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Wiz Khalifa disappoints with second album, brings nothing new
December 4, 2012
Commercial success in the music industry is a double-edged sword.
Alicia Keys' Girl On Fire does not disappoint
November 26, 2012
“It’s been a while, I’m not who I was before,” Alicia Keys sings on the first full track of her fifth studio album Girl on Fire.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit release live album infused with Southern charm
November 19, 2012
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit hit a new stride in 2009, and Isbell displayed progression as a writer and performer on 2011’s Here We Rest.
Soundgarden stays grunge after 16-year hiatus
November 12, 2012
Soundgarden returns to the spotlight with the band’s first orginal album in 16 years.
Skyfall soundtrack outshines previous installments
November 5, 2012
This weekend, Daniel Craig’s reimagined James Bond character careens back onto movie screens worldwide.
Multitalented artist releases new, darker album
October 29, 2012
The last four years have been extremely productive for Chicago-based singer/songwriter/violinist/whistling extraordinaire Andrew Bird.
Denis Johnson to read from his works at the Blanton Auditorium
October 24, 2012
"It’s the literary equivalent of having Vince Young back on campus."
Gary Clark Jr’s major debut joins new picks
October 22, 2012
It has been truly incredible to watch Gary Clark Jr.’s career take shape over the last 10 years.
Jan Reid offers glimspe into former governor Ann Richards' life
October 16, 2012
Texas journalist and author Jan Reid captures poignantly in “Let the People In: the Life and Times of Ann Richards.”
Pinback, Donald Fagen, Jamey Johnson, and A Fine Frenzy release new albums
October 15, 2012
Like many of today’s indie rock bands, Pinback’s lyrics take a back seat to melody and production.
Top 10 acts to see at the 11th annual Austin City Limits
October 11, 2012
Hard to believe, but Austin City Limits Music Festival turns 11 this weekend. Over the years, we’ve seen some ups and downs — the dust bowl, the mud bowl, the propane tank fire, Ben Kweller’s mysterious bloody nose — but the good times have easily outweighed the bad.
Patterson Hood rolls in to the Cactus, ACL
October 10, 2012
Patterson Hood is a proud inheritor of this tradition. As singer/songwriter and bandleader for the Drive-By Truckers, his primary job is to bash out straight-ahead dirty Southern rock in ballrooms and music halls across the country.
Wallflowers find a new groove
October 8, 2012
In many ways, Jakob Dylan is one of the most underappreciated artists in rock today.
The Mountain Goats release 15th album
October 1, 2012
“Do every stupid thing that makes you feel alive / do every stupid thing to try to drive the dark away.”
Hitting the scenic and culinary highlights of the Texas Hill Country
September 28, 2012
Few afford such an excellent opportunity for escape and reflection as the rich, scenic ramble through the Texas Hill Country.
New Mumford & Sons release comes up short
September 27, 2012
New Mumford & Sons release sticks to same formula.
Grizzly Bear underwhelms with 'Shields'
September 19, 2012
"Shields" by Grizzly Bear is out and struggles for direction in its latest release.
Krause's legacy flows on
September 17, 2012
Under a scattering of white brush-stroke clouds on a blue canvas sky, we headed out west for a day trip to Krause Springs.
Dylans gift of visualization still dazzles
September 12, 2012
“Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowin’/Blowin’ like it’s gonna sweep my world away”
Traditional music, barbecue, beer features in PTSD fundraiser
September 4, 2012
Just in time for the fall semester, the Hole in the Wall is set to unleash the Lonestar Roots Review, a two-day barbecue and beerfest that will showcase 13 up-and-coming talented acts in traditional music.
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