Daily Music: Playback
He’s the President, but I Don’t Care
A night or two after November’s general election, still shocked America had voted a spray-tanned corporate fascist into power, I was lingering around an East Austin backyard when I heard local folksinger Jacob Jaeger pickin’ a familiar tune so redefined by circumstance that it seemed prophetic.

12:50PM Fri. Jan. 20, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music List Four
Since last fall, South by Southwest has parceled out its 2017 music lineup via sometimes massive lists revealing hundreds of performers. From here on out, the conference will release small batches every Friday. This week’s arrives a day early so as not to compete with tomorrow’s presidential inauguration.

1:15PM Thu. Jan. 19, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Evil Triplet’s Career Opportunities
The four-decade history of Steve Marsh tangles myriad musical threads: art-punk ancestor (Terminal Mind), industrial psychedelic hoedowner (Miracle Room), noise-blues luthier (Wisdom Tooth), plus ample sonic experimentations blurring the line between the avant-garde and underground rock.

11:45AM Mon. Jan. 16, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Updated: Strange Brew Locked Out
Thursday afternoon, a steady stream of coffee-seeking customers pulled into the parking lot at the Crockett Shopping Center on Manchaca Road only to find the front door of Strange Brew padlocked. Employees sat outside trying to make sense of their unexpected day off. They had no advance notice of the lockout.

3:30PM Thu. Jan. 12, Kevin Curtin 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 »

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 »

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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 »

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 »

Bright Light Social Hour & Israel Nash
Long orbiting the same musical cosmos, Austin space jammers Bright Light Social Hour and Dripping Springs’ psych troubadour Israel Nash finally crossed paths last year when they both performed at a hometown charity event. Each was blown away by the other.

12:25PM Tue. Dec. 6, 2016, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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