Daily Music: Playback
Crowdfunding Austin Music Venues
On Thursday morning, Mayor Steve Adler took to the dais and announced plans to utilize a new mini-bond program to preserve local live music venues. His hope is to crowd-source a $10 million fund and use it to purchase select properties, protecting them from the rent increases we’ve seen plague Austin clubs in recent years.

3:45PM Thu. Sep. 22, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Let Them Eat BBQ
Once again, the morning escapes me. Six days into this adventure, I can no longer blame jet lag. In this case, some 3am revelry prompted me to sleep past noon at my hotel in Angers, France.

1:05PM Mon. Sep. 19, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

The French Connection
Paris sucks. It’s New York City tinted in red wine – très impersonal.

8:00AM Fri. Sep. 16, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Better Off With East Cameron Folkcore
Once again, East Cameron Folkcore holds up a mirror to society. Melting ice caps, Middle Eastern children covered in debris and blood, police at war with protesters, the gray clouds of pollution, and media misinformation; it’s a blooper reel of man’s relationship with the Earth and, in effect, our ties to one another.

11:45AM Mon. Sep. 12, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

The Foundry Is Open
For most of history, libraries have been spaces for input: to read, to listen, to absorb information. But as of this month, the library in the UT-Austin College of Fine Arts is now a space for output, too. In it is a new high-tech area called the Foundry where anyone can record music, make 3-D prints, design games, sew, and slip into virtual realities.

2:11PM Fri. Sep. 9, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

The French Connection: ATX6
On a painfully early Sunday morning flight, “Playback” says “au revior” to Texas and begins a journey to the French city of Angers – pronounced “ahn-zhay.” Something like that. The reason for my French connection? To hear Austin music, of course.

11:45AM Fri. Sep. 9, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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Misfits and Ween Incite Riot Fest
Austin’s cup runneth over with roadshows and festivals, but still, we the club-going faithful pine for singular acts whose tours don’t route through our concert capital. Like love, music’s often about the ones that got away.

1:00PM Tue. Sep. 6, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Aaron Behrens Doesn’t (Always) Feel Like Dancing
Saturday morning finds Aaron Behrens waiting to soundcheck with Ghostland Observatory, the electro outfit that’s taken him around the world for the past 12 years. After a hiatus for most of 2013-14, GLO again constitutes a harmonious unit. On this last weekend of August, the Austin duo razzle-dazzles thousands at a raceway in Montana.

11:50AM Mon. Aug. 29, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Name Sayers Gets Randy With the New Moon
Standing in the summer sun, Devin James Fry contemplates the cycle of the moon – particularly its first stage, when our celestial tagalong disappears from view, its illuminated side facing away from Earth.

11:57AM Mon. Aug. 22, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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