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With only two earnest SXSW Music nights left, and an overstuffed head of unforgettable memories and music, I set out with a now insatiable appetite for more. More venues, more music, more Austin, as much as possible, as much as I could live; the unfortunate end to the sheer dreamlike sequence I'd been savoring was looming.

Published in Reviews

The first single from the debut album by Austin, Texas singer Candace Bellamy has just about everything a soul and blues fan needs: powerhouse vocals delivering a from-the-heart lyric, snaking organ dueling with flashing guitar and heavy horns punctuating a mean, mean groove.

Published in Music News
Friday, 23 March 2012 15:11

Sons of Fathers 3/23/12

Digging into the bedrock of alt-country, from the O'Kanes to Drive-By Truckers, Sons of Fathers come up with some true songwriting gems.

Published in Live Performances

2:37 p.m. Finally arrived in Austin. Fourteen hours in the car is a long time, but such a trip can be made more palatable given some great company, fun conversation and stimulating tunes to wash it down. Such was my good fortune on the journey southwest down interstates 44 and 35.

Published in Reviews
Saturday, 14 January 2012 17:44

Elizabeth McQueen 1/14/12

Jazz meets swing meets pop meets country in the voice and songs of Austin native Elizabeth McQueen.

Published in Live Performances

Just because Austin vocalist Elizabeth McQueen has been a part of Texas swing institution Asleep at the Wheel since 2005 doesn't mean she's just just a singing cowgirl.

Published in Music News
Thursday, 16 June 2011 14:15

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears 6/16/11

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears push the soul revival in the toughest and most bluesy of rock & roll directions. Follow them, but be prepared to sweat all the way.

Published in Live Performances
Sunday, 05 June 2011 15:47

Alejandro Escovedo 6/5/11

With a voice that's weathered but still wide open, Alejandro Escovedo remains one of the true rock & roll poets of Austin -- and of America.

Published in Live Performances
Friday, 22 April 2011 09:19

The Black Angels 4/22/11

Influenced by the '60s avant-rock of the Velvet Underground, the Black Angels' sinister sound might have you picturing the Velvets collaborating with counterculture’s other favorite celestial beings, the Hell’s Angels.

Published in Live Performances

Photo highlights from the second afternoon of the 12th annual KDHX and Twangfest Day Parties at South By Southwest. Parties went down at Jovita's in Austin. All photos by Chris Bay. See more at my Flickr stream.

Published in Music News
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