Daily Music: La Vie en Rose
ACL Review: Spoon
After two decades of writing and gigging, Spoon’s powerhouse live show isn’t revealing many surprises. Despite a still steady stream of critically acclaimed albums, the hometown heroes have reached a point in their career where they need to shut up and play the hits.

10:35AM Sun. Oct. 15, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Vulfpeck
Vulfpeck’s Wisdom of Crowds tour ended not with a bang – or even last weekend’s onstage handstands – but with a solid dose of funk. Any skepticism that a core group of white dudes, particularly ones at the end of a grueling road schedule, couldn’t bring the house down was promptly drowned out in bass lines and a lively horn section on Friday afternoon.

10:45AM Sat. Oct. 14, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Danny Brown
Overheard early Sunday afternoon at the Honda main stage: “I’ve never seen a rap show with a mosh pit.” This, clearly, constituted a first-timer at a Danny Brown show.

9:40AM Mon. Oct. 9, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Chance the Rapper
According to a 2015 report from the Pew Research Center, only 27% of millennials attend religious services weekly. With that in mind, here’s a safe assumption: For most of the massive crowd at the Honda stage Saturday night, the only service they’d be dragging themselves out of bed for today is brunch.

12:15PM Sun. Oct. 8, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Solange
Solange’s career took a turn with 2016’s A Seat at the Table, and so, too, did her live performances. Her quirky dance moves, carried out in tandem with her band, and penchant for color-coordinated outfits remain, but those are the only relics of what was once a lighthearted jaunt in line with Sixties-era girl groups like the Shirelles.

11:10AM Sat. Oct. 7, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

Blondie + Garbage = Force de Femme
The original atomic blonde and one of her ginger musical progeny stormed the stage Friday night in front of a sold-out ACL Live at the Moody Theater. Blondie’s tour with Garbage joined two of rock’s iconic leads, who delivered a femme-powered tour de force.

10:00AM Mon. Aug. 14, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

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A Starry Night of Brian Wilson
Of the 11 musicians onstage Sunday at the Moody Theater, Brian Wilson sat the furthest away. At a baby grand piano, the Beach Boy’s brain added to pristine harmonies, layered like a croissant, he devised decades ago. Mostly, he plinked in no discernible fashion, stared blankly into the distance, and exited abruptly more than once during the show.

2:05PM Mon. May 15, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

Return of the xx
Four long years have passed since the xx sold out consecutive nights downtown at the Moody Theater. On Wednesday, first installment of this succeeding two-show stand, the general admission crowd on the floor pressed into the barriers to get up close to the London trio. Fueled by that energy and a fervent “oh-em-gees”-ness, the xx delivered.

12:05PM Thu. May 11, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Live: Grandaddy
It’s 2017 and the guitars have survived the apocalypse. Not only that, they’ve thrived in this brave new world of machines and humanoids. Or at least that’s what we gathered from Grandaddy’s set Friday night at Stubb’s.

1:50PM Sat. Mar. 18, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

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