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Watch This: Rett Smith Drops a “Nickel In My Well”
Rett Smith released his debut solo LP just as the world shut down in 2020, so the excellent Giving Up On Quitting largely flew under the radar. But the Texas troubadour didn’t slow down, returning to the studio last summer to record his sophomore effort What the Walls Cannot See.

9:00AM Fri. Oct. 22, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

Ethan Azarian’s Life on the Fringe
Ethan Azarian is an Austin icon, and iconoclast. His music, like his artwork, fills with a sense of wonder and possibility, raw and vulnerable, but beautifully surreal.

11:10AM Thu. Oct. 21, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

Watch This: Golden Dawn Arkestra Becomes a Self-Help Cult in “I Deserve Success” Video
You deserve success – happiness, friendship, and wealth too. The path to those accomplishments can involve significant lifestyle changes and a serious commitment to personal growth… or you can just buy a book, home video, or 3-CD set from a robe-wearing, televangelist cult.

11:00AM Thu. Oct. 21, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Lavender Country, World’s First Openly Gay Country Band, Comes to Austin
In 1973, Patrick Haggerty recorded and released his band Lavender Country’s eponymous debut album, which is considered the first openly gay-themed album in country music history.

12:01AM Thu. Oct. 21, Beth Sullivan Read More | Comment »

With the Music Lineup Rolling Out, South by Southwest 2022 Finally Feels Real
142 days until South by Southwest hits. With today’s initial music lineup – including street poet Maxo Kream, glam punks Surfbort, Seventies Zamrock heroes W.I.T.C.H., and Houston’s Monaleo, who went hard on viral hit “Beating Down Yo Block” – the forthcoming festival, 31 months removed from its last physical event, finally feels material.

11:00AM Wed. Oct. 20, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Austin Band Fires Singer and Founding Guitarist Over Refusal to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
In what’s become Austin’s most fascinating case study in COVID-era band dynamics, the ska-punk band Hans Gruber & the Die Hards has ousted two of its founding members – the lead singer and the guitarist – due to their refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

9:00AM Tue. Oct. 12, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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For Better or Worse, 2021 Has Been ACL’s Pop Punk Moment
ACL Fest debuted in 2002 – a time when emo and pop punk artists were beginning to find their way into the mainstream, if even just for a moment.

12:50PM Mon. Oct. 11, Alyssa Quiles Read More | Comment »

Trixie Mattel Makes ACL Fest “Scream Like Teenage Bisexuals”
As RuPaul says, “We’re all born naked, and the rest is drag.” 32-year-old Brian Firkus was born a shy, brunette boy from Milwaukee and the onstage persona of comedian and musician Trixie Mattel is padding, sky-high blonde wigs, and a whole lot of talent.

11:00AM Mon. Oct. 11, Clara Wang Read More | Comment »

Jon Batiste Closes Down ACL Fest with Musically Elastic, Spiritually Ecstatic Revue
I felt my life come back to me this weekend and last at ACL Fest.

8:20AM Mon. Oct. 11, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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