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By Christopher Gray, March 19, 2004, Music

The Upside-Down Year

From the back of your cab, Austin probably looks just like 2003: same owlish UT tower, same pinkish state Capitol, same Houston-like traffic jams. Truthfully, things couldn't be more different. Why? Funny you should ask ...

Clifford Antone Molding Young Minds: Antone, subject of SXSW Film 04 entry Antone's: Home of the Blues, was confined to Güero's last SXSW as a condition of his release from prison. This year, not only is he free, he holds court every Tuesday and Thursday as co-instructor of UT's the Blues, Race, and Society course.

Hole in the Wall Goes Hip-Hop: Last year, the venerable Hole was locked up tight and about to be bought by the Austin's Pizza chain. Today, it's remodeled, reopened, and again a musical hot spot, especially at Wednesdays' Stimulus/Response hip-hop throw-downs.

Live Music on Sixth Street: No, all those SXSW rooms don't usually host live music. However, new clubs Bigsby's, the Capitol, and Rockstars have joined the Flamingo, the Vibe, the Ritz Upstairs, and the Parish, which you may remember as the Mercury, to help offset the glut of tourist-trap piano bars and jailbait-heavy dance clubs.

Hipsters Discover the Eastside: Austin may still be the most racially divided big city in Texas – we've had all sorts of minority/police trouble this year – but since the Longbranch Inn opened on East 11th Street in September, the color line has gotten at least a little fuzzier.

The Austin Music Network Is Cool – Really: What happened when council took a Weedwacker to the budget for AMN – long the City Council's favorite money pit and the music scene's favorite punch line – and installed former SXSW creative director Louis Meyers as general manager? Vastly improved programming and a near-mutiny this month when Mayor Will Wynn tried to kill it.

Copyright © 2019 Austin Chronicle Corporation. All rights reserved.

The Austin Chronicle

https://www.austinchronicle.com/music/2004-03-19/202847/

TCB

By Christopher Gray, March 19, 2004, Music

The Upside-Down Year

From the back of your cab, Austin probably looks just like 2003: same owlish UT tower, same pinkish state Capitol, same Houston-like traffic jams. Truthfully, things couldn't be more different. Why? Funny you should ask ...

Clifford Antone Molding Young Minds: Antone, subject of SXSW Film 04 entry Antone's: Home of the Blues, was confined to Güero's last SXSW as a condition of his release from prison. This year, not only is he free, he holds court every Tuesday and Thursday as co-instructor of UT's the Blues, Race, and Society course.

Hole in the Wall Goes Hip-Hop: Last year, the venerable Hole was locked up tight and about to be bought by the Austin's Pizza chain. Today, it's remodeled, reopened, and again a musical hot spot, especially at Wednesdays' Stimulus/Response hip-hop throw-downs.

Live Music on Sixth Street: No, all those SXSW rooms don't usually host live music. However, new clubs Bigsby's, the Capitol, and Rockstars have joined the Flamingo, the Vibe, the Ritz Upstairs, and the Parish, which you may remember as the Mercury, to help offset the glut of tourist-trap piano bars and jailbait-heavy dance clubs.

Hipsters Discover the Eastside: Austin may still be the most racially divided big city in Texas – we've had all sorts of minority/police trouble this year – but since the Longbranch Inn opened on East 11th Street in September, the color line has gotten at least a little fuzzier.

The Austin Music Network Is Cool – Really: What happened when council took a Weedwacker to the budget for AMN – long the City Council's favorite money pit and the music scene's favorite punch line – and installed former SXSW creative director Louis Meyers as general manager? Vastly improved programming and a near-mutiny this month when Mayor Will Wynn tried to kill it.

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