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SXSW Music Pro Tips
Prepare thy self
DAILY Music  March 5, 2015, by Kevin Curtin

Playback: Nancy Fly Waves Bye-Bye
Pioneering Austin booker Nancy Fly retires, and ATX gets a hip-hop festival
Music Column  August 14, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...› Gary Clark Jr., who, in a recent Earache! posting divulged that Clifford Antone's last words to him were, "Hey man, play some Jimmy Reed" (see "Gary Clark Jr. on Antone's" at, drops a full-length live album via Warner Bros Sept..."

Cold Sweat
Where have all our black clubs gone?
Music Story  June 12, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Casino brings up the venture that loaded into Antone's former home on West Fifth, Infest. The club famously flamed out in January after trying to succeed as a DIY punk and hip-hop space Downtown..."

Playback: Screamadelica
Austin Psych Fest 2014 drops its lineup
Music Column  December 6, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...On Wednesday, Dec. 11, Antone's hosts a benefit for Hartman that will feature performances by his band, Lone Star Swing, along with Ray Wylie Hubbard, Cross Canadian Ragweed's Cody Canada, Asleep at the Wheel head honcho Ray Benson, HalleyAnna, and Gourds singer Kevin Russell's band Shinyribs..."

Playback: ACL Fest – Can't Stop the Music
ACL Fest met both supply and demand. Mostly.
Music Column  October 18, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...› Purchase your wristband to Fun Fun Fun Fest, Nov. 8-10, at Waterloo, End of an Ear, or Antone's Records and get a free album by any of the festival's performers, such as the Subhumans' From the Cradle to the Grave, Kurt Vile's Wakin' on a Pretty Daze, and Television's Marquee Moon..."

Austin's version of 'Bad Santa' at a bar near you
Music Column  December 7, 2012, by Kevin Curtin
"...While all that might sound deranged to holiday traditionalists (Sunday's A Charlie Brown Christmas at Antone's this ain't), Wild Bill's brand of weirdness is more good-natured silliness than shock-value profanity. Honky-Tonk Holidays debuts Saturday at the White Horse, then plays Dec..."

The Reluctant Celebrity
When you get caught between the moon and New York City, it's time to head back home to Austin
Music Story  January 20, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"...That took us out of the mainstream. We weren't playing at Mother Earth or the Armadillo or Antone's...."

Off the Record
The Hamburg Sound: OTR retreats to Germany's Reeperbahn Festival as Frank Hendrix sells Emo's
Music Column  September 30, 2011, by Austin Powell
"..."You cannot go anywhere else in the world and receive that kind of service just because you play music for a living." Alongside more than 160 local acts, Nakia will be doing his part on Tuesday, Oct. 4, to give back, performing twice – 8am at Whole Foods Cafe and 9:30pm at Antone's – as part of HAAM Benefit Day, the organization's annual fundraiser..."

Off the Record
Seeking refuge at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater before the return of Joe 'King' Carrasco & the Crowns
Music Column  June 24, 2011, by Austin Powell
"..."I'm like an old car – all dinged up but still driving," laughs Carrasco in retrospect. "It's going to take a good crash to get me." For the first time in nearly 30 years, Carrasco and the Original Crowns – organist/accordionist/keyboardist Kris Cummings, drummer Mike Navarro, and bass player Brad Kizer – are reuniting for a six-date Texas tour that pulls into Antone's on Saturday, June 25..."

Medicine Men
The Band of Heathens' collective mojo
Music Story  May 6, 2011, by Doug Freeman
"...Tuesday, March 15: Opening night of South by Southwest Music 2011 and the venerable Home of the Blues is packed. Despite the $15 cover at Antone's and the oncoming week, the occasion itself might be the biggest improbability..."

Off the Record
Sifting through the Austin sound ordinance, paying final respects to Pinetop Perkins, and catching up with Explosions in the Sky
Music Column  April 1, 2011, by Austin Powell
"...On Monday night, a lone candle and rose adorned the keyboard he performed at right up to his passing on March 21. Antone's nightclub returned the kindness, celebrating the beloved blues pianist..."

Saturday-Sunday SXSW Live Shots
Saturday night SXSW showcase reviews
Music Story  March 25, 2011
"...Hold up, heyyyyy. – Chase Hoffberger HansonAntone's, March 19..."

Shoot Out the Lights
Bare buzz, bare butts: The Bright Light Social Hour shakes it
Music Story  February 11, 2011, by Margaret Moser
"...Back at home in Austin, after three EPs and a well-organized voting campaign in Dell Lounge's Sound & the Jury competition, the Bright Light Social Hour won a slot at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2009. Six months later, they walked off with Best Indie Band at the Austin Music Awards, and when the group's release show for its eponymous debut sold out Antone's last fall, they finessed rave reviews (see "Texas Platters," Dec..."

Off the Record
From Cactusgate to Casual Victim Pile, the year in local music ends with the tragic death of drummer Bill Maddox
Music Column  December 31, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...That was hardly the only shift in the local booking paradigm. Emo's owner Frank Hendrix partnered with Antone's in mid-August, then set his sights on renovating Riverside Drive's former heavy metal dungeon, the Back Room, into a two-story facility tentatively named Emo's on the Hill and scheduled to open in June..."

Off the Record
Celebrating Independence Day with Wild America and Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic
Music Column  July 9, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...This year's inductees include certified icons (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Janis Joplin, Townes Van Zandt, Kenneth Threadgill, and Clifford Antone), along with trumpeter Martin Banks, Eastside bluesman Erbie Bowser, Latino promoter Liliado "Lalo" Campos, and Victory Grill proprietor Johnny Holmes. While OTR has seen coin collections better commemorated, the city is helping promote the memorial with a community tour of the plaques, starting at Antone's on Sunday, July 11, for Marcia Ball's Pianorama, followed by stops at Threadgill's the following Thursday and El Sol y la Luna on Friday...."

Off the Record
Introducing the city's new sound engineer and the final verdict on the Cactus Cafe
Music Column  May 21, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...Like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Charlie Sexton, David Murray was an Austin guitar prodigy who sneaked in the side door of the old Soap Creek Saloon to sit in with Paul Ray & the Cobras. "They used to joke about putting me inside the kick drum case to get me inside the club," chuckles Murray, an Austin resident since 1968, who attended the opening of the original Antone's in 1975..."

Off the Record
Checking in to South by Southwest 2010
Music Column  March 19, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...New West Records now owns the catalogs of Antone's Records, Texas Music Group, and Texas Clef Entertainment following an auction by the United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas, on Monday morning. Edging out comparable bids by Concord Music Group and Ramser Media, the $250,OOO transaction encompassed the rights to more than 130 albums, including seminal works by Alejandro Escovedo, Tish Hinojosa, Lou Ann Barton, Toni Price, the Derailers, and Doug Sahm, that paint a detailed portrait of the local music scene..."

Saturday Picks & Sleepers
The blurbing of SXSW 2010
Music Story  March 19, 2010
"...11:30pm, Antone's Given that only half of this New York quartet is of legal drinking age, its mastery of vintage pop-rock is admirable. It's Elvis Costello meets the Strokes, the latter of which is no coincidence, as single "123 Stop" was produced by Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr..."

Smells Like Teen Spirit
Austin's bands of tomorrow are already here, they're just U18
Music Story  October 24, 2008, by Margaret Moser
"...And where is "there" anyway? All-ages clubs are accessible, but opening slots generally fall to more established acts. Local venues such as the Parlor, Momo's, Ruta Maya, Antone's, and Threadgill's World Headquarters accommodate the under-18 set but not on a regular basis..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  December 16, 2005
"...Well, right then I told myself that he didn't even have a chance next to Austin's own Guy Forsyth. Then last Wednesday at Antone's, I was already dancing happily to Guy's fantastic vocals when I had to laugh out loud as I watched Matthew himself strut up just a few feet from me and literally dance all night long like a cocky chicken..."

Howlin' Wolf Does Not Wear Panties
Walter Daniels' punk blues stirs up a whole new generational ilk, like Black Joe Lewis
Music Story  November 18, 2005, by Margaret Moser
"..."I was deliriously happy when Antone's on Guadalupe was open," he enthuses. "I went there all the time..."

Designated Drummer
Drummer Ernie Durawa's Way of Knowledge.
Music Story  May 23, 2003, by Bill Bentley
"...Steadily throughout the decade, the club scene had grown in Austin to the point where it was ready to pop. Outlaw country was grabbing a lot of the headlines, but the blues crew down at Antone's and over at Rome Inn were burning ears with their murderous attacks..."

Page Two
When they label war protesters' speech as traitorous, right-wing war supporters reveal themselves as truly anti-American.
Columns  February 28, 2003, by Louis Black
"...The Austin Lounge Lizards are live at Antone's in Lizard Times Twenty...."

A2K Meets 'ACL'
The rise of Charlie Jones, local promoter extraordinaire, ACL Fest main man.
Music Story  September 20, 2002, by Andy Langer
"...Almost immediately, Jones and his MiddleMan Music Company did do better -- with the Antone's Blues Festival, a Waterloo Park show featuring John Lee Hooker. More importantly, he organized the city's giant Viva Lance! event, an Auditorium Shores concert and Congress Avenue parade celebrating Armstrong's first Tour victory..."

Dancing About Architecture
Everyone's got new albums coming out
Music Column  June 7, 2002, by Ken Lieck
"...Among those "dropping in" to perform songs by the likes of Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Aaliyah will be the Dust Kings, Billy Davis, Amberjack Rice, Bubba Demons, Sleepwalkers, Horsewreck, and more. Naturally, the Hole doesn't have the patent on the term Hoot Night, and now Antone's has gotten into the spirit with a whole string of the darn things on Tuesdays..."

SXSW Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 8, 2002
"...Or a little trouble. (Antone's, 11pm) -- Margaret Moser..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  December 7, 2001
"...Oh ... and somebody jumped him at Antone's and the cops didn't care..."

Dancing About Architecture
The Austin music scene benefits the Red Cross.
Music Column  October 12, 2001, by Ken Lieck
"...In an unprecedented move to emphasize that this study should take things beyond "business as usual" status, the Austin Music Commission is going farther than a simple press release or announcement to the local media about the study's findings. Rather, the Commission is hosting a celebration and press conference today, Thursday, 6-9pm, at Antone's, with a presentation by conductor of the study John Hockenyos and live music from the Gospel According to Austin featuring Malford Milligan and special guests..."

Dancing About Architecture
Kissinger gets lost
Music Column  May 18, 2001, by Ken Lieck
"...Even though I used up all my good lines on the subject last time, I should mention that Clifford Antone's Help Kids benefit one more time -- if only to clarify that the $125 ticket price is for those who want the whole foofaraw of a catered dinner and such. Tickets for those who just want to see the bands at the show tonight (Thursday) are far less prohibitive; advance tix to see Toni Price, Bob Schneider, and Vallejo are on sale now at Antone's Records for $20, and they'll be $30 at the door… Well, you knew that something was going to happen soon with the Caucus Club, as this column reported before South by Southwest, and now the change of ownership has apparently taken place..."

Dancing About Architecture
Keeping up with Lucinda, Britney, Thurston, Kim, and a bunch of sick people
Music Column  May 4, 2001, by Ken Lieck
"...From brother/sister team Margaret and Stephen Moser come these tidbits on some old-guard big guns. First, a handful of advances of Lucinda Williams' new Essence (due June 5 for civilians) have hit town, prompting much ooohing and aaahing and more than a few late-night phone calls asking, "Is this as good as it sounds?" The answer, sayeth Margaret, is "an unqualified, wreck-your-heart yes." Williams rolled into town a few days before her Monday Antone's gig to hang with friends and rejuvenate at Güero's, catching Angela Strehli, Jimmie Vaughan, and James Cotton Friday night at Antone's..."

Dancing About Architecture
Stevie Ray Vaughan box set hits stands and controversary
Music Column  December 15, 2000, by Ken Lieck
"...For those who enjoyed the fliers included in the piece and wondered who was responsible, the answer is Richard Luckett, the band's production manager/driver. Since the band's heyday, Luckett went on to roadie for Joe "King" Carrasco, Marshall Crenshaw, and Hall & Oates, and currently designs CD sleeves for Universal Records (no, he didn't work on Bob Schneider's new disc -- he's in the reissues division), and his merchandising clients include the estates of Chet Baker, Marvin Gaye, Antone's, South by Southwest, Ringo Starr, Robert Plant, Duran Duran, Guns N' Roses, Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, and numerous others....."

Dancing About Architecture
What's up in the live music capital this week
Music Column  October 27, 2000, by Ken Lieck
"...If you go to see the Asylum Street Spankers at Antone's on Saturday, say so long to Christina Marrs and manager/hubby John Riedie. "The quality of life just isn't worth the cost of living here," says Riedie, echoing the sentiments of many in the local music community, so the couple will be moving to suburban Houston for a year or so -- there's a step up -- and ultimately plan to move to Riedie's hometown of New Orleans..."

Dancing About Architecture
Is the Return of Wayne Douglas on the way? Bob Schneider gets a solo record deal.
Music Column  September 8, 2000, by Ken Lieck
"..."I'll never sell that many copies of an album on my own," he says modestly, although I'm guessing he may have already done just that with Lonelyland. Big-label doings aside, Schneider recently had his first art opening at the Flatbed Gallery, which may be just the type of thing to keep him busy since the Scabs end their regular Wednesday night residency at Antone's September 20..."

Someday Still Wants More
Austin singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa is back with a shorter, spunkier 'do after a four-year absence.
Music Story  August 18, 2000, by Belinda Acosta
"...She cut her wavy mane to a short, spunky 'do two years ago. She's now going for stage attire that's a neutral, more mature look, Hinojosa says, though New York Black seems a better description for the attire she wore at her Antone's record release several weeks ago...."

More Flava Than Juicy Fruit
Wednesday Night SXSW Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 10, 2000, by Andy Langer
"...With a new album due before year's end, this one looks like a great opportunity for both SXSW's European guests and locals alike to spend 45 minutes with one this town's finest and most consistent pure songwriting talents. (Antone's, 9pm) -- Andy Langer..."

Dancing About Architecture
SXSW kicks into gear, Eric Johnson gets intense, and things keep falling apart
Music Column  December 24, 1999, by Ken Lieck
"...What's Eric Johnson going to be doing for three days in January (27-29) at world-famous blues club Antone's, you ask? Why, playing the blues, of course, with his trio Alien Love Child (including Chris Maresh and former Electromagnets member Billy Maddox). Johnson will be recording the performances in hopes of coming up with three or four songs to complete the long-in-the-works Alien Love Child live album..."

Dancing About Architecture
Final fareweall to the Texas Tornado; Frank Kozik Sells Out?; Sixteen Deluxe and Meat Purveyors shake up, but don't break up.
Music Column  December 3, 1999, by Ken Lieck
"...The folks over at Hole in the Wall have announced that they're holding off on a memorial show until January, in order to give themselves time to do it right. Antone's, of course, is taking the opposite approach (though obviously planning to do Doug right as well), with this Friday and Saturday nights packed with talent..."

Scavengers of the Vast Wasteland
Whether they're riffing on punk, metal, funk, jazz, film scores, or even klezmer music, Brown Whörnet attacks each passage with a vociferous intensity that seldom fails to keep an audience at attention.
Music Story  September 10, 1999, by Greg Beets
"...According to Burdine, his guitarist counterpart had known most of the guys from high school in Houston. Shortly thereafter, the freshly named Brown Whörnet played their first show -- at the old Antone's on Guadalupe, 1993..."

This Old House
Music Story  July 22, 1999, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Chronicle: Is this the end of Liberty Lunch for you? Antone's has moved four times and it's still Antone's...."

Dancing About Architecture
Jazzed Off
Music Column  June 10, 1999, by Ken Lieck
"...You've heard the slogan "June Is Jazz Month," right? Well, for the past few mornings, the Mercury's Mark Collins has most likely been thrown awake in a cold sweat with that phrase ringing in his ears. The Sixth Street club's manager was the promoter of last weekend's broadly titled Austin Music Festival, the first half of which, Saturday's Organ Summit at Antone's, attracted a respectable crowd..."

Sleep Walk
Music Story  April 15, 1999, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Born in Okinawa, Japan, his father in the Air Force, and raised in Tuscon, Ariz., starting from age 11, Elm spent parts of his childhood in Austin, returning during his summers away from high school. It was in the capital city's live music venues, therefore, that budding guitarist Elm got an education, his grandmother delivering him to and from Sixth Street and assorted clubs so he could see the likes of the Tailgators, Dash Rip Rock, Joe Ely, the Wagoneers, and "all the blues guys at Antone's": Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Rogers, Hubert Sumlin, and his favorites, Jimmie Vaughan and the Fabulous Thunderbirds..."

Dancing About Architecture
In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lunch
Music Column  April 1, 1999, by Ken Lieck
"...Lansdale, contended that the use of the Winters' images was a tribute, but the brothers found it less than flattering to have their faces plastered on a pair of inbred twin villains who were revealed in the comic to be zombies, murderers, and (literally) pig-fuckers. One of the real Winter brothers -- Johnny -- will be plick-plucking at Antone's Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (see "Calendar")......"

Dancing About Architecture
Music Column  January 28, 1999, by Ken Lieck
"...If Godzilla Motor Company's appearance at the Meat Puppets SIMS benefit a few weeks ago left you jonesing for a dose of Dangerous Toys, take heart that Cleopatra Records and Caroline Distribution plan to re-release the band's last two, little-heard discs and a new live album sometime this summer. Former Toy frontman and current GMCer Jason McMaster says that when the band toured in support of Pissed and The Artists Formerly Known as Dangerous Toys, the distribution afforded them by the short-lived Antone's Records hard rock spinoff DMZ "left people thinking we were touring promoting our greatest hits..."

They Got Nothing on Lacresha
Columns  August 14, 1998
"...I know I really don't, but I feel like I personally know Storyville. From packed Storyville shows at Antone's and Dessau to laid-back Monday nights at Antone's with Malford and the Blue Monday band..."

Dancing About Architecture
My Fair Ladies
Music Column  July 31, 1998, by Ken Lieck
"...Attendees will get the chance to observe a number of renovations at the Meadows, as revealed during last weekend's Phish and B-52s/Pretenders shows, among them new, apparently permanent seating stageside, and nice soft turf, which will no doubt be completely destroyed by the end of the WARPED tour's visit next week. Tonight, Thursday, there will be a preview of events as Lucinda Williams, who takes Lilith's second stage around 6pm, plays the year's worst-kept "secret" show at Antone's..."

photograph by Todd V. Wolfson
Bob Schneider
Music Story  June 5, 1998, by Andy Langer
"...While Jimmie Vaughan and Storyville may occasionally draw larger crowds, nobody of late has filled Austin clubs as consistently as the Scabs. Nearly 800 people attend the Scabs' weekly Tuesday night gig at Antone's, and after a brief drop-off, the Ugly Americans (man-for-man the same band as the Scabs) are back to drawing similarly well on weekends..."

Dancing About Architecture
Here They Came (& Went)
Music Column  October 3, 1997
"...Mark Proct, manager of such luminaries as Jimmie Vaughan, confesses that yes, he's the next fellow in town to get involved in the nightclub business. He's also mighty quick to point out that Lucky's (which counts Tim O'Connor as one of its investors), the room he's opening next to Ace Tailors around the corner from Antone's, is not going to be a live music club by any stretch of the imagination..."

Live Shots
Music Story  September 5, 1997
"...Antone's, August 29..."

Dancing About Architecture
Music Column  August 1, 1997, by Ken Lieck
"...Sire Records boss Seymour Stein made a pilgrimage to Austin this week to look over his new domain. Though taking in a massive showcase at Antone's on Monday night (featuring Guy Forsyth, Sue Foley, the Moellers, Lou Ann Barton, and a half dozen others who wore him out before Malford Milligan hit the evening's final note), he was back out the next evening for a showcase by Trish Murphy at Steamboat, then off to Jovita's to catch Don Walser..."

Dancing About Architecture
Flamingo Road
Music Column  May 23, 1997, by Ken Lieck
"...Hollywood's been swarming all over Austin lately, hasn't it? You can't swing a dead possum without hitting two or three a' them dad-burn mo-om pitcher stars. And worse, they're all getting into the music biz! Maybe Sandra Bullock has been satisfied to stay in front of the stage, but in the last few of years we've seen (and heard) Bruce Willis at Antone's, Woody Harrelson at Aquafest, Randy Quaid at Riverfest, Johnny Depp at the Austin Music Awards, and just the other day Goldie Hawn was in town recording a version of "A Hard Day's Night" with Sir George Martin! I shit you not, my friends! And now, early reports are coming in about Mary Stuart Masterson's upcoming film to be shot here, including tales that she's looking for a band with a famous person in it (a la Depp's P or Dogstar featuring Keanu Reeves) to appear in the film..."

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