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Checking In: Ruthie Foster Extends Mother’s Day
“Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to my mom, Ruthie Foster,” begins the new Live at the Paramount. “Please enjoy the show.” Judging from the 70-plus minutes by Austin’s grande roots dame and an 18-strong big band – deep, regal, crackling in the exchange between soul and souls – the opening segue from Maya into Ruthie preserves Mother’s Day.

9:09AM Tue. May 12 Read More | Comment »

Live In-Person Music Returns to Austin: In a Field with a Pirate Radio Signal
The most surprising aspect of Ben Ballinger’s effort to pull off a live concert on Thursday night in the midst of COVID social distancing proved to be how well it actually worked. The local songwriter set up a drive-in at a South Austin field, which sold out its limited 25 car tickets almost immediately.

4:00PM Fri. May 8, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

New Riders Against the Storm Remix Ponders Babylon’s Fall
Even while sheltering in place, Riders Against the Storm – three-time winners of Band of the Year at the Austin Music Awards – don’t plan on slowing down. On Wednesday, the ATX husband (Chaka) and wife (Qi Dada) hip-hop team released an Ayuma-produced remix of “Is It?”

12:30PM Fri. May 8, Kahron Spearman Read More | Comment »

Checking In: BettySoo Invents the Corona-Gram™
“It's difficult and bizarre for someone whose most dreaded part of work before was having to see themselves on video to transition to spending all of their time learning how to produce herself on video.” So offers BettySoo on live music’s new paradigm, instantly demonstrating a folklorist’s ability to tap a likely universal sentiment.

11:11AM Fri. May 8, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Los Coast Goes Country in Covering Gillian Welch’s Ode to Elvis Presley
Today, Los Coast premieres “Elvis Presley Blues,” a genre-shifting cover of Americana icon Gillian Welch's heartfelt 2001 composition. The stirring, experimental single featuring local folk quartet Ley Line is the Austin psych-soul crew’s first foray into country. Singer Trey Privott checked in about the band and himself during this time of crisis.

4:20PM Wed. May 6, Kahron Spearman Read More | Comment »

Checking In: James McMurtry Waits on Widespread Testing
“This pandemic would be a trial under any president,” writes South Austin seer James McMurtry on his website. “I fear it’s more of a trial under no president.” Stark as his song realism, the terse yet lyrical op-ed lights a fuse on McMurtry’s forthcoming prose period.

11:11AM Wed. May 6, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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Austin’s Beatstars Partners with Sony/ATV
Austin-based company Beatstars Inc., the largest digital platform for buying and selling beats, is partnering with Sony/ATV in a joint venture allowing its users access to the latter’s publishing services.

9:00AM Wed. May 6, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Checking In: Israel Nash Sets the Hill Country Reeling
Psychedelic country-soul, according to “Down in the Country,” bridges Seventies Laurel Canyon folk-rock potency to a diaphanous Dripping Springs swing circa now. Israel Nash’s giddy new EP Topaz thus imbues classic Americana songcraft with Texan R&B. Originally the A-side of his new LP, get it now on Bandcamp, but save a spot for what completes it.

11:11AM Tue. May 5, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Checking In: ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Jason Reece Navigating Uncharted Territory
Tenth LP in 25 years, “X: The Godless Void and Other Stories achieves full circle career transcendence behind core co-leaders Conrad Keely and Jason Reece,” opined Alejandra Ramirez back in only February. Revealed the latter ...Trail of Dead driver at the time: “At first, it was going to be called something like Into the American Void.” Has a ring to it now.

11:00AM Mon. May 4, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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