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Stacey Brook

SXSW Music: The Best Of The Rest (photo)

SXSW Music: The Best Of The Rest

We tried to cover as much ground as possible in the four jam-packed days of the SXSW music fest, but let’s face it – you need twelve ears, six arms and zero hours of sleep to even break the surface of all that was worth reporting on in this marathon of musical mayhem. Here are […]

The Head And The Heart Woo At Antone’s “Review” (photo)

The Head And The Heart Woo At Antone’s “Review”

The buzz has officially kicked in. The Head and The Heart – a band that self-released their debut album and broke big while opening for a series of Vampire Weekend dates – packed their third show at the SXSW festival with fans eager to clap along to the Seattle quintet’s unique mixture of harmony-driven, indie […]

The Artists of Flatstock: Peter Cardoso (photo)

The Artists of Flatstock: Peter Cardoso

This year marks graphic designer and poster artist Pete Cardoso’s sixth time showcasing his Ghost-Town Design work at Flatstock, and when I ran into him he was celebrating, not a run in with a musician, but with another kind of rock star. “I was at The Sounds’ show with my girlfriend last night and we […]

The Legendary Emmylou Harris Plays The IFC Crossroads House (photo)

The Legendary Emmylou Harris Plays The IFC Crossroads House

“Do you know why you’re here?” asked Emmylou Harris after strumming out the first song from her hour-long set at the IFC Crossroads House yesterday afternoon. “We’re playing pretty much all of the new record before it comes out.” How lucky can you get? Harris – songwriter, coveted vocalist, legend – took the stage with […]

The Artists of Flatstock: Rob Jones (photo)

The Artists of Flatstock: Rob Jones

Eight years ago Rob Jones first went out on a limb and sent some unsolicited posters he made for The White Stripes to a venue they were playing in France. The band’s manager called Jones to chew him out for using band’s name on a print without express permission to do so. And then he […]

Young The Giant Shakes Up The IFC Crossroads House (photo)

Young The Giant Shakes Up The IFC Crossroads House

One thing you can’t take away from Young The Giant, is their commitment to the sport of rock. During a spirited set from their self-titled debut album at the IFC Crossroads House yesterday afternoon, the quintet danced their pants off while delivering their raucous indie rock, deftly maneuvering around guitar wires and each other, to […]

Gary Clark Jr. And Theophilus London At Habana Bar Backyard “Review” (photo)

Gary Clark Jr. And Theophilus London At Habana Bar Backyard “Review”

Gary Clark, Jr. is a soul man. He’s a blues man. He’s a rock and roll man. Gary Clark Jr. is the real deal. When I happened upon his set, waiting to see the much-hyped Theophilus London at the Habana Bar Backyard, Clark Jr. was mid-wild jam with an electric three piece backing band that […]

Portugal. The Man Prog Rocks The IFC Crossroads House (photo)

Portugal. The Man Prog Rocks The IFC Crossroads House

When you’re in the same room as Portugal. The Man, you notice the climate. You sense the Alaskan landscape from which the band hails. You smell the rain of Portland Oregon, where the group now resides, and where they recorded their latest LP, “American Ghetto” in 2010. And you feel warm for them in their […]

The Artists of Flatstock: Brian Ewing (photo)

The Artists of Flatstock: Brian Ewing

Walking through the convention center or the streets of Austin this week, it’s hard to ignore the tape-spackled, staple-ridden posters, sounding their visual siren calls, trying to reel you in amidst the crowds and visual noise. As the world goes digital it’s interesting to note how much tangible objects stand out. You can’t hand someone […]

Nicole Atkins And The Black Sea At Anton’s “Review” (photo)

Nicole Atkins And The Black Sea At Anton’s “Review”

Nicole Atkins has just had her heart broken, but you would never know it. Her waters turned from clear to dark, only recently. Formerly releasing solo records as “Nicole Atkins and the Sea,” Atkins’ the latest incarnation of her solo act was born during a year in which she has her heart broken, her record […]