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That’s So Cool: Celebrating Bob Johnston
Bob Johnston, who died Aug. 14, was all energy. Delicately wired, he was lightning in a bottle always on the verge of escaping. He would start off all aglow on one topic then be tripping along covering a dozen more, offering fragments rather than wholes, beginning stories only to wander into a dozen tangents on his way to forgetting the point he started to make.

1:05PM Thu. Aug. 20, Louis Black Read More | Comment »

Bob Johnston’s Great Lost Johnny Cash & Bob Dylan LP
Producer Bob Johnston died Friday. This is a chapter from my online book Is It Rolling, Bob? Now that Johnston and Johnny Cash are no longer with us, maybe Columbia will finally release this extraordinary album.

11:40AM Tue. Aug. 18, Louis Black Read More | Comment »

The Graceful Dead
When word of the Grateful Dead began oozing out of San Francisco in 1966, they were as much a religious calling as a rock & roll combo. In Texas, that slot of high-octane psychedelic music had already been filled by our beloved 13th Floor Elevators, but something about the Dead was undeniable.

11:47AM Tue. Jun. 30, Bill Bentley Read More | Comment »

Arts in Context: Somos Krudas
Austin gets a bit of Cuban flavor in "Somos Krudas,” Arts in Context’s latest episode, which shines a spotlight on Austin-based, Cuban­-raised hip-­hop duo Krudas Cubensi.

8:00AM Wed. Jun. 24, Alexa Harrington Read More | Comment »

NMASS 2015 Resounds
The New Media Art & Sound Summit this past weekend sustained an unrelenting barrage of experimental artists. No sooner had one act moved off the Salvage Vanguard Theater stage than another played 10 minutes later. From KORG-powered faux jazz to abstract films about squares it might have all bled together save for the fact each set sounded uniquely weird.

3:45PM Mon. Jun. 15, Waylon Cunningham Read More | Comment »

Texas Bands Together Part II
As a new front of storms brews in the Gulf of Mexico, and Texas prepares for more wet weather, news of relief concerts keeps flowing in.

8:00AM Mon. Jun. 15, Alexa Harrington Read More | Comment »

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New Media Art & Sound Summit Weirds Out!
Brian Eno once said experimental music is “research music. You’re glad someone’s done it, but you don’t necessarily want to listen to it.” This week, the Church of the Friendly Ghost demonstrates science is fun: the New Media Art & Sound Summit, Thursday through Saturday at the Salvage Vanguard Theater, promises the best new research in sound.

4:20PM Tue. Jun. 9, Waylon Cunningham Read More | Comment »

Texas Bands Together
“If there’s one thing people in Austin like to do, it's watch and celebrate live music. It only makes sense to use what we are good at to help,” said Kelsey Wilson, lead singer and violinist of Austin band, Wild Child.

9:30AM Tue. Jun. 2, Alexa Harrington Read More | Comment »

B.B. King Saved My Life
They called him “King of the Blues” for the past 50 years, but for me, Riley “Blues Boy” King remains the man who showed me how to live. When my older brother Bob and I found out one fall day in 1965 that the famed guitarist was playing Club Delta on the outskirts of Houston in the Sunnyside African-American neighborhood, we knew we had to go. I was 15.

4:45PM Fri. May 15, Bill Bentley Read More | Comment »

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