DAILY News May 2, 2007, by Christopher Gray
"...Over the years, critical myth-making has largely confined itself to the not-getting-any camp (go figure), while the former is ignored if not outright abhorred – no one is asking Simple Minds to reunite at Coachella. But it's a good 20% of XM Radio's classic alternative channel Fred (XM 44), and you can make a decent-sized playlist – or mixtape, for those who remember such ancient notions – of these moody British Isle (and Commonwealth) bands who weren't afraid to take rock & roll seriously..."
SXSW Picks & Sleepers
Blurbing the pinnacle of SXSW 2006.
Music Story March 17, 2006
"...The L.A.-based Germano is set to release her seventh collection of songs, In the Maybe World (Young God), this summer. Jim Caligiuri
CHRISTOPHER O'RILEY10pm, Elephant Room Radiohead playing in Austin's basement jazzatorium? A few songs anyway..."
Dallas Air America Invites You to Join Them
Postmarks October 18, 2007
We in Dallas lost our Air America Radio station one year ago (November 3), and we as a group are still going strong [“Media Watch,” News, Oct. 26]..."
Sittin' sideways at the Recording Academy Honors, pondering the state of the music business with Chronicle photographer Andrew Shapter, mourning a death on the Eastside, and applying America's newfound Democratic spirit to our Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ballot
Music Column November 17, 2006, by Christopher Gray
"..."The title may be misleading," he admits. "I think the film is a lot more positive." If audience reaction is any indicator, he's right: The film premiered to raves at SXSW, and its unique distribution community groups arrange their own screenings has led to heavy promotion from XM Radio and endorsements from Bob Dylan and Dave Grohl..."
Still mourning the death of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott 20 years later
Music Story January 20, 2006, by Raoul Hernandez
"...I sat up, staring at the angry digits on the now rattling clock radio...."
SXSW Music Fest preview guide
Music Story March 16, 2007
"...The trio's supercharged swamp-billy, which spawned Nineties novelty hit "Let's Go Smoke Some Pot," is practically age-proof. Latest Hee Haw Hell (Virus) reimagines Dante's Inferno while copping its title from XM Radio's cowpunk program, where they're staples..."
Music Story January 5, 2007
"...Caligiuri: Beyond Jazz channel on XM Radio..."
The golden ears of producer Erik Wofford, ambitious redesign plan of the Austin Music Hall, continuing adventures of Rockstar: Supernova contestant Patrice Pike, and bad-boy musicians of DontDateHimGirl.com.
Music Column July 21, 2006, by Christopher Gray
Danny Crooks licks hep C, Banana Blender backs Chuck B, a fistful of talented new bands emerges, and Texans dominate XM Radio. Christmas comes early.
Music Column January 27, 2006, by Christopher Gray
Music Review March 18, 2005, by Raoul Hernandez
"...The steady pulse of drum machine keeps Echeverri's perfect elocution sashaying from elongated vowels to pointy consonants ("Ya Yo No"), the musical mix an impeccable steel twist of expert keyboard programs, coconut percussion, and steel strings. The perfect, three-minute capsules of (XM) radio wannabes is overly metronomic midway through ("Amnitico"), one wishing for Echeverri to go jungle for an unholy 10 minutes..."
Air America Is a Welcome and Invaluable Oasis
Postmarks October 26, 2007
"...Ring of Fire and Seder on Sunday are must-hear weekend shows. Room for improvement – no doubt – but in the wasteland of AM talk radio, I find Air America a welcome and invaluable oasis..."