Old Settler's Music Festival Wrap

Escaping Austin’s orbit to relax in the grassy fields of Driftwood for the Old Settler’s Music Festival remains a pleasure. The four-day gathering, known for hosting bluegrass and singer-songwriters, has evolved into a showcases for a wide variety of Americana and roots styles, which this year included two hard-buzzing indie acts. Read More | Comment »

2:05PM Mon. Apr. 14, Kevin Curtin

Old Settler’s Music Festival: Thursday

“This is my favorite night of the festival,” confessed a stagehand in a tie-dye shirt and ball cap. He was working the campground stage, a small pavilion across the street from Old Settler’s main grounds where all of Thursday’s performances took place. “It’s so intimate and everyone is showing up with fresh smiles and fresh festival buzzes going.”

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2:45PM Fri. Apr. 11, Kevin Curtin

First Listen: Sweet Spirit

Finally, on Saturday, I cleaned up. My garage office had become a ludicrous site, filthy with music ephemera. The CDs were particularly bad, coating the desk, dresser, and tops of the stereo, speakers, and guitar amplifiers. I swear to God I listen to it all, but most of it ultimately resides in limbo between my personal collection and the trashcan. Read More | Comment »

10:30AM Mon. Apr. 7, Kevin Curtin

Hex Dispensers + Chip Tunes = Espectrostatic

On Tuesday, without warning, Hex Dispensers frontman Alex Cuervo – under his solo moniker of Espectrostatic – released a new EP curiously titled Phantominom VGS. In his typical sci-fi fashion, Cuervo gave the project an imaginative back-story: Read More | Comment »

3:15PM Fri. Apr. 4, Kevin Curtin

The Ghost Wolves Premiere ‘Shotgun Pistol Grip’

“Grandma’s a rebel, raised by the devil.” So shout Jonny and Carley Wolf in the coda to the Ghost Wolves’ “Shotgun Pistol Grip,” reminding us all that the best refrains are often the simplest. Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Mon. Mar. 31, Kevin Curtin

Immortal Guardian Prepares for Revolution

Immortal Guardian’s unabashed devotion to the arena metal aesthetic comes included with hair metal fans, auxiliary lighting, and a massive band banner. All of which can feel terribly out of place in a small club. Yet you can’t put it all down to delusions of grandeur after hearing the Austin fivepiece shred. Read More | Comment »

1:47PM Mon. Mar. 24, Kevin Curtin

SXSW Live Shot: Kirin J Callinan

Kirin J Callinan set us up with his appearance: hockey mullet, rodent mustache, bedroom tattoos, pawnshop gold chains, hiked-up army pants, and a sneaky look in his eyes. Then he whips out a song like “Landslide” and absolutely crushes our soul. Read More | Comment »

10:57AM Fri. Mar. 14, Kevin Curtin

SXSW Live Shot: Boogarins

Kicking off its first North American tour with a balls-out South by Southwest schedule, Brazilian guitar pop quartet Boogarins played its first three shows on U.S. soil Wednesday, the last being a Brazilian band showcase in the fire-lit backyard of Rainey Street bar Icenhauer’s. Read More | Comment »

2:40PM Thu. Mar. 13, Kevin Curtin

SXSW: Biz Markie Phones One In

With unofficial South by Southwest events, it can be difficult to predict whether it’s an actual concert or some lower form of performance like an “appearance” or an “afterparty.” I would’ve billed Biz Markie’s show at the Madison Saturday night as a “half-assed, 20-minute cameo.” Read More | Comment »

1:37PM Sun. Mar. 9, Kevin Curtin

SXSW: Gary Clark Jr. Melts Mohawk

Following the world premiere of his new comedy Chef at SXSW Film, actor/director Jon Favreau announced via Twitter yesterday that Gary Clark Jr. would be his afterparty’s surprise musical guest, causing a line of hundreds to form outside of Mohawk Friday. Read More | Comment »

12:17PM Sat. Mar. 8, Kevin Curtin

Kinky Friedman for Agricultural Commissioner

“There’re very few musicians who are politicians and I think the reason is musicians are really good, creative, and honest people with integrity,” grins Kinky Friedman. “When you’re in a room full of musicians, you’re with decent people. If you’re in a room full of politicians... Well, you know.” Read More | Comment »

9:07AM Tue. Mar. 4, Kevin Curtin

The New Vulcan Gas Company

By Friday afternoon, the grey, ponytailed segment of Austin’s music community was up in arms over news that a new Sixth Street club with an electronic dance music focus had been christened the Vulcan Gas Company, named after one of Austin’s historical venues. Read More | Comment »

11:47AM Sat. Feb. 22, Kevin Curtin

Keeping Time with Royal Forest

Previous recording experiments, which include songs tracked inside submarines, propeller airplanes, and on West Texas sand dunes, proves Royal Forest not only capable of creating ambitious recording scenarios, but that they have the dedication and talent to successfully execute them. Read More | Comment »

11:25AM Mon. Feb. 17, Kevin Curtin

Scott H. Biram: No Regrets/Yes Regrets

San Marcos native and one-man-band Scott H. Biram continues to distill country, blues, and metal into a high proof hooch on Nothin’ But Blood, his ninth LP and fifth for Chicago roots imprint Bloodshot Records. The album hits shelves today. Read More | Comment »

12:07PM Tue. Feb. 4, Kevin Curtin

Health Is the New Drug

The Boxing Lesson, touted by critics as “space rockers,” have finally broken orbit with a brilliantly shot video for their song “Health is the New Drug.” The psychedelic Austin trio’s cosmic journey was made possible by Mark Miks, who built Wayne Coyne’s spacecraft for the Flaming LipsChristmas on Mars. Read More | Comment »

12:35PM Fri. Jan. 24, Kevin Curtin

Antone’s Former Home Becomes Midway Field House

The property at 2015 E. Riverside, the former Antone’s, which closed officially on Jan. 1, will soon reopen as Midway Field House under the leadership of Austin music club veteran Jason Sabala. Read More | Comment »

11:45AM Tue. Jan. 21, Kevin Curtin

Chaos in Tejas in Doubt

On Friday, Chaos in Tejas organizer Timmy Hefner posted a status on the local punk/metal festival’s Facebook page that began with, “Ok, so I know everyone keeps asking, but we are very sad to say that in 2014 there will be no giant fest like normal. Maybe a smaller, scaled down thing, but even that is up in the air at this point.” Read More | Comment »

4:37PM Mon. Jan. 20, Kevin Curtin

Larry Monroe 1942-2014

Local radio legend Larry Monroe died this morning. A sufferer of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to KDRP founder Daryl O’Neal, he was taken to a hospital late last night after experiencing breathing problems. O’Neal says he spoke to him earlier in the evening about his Blue Monday show. Read More | Comment »

11:57AM Fri. Jan. 17, Kevin Curtin

Cheer Up Charlie's Last Hurrah on the Eastside

Cheer Up Charlie’s faithful clientele showed up in full force on Sunday for one last blowout at the bar’s East Sixth location. The queer-friendly hangout has now shut down and will reopen late next month in the old Club de Ville building at 900 Red River. Last night, in its original incarnation, CUC went out like a lion. Read More | Comment »

2:30PM Mon. Jan. 13, Kevin Curtin

SXSW Band Announcement, Part III

SXSW comes further into focus with a third batch of artists released just now by the Music Conference, March 11-16. Of the 643 acts announced, NYC rap heroes Mobb Deep, Primus frontman Les Claypool, hardcore supergroup Off!, sissy bounce queen Big Freedia, and rarely touring soul man Cody Chesnutt stand out. Read More | Comment »

1:02PM Tue. Jan. 7, Kevin Curtin

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