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Sidewinder Closes

Partners working toward new venue at 715 Red River

Red River

Country Music Hall's new 'Outlaws' exhibit stars Waylon, Willie and the boys — and much more

The Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit “Outlaws and Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ‘70s,” opens May 25 and is scheduled to run until February 2021.

Country Music

Playback – Austin’s Darlin’: Toni Price

Quintessential Austin song stylist takes up residency at Little Darlin’


Episode 697: Jesse Dayton Returns!

Hello friends! My guest is songwriter/guitar player/filmmaker extraordinaire, Jesse Dayton returns to the show for episode 697! His latest album, <i>The</i> …

Top 10

Texas Heritage Songwriters Association to honor Billy Gibbons, others

Billy Gibbons will be inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association during a ceremony at the Paramount Theatre in February 2019. Photo by …


Ray Charles, Los Lobos Set for 'Austin City Limits' Hall of Fame

Class of 2018 also includes Texas piano player Marcia Ball<p>For their fifth anniversary class, the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame has tapped a trio of …


ACL Fest’s Amy Corbin discusses the coup of booking Paul McCartney

Festival organizers don’t often traffic in superlatives or absolutes. Much as sports coaches prop up the team over contributions of any single …


Episode 696: Built By Snow / Shy Beast Stops By!

Hello gang! JP and Matt from Austin rock band, Built By Snow are my guests for epsiode 696! Their latest album, <i>Mega</i> is available now where ever you …


Ray Charles, Los Lobos, Marcia Ball to enter Austin City Limits HOF

Los Lobos will be inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame on Oct. 25 at ACL Live. Contributed<p>The ceremony’s not till October, but Monday …


Six Austin places, past and present, to commune with Willie

There are two kinds of people in Austin: Those that remember old Austin and those who will start remembering old Austin in a few years.<p>Wait, that’s …

Willie Nelson

Episode 695: Miller Campbell

Hello friends! Seattle based, Country & Western singer/songwriter, Miller Campbell is my guest for episode 695! Her debut EP, Sweet Whiskey produced …

Musical Theatre

Live music events in May and June in the Lake Travis-Westlake area

This is your ultimate local guide for live music in the months of May and June.<p>Saturday Night Concert planned at the Hill<br>Country Galleria<p>The event is …


Council: A Special Event

Alison Alter, agreeing to disagree

City Politics

Kam Franklin: Create Space for Female Acts

The vibe that I got from everybody at the 2017 Women’s March is that women are pretty much fed up. It’s been a very interesting year since President …


Gina Chavez: Recognize Your Privilege

In the early parts of this movement, women of color were saying: where were the white feminists when we needed you? Tarana Burke, who started the …


Fight brews between popular local beer company and ACL Music Fest

KVUE -- It started with a tweet. Austin Beerworks saying, "Hey ACL Fest. Having Karbach Brewing who is owned by Anheuser Busch be your 'craft beer …


Country music was a bad word

Country Music

Care2Rock, an Austin startup, pairs music instructors with students

Lawyer Karyn Scott was a juvenile prosecutor in Travis County and a volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Texas when she decided …


Longtime Austin Media Leader Named Interim Director Of Austin's KUT And KUTX Public Radio

AUSTIN, Texas – May 8, 2018 – Longtime Austin media executive Patti C. Smith has been named interim executive director of KUT and KUTX Public Radio …


Details on Austin's newest musical fest — including jam-packed lineup

It seems like every weekend another festival descends on Austin, and to be fair, it's kind of true. But while it can be cool to don one of those …

Music Festivals

Veteran Austin broadcaster to serve as interim leader for KUT, KUTX | TV & Radio

Patti Smith (Ricardo B. Brazziell photo)<p>A veteran Austin broadcaster has been tapped to serve as interim executive director of Austin radio stations …

Patti Smith

Six years gone: Music Commission again asks Council to halt special events ordinance

The Austin Music Commission has asked City Council to put on hold nearly six years of work on updating and revamping of the city’s regulations …

City Politics

Inaugural Waterloo Fest Boasts 3 Nights Of SCI, First-Ever JRAD Texas Show, & More

<b>Waterloo Music Festival</b>, a brand-new jam music and camping festival, will celebrate its inaugural event on September 7th through 9th at <b>Carson Creek</b> …


Southwestern Music Professor to be Honored by Austin Mayor Steve Adler

Assistant Professor of Music Hai Zheng Olefsky will be honored by Austin Mayor Steve Adler and the Austin City Council with a special proclamation on …

City Politics

Episode 694: Kelly Willis Returns!

Hello friends! Americana sweetheart, Kelly Willis returns to the show for episode 694! Her first solo album in over a decade, the beautiful, <i>Back</i> …


String Cheese Incident will headline inaugural Waterloo Music Festival | Austin Music Source

String Cheese Incident will headline all three nights of the inaugural Waterloo Music Festival at Carson Creek Ranch in September. Contributed/Scott …


SIMS Foundation asks city for pilot program, help with opioid crisis

The national opioid epidemic gripping the country is “rapidly seeping into communities in Austin,” according to local music nonprofit the SIMS …

Mental Health

Austin City Limits Festival 2018 Lineup Breakdown

The ACL Festival lineup is topped by superstars Paul McCartney, Childish Gambino and Arctic Monkeys, but a large crop of young and emerging artists …


Live music review: Oh Sees reigned at top curated music festival LEVITATION

[See image gallery at]<i>All photos: Mike Manewitz</i>Our lede may be a bit misleading or at the least, confusing to fans who are aware …

Post Punk