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A blog about the Austin music scene, the Live Music Capital of the World.
Gary Clark Jr., Sarah Jarosz and other Austin musicians nabbed Grammy nods Friday.
The city of Austin has announced this year's inductees for the Austin Music Memorial. 2013 inductees are Nemecio Carmona, Ermant Franklin, AC Littlefield, Randall “Poodie” Locke, and Jesse Taylor.
Aisha Burns, violinist and sometimes vocalist for orchestral indie rock outfit Balmorhea, has been having a fantastic year since dropping her solo debut 'Life in the Midwater' to high acclaim earlier this year.
If you're anything like your hard-working, occasionally flighty Team 360 staff, there's a good chance you shared the same post-Thanksgiving panic attack we did.
Yeehaw, y’all! Red Fest, a three-day, outdoors-focused event backed by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, is set to take place at Circuit of the Americas May 23-25.
Top-billed acts at this year's celebration of psychedelia include UK acts Primal Scream, Loop, the Zombies and the Horrors and domestic talents the Black Lips and Of Montreal.
Alt-country dynamo headlines the first birthday celebration of local NPR station KUTX.
If you're looking to hit the town tonight, Red Bull Sound Select has a fantastic show going down at Empire Control Room.
L.A.-based indie rockers Grouplove skyrocketed to fame in 2011 when their song "Tongue Tied" was featured on a iPod commercial then went on to saturate the alt-rock airwaves for over a year.
Update 12.2.13: The date and location for Red Fest has been set. The festival will take place on Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, 2014.
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Euphoria Festival, a two-day EDM event scheduled for April 25-26, 2014 kicks off ticket sales with a Black Friday sale.
Cyrus' spring tour schedule puts her in Texas during the 2014 SXSW Music conference.
In an excellent video produced by Blastro 2, the Spanish-language sister station of locally produced online video site Blastro, two of Austin's top DJs, Orion and Mel meet up at Hotel Vegas to talk about their musical roots and the experience of crate digging.
Ah, Thanksgiving. Unless you're giving the family a pass and opting to take part in a Friendsgiving celebration instead, odds are pretty good that most of us will be gathering with our loved ones for a 24-48 hour exercise in overindulgence.
Update 1:58 p.m.: A new message on Willie Nelson's Facebook page details the injuries suffered by band members in the early morning crash: The band's bus (Willie was in his own bus) crashed along I-30 around 3:30 AM when it hit a bridge pillar -- about 80 miles east of Dallas.
Tickets are already on sale for two nights of Willie Nelson’s Family New Year at ACL Live, and special guests were announced Thursday.
***THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR PLAYING!*** California-born folk singer Cass McCombs' wandering spirit doesn't let him stay in one place for long — the performer has traveled widely, and recorded tracks in studios all over the country over the course of his decade-long career.
Tonight at Hotel Vegas the Austin music community comes together to raise funds for victims of the devastating typhoon that ravaged the Phillipines a couple weeks back.
SXSW has announced the second round of bands playing at the 2014 Music Festival, taking the total number of bands announced so far to over 500.
Bummed about missing the fantastic afternoon set by California sister act Haim at ACL Fest 2013? Never fear, Este, Danielle and Alana will be back in Austin in April, playing a Stubb's BBQ gig in support of their debut release "Days Are Gone.
Rap legends Public Enemy are coming to the Mohawk on Saturday, December 28. A group with over 3 decades of history, they've been touring on and off for the last decade or so.
The Austin360 Amphitheater at the Circuit of the Americas has been nominated for best new major concert venue by Pollstar, a concert industry trade publication.
Thieves hit a trailer belonging to Austin-based band Sour Bridges Sunday night, emptying it of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment.
The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, which provides health care to about 2,000 Central Texas musicians, has a new leader. Reenie Collins took over as the nonprofit organization’s new executive director Monday.
Pitchfork has the details on a new Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds tour which will stop by ACL Live on July 19 of next year.
It's possible that the rest of Austin isn't as exhausted as Team 360 from this insane fest-filled fall, but we seriously doubt it.
This year’s Health Alliance for Austin Musicians Benefit Day raised $323,000, the nonprofit group announced Thursday, ensuring more than 2,000 local performers will have continued access to healthcare.
Guitar great ran away from home at age 13 in late 1963 to play music. Beginning Nov. 19, he'll play five straight Tuesdays at the Continental Club, leading to New Year's Eve show.
Arcade Fire has announced the dates for their "Reflektor" tour, and it includes the April date in Austin.
Listen to artists playing around town this weekend in our This Weekend in Austin Spotify playlist, updated weekly.
UPDATE: Statesman business reporter Shonda Novak has more details on the sale of Antone's, including plans to move the club back downtown.
Old Settler’s Music Festival, with its idyllic Hill Country setting and lineup full of skilled musicians, is always an early highlight of the festival season.
Nashville-based singer-songwriter-author Marhall Chapman first played Austin in July 1977 at the old Soap Creek Saloon and she's been coming back sporadically ever since.
Travis Morrison can talk. The Dismemberment Plan frontman is a 20-year veteran of the Washington, D.
Keeping with the “Droid revolution” theme that frames her excellent 2013 release “Electric Lady,” Janelle Monae’s entrance to the stage at ACL Live on Tuesday night was preceded by an introduction by a gentleman in a white lab coat who identified himself as Dr.
Mother of Okkervil River bassist Patrick Pestorius recalls slain Iranian bandmembers as "such hopeful boys, full of so much joy." They called her on Mother's Day.
Brandon Stone gets above the crowd at Slayer and the Descendents. "I forgot I was in a wheelchair."
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings will go on tour for the first time in more than two years, after Jones was diagnosed with cancer before the release of fifth record, "Give the People What They Want.
The eighth annual Fun Fun Fun Fest's final day began slowly with a push notification from the event's official app about "doing it one more time." The rallying text was appreciated, but on-sight the early risers were zombies. This thing builds in free nightlife, after all.
After a weekend that saw just about every permutation of rap imaginable – bounce/twerking from Big Freedia, gangster from Ice-T, lyricism from Lupe Fiasco, outer space orchestral from Deltron 3030, etc.
If there was any question that Deltron 3030, the collaborative project of Del the Funkee Homosapien, Dan the Automator and Kid Koala was a Fun Fun Fun Fest draw, the massive crowd that pressed toward the blue stage for the group’s evening set on Sunday certainly provided the answer.
"This is for all the young feminists in the house" -- Kathleen Hanna, Sunday afternoon, Orange Stage, Fun Fun Fun For a certain generation of punks and folks whose lives were changed by punk, it is always going to be nice to see Kathleen Hanna on stage.
Tycho caught a nice moment on the blue stage at Saturday’s Fun Fest. The San Francisco three-piece play rhythmic pop that’s supremely chilled out on recordings, but their live show flows in epic waves, much to the delight of the crowd, who were, uh, pretty chilled out themselves.
Dessa is a brilliant and talented rapper, but the Minneapolis-raised spoken word purist is buried by her student dedication to the language of hip-hop--the poetics, specifically.
Let’s start with honesty: I was drastically unprepared for Sparks, and their relentless onslaught of, well .
Fun Fun Fun Fest runs on indie nostalgia the way Austin runs on complaining about traffic. While the Descendents are part of that in a way, their performance, as headliners of the Black Stage, on Saturday was enhanced by the fact that at the core of it all, people are REALLY into this band.
Whoa. If you’ve seen Lee Fields play live, you already know there’s not much more you need to say beyond that one word, because this show could change your life.
First, a personal note: I have a couple of playlists on ye olde iPod that are just different live versions of the same song or songs: The Velvet Underground playing "Sister Ray" and "What Goes On," for examples.
Sporting a white snap-back, untucked white shirt, black blazer, skinny jeans and red boots, George Lewis Jr.
Now, THIS is how you kick off a festival stage. Unlocking the Truth are a trio of seventh-graders from Brooklyn who would set up their gear outside of subway stops and shred out.
Let’s start with this, for all sorts of reasons I desperately want to love M.I.A. Back in 2005 a friend, knowing my family background (Dad’s East Indian), handed me a copy of ‘Arular.
Early during his boss-made, imperial force, 50-minute raid of the Fun Fun Fun Fest's Blue Stage, 55-year-old rap icon Ice T claimed colors.
The fiery heart of a champion cannot be crushed, and so the "D!" chants started early. Fans of Kyle Gass and Jack Black's enduring comedy music project Tenacious D planted up all afternoon -- long enough for couples to stew, fight publicly and make everyone uncomfortable.
The two closely related but markedly different Portland bands drew crowds to the blue stage in the late afternoon/early evening on Saturday.
Thurston Moore's time as a vital innovator of 1990s noise is over for now, and some of the kids that Sonic Youth inspired are grown up and making more compelling records with bands of their own.
The Brooklyn hip-hop outfit currently making rapid moves toward a full force breakout is one of the most appropriate Fun Fun Fun Fest bookings I can conjure.
Los Angeles, after more than a decade of hosting the Summer X-Games, has finally relinquished the best known event in alternative sports, to let it tour several cities across the country.
A few looks we loved on day one of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013.
Something about Bill Callahan’s triple-distilled lyrics lends itself to dreaming up any number of obscure locations that you’d like to see him play: maybe some half-abandoned ranch house in Marfa, or among Mayan temple ruins at dusk.
Lupe Fiasco is one of the most intelligent rappers working today with an unrelenting intensity that's both awe inspiring and a bit terrifying, which makes the way his Fun Fun Fun set fell apart Friday extra disappointing.
As light rain fell on Auditorium Shores Snoop Dogg’s headline set was running late. No one seemed particularly concerned, but when the DJ took the stage around 9:00 and started to hype the audience with teases of Snoop’s West Coast classics anticipation began to build.
Depending on how you count and what you count as being "in the band," between 10 and 15 people, rotated out of the original run of Black Flag (about 1976 to 1986), a crucial band in the development of American hardcore punk.
Here is pretty much everything you need to know about Johnny Marr, his status as one of the greatest guitarists and songwriters of his generation and his fanbase.
Australian electro/indie pop band takes the Orange stage later tonight. Veterans of ACL Festival and SXSW this is the band's first appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest.
Dreamy Houston indie pop quintet The Tontons has been around for almost five years, but it’s only in the last two that the band has begun to catch fire.
Listen to bands playing around town in our This Weekend in Austin Spotify playlist, updated weekly. FRIDAY Gov’t Mule at Stubb’s.
Last night's CMA Awards show sometimes felt like a jukebox musical about overgrown boy bands and male-female groups that make ABBA seem edgy.
May 2, 2013, was the worst day to be a metalhead. Jeff Hanneman, guitarist and songwriter for thrash metal institution Slayer, died from liver failure.
Can't wait to get the Fun started? Fun Fun Fun Fest Nites shows kick off on Thursday. Thursday night standout shows include a Mohawk bill which finds Roger Sellers and The Tontons opening for Kurt Vile and the Violators and The Parish where Corduroi and Boombaptiste open for RJD2.
The easiest way to throw a fake party that looks real? Beer, and lots of it. When the American Sharks set about filming the video for “Overdrive” the Austin band had reservations about how to pull off the riotous and kinda destructive house party footage that makes up the bulk of the clip.
Along with putting together one of the most storied music programs in American history, one of Austin City Limits producer Terry Lickona’s more subtle talents is selling and hyping the band about to take the stage during his pre-show introductions.
UPDATE: Fred Armisen is no longer scheduled to do a DJ set at the Belmont during Fun Fun Fun Fest. Bob Mould is still on the bill at the Belmont on Friday night.
Fun Fun Fun Fest lives in our hearts year round, but the music officially starts Thursday night with the first Fun Fun Fun Nites shows.
Nashville femme rockers go for a more textured and melodic sound on new album "Blur the Line." Re-establishing themselves after departure of beloved bassist Kelley. Dianne Coffee opens. $12. 9 p.m. 611 E. 7th St.
Vancouver's White Lung have had a busy 2013, playing South by Southwest, Beerland a month later and touring the US frequently.
There's nothing quite like Houston rap, but many of its biggest names still living – Bun B, Z-Ro, the Geto Boys, Slim Thug – are getting up there in years.
Pair of obscure soul titans plan total destruction to the minds of clubgoers tonight and tomorrow.
Listen to bands playing around town in our This Weekend in Austin Spotify playlist, updated weekly. FRIDAY Paramore and Metric at Austin360 Amphitheater.
This year, two Black Flags emerged, sort of. One is the new Black Flag, with founding member Greg Ginn as the only original member.
The Breeders have added more dates to their "Last Splash" 20th anniversary tour, including a Dec. 31 show at the Mohawk.
The show will be Nov. 17, and the $105 tickets will be available starting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at www.
Wednesday night's forecast: 100% chance of live music.
The ticket giveaway is already open for this just-announced taping, which will be Monday, Nov. 4, at ACL Live.
Here is a 25-song tribute to the late Lou Reed, who died Sunday at the age of 71.
Even if you're not, like me, a guy whose life was changed by the Velvet Underground, interviewing Lou Reed, even the prospect of interviewing him, is intimidating.
Turns out Team360 has a dark side. When we sent out the call for This Week's Playlist: Spooky Songs it was met with a barrage of audio unrest that resulted in an epic spook week soundtrack over 3 hours deep.
On receiving the approval of Lou Reed, who passed away Sunday: "I divide my artistic life into two halves, before and after that moment."
Rolling Stone reports that music trailblazer Lou Reed has died. Led the Velvet Undergound and took rock for a "Walk On the Wild Side."
***THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR PLAYING!*** Grab your orange wigs and get ready to riot, pop-punk fans: Paramore is coming to the Austin360 Amphitheater on Friday.
Part Neil Young, part Danny Partridge, California folk pop singer opens tour in Austin Friday night before devoted sell-out crowd.
***THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR PLAYING!*** There's many ways one could describe flamboyant folk band He's My Brother She's My Sister, but all that really needs to be said is this: They have a tap-dancing drummer.
ACL Live at the Moody Theater has announced four new shows on the horizon. Megadeth w/ Fear Factory play Dec.
"Austin's best band" will go on an indefinite hiatus after Sunday's show. Fans flying in from all over the country.
Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Robison and Willis drop manager, who picks up Bob Schneider.
Manhattan record producer opens Red River warehouse club that he says is "a platform for discovery and development."
Former location of Ridgway's Printing will house restaurant and bar. Construction begins in January.
Richmond, Va.'s Inter Arma are definitely a metal band – full stacks, long hair and beards, and .
Deborah Sengupta Stith is an austin360.com content producer who also writes about music. Deborah doesn't remember the Armadillo, but will happily reminisce with any old school Austin music lover about the Empanada Parlour and the Mercury Lounge.
Sharon Chapman is one of the Austin American-Statesman's entertainment editors, coordinating coverage of the music and food scenes.
Nancy Flores is a features writer who covers general assignments including music and style for the Austin American-Statesman, Austin360 and REAL magazine.
Photos: Onstage, backstage at Grammy nominations
Photos: Grammy Award Nominees
Britney Spears through the years
Gary Clark Jr. at Antone's, 11.30.13
Photos: Prince William performs with Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi
Stars rock out at the American Music Awards
Hot looks and cool fashion sparkle on American Music Awards red carpet
Photos: Latin Grammys 2013
Photos: Latin Grammy fashions
People's Sexiest Men Alive
Photos: Box sets for the holidays
Elton John belts out classics at Atlanta show
A-List: Austin Monthly F1 happy hour at Blu Lounge, 11.15.13
Janelle Monae at ACL Live, 11.12.13
A-List: Del the Funkee Homosapien at the Belmont
Fun Fun Fun Fest day 3, 11.10.13
Fun Fun Fun Fest day two, 11.09.13
Fun Fun Fun Fest day one, 11.08.13
A-List: Kurt Vile at the Mohawk, 11.07.13
Photos: 2013 CMA Awards Show
Photos: 2013 CMA Awards Red Carpet
Photos: BMI Country Awards
Photos: R.E.M. through the years
Nine Inch Nails, 11.04.13