On Monday night at Three Links, Angel Olsen began her set with two rolicking numbers, "Forgiven/Forgotten" and "Hi-Five," the second and third tracks on her outstanding new record, Burn Your Fire For No Witness. Olsen's opening choices were auspicious because the songs let her show off her solid fou ... More >>
One of the first lines of Angel Olsen's critically acclaimed sophomore effort, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, is, "Here's to thinking that it all meant so much more." Don't let her soft wailing and palpable yearning for answers to mind-haunting questions fool you. To assume that this is just a bre ... More >>
Ah, the holidays, that time when you frantically try to figure out what exactly to give whoever you got stuck with in the secret Santa drawing. Maybe you got lucky and selected a music fan; maybe you think you want to give that music fan something that's not just the latest Pitchfork-blessed album, ... More >>
Genre labels are fascinating tools in the overall study of popular music. Even the term "popular music" can be misleading, for heaven's sake. Metal gods Anthrax are popular -- but they're certainly not pop. Kesha is certainly pop -- but not popular with people, y'know, who like music to not be th ... More >>
What a packed Wednesday evening. And that's not even counting Your Texas Rangers playing in their first ever World Series game. Crazy, right?
Rhett as a squid? Sure thing.Rhett Miller, singer/songwriter extraordinaire and frontman for the Old 97's, made a TV appearance last night as a legless, prosthetic-armed Al Queda member. No, really. The creators of Squidbillies, the Cartoon Network/Adult Swim staple about Appalachian squids, gath ... More >>
Bonnie "Prince" BillyGranada TheaterJune 6, 2009Better Than: The George Strait concert at Cowboys Stadium, or pretty much anything else any of you suckers were doing on Saturday night.Noah W. BaileyOpening with a ramshackle version of the Stanley Brothers classic "Nobody's Darling on Earth," it was ... More >>
Admiral Wiley BallsOh, Will Oldham, you're so adorable. In this week's paper, you'll see a profile of Bonnie "Prince" Billy (nee Will Oldham) penned by my LA Weekly counterpart Randall Roberts, who had the pleasure of joining the reclusive Mr. Oldham for drinks a few weeks back at an LA hotel. The ... More >>
Why, yes, that is R. Kelly playing from my computer speakers in the office right now. Which means it must be the weekend. And means I must be running late on posting Good Friday. My sincerest apologies. Here are your weekend plans, friends. First up, the shows we've already hyped.Tonight's kinda cra ... More >>
It may not be Austin-level love, but we'll take it
Pride (Dead Oceans Records)
Want a straight answer from the most promising pop-rock singer in Texas? Good luck.
Austin's biggest music fest was anything you wanted it to be. Dallas acts made theirs a blast.
The Brave and the Bold (Overcoat Recordings)
Just because bands are cashing in on live albums this Christmas season doesn't mean they can't get it right
Superwolf (Drag City)
Will Oldham's deep thoughts aren't confined to his eloquent lyrics
Epic Records is still digging the goods out of SRV's vault
Tom Waits and John Denver get the tribute treatment
Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios