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SXSW Unloads Headliners
Combing through South by Southwest’s last eight band lists totaling some 1,593 artists, we’ve asked ourselves, “Where’s the beef?” There were ample up-and-comers, international intrigue, and local luminaries, but few – if any – headliners. Until now.

10:00AM Fri. Feb. 24, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Strange Days Await Ian Moore
“Nobody told me about the coming of the strange days,” Ian Moore sings over strutting, beat-heavy, psychedelic soul on his forthcoming single produced by Brownout’s Adrian Quesada and Bay Area hip-hop producer Jim Greer.

1:25PM Mon. Feb. 20, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

City Report on Music Division Revealed
The city’s investigation into the Austin Music & Entertainment Division reveals that former Program Coordinator Ashley Buchanan, wanting to be reimbursed for a trip she took with a vendor that was supposed to come at no cost to the city, allegedly filed a fraudulent invoice to pay her boyfriend $2,500 for sound engineering services that never took place.

4:05PM Fri. Feb. 17, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

SXSW List 8
South by Southwest looms just 21 days away, so the lineup ticks toward completion, while big names remain reserved for a March reveal. Today’s confirmation, including Stones Throw mastermind Peanut Butter Wolf, pop charmers Royal Teeth, Aussie songbird Kasey Chambers, and local rockers White Denim, adds grist for the mill.

10:10AM Fri. Feb. 17, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Don Pitts Calls It Quits
Don Pitts has vacated his post as program manager of Austin’s Music & Entertainment Division, an office operating under his leadership since launching in 2010. He notified his supervisor this morning with a letter of resignation – effective immediately.

9:25AM Tue. Feb. 14, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

...&More... Premieres Growth Through Acceptance
Austin-based MCs Scuare and No1Important, two verbally agile all-stars of the community cypher Austin Mic Exchange, have again joined forces under the mystifying moniker ...&More... for new, bleakly-titled album Existence is Futile.

11:45AM Mon. Feb. 13, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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SXSW Music List No. 7
One month. That’s how long we have until the planet tilts southerly on its axis for the largest summit of music, film, and tech on Earth. South by Southwest, March 10-19, thus beefs up its music lineup this morning, adding 140 acts including Pussy Riot Theatre, jazzed-out soul vocalist Bilal, and British MC Kano.

10:00AM Fri. Feb. 10, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

John Doe Moves to Austin
“Oh, come on! It ain’t that cold is it?” John Doe pokes fun at me for cranking up a space heater in my garage office at the onset of our phone interview.

10:00AM Thu. Feb. 9, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

SXSW Rolls Out Sixth List
Another Friday, another list of acts headed to Austin for South by Southwest. The mega-festival creeps just five weeks away now and today’s list of 126 artist additions – highlighted by Moby Grape great Peter Lewis, raging L.A. power duo Deap Vally, and neo-retro Latin rockers Chicano Batman – brings the running total to roughly 1,303.

10:00AM Fri. Feb. 3, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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