"...THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: Even with former Cher UK singer Mike McCoy returning to Kansas, Austin's American People will not be going the way of the dodo. Their cheeky brand of garage pop punk, found on last year's critics' fave, Because We Can, has already been followed up with a sampler from their completed second LP..."
"...JOE ELY: When Ely finally won a Grammy last month as part of Los Super Seven, to many Texans it was long overdue. Ely is one of the true gods of Austin songwriters, a Lubbock native who plied his Panhandle poetry into some of the most visionary music ever to come from Texas..."
"...In 1998, 20/20 are based here in Austin (founder Ron Flynt), in Nashville (founder Steve Allen), and in their original hometown Tulsa ("new" kid Bill Belknap has been playing with Flynt over a dozen years), and this fall they've released their best album, Interstate 20/20. Since relocating to Austin in '95 with his family, Flynt has become an active contributor to the local music scene, playing with various artists, producing albums, and doing sessions in his home studio..."
"...There's been a lot of hard drinkin' and hard livin' between the recording of this disc (originally released in 1983 as Evan Johns and the H-Bombs), and the Evan Johns of today, but if ol' Ev lacked gravel in his voice at the time, all the energy was certainly already there. And of course there's his playing, which never strays far from barn-burning intensity..."
"...The Nightripper: Dr. John at Antone's June 18 photographs by John Carrico 26th Anniversary Weekend..."
"...The following are albums by artists playing the 1997 South by Southwest music conference. Each review is tagged with the day, venue, and time the artist is playing, but all information is subject to change, so please check your SXSW schedule...."
"...I was wrong. Attendance was light the last three weekends, but the festival actually ran more smoothly than last year, when the Kerr County sheriff was busting everything that moved..."
"...Now that Fun Fun Fun Fest has unveiled it's 2014 lineup, November can't come soon enough...."
"...Saturday PicksAll showcase times subject to change. Please check www.sxsw.com...."
"...RED PLANET: San Francisco's Red Planet pens melodic guitar-pop songs festooned with New Wave revival keyboards, harmonica, and even sitar ("Be My Yoko"). Taken as a whole, though, 2000's Revolution 33 makes it clear that the quartet loves the late-Seventies power pop of bands like 20/20 most..."
"...TIM EASTON: Easton may be known to some as the frontman for Columbus, Ohio's Haynes Boys, but on his solo albums he really works the whole Townes Van Zandt and John Prine storyteller vibe to full effect. Add arrangements that cover the entire mini-gamut of the Americana sub-genre..."
"...DAMNATIONS TX: With Half Mad Moon (Sire), the Damnations TX are poised to take over the world. The album is an outstanding collection of songs that inject rock & roll lifeblood into folk and country structures, beautified by the vocal harmonies of sisters Deborah Kelly and Amy Boone, and bolstered by Rob Bernard's rock-perfect guitar and banjo work..."
"..."It's such a great industry to be in right now," says Chris Hamje, head brewer at Austin's first 100% worker-owned brewery cooperative. "Everyone is friends, everyone loves each other..."
"...11. "We're going to be slagged for being sellouts and corporate, but where we were at, we were going to go the way of CBGB's," acknowledges owner Frank Hendrix, who's been at the helm since 2000..."
"...WEDNESDAY PICKSAll showcase times subject to change. Please check www.sxsw.com..."
"...Tear Time, Ted Roddy's first recording since 1995's Full Circle and the first under his velveteen-country Tearjoint Troubador guise, is perhaps best appreciated by toting up the numbers. Nine of its 15 songs are set in a bar, honky-tonk, tavern, dive, or establishment where one is likely to hear music with steel guitars and sad stories..."
"...The Derailers' new CD, Full Western Dress, finds the band venturing further into Beatles-esque Sixties pop influences along with their familiar hats-off to Buck Owens. It's country music with an edge, combining influences, and running it all through a Texas filter..."
"..."The present-day composer refuses to die!"..."
"...Picks for March 17All showcase times subject to changeTHE GOURDS8pm, Town Lake @ Auditorium Shores Austin's beloved bad-boy roots-rock quintet produced one of their best albums last year, Blood of the Ram, featuring the rustic genius of Kevin Russell's "Lower 48." It's not what the Gourds record that makes their shows so joyous and communal, though. It's the cockeyed covers..."