Monday, December 31, 2012

Free Week, the Austin music scene tradition started by Graham Williams (Transmission Entertainment) while he was booking shows at Emo's has grown from a couple venues along Red River to dozens of clubs in the "Live Music Capital", January 2-11. The fun kicks off Wednesday with shows by... continue reading at

Friday, December 21, 2012

Live music preview: Hard Proof, Black Pistol Fire, The Couch play holiday shows

Hard Proof
With Christmas on Tuesday, you would think live music options this weekend in Austin might be slim pickings. It is, however, the "Live Music Capital" and there are a few shows we had to tell you about before you leave work for the holiday break. Tonight, Hard Proof takes the stage at The Mohawk. Black Pistol Fire will .... Continue reading at

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Year in review: Best live music performances of 2012

Delta Spirit - ACL TV 
As the year end approaches we revisited the best live music performances we saw during 2012. Exceptional live shows by Radiohead, Leonard Cohen, Alabama Shakes andJack White took place in Austin over the past year. Texas acts, Hacienda, The Toadies, Ruthie Foster, Hard Proof and Alejandro Escovedo played electrifying sets as well. In all, 2012 was a good year for Austin both musically and... continue reading at Examiner

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Live music preview: Hard Proof, My Education, The Couch this weekend in Austin

After a short hiatus for Thanksgiving we are back with more show recommendations this weekend in Austin. Tonight, Hard Proof plays Afrobeat with Adrian Quesada's (Grupo Fantasma, Brownout) psych-Cumbia act,Money Chicha. Friday, local post-rock veterans, My Education release their new... Continue reading at Examiner

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Live music preview: Austin Fan Fest, Last Waltz, Hard Proof, Calm Blue Sea

Formula 1 racing has arrives in Austin this weekend with a huge downtown music festival called Austin Fan Fest featuring a ton of local acts including Fastball, Quiet Company, Black Joe Lewis, The Midgetmen, Danny Malone, Bright Light Social Hour, Wild Child, What Made Milwaukee Famous and T-Bird and the Breaks. You will have a few shows to choose from Saturday... Continue reading at Examiner

Friday, November 9, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Live music review: Delta Spirit exuberant taping Austin City Limits episode

Delta Spirit - ACL TV taping
The longest running music show on television,Austin City Limits (ACL TV) prides itself on the eclectic list of bands it books. Well known acts like Radiohead and The Steve Miller Band have been guests. In the same season, less ubiquitous bands like The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Civil Wars have taped for ACL TV as well. Last Friday, relative newcomer, Delta Spirit was at the Moody Theater for their first... Continue reading at Examiner

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Live music review: Iconic Leonard Cohen launched tour at Bass Hall yesterday

Leonard Cohen "Old Ideas" album art
When the subject of great songwriters is broached, Leonard Cohen is often mentioned in the same breath as Bob Dylanand Neil Young among elite artists who indelibly influenced music. The iconic Cohen launched his current American tour at Bass Concert Hall ... continue reading at Examiner

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Live music preview: Fun Fun Fun Fest, Run DMC, X, De La Soul, Edward Sharpe

Fun Fun Fun Fest 3-Day Pass 
Fun Fun Fun Fest (FFF Fest) is back for the seventh year this week with a packed schedule of events beginning Thursday evening until Sunday night at Auditorium Shores at Town Lake Metropolitan Park. The festivities kick off Thursday with Superchunkat The Mohawk followed by Christian Bland and the Revelators at the ND at 501 Studios. All Nites after shows are... Continue reading at Examiner

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Live music review: Alabama Shakes, Lee Fields and the Expressions at Stubb's

Brittney Howard of Alabama Shakes   Credit: Casey Brewer
Last Thursday evening, the night before music fans got to set foot in Zilker Park for Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL Fest) soul crooner, Lee Fields got things going with an emotional performance that was equalled by the amazing... Continue Reading at Examiner.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

ACL Fest review: The Eastern Sea, Royal Teeth, Polica, Lumineers, Die Antwoord

Polica at ACL Festival 2012
The Sunday edition of Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL Fest) began with sunny, warm weather following overnight precipitation that helped dry out Zilker Park after rain showers on Saturday. The day kicked off much like Saturday with a performance by an Austin band. This time it was... Continue reading at Examiner.

Monday, October 15, 2012

ACL Fest review: Quiet Company, Dan Auerbach, Jack White, Neil Young

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys guest appearance with Nikki Lane
Austin City Limits Festival (ACL Fest) began the weekend auspiciously with a possible thundershower in the forecast. The good news? There was no electrical storm that may have evacuated the park or stopped performances. The bad? It rained a couple of times in the afternoon during sets by... Continue reading at Examiner

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Live music review: ACL Festival, Weezer, Delta Spirit, DJ A-Trak

There was much to be thankful for at Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL Festival) as the 11th annual event got underway at Zilker Park in the heart of Austin yesterday; The festival grounds held up to the rainy weather on Thursday, the wristband scanner system worked well enough to keep lines at the entrance to a minimum and the music performances were... Keep reading at Examiner

Monday, October 8, 2012

Live music review: The Shins at L.A.'s Gibson Amphitheater before ACL Festival

While in Southern California last week we could not resist the urge to check out The Shins at the Gibson Amphitheater on the heels of their appearance on Conan O'Brien and before they hit town for Austin City Limits Festival. Although we like the The Shins' recordings, seeing their live show raised our... read more at

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Live music preview: HAAM announced benefit day band schedule on October 2

The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians(HAAM) announced the 2012 schedule of bands for HAAM Benefit Day on October 2 yesterday at a press event at The Belmont. HAAM helps Austin musicians get access to proper health care. These artists are often self-employed and uninsured. Businesses throughout Austin (see list here) will donate a portion of their proceeds next Tuesday to HAAM while bands play free for audiences around the city.... Read more at

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Live music review: Adam Ant invaded Emo's for first U.S. tour in 17 years

Adam Ant at Emo's

80s rockers playing in Austin is a theme that has emerged this week, with Blondie, Devo and Wednesday night, Adam Ant appearing on stage in the Live Music Capital. Ant (Stuart Leslie Goddard) was an MTV star in the early 80's with a string of number one hits both in the UK and America. In subsequent years, the musician and actor has struggled with bipolar disorder, consequently enduring an extended hiatus from live shows until ... Continue reading at Examiner

Friday, September 14, 2012

Weekend music preview: Cilantro Boombox, TWWL, Politics, Twin Shadow, Pelons

Cilantro Boombox show poster  

Welcome rainy weather has arrived in Austin this weekend along with a host of great local music shows to celebrate the Fall weather along with Mexican Independence Day. This weekend preview includes sold-out Twin Shadow performances (and a chance... continue reading at

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Live music review: What Made Milwaukee Famous, Mother Falcon, Baths at WFF 3

What Made Milwaukee Famous
Wild Frontier Festival (WFF 3) celebrated its third year in Austin by moving to one of our favorite venues, Mohawk which we hope will happen again next year. The Mohawk has done a great job renovating the space to accommodate music fans. They built additional balconies overlooking the outdoor stage, improved the upstairs patio bar and even moved the downstairs outdoor bar to give fans more room to maneuver around. All this allowed us to get a great vantage point to watch... Continue reading at

Friday, September 7, 2012

Weekend music preview: Psych Light & Sound Fest, Wild Frontier Fest, GrulkeFest

Wild Frontier Fest 3

We may have to re-brand Austin "The Live Music FESTIVAL Capital of the World" with three music festivals planned this weekendand Austin City Limits Festival and Fun Fun Fun Fest still ahead. Friday, The Psychedelic Light and Sound Festival hits 29th Street Ballroom at Spider House while on Saturday Wild Frontier Fest and... Continue reading at

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Live music review: Dia de los Toadies, Helmet, Mariachi El Bronx, Brutal Juice

                                  The Toadies                                        Photo: Emily Lim

The fifth annual Dia de los Toadies music festival at Whitewater Amphitheater this past Saturday featured the seminal rockers from Fort Worth, The Toadies. Also performing were HelmetMariachi El Bronx, Brutal Juice, The Soldier Thread and several other Texasacts. The Toadies and Helmet have been on national tour this year but took a brief hiatus (with the exception of the festival) while Helmet drummer, Kyle Stevenson... Read more at

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Weekend music preview: Ruta Maya end, Vivogig Launch, Funk Ark, Toadies Fest

This weekend Austin is rotating back to a full schedule with college football kicking off (Hook 'Em!), school starting and the promise of Fall beginning.. There are several good shows you should be aware of. Some are nostalgic like the closing of Ruta Maya and the last show ever there tonight. Others are beginnings like theVivogig (concert photo app) Launch Party withGirl in a Coma or.. Read more at

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Weekend music preview: Nakia, Batfest, Hot Sauce Fest, Les RAV, Hard Proof

It is as if Austin is throwing an end of Summer soiree this weekend with traditional weekend festivals before students are back at the Universities. Thursday, Nakia will be playing Unplugged at the Grove, The Soldier Thread, Vallejo, Alpha Rev and Fastball are on the Batfest bill.The Hot Sauce Festival is back at a new location with Residual Kid and Crooks.Mother Falcon, Les RAV and Hard Proof also have dates scheduled. The nice part... Continue reading at

Sunday, August 12, 2012

What Was I Doing Fasting for Ramadan?: Try Fasting Part II

Last year my friend, Amanda Quiraishi  (we call her Q) suggested I try fasting for Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, as part of a one-day, interfaith experiment. I chose to join and it was a good decision. The event was a success in terms of the participants enthusiasm for  fasting, the support each gave one another and the conversation generated. This year, Q expanded upon the theme, convincing many more folks to "try fasting" and hosted an Iftar (break the fast dinner) at her home. Needless to say, the conversation in Q's living room that evening was exceedingly interesting. The goal of fasting in observance of the holiday is to realize how fortunate we are not to worry about hunger and poverty as millions on the planet still do. Yet another benefit is understanding that our religious differences are outweighed by our similarities.

A noticeable difference in Try Fasting this year to last was the amount of charitable acts folks performed in honor of Ramadan. Rob Quigley distributed water and snacks to homeless folks in Austin. Genevieve Pardo impulsively covered the cost of groceries for a customer in line next to her who did not have enough money to purchase food for herself in Florida. Hannah Kapasi volunteered pro-bono legal assistance. Many donated money to their chosen charity. In all, the good energy sent into the world was awe inspiring. I could not get over how amazed I was at myriad of good deeds performed humbly and selflessly. The idea of "paying it forward" really DOES work. The idea of Try Fasting is brilliant, as it our friend, Q whose work in this area I have been admiring since I met her at a blogging event.

As each of us coped with fasting that day and reflected upon our experiences and shared with each other, I was reminded that this feeling of camaraderie and hope stemmed from the variety of people involved and the realization that we were sharing the experience, that is, we were not alone in our slow realization of what Ramadan really means and why Muslims are "just like us". The same realization extends to who we share the Earth with. We begin to understand that human behavior is universal and our differences are minuscule. Regardless of where we live, what we believe, who we pledge our allegiance to, man has the same basic wants, needs and desires. No one culture is the proper way to do things. Rather, we begin to understand there are many paths that lead to the same destination.

Personally I have observed benefits in my own world as a result of participating in Try Fasting; I feel more gratitude, I became more compassionate and aware of others in need, I feel more optimistic and most significantly, I feel hope for our future. Those results are convincing enough to give others reason to Try Fasting. I know I will be there with the rest of our group next year. In fact, I am looking forward to it.

Q's post-mortem blog post provides screen shots highlighting the conversation and and an excellent overview of the day.

Had to share a shots of the delicious meal featuring traditional dishes and an amazing dessert:

The star of the meal was the stew in the foreground, which contained beef, garlic, onion lentils and spices that we topped with fried onions, fresh ginger, lime, cilantro and jalapeno. 

Shahi Tukhra (Royal Portions)

Special thanks to Amanda Quirishi, Sarah Vela, Rob Quigley, Stacey K Face, Anwar Pandit, Kay Marley-Dilworth, Sadia Termizi, Jane Grenier and everyone that participated. See the entire conversation on Facebook by visiting the Try Fasting Group Page

Have you ever fasted for religious purposes? What was your experience like? Did it change the way you view the world?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Live music review: Avett and Wheeler Brothers sold out Whitewater

The phenomena known as the Avett Brotherscontinues to defy convention as the act enjoys further success on the road, selling out 3,500 capacity venue (Stubb's holds 2600),Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels last Friday, July 28. The Avetts were supported by Austin's Wheeler Brothers who...

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Live music review: Hacienda packed in fans at Blackheart for 101X Homegrown

Hacienda (San Antonio) is one of those bands our musician friends and fellow writers have been telling Examiner we should see live. Fast forward a year and half later and we have yet to see Hacienda perform. The buildup of hype in our minds before Friday was evident in our apprehension. We wanted the band that backed Dan Auerbach... Continue reading at

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Live music preview: Fear and Loathing in Hotel Vegas and Hacienda at Blackheart

Austin music fans should feel like it is Christmas even though it is middle of summer because there is not one, but two free shows of note this week. The first happens tonight when Fear and Loathing in Hotel Vegas takes over not just HV, but the Volstead Lounge next door. The second, is Hacienda on Friday at new Rainey Street bar, Blackheart. The Hotel Vegas event will feature Christian Bland of the Black Angels with his band, the Revelators.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Live music preview: Dwight Yoakam slated for ACL Live performance Thursday

Dwight Yoakam is not your typical country music performer. Like Johnny Cash who was recently memorialized at ACL Live, Yoakam gravitated towards the rock n' roll, punk attitude while many of his contemporaries were singing urban pop country. One could safely say that the headliner at ACL Live at the Moody Theater Thursday (and Friday) is an indie artist at heart who cut his teeth on the organic punk scene in Los Angeles of the 1980s.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Live Music Preview: Win tickets to Suite 709 album release party at Antone's

In Austin, where musicians proliferate like actors in Los Angeles, presenting something audiences have not seen before is a challenge. Local R&B, rock and world music upstarts Suite 709 is an act that has effectively developed their own sound that separates the band from the flock of groups clamoring for attention in Central Texas. Suite 709 wants you, loyal Austin Concerts Examiner reader, to be their guest this Saturday for their album release party at the legendary Antone's Nightclub downtown.
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Friday, June 29, 2012

Live music review: Brownout got Funky at Beauty Ballroom Thursday

What is the best thing about covering live music in Austin? The incredibly deep pool of talented musicians in the "live music capital" consistently exceeds expectations. Last night was no exception, as Brownout delivered a crisp, tight set to a nearly full house at Beauty Ballroom. The Latin-tinged funky beats infectiously work their way into fans' head until they have no choice but to dance as they did Thursday evening.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

This weekend: Red, White & Blue Ball; Wheeler Brothers, water slide & fireworks

Music festivals have changed a bit in the past few years. The trend towards smaller, more specialized events that cater to a niche audience has grown. Shows like Austin Psych Fest, Jam Cruise and the Warped Tour are good examples. This weekend the Wheeler Brothers, named Best New Band by the Austin Music Awards headline the Red, White and Blue Ball on Saturday (6/30) at Ball Farm 25 miles southeast of Austin in Dale, Texas. A limited number of tickets... Read more at

Friday, June 22, 2012

Weekend music preview: Night Fever, Quiet Company, Keep Austin Weird Festival

Summertime is officially upon us in the Live Music Capital. That means local bands galore in Austin.The majority of undergraduate students have left for break, giving the town back to the core music fan base just in time for Keep Austin Weird Festival (Saints of ValoryIan McLagan), Night Fever Vol XXVIQuiet CompanyMy Education and lots more. Have a look at the preview below and plan to attend a show and support local music.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Live music preview: Ill-Esha and Russ Liquid w/ lasers, projection mapping at ND

Remember when we attempted (rather poorly) to describe the visual effects of projection mapping as displayed duringMoby's Neon Desert set? Neither do we, but it is irrelevant because the same folks responsible for the incredible eye candy that accompanied Moby are involved wtih the Ill-EshaRuss Liquid show at the ND at 501 Studios tomorrow evening. We can imagine how..
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Live music review: The Impossibles returned for sold-out Mohawk gigs and taping

What should music fans expect from a band that has not played in 10 years yet sold-out two nights at The Mohawk? When The Impossibles play, a raucous mosh pit, lots of sweat and good times ensues. The former punk, reggae, ska, rock fusion band played in front of capacity crowds Saturday and Sunday evening after hype about the event reached fever pitch four months from the reunion announcement. Tickets sold-out within hours.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Weekend music preview: Yacht, The Impossibles, Hard Proof, The Sour Notes, Whitman

After two weeks of ignoring your weekend preview needs, we are back from a brief hiatus to tell you about all the great local music you have the opportunity to witness this weekend in Austin. The Impossibles are back after ten years for two sold-out reunion shows, Yacht is in town tonight, Hard Proofwill be playing afrobeat at The Sahara, The Sour Notes are part of the Bummer in the Summer and Whitman is going to be at Beauty Bar Ballroom for free on Sunday.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Live music review:Neon Desert Festival emphasized EDM and international acts

In Austin, we are fortunate to have multiple festivals throughout the year to entertain us. In El Paso, Neon Desert Music Festival attendees told us last weekend was special for a number of reasons. The international lineup attracted fans from Juarez, across the border.  People came from all over Texas and the country to El Paso to visit and great international bands like Les Butcherettes, La Vida Boheme, Mexican Institute of Sound and DJ A-Trakmade appearances. Headliners, MobySparta and Austin's  ... Read more at

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Live music review: Fader Magazine's "secret show" with The War on Drugs

Media folks are a friendly lot. Proudly, our Austin music media community is fairly cohesive and collaborative. Simply put, we help each other out when we can. Last night we were on hand for a "secret show" organized by Fader Magazine at Mercury Hall thanks to Katie Warner of BalconyTV Austin and The Austin Times. The act music fans came out in droves to see is The War on Drugs (Philadelphia).

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Music festival preview: Austin City Limits announces best lineup in years

Late last night, promoter C3 Presents posted the new Austin City Limits Festival lineup. At first glance it looks better than any announcement by ACL Festival in the past few years. We were hoping for Neil Young and Crazy Horse and they are is in the lineup. So are the Red Hot Chili PeppersIggy Pop and the Stooges and Florence + the Machine to name some of the headliners. After hearing rumors for years that C3 landed Neil Young and RHCP... Read more at

Friday, May 18, 2012

Weekend music preview: The White White Lights, The Boxing Lesson, Black Pistol Fire

While there are several good national touring acts coming through Austin this weekend (M83, Flogging Molly) the local music scene is heating up for Summer with appearances byPolitics, The White White Lights, The Greatcoats, The Boxing Lesson and Black Pistol Fire.Our preview this weekend includes a couple FREE shows so pay attention kids there is a much ground to cover this week. We will get started with what is happening tonight in the Live Music Capital. 


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Live music review: Panchanga Fest touted big name acts, cooler weather

Music festivals can be taxing, crowded and confusing, we wrote a post about it a while back. There has been a recent trend towards creating music festivals that cover a particular genre, thereby limiting the audience size. Old Settler's Folk Festival, FunFunFun Fest and Austin Psych Festival are all great examples of music festivals that draw a lot of fans, but not the 70,000 plus that cram into Zilker Park for Austin City Limits Festival due to the niche each festival serves.

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