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Peter Blackstock

Music Writer

Peter Blackstock is a music writer for the Austin American-Statesman. A UT grad who grew up in Austin, he worked at the Statesman in high school and college before moving to Seattle and co-founding the alt-country magazine No Depression in the '90s.

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Christine Albert’s new album is called “Everything’s Beautiful Now.”

Blackstock: ‘Everything’s Beautiful Now’ with Austin’s Christine Albert

Christine Albert wastes no time in staking the turf of her new album “Everything’s Beautiful Now.” Here’s how the opening song begins:“I can’t grieve anymore/ I’ve seen so many sail away from my shore/ Never to come through the door again.”A fixture in Austin’s singer-songwriter community since moving here from ...

Eric Burdon & the Animals

Monday music picks: All-ATX British Invasion show

All-ATX British Invasion show at ACL Live. The official kickoff show for HAAM Benefit Day, this second annual concert of top local musicians supporting the cause features a Brisish Invasion theme this year, with special guests Eric Burdon & the Animals and the Zombies. Also on the bill are Ian ...

Loudon Wainwright III

Sunday music picks: Loudon Wainwright III, the Well, Baths

Loudon Wainwright III at One World Theatre. One look at the song titles from his new album “Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet)” confirms that the guy whose first hit single was about a dead skunk hasn’t gone all serious on us: Check out track 11, “I’ll Be Killing You This ...

Bob Mould

Saturday music picks: Bob Mould, Conor Oberst, Austin Weekender

Bob Mould at Mohawk outdoor/Conor Oberst at Stubb’s outdoor. Do you call non-mainstream rock (A) “alternative” or (B) “indie”? Is your north-central U.S. hip music capital (A) Minneapolis or (B) Omaha? Is your mojo mired in (A) the Eighties or (B) the Aughts? Answer these questions and follow the flow-chart ...

Music fans crowd together for shade under the big tree in the middle of the Austin City Limits Festival on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

ACL Fest Gameplan: Kick Back & Relax

There are many ways to approach a huge event like the Austin City Limits Music Festival. This year, in addition to our regular critics' picks and artist spotlights, we're offering gameplans, various strategies for how to approach the festival depending on what kind of experience you're looking to have. For ...

Antone's MC "Sugar Bear" Black, 1950-2014

Services for Allen “Sugar Bear” Black, longtime emcee at Antone’s who died on Sept. 12, are set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1801 Pennsylvania Ave. He was 64. Born Allen Harold Black Jr. on Aug. 31, 1950, in Bastrop, Black became a fixture in the ...

Vallejo

Friday music picks: Danny Crooks Day, Pacific Island Roots & Culture

Danny Crooks Day at the Roost. In accordance with a City of Austin proclamation declaring Sept. 19 as “Danny Crooks Day,” the way-north Austin venue run by Crooks’ former Steamboat employee David Cotton is having a big-time bash. Local rockers Vallejo and Steamroller headline the event, with MC Overlord, Paul ...

Temples at the Spin party at Stubb's.

ACL Fest artist spotlight: Temples

English rock band Temples will be back in Austin for ACL Fest after playing both SXSW and Psych Fest earlier this year.

Manuel ‘Cowboy’ Donley won the National Endowment for the Arts’ lifetime achievement award for folk and traditional arts June, and he plays a special show Thursday at the Cactus Cafe.

Austin360 picks: HAAM Benefit Day leads 7 nights of shows, Sept. 12-18

FRIDAY Danny Crooks Day at the Roost. In accordance with a City of Austin proclamation declaring Sept. 19 as “Danny Crooks Day,” the way-north Austin venue run by Crooks’ former Steamboat employee David Cotton is having a big-time bash. Local rockers Vallejo and Steamroller headline the event, with MC Overlord, ...

Eric Burdon and his band the Animals are on the lineup for a British invasion-themed concert Monday that benefits the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.

It’s a British Invasion as HAAM Benefit Day expands

After nearly a decade of growth since the first installment back in 2006, it was probably inevitable: HAAM Benefit Day is finally too big for 24 hours to contain.The annual Health Alliance for Austin Musicians Fundraiser, which features local musicians playing for donations at dozens of locations around town, remains ...

 
 

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Austin360 picks: HAAM Benefit Day leads 7 nights of shows, Sept. 12-18

Monday's pick: Gaby Moreno at Cactus Cafe

Singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno plays soul and blues-inspired music in both Spanish and English. Raised in Guatemala City, Moreno now lives in Los Angeles to pursue her music career, but comes through Austin often for Pachanga Fest, South by Southwest and collaborations with local musicians.

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A-List: Fantastic Fest BBQ Run at Smitty's

A-List: Fantastic Fest BBQ Run at Smitty's

A-List photos of the Fantastic Fest BBQ Run at Smitty's in Austin.

A-List: Wobeonfest at Ironwood Hall, 09.20.14

A-List: Wobeonfest at Ironwood Hall, 09.20.14

A-List photos of Wobeonfest at Ironwood Hall in Austin on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

A-List: Conor Oberst at Stubb's, 09.20.14

A-List: Conor Oberst at Stubb's, 09.20.14

A-List photos of Conor Oberst at Stubb's in Austin on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

A-list: Pacific Island Roots & Culture Festival, 09.19.14

A-list: Pacific Island Roots & Culture Festival, 09.19.14

A-list photos Pacific Island Roots & Culture Festival on September 19, 2014.

A-list: Renegades of Rhythm at ACL Live, 09.18.14

A-list: Renegades of Rhythm at ACL Live, 09.18.14

A-list photos of Renegades of Rhythm at ACL Live on September 18, 2014.