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Exit U2
Released March 9, 1987, The Joshua Tree topped U.S. charts, sent “With or Without You” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” to the same spot, and eventually sold at least 10 million copies here and triple that worldwide. The tour comprised 111 shows in three legs over nine months. A fourth leg from U2 landed its sixth show in Houston Wednesday night.

3:20PM Thu. May 25, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

The Sour Notes Ride It Out
The pendulum of daily life, swinging from inspiring, devastating, and the mundane, receives gorgeous representation in the Sour Notes’ video for “Ride It Out.” Shadowing Blacklist and Law & Order: SVU actress Danielle Burgess, the clip finds her experiencing joy in the moments between the grind of modeling and ritzy parties.

10:30AM Wed. May 24, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Garner Sloan’s Carnival Folk Utopia
Inside what resembles a vaudevillian squat party, complete with a juggling accordionist, a mental patient pounding a burning drum kit, and some lanky shadow man honking out trombone solos, there’s Austin’s Garner Sloan – decked out in a ragged tuxedo with grease paint staining his eyes – barking followers toward a supposed paradise.

10:10AM Tue. May 23, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

R.I.P. Jimmy LaFave
Days after a grand, emotional goodbye with his sold-out Songwriter Rendezvous at the Paramount Theatre last Thursday, Austin songwriter Jimmy LaFave died Sunday, confirmed his label Music Road Records. He was 61.

12:00PM Mon. May 22, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

R.I.P. George Reiff
George Reiff, the beloved Austin bassist whose masterful, in-the-pocket playing was a fixture on the local scene and a talent beheld by artists of international acclaim, passed away Sunday at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, friends confirm.

9:25AM Mon. May 22, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

I Love You, Jimmy
As midnight neared Thursday at the every-last-seat-sold Paramount Theatre, Jimmy LaFave’s 10 minutes onstage turned the show’s refrain back on his flock: “I love you all. Thank you so much. I love you.” Amid tears hours earlier, writer Dave Marsh recognized the evening’s jubilation not simply as a pledge by Austin to LaFave but more so his dying wish for us.

2:33PM Fri. May 19, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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PWR BTTM Will Not Play Austin
In less than a week queer indie darling duo PWR BTTM went from the next big thing in music – all music, not just subculture queer music – to being all but deleted from the industry’s existence.

1:45PM Fri. May 19, Sarah Marloff Read More | Comment »

Secret Culturalist Dave Thomas
This weekend, Pere Ubu and Rocket From the Tombs cram into Beerland for local imprint Super Secret Records’ Austin Jukebox series. Dubbed the Coed Jail tour, the pairing of Cleveland rock legends marks the return of Rocket after an incendiary Emo’s show in 2003, and the first time Ubu’s graced a Lone Star stage in two decades.

9:00AM Thu. May 18, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

A Starry Night of Brian Wilson
Of the 11 musicians onstage Sunday at the Moody Theater, Brian Wilson sat the furthest away. At a baby grand piano, the Beach Boy’s brain added to pristine harmonies, layered like a croissant, he devised decades ago. Mostly, he plinked in no discernible fashion, stared blankly into the distance, and exited abruptly more than once during the show.

2:05PM Mon. May 15, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

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