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PJ Harvey Troubles the Water
The black flag backdrop illuminated a goat-headed animal negotiating with a two-headed dog, possibly interpreted as mythological creatures Chimera, omen of disaster, and Cerberus, hound of Hades, respectively. If the writing was on the wall for Polly Jean Harvey’s sold-out show at Stubb’s Friday night, the suggestion was clear. So was the message:

2:22PM Sat. Apr. 29, Kahron Spearman Read More | Comment »

The Oddisee
Washington, D.C.-raised Sudanese-American Amir Mohamed goes by MC moniker Oddisee. The breakout rapper is out promoting acclaimed new full-length The Iceberg, which lays out a soulful Venn diagram of social commentary and personal anxiety. He appears Friday at Empire Control Room.

9:00AM Thu. Apr. 27, Kahron Spearman Read More | Comment »

A New Sound & Vision for RAS
Riders Against the Storm, one of Austin’s top acts in any genre and oft-cited Austin Music Awards threepeat for Band of the Year 2014-16, returns with a new single, a new video, and a new sound. The mission remains the same.

2:30PM Wed. Apr. 26, Kahron Spearman Read More | Comment »

The World’s Best White Reaper
Imagine a hybrid of Cheap Trick and Diarrhea Planet playing at a haunted house: Classic rock with sinister guitar riffs and starry keys bouncing off drum hits that power instant anthems into whiplash territory. Take a gander tonight at Sidewinder when White Reaper sandwiches between Oakland punk (headliners Swmrs) and L.A. punk (No Parents).

1:30PM Tue. Apr. 25, Isabella Castro-Cota Read More | Comment »

In With the Old, in With the New
By the time Wood & Wire took the stage Saturday afternoon, the chill had already sent Old Settler’s core audience back to their Subarus to exchange sandals and tie-dye shirts for boots and heavier layers, save for one shirtless man in a gold sequined cape.

2:30PM Mon. Apr. 24, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Why Record Store Day Is Great …
Talk to the owners of any of Austin’s participating records stores and you’ll hear a chorus: “Record Store Day is our biggest day of the year.”

10:47AM Fri. Apr. 21, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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Kraken Quartet Unseals the Gates
Like the mythical North Atlantic sea monster that predates part of their moniker, Austin’s Kraken Quartet operates with eight restless arms. Except they all hold sticks!

2:45PM Mon. Apr. 17, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

R.I.P. Barry “Frosty” Smith
Barry “Frosty” Smith, 71, died unexpectedly last night at home, but he’ll live on forever when locals discuss Austin’s greatest drummers. In truth, there’s little debate of Smith’s placement on that list.

12:55PM Thu. Apr. 13, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Jim Caligiuri Exit Interview
March 31, the day before Jim Caligiuri left Austin for California, we said goodbye outside Magnolia Cafe on South Congress. A rare moment of speechlessness overcame me, since editors depend on journalists like Caligiuri – clockwork about deadlines, fearlessly opinionated, physically rugged. “You’re the longest relationship I ever had,” he said.

9:45AM Thu. Apr. 13, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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