Last year, despite the all-star house band and one-of-a-kind tribute performances to Ian McLagan and Austin High School, the 33rd Austin Music Awards felt like they were missing something special. Margaret Moser, celebrated Chronicle writer who produced and directed more than 30 AMAs, was no longer at the helm.
As October readies its exit alongside ghouls and goblins, that means it’s time to start thinking about South by Southwest. The music arm of the local mega-conference, scheduled for March 15-20, revealed 154 official showcasing acts this morning.
Texan Bob Johnston passed away in Nashville on Friday. The Hillsboro native, best known for producing Bob Dylan in the mid Sixties and early Seventies – acclaimed albums Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde, John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait, and New Morning – was 83.
An argument inside independent East Austin record store Trailer Space Records spilled out into the parking lot Thursday evening (Aug. 6) and concluded with one arrest and an undisclosed number of stabbings.
Outside was a mob scene, with lines wrapping around turnstiles before eventually meeting bigger groups of lines. VIP traffic jams frayed out unto beaucoup bored bystanders. It was the longest line SXSW saw this year, according to Sam Heineman, manager of the conference’s grandest gatherings.
When Paul Qui’s cooking dinner while ?uestlove smiles and spins soul samples, and you’re hanging next to Jay Pharoah and Danger Mouse and 98 others who may be famous but also may be simply lucky winners picked off the street, it’s hard to harp on the truth that D’Angelo only played for 30 minutes.