Live music review: Songwriter Adrianne Lenker sold out the Paramount Theatre
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by Case Cockrell
1d ago
Great songwriting is alive and well. With artists like Weyes Blood, Sharon Van Etten, Snail Mail, and Angel Olsen making a name for themselves as the next generation of solo artists, Big Thief‘s Adrianne Lenker has served as one of the leading charges in a new age of independent storytelling through song. The Minnesota native and Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter brought her acoustic tour to Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin for two sold-out performances, following suit to multiple capacity crowds with her full band throughout the years of their short but prolific existence. The intimate, ca ..read more
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Song Review: The Cuckoos reveal eclectic new track Dirty Pictures
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by Case Cockrell
1d ago
Kenneth Frost has proven to be a hometown prolific mastermind. Since performing as a part of Grandmaster, Sexpop, and his brainchild band, The Cuckoos, it’s mind-boggling to wonder how the Austin musician manages his time. On new track “Dirty Pictures,” Frost shows that his musical staying power is here to stay in the Austin scene. The song was released May 24. The band’s sound takes an eclectic route, showing touches of funk, soul, psychedelic rock, and the roots of classic rock.  Frost’s tenure in Austin has lasted his lifetime. He is no stranger to the stage, with multiple releases, ba ..read more
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Album review: Willie Nelson graced us with The Border
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by Scott Rollins
5d ago
While the populace of the politically persuaded argue over two old men in the American Presidential Race in 2024, other old men are focused on something more beautiful other than politics: Creativity. Dick Van Dyke, at 98 years old, just won a Day Time Emmy Award, his first, for his work on “Days of Our Lives” and did a little dance on the red carpet. Clint Eastwood wrapped production of a new thriller he’s directed called “Juror No. 2” at 94 years of age. Harrison Ford is still famously acting in film and two concurrent television shows at a modest 81, and Willie Nelson at 91 years old, has g ..read more
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Live music review: England’s Idles delivered wild night at Moody Amphitheater May 21
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by Case Cockrell
2w ago
Sometimes, chaos is laced with love. Bristol, England’s Idles have been shooting off musical mortar shells since 2009, and each new release has seen the English band building off the previous. If you’re a fan of post-punk, hardcore, dance-punk, or anything punk rock-related in new music, Idles is a band that will strike a chord with your music listening holes. On their latest album, Tangk, Idles enlisted the help of Radiohead’s right-hand man, Nigel Godrich. The result was a more dialed-back, calculated effort from the group, touching on hints of dance music and soft rock cuts that aren’t with ..read more
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Live music review: The Grandmaster Orchestra Gala at Stateside Theatre promises more annual events
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by Case Cockrell
3w ago
May is a big season for any city like Austin. College students are closing the book on school, prom kids are, well, prom-ing, and the city of Austin has its usual everyday festivities going in full force. Austin’s Grandmaster Orchestra has been at it for over a year, assembling a lineup that spans some of the best artists the local music sphere offers. The members of the Grandmaster ensemble, honorably dubbed “Zealots,” take their leader, the Grandmaster’s mission, to heart. The local nonet, turned duodecet for the Austin act’s album release show at the historic Stateside Theatre on Congress A ..read more
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Live music review: Wine Lips and Forty Feet Tall rocked 13th Floor
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by Brian Hillsman
3w ago
On Monday, May 6, Red River Cultural District venue, The 13th Floor was flooded with patrons stoked to check out Wine Lips on the heels of their latest full-length release, Super Mega Ultra. One month to the day after the LP release, the Canadian quartet put on a raucous, mosh-inducing performance with enough pull to prompt friends Forty Feet Tall to fly in from Portland for the pairing. The two bands rocked 13th Floor with stand-out performances. Just after 9 p.m., Forty Feet Tall took the stage to open the show, and the crowd inside 13th thickened in anticipation. Ian Kelley’s drumming, and ..read more
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Live music review: Ty Segall brought his Three Bells tour to Mohawk April 22 with Sharpie Smile
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by Case Cockrell
1M ago
Prolific garage rocker, Ty Segall brought his current tour to Mohawk on April 22 in support of his latest album, Three Bells. The new record has seen generally favorable reviews, with a Metacritic score of 82. A frequent performer in Austin, Segall always draws a devoted audience to his Central Texas shows and last month’s gig was no exception. Opening band Sharpie Smile, formally known as Kamikaze Palm Tree. Dylan Hadley and Cole Berliner formed Kamikaze Palm Tree in their hometown of San Francisco in 2015. The duo merged their nostalgic melodies with their electronic side, changing thei ..read more
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Live music review: Kilby Block Party days two and three featured LCD Soundsystem, The Postal Service with Jenny Lewis
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by Greg Ackerman
1M ago
The fifth Kilby Block Party celebrating 25 years of Salt Lake City’s most beloved DIY venue, Kilby Court was as good as billed last weekend as the upstart music festival concluded days two and three with standout performances not only by headliners LCD Soundsystem and The Postal Service with Jenny Lewis but scene-stealing sets by Belle and Sebastian,  CSS, Pond and Santigold. Not since Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest has there been a mid-tier sized festival as well run, booked and executed. Hats off to S&S Presents for booking a music lover’s lineup and giving stage time to Utah bands with ..read more
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Live music review: Kilby Block Party on day one featured Vampire Weekend and a host of gifted female performers
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by Greg Ackerman
1M ago
In Salt Lake City, one of the most beloved and revered music venues is Kilby Court, the tiny, DIY performance space for which the Kilby Block Party music festival is named. Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the legendary club, organizers and venue operator, S&S Presents are also marking the fifth year of the festival with another stellar lineup that attracted fans from all over the country to the Utah State Fairpark for what is turning out to be an incredible weekend of musical performances. Friday’s lineup included Vampire Weekend and a host of gifted female performers including; Joanna ..read more
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In memoriam: Steve Albini was a punk rock icon who walked and talked the truth
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by Robert Dean
1M ago
When we were kids playing in rock and roll bands, we always dreamed of coming up with the cash to record at Electrical Audio. There were tiers of cost – one to get into the door, one to book either day or night sessions, some with junior engineers, and then, if you could swing it, to record with Steve Albini. For us, just the idea of being in the same room with those who’d recorded the Pixies, PJ Harvey, and Nirvana? Insane. We were in hardcore and punk bands; we weren’t trying to be the noise he was so aligned with; we just wanted to be able to say the guy who made “Scentless Apprentice” soun ..read more
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