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By the People, for the People
It started on a mountain, and now it's over the hill: channelAustin is turning 40
Screens Story  August 2, 2013
"..."This place originally started as the people's voice [and it's] been a phenomenal incubator for talent," said Executive Director Linda Litowsky. "It's a place where indie filmmakers and bloggers and musicians and videographers and film producers all came to actually get their hands on high-end professional equipment either for free or very inexpensively."..."

Recommended ACL Records to Get You Psyched for the Fest
The best CPR (concert psychin' rock) to get in the fest mindset
DAILY Music  September 30, 2016, by The Music Staff
"...Banks & Steelz unites Wu-Tang sensei RZA with Paul Banks, frontman for sullen post-alternative breakouts Interpol. The duo blazes from the get-go, “Giant,” wherein the MC’s breathless power-to-the-people rhymes unfold into Banks’ melodic radio rock hook..."

Live Music Recommendations for the Weekend
Get into your pre-ACL groove with these live music picks
DAILY Music  September 27, 2018, by The Music Staff
"...“It turns out that my challenge is not the Republicans or the capitalists, it’s my own apathy and sense of meaninglessness,” asserts MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer. “That’s one of the reasons we’re out here on tour, to carry a message of determination and self-efficacy – that people can change the world if they go at it wholeheartedly.” Five decades after Detroit’s MC5 recorded rock & roll’s most righteous live platter, the ever-combustable Kick Out the Jams, Kramer’s assembled a new “Five” to sow seeds of revolution amongst his “brothers and sisters.” – Kevin Curtin Future Generations..."

For the Good Times
The Life and Times of Texas country crooner, Ray Price.
Music Story  September 1, 2000, by David Cantwell
"..."People say, are you trying to be like Sinatra? No! I'm trying to be like me," he laughs. "Well, why'd you do 'Fly Me to the Moon'? 'Cause it's a good song! Man, I just try to sing it the way I feel it..."

For the Love of Chocolate
The taste, the look, the feel of an obsession
Food Story  February 11, 2005, by MM Pack
"...But what he mostly talks about is chocolate. I've learned that chocolate people are often obsessed, and Compton is no exception..."

KOOP Arson: The jazz behind the fire
Music dispute is reported motive behind crime
News Story  February 8, 2008, by Justin Ward
"..."No one got the call that was like, 'Hey, I need help. I'm in trouble.' It was hard for people who knew Paul to piece it together and make sense of it all."..."

Recommended Live Music for the Weekend
Not going to Float Fest? Stay dry with these show picks.
DAILY Chron Events  July 19, 2018, by The Music Staff
"...Onetime Stick People and Storyville member Craig Ross and Tim Rutili of Chicago’s Dead Ocean-signed experimenters Califone diverge from the drone of 2016’s Guitars Tuned to Air Conditioners on their second collaborative LP. 10 Seconds to Collapse finds the tandem striking sublimely catchy songwriter pop spiked with spacey vocals, tweaked guitars, and sonically smashed beats..."

Live Music Recommendations for the Weekend
Brrrr ... here's some tunes to warm you up this weekend
DAILY Music  October 19, 2018, by The Music Staff
"...For the sixth time, COTA hosts Formula 1, featuring Super Bowl-style performances by mega pop stars Bruno Mars and Britney Spears. Fresh off her international Piece of Me Tour, the Las Vegas mother of “the next Bieber” has been nominated for this year’s People’s Choice Concert Tour award..."

Let's Look for the Purple Banana With Princess
Judging by their tribute band, Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum would die 4 U, Prince
Arts Story  April 21, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"..."This ain't no mockery," says Rudolph. "I think because of my history, people assume that it's a send-up or that we're taking the piss out of something..."

After a Fashion: For the Benefit of Mr. Jones
Stephen shares some serious and sad news
Columns  November 30, 2012, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...Everybody offers so many cures and remedies that you can wind up feeling sicker than before. Seabrook valiantly kept his cancer a secret among a few close friends, but now, in need of help, we ask that you help someone who has meant so much to so many people..."

The Pilgrim and the Stars
Q&A with Italian trumpet standard Enrico Rava at the Montréal Jazz Festival
DAILY Music  July 10, 2009, by Raoul Hernandez
"...There was lots of music – Santana, Bob Marley. People would go to the stadiums to see them and then tear the place apart...."

The Education of a Lifetime
A look at UT's Performing Arts Center and the process by which they bring the biggest names in jazz to Austin.
Music Story  October 29, 1999, by Christopher Hess
"...Except, down the dark, empty back halls -- somewhere -- there was a light on, or one about to go on; Wynton Marsalis, trumpet player, bandleader of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and arguably one of the most influential young jazz musicians of his generation, was doing a little after-hours teaching. Sharing a piano bench in the bulding's green room with a student, Marsalis was passing along the educational moment of a lifetime. "I know people have mixed feelings about Wynton Marsalis," asserts Cynthia Patterson Quinn, program manager for the University of Texas' Performing Arts Center, "but there's no one who's as dedicated to young people as him..."

Omi Osun Joni L. Jones' Theatrical Jazz
The accomplished stage artist, scholar, and UT professor pens the first study of artists translating jazz aesthetics into theatre
Arts Story  September 17, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Reggie took me through a series of improvisations and what seemed to be random experiences and developed a script from that. What I remember most is that there was a lot of silence in the performance, there was a console TV as the primary set piece (in Mildred's work, there were often people staring blankly into televisions), there was a video about miscegenation as if it were a TV commercial, and I was just turned out at the end of the show! Something happened! The nonlinearity, the close proximity to the audience (it was a semicircle, and I could touch the audience), the vulnerability of working inside a form I didn't recognize – in fact, a form I think Reggie and I were building as we went – all of that left me spent..."

The Jitterbug Vipers: Shut Up and Play, Bitch!
Lounge jazzmasters celebrate ‘Phoebe’s Dream’
DAILY Music  June 4, 2013, by William Harries Graham
"...“As a result, I feel like I’m a recent graduate of the Slim Richey Finishing School for Singers and Musicians. So many people have been pulled up by him.”..."

Invocation of the Duke
daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra's chamber music
DAILY Music  May 27, 2009, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Myself and a trombonist named Dan Osterman were kind of the catalysts behind everything. We wrote the arrangements and got on the phone, spent a lot of time pulling people together..."

The Marvelous Jew
Larry Harlow talks salsa consciousness
DAILY Music  October 7, 2008, by Thomas Fawcett
"...Bump & Hustle: Fania is a hugely important label but I think it doesn’t get that much recognition outside of record collectors and music scholars. Explain the importance of Fania for people outside those circles...."

We Were the Urban Pioneers
Our search for the just-right million-dollar condo, in the wilds of Downtown
News Story  March 23, 2007, by Wells Dunbar and Jordan Smith
"...Wynn has enthusiastically called for like-minded pioneers to follow his trail through the wilderness of Austin's traditional, established, outlying neighborhoods into the heart of the city. Wynn imagines an urban village swelled by their ranks, with some 25,000 people living Downtown by 2015..."

The New Brunch Bunch
12 new reasons why everybody's working for the weekend
Food Story  March 10, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...Some people prefer their brunch to be basic, but they are probably the same folks who made Meghan Trainor a thing. Those of us with more taste or who prefer something a bit more creative appreciate that chef Joe Anguiano has his own take on brunch classics like a potato churro blini topped with smoked Tasmanian trout or a Duroc pork hash swimming in salsa verde..."

What the Folk?
The 2006 Folk Alliance washes ashore in Austin – brace the bulkheads!
Music Story  February 10, 2006, by Jim Caligiuri
"...David Hamburger, an accomplished Dobro and guitar player with one of Austin's best new bluegrass bands, the Grassy Knoll Boys, also moved here from the Northeast, and credits a Folk Alliance conference he attended in the past with introducing him to a lot of musicians he ended up either recording with or joining as a sideman. Veteran Austinite Kerry Polk, an acclaimed if underappreciated folk/roots artist, points out that "the educational aspect of it is good for a newcomer, and it's rare to have access to so many business people in one place."..."

New Sounds of the Season
Christmas cheer for the ear from UT Wind Ensemble, Austin Symphony Orchestra, and Conspirare
Arts Story  December 11, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...The three movements range from the playful idiosyncrasies of "Machines" to the unapologetically lovely lyricism of "Family" to the celebratory drive and optimism of "Community," with Junkin and his band merging the mechanical and the mortal with a stirring exuberance. One is left at the end of the recording with a new appreciation for the American character in both its land and its people: the openness, the sweep, the verve..."

Run by Families, Run for Families
It's a Friday evening at the Santa Cruz Center for Culture, and as the Aztlan Dance Company rehearses its production of Reflexiones '02, the company shows how after 30 years it's still not only an exhilarating dance company, but very much a family affair.
Arts Story  November 8, 2002, by Sarah Hepola
"...It's Cha-Cha meets Jitterbug, swing meets mambo, the dance-and-jive of each culture interpreted through Latin hips. This is what Aztlan's artistic director Roën Salinas calls storytelling "the Aztlan way -- a lot of love, a lot of fun." He's not here to shove social justice issues down people's throats..."

Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer
This celebratory documentary skips briskly over the 60-plus-year career of one of jazz's pre-eminent and most original singers.
Film Review  November 28, 2008, by Theresa Everline
"...Co-directors Cavolina and McCrudden obviously like their subject too much to let the proceedings become uncomfortable. It takes Bryant Gumbel, of all people, to make O'Day bristle during an interview in which she's visibly trying to keep the tone breezy..."

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Now & Forever
New Orleans institution riles up the Paramount Friday
DAILY Music  February 20, 2014, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Stern Grove, Marin County Fair, Mondavi Winery, and Frost Amphitheater: they were a tradition. As far as recordings go, the band didn’t record the shows, but there were people recording the shows from the audience...."

The Inexpressible
Ferreting out the local avant-garde jazz scene
Music Story  June 15, 2001, by Christopher Hess
"...Carl Smith has been banned from so many clubs, coffee houses, and restaurants in Austin that he moved to New York City. He doesn't get into drunken fistfights, smoke smelly cigars, sleep face down on the tables, or even pinch people in inappropriate places..."

The New Rites of Spring
The Last Word in Instrumental Rock
Music Story  April 27, 2001, by Michael Chamy
"...For the couple hundred people assembled at a nightclub in the spring of 1996 to watch an up-and-coming instrumental band from Chicago, one such moment occurred in the unlikely locale of Denton, Texas, more or less the penal colony of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex..."

The Tools of the Trade
Southwest Texas State's Jazz Program
Music Story  June 13, 1997, by Christopher Hess
"..."It was very important, in order to be able to draw people to this school, to have some talented players here," says Winking about laying a foundation for the program. "People who the young guys would want to play with." Polk was one such figure, Mills was another..."

The Complete Jake Langley
Guitarist makes dazzling choices and then some
DAILY Music  March 28, 2014, by Tim Stegall
"...And jazz, for that matter. Having worked with musicians like Pinetop Perkins and people of that legacy or that lineage, I know them to have had a huge reverence for jazz music..."

The Blue Noise Band
Austin neo-jazzsters the Blue Noise Band
Music Story  March 3, 2000, by Greg Beets
"..."We'd get up there and say, 'This song's about the environment,' and play a snippet," laughs Benton. "Then we'd say, 'This song's about people with no faces,' and play another..."

Trumpet Colossus Kenny Dorham Towers Alongside the Jazz Gods
The Austin musician stands alone in showing up Miles Davis in his autobiography
Music Story  September 13, 2018, by Kahron Spearman
"..."[Dorham] knew what had gone down – even if people in the audience didn't," wrote Davis about his defeat, residual steam still evident in 1989. "He knew, and I knew what had happened."..."

Across the Universe
Q& A with Karl Denson
DAILY Music  February 10, 2010, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Geezerville: In the liner notes to Brother’s Keeper, you urge people to make a conscious effort to reconnect with the people around them, summing it up with, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Was there something in particular that happened to bring you to that?..."

The Innovators
Part 2 of "Jazz," by Harvey Pekar
Music Story  June 15, 2001, by Harvey Pekar
"..."All forms are compatible. It's all one continuum, but there are separate areas and people develop expertise in different areas..."

Organ Great James Polk Works Wonders Outside the Limelight
We speak with Austin’s esteemed multi-instrumentalist and former arranger for Ray Charles
Music Story  January 17, 2019, by Kahron Spearman
"..."I'm an 84-year-old man from the South, and this is still Texas. You've got a guy where more people probably know him in Europe than Austin."..."

Play Misty for Me
Did you know Bill Cosby is an accomplished jazz drummer?
Music Story  September 18, 2014, by Raoul Hernandez
"...They loved it. It was wonderful, and powerful, and then after I left, somebody went driving and hit people with the car..."

Ray Manzarek: Trying to Set the World on Fire
The late Doors keyboardist at the Garden of Eden
DAILY Music  May 23, 2013, by Danielle Zelisko
"...RM: Segregation didn’t affect you because it was Chicago and there were lots of black people, and there was the blues on the radio. My God, Chicago..."

A View From the Cheap Seats
Music Story  February 18, 1999, by Michael Bertin
"..."But what it did is make people take notice. That was shocking to me..."

Playback: Can Austin Be a Jazz City?
Two venues usher in a new era in Austin jazz. Plus music scholar Bill Bentley brings the Smithsonian Institution to bear at BookPeople.
Music Column  February 15, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"..."I want people to have their ears open instead of talking about Trump and kneeling in football," says Monks founder, pianist Collin Shook, about the listening room mentality. "I want them to hear the extra flam on the snare, the nuances in the bass tone, and I want everybody to be present in the moment."..."

Wilson Marks’ Jazz Hands
Weathering the road to local minstrelsy
DAILY Music  April 23, 2015, by William Harries Graham
"...“Slim has influenced so many people in town. He let me borrow his guitar when mine was stolen and I ended up buying it from him..."

Beginning to See the Light
Music Story  April 29, 1999, by Jay Trachtenberg
"...Likewise, in early 1972 when Ellington was booked into the University of California at Santa Barbara, where I was in school, his music was considered as obsolete and out of fashion as any self-respecting counterculturist could possibly imagine. To put in perspective just how outdated big band jazz was to my generation at that time, when a friend and I, hot off seeing the Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder, went to see the Count Basie Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald and an array of swing stars in Los Angeles the following week, we were virtually the only people there of college age..."

Tyler, the Creator Returns to Austin
Odd Futurist on his Austin arrest, a new app, and ice cream
DAILY Music  June 3, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...A friend of mine wrote that. The cool thing about this is, although I’m what you’d call the head honcho, I have a team of people who I trust..."

The Year in Movies, and in Moments
What didn’t make my Top 10
DAILY Screens  December 31, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...I saw a lot of them! But I couldn’t get to them all. Here’s an incomplete list of all the movies I didn’t see (or see all the way to the end; note to self: don’t start movies in bed after midnight): The Tribe, Only Lovers Left Alive, Leviathan, Love Is Strange, Enemy, Listen Up Philip, National Gallery, Wild Tales, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Dear White People, Coherence, Land Ho!....."

The Difference Engine
Local composer Graham Reynolds discusses his two new discs.
DAILY Music  January 27, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...It’s a kind of collaboration that new technology has made possible. I’m not in the room – once I’ve turned over the material I’m involved very little in the process really – but then it comes back to me and I love to hear what people have done..."

Never Mind the Bollocks
Ray Benson decides to cut a solo album
Music Story  March 15, 2002, by Michael Bertin
"...Even when it came to Austin in '73-'74, it was still the same thing. People didn't understand..."

The San Marcos Music Scene Runs Deep
ACL Fest hip-hop headliners Brockhampton might just be the tip of the iceberg from our neighbors south on I-35
Music Story  August 2, 2018, by Jeremy Steinberger
"..."There weren't many people in bands that were in the Texas State music school," says Wilkins. "Denton had that, the combination of incredible jazz musicians and bands, but it was more punk rock in San Marcos – not as many musicians focused on the music."..."

The Big Picture
Taking stock of Austin music's female legacy
Music Story  November 26, 2014, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Legendary local venues close regularly, but Hot Club of Cowtown fiddler Elana James and former Timbuk 3 breakout Barbara K gather a backyard full of people at the former's Central Austin home to perform original and traditional folk tunes without amplification. Take in an Erin Ivey gig and there's Elizabeth McQueen adding harmonies..."

Wendell Pierce's The Wind in the Reeds
In Wendell Pierce's memoir The Wind in the Reeds, Godot and Treme help transform post-Katrina New Orleans
Arts Story  October 15, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Austin Chronicle: In the book, you thank so many people in your life: your grandparents, your parents, other relatives, David Simon, actors you worked with. Did you set out knowing that you wanted to do that?..."

Off the Record
Handicapping the decade in Austin music and playing favorites for the Chronicle Music Poll
Music Column  January 1, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...The most visible example of Austin's backhanded support of the live music scene, the smoking ban prohibited the use of a perfectly legal substance in private businesses (see "Smoke Signals," April 15, 2005), resulting in a lot more outdoor patios and the closure of at least one music venue. "The fact that I didn't shut down during the smoking ban gave people the belief that we weren't scarred by it," bemoaned Room 710 owner Asher Garber to the Chronicle in June, shortly before the club shuttered..."

Do the Tighten Up
'Texas Funk' Spreads the Little-known Gospel
Music Story  May 16, 2003, by Greg Beets
"...Some didn't care, saying it was old stuff that wasn't relevant any more. We had to persuade them that the music they made all those years ago was relevant and so good that people would want to listen and dance to it today!"..."

Denny Laine Saves the World
British Invasion pioneer played it, sang it, saw it all
DAILY Music  April 26, 2018, by Raoul Hernandez
"...AC: Was Birmingham a place people wanted to escape from or just that London was where it was happening?..."

The Final Frontier
Space Is the Place
Music Story  December 6, 1996, by Greg Beets
"...When I think of `Space Rock,' I think of just dropping out a lot of the normal elements of whatever makes up rock. It goes back a lot further than most people realize..."

How the West Was Sung
The Newton Boys Soundtrack: An Oral History
Music Story  March 20, 1998
"...I knew those records had all kinds of weird spooky stuff - what Danny Barnes would call "the essence." It lives in these old performers who weren't influenced by anything other than who lived down the street and who they played with on Saturday night. But people who set out to research this period on short notice typically end up with what little is available at the local CD store..."

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