Rachel Rascoe

Staff Writer

A San Antonio native and graduate of the University of Texas, Rachel Rascoe writes about music and culture. She inherited The Austin Chronicle’s longtime music news column in 2019. Named after a Janis Joplin song, “Faster Than Sound” covers all things local music in the so-called Live Music Capital. She has been a staff writer at the Chronicle since 2021.

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Fueling the Algorithm and Finding Community: Music Creators Thrive on Twitch, TikTok, and Instagram
Fueling the Algorithm and Finding Community: Music Creators Thrive on Twitch, TikTok, and Instagram
On discoverable platforms, Austin musicians experience encouragement, engagement, and unexpected viral moments

Music, Nov. 24, 2021

What We're Listening to Right Now
What We're Listening to Right Now
Aaron Stephens, Paul Cauthen, Drakulas, Glasshealer, Pretty Little Thieves, and more local sounds

Music, Nov. 24, 2021

Faster Than Sound: Aftereffects of Astroworld
Faster Than Sound: Aftereffects of Astroworld
Austin promoters ScoreMore fall under scrutiny after deadly concert

Music, Nov. 18, 2021

Faster Than Sound: Natalie Jane Hill Finds Her Balance on Sophomore LP
Faster Than Sound: Natalie Jane Hill Finds Her Balance on Sophomore LP
Folksinger and guitarist details Solely, created alone and in community

Music, Nov. 11, 2021

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Seismic Dance Event, Jazz at St. James', Feels So Good Fest, Susannah Joffe, Amigo the Devil, and more

Music, Nov. 11, 2021

The Parish Files $1 Million Lawsuit Against Landlord After Being Locked Out
The Parish Files $1 Million Lawsuit Against Landlord After Being Locked Out
Venue says landlord “hatched a plot to commandeer the business”

Music, Nov. 8, 2021

Faster Than Sound: Should the Live Music Fund Go to Musicians or Venues?
Faster Than Sound: Should the Live Music Fund Go to Musicians or Venues?
While eligibility is worked out, Music Commission nails down “PIE” equity plan

Music, Nov. 4, 2021

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
A tribute songwriting Legend Cindy Walker, Daikaiju, A Giant Dog & Go Fever, Sonic Movidas with Carrie Rodriguez, and Temple of Angels

Music, Nov. 4, 2021

Faster Than Sound: Versatile Electronic Producer Qrion Finds Calm in Austin
Faster Than Sound: Versatile Electronic Producer Qrion Finds Calm in Austin
I Hope It Lasts Forever arrives Friday at the Concourse Project

Music, Oct. 28, 2021

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
The Black Angels & Kikagaku Moyo, Video Age & Shy Boys, Exhumed & Creeping Death, ST 37 & the Gary, Arooj Aftab, and Kool Keith

Music, Oct. 28, 2021

What We're Listening to Right Now
What We're Listening to Right Now
Money Chicha, Rajinee, Carson McHone, Harry Edohoukwa, Larry Seaman, and Jenny Parrott

Music, Oct. 28, 2021

See How Much Austin Venues Received in Shuttered Venue Operators Grants
See How Much Austin Venues Received in Shuttered Venue Operators Grants
Federal program gave $130 million to over 100 local businesses

Music, Oct. 22, 2021

Buffalo Nichols Album Review
Buffalo Nichols Album Review
Buffalo Nichols (Fat Possum)

Music, Oct. 21, 2021

Faster Than Sound: Levitation Returns for Halloween Weekend
Faster Than Sound: Levitation Returns for Halloween Weekend
A conversation with Botany and other cross-genre recs

Music, Oct. 21, 2021

Austin’s Anastasia Hera Makes Her Own Music and Tropical Rum
Making Your Own Music and Tropical Rum
Inspired by nights at Flamingo Cantina, the rapper/singer finds her spirit

Food, Oct. 14, 2021

Faster Than Sound: Mixing Major Films, Danny Reisch Establishes LA Studio
Faster Than Sound: Mixing Major Films, Danny Reisch Establishes LA Studio
Good Danny's in Lockhart will stay open and tracking

Music, Oct. 14, 2021

What We're Listening to Right Now
What We're Listening to Right Now
Duel, Cactus Lee, Kady Rain, Sweetfeed, Startographers, and the You're Gonna Be Great 2 comp

Music, Oct. 14, 2021

Brené Brown Sits Down With <i>Ted Lasso</i> Star Brett Goldstein at ACL Festival
Brené Brown Sits Down With Ted Lasso Star Brett Goldstein at ACL Festival
TED Talk sage and Roy Fucking Kent tape Unlocking Us

Music, Oct. 10, 2021

ACL Fest Review: LeAnn Rimes in Her Own Words
ACL Fest Review: LeAnn Rimes in Her Own Words
Country-pop figure reworks hits and reframes “blended families”

Music, Oct. 9, 2021

Ten Things That Defined ACL Fest's First Weekend
Ten Things That Defined ACL Fest's First Weekend
Abortion ban opposition, a weather delay, and the unforgettable performances

Music, Oct. 7, 2021

ACL Fest Music Recommendations From Close to Home
ACL Fest Music Recommendations From Close to Home
Fresh sounds that emanate from the Lone Star State

Music, Oct. 7, 2021

Austin Music: What We're Listening to This Week
Austin Music: What We're Listening to This Week
Hovvdy, Cherubs, Hoody Rap, a Tribute to Walter Hyatt, and more recommended sounds

Music, Oct. 7, 2021

ACL’s Hardest Decision: St. Vincent or Erykah Badu – Reviewed Side-by-Side
ACL’s Hardest Decision: St. Vincent or Erykah Badu – Reviewed Side-by-Side
A novel persona and a paragon of realness in clashing set times

Music, Oct. 4, 2021

The Most Memorable Moments of Saturday’s ACL Fest
ACL Fest Saturday: Most Memorable Moments
Billie Eilish, Jack Harlow, Mongolian metal, Doja Cat, Dayglow, & more

Music, Oct. 3, 2021

The Most Memorable Moments of Friday’s ACL Fest
ACL Fest Friday: Most Memorable Moments
Megan, Miley, Maidza, and one really long line

Music, Oct. 2, 2021

ACL Fest Opening Delayed Due to Overnight Weather
ACL Fest Opening Delayed Due to Overnight Weather
Gates pushed back to 3pm, schedule updates to come

Music, Oct. 1, 2021

ACL Fest Music Recommendations From Close-to-Home
ACL Fest Music Recommendations From Close-to-Home
Fresh sounds that emanate from the Lone Star State

Music, Sept. 30, 2021

Artists Guaranteed to Turn Heads at ACL Fest
ACL Artists Guaranteed to Turn Heads
Six unique acts that'll blow your mind before the sun sets at the festival

Music, Sept. 30, 2021

What to Know Heading Into ACL Fest
What to Know Heading Into the Fest
Forecast calls for vaccine cards, clear bags, mask areas, and rain

Music, Sept. 30, 2021

Without COVID-19 Checks, Two Artists Cancel at Frank Erwin Center
Without COVID-19 Checks, Two Artists Cancel at Frank Erwin Center
After Michael Bublé dropout, Tame Impala relocates to COTA

Music, Sept. 23, 2021

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