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December 20, 2018

Kevin Curtin picks his favorite local sounds of the year

Kevin Curtin

December 13, 2018

“Playback” recaps the news, trends, and controversies of the year. Outrage level: high.

Kevin Curtin

December 6, 2018

Threadgill’s World Headquarters goes the way of its predecessor, the Armadillo World Headquarters, plus Black Fret offers more than just money

Kevin Curtin

November 29, 2018

Graham Reynolds teaches musicians how to score ... film

Kevin Curtin

November 21, 2018

After six years and 388,000 words, "Playback" hands off the music column

Kevin Curtin

November 15, 2018

Kevin Curtin votes in the only election that matters, and you can too

Kevin Curtin

November 8, 2018

The trials and tribulations of Mr. Lewis & the Funeral 5, plus a UtopiaFest report, and the passing of Seth Gibbs

Kevin Curtin

October 25, 2018

Cancer stricken pop savant crafts his NOT-posthumous album

Kevin Curtin

October 18, 2018

New hope and typical bureaucracy precede Council vote on sound dispute resolution

Kevin Curtin

October 11, 2018

As ACL’s second weekend dawns, here are the most unforgettable moments from week one

Kevin Curtin

October 4, 2018

Here's why ...

Kevin Curtin

September 27, 2018

TC Superstar promotes body movement, Dallas Acid get blissed with Laraaji, a black metal binge, and Trouble in the Streets breaks rules

Kevin Curtin

September 20, 2018

Scratch Acid and the Jesus Lizard in their new roles, plus a Twin Peaks themed concert

Kevin Curtin

September 6, 2018

Austin music’s fall festival opens with a double-barrel bang

Kevin Curtin

August 30, 2018

In studio with Confucius and Fresh, hosts of KUTX’s first ever hip-hop specialty show

Kevin Curtin

August 23, 2018

White Denim’s new LP Performance signals a new era of emancipation for Austin’s prog rockers, and Como Las Movies rides a nuevo wave

Kevin Curtin

August 16, 2018

Tim Kerr and Jerry Hagins remain unconventional in Up Around the Sun, plus an update on World Class Capital Group

Kevin Curtin

August 9, 2018

Austin talent looms large at Oregon fest

Kevin Curtin

August 2, 2018

World Class Capital locks out Kingdom and Ethics. Could Empire Control Room be next?

Kevin Curtin

July 26, 2018

Following the free jazz guitar phenom as he undergoes hand surgery

Kevin Curtin

July 19, 2018

Joe Valentine, Ponty Bone, Fai Jow all pass on the same day

Kevin Curtin

July 12, 2018

Rare gigs and soft breakups from Iron Age and US Weekly

Kevin Curtin

June 28, 2018

Kinky Friedman's first album of original songs in 35 years: "How hard could it be?"

Kevin Curtin

June 21, 2018

Thievery Corporation singer's Austin project picks up steam, Shakey Graves' new live look, and Terror Fest thrives

Kevin Curtin

June 14, 2018

Eastside hip-hop summer series moves to the Expo Center; plus, musical robots with personality disorders and more music news

Kevin Curtin

June 7, 2018

How might the update of Austin’s land development code affect the musical landscape?

Kevin Curtin

May 24, 2018

“I’m a collection of all the shit that you’re throwing around in this stratosphere of online media conversation.”

Kevin Curtin

May 17, 2018

Quintessential Austin song stylist takes up residency at Little Darlin’

Kevin Curtin

May 10, 2018

“We don’t want this music to die” – Johnny Degollado

Kevin Curtin

May 3, 2018

“I figured it was important to rebreak the mold sooner than later”

Kevin Curtin

April 19, 2018

Austin’s first major record press opens, and more music news

Kevin Curtin

April 12, 2018

Groove-mongering R&B duo the Greyhounds get mule-headed, S.S. Hangover floats Laguna Gloria, and the Austin Music Commission overlooks music hub

Kevin Curtin

April 5, 2018

Austin music journeys to the desert – and you're not invited

Kevin Curtin

March 29, 2018

Music leaders court performance rights organization, plus a requiem for Draylen Mason

Kevin Curtin

March 22, 2018

A smaller SXSW Music week still satisfies

Kevin Curtin

March 14, 2018

Hip-hop sustains the Festival's star power

Kevin Curtin

March 8, 2018

Forecasting this year’s breakout acts

Kevin Curtin

March 1, 2018

Kevin Curtin reverses his “awards are bullshit” stance

Kevin Curtin

February 22, 2018

Abhi the Nomad drops anchor, Whip In’s new soul, and Wilson Marks makes his mark

Kevin Curtin

February 15, 2018

Two venues usher in a new era in Austin jazz. Plus music scholar Bill Bentley brings the Smithsonian Institution to bear at BookPeople.

Kevin Curtin

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