Daily Music: Death Valley Nights
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 »

Tom Petty Soaks in 40
“I’m thinking it may be the last trip around the country,” Tom Petty told Rolling Stone in December about his Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary tour. Eight shows into 46, Oklahoma to London (lone European date), Tuesday’s two-hour worship at a rafters-stocked Frank Erwin Center took on the distinct air of victory lap. Petty, 66, indulged freely.

11:17AM Wed. May 3, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Jim Caligiuri Exit Interview
March 31, the day before Jim Caligiuri left Austin for California, we said goodbye outside Magnolia Cafe on South Congress. A rare moment of speechlessness overcame me, since editors depend on journalists like Caligiuri – clockwork about deadlines, fearlessly opinionated, physically rugged. “You’re the longest relationship I ever had,” he said.

9:45AM Thu. Apr. 13, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Bryan Ferry Enslaves the Moody
When one of the gods hasn’t played Austin in practical memory recall, their powering up at a beloved venue such as ACL Live at the Moody Theater is pyrotechnic. Boom! Bryan Ferry inside the crown jewel of local concert halls on Wednesday night left everyone flush and not a single soul singed.

10:25AM Thu. Mar. 23, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Rodeo Austin Day 5: Fitz & the Tantrums
When a surprise Foo Fighters show cleared out of Stubb’s at SXSW 2011, the cleanup crew and a few stragglers remained behind, zero attention paid to fact that another act was setting up on the big outdoor stage. Fitz & the Tantrums slayed too few. Wednesday night at Rodeo Austin – far, far away from Downtown Sodom – they went off like Superbowl Halftime.

3:10PM Thu. Mar. 16, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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Chrissie Hynde, Talk of the Town
Chrissie Hynde made the most of her 48 hours in Austin. Starting Sunday when the Pretenders opened for Stevie Nicks at the Erwin Center – where she duetted on “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” – the Akron, Ohio, tough then upended the Austin Music Awards with impromptu punk. Monday at that same Moody Theater, her 40-year-old band debuted on Austin City Limits.

4:40PM Tue. Mar. 14, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Dwight Yoakam Opens Rodeo Austin
Far from the maddening crowd Downtown, monstrous bulls, back-cracking broncos, and alternately lackadaisical and fleet sheep bearing 5-to-7-year-olds on the ride of their lives baptized Rodeo Austin 2017. Daylong rains didn’t free up many seats inside the Travis County Expo Center arena Saturday night. Dwight Yoakam then stampeded one and all.

3:00PM Sun. Mar. 12, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Terry Allen’s Manifest Monographs
Camelot didn’t die with the Kennedys. Saturday at the 101-year-old Paramount Theatre, Terry Allen, Jo Harvey Allen, and their sons Bukka and Bale – plus at least one grandkid – held court like The Last Waltz. Lloyd Maines on guitar, Joe Ely gunning “Gimme a Ride to Heaven Boy,” Savannah Welch’s halo … Three hours never felt so monumentally Lone Star.

2:30PM Mon. Jan. 16, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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