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A New Era for the Austin Music Awards
Mark your calendars, because for the first time in decades, the Austin Music Awards no longer falls during South by Southwest. Instead, the 36th annual AMAs takes place Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, at ACL Live at the Moody Theater.

12:15PM Mon. Sep. 25, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Harvey Hurricane Concert Rallies
Friday’s Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas benefit concert and broadcast at the Frank Erwin Center proved a marvel less for its star power or even millions of dollars raised for the Rebuild Texas Fund, but in how quickly the production coalesced. Credit promoter C3 Presents, Willie Nelson, and Austin’s all-star wrangler and musical director Charlie Sexton.

12:50PM Sat. Sep. 23, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

Depeche Mode Saves
Last time Austin hosted Depeche Mode, mist shrouded their first weekend set at ACL Fest 2013. Gen X moms and dads tucked the kids in for the night, dug out tattered Violator shirts, and willingly gave their minds and spirits over to the band’s narcotic pulse. Much of that same ritual came into play Wednesday night at Circuit of the Americas.

11:25AM Thu. Sep. 21, Lauren Modery Read More | Comment »

Swervedriver Cruises Satansville
Bathed in the luminescence of their own logo towering behind them Tuesday night, re-formed UK guitar pedal worshippers Swervedriver treated a formidable 3ten ACL Live crowd to a double bill of 1991’s Raise and 1993’s Mezcal Head, both Creation Records releases played in their entirety from a stage scattered with Marshall, Top Hat, and Matchless amps.

12:30PM Wed. Sep. 20, Greg Stitt Read More | Comment »

The Church Cuts Loose
The Church last appeared in Austin two years ago for South by Southwest, which helped touch off a revival for the 1980-born Australian group. Monday night at 3ten ACL Live, the band remained at full strength, while delivering an expansive, two-hour set for a full house.

1:30PM Tue. Sep. 19, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Wild Bill Gets in the Ring
Wild Bill Ogden is a serious boxing fan and by that we mean he’s logged countless hours playing Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out on Nintendo and watching Rocky movies. The Austin songwriter combines that expertise with a knack for absurdist humor and South Park-ian storylines in a new music video trilogy.

11:30AM Mon. Sep. 18, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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Ink & Paper & the Dark Ambience of Demdike Stare
A man named James Renovitch is ultimately to blame. I’ve been listening to the intense, tenebral noisefests of Demdike Stare for about a year now, having been introduced to their work only because of the brand of notebook I tend to write in and which I tend to write in mostly because that brand of notebook works really well with this fountain pen I’ve got.

10:00AM Mon. Sep. 18, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt Headline Hurricane Relief Benefit
Austin’s music community has responded in force to the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey: venues staging fundraisers, festivals making donations, and bands using their vans to collect and distribute supplies. Now arrives announcement of a mega benefit headlined by Willie Nelson and Paul Simon.

6:30AM Wed. Sep. 13, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Fishing With the Heron King
As I step out of my van and greet Devin James Fry, the local songwriter who leads Name Sayers gestures to the sky. A heron flies overhead, welcoming us to the banks of the lower Colorado River.

2:00PM Mon. Sep. 11, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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