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SXSW Music: Wahid Allan Faqir
You couldn’t help but notice Wahid Allan Faqir as he walked through the crowd prior to Friday’s showcase at the Russian House. Dressed in colorful scarves and a peacock-tailed turban, he emanated spiritual joy before sounding a note. He playfully engaged the audience as his quartet tuned up, making funny faces and gestures for the shutterbugs.

2:05PM Sat. Mar. 19, 2016, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music: Dion
Clad in black and wearing a beret, 76-year-old Dion DiMucci cut a compelling figure when he took the stage alongside Conan O’Brien house band leader Jimmy Vivino. The headliner on acoustic and the latter manning electric guitar, Thursday night’s storyteller session drew heavily upon the newly-released New York is My Home.

9:50AM Fri. Mar. 18, 2016, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music: Iggy Pop
Michigan’s most famous Osterberg made his SXSW debut 20 years ago with a free show at the corner of Sixth Street & Brazos.

11:35AM Thu. Mar. 17, 2016, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Grifters
Hatched in the late-Eighties Memphis scene that coalesced around the Antenna Club, the Grifters doubled down on the disheveled end of the underground circuit in a woozily headstrong manner that pushed commercial potential down the stairs. Some 20 years after their last Austin rendezvous, that aesthetic remains in full effect.

10:00AM Mon. Nov. 9, 2015, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Jane's Addiction
Despite their role in kick-starting the Nineties alt-rock revolution, Jane’s Addiction had nothing to do with the anti-rock star aesthetic that delineated the era.

12:15PM Sun. Nov. 8, 2015, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Peaches
In the hands of a lesser performer, Peaches’ foul-mouthed gender deconstruction would’ve gotten old long ago. Happily, beneath the clit-centric linguistics resides an unflappable confidence.

10:12AM Sat. Nov. 7, 2015, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

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Herb Alpert’s School of Music
Describing Herb Alpert as a trumpeter feels inadequate. His albums with the Tijuana Brass sold millions, but he also became a major force in the music industry itself. Now 80, he performs at the One World Theatre on Monday and Tuesday with his wife, original Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 vocalist Lani Hall. Their album Come Fly With Me arrives next week.

10:00AM Thu. Sep. 24, 2015, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

Chicago Remixes Chicago
Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire pull into Circuit of the Americas Thursday, July 23, during their “Heart and Soul” tour. For sheer volume of chart hits that run the gamut from precision pop and ambitious jazz-rock to gloriously arranged funk, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better value than this dual headliner revue.

9:00AM Thu. Jul. 16, 2015, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

SXSW Live Shot: Africa/Caribbean Night
Just outside the Palm Door, a steel drum band from Trinidad marched down Sixth Street in the rain Friday night. It proved the perfect prelude to a dual showcase that was “all about the waist,” as Congolese-British comedian/emcee Eddie Kadi put it.

10:35AM Sat. Mar. 21, 2015, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

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