Fall Out Boy Bayou Music Center, June 7 Fall Out Boy, the emo-pop band that took the airwaves by storm in the early '00s, is back and apparently ready to save rock and roll, according to the title of their new album. They've taken the past few years off to pursue other endeavors, but now that they' ... More >>
True Believers Warehouse Live May 25, 2013 "We were a gang," espoused the True Believers' Alejandro Escovedo in a recent interview about the band's heyday in the mid 1980s. The band's home turf was the hotly contested streets of the former Cosmic Cowboy utopia of Austin, but their range extended to ... More >>
Lost Austin legends the True Believers give it another go.
Starting this coming weekend, a slew (yes, a slew) of Houston bands will be invading Austin to take part in SXSW's official and unofficial revelry. Grandfather Child, Electric Attitude, Something Fierce, Bagheera and many others will be playing free day parties, showcases and pop-up festivals. Rec ... More >>
Alejandro Escovedo is one of Texas' most gifted and versatile singer-songwriters, with the soul and background of a punk rocker, the work ethic of a tradesman, and the undying faith in rock and roll of two of his closest contemporaries -- also men of uncommon emotional range and teeth-gritting tenac ... More >>
Wednesday DJ Sun, who has as good a claim as anybody we know on the title of Houston's Chillest Citizen, was kind enough to walk us through the first half of his brand-new (and first) full-length original album, One Hundred. Full-length is right, too: One Hundred stretches to 19 tracks, including a ... More >>
Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.
The mailbox has been truly kind the past several weeks. Sure, there are still piles of useless dreck to wade through/past/over. But those all get to go to the big box in the dark closet and await the apocalypse. But there are standouts and surprises almost daily. Let's begin with three important re ... More >>
We all hate the trope "Houston, we have a problem," but we do have a problem in Houston with talkative, inattentive crowds at live shows. Scanning back over reviews from the past two years, at least 20 percent of them mention crowd noise. So what do the musicians think and, more importantly, what ... More >>
If you think we were flabbergasted by songwriter Bob Cheevers touting his election as 2011 Songwriter of the Year in the Texas Music Awards sponsored by mytexasmusic.com and "sanctioned" (a hedge word that appears frequently in relation to the Texas Music Awards) by the Texas Academy of Music (high ... More >>
Alejandro Escovedo puts strings on ice for the penetrating rock of his past two albums.
Show of hands, everyone who is surprised this is No. 1.Music writers all know that once they get their Village Voice Pazz & Jop ballot in their e-mail inbox, that it's time to tally their loves from the last year. It's sort of like the leaves changing or the first freeze of winter coming. You ... More >>
The Continental Club's owners find you can't re-create Austin in Midtown...but you can survive.
In the third in our continuing series on the music of the five states of Texas, we examine the fictional state of New Texas, comprising Austin and the Hill Country. See Part 1 here and Part 2 here. New Texas Capital: Austin Patron Saint: Willie Nelson Lesser Icons: Roky Erickson/Thirteenth Floor ... More >>
Photos by Hope Peterson It took Spring native Betty Soo a little while to get it rolling Tuesday night, but once she did she wowed the Mucky Duck's capacity crowd with her voice, lyrics and gentle personality. Working in fresh-off-the-road Jon Dee Graham bassist Joshua Zarbo for the first time, it t ... More >>
Photos courtesy New West Records Stephen Bruton, one of Austin's great pickers, songwriters, and good citizens, died Saturday of throat cancer, which he had battled for years, according to a press release by his label, New West Records. The 60-year-old Bruton came out of the school of influential Fo ... More >>
[A review from the Magpies' January Continental show is here.] My son, a guitar plunker raised on huge doses of Rockpile and Joe Ely, tipped me to the Magpies. He saw them at Hayes Carll's Stingaree Festival about a year ago and pronounced them the hardest-rocking band of the whole soiree. T ... More >>
As usual, Saturday afternoon for me was all about South Congress. Bands like Houston's own Allen Oldies Band - fronted by the High Priest of the Oldies and the State of Texas's official unofficial Minister of Fun - are traditions, as are people like Jon Dee Graham and James McMurtry at Mojo Nixon's ... More >>
video by Chris Gray Sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time. Like Eliza Gilkyson’s almost-rained-out in-store at Cactus Records. As Gilkyson packed her gear, I approached the stage and asked her how brother Tony was doing. “He emailed a few weeks back that he’d had some ... More >>
The Bueno, the Bad and the Muy Ugly
Chuck Prophet Continental Club January 23, 2008 Better Than: Doing your homework and going to bed early. Download: “You Could Make a Doubter Out of Jesus” is Prophet at his most intense and lyrical. Chuck Prophet is a wizard, and every wizard needs a special hat. As the edgy San Franciscan to ... More >>
Ducking Humberto at Under the Volcano
Big Chris Gates and Gatesville perform Friday, March 2, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899. James McMurtry also performs.
I'd heard of Darden Smith for years but never seen him or given him a fair listen. His reputation preceded him; my impression was of a wan, mopey, earnest, trying-so-hard-to-be-meaningful balladeer. That all changed when I got a dose of Sunflower (2002). It certainly wasn't party music, but Smith de ... More >>
Sexton has gone from child roots rocker to Spin cover boy to Dylanesque bard
Hooray for the Moon (New West)
It's never the same show with the Good Luck Band
The Day (Valley Entertainment)
Veruca Salt -- The Resentments
Just when he thought fame had passed him by, Austinite Jon Dee Graham gets rediscovered
Jon Dee Graham writes of missing his faraway son