Billy Ocean Warehouse Live, October 11 We weren't sure it was possible for '80s hitmaker Billy Ocean to get any cooler than he was in his "Caribbean Queen" video, where the Trinidad native dances around in a dapper suit surrounded by a puppet saxophone player. These days he's sporting dreadlocks th ... More >>
SXSW is officially over, thank the sweet baby Jesus. Now music fans have already begun to fan out to the four winds, seeking sunshine, swimsuits, alcohol, easy hookups and all the tunes they can handle until it gets ridiculously hot. Texans: you have about three hours. It's already begun over in Mi ... More >>
Texas artists have a special rapport with European audiences. Anything rootsy is huge over there. One such act is Bayou Roux, the contemporary-Cajun Houston ensemble that is set to close the Country Rondez-Vous Festival in Craponne, France this weekend (or Festival du musique Country Rondez-Vous). ... More >>
As if we haven't heard enough news about what trouble the major labels are having and the changing business model for labels and artists, Rocks Off learned over the weekend that Hayes Carll is leaving Universal Americana imprint Lost Highway. According to Carll's longtime manager, Mike Crowley, la ... More >>
If you haven't been able to tell by the depleted charcoal supplies and life-size bikini-model cutouts by the Miller Lite at your neighborhood grocery store (provided it's not Whole Foods), it's almost football season. Houstonians greet this time of year with the same unbridled jubilation they ... More >>
Shelby Lynne smolders on Tears, Lies, and Alibis.
Kelly Willis, who plays Miller Outdoor Theatre Saturday night with Ray Wylie Hubbard, has four kids and is known to be a doting mother. She and husband Bruce Robison could probably both have much more tour-heavy careers were they not so devoted to raising their kids in a family, non-showbiz atmos ... More >>
Chuck Prophet's ¡Let Freedom Ring!: Political songs for nonpolitical people.
photine, via FlickrMiller Outdoor Theater, pre-makeover Miller Outdoor Theatre has been busy lining up part of its spring schedule. During the winter downtime, the theater has been undergoing a $1.5 million upgrade of its sound system. When the new system is installed, there will no longer be any ... More >>
Fiddler Amy Farris, an Austin native who played most recently with Dave Alvin's Guilty Women band, died last weekend in Los Angeles. Information is still sketchy at this point, but a press release from Yep Roc Records Wednesday stated that Farris had passed away Sept. 26 "after battling a long il ... More >>
Thursday, July 5, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.
Bruce Robison performs Saturday, February 10, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.
These Four Walls
Three local music figures are cut down in one week
The Austin Lounge Lizards crawl into town
Monday and Tuesday, December 15 and 16
Tuesday, May 20
Wednesday, November 21
Cigarette companies get crafty
Austin's Kelly Willis gets to see a lot of country as she plays it
Cornell Hurd finally finds his musical niche
Just when he thought fame had passed him by, Austinite Jon Dee Graham gets rediscovered
The Robison philosophy on fraternal bonds: the less hyped the better
Jon Dee Graham writes of missing his faraway son
Sarah McLachlan had a brainchild, and it was a girl
The Hollisters rise from the Rounders' ashes, and head for the honky-tonk