Aug 312013

How’s it feel to be halfway through the first afternoon of the three-day Labor Day weekend? It feels pretty good to us at Austin Music + Entertainment; we are planning a ton of fun activities for ourselves. So what is going on in Austin this Labor Day?

Tonight (August 31)

The first University of Texas Longhorns game starts at 7:15  at Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium. The Longhorn are facing the New Mexico State Aggies for their home opener. We’re hoping they’re gonna be good this year…

Buddy Guy is coming to ACL Live at the Moody Theater tonight, as well. The checkered guitar, the red hot licks – Buddy keep on tickin’. 8 p.m.

And in local act news, Sounds Under Radio comes to Stubb’s. Doors at 9 p.m.

Sunday, September 1

Head over to Waterloo Records for a free in-store performance from Black Joe Lewis. 5 p.m.

On the first day of September, another blues legend comes to Austin. John Mayall will play the One World Theatre for an early evening show. Doors at 6 p.m.

Stubb’s will also hold a benefit concert for famed firefighter Colin Camp at 6 p.m.

The return of the Backstreet Boys comes to Austin at the Cedar Park Center. Starts at 7:30 p.m.

Monday, September 2 (LABOR DAY)

Sci-fi royalty George Takei will be in Austin at The Dragon’s Lair from 4-6 p.m. signing autographs. The guy’s hilarious and definitely a celeb worth meeting.

Get on back to ACL Live at the Moody Theater for a nasty, loud time with Rancid. Doors at 7:30 p.m.

And if you want a more genial hangout, there’s the Food, Drink and Fun celebration at Mister Tramps!

Jul 052012

The Clash City Rockers play tribute to the legendary band, The Clash along with the tribute band to The Smiths, The Smites. Tonight at Frank 9:30pm/10:30pm $6

The 90′s Cali-Rockers Everclear play a FREE in-store performance at Waterloo Records. 5pm

In the Clubs:

Cedar Street – Mark Mckinney and Matt Kimbrow 9pm

The Parish – Stumbledrunk, Ghostbunny, Toy Ghost and Human the Robot 8pm

Flamingo Cantina – Henry and the Invisibles 9pm

Hotel Vegas – Graham Wilkinson, The Harms and Chase Frank 7pm

At the Movies:

Paramount Summer Film Series Presents: Ferris Buellers Day Off (1986). The John Hughes classic starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey and Mia Sara. A coming of age comedy about three high school teenagers that decide to ditch school for a day and experience a day in a life in the real world in downtown Chicago. Taking a prized 1961 Ferrarai 250 GT on the joyride and encountering many adventures along the way, leads to a shared reality of life. Most importantly: LEISURE RULES. Paramount Theater 6:45pm

-Stephanie Groves

Jul 032012

The Austin based, alternative country, roots-rock team, The Gourds, have been gigging around Austin since their development in 1994. Since their twenty years together, they have continued to tour with a crowd of followers behind them. In 2011 they released their latest, Old Mad Joy, their tenth studio album at the legendary Levon Helms studio in Woodstock, NY. Tonight, feeling right at home at Threadgills South $15/8:30pm.


More Music:

Waterloo Records – FREE in-store performance of Whiskey Shivers 5pm

Continental Club – James McMurtry and Ephraim Owens 8pm

Mohawk – Sons of Fathers and Wood & Wire 9pm

Stubbs - Watsky with Dumbfounded 8pm


At the Movies:

Hecklevision at the Alamo Drafthouse presents: Red Dawn (1984). Set in a alternate 1980′s small Colorado town, where the Soviets take over. One thing these Commies don’t know is that the town is filled with gun-toting teenagers who are filled with testosterone and patriotism and will not go down with out a fight. The first Pg-13 feature film starring most of the 80′s teen dream team including: Patrick Swayze, Thomas C. Howell, Jennifer Grey, Charlie Sheen and Lea Thompson. Alamo Ritz 7pm

-Stephanie Groves



Jun 112012

The Temper Trap reached superstar status after the release of “Sweet Disposition” off of their debut album Conditions. With lead singers, Dougy Mandagi’s falsetto ring, the Temper Trap created a stir from all corners of the globe. The Australian indie-rock sensation will play at Stubb’s tonight with Crocodiles. 6pm

FREE Waterloo Records in-store performance at 2pm!

The Seattle-based band, Cave Singers, create a rustic and dark rooted sound mixed with soulful influences from the gray-ladened landscapes from which they spawn. Tonight with the psychedelic and nicely paired, Smoke and Feathers at Red7 9pm.

Also in the Clubs:

Antones – Blue Monday with Malford Milligan and Derek O’brien and more! 8pm

The Saxon Pub – Graham Wilkinson, Bob Schneider and Tucker Jameson 7pm

29th Street Ballroom at Spiderhouse – Fleshlights, Gal pals, Foreign Mothers, Dead space and Sweet Talk 9pm

Lucky Lounge – Sound Revel 9pm


At the Movies:

Music Monday presents: Jim Jarmush’s Mystery Train(1989). A young Japanese couple embark on the iconic city that is home to Stax, Sun Records and surrounds the legend of Elvis Presley. With a cast of iconic musicians like Joe Strummer (The Clash), Screaming Jay Hawkins and Tom Waits, this indie classic is a tribute to Music City Memphis and with a smoking, pompadour wearing director, you can definitely feel like a cool movie buff just for watching. Alamo Ritz 10pm

-Stephanie Groves


Jun 012012

Denver’s rising folk rock trio The Lumineers turned a lot of heads at this year’s SXSW, and their self-titled debut album quickly rocketed to the iTunes top 10 after its April 3rd release. They played earlier today at Waterloo, but the real deal will be their show at Stubb’s. The doors open at 8 PM. Make sure to check out their hot album track, “Ho Hey,” which you can see/hear here.

The Lumineers have been in the Billboard Top 100 for three weeks now, so their rise is only beginning. Have a good “honorary” beginning of the weekend with these guys!

May 172012

For over thirty years, Graham Parker has been one of the most underrated musicians of his time. Forming the band, Graham Parker and the Rumour in 1975, they began a pub-rock scene in England. According to Rolling Stone, Graham was named, “One of the most critically acclaimed graduates of the mid-70s punk scene.” Also, compared to Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan for his eloquently written songs and for his mixture of Punk, R&B, Country and Soul. Tonight at One World Theater.




Tonight at The Swan Dive, come see The High Tones with Chase Frank and The Ghost Wolves bringing together a party of some swinging hips and sexy licks.

Swan Dive 9pm


Also in the Clubs:

Snow Patrol (Sold Out Show) After Party at The Haven 9pm

Run DMT at The Beauty Ballroom 9pm

Mr. Lewis and the Funeral Five with Izzy and the Catastrophics 9pm

Listening Party for Sigur Ros-Valtari Waterloo Records 7pm

The Marshall Ford Swing Band The Highball 8pm

Martina McBride at ACL Live at Moody Theater 7pm


At the Movies:


Strap on your combat boots and throw your flannel on for The Alamo’s 90′s Alternative Sing-Along. Come howl with the rest of the nostalgic crew and belt out your best Eddie Vedder. Along with music from Oasis, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana and Weezer. Celebrate the time when Alternative actually meant Alternative.

Tonight at The Alamo Ritz 11o min. 9:45pm. R

-Stephanie Groves







May 082012



The Austin musical iconic duo plays a collaboration of Texas Country and Jazz trumpet. James McMurtry (8:30pm) and The Ephraim Owens Experience (10pm) tonight at the Continental Club. $10/Doors at 8pm. Continental Club




FREE in-store performance today at Waterloo Records by the Turnpike Troubadours! 5pm


Also in the Clubs:

Nick Lowe and His Band along with Autumn Defense 8pm at La Zona Rosa

Tennis with Vacationer 8pm at The Parish

Gregory Alan Isakov 7:30 at Cactus Cafe


At the Movies:

Put on your plush black suit and prepare yourself for a night with some homicidal tough talking criminals and strut your stuff down to Bangarang! presents: Quentin Tarantino’s classic Reservoir Dogs with the one and only Mr. Blonde (Micheal Madsen) tonight at 7pm only at The Alamo Ritz.


Apr 202012


Opening Friday:

Chimpanzee.” A baby chimp makes an ally in Africa. G, 78 min.

Last Days Here.” The story of the Pentagram lead singer Bobby Liebling. Showing only at Alamo South. NR 91 min.

The Lucky One.” A marine meets  a woman whose photograph helped him get through his third day of tour in Iraq. PG-13. 101 min.

Marley.” The story of Bob Marley. PG-13. 142 min.

Think Like A Man.” Four men use an advice book to teach the women in their lives a lesson. PG-13. 120 min.


Pocket Full of Soul” screening featuring the late Gary Primich at 4pm at the Wyndham Garden Hotel (I-35 and Woodward).



Austin Reggae Festival

Nothing brings the spring time like a little yearly dose of the Austin Reggae Festival. Featuring The Contrabandits, Tin Can Phone, New Kingston, Dubtonic Kru, El Tule plus many others. Gates open 11am Friday, Saturday and Sunday. $15/day or $35 for a 3-day pass.

Old Settlers Music Festival 25th Anniversary Show

Opening Thursday April 19th Continuing through Saturday with a full line up of Roots and Americana Music. Check website for a full list of ticket options.

Lineup includes:


Amos Lee, Railroad Earth, Lissie, Psychograss, James McMurtry, Steep Canyon Rangers, Ha Ha Tonka, The Wheeler Brothers, Pine Leaf Boys, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Youth Competition Winner Grace London


Iron & Wine, JJ Grey & Mofro, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Bob Schneider, Sarah Jarosz, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Gaelic Storm, Marshall Crenshaw, The Bottle Rockets, Dale Ann Bradley, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Flounders without Eyes, The Blue Hit, Psychograss (Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Tony Trischka, David Grier, Todd Phillips), New Country Rehab, Greensky Bluegrass


Sam Baker, Eilen Jewell, New Country Rehab, Greensky Bluegrass, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver




No Future at Skinny’s Ballroom

Check One playing at 6:30 at the Twin Creek Country Club in Cedar Park- family friendly event with all you can eat crawfish plus all the fixins’.

The Ugly Beats, The Golden Boys at Hotel Las Vegas,

Umphrey’s Mcgee at Stubbs

Frank Smith, Mike and the Moonpies, The Dalles, Mission Dorado at The Hole in the Wall.

“We Walk the Line:” A celebration of the music of Johnny Cash with a star studded lineup including at ACL LIVE: Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shelby Lynne, Ronnie Dunn, Sam Beam, Pat Monahan, Buddy Miller, Amy Lee, Lucinda Williams, Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings, Rhett Miller, Andy Grammer, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Brandi Carlile, Shelby Lynne, Pat Monahan and a guest appearance of Matthew Mcconaughey.

Also, a tribute to the late blues singer/harmonica player Gary Primich, in-store performance at Waterloo Records at 5pm featuring many of Gary’s musical friends including: Omar Kent Dykes on vocals and guitar, Wes Starr on drums, Randy Glines on bass (who used to be Gary’s bassist) and Ted Roddy on harp. The CD tribute, Just a Little More…with Omar Dykes was release on April 17 , on Old Pal Records, with distribution through CD Baby.


Kirko Bangz, LoveRance and others at 102.3 The BEAT’s Car, Truck and Bike Show at the North Austin Events Center.

Willie Nelson at the Backyard

Garbage at La Zona Rosa

Motion Planet bringing out the big amps opening for Dull Knife Records’ The Household and Chicago’s Filligar- 9pm all ages show

Belaire LP release at 29th st. Ballroom

The Sword at Emo’s East

Curren$y at the Mohawk

East Cameron Folklore at Club Deville

Dax Riggs at Red 7

Joe Pug at the Parish

Dubtronic Kru at Flamingo Cantina

These Are The Words at Hole in the Wall

The Moonhangers at Skinny’s Ballroom.


Shabazz Palaces with Ishmal Butler (Digable Planets) at The Mohawk

Fit for a King, Against The Archaic, Beyond Vessels, Affiance, Arise the Empire, Annie get your Gun at Red 7

James Bullard, Burning Avalanche, Under the Sun at the Hole in the Wall

Free live tribute show for the late Gary Primich at Continental Club from 2-6pm.

-Stephanie Groves

Feb 072012

Ten years into Ben Kweller’s career, he has the kind of comfort and clout that allows him to release an album on his own terms. Go Fly A Kite, which comes out today, is the veteran singer-songwriter’s debut on Austin-based label The Noise Factory. In commemoration, 6th and Lamar’s Waterloo Records will have a Pizza Listening Party for the record, combined with a chance to get a wristband for Kweller’s show at the Beauty Ballroom on Friday, February 10th.

It starts at 1 PM, so you better get out there soon. Lamar gets pretty packed up around then.

Here’s Waterloo’s press release:

“Pre-purchase the new Ben Kweller release Go Fly A Kite at Waterloo Records for $12.99 on CD or $24.99 on LP and get a wristband for free admission to the Ben Kweller show at the Beauty Ballroom on Feb 10th! (2015 Riverside Drive Building #4, Austin, TX, 78741).

CD & LP both feature “Deluxe Diorama” packaging. LP features audiophile quality 180-gram, colored vinyl and also includes a free CD

Over the past decade, Ben Kweller has established himself as one of the nation’s most treasured songwriters. His critically acclaimed albums have surpassed half a million in sales, and earned him a die-hard global fan base to which he remains committedly accessible.

Go Fly A Kite marks the triumphant return of Ben Kweller and his debut release on his new Austin based label, The Noise Company. From the opening riff in “Mean To Me,” to the closing declaration of “You Can Count On Me,” Go Fly A Kite is a celebratory offering of essential Ben Kweller and serves as a career-defining album sure to resonate beyond its time.


Tuesday, February 7th at 1pm:

Pizza listening party for Ben Kweller’s new album, Go Fly A Kite with FREE pizza from Austin’s Pizza!”

This week’s off to a fast start.