Thursday, February 27, 2014

Live music preview: The Shears CD release, The Pixies, 2nd Street Soundcheck

With the South by Southwest interactive, film andmusic juggernaut around the corner one would think the Austin live music calendar would be relatively sparse. That would be a false assumption because the "Live Music Capital" never rests not even to take a deep breath before the insanity that is SXSW. This weekend Austin will host a free street festival in the 2nd Street District, a really great electro-pop band, The Shears (see interview below) and legendary alternative rockers... Continue reading at

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Live music review: After 15 year absence Neutral Milk Hotel reappear at ACL Live

In 1998 Neutral Milk Hotel released an iconic album, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" that many Generation Xers latched onto instantly. A year after the cult hit dropped (it was not an immediate commercial success), lead singer Jeff Mangumvanished from the stage citing disillusionment with fame and the music press. The band even turned down an opportunity to tour with R.E.M. 16 years later, Mangum has resurfaced from his epic hiatus and last April Neutral Milk Hotel announced a ....Continue reading at

Monday, February 17, 2014

Live music review: The Bright Light Social Hour and The Tontons Valentine show

Austin music fans took advantage of unseasonably warm weather Friday to enjoy a special Valentine's Day double bill at Stubb's BBQ with The Bright Light Social Hour and their guests, The Tontons. Despite the fact that the Live Music Capital's holiday concert schedule was packed with great options for ticket buyers, the two Texas bands nearly sold-out the 2600 person capacity venue. Indeed, by 9 p.m. when Houston indie-rock outfit, The Tontons hit the stage, Stubb's was packed with fans. They stayed until TBLSH's encore which concluded with bassist, Jack O'Brien and guitarist, Curtis Roush crowd surfing with a ...Continue reading at

Monday, February 10, 2014

Live music review: Post rockers Russian Circles sold out Red 7 Friday

Russian Circles played a sold-out Red 7 Friday evening in support of their fifth album, "Memorial" on L.A. indie label, Sargent House. Austin was just the third stop on a frenetic, 35 city American tour that concludes March 16 in the band's Chicago hometown. They was just as impressive as the last time we covered Russian Circles at ... Continue reading at

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Weekend music preview: Casual Strangers, HAAM Chili Cook-off, Shakey Graves

This weekend is shaping up to be another great one for local live music in Austin. We realize the weather has been cold in Central Texas this week but Saturday forecasters predict a high of 72 degrees. Friday night The Boxing Lesson side project, Casual Strangers play the Mohawk. Music fans can warm up even more Saturday by sampling spicy goodness at the HAAM benefit chili cook-off which will feature music by... Continue reading at

Monday, February 3, 2014

5 Live Music shows in Austin you should see Valentine's Day

Now that the Super Bowl is over your significant other is probably asking you where you will be celebrating Valentine's Day. Currently single or on the market? No problem. We recommended some shows you can rock out to solo or with a friend. Actually, we feel this short list of great live shows in Austin has something for everyone from sit down performances by Bob Schneider and Dana Falconberry to rocking shows by... Continue reading at

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Food Network star Alton Brown brought humor and music to ACL Live

The show review below is a guest post from life long Texan, foodie and internet security expert, Jon Marler. Jon's enthusiasm for Alton Brown's many food-related television programs is evident in this entertaining recap of last night's Edible Inevitable Tour show which took place at ACL Live. You can find Jon surfing the interwebs on Facebook and Twitter.

After finding our seats we were greeted with what sounded like the music track from Looney Tunes cartoons, setting the tone early. About fifteen minutes before showtime, the lights came down, the big screens came on, and some piano music started playing. Then … something … interesting happened. Sock puppets appeared on the screens. But not just any sock puppets … Continue reading at