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Faster Than Sound: Pop Goes the Arts District
Fight over an empty lot near Riverside Drive intensifies, Xetas’ Kana Harris will open Bluebonnet Records in Lockhart, and Why Bonnie get a peachy opening gig
Music Column  January 10, 2019, by Rachel Rascoe
"...Kana Harris' earliest memories are of taking apart her mom's CDs to memorize the liner notes. In high school, the media junkie toted a DJ's vinyl carrying bag to go buy records during lunch..."

Silver Threads and Golden Needles
Old Settler's Music Festival goes to 25
Music Story  April 20, 2012, by Jim Caligiuri
"..."I honestly thought that the hard work we put into it would pay off," he recalls. "It's hard to know because the records before that did pretty good."..."

What a Drag
West Campus Loses a Piece of Historic Charm
News Story  August 29, 1997, by Kayte VanScoy
"..."The day Les Amis closed, that's when reality hit," sighs Frank Hilbolt, co-owner of Technophilia, Austin's first store to sell used compact discs. Long before the era of the CD, though, before the epoch of the strip mall and the era of corporate conformity, there was the Bluebonnet Plaza -- a ramshackle but cozy clutch of shops and restaurants nestled at 24th and San Antonio Streets directly behind the Drag's Tower Records..."

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Old Settler's Music Festival preview
Music Story  April 15, 2011
"...Fresh off Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell's excellent solo album, last year's Well After Awhile, these cantankerous sour-mashers recently signed to Vanguard Records and are set to record their new album, to be produced by Bob Dylan guitarist Larry Campbell, at Levon Helm's barn studio in Woodstock, N.Y. Co-leader Jimmy Smith says it will be the band's most live record to date..."

Young, Gifted & Americana
Music Story  April 19, 2013, by Jim Caligiuri
"...These five ladies from the Boston area balance stunning bluegrass chops with singer-songwriter tenderness. Their Rounder Records debut comes out May 28. DirtfootFri., 6pm, Bluebonnet stage..."

Playback: John Doe Moves to Austin
X's John Doe moves to Austin, Adam Nurre celebrates his late bandmates, and The Shopkeeper takes Congress House Studio to the movies
Music Column  February 9, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...The doc bulges with testimonials from Congress House devotees, including Ani DiFranco, Eliza Gilkyson, Tom Russell, Johnny Goudie, and Sara Hickman, all of whom make it clear what an inspiration owner/producer Mark Hallman has been on their lives and music. A multi-instrumentalist who produced/backed Carole King and led Capitol Records' Navarro humbly deflects praise to the magic of the building, calling it "one big, giant instrument."..."

Best of Austin Story  September 24, 1999
"...Nope, we don't organize a seance. When we're looking for information about great-great-great granddaddy's Confederate Army pension, trying to find which ship brought our ancestors to American shores, or just need help loading a roll of microfilm into the viewer so we can spend hours looking at old census records, the friendly and helpful staff at this remarkable resource library are always ready and willing to help...."

Day Trips
Columns  April 10, 1998, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The music begins at 12:30pm and continues through a songwriters' campfire. Tickets available at Waterloo Records..."

Page Two: Inner Sanctums, Outer Orbits
The intertwined legacies of indie music and the alternative press
Columns  August 13, 2010, by Louis Black
"...This weekend, however, Inner Sanctum Records, which from 1970 through the early Eighties was a critical institution in the Austin music community, is holding a 40th anniversary celebration/reunion. It is more a reunion than anything else; it's been almost three decades since so many of us (including myself) hung out there..."

Playback: Robert Johnson Plays Antone’s Anniversary!
Antone’s resurrects Robert Johnson for its 42nd anniversary
Music Column  June 29, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Widely believed to have been born on May 8, 1911, in Hazlehurst, Miss., various records from Johnson's school, marriage licenses, and death certificate mark his birth at various points between 1907 and 1912. More exactly documented is his death date: August 16, 1938, following three days of bleeding out of the mouth, and – according to friends – "crawling along the ground on all fours, barking and snapping like a mad beast" in a boarding house near Greenwood..."

Sad Songs Say So Much
Old Settler's Fest headliner and soul survivor Bettye LaVette loves country but the bad old days not so much
Music Story  April 18, 2008, by Thomas Fawcett
"...Signed to Atlantic Records, the Detroit native made her pilgrimage there to cut what was to be her breakthrough LP, Child of the Seventies. On the eve of a promotional tour to support it, LaVette got a call from the label: Send back the plane tickets..."

Playback: Top 100 Austin Albums of 2017
Top 10s? Feh! Multiply that by 10 – locally.
Music Column  December 28, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...2) Impalers, Cellar Dweller (540 Records)..."

Gilded Palace of Sin
Downtown Mystic isn't only the title of Lomita's second disc
Music Story  April 27, 2007, by Austin Powell
"...Dániel Perlaky, owner and sole operator of Indierect Records (see sidebar), wound up with one of 800 copies the band distributed for free, resulting in his attendance of a private party at the Opry House. "Once I saw them perform live there, I knew they had the goods," he remembers..."

Day Trips & Beyond: September Events Roundup
Festivals all over Texas!
DAILY Travel  August 31, 2016, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Splice Records River Revival Sept. 23-25, New Braunfels,"

Festival Fest
Old Settler’s, Austin Reggae, and Convergence converge
DAILY Music  April 22, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...Passing the predictably long line at the corn dog stand, I arrived at a tent called Charlie’s Dub Corner and posted up to watch local producer McPullish cut live mixes of hard dub originals. The proprietor of his own label, Charlie’s Records, McPullish played recordings from his newly released Shepherd Riddim, while guest vocalists like lion-voiced Judge and the captivating Jamaican/British reggae songstress Island Rose toasted on the mix...."

Off the Record
A prostitute-turned-pop-star exposes her Austin roots; Voxtrot readies for round two; and Rock City Icehouse goes to 11
Music Column  March 28, 2008, by Austin Powell
"...With only a handful of demos to its name, Austin's Electric Touch has managed to score a deal with Justice Records and a slot at the coveted Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April. "There's no one from Willie Nelson's extended family in our band, if that's what you're wondering," says bassist and vocalist Shane Lawlor in regard to their label's roster, which reads a lot like the Nelson family tree..."

News Story  April 28, 2006
"...Rather than choosing the lesser of evils that is too often the hallmark of American democracy, voters in this year's Place 6 race can take comfort that, no matter who they choose, it would be hard to go wrong. All three candidates are thoughtful, committed leaders with long and successful track records of community service and smart ideas for leading Austin into the future..."

Let Us All Celebrate Roky Erickson
Postmarks  January 11, 2006
"...Dear Editor, Not long ago my son Jon, who is now 35 and in the Air Force, checked the Travis County Appraisal District and told me that the home where he lived in the late 60's with his little brother and my son, Craig Stewart (of SXSW and Emperor Jones Records), was worth quite a bit more than he had expected. I remember the home as quite small and it seemed a steep price to me at $185,000 for 1,100 square feet..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  September 10, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Bush, comes the drip of more revelations of Dubya's "irresponsible" years. It was reported last week that records of Bush's service in the guard have gone missing again, and during the GOP convention, Salon reported the disillusioned reminiscences of Linda Allison, widow of Jimmy Allison, onetime Midland newspaperman and Friend-of-Bush who rode herd on Georgie when – although still officially in the Guard – he was dispatched to Alabama in 1972 to "work" on the (failed) Senate election campaign of Winton "Red" Blount..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  July 23, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, is taking aim at 70 Texas law enforcement agencies that have failed to comply with his recent open-records request, seeking two years worth of racial-profiling data..."

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