From the age of 13, Austin native Kady Rain knew she wanted to sing. During her formative years, she channeled her creative energies into everything from music camp to her own high school band. But it wasn’t until her split with a local sludge metal band did she settle on her current pop direction.
It’s tough to be a musician in the Live Music Capital of the World. On any given night, world-class artists ply their trade for the contents of a tip jar. Award-winning singers hold down regular jobs. Venues that find pride in treating artists fairly close the doors in favor of no-cover bars with a makeshift stage in the corner.
Enter Black Fret. By building a community of industry folks and music lovers, with a heart of keeping Austin music alive and well, this nonprofit provides an answer to the issues plaguing the local music scene. And on the Dec. 7 Black Ball extravaganza at the Moody Theater, Black Fret awarded $250,000 to deserving musicians. It was an evening of giving, music, and all around good vibes. [Read more…]
Salutations, music fans! Another holiday weekend is upon us. While you may be tempted to run around town searching out that perfect ugly Christmas sweater, may I suggest taking a break with some fine local music? This time around, we recommend two benefits for worthy organizations and a classic Austin folk artist. Enjoy the weekend and remember to listen local! [Read more…]
Started with the intention of bringing more awareness to surf music, Second Saturday Surf is now established as a home base for the Central Texas surf guitar scene. The monthly event at Knomad Bar has been going strong for over five years.
When I think of Ley Line’s music, I instantly think of what it means to connect. This Austin band’s mission is to bridge the listener and remote parts of the world. Ley Line does this by creating a tapestry of sound that blends language, rhythm, and stories. In action, this multilingual group expresses a deep reverence for the traditions that inspire it.
Happy weekend, ATX music lovers! By now, the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone (?), holiday shopping/procrastinating has begun, and the Instant Pot you snagged for 60 percent off during a Black Friday sale is resting comfortably on a shelf somewhere.
It’s time to renew our collective love of local music with these exceptional shows. So read on, enjoy the weekend, and listen local! [Read more…]
As I stood at an upright table overlooking 2nd Street and Guadalupe on the Moody Theater balcony, a chilling thought ran through my head: I didn’t know much about Willie Nelson.
To Austinites with half an ear, the notion is blasphemy. How could any music reviewer worth his salt not know the King of Outlaw Country’s body of work? His statue is outside the dang theater.
Walking to my seat, I knew this was no longer a simple concert for me. It was a crash course on a living legend, plying his trade for the 18th time on the Austin City Limits stage. True to form, he did not disappoint. [Read more…]
It was love at first strum. Three years ago during SXSW 2016, Gina Chavez played an early evening set at Sidewinder. Knowing her reputation alone, I showed up as a newbie. An hour later, I walked away a fan.
With a stylish and exuberant brand, melding samba, cumbia, and Latin influences, Gina Chavez has rocketed to the upper echelon of Austin’s music scene. And with her first record in four years, she’s refined her sound into something groovy, moving, and magical. [Read more…]
I dare you to go see Tomar and the FCs and not move your body. I’m convinced that’s impossible. This musical storm raises the roof and sets it on fire, night after night on stages across Austin.
Tomar, lead vocalist for the band, and Paul Kresowik, drummer for the FCs, shared their story with me. They talked about their love of music, how the group came together, and what’s on the horizon for this sublime talent in the Austin music scene.
Welcome to the weekend and the frozen tundra of our once balmy Austin, Texas. Rather than hide from our current cold snap, let’s head outside into a city full of sizzling live music. This weekend, we recommend exciting soul, award-winning Americana, and gravely-voiced folk/rock. Stay warm, stay awesome, and listen local! [Read more…]