Welcome to April, stalwart music lovers! With temperatures finally creeping towards normal, now is a prime time for leaving the apartment and venturing forth on musical explorations. All of this week’s artists are random discoveries I’m dying to share with you. They include exceptional folk/Americana, gravely blues/rock, and experimental jazz with an Austin legend at the helm. Enjoy the weekend, enjoy the city, and listen local.[Read more…]
Good news, y’all. I survived! SXSW Music was a whirling swirl of musical madness, so much so that I needed an extra week to recover. But here I am, ready to navigate over 200 weekend shows to bring you my three favs.
This weekend, we recommend legendary Latin music, a local music fest for the ages, and an intimate evening with three of Austin’s finest songwriters. Keep listening local![Read more…]
And just like that, it’s over. By the time you read this, the stages will be gone; streets once bulging with scooter-riding tourists will relax; and the city will deflate to normal. All we’ll have is our Instagram stories, swag bags filled with koozies, and the memory of 10 wild days of art, tech, film, and music.
For me, it’s all about SXSW Music. Over the course of six days, I saw over 20 bands, most of which were locals. Some well-known; some just discovered; all of them awesome in their own special way. As I do every year, I invent a random slate of awards you’d normally find in a high school yearbook to celebrate our hometown heroes. And the winners of this year’s Superlative Awards are… [Read more…]
Austin’s red hot Gary Clark, Jr. is having the BEST YEAR EVER! The singer/songwriter released a critically-acclaimed album, “This Land,” celebrated his 35th birthday, played Saturday Night Live (subsequently disrupting the Twitterverse), and finally came home for an Austin City Limits taping on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. [Read more…]
A tidal wave of music is approaching. On March 11, SXSW Music 2019 launches 2,000 bands and musicians into Austin’s cultural stratosphere. Of these, over 200 hail from our beloved city. After listening to every local artist on the schedule, I’ve picked 15 must-sees for this year’s festival. It’s my favorite and most exhausting list of the year. But if you find a new favorite, it’ll all have been worth it! [Read more…]
Guess what, faithful readers? SXSW 2019 is on the horizon and this year’s festival is poised to be bigger than ever. As I toil over this year’s Top 15 (see last year’s edition), I’d be remiss if I didn’t recognize the local music happening on the last weekend before the madness starts.
This time around, I recommend chill synth-pop, body-shaking Latin, and calm, quiet indie perfect for a spring evening. If you’re embarking upon the SXSW in 2019, enjoy and do everything you can to listen local! [Read more…]
Music in Austin isn’t just a group of musicians or a marketing slogan. It’s a community. A clan of creatives pulling for and supporting one another in a city of limited stages and listener attention. For the 37th year, The Austin Chronicle honors our rich and diverse music scene with Austin Music Awards. A celebration of recognition, good vibes, and jaw-dropping music, Austin Music Awards is a crash course in Austin’s musical past, with an eye towards a glorious future. [Read more…]
Another week closer to SXSW 2019 and the initial rumblings are being felt. Before the ground swells with toe-tapping tourists, make your way downtown and indulge in some badge-free live music. This weekend, we recommend classic Americana, hook-heavy indie rock, and an exuberant Latin music showcase that must be heard to be believed. Enjoy the weekend and listen local! [Read more…]
The weekend is coming, faithful readers! And don’t look now, but SXSW is less than a month away. Before the city is dominated by showcases, badge-toting tourists, and more product placement than the Super Bowl, let’s dig some live music. This weekend, we recommend an exceptional rock guitarist, fascinating funk/groove music, and down-home outlaw country. Listen local, friends! [Read more…]
Welcome to February, amazing readers! With Valentine’s Day on the horizon and the frantic pulse of SXSW slightly over a month away, Austin is heating up. Luckily, our local music scene’s been scorching since the calendar flipped to the new year. This week, we recommend nationally-recognized country/rock, introspective folk, and a soul man at the top of his game. Get out there and listen local! [Read more…]