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SXSW Expands Music Festival
The countdown to South by Southwest 2017 ticks at 228 days. Next year’s buzz bands are still six to eight months away from reveal, but we doubt Donald and Melania Trump will get the same keynote invitation the Obamas received earlier this year. Nevertheless, SXSW 2017 has begun taking shape with this morning’s announcement of 11 speakers.

11:00AM Mon. Jul. 25, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Yuppie Pricks Stage RNC Watch Party
Tonight, the GOP hangs red, white, and blue streamers in Cleveland as it rallies begrudgingly behind nontraditional nominee Donald J. Trump. Texas Governor Greg Abbott got a doctor’s note to excuse him from the Republican National Convention, but a stampede of pachyderms that includes Austin’s Yuppie Pricks otherwise scrambles to façade party unity.

1:30PM Mon. Jul. 18, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Coming of Age With Jane Ellen Bryant
From deep inside the pile of CDs, cassettes, records, and other promotional ephemera the postman delivered, an entrancing pair of brown eyes stared out at me. The peepers belonged to one Jane Ellen Bryant, a young local in heavy makeup and messy hair who seemed to be sinking into a mound of children's toys.

11:00AM Mon. Jul. 11, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Mayor's Omnibus Resolution: Where's the Fire?
When Mayor Steve Adler announced his Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution, you could smell smoke from a wildfire. When musicians and artists told the Arts and Music commissions about the crises Austin creatives are facing, you could feel the flames. So, in the action plan just released by the city, where are the sirens and flashing lights?

11:15AM Fri. Jul. 1, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Sound on Sound Fest’s Renaissance
Sound on Sound Fest has staked out a one-of-a-kind location for its debut. The new music festival, booked by Fun Fun Fun Fest founder Graham Williams and produced by Barracuda co-owner Johnny Sarkis, sounds off Nov. 4-6 at Sherwood Forest Faire, a Renaissance site in Bastrop County complete with castle, jousting arena, and stockades.

10:00AM Tue. Jun. 28, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Omnibus Resolution Report Arrives
Four months have passed since Mayor Steve Adler stood on the balcony at City Hall and got serious about Austin music. Businesses are contracting, live music venues are losing the rent war, and the capital’s golden geese – musicians – face extinction in a changing climate of affordability.

3:00PM Mon. Jun. 27, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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Meet the New ATX6
Six local musicians head to Canada, France, and other foreign lands this year as part of Project ATX6, which turns up-and-coming local acts into Austin ambassadors at international festivals annually. The new chosen ones: Jai Malano, Elijah Ford, Tate Mayeux, Beth Chrisman, Andy Bianculli, and Grace Park.

11:20AM Mon. Jun. 20, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Introducing: Sound on Sound Fest
When Fun Fun Fun Fest founder Graham Williams separated from Transmission Events last month, he made clear his intentions to start a new music festival. Ever since, he’s been constantly bombarded with two questions: “Is it happening and if so, when?”

10:00AM Thu. Jun. 16, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Skyline Theater Debuts
Austin’s skyline: a blossoming bouquet of steel and concrete, ascending boldly into the Texas night sky, muffling the celestial tapestry with the brilliant light of a thousand apartments and offices.

10:10AM Mon. Jun. 13, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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