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Shmu Vapes
The term “fusion” falls far short of communicating the latest sounds coming from Shmu. Austin’s outside-the-box bandleader has whipped up a glitchy synthesis of music’s creamiest genres: vaporwave, yacht rock, muzak, and smooth R&B.

10:30AM Mon. Feb. 19, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Eric Johnson’s Six-String Monolith
Although Eric Johnson peaked commercially with platinum-selling 1990 Grammy-winner Ah Via Musicom, the intervening decades haven’t stemmed Austin’s adulation for the homegrown guitar virtuoso. A full Paramount Theatre proved that Thursday night. And indeed, what Johnson fanatic would miss him performing his breakout disc in its entirety?

1:45PM Fri. Feb. 16, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Street Sounds: I Hate I Skate
Austin’s hardcore punk scene goes off this weekend with I Hate I Skate, a three-day mini fest presented by Victor Ziolkowski, vocalist/drummer for Plax, Skeleton, Enemy One, and roughly 1,482 other bands.

11:35AM Fri. Feb. 16, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Altamesa’s New Frontier
Altamesa, the cosmic Americana outfit led locally by Evan Charles, portions out its new album in novel form: over the course of a monthly serial entwining songs, art, and storytelling.

10:00AM Fri. Feb. 16, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Courtney Barnett & Molly Burch to Perform at Saengerrunde Hall
Fresh off her show with Kurt Vile at the Moody Theater last November, Courtney Barnett returns to Austin for a performance at the somewhat unconventional Saengerrunde Hall on Monday, May 14. Saengerrunde is a German beer hall with a mid-century bowling alley.

10:50AM Thu. Feb. 15, Mark Fagan Read More | Comment »

SXSW’s Eighth Artist List
South by Southwest added 144 new acts this morning, among them R&B breakouts Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Houston hip-hop legend Bun B, and “Chill Bill” rapper Rob Stone. The mid-March megaconference commences less than one month from now.

10:00AM Thu. Feb. 15, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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Lana Del Rey Hypnotizes
Lana Del Rey’s approach to performance seems underwhelming. No avant-garde outfits, no extravagant stage setups, no dance chorus. Yet as the New York siren waltzed onstage to a three-quarters-full Erwin Center Sunday night in an oversized black sweater and leggings mumbling the words to “13 Beaches” in her breathy haze, I found myself hypnotized.

2:00PM Mon. Feb. 12, Isabella Castro-Cota Read More | Comment »

Immortal Voices: Uncle Walt’s Band
Certified legends amongst old Austin heads, Uncle Walt’s Band has elsewhere remained a cult fascination, hallowed by roots music connoisseurs, record collectors, and fans of each member’s subsequent successes.

12:35PM Mon. Feb. 12, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

JMBLYA Keeps Stacking Headliners
J. Cole has been added to a JMBLYA lineup already busting at the seams with hip-hop and trap hitmakers.

10:10AM Fri. Feb. 9, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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