Howdy, quarantined Austin! While news of partial openings have locals both horrified and hopeful in equal measure, the safest place to be still remains in your home, on the couch. Luckily, our music scene continues to churn out quality live music online. This weekend, I suggest a world music master, a stunning jazz vocalist, and an acoustic brunch served up by an Austin legend. Stay safe and keep listening local![Read more…]
Howdy, Austin! As we continue to hunker down in our homes, we need music to brighten our day. Luckily, many of our local musical heroes are performing live via online streaming. This weekend, we recommend a beloved world music four-piece, an unexpected reunion, and a weekly dose of soulful songs from a true talent. Stay safe and listen local![Read more…]
Like many around the world, I’m making a mental list of businesses that value profits over people. Make the list and you loose my patronage. Simple as that.
But businesses are in a tough spot. Lay off employees so they can stay afloat, or continue to pay and everyone goes down with the ship? It’s a literal no-win situation.
But some Austin spots are trying to both stay in business and support employees via creative methods. Here are 10 local businesses that are doing right by displaced employees. Not only do they deserve your dollar when this crisis is over, but they’ve earned a virtual high five right now.[Read more…]
Farther we go into the COVID-19 rabbit hole, but with our newfound isolation comes more awesome livestream performances. This week, we recommend a monstrous super stream, Austinot favorite, and world-class DJ. Stay safe; stay home; and continue to listen local![Read more…]
You know what? Virtu-shows are fun! While the energy and community of a live performance can’t be replaced, I thoroughly enjoyed butt dancing in my chair last week to the sounds of Mobley and Sydney Wright. The “we’re in this together” vibe held its own special magic.
This week we recommend a classic folk duo, living room honky tonk, and an interactive stream from one of Austin’s guitar-playing favorites.[Read more…]
It’s dark days for the Austin music scene. With every venue closed for the foreseeable future, the effects of coronavirus are a gut punch to everyone from artists, to venue owners, to the fine folks slinging drinks and checking your ID.
But all is not lost. There are still several ways to support the Austin music community despite the crippling closures. Here are five ways you can make a difference.[Read more…]
With every bar, restaurant, and venue closed for the foreseeable future, the local music landscape may seem bleak. But don’t fear, music lover! Many of our top artists are still playing to the masses via the World Wide Web. Whether it’s on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube, catching your favorite Austin artist is only a click away. Support them however you can and keep listening local![Read more…]
And just like that, it’s over. With one proclamation of imminent disaster, the city of Austin pulled the plug on SWSX 2020. Regardless of your personal opinions, losing the biggest event of the year stings from a dozen difference perspectives.
But those of us who live in Austin are the lucky ones. We have an incredible talent pool of bands, artists, and musicians who live in our backyard. Even though the official SXSW showcases are dead and buried, many of the bands in this year’s Top 15 will be doing unofficial shows throughout the week and in the future. So why not celebrate some of our local finest? More than ever, come out to a show, buy some merch, and support our local scene.[Read more…]
Days before the swarm of SXSW, the Austin music scene takes a moment to pause and reflect. For one lovely evening at the Moody Theater, local artists and industry leaders gather for an evening of recognition, celebration, and community. Less a stuffy awards show and more a party with a few statuettes tossed in, the 2020 Austin Music Awards on March 11 promises to be an unforgettable night of explosive performances and heartfelt thanksgiving.[Read more…]
Howdy weekend, Austin! Another week closer to the big festival. And while illness fears are very real, I’d be remiss if I didn’t recommend some rad local shows coming up. This weekend, we recommend an underground band showcase, ’80s-era synth-pop, and mellow, harmony-driven indie rock. Be safe, wash your hands thoroughly, and listen local![Read more…]