Daily Music: Bump & Hustle
ACL Review: Jamila Woods
Backed by a jazzy fourpiece, singer-songwriter-poet Jamila Woods poured shots of introspective coffee shop soul during an early-afternoon Sunday set in the Tito’s tent. Like the previous night’s headliner, Woods proudly hails from Chicago.

9:10AM Mon. Oct. 9, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Ice Cube
“Y’all ready to rock with your homeboy Ice Cube? A-yay-yay!” If there was any doubt that the 48-year-old gangsta rap legend meant business, it ended with the first notes of “Natural Born Killaz,” opening Saturday’s dinnertime set with one of the most sinister tracks from his 30-year career, one referencing both Charles Manson and Jeffrey Dahmer.

11:35AM Sun. Oct. 8, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Jay-Z
Jay-Z remains one of the greatest rappers to ever pick up a mic, his place in hip-hop’s pantheon cemented. Going from scrappy street hustler to Oprah status in a career spanning 13 albums and more than two decades, the 47-year-old Brooklyn kid has nothing left to prove. Friday’s headlining set against an Austin skyline demonstrated that for better or worse.

11:50AM Sat. Oct. 7, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

Dr. Lonnie Smith’s B-3 Love Affair
Antone’s is booking a who’s who of Hammond B-3 organists lately, including a summit last year with Ike Stubblefield plus locals Dr. James Polk, Mike Flanigin, and Red Young. Next month’s Clifford Antone Foundation benefit stars Stax maestro Booker T. Jones. Arguably the greatest B-3 player of all, Dr. Lonnie Smith takes a seat at the club’s organ on Friday.

10:00AM Fri. Sep. 29, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

Seun Kuti Is Black Change
Thursday at Mohawk, Seun Kuti helms Egypt 80, the band he inherited from his father, Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti (1938-1997). In fact, the bulk of musicians taking the stage with Fela’s youngest son, 36, once played alongside his father. We chatted with the fierce and fiery frontman prior to SXSW 2012 in this previously unpublished Q&A.

1:45PM Wed. Sep. 27, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Live: The Roots & Friends
On a stacked SXSW Saturday night billed as the Roots & Friends, a seemingly endless array of artists graced the stage of a 450-capacity shotgun venue. This meant that for every one ecstatic fan that made it into the Bud Light-sponsored revue, another five were left on the outside looking in, many of whom had waited in line for hours.

1:25PM Sun. Mar. 19, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

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SXSW Music Live: Prince Tribute
If, like most of us, you didn’t make it into Prince’s marathon set at La Zona Rosa during SXSW 2013 – and you weren’t snacking inside IHOP when he popped in for a late-night breakfast – Friday night at Auditorium Shores may be the closest many of us will ever come to seeing the late Minneapolis legend perform live.

10:50AM Sat. Mar. 18, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Live: Durand Jones & the Indications, Jamila Woods
Young frontman donning a trim kelly green cardigan, Durand Jones & the Indications opened their fourth set of the day on Thursday night the same way they do their recent debut album. Fatback drums and yearning organ set the tone for the searing sociopolitical soul of “Make a Change.”

1:20PM Fri. Mar. 17, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

SXSW Panel: G-Funk With Warren G
DJ, producer, and rapper Warren G is the central character of G-Funk, a SXSW documentary about the era of Nineties West Coast hip-hop that married gangsta rap with syrupy, synth-laden funk samples from the likes of Parliament-Funkadelic. While the film looks promising, its panel on Wednesday afternoon felt like a missed opportunity.

10:10AM Thu. Mar. 16, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

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