Daily Music: Playback
In With the Old, in With the New
By the time Wood & Wire took the stage Saturday afternoon, the chill had already sent Old Settler’s core audience back to their Subarus to exchange sandals and tie-dye shirts for boots and heavier layers, save for one shirtless man in a gold sequined cape.

2:30PM Mon. Apr. 24, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Why Record Store Day Is Great …
Talk to the owners of any of Austin’s participating records stores and you’ll hear a chorus: “Record Store Day is our biggest day of the year.”

10:47AM Fri. Apr. 21, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Kraken Quartet Unseals the Gates
Like the mythical North Atlantic sea monster that predates part of their moniker, Austin’s Kraken Quartet operates with eight restless arms. Except they all hold sticks!

2:45PM Mon. Apr. 17, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

R.I.P. Barry “Frosty” Smith
Barry “Frosty” Smith, 71, died unexpectedly last night at home, but he’ll live on forever when locals discuss Austin’s greatest drummers. In truth, there’s little debate of Smith’s placement on that list.

12:55PM Thu. Apr. 13, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Euphoria’s Urban Upsurge
Saturday at Carson Creek Ranch, during the third of Euphoria Fest’s four nights there, Young Thug – on a stage resembling a neo-pagan fusion of a weed leaf and a wolf face with blinking human eyes – demanded to know why Austin wasn’t “turnt up” enough.

12:05PM Mon. Apr. 10, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Q&A: Henry Threadgill
Henry Threadgill makes an ultra-rare Austin appearance this weekend. The Chicago-born, New York City-stationed composer, flutist, and sax player appears at UT’s Music Recital Hall on Friday for a workshop and Q&A, then performs with his ensemble Zooid, Saturday at the Scottish Rite Theater.

9:00AM Thu. Apr. 6, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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Float Fest Lineup Makes Landfall
A novel concept to combat the rising mercury that divides central Texas music festivals into spring and fall events, Float Fest cools you down in the San Marcos river then heats you up with live music. German EDM giant Zedd, nerd rock godheads Weezer, indie wild bunch Cage the Elephant, and Pittsburgh MC Mac Miller highlight a buoyant bill.

9:00AM Tue. Apr. 4, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Slack Capital 2 Breaks Out Go Fever
Compilations are the Chinese lunch buffets of albums. They’re inexpensive, brimming with variety, and filling. Plus, if you don’t like them, you’re a snob.

11:59AM Mon. Apr. 3, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

SXSW News: Garth Brooks Performing at Auditorium Shores on Saturday
Country-fried Austinites have long had to travel to San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, or even Lubbock to catch Garth Brooks in concert. Not this time. South by Southwest has landed a rare local performance by the superstar singer.

11:35AM Fri. Mar. 17, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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