb's Friday, March 19. The group's new LP, Nobody's Daughter, its first in a decade, comes out in April. Read More | Comment »

Schadenfreude 1:18PM Fri. Feb. 19, 2010, Audra Schroeder

SXSW Wristbands: Round Two

This just in from SXSW publicist Elizabeth Derczo: SXSW's initial offering of 4,000 wristbands has sold out. Locals will have one more chance to buy advance wristbands. 500 more wristbands priced at $165 (including tax) will be put on sale online at noon on Monday, February 22. Read More | Comment »

Schadenfreude 12:10PM Fri. Feb. 19, 2010, Audra Schroeder

Mother Falcon’s Still Life

There’s nothing static about Mother Falcon’s Still Life EP, not when upwards of 14 instruments unite in song. Even among its peer bands – Speak, Bright Lights Social Hour, Oikos, and Diamonds – Mother Falcon is in a class of its own. Read More | Comment »

Girlie Action 2:32PM Mon. Feb. 15, 2010, Margaret Moser

OTR - 33 RPM

33 RPM 1:16PM Thu. Feb. 11, 2010, Austin Powell

Across the Universe

Friday night, Austin’s FunkyBatz and other assorted creatures take over La Zona Rosa to groove with local openers the Greyhounds and California-based funk merchants Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. You may know Denson as a member of Lenny Kravitz’s band; that’s his sax solo on “Let Love Rule.” Read More | Comment »

Geezerville 3:47PM Wed. Feb. 10, 2010, Jim Caligiuri

Speak Week Is for Lovers

The music industry is marching towards South by Southwest, but we have something this week to look forward to. I'm talking about Austin's premiere pop electronica outfit, Speak, and their barrage of musical delights appropriately titled Speak Week. Read More | Comment »

Next Up! 10:23AM Tue. Feb. 9, 2010, Ricardo Valenzuela

KGSR hires Clear Channel’s Mark Abuzzahab

Emmis Austin announced today that KGSR hired Mark Abuzzahab as its new Music Director and afternoon drive personality, replacing iconic deejay Jody Denberg, who signed off on Dec. 5. Read More | 2 Comments »

Off the Record 5:08PM Mon. Feb. 8, 2010, Austin Powell

Grounded in Music

Funding for music and art has been cut from public education for a long time now, leaving math and English as the main priority, and basic music classes behind. Locals Grounded in Music address this problem and more. Read More | Comment »

Next Up! 3:55PM Mon. Feb. 8, 2010, Livvy Bennett

The Lineup

This week, a sample of Casual Victim Pile, Dub Police, and Retribution Gospel Choir. Read More | Comment »

The Lineup 4:31PM Fri. Feb. 5, 2010

Written in Reverse and Be Brave

Videos: Spoon and the Strange Boys

Fresh off Transference, Spoon is taking the Saturday portion of SpoonX3 on the road with the Strange Boys. Click through for new videos from both bands. First up: Spoon "Written in Reverse" Read More | Comment »

The Next Episode 11:31AM Fri. Feb. 5, 2010, Austin Powell

Texas Union Faculty: We Didn't Know

The role of the Texas Union Board in the decision to close UT Austin's Informal Class Program and the Cactus Cafe has been broadly discussed. Now board member Dr. Thomas Garza (one of UT President Bill Powers' three appointees to the body) has said that not only did faculty have no input on the decision, but it was not on the agenda for last Friday's meeting. Read More | Comment »

Off the Record 3:49PM Thu. Feb. 4, 2010, Richard Whittaker and Austin Powell

Three Things

Saturday afternoon the news of the Cactus Café’s closing hit the Internet with the force of a hurricane. I felt lucky, since I planned to attend the Todd Snider show in the Union Ballroom that night and I’ve got a good relationship with Griff Luneburg, the venue manager. Read More | Comment »

Geezerville 1:41PM Wed. Feb. 3, 2010, Jim Caligiuri

Master Bungle

After 40 years as a "group" and an avalanche of unclassifiable albums, pop deconstructionists the Residents have had no problem reaching "myth" status, eschewing identity and structure in favor of touching the raw nerve. The good news: Last night's bizarro affair at Stubb's was as close as they'll ever get to VH1's Storytellers. Read More | Comment »

Schadenfreude 11:48AM Wed. Feb. 3, 2010, Audra Schroeder

Cactus Showdown at ACES

While it was intended to be a discussion about the entire university, it now seems that UT President Bill Powers' budget town hall meeting scheduled for this afternoon will have to tackle the closure of the Cactus Cafe and the ending of the Informal Classes program. Read More | Comment »

Off the Record 1:27PM Tue. Feb. 2, 2010, Richard Whittaker

He Called Me Baby

At 55, I'm the old fart on our music writing staff, but when I put One Eskimo's "Kandi" in my 2009 Top 10, I knew that young band grand-slammed it outta the ballpark, using the one weapon that never fails: a killer song. When Bob Lefsetz wrote about it yesterday, I grinned. Read More | Comment »

Girlie Action 12:24PM Mon. Feb. 1, 2010, Margaret Moser

UT Axing Cactus Cafe, Informal Classes

The legendary Cactus Cafe is in its 30th anniversary year. The University of Texas has been offering its Informal Classes since 1971. Now the University Union has announced that these two key components of its community outreach will be "phased out" in August. Read More | 11 Comments »

Off the Record 11:58AM Sun. Jan. 31, 2010, Richard Whittaker

The Lineup

This week, music from the Dex Romweber Duo, Ratas del Vaticano, the Residents, and Fred Eaglesmith. Read More | Comment »

The Lineup 3:35PM Fri. Jan. 29, 2010

OTR - 33rpm

33 RPM 11:22AM Fri. Jan. 29, 2010, Austin Powell

AfterMath Afterglow

After recent visits from Blues Mafia and the Carson Brock Group, Europe dusts off its welcome mat for yet another group of talented young Austinites: Pop quartet AfterMath, which recently won the School Jam USA competition in Anaheim and title Best Teen Band in America. Read More | Comment »

Next Up! 10:23AM Fri. Jan. 29, 2010, Aaron Miller

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