Thursday, January 23, 2014

X Games Austin announced live music line-up, tickets on sale tomorrow

By now most people in Austin are aware that the high-flying X Games are coming to Austin for the first time the weekend of June 5-8, 2014 at the Circuit of Americas racetrack. What music fans may not yet realize is the event comes with an eclectic line-up of national artists like Kanye WestThe Flaming LipsMayer HawthorneBad Religion and Austin's own Gary Clark Jr. Tickets for the event which includes access to the music portion of the event at the Austin360 Amphitheater go on sale ... Continue reading at

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Weekend music preview: The Boxing Lesson, Black & White Years, Mighty Mountain

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With Free Week in the books and local acts looking ahead to what promises to be a juggernaut of a South by Southwest this March, there is a ton of new music to check out. This weekend features a vinyl release from The Boxing Lesson, a CD release from art-rockers, The Black and White Years and a show by Austin buzz band... Continue reading at

Friday, January 17, 2014

Live music review: The Octopus Project's dance party at Spiderhouse

The live music scene in Austin is as varied as it is brilliant. Amid the Texas music, indie rock, alt-country and folk music that abounds there is a small but talented electro-pop scene led by The Octopus Project. While their latest album, "Fever Forms" (2013) is a great listen, nothing compares to the quartet's live show. The Red Bull Sound Select dance party the band played at Spiderhouse Ballroom last night is a perfect example of how the group merges their... Continue reading at

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Live music preview: Top Free Week shows you should not miss part 2

Where else can music fans start the year by seeing hundreds of local bands at venues throughout the city without paying cover charge? The fantastic Austin live music tradition each January simply called Free Week continues unabated at select clubs through Saturday. In addition to some new bands on the schedule that did not perform last week, you also have a chance to catch local acts you might have missed last week at no charge. Many of the bands get paid a percentage of the bar sales so buy a couple of drinks, tip your bartender and rest easy knowing you did your part to support local music. In our top Free Week shows you should not miss (part 2) you will find... Continue reading at

Friday, January 3, 2014

Live music preview: Top Free Week shows you should not miss this weekend

When Austin music fans attend music festivals South by Southwest, Austin City Limits and Fun Fun Fun Fest there are always a few local bands on the bill. Free Week is an entirely different sort of animal. Instead of a smattering of Austin bands amid a schedule laden with national acts and thousands of out-of-town visitors, the event is nearly exclusive to performers hailing from the "Live Music Capital." Every imaginable genre is represented; Latin, afrobeat, psych rock and everything in between. The week runs from today to January 11. We chose several must see Free Week shows to ...Continue reading at