Days after a grand, emotional goodbye with his sold-out Songwriter Rendezvous at the Paramount Theatre last Thursday, Austin songwriter Jimmy LaFave died Sunday, confirmed his label Music Road Records. He was 61.
George Reiff, the beloved Austin bassist whose masterful, in-the-pocket playing was a fixture on the local scene and a talent beheld by artists of international acclaim, passed away Sunday at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, friends confirm.
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.
This weekend, Pere Ubu and Rocket From the Tombs cram into Beerland for local imprint Super Secret Records’ Austin Jukebox series. Dubbed the Coed Jail tour, the pairing of Cleveland rock legends marks the return of Rocket after an incendiary Emo’s show in 2003, and the first time Ubu’s graced a Lone Star stage in two decades.
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.
In Girling’s nocturnal new video, Andy Sharp sings of a celestially connected afterlife, in which our dead friends and family raise the morning sun and fill moon with light. Sadly, it’s only “Fiction.”
Suzanna Choffel celebrates today’s drop of Hello Goodbye with an album release party tonight at 3ten ACL Live. The Austin native’s fourth full-length disc, the album continues expanding on her unique soul-folk-pop sound with the help of producer David Boyle and an A-list cast of locals including Charlie Sexton, Davíd Garza, and Jazz Mills.
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.