Daily Music
Sir Callahan Goes On the Road
This week, Bill Callahan embarks on a month-plus tour, backed by a full band, which includes Shearwater drummer Thor Harris and violinist Elizabeth Warren. He'll be accompanied by Sun City Girl/improvisational virtuoso Sir Richard Bishop, though no Austin dates are scheduled.

However, Bill will be back in town for his lady Joanna Newsom's just-announced Oct. 27 performance with the Austin Symphony Orchestra at the Riverbend Centre. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday through Front Gate outlets.

1:26PM Tue. Aug. 28, 2007, Austin Powell Read More | Comment »

None of the Hits, All of the Time
UT's student-run, non-profit radio station, KVRX 91.7FM, posted an untitled new recording this week by Jared Van Fleet's Sparrow House. The song was recorded during a recent Local Live session, the weekly Sunday night live program airing 10-11pm. The schedule for upcoming performances is as follows:

Aug. 26: Prom Nite
Sept. 2: Til We're Blue or Destroy
Sept. 9: ALIENS
Sept. 16: The Boxing Lesson
Sept. 23: Clap! Clap!
Sept. 30: Shapes Have Fangs
Oct. 7: The Noise Revival
Oct. 14: Foot Patrol
Oct. 21: Aster
Oct. 28: Meryll
Nov. 4: Southern Drama
Nov. 11: Reverse X Rays
Nov. 18: The Zest of Yore!

Don't forget, this Saturday is KVRX's website launch party and benefit at Mohawk, featuring Maneja Beto, Lomita, Foot Patrol, the Mercers, Fancy Feast, Peter & the Wolf, and Yellow Fever.

3:20PM Fri. Aug. 24, 2007, Austin Powell Read More | Comment »

Total Request Live
Those hoping to audition for ME Television’s reality series, The Next VeeJay, have a few more days to prepare than previously reported. The competition, which premieres in October, kicks off Thursday, August 30, at Midnight Rodeo. For more information check out metelevision.com/auditions.

3:13PM Fri. Aug. 24, 2007, Austin Powell Read More | Comment »

Worlds Away
It’s hard to see the end when you’re beginning
Time goes by you start to see the light

Sometimes getaway manifests itself as familial responsibility, a ticket home. Thankfully.

I left the Bay Area in 1992 at the age of 27. Never to return. Both my parents fled their birthplaces. Runs in the sangre.

Returning remains singular. The sun, the sea, the sky. Past and present, another lifetime’s ghosts mingling among all tomorrow’s parties. Raiders vs. 49ers. U.C. Berkeley fall load-in, Sunday, 10am. Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Be sure to wear flowers in your hair…

11:44AM Fri. Aug. 24, 2007, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Taste the Rainbow
In case you can't tell from the poster here, there's a "psychedelic" theme for tonight's show at the Mohawk. Furthermore, it also features four of Austin's best new bands. For real. Horse + Donkey headline. Cry Blood Apache have finally hit their stride now that they've ditched the trash can and settled on straight-up Cabaret Voltaire-wired-through-Wire's amps. Kicking things off are the always-solid trio Cavedweller and new local duo Headdress.

1:34PM Thu. Aug. 23, 2007, Audra Schroeder Read More | Comment »

Girlie Gossip
Celebrities are dying to ask me for advice.

OK, not really. But I’ve been addicted to gossip columns since I was a child, and I still devour them. My pen pal, "14," the fabulously talented artist/celeb commentator of Gallery of the Absurd, keeps my celebrity schadenfreude ever stoked with her wicked artwork. Still, as I endlessly pour over
D-Listed, Go Fug Yourself, and TMZ, I find myself taking mental notes and carrying on mental conversations like:

Britney Spears: Oh, Lord. You can take the girl out of the trailer park but…. P.S. to Criss Angel: If you really want to know what you're getting into, there are pictures of her Brazilianed beaver all over the net. Just remember who got there before you - it's the best birth control in the world.

Angelina Jolie: You are exquisitely lovely and your tattoos SUCK. Please. I beg you. Before you haul your brood in for matching tattoos, find a good tattoo artist, someone old who knows their art. I know a few of the REALLY good ones. Call me, Angie baby. I fixed Lucinda up with hers and can help you take care of yours.

Amy Winehouse: You really need to go to rehab, yes, yes, yes. Darling, you have one of the best voices and styles in ages. I love your Ronnie-Spector-meets-Elvis’-Priscilla look, but you are a MESS. Not a hopeless mess like Brit-Brit, but a fixable mess. So stay in rehab (take a look at pics of Courtney Love the last few years for inspiration or see Judy Garland before she died) and dump your husband Kevin Federline. Oops, I meant Blake Fielder Civil. (P.S. You will be SO sorry you got that golddigger’s name tattooed on your chest.)

1:16PM Thu. Aug. 23, 2007, Margaret Moser Read More | Comment »

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Safe Travels
Amy Annelle, aka the Places, and Ralph White are true kindred spirits, musical nomads whose bodies of work seem to yearn for the same pastoral past. The two are set to venture West, accentuating each other’s work in the best way they know how: Annelle with a 1933 Gibson L-00 guitar and White with an assortment of accordions, banjos, and fiddles.

Most of the dates, listed after the jump, are in support of revered folkie Michael Hurley, who is set to release The Ancestral Swamp on Devendra Banhart's Gnomonsong label. Hurley contributed harmony to Annelle's version of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonely I Could Cry," one of the bonus tracks on the Places’ hauntingly beautiful, Fawns with Fangs: Selections from the Dark Heart of the Thicket. Recorded in various parts of Colorado, New Jersey, Oregon, and Texas, and released in 2005, the album transforms the works of Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan, among others, into enchanted lullabies.

There's no telling where these two will wander off, but both are scheduled to resurface in Austin September 27 at Lovejoys.

11:55AM Wed. Aug. 22, 2007, Austin Powell Read More | Comment »

Daryl Hall Not Out of Touch (or Time)
A sign of the apocalypse? Not according to the tastemakers over at Pitchfork. And what with Daryl Hall's recent cameo on Flight of the Conchords (hey, Oates was on Wonder Showzen first), could a Hall & Oates indie rock renaissance be far behind? My seven-year-old self is squealing inside.

3:59PM Tue. Aug. 21, 2007, Audra Schroeder Read More | Comment »

A Night at the Opera House
Perhaps the best idea since Whirlyball, South First odds and ends boutique the Opera House, located directly behind End of an Ear, presents Teddy & Marge Thursday night. The Attic Ted side-project warps old timey tunes from the Twenties and the Thirties into oddly charming waltzes of accordion, banjo, and cello. The show is coupled with a bike-in movie, Charlie Kaufman's modern classic Adaptation. All things considered, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure might have been a more appropriate choice, but we're not complaining. The event starts at 8pm, and there's a $3 suggested donation.

3:31PM Tue. Aug. 21, 2007, Austin Powell Read More | Comment »

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