Legendary Americana songwriter Patty Griffin is going on tour this fall, and the October 26 date at the Kessler Theater is already almost sold out, less than a day after it went on sale. As of right now, only suites and standing room spots remain. So get going now.
Austin City Limits is just a couple flips on the calendar away. This year's inaugural two-weekend run on October 4 to 6 and 11 to 13 also features a series of late-night shows in Austin. And a run of bands from somewhere on the lineup in other Texas cities, including Houston and Dallas. Most of th ... More >>
We're seeing a couple repeat performances/announcements this week. Guess they just can't get enough of Dallas, y'all. Speaking of which, what's the shortest amount of time you've seen a national band play a city and then turned around to come back through and do it again? See you in the comments!
100. Tripping Daisy, "Sonic Bloom" Before this album, the band had a grunge-pop affectation, but this song, from 1998's Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb, was more heartfelt than anything they'd done before. - Daniel Hopkins 99. Pleasant Grove, "The Plaque at 16ft" Bret Egner wrote "The Plaque at 16ft, ... More >>
Best Texas songs, #100-80 The Spotify playlist for songs #79-60 79. Lift to Experience, "Falling From Cloud 9" From one of the best albums of any North Texas act in recent history, "Falling From Cloud 9" is one of the more accessible songs on 2001's The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads. It's probably t ... More >>
Father John MistyTuesday, October 16, at House Of BluesJosh Tillman's debut as Father John Misty, Fear Fun, is already penciled in many music critics' 2012 best-of lists. Reports about his May show at Sons of Hermann Hall were excellent. We can only expect this show to be just as solid.
The big winner at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night? That, surely, was The Arcade Fire, who, whether you've heard of them or not, walked with the coveted Album of the Year title at this year's festivities. But, really, Texas as a whole didn't do too bad as the Texas Music Office in Austin has remind ... More >>
We've got quite a backlog of CDs we've never gotten around to, so we're going to try to chip away at the pile with this regular feature. The plan: to take a few at a time and play each CD for as long as I can stand it.Amy Cook (Austin, TX)Let the Light In (Root House)It's easy to assume that Dall ... More >>
Got a bad case of the Mondays? Head to The Loft tonight.
This is, essentially, a "closure" post. I think we all have to come terms with the fact that Fort Worth/Cool's Casey James was let go in favor of the inferior Lee DeWyze. Whether or not I think CJ should be the American Idol, I've blogged the finale because he and a couple of other North Texans w ... More >>
I guess everyone is either happy about getting a tax refund or bummed about paying out to Uncle Sam. Either way, the musical plate about town this weekend is sufficiently busy.First, the stuff covered in print: Murder by Death will be rattling listeners' bones at Rubber Gloves on Saturday night a ... More >>
This year, the Old Settler's Music Festival takes place, as it always does, at Salt Lick Pavilion & Camp Ben McCulloch, just south of Austin, from Thursday, April 15, through Sunday, April 18. It's an event that's always heavily tilted towards acts that land securely in the alt-country and/or ... More >>
Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant now has a new band featuring a well-respected female Americana singer, but her name isn't Alison Krauss.Rather, Patty Griffin has been in the studio with Plant--along with Darrell Scott, Byron House, Marco Giovino and Buddy Miller--as The Band of Joy, which ... More >>
YES! King Khan And The Shrines, one of my favorite acts at last year's SXSW, is coming to Dallas in April on what's being billed as a "comeback tour." The band is hitting 17 cities in late March and the first half of April, but perhaps wisely altogether avoiding Kentucky, where Khan and his BBQ S ... More >>
Folks who like their Americana earnest and earthy should think about heading down to Poor David's Pub tonight to catch a crowded bill of country singer-songwriters.Headlining this acoustic evening is Wade Bowen. Born and raised in Waco (although we shouldn't hold that against him), Bowen now resi ... More >>
Friday, February 27, at the Longhorn Saloon, Fort Worth
Friday, November 21, at Club Dada
Torn ACL fest? Austin City Limits announced its lineup today for its September 26-28 festival...and we're a little underwhelmed by it. There are a lot of good bands on the bill, sure. But we're most excited about the fact that both Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings ... More >>
Dallas has good bands. So why did they flee Deep Ellum?
Thursday, July 21, at Gypsy Tea Room
Granada benefit show to help tsunami victims
Impossible Dream (ATO Records)
The sounds, the sweat, the stink, of SXSW 2004
Granbury rounds up the Guys and Dolls
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1000 Kisses (ATO/BMG)
When Jack Ingram chose the path of most resistance, he stumbled across himself
Fly (Monument Records)
How Richard Linklater and the Bad Livers bucked the trend of soundtraxploitation