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Playback – Nonprofit Holidays: The Cult of Black Fret and More
Homegrown music nonprofits that need your holiday cheer
"...When Dan Dyer accepted his $17,000 grant at Saturday's Black Fret Ball, the local singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist promised, "I'm going to..."

Dec. 16, 2016 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Black Fret Wants to Pay You $500 to Play for Workers on Zoom
Nonprofit reimagines the corporate gig in the age of COVID-19
"...organizing virtual office performances for the music patronage nonprofit Black Fret, of which he’s a member. That Happy Hour..."

June 12, 2020 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Faster Than Sound: Black Fret Ball Returns to the Stage With $250K for Austin Artists
The latest on two homegrown music nonprofits looking to expand
"...part in South by Southwest Online – the comeback Black Fret Ball let musicians do what they do best...."

Dec. 10, 2021 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

SXSW Music Review: Black Fret Teases the After Times
“This song goes out to Snoop Dogg and the Dalai Lama”
"...took its toll on the ATX music scene, but Black Fret’s hometown SXSW showcase early Wednesday evening felt like..."

March 17, 2021 Music Post by Doug Freeman

Black Fret Ball
"...Colin Kendrick on the red carpet at the first Black Fret Ball..."

Nov. 11, 2014 Photo Gallery

Catfish in Black Bean Sauce
"...genesis of the interfamilial uproar. Dwayne, who manages a black-owned bank, is engaged to marry his sweetheart, who is..."

Sept. 8, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Don't Fret the Technique
'Guitar Hero' goes mobile
"...was once taut are now searching out "Paint It Black," because they felt the rush of nailing his solos...."

March 6, 2009 Screens Feature by James Renovitch

Playback: And the Armadillos Went Wild
Threadgill’s World Headquarters goes the way of its predecessor, the Armadillo World Headquarters, plus Black Fret offers more than just money
"...auction also represents a rare opportunity to procure framed black-and-white photographs from Burton Wilson, the Armadillo's in-house photographer. There'll..."

Dec. 7, 2018 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

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!
"...Sunday, 2-6pm, at Antone's. Tickets, $20, are available now. Black Fret: Where's the Money Go?..."

Dec. 8, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Live reviews of Big Bill, Protextor, Black Fret Ball, and Margaret Moser’s memorial concert
"...laugh, and be with friends. All in attendance obliged. Black Fret Ball..."

Dec. 15, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Mozart's Sister
Wolfgang had a sister who was also a musical prodigy. Guess which sibling the history books remember.
"...feminist treatise about a potential female artist lost the black hole of history and conventions. Nor is it a..."

Dec. 16, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Photos Around Austin During the Coronavirus Pandemic
"...The scene at Scholz Garten, where Black Fret is hosting its Love & Lightstream, featuring local..."

March 23, 2020 Photo Gallery

Musicians on How Best to Employ City Funds Earmarked for the Local Scene
$3 million in HOT funds are coming. Now what?
"...or professional, maybe in the way that HAAM does. Black Fret is a great Austin organization that's already given..."

Jan. 10, 2020 Music Feature

Playback: Barracuda on the Block
"...choice but to make it a success." Ballin' With Black Fret..."

Dec. 11, 2015 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Paying the Dues
"...Dear Editor, It's about time someone says this: Black Fret is a country club for music fans. I..."

April 8, 2015 Postmarks

SXSW Online Offered Lots to Look Forward To
Virtual festival forecasts incoming local debuts and tentative fall touring.
"...Love? On Tuesday, KUTX hip-hop pillar The Breaks reminded Black Pumas fans to check out the solo stylings of..."

March 26, 2021 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Faster Than Sound: Spoon Returns On Full Blast
Reigning local rockers' surprise show at Mohawk and more music news
"...Realist, Rags, New York Rocker, Rat, Let It Rock, Black Music, Hot Wacks, Chili Monthly, Not Fade Away, Sing..."

July 9, 2021 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
What we’re listening to
"...is a collaboration between ATX Barrio Archive (Brown & Black archival content from Austin's historic Eastside) and Como Las..."

Dec. 11, 2020 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Playback: Fringe Radio
Austin's newest radio frequency, Fringe
"...› Musician nonprofit Black Fret has named its 2014 grant nominees: Amy Cook,..."

April 11, 2014 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Playback: T for Texas, T for Starlings, TN
Double dulcimer reunion and other musical Thanksgiving
"...now than ever," reports Stubblefield, smiling at his friend. Black Fret..."

Nov. 29, 2013 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Faster Than Sound: Jackie Venson Solos
Local blues hero goes solo to cut costs, city polls on use of $12 million earmarked for the arts, and the U.S. State Dept. blocks Palestinian artist Dirar Kalash from the Fusebox Festival
"...Venson's career development. The two continued up through the Black Fret patronage program, ACL Fest bookings, and eventual opening..."

April 12, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

The Spirit of the City and the Letter of the Law Collide at Sekrit Theater
Beau Reichert struggles with the city over his backyard arts complex
"...events Reichert began to host, such as Fusebox and Black Fret. Home­owners speaking under the condition of anonymity said..."

Sept. 2, 2016 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Faster Than Sound: City of Austin Delays Venue Funding – Again
Live music venues have asked for dedicated COVID-19 relief since March, but the city says applications won't open until next year.
"...Wearing black, music industry workers gathered to push for speedy distribution..."

Nov. 27, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Faster Than Sound: Recapping the Year SXSW Got Canceled
Venue closures, fundraising, and industry layoffs headlined Austin music's difficult 2020
"...at Circuit of the Americas on Memorial Day and Black Pumas' unprecedented four sold-out nights at Stubb's just after..."

Jan. 1, 2021 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

A Speed Dating Sampler of All 69 Virtual SXSW Music Showcases
The sun always shines on TV
"...Community hip-hop and R&B cultivators proffer beatmaker/composer/Black Pumas keyman JaRon Marshall; the wise, aggressive, impassioned raps..."

March 12, 2021 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

Faster Than Sound – Summer in the City: Concerts, Protests, Relief Controversy, Potentially Less HAAM
Clubs navigate show safety, local musicians soundtrack protests, and HAAM asks for city aid.
"...like, 'Is a customer going to come in?'" Soundtracking Black Lives Matter Protests..."

June 12, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Exhorder, Lera Lynn, Sobbrs, a Tom Waits tribute, and more shows worth seeing
"...& Fawna and Lainey Gonzales support. – Julian Towers Black Fret BallACL Live, Saturday 4..."

Dec. 3, 2021 Music Column by Raoul Hernandez

Faster Than Sound: KindKeith Has What You Need
A dreamy alternative R&B debut and a few major venue reopenings, too
"...have been those indie R&B records made by spectacular Black artists, and I was always so shocked there weren't..."

May 14, 2021 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Faster Than Sound: A Month in Austin Rap
Three top-grade hip-hop albums emerged this fall. Let’s recap.
"...gentrification. Where Moore conveys the dissonance of a displaced black community, Hedrick recalls his earliest years on the U.S...."

Dec. 13, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Playback: Lines, Rhymes, and Redemption
The line at Fun Fun Fun Fest wasn't the only show last weekend
"...he's said to have pow-wowed with local psych shamans Black Angels about producing their next album. On Sunday, that..."

Nov. 14, 2014 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

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