Posts Tagged ‘Austin Texas’

SXSW: Alabama Shakes @ Stubb’s, 3-15-12

SXSW: Alabama Shakes @ Stubb’s, 3-15-12

ATF’s man in Austin, Jon Black, is hip deep in the SXSW fracas. But until his missives come rolling in, check out the audio for the Alabama Shakes’ rockin’ soul-shakin’ set at Stubb’s yesterday. Thank you, NPR. Thank you. While you’re listening you can read the story by NPR’s Stephen Thompson, who writes, “[Lead singer] […]

Heartless Bastards: “Parted Ways” Video, New Album “Arrow”

Heartless Bastards: “Parted Ways” Video, New Album “Arrow”

New single, “Parted Ways,” from Heartless Bastards’ stirring and powerful new album “Arrow.”

Slaid Cleaves “Sorrow and Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge” Music Road

Slaid Cleaves “Sorrow and Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge” Music Road

Slaid Cleaves may not be a natural-born Texan (He’s originally from Portland, Maine. He has been in Texas for 20 years, though.), but he knows a thing or two about a thing or two.  For starters, he knows about songwriting, and he shows it off here with a 2 disc set of his “greatest hits” […]

The Black Report: Jon Black at SxSW – Punk, Texas Klezmer, and BBBFs

The Black Report: Jon Black at SxSW – Punk, Texas Klezmer, and BBBFs

When I first set foot on the street for any given night of South by Southwest, I never know what exactly the evening has in store for me. Sure, I have a list of bands I want to see, but that’s not the same thing as knowing what to expect. Friday night of SxSW 2011, […]

The Jon Black Report: SxSW 2011 Day Two – A Look Back at the Mishmash

The Jon Black Report: SxSW 2011 Day Two – A Look Back at the Mishmash

DAY TWO: OUT OF THE COUNTRY — Irish Rock and Roll — Classic Punk — Balkan Gypsy Rock Cabaret — Afro-Columbian World Funk Fusion — Alternative Marching Band — Tennessee Garage Rock — West African Traditional Folk/Blues/Rock On the second night of South by Southwest 2011, I gained an asset I have never had in […]

2011 SxSW, The Afterglow of Its Mind-Boggling Diversity

2011 SxSW, The Afterglow of Its Mind-Boggling Diversity

DAY ONE: THE BUZZ ABOUT “SOUTH BY” For one week each year Austin, Texas becomes the global capital of the music industry. In its 25 year existence, the annual South by Southwest Music Festival (“SxSW” or simply “South by” to the initiated) has emerged as the industry’s most important “trade show”. Over the course of […]

Interview/Live Review: Kill County — @ Trophy’s in Austin, TX

Interview/Live Review: Kill County — @ Trophy’s in Austin, TX

For a truly unique take on folk and country music, look no further than Kill County. The band recently brought their minimalist old-school roots sound on a mini-tour to Texas, playing a series of shows around the Austin area. I sat down with the band’s vocalist/banjo player, known only as Ringo, vocalists/guitarist Josh James, and […]

EP Review: Crooks – “Lonesome, Rowdy and Restless”

EP Review: Crooks – “Lonesome, Rowdy and Restless”

There’s nothing quite like a classic high lonesome sound to get straight to the heart of every country and roots music fan, especially when it’s done right and with honest emotion. This Austin, TX, four-piece sure got it right. A follow-up to 2008’s full-length, self-titled album (and a precursor to this year’s second full-length), “Lonesome, […]

Fun Fun Fun Fest – Nov. 5-7 – Austin, TX

Fun Fun Fun Fest – Nov. 5-7 – Austin, TX

The latest release from the fine folks at Fun Fun Fun Fest. Did we mention FUN? Austin, Texas (October 18, 2010) – Fun Fun Fun Fest is proud to present the full spectacle and circus of excitement and entertainment that is the Fun Fun Circus area at this year’s fest in Austin, TX on November […]

Live Review: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (La Zona Rosa, Austin, TX 9-24-10

Live Review: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (La Zona Rosa, Austin, TX 9-24-10

By Luke Winkie (photos by Annie Fichtner) Sharon Jones might be the hardest working woman in showbiz, until you see the party-dressed, 50+ singer prowl back and forth across the front of the stage making eye contact with everyone she could see. With the well-dressed Dap-Kings blasting out some of the pulpiest notes in soul, […]

Stuff We’re Awaiting: Old 97’s – Aimee Mann – Kermit Ruffins – Fun Fun Fun Fest

Stuff We’re Awaiting: Old 97’s – Aimee Mann – Kermit Ruffins – Fun Fun Fun Fest

Whew! It’s been quite a summer for news, so let’s get to it. Here’s the latest. Old 97’s The Grand Theatre Volume One, due out October 12 The band, who Rolling Stone says have “evolved…into master-class rock & roll songwriters,” recorded over two dozen brand new songs during the studio sessions and will be releasing […]