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  • Behind the Scenes at Austin City Limits' 40th Anniversary Show

    Behind the Scenes at Austin City Limits' 40th Anniversary Show | ARTICLE

    Austin's latest guitar great, Gary Clark Jr., didn't first learn about the blues from knocking around the club scene in his hometown. In fact, his introduction to the world beyond the pop radio dial came through television,...

    June 27, 2014 11:20 AM ET
  • Spoon Talk 'Warmer' New Album, Play the Hits at Secret Austin Show

    Spoon Talk 'Warmer' New Album, Play the Hits at Secret Austin Show | ARTICLE

    Things that happen when indie-rock heavyweights like Spoon elect to make their first show in two years a surprise gig in a 200-capacity dive bar in downtown Austin: Lead singer and guitarist Britt Daniel's guitar nearly scrapes...

    May 7, 2014 11:15 AM ET
  • How Weed and Backlash Helped Fucked Up Come Back to Life

    How Weed and Backlash Helped Fucked Up Come Back to Life | ARTICLE

    After almost two decades of avoiding drugs of any kind, Fucked Up's Damian Abraham found that regular marijuana use could almost eliminate his once-chronic and often crippling anxiety attacks. With a clearer state of mind, he and...

    May 2, 2014 12:40 PM ET
  • Jay Z and Kanye West Go H.A.M. at SXSW

    Jay Z and Kanye West Go H.A.M. at SXSW | ARTICLE

    One of the most high-profile events at this year's SXSW from the moment it was announced, the pairing of Jay Z and Kanye West on a stage together was a must-have ticket for...

    March 13, 2014 4:08 PM ET
  • Lorde Enchants Austin on Opening Night of First Full U.S. Tour

    Lorde Enchants Austin on Opening Night of First Full U.S. Tour | ARTICLE

    Lorde began the opening night of her first full-fledged U.S. tour completely alone. With only a solitary microphone at center stage of the sold-out Austin Music Hall, the pop sensation slinked out front while funereal synth tones...

    March 4, 2014 9:55 AM ET
  • SXSW 2013: Green Day Launch 'Broadway Idiot' and 'Cuatro!' Documentaries

    SXSW 2013: Green Day Launch 'Broadway Idiot' and 'Cuatro!' Documentaries | ARTICLE

    "Welcome to our nightmare." That sardonic introduction by Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt made for the only notable words from the band to the audience during Friday's SXSW premieres...

    March 16, 2013 1:55 PM ET
  • Austin's Sons of Fathers Getting Warmer With 'Burning Days'

    Austin's Sons of Fathers Getting Warmer With 'Burning Days' | ARTICLE

    David Beck and Paul Cauthen are careful in sharing the real-life details behind the love-gone-bad title track to their upcoming album Burning Days, spitting out fractured details like "love triangle gone all wrong," "throes of passion" and...

    January 2, 2013 2:50 PM ET
  • Robert Plant Joins Patty Griffin Onstage for Austin Benefit Show

    Robert Plant Joins Patty Griffin Onstage for Austin Benefit Show | ARTICLE

    After roughly a half-hour of soulful, confessional solo material on Saturday night, roots singer Patty Griffin paused to introduce her "driver" to the couple hundred fans packed into Austin’s tiny Continental Club. "Three years ago a guy with...

    December 16, 2012 12:10 PM ET
  • Surfer Blood Pumped for Major Label Debut

    Surfer Blood Pumped for Major Label Debut | ARTICLE

    Surfer Blood's breakout debut album, Astro Coast, was born in bits and pieces, recorded over a couple of years in singer-guitarist J.P. Pitts' bedroom in West Palm Beach, Florida, and given away at shows for months before...

    November 6, 2012 12:25 PM ET
  • Val Kilmer Goes Wild with Black Lips

    Val Kilmer Goes Wild with Black Lips | VIDEO

    Wielding a prop chainsaw to destroy a guitar amplifier and then using a bowie knife to cut off clumps of his own hair, actor Val Kilmer made a Hollywood spectacle out of an already chaotic set by...

    November 3, 2012 9:21 AM ET
  • Leonard Cohen Shows Vitality in Austin Tour Opener

    Leonard Cohen Shows Vitality in Austin Tour Opener | ARTICLE

    During Leonard Cohen's last American tour, which stretched for the better part of two years, the septuagenarian often pointed out that there was no telling when or if he and his audience would meet again. On...

    November 1, 2012 12:35 PM ET
  • Lindsey Buckingham Brings 'Small Machine' to Austin

    Lindsey Buckingham Brings 'Small Machine' to Austin | ARTICLE

    Roughly 40 minutes into a revealing, intimate show at Austin blues club Antone's on Wednesday, Lindsey Buckingham essentially dared his audience not to sing with him. Teasing the opening of the undeniable Fleetwood Mac hit "Never...

    August 23, 2012 12:15 PM ET
  • Ted Leo, Moss Icon, the Clean, Best Coast Kick Up Chaos in Tejas

    Ted Leo, Moss Icon, the Clean, Best Coast Kick Up Chaos in Tejas | ARTICLE

    Roughly halfway through his set on Thursday’s opening night of the Chaos In Tejas festival, indie punk rocker Ted Leo took a moment to pay a sort of tribute to the Mob, the cult British punks who...

    June 4, 2012 11:50 AM ET
  • Britney Spears Makes 'X Factor' Debut in Austin

    Britney Spears Makes 'X Factor' Debut in Austin | ARTICLE

    Britney Spears received the loudest, longest applause at the start of her
 first taping as a judge on Fox's The X Factor on Thursday, but it was fellow 
newcomer Demi Lovato who appeared ready to steal...

    May 25, 2012 9:10 AM ET
  • Alejandro Escovedo Debuts New Songs at Pachanga Latino Music Festival

    Alejandro Escovedo Debuts New Songs at Pachanga Latino Music Festival | ARTICLE

    After giving Austin fans an early live look at close to half of his new album, Big Station, on Saturday, Alejandro Escovedo took a few minutes to deliver a sort of mini-memoir, recounting his boyhood travels from...

    May 13, 2012 2:40 PM ET
  • Stars Gather in Austin to Salute Johnny Cash

    Stars Gather in Austin to Salute Johnny Cash | ARTICLE

    During the final stretch of a star-studded tribute to Johnny Cash on Friday night in Austin, Sheryl Crow turned to stagemate Willie Nelson and told the country music icon, "I would have your baby ....

    April 21, 2012 2:20 PM ET
  • The Hold Steady Aim to Start Recording New LP This Summer

    The Hold Steady Aim to Start Recording New LP This Summer | ARTICLE

    Fans of the Hold Steady in Texas recently got their first listen to a pair of new tunes that are likely headed for the band's next album. During a three-date swing through the Lone Star State last...

    April 16, 2012 4:30 PM ET
  • At the Drive-In Play First Show in 11 Years

    At the Drive-In Play First Show in 11 Years | ARTICLE

    It took three songs for At The Drive-In singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala to get airborne at his seminal post-hardcore band’s first show in 11 years. As his bandmates locked into the churning opening of "Chanbara," Bixler-Zavala shed his leather...

    April 10, 2012 12:10 PM ET
  • Doomtree Build Collective Hip-Hop Force

    Doomtree Build Collective Hip-Hop Force | ARTICLE

    Doomtree MC Mike Mictlan stood on a beaten wooden stage at Austin’s Beauty Bar on Sunday, the club’s closing night; he delivered the impassioned lines of "Team The Best Team" while the other four mic wielders in...

    March 20, 2012 6:15 PM ET
  • Jay-Z Takes Over SXSW With Hit-Packed Set

    Jay-Z Takes Over SXSW With Hit-Packed Set | ARTICLE

    For roughly 75 minutes on Monday night, Jay-Z led a New York takeover of downtown Austin. The proof came near the end of his special AmEX-Sync concert for SXSW, when Jay-Z asked some 2,700 fans in attendance how...

    March 13, 2012 1:20 PM ET
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