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Checking In: Go Fever’s Acey Monaro Paints Houses Down Under
“Hello from the sunny, COVID-free East coast of Australia,” emailed Acey Monaro after the U.S. election from New South Wales, where the Go Fever singer and bandmate/hubby Ben Burdick fled. “My hometown is Maitland, and my mum still lives there. It’s a big country town in the Hunter Valley, which is all cows and coal, but just a train ride away to the beach.”

9:09AM Mon. Nov. 30, 2020, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Black Pumas Score Three More Grammy Nominations
One year after earning a Best New Artist nomination, Austin’s Black Pumas today received nods in three categories for the 2021 Grammy Awards. The deluxe edition of their self-titled release scored an Album of the Year look and their song “Colors” is up for Record of the Year.

12:55PM Tue. Nov. 24, 2020, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Checking In: Nina Diaz Ponders Playing As the Titanic Sinks
One highlight of Vallejo’s new duets LP, Amigos Amigos, is Nina Diaz. “A tremulous indie rock contribution from Nina Diaz, ‘Coming Home Today,’ echoes Linda Perry, Amy Winehouse, and Nina Diaz,” wrote the Chronicle. Emails the ex-Girl in a Coma frontwoman: “We did that so long ago it’s fun to hear my younger voice. Such a cool song! My momma loves it too.”

11:33AM Wed. Nov. 18, 2020, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Checking In: Anastasia Exercises
“Austin’s small but formidable cadre of soul singers refuses to accept assigned gender/racial roles, fighting against the tendency for non-Black, non-POC, cisgender, straight-identifying persons to ‘other’ black women into provisional submissiveness,” wrote Kahron Spearman in a 2017 cover story that included Anastasia, who stood out then as now.

10:10AM Tue. Nov. 17, 2020, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Live Purification Ritual Debuts Dumpster Fires in Stereo
Fitting metaphor for a globally disastrous year, the term “dumpster fire” refers to a conflagration of incompetence resulting in a situation no one wants to touch. Saturday’s immersive percussion event of the same name, however, felt like a much needed purification ritual.

11:55AM Mon. Nov. 16, 2020, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Watch: Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol Die in Space
Space: A treacherous realm where terrifying unknowns eclipse manifest hazards.

11:11AM Fri. Nov. 13, 2020, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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Checking In: Michael Ramos Signs the Tiarra Girls
“Michael Ramos grew up mostly around San Antonio. He’s a multi-instrumentalist specializing in keyboards and accordion, but also singing and playing trumpet, organ, and a little percussion,” wrote critic emeritus Dave Marsh for the Chronicle in 2006. “[In Charanga Cakewalk], what he wants to do is make sounds that reflect himself and his concerns.”

10:10AM Fri. Nov. 13, 2020, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Checking In: Brannen Temple Stays Hyper Vigilant
“Max Roach,” said Brannen Temple, sitting in my kitchen big as life. “My father was trying to hip me to him, and he brought me a Clifford Brown/Max Roach record. That was it.” So name-checked the homegrown drummer at the table almost two decades ago. A percussion lesson by one of Austin’s finest beatkeepers then ensued on said surface.

11:47AM Wed. Nov. 11, 2020, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Checking In: The Still is Still Moving to Oliver Rajamani
“In your series, I noticed a musician added videos they listen to, so I added James Last, his orchestra. I’ve been listening to him since childhood, because my father was a big fan of his arrangements. Andre Rieu, too, I’ve listened to for five years now. This is music that makes my days sunny and joyful. I listen to these not as a musician, but as a lover of life.”

10:10AM Tue. Nov. 10, 2020, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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