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Sound on Sound Review: Cannibal Corpse
Perfect pyramid: 30 minutes of death metal blort from Arizona’s opening Gatecreeper, 45 minutes of tearaway super thrash by Dallas marauders Power Trip in the middle, and 83 minutes behind the wall of gore erected courtesy of pioneer butchers Cannibal Corpse. Solely missing from Mohawk’s SOS bill Friday was a Ren faire forest 39 minutes east of Austin.

11:57AM Sat. Nov. 11, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Another Epic Austin City Limits HOF
After more than three hours and enough opera, country, and fonk to fill three separate Austin City Limits tapings, the most important induction at Wednesday evening’s fourth annual Hall of Fame concert from the local live music beacon singled out the one honoree without an accompanying musical set: the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act.

1:15PM Thu. Oct. 26, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

John Fogerty Won’t Back Down
Between 1968-1971, Creedence Clearwater Revival landed 13 songs in the Top 40, all but one penned by bandleader John Fogerty. You’ll hear a few Sunday on Auditorium Shores when the Berkeley-born singer headlines the All ATX fundraiser titled “Back to the Armadillo,” starring a who’s who of local talent. Fogerty proved jovial over the phone on Monday.

4:00PM Wed. Oct. 25, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: White Reaper
Terrible name, great band. So’s Cage the Elephant, fellow Kentucky burners. Last year, the latter riot act torched an ACL Fest main stage like no less than the Clash. Sunday, again in Zilker Park, White Reaper tore through an hour on the BMI stage as relentlessly as Green Day.

11:47AM Mon. Oct. 16, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Thundercat
Last November, somewhere in the hills of Sherwood Forest hours before the first and surely not last Sound on Sound Fest, Thundercat soundchecked to the trees, cool dappled morning, and maybe 10 of us stopped dead in our tracks. Not 365 days later, on Saturday at ACL Fest, the Tito’s tent in Zilker Park pivoted that scene 360 degrees.

10:45AM Sun. Oct. 8, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Gimme Shelter: A Song for Margaret Moser
A storm pounded St. David’s North the night my son was born in 2014. The electrical system buckled on our way with him to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Near midnight last Friday, Margaret Moser died during Hurricane Harvey. Email from a concerned friend the day before summed up these life and death events: “The storm is threatening.”

4:20PM Fri. Sep. 1, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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Buck Dharma in the 21st Century!
Long Island singer-songwriter cabal Blue Öyster Cult composed art-rock unlike any of their era peers between the late Sixties and the original quintet’s last LP in 1988. Throughout, lead guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, 69, wrote charters “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Burnin’ for You,” and “Shooting Shark.” BÖC plays Friday at Empire Control Room.

4:20PM Wed. Aug. 9, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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 »

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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