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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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De La Soul headlines Fan Fest on Friday downtown.

Austin360 music picks: 7 nights of shows, Oct. 31-Nov. 6

FRIDAYDe La Soul at Fan Fest in Republic Square Park. In 1989, a trio of Long Island kids dropped “3 Feet High and Rising” an instant hip-hop classic that ushered in the “Daisy Age,” a new era of eclectic, conscious rap. Two years later they stomped down the daisies with ...

The Zombie Ball returns to ACL Live on Friday.

Halloween brings musical treats to downtown, clubs

Austin takes its Halloween revelry seriously, and a lot of it naturally revolves around musical entertainment. With Oct. 31 falling on a Friday this year, an even greater gathering of ghoulish sounds abound. Here’s a rundown of what we found: The Electric Funeral: Brownout presents Brown Sabbath at the Belmont. ...

Jim Lauderdale plays Saturday at the Cactus Cafe.

Austin360 music picks: 7 nights of shows not to miss

FRIDAYBassnectar at Austin Music Hall. Bay Area DJ and producer Lorin Ashton — a.k.a. Bassnectar — is a master of arranging electronic music for optimal emotional impact. His latest, “Noise vs. Beauty,” is a cyclone of sound, by turns chaotic, ecstatic and crunk. With a philosophy that emphasizes the transformative ...

The Austin band Full Service presents its second annual Circus this weekend.

The music festival season is still in full swing

With ACL Music Fest barely in the rearview mirror and Circuit of the Americas Fan Fest plus Fun Fun Fun Fest just on the horizon, Austin is deep in the throes of fall festival music overload. But, hey, there’s still room to squeeze in a Project and a Circus!Specifically, we’re ...

Sharon Van Etten is at the Mohawk on Saturday.

Austin360 music picks: 7 nights of shows, Oct. 17-23

FRIDAYThe OTHER three Charlies. With another ACL Fest in the books, the three Charlies (Walker, Jones, Attal) who run local company C3 Presents can focus on that reported Live Nation deal. In the meantime, three more Charlies ride into town on the same night. One World Theatre makes a rare ...

A worker cleans up the grounds at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park before the gates open on Saturday. The festival’s start was delayed by an hour.

Rain delays ACL Fest opening on Saturday, music goes on amid some mud

Water-pumping trucks, patches of mulch and squeegee rollers were omnipresent across Zilker Park on Saturday as the Austin City Limits Music Festival fought to keep wet grounds from turning into mudbaths after morning storms dumped 1.8 inches of rain on the Austin area, resulting in a one-hour delay to the ...

From left, Dakota Vinson, Lisanne Holkstna, Jack Lynn and Garrett Wolan look at the festival map at the 2014 Austin City Limits music festival on Friday.

More fans early, more heat as ACL Fest opens for weekend two

The location remained the same, but everything felt like it had been turned up just a notch as the second weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival commenced Friday at Zilker Park. The weather, so mild for the festival’s first weekend, heated up noticeably, with temperatures rising above 90 ...

The Jayhawks perform Monday at Stubb’s.

Austin360 music picks: 7 nights of shows, Oct. 10-16

FRIDAYBonobo at the Mohawk outdoor. The British electronic music composer blew minds during his Fun Fun Fun Fest stand with a live band last year. This time he’s doing a DJ set, but the man has an astonishing understanding of exquisite aural textures. Expect an evening of glorious audio immersion. ...

Miles Zuniga at Mount Everest Base Camp in 2012.

Blackstock: Zuniga and friends channel Lennon for Love Hope Strength

“I could barely breathe. But it sounded so good, I had to keep singing.”Fastball guitarist Miles Zuniga is remembering his 2012 trip to the base camp of Mount Everest with the Love Hope Strength Foundation, which helps to build and support cancer centers around the world. “Brett Dennen and I ...

The weather is like another performer at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and Friday’s got raves from the thousands of people at Zilker Park.

The weather, Sam Smith and more hits as ACL Fest 2014 opens

As the Austin City Limits Music Festival charged into its 13th year at Zilker Park shortly before noon on Friday, an obvious question was whether the weather had ever been so ideal right from the very start. Not a cloud lingered in a deep blue sky as a light north ...

 
 

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A-List: B.o.B with Kevin Gates at Stubb's, 10.24.14

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A-List: Bassnectar at Austin Music Hall, 10.24.14

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A-List photos of Bassnectar at Austin Music Hall on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, including DJs Son of Kick and Kill Parish.