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Playback: The Austin Music Industry Awards Come of Age
Kevin Curtin reverses his “awards are bullshit” stance
Music Column  March 1, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Yours truly and Riverboat Gamblers/Drakulas frontman Mike Wiebe served as the night's attention whores – I mean "co-hosts." The house band, led by Magic Rockers of Texas singer/guitarist Jim Campo and PR Newman frontman Spencer Garland, again stole the show in the AMIAs' fourth year of spinning off the business side of the Austin Music Awards, which occurred on Wednesday after this issue went to press (see review online and here in print next week). They greeted each guest with personalized walk-up music, like altering Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy" into "I Want Andy" for media brand Andy Langer, who claimed the group was the "only reason" he attended...."

Playback: Black Friday? End of an Ear!
End of an Ear's new digs thrive just in time for Black Friday
Music Column  November 23, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Love Black Friday shopping, but hate bare-knuckle boxing soccer moms at Wal-Mart for the exclusive new George Strait box set? Consider dropping some coin at one of Austin's 10 record stores. Many will be stocking exclusive releases from Record Store Day's Black Friday edition, including a Texas-shaped 7-inch of UGK's "Int'l Players Anthem" and a single featuring live cuts from the original Alice Cooper Band's 2015 Dallas reunion...."

Top 10 Dances With Complexity of 2012
Dances that were ferocious, vibrant, and poignant made the year remarkable
Arts Story  January 4, 2013, by Jonelle Seitz
"...4) 'CATALYST' (Dance Repertory Theatre) University of Texas students were, intellectually and artistically, up to the challenge presented by works from David Justin, Yacov Sharir, and Ohad Naharin...."

Texas Platters
Music Review  October 30, 1998
"...After a long stretch as the heart, smarts, and soul of Ian Moore's band, organist Bukka Allen has taken an encouraging solo turn, self-releasing a collection of dirges, lullabies, and waltzes that puts considerable distance between Allen and his recent past. In fact, Sweet Valentine is primarily driven not by piano, guitar, or West Texas memories (his father is famed singer-songwriter Terry Allen), but by lyricism: line after line of introspection, subtlety, and depth..."

March of the Flower Children
The last interview with Seeds frontman and oh-so-brief psychedelic Austinite Sky Sunlight Saxon
Music Story  July 24, 2009, by Austin Powell
"...Following last year's King of Garage Rock on Cleopatra Records, a selection of covers and greatest hits, Saxon recorded a duet with Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, "Choose to Choose Love," that recently cropped up online. Billed as World Spirits, he headlined the Black Angels' Texas Psych Fest No..."

Born on the Fourth of July
Explosions in the Sky are blowing up. (Sorry, we resisted the pun as long as we could.)
Music Story  October 24, 2003, by Michael Chamy
"...Midland Is Not a Cold Dead Place From the vast West Texas skyline they came, three friends -- Rayani, James, and Smith -- arriving in Austin from Midland, Texas, one by one between 1996 and 1998. Here, they picked up guitars in an attempt to capture the sounds and scenes running through their heads...."

Live Music Soundtrack for Your Weekend
Austin Reggae Festival, and more if you're not too high
DAILY Music  April 20, 2018, by The Music Staff
"...Get glazed by Duncan Fellows’ twangy rock sunshine, debuted on LP with Both Sides of the Ceiling, then get lit with cheeky punkers Big Bill, pronounced in preposterousness on 2017’s Stand by Your Bill. Smooth garagers the Oysters spark the evening, Magic Rockers of Texas toke scuzzy pop-punk, and Ama waxes philosophical about riffs..."

Live Music to See This Weekend
Unpacking Christmas in July
DAILY Music  July 14, 2017, by The Music Staff
"...Among the hordes of locals taking over the Red River strip starting Thursday night, one Texas native slips in under a lesser-known pseudonym. Embedded in a Barracuda bill that includes Big Bill, the Zoltars, Residual Kid, US Weekly, and many more, Andrew Savage, typically welcomed by sold-out crowds as frontman of deadpan rock quartet Parquet Courts, flies in solo as A..."

Löwin Floats
Summer single “Sloop” redefines Austin quartet
DAILY Music  July 24, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Friday, Löwin appears at Cheer Up Charlies for the Volume 4, Issue 4 release of local artsy skin-mag Peach Fuzz alongside fellow “Playback” favorites Magic Rockers of Texas, Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs, and Rotten Mangos...."

Live Music to See This Weekend
Your cheat sheet for three days of fun
DAILY Music  July 28, 2017, by The Music Staff
"...Viral rap sensation Kreayshawn of “Gucci Gucci” fame has since embraced motherhood. The Bay Area queen of online realness returns minus the White Girl Mob for a DJ set boasting custom spinner merch, with Texas producers Ghostpizza and Creepside opening..."

Faster Than Sound: Spider House Ballroom Will Cease Live Entertainment
Longtime local venue converts to arcade bar following co-owner misconduct allegations, code violations, and artist payment delays
Music Column  February 7, 2019, by Rachel Rascoe
"...1, and directed bands to contact Bejarano. Leader of Magic Rockers of Texas and guitarist in many other local acts, Campo says he provided prior notice of his resignation, clarifying, "I didn't quit because of that show..."

HAAM Day 2018
PHOTO GALLERY  September 12, 2018
"...Magic Rockers of Texas at Cheer Up Charlies..."

Playback: White Denim Stiffens
White Denim v.2 bows a new debut, Magna Carda raps its full-length debut, and the Austin Music Census holds on to its virtue
Music Column  February 4, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Surveys compiled for last summer's Austin Music Census won't be made available to open records requests, Texas' Attorney General recently ruled. Both the Austin American-Statesman and Texas State University professor Cindy Royal filed requests for the raw data, which was financed by $45,000 in taxpayer money and executed by consultants Titan Music Group, who promised anonymity to respondents..."

Playback: Margaret Moser’s Final Act
Margaret Moser tribute concert, following Black Fret's money, and a last chance to nominate locals in the Austin Music Poll – this week!
Music Column  December 7, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...The 63-year-old Austin music community matriarch handpicked the location – Antone's, where Lady Gaga materialized Tuesday night after a sold-out Erwin Center show for a surprise appearance with frequent collaborator Brian Newman – the charitable beneficiaries (SIMS, Girls Rock Camp, her beloved South Texas Museum of Popular Culture), and two of her vocational sons, who she'd been fawning over since they were teens trading Wednesdays at Club Foot, as bandleaders: Charlie Sexton and Monte Warden...."

SXSW Music: UO Live in Austin
Collegiate hipster establishment proffers headliners for hangovers
DAILY SXSW  March 18, 2016
"...Urban Outfitters’ newly renovated Space24Twenty on 24th Street and Guadalupe in the heart of the University of Texas hosted a jam-packed lineup of headliners for lucky SXSW freeloaders on St. Patrick’s Day..."

SXSW Showcases
All the SXSW showcases that fit
Music Story  March 19, 2010
"...Austin's Headdress, now a quartet, gets its desert jam on before Kelley Stoltz's 1960s love letter Sonny & the Sunsets. The second Texas entry, Dallas' True Widow, and UK quartet Todd round out the night on the louder side..."

Sxsw
Music Story  March 14, 1997
"...JESSE DAYTON: Houston-by-way-of-Beaumont boy Jesse Dayton has the indelible stamp of a Texas musician: little bit country, little bit rock & roll, little bit blues -- even a little Cajun and Latin in there. (No wonder Doug Sahm guests on his album Raisin' Cain.) Singing for Houston's Justice label, the Rounder of the Southwest, Dayton's roadhouse rhythms stick to your ribs like good chicken-fried steak..."

Jesus Gonna Be Here
Johnny Toxic
Music Story  March 25, 1999
"...The towering persona of Tom Waits looms large over SXSW 99, but down in the shadows, in the clubs and at the parties, Idaho native Doug Martsch was taking Austin and all its visitors by storm. The frontman for Built to Spill, the band that caused perhaps the greatest stir of the weekend, finally decided to play in Texas, much to the ecstasy of Thursday night's capacity crowd at La Zona Rosa..."

Summer Camp Guide
Features Story  April 28, 2006, by Nora Ankrum and Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But no matter what form camp takes – even if your children return as trilingual Flash animators with nary a macaroni-necklace – it will always be the same, it will always be epic, it will always be where kids belong. – N.A.General CampsAUSTIN WALDORF SCHOOL Camp Roadrunner features a new theme each week: Back to Nature, Spanish Camp, Celebrate Texas!, and more..."

SXSW Music: Third Whopping List
Another 547 acts booked for the 2015 Music Conference
DAILY Music  January 13, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...This latest lineup drop adds 54 local bands to the SXSW docket, among them Texas swingers Asleep at the Wheel, studio polymath Max Frost, uplifting hip-hoppers Riders Against the Storm, deafening shoegazers Ringo Deathstarr, woodland nymph folkies Wild Child, experimental composer Roger Sellers, fastrock trio Flesh Lights, teenage songwriter Grace London, and rock & roll purists the Blind Pets...."

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