Rachel Rascoe

Staff Writer

A San Antonio native and graduate of the University of Texas, Rachel Rascoe writes about music and culture. She inherited The Austin Chronicle’s longtime music news column in 2019. Named after a Janis Joplin song, “Faster Than Sound” covers all things local music in the so-called Live Music Capital. She has been a staff writer at the Chronicle since 2021.

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Faster Than Sound: Patti Smith and Bikini Kill in One Weekend
Patti Smith and Bikini Kill in One Weekend
Lighting strikes twice in Austin, and Pleasure Venom opens

Music, May 12, 2022

The Chicks, Kacey Musgraves, Lil Nas X, and P!nk Top ACL Fest Lineup
The Chicks, Kacey Musgraves, Lil Nas X, and P!nk Top ACL Fest Lineup
Red Hot Chili Peppers, SZA, Carly Rae Jepsen & Paramore also booked

Music, May 10, 2022

Austin’s Leading Independent Concert Promoters Resound and Heard Presents Join Forces
Austin’s Leading Independent Concert Promoters Resound and Heard Presents Join Forces
The two Central Texas bookers merge staffs and venue portfolio

Music, May 5, 2022

Crucial Concert: Austin Celebrates the Life of Late Nané Vocalist Daniel Sahad
Crucial Concert: Austin Celebrates the Life of Late Nané Vocalist Daniel Sahad
BLK ODYSSY, Bright Light Social Hour, Sir Woman, and Quentin & the Past Lives among performers

Music, May 5, 2022

Faster Than Sound: How Two Years Off Made Oblivion Access Festival Even Better
Faster Than Sound: How Two Years Off Made Oblivion Access Festival Even Better
An interview with the truly independent booking duo on their landmark lineup

Music, May 5, 2022

Faster Than Sound: Neighbors Push to Limit Size of Austin Opera House Project
Faster Than Sound: Neighbors Push to Limit Size of Austin Opera House Project
Traffic concerns clash with midsize venue vision at 200 Academy Dr. development

Music, April 28, 2022

John Mayer Sets the Moody Center Mood
John Mayer Sets the Moody Center Mood
Sob rocker marks first show at not-quite-ready stadium

Music, April 21, 2022

Faster Than Sound: Erwin Center Replacement, the Moody Center, Opens on UT Campus
Faster Than Sound: Erwin Center Replacement, the Moody Center, Opens on UT Campus
The 15,000-capacity concert/basketball arena, plus more debuting venue news

Music, April 21, 2022

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Spirit Adrift, Austin Reggae Fest, Nilüfer Yanya, Amyl & the Sniffers, and more recommended shows

Music, April 21, 2022

Spaceflight Records' Nonprofit Clears for Takeoff
Spaceflight Records' Nonprofit Clears for Takeoff
An ambitious vision for debt-free record deals attracts notable music industry interest

Music, April 21, 2022

Faster Than Sound: Inside a Competition to Become Musician-in-Residence at a Luxury Apartment Complex
Faster Than Sound: Inside a Competition to Become Musician-in-Residence at a Luxury Apartment Complex
Would you play 25 hours a month to live rent-free in Downtown Austin?

Music, April 14, 2022

Texan Catherine Cohen Brings New York Opulence to Moontower Comedy
Texan Catherine Cohen Brings New York Opulence to Moontower Comedy
Moontower star talks musicals, oversharing, and what she’s reading now

Arts, April 14, 2022

Heavy With Tradition, Old Settler's Music Festival Springs Eternal
Heavy With Tradition, Old Settler's Music Festival Springs Eternal
We talk to Sierra Hull and spotlight favorites for next week's campout

Music, April 14, 2022

Nané Vocalist Daniel Sahad Has Passed Away
Nané Vocalist Daniel Sahad Has Passed Away
Band confirms passing of “our beautiful leader,” age 29

Music, April 11, 2022

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic to Light Up Q2 Stadium This Year
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic to Light Up Q2 Stadium This Year
Historic music gathering marks the soccer stadium’s concert debut

Music, April 8, 2022

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Liberty Lunch Reunion, Genesis Owusu, Poppy, Chief Cleopatra, Georgia Parker, Monte Luna, and more

Music, April 7, 2022

What We're Listening to This Week
What We're Listening to This Week
A cross-border collaboration, Good Looks, Adrian Quesada, Skloss, and Letting Up Despite Great Faults

Music, April 7, 2022

Watch This: Indoor Creature Follows Ben Franklin in “American Dream”
Watch This: Indoor Creature Follows Ben Franklin in “American Dream”
New music video tracks a breezy, satirical cash grab

Music, April 1, 2022

Faster Than Sound: Gary Keller Now Owns West Austin's One World Theatre
Faster Than Sound: Gary Keller Now Owns West Austin's One World Theatre
Austin music benefactor adds One World to real estate portfolio, alongside Saxon Pub

Music, March 31, 2022

Waterloo Records Celebrates 40th Birthday with Two In-Store Performances
Waterloo Records Celebrates 40th Birthday with Two In-Store Performances
Ray Wylie Hubbard, Heartless Bastards, and in-store memories

Music, March 29, 2022

Dispatches From a New Decade of SXSW
Dispatches From a New Decade of SXSW
Our favorite musical moments from the fest

Music, March 24, 2022

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Oliver Tree, Christian McBride, Beach House, Daniel Fears, Kydd Jones, and more recommended shows

Music, March 24, 2022

What We're Listening to Right Now
What We're Listening to Right Now
Darden Smith, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Fuvk, Photokem, and more notable local sounds

Music, March 24, 2022

The Best Music We Saw at SXSW on Saturday
The Best Music We Saw at SXSW on Saturday
Ukraine's KAZKA, Fuck Money, Shawn Mendes, Beck, and more

SXSW, March 20, 2022

The Best Music We Saw at SXSW on Thursday
The Best Music We Saw at SXSW on Thursday
Young Thug in the park, icy French experimentalism, and more

SXSW, March 18, 2022

The Best Music We Saw at SXSW on Wednesday
The Best Music We Saw at SXSW on Wednesday
The buzzy, the brave, the thrash-able twee-pop

Music, March 17, 2022

Three Music Writers Descend Into the NFT Craze at SXSW
Three Music Writers Descend Into the NFT Craze at SXSW
One NFT-fatigued, NFT-curious, and NFT-skeptical

Music, March 17, 2022

Crucial Concerts SXSW Week Edition
Crucial Concerts SXSW Week Edition
Our favorite showcases and unofficial parties for the rest of the week

Music, March 17, 2022

The Best Music We Saw at SXSW on Tuesday
The Best Music We Saw at SXSW on Tuesday
A Zamrock fruit plate, apathetic Irish drone-poetics, and so much more

Music, March 16, 2022

The Best Music We Saw at SXSW on Monday
The Best Music We Saw at SXSW on Monday
Cifika in a tube, Haru Nemuri thrives live, and other highlights

Music, March 15, 2022

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