Daily Music
Chris Stapleton’s Outlaw Triple Threat
Chris Stapleton made his Austin City Limits debut Monday riding country music’s hottest hand. Long a hit songwriter, he stepped into the spotlight with 2015 debut Traveller. Ahead of a Circuit of the Americas show Thursday, the Kentucky native stamped ACL’s 43rd season with a true triple threat of guitar licks, powerful vocals, and stellar songwriting.

11:30AM Tue. Oct. 24, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

My Education’s Coordinates
The epic instrumentals of My Education, compositions of monstrous momentum that traverse space, math, classical, and post-rock airspace, have long been applied to film, re-soundtracking F.W. Murnau’s 1927 silent Sunrise and Mamoru Oshii’s Japanese animé Angel’s Egg.

9:30AM Tue. Oct. 24, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

The Blackest of the Man in Black
Johnny Cash’s most funereal material – songs of hard luck, murder, and sorrow – gets the spotlight on 5 Minutes to Live, a short-but-not-sweet tribute record spiked with appearances from scoundrel heroes of underground music.

1:30PM Mon. Oct. 23, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Formula 1 Music: Stevie Wonder
“Not to get political, because I don’t like to do that,” lamented Stevie Wonder, who had something to get off his chest before a two-hour performance following the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of Americas on Sunday night. “I have never seen the color of my skin, nor have I seen yours, [but] we’re all in a race – a race against time.”

11:15AM Mon. Oct. 23, Alejandra Ramirez Read More | Comment »

Formula 1 Music: Justin Timberlake
Lights over the crowd gathered at F1’s super stage on Saturday night went out as Frank Sinatra played over the P.A.: “I planned each charted course/ Each careful step along the byway/ And more, much more than this/ I did it my way.” As “My Way” faded and Justin Timberlake appeared, the link between that song and the pop star’s career trajectory felt undeniable.

11:20AM Sun. Oct. 22, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

Days Numbered for Threadgill’s WHQ
Eddie Wilson told “Playback” today that he doesn’t currently have a lease for his vaunted Threadgill’s World Headquarters restaurant and concert venue on Riverside Drive, and that he’s informed employees that it will close after South by Southwest in 2018.

3:45PM Fri. Oct. 20, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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King Crimson Kills
Except for a drive-by gig by one of its side Projekcts and a reunion several years ago from an ex-employees Crimson Projekct, Austin hadn’t hosted a proper King Crimson performance in 22 years. On Thursday night, in a Bass Concert Hall brimming with Crimfans waiting two decades to see their monarch, the reception bordered on ecstatic.

10:30AM Fri. Oct. 20, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: White Reaper
Terrible name, great band. So’s Cage the Elephant, fellow Kentucky burners. Last year, the latter riot act torched an ACL Fest main stage like no less than the Clash. Sunday, again in Zilker Park, White Reaper tore through an hour on the BMI stage as relentlessly as Green Day.

11:47AM Mon. Oct. 16, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Songhoy Blues
As documented in 2015 film They Will Have to Kill Us First, Mali’s Songhoy Blues fled its home in Timbuktu to avoid prosecution under strict Sharia law, which bans music. A narrative with the indomitable spirit of music defying violent oppression usually puts audiences on an artist’s side long before a single note’s been struck.

11:25AM Mon. Oct. 16, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

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