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Hear Will Johnson's New Old Single, “Cornelius”
Will Johnson’s got no problem shelving a great song. To him, “the ride” of a record is so paramount that outliers – even if they’re superb – are sent to purgatory. Such had been the case with “Cornelius.”

9:20AM Wed. Jun. 12, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Terror Fest Review: Panopticon, Alcest
Austin music fanatics tremble at the prospect of witnessing a cult band perform a rare set – and a local debut, no less. Mother Nature often has other plans, however. A severe storm warning proved more than just a forecast Sunday night, bringing enough lightning to Empire Garage to stem Panopticon’s highly anticipated ATF headlining set.

1:37PM Mon. Jun. 10, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

In Austin, Bushwick Bill Found his Musical Playground
“There was a bunch of white people there who looked like they'd rather be listening to Beethoven or Bach,” Bushwick Bill recounted of his first time crashing a live band performance in Austin – a Continental Club Gallery gig in early 2013 where he freestyled over Gordie Johnson’s Sit Down Servant.

12:49PM Mon. Jun. 10, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Terror Fest Review: Daikaiju, Lightning Bolt
“We thought training in the north would make us stronger in the Texas heat,” declared Lightning Bolt drummer Brian Chippendale amid the Rhode Island duo’s ear-searing headline set at Empire Garage on Saturday night. “It worked. We’re the strongest people here!”

11:47AM Sun. Jun. 9, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Terror Fest Review: Indian
Reunited Chicago hate metal quartet Indian hasn’t performed in Austin since a SXSW showcase in 2014. As such, its Austin Terror Fest excoriation on Saturday night inside Empire Control Room made up for lost time.

11:15AM Sun. Jun. 9, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Terror Fest Review: Dorthia Cottrell, Panopticon
Imagine folks milling about a patio wearing metal t-shirts and denim jackets covered in band patches. Now imagine that crowd not only giving a pair of Texas singer/songwriter-obsessed headbangers their full attention, but also recognizing the songs within a few notes. That’s what occurred outside at Barracuda Saturday afternoon for this matinee show.

10:55AM Sun. Jun. 9, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

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Terror Fest Review: Church of Misery, Primitive Man, Unearthly Trance, Terminator 2
Around midnight Friday inside Empire Control Room, Hiroyuki Takano belted out “I, Motherfucker (Ted Bundy)” with a smile, taking the infamous serial killer to John Waters heights of filth-filled glee. Given the group’s aberrant subjects – almost exclusively mass murderers – Church of Misery invoked palpable sociable exuberance inviting grins.

12:27PM Sat. Jun. 8, Rick Weaver Read More | Comment »

Terror Fest Review: Integrity, Pig Destroyer
“Let’s get along,” barked Dwid Hellion when an extracurricular tussle broke out in the circle pit Friday night at Empire Garage, prompting the club’s security to drag out the offender. “We’re all here for the same reason: we’re outcasts.”

11:47AM Sat. Jun. 8, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

“Future’s So Bright” for PR Newman
Once accurately referred to as the “Ellis Island of Austin music” by resident songwriter Ben Ballinger, the Hole in the Wall’s front stage has remained a crucial entry point for fledgling bands for most of its 45-year existence.

2:22PM Fri. Jun. 7, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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AISD's "School Changes" Process Places Equity Front and Center “Historically, this is a very racist city, and unfortunately, this school district is a part of that system"

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