"...The Mohawk encapsulates both the promise and struggle of the contemporary Austin music scene. The venue has become a linchpin of Red River, transforming a continually failing club space into a local indie hub..."
"...The Austin Music Awards ceremony isn't until next week, but the industry awards were announced at the Palm Door on Sixth Monday (3/6) evening...."
"...So your plane just touched down and the pilot said, “Welcome to Austin: the Live Music Capital of the World.” Now you feel obligated to check out some of this vaunted music culture that everyone’s talking about, but you don’t want to waste your time doing the wrong thing. Don’t worry, we got you..."
"...Touching down in Austin for the South By Southwest Music Conference? You’re one in a million, baby...."
"...While not as much hoopla as this Wednesday's Austin Music Awards, the Industry Awards go to the clubs, radio stations, visual artists, studios, as well as the support organizations and personalities that keep Austin's vaunted musicians in the eyes and ears of locals...."
"...Everyone from graphic designers to grandpas goes two-stepping, but even in 2017, walking into a dance club in Austin feels cheesy. Despite a recent electronic music boom, house and techno sprang far afield from the Third Coast and don't have the same cultural roots as dance music meccas like Detroit, New York City, or Chicago, where they renamed a street Hot Mix 5 Way in honor of pioneering house music DJs..."
"...Wouldn't it be nice if musicians could derive income from the constant stream of tourists frolicking around Austin? Ideally, jet-setters would patronize clubs featuring original live music, then stumble back to their hotels with a band T-shirt draped over their shoulder and record under their arm. Sounds simple enough, right?..."
"...Tight shot of a violin and a viola – standard-issue instruments in every orchestra and string ensemble across the globe. Make whatever assumptions you choose about the music made with these instruments and the musicians who play them...."
"...Embrace the sonic powers of summer starting tonight with this live music matrix decoding. To help winnow down the hordes of local concert listings, we’ve flagged a few of our favorites...."
"...On an evening filled with historical performances, the emotional core of the 35th annual Austin Music Awards show occurred early. As the “Femmes for SIMS” peaked in the first music set, country sirens the Trishas took the stage with Savannah Welch carefully steadying herself on a new prosthetic leg as Liz Foster led a soulful reprise of “Rise Above.”..."
"...During an overcast morning over coffee last summer, Miranda Fisher sat at a picnic table, visibly working out the best way to articulate her experiences as an Austin musician...."
"..."Any time you combine words or literature or plays and music, they enhance each other in such a special way. The words can be really touching and special and amazing on their own, and then when they're colored with the sound of music, it opens up a whole different avenue for listening and feeling emotions for that."..."
"...The future is now, and yet I'm driving vans from the Eighties, playing tube amps from the Seventies, listening to music on vinyl, recording to analog tape, and getting paid in cash. I'm no Luddite – I'm a musician..."
"...Thematically, the 34th Austin Music Awards boasted “Deep Roots, Living Legends,” but the deaths of two of the city’s greatest musical stewards shaded Wednesday night’s sold-out gala. Immaculate tribute to Twine Time deejay and veteran AMA emcee Paul Ray, led by Zeppelin icon Robert Plant, built anticipation throughout the epic, four-hour show...."
"...We winced through the Grammys and slept through the Oscars, but Monday’s second annual Austin Music Industry Awards ran neither self-congratulatory nor constituted self-important ego worship. Popular vote determines winners on the business end of the Austin Music Poll, so the write-in ballot means any trophy reflects true blue community consensus...."
"...No, this isn't about "making America great again" by voting for some corporate clown in the Texas primaries. I'm advocating for a real popular vote: 59 categories determining the top bands, musicians, recordings, and businesses in our community..."
"...This tradition-steeped stretch of December, when we munch tamales and exchange gifts (then make impossible resolutions and wait for our balls to drop), historically calls for a year-in-review Music news column. You know the drill: condense the highlights, controversies, trends, and deaths of Austin's musical landscape into a summary of significance that inspires hope and reflection...."
"...Describing Herb Alpert as a trumpeter feels inadequate. His albums with the Tijuana Brass sold millions, but he also became a major force in the music industry itself..."
"...That's the essence of the convivencia, the eight centuries of Spanish history when Christians, Jews, and Muslims are said to have lived together on the Iberian Peninsula in relative peace and harmony. This weekend, the Texas Early Music Project revisits that time for the opening concert of its 2015-16 season, and given the success with which TEMP has mined the era's music before – as in the concerts and recordings Convivencia: Love and War in Renaissance Spain and Night and Day: Sephardic Songs of Love and Exile – Convivencia Re-Envisioned: The Three Worlds of Renaissance Spain promises a rich sampling of Spanish Christian music, Sephardic Jewish song, and al-Andalus melodies...."
"...There's no quick fix for the arduous grind of Austin's music industry, where the pay's low, the rent's high, and only the most faithful believe their hard work will one day amount to anything more than eking out a living. And yet, there are big ideas and people behind them willing to invest millions into our ragtag scene in hopes that it'll grow into something sustainable, whether it's a new Music Row (Nashville) or simply a viable DIY culture...."
"...Grim assessments of the Austin music industry aren't hard to come by. Ask any grunt holding a guitar case and they'll tell you how the money's shit, fans are fleeting, and the city's growth is choking out the club scene...."
"...The Austin Chronicle hosted the Austin Music Industry Awards this evening at the Palm Door on Sixth. We’ll have photos tomorrow and a recap in Thursday’s issue, but in the meantime, here’s the list of winners and finalists...."
"...Austin’s voter turnout was atrociously low through this month’s run-off elections for mayor and City Council, but the Wednesday (yes, one day earlier than usual) arrival of this week’s paper affords Austinites an opportunity to vote on something much more interesting: the best bands, musicians, clubs, and music related services in the city...."
"...Tickets hit the streets at 10am, and the curtain’s now up. Festival czars C3 Presents revealed the line-up for the 2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival this morning, Oct..."
"...After weeks and maybe even months of speculation and more than a few mega rumors – Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Pussy Riot – this week’s sponsor, South by Southwest, has finally put forth its Music fest keynote speaker. Prepare thyselves for Lady Gaga...."
"...More than five months away, and we’ve already got our talking points. South By Southwest announced its panel lineup for the conference’s Music component this morning..."
"...The relationship between music and its media has changed with the advent of the internet. At a panel led by Pitchfork founder Ryan Schreiber, editors at prominent music publications came together to discuss the importance of investigative journalism and the role of music writers in the age of Spotify...."
"...Mark your calendars, because for the first time in decades, the Austin Music Awards no longer falls during South by Southwest. Instead, the 36th annual AMAs takes place Wed., Feb..."
"...Hitting the summer slumps? Try a sonic solution. Pack your Friday through Sunday with the music team's cherry-picked recommendations...."
"...Interested in a concert escape? Let the music team hand hold you through the city’s standout moments Friday through Sunday...."
"...Erica Shamaly, who for the last three years worked as director of marketing for ACL Live at the Moody Theater, has been made the new manager of Austin’s Music & Entertainment Division...."
"...Blaze Foley's been added to the 2016/17 Austin Music Awards lineup!..."
"...And yet, here I am, trying to convince you your vote matters. The government may be a lost cause, but you still have six days to cast your ballot in the Austin Music Poll. How Big Is Your Inauguration?..."
"...Living in Austin, it isn’t shocking for a waitress, professor, car repairperson, accountant, or barista to casually mention their band’s “sick show this weekend.” Everyone – and we mean everyone – plays music...."
"...The new members of Austin’s Music Commission convened for the first time Monday evening. The inaugural meeting was akin to a band’s first rehearsal..."
"...The Youngbloods Music Festival pops off next Saturday, June 29. Grace London, the youngest act booked for this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival, and I have been planning the event since last winter...."
"...Directed by: Daniel Anker. Sure, my experience with playing music began and ended with the sixth grade, a French horn, and my heartfelt brutalization of “All You Need Is Love.” But still, it was impossible to watch Music From the Inside Out without thinking that maybe I gave up too quickly..."
"...The lineup for the 36th annual Austin Music Awards has begun taking shape. Austin’s psych sovereigns the Black Angels, whose 2017 album Death Song highlighted a triumphant year in Austin music, are set to perform, as is roots songwriter extraordinaire Lucinda Williams...."
"...The City's Economic Development Department (EDD) this week posted an online application for manager of their Music Division, a top governmental position held by Don Pitts since the office's inception in 2010. Pitts resigned in February, citing excessive bureaucracy, then returned as a consultant to assist through the busy spring festival season..."
"...Music festivals typically last three days. That must be the human body’s threshold for a constant barrage of bands, beer, and buffoonery before we require a day of rest: asses planted firmly on couch, eyes glued to Netflix, hands stuffing face...."
"...Last night, as ballots were counted in Florida, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, and Missouri, the presidential primaries refined and advanced with Trump knocking out Rubio and Clinton widening her lead. Here in Texas, South by Southwest Music played out like the Iowa Caucus: The first major event of the year and one with outsize significance...."
"...Last year, despite the all-star house band and one-of-a-kind tribute performances to Ian McLagan and Austin High School, the 33rd Austin Music Awards felt like they were missing something special. Margaret Moser, celebrated Chronicle writer who produced and directed more than 30 AMAs, was no longer at the helm...."
"...David Bowie as a South by Southwest Music keynote? Tony Visconti, who produced The Man Who Sold the World and Young Americans, co-produced the Berlin trilogy with Brian Eno, and piloted new Bowie swan song Blackstar into the abyss, could be the next best thing. Plus, since the festival super nova announced plans to have multiple keynotes, maybe Eno’s next...."
"...As October readies its exit alongside ghouls and goblins, that means it’s time to start thinking about South by Southwest. The music arm of the local mega-conference, scheduled for March 15-20, revealed 154 official showcasing acts this morning...."
"...Stakes are now higher and the wait’s longer, but we finally have a keynote. Addressing the 2015 South by Southwest Music Conference & Festival from the marque spot: Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr., the Doggfather, Snoop Dogg – the one and only D-O-double-G...."
"...With their music conference drawing near, now only 19 days away, South By Southwest’s weekly lineup announcements begin to read with some real name recognition...."
"...But we've drifted from Karen Holden. What Holden expresses in This Music, her new poetry collection, is precisely the connection between the self and the world – the world as immediacy, the world as ancestry, the world as music..."
"...Jace Clayon, also known as DJ/rupture, had never heard of Julius Eastman, but quickly fell in love with his experimental, minimal music and confrontational, fiercely queer personality. Admiration turned into inspiration and now here we are at the first Southern performance of his tribute show...."
"...South by Southwest has grown so big it’s now hosting music festivals within its own Music festival. This morning – 7:30am – the conference announced that ACL Live at the Moody Theater will host the five-night iTunes Festival, starring Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, and Zedd...."
"...Festival goers, get your itineraries ready. C3 Presents announced the schedule for October’s Austin City Limits Music Festival this morning, and for the first time in the party’s 13-year history, we’re tasked with sorting through two schedules...."