“She wanted to know if she had to be present to win our raffle,” James Whelan of SIMS Foundation told me. “She hadn’t been out since the death of her husband, and she wasn’t sure how long she would be able to stay.” He went on to share that later that night, he saw her lost in the music, dancing. To him, that moment showed just how important live music is to the people of Austin.[Read more…]
September is upon us! With everyone back to school and UT in full swing, it’s time to gather some friends and head out for a weekend of rad local music. This time around, we recommend a killer Black Fret showcase, classic ’80s post punk band, and a rock-and-roll duo’s single release.
Listen loud and listen local![Read more…]
At the risk of sounding cheesy, there’s nothing better than diversity. Multiple points of view stimulate thinking and broaden our horizons. Different voices with different experiences enrich us and help us grow.
Unfortunately, in the world of mainstream entertainment, there isn’t much outside of superheroes, lame comedies, and Oscar bait biopics.
Enter Austin’s many multicultural film festivals and their dedication to introducing us to a wide variety of cultures through the magic of movies. Whether you’re hungry for Asian American drama or looking for the latest in New French cinema, Austin has a festival tailor-made for your personal taste, and sense of adventure.[Read more…]
The last weekend of the month is going to be a scorcher in more ways than one. This weekend, we recommend brand new indie pop and a one-two shot of rock-and-roll power. Enjoy the weekend, the weather, and three days of top notch local music. Yes, friends. Listen local![Read more…]
Guest article by James Lipari
On Sept. 28, 2019, at Fiesta Gardens, Austin will once again proudly host the state’s largest beer event, Texas Craft Brewers Festival.
If you’ve ever been to a beer festival, you may know what to expect. With over 75 breweries in attendance serving samples of their hard work, you are bound to find your next favorite beer. If you haven’t been to a beer festival, then this is the one you really shouldn’t miss. Even if you don’t think you like beer, it could just be that you haven’t had the right one yet.[Read more…]
Welcome to mid-August, Austin! With the kiddos going back to school and parents scrambling for last minute supplies, it may feel like the end of summer is here (despite the 105-degree weather). Whether you’re prepping for the school year or dreading the uptick in traffic that high school car lines cause, there’s plenty of live music to help you through.
This weekend, we recommended an experimental art/rock duo’s album release show, a yearly festival of hip hop togetherness, and a shock rock innovator turned adopted son of Austin. Keep cool and listen local![Read more…]
You can’t just walk into Midnight Cowboy on a Saturday night and expect to get the experience, or the cocktails, everyone raves about. Certain steps are necessary. This may be why it took me three years to visit what is perhaps Austin’s most well-known speakeasy. Planning ahead has never been my strong suit.
When I made my reservation, found the hidden door, rang the bell, and sat in a booth for the first time, it didn’t take long to figure out why so many people recommended Midnight Cowboy over the years. For the sixth installment of The Austinot’s Speakeasy Secrets series, I’ll teach you how you too can have this same experience, and why you should make it a priority to do so.[Read more…]
Austin! Welcome to the weekend! One of my favorite aspects of this article series is the pure discovery. I have my favorite ATX artists, but scratching around in the underground for cool new sounds is what makes this less a promotional device and more a musical expedition.
This weekend I bring you three wonderful finds: a smooth yet funky soul/jazz/funk act, screaming shoegaze, and minimalist goth rock in the vein of Nick Cave and The Velvet Underground. In a city full of fun surprises, there are a hundred reasons to listen local![Read more…]
Happy awesome August, lovely Austin! While the sweltering heat may feel less than exceptional, there’s an entire city of killer music to explore, heat or no heat. This weekend, we recommend an ATX guitar goddess, music benefit for a worthy cause, and the finest beer and brats bash of the year. Enjoy the weekend and always listen local![Read more…]
Welcome to the weekend, Austin! If you can’t stay cool outside, you might as well feel cool watching our local musicians do what they do best. This time around, we recommend a local legend record release celebration, standout gig during a Red River extravaganza, and local singer/songwriter on the brink of a breakout year. Have a smashing weekend and listen local![Read more…]