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The Republic of Texas biker rally brings rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd to town, along with members of Creedence Clearwater Revival. But there are also shows by Houston rap godfathers the Geto Boys and the San Antonio Smiths-influenced band Girl in a Coma.

 

KUT’s Nathan Bernier speaks to KUTX program director Matt Reilly about what’s happening on live music stages this weekend.


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This weekend, a psychedelic rock festival called Levitation brings to town Tame Impala, the Jesus and Mary Chain and the Flaming Lips. Other shows in Austin include performances by Gregg Allman, Torres and the Blue Bonnets, fronted Kathy Valentine of The Go-Go's.

KUT’s Nathan Bernier talks about those shows and others with KUTX program director Matt Reilly, as they listen to clips from every artist mentioned.

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Maybe you didn't RSVP to the events, or maybe you didn't buy an $895 music badge or a $189 wristband, or maybe you hate lines, but you still want a taste of Austin's largest annual assembly of live music? There are options.

Fader Fort is livestreaming four days of live music performances in ultrahigh definition. Dell is organizing the technology and says it's the first time a concert has been livestreamed online in 4K.

"You're going from HD to basically four HD-sized screens, so you're quadrupling the detail," Dell's Scott Hamilton says of 4K technology. "This just takes it to the next level."

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This weekend's shows includes an album release by a local 70s-influenced rock band, a chamber music experiment by the drummer of the Police and a concert by singer-songwriter John Mellencamp.

KUT’s Nathan Bernier listens to quick clips of who’s playing with KUTX program director Matt Reilly.

The Austin Troubadours have been playing early music together for the past six years, but the members of the band (including Slobodan Vujisic, Meredith Rudusku, Bruce Colson, Victor Eijkhout, Neli Vujisic, John Walters, and Oliver Rajamani) have all been studying and performing for much longer than that.

They strive for authenticity, using painstakingly reproduced period instruments and even period-appropriate costuming, so seeing and hearing the Austin Troubadours is as close as one is likely to get to experiencing the music of the Renaissance.

Producer Ron Berry created the Fusebox Festival a decade ago as a way to foster communication between Austin's arts scene and the national and international artistic community. The conversation he started way back then is still going strong; Fusebox has grown every year and this year celebrates its tenth anniversary.

As has usually been the case, this year's festival will feature hundreds of artists and performers, with roughly a third of them hailing from Austin, a third from the rest of the USA, and a third from other countries. What is different about this year's festival is that all events will be free to the public (although for some shows, reservations are required).

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Update: KUTX was there for Honk!TX this weekend. Check out video from the festival below, and see more photos here.

Original story (March 21): South By Southwest has come and gone, but Austin's festival season is in full swing.

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Update: Looks like Driver Friendly finally caught a break: the Austin-based band had their trailer full of missing gear returned to them this morning. 

"At 8:30 this morning an Austin Police Officer knocked on Jeremi's door notifying him that they had found our trailer WITH EVERYTHING IN IT!!!" the band says on Facebook. "We cannot believe this turn of events, and feel so blessed to not only have everything back, but to have been supported by, you, our fans, through all of this."

All the funds Driver Friendly raised online to cover their missing gear will be returned to fans.  

Original story (March 19): A band that calls Austin home can’t seem to catch a break.

Josh Wechsler has appeared onstage in numerous musicals and straight plays, but he really loves old-school cabaret,where a performer sings songs and chats with an intimate audience. That’s the vibe he’s going for with his new show, "Here With You! Unexpected Songs from Sondheim to Zeppelin."

When going through his repertoire to prepare for this show, Wechsler discovered a common theme in many of the songs he'd chosen -- that of community and shared experience. That theme works nicely with an intimate, cabaret-style show, and "Here With You!" came into being.

The Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists is kind of a big deal. It's been called "the Olympics of violin," which is apt, as it's a worldwide competition that brings together the best young talent in its field.

The biennial event was founded by famed violinist Yehudi Menuhin in 1983, and in the three decades since,  it’s been held all over the world but never before in America. That changes this week, however, as the 2014 Menuhin Competition gets underway right here in Austin, hosted by UT’s Butler School of Music.

Austin's Carnaval celebration began in the mid-70s as a relatively small event held at a Unitarian church. The party-goers that year must have had a good time, because Carnaval quickly became an annual ocurance; it's now in its 37th year and is the second-oldest ongoing annual event in Austin.

The party has moved to different and larger venues several times, and is now taking place at the Palmer Events Center. It's the largest indoor Brazilian Carnaval in the world, and this year will feature music, dancing, food, a parade float, and, as always, elaborate and often revealing costumes.

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When you were in high school, wouldn’t you have loved to have a cool band play in your gym? I remember trying to get the band Karp to play my high school in the 1990s, but the teacher who sponsored the student council balked once he heard what they sound like. Instead, they spent the money on a Top 40 video dance party with fog machines. 

But last night, Anderson High School in Austin ISD did what my high school could never do: They hosted a secret show for the French dance-rockers Phoenix. (While considerably more accessible than any post-hardcore band, it's a remarkable achievement nonetheless.)

“Seriously how the hell does Anderson book Phoenix to play a gig at their school and Pflugerville gets Granger Smith #injustice,” tweeted one envious teen.

“Phoenix at Anderson? Lucky bastards,” said another.

Indeed. So, how did it happen?

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A little about Gary Powell: the Austin musician and producer has produced 147 albums, which have sold 45 million copies in 69 countries. That's a lot of numbers for a music guy. But Gary Powell is not apologetic about numbers in his profession. As a matter of fact, he says "money is good." And he is committed to helping his students at the University of Texas' Butler School of Music find their way in the rapidly-changing music business.

A Grammy-winner who’s produced albums for Walt Disney Records and children's artist Joe Scruggs, Powell says musicians need to learn how to create a "sustainable" career: one that provides food, shelter, health care, transportation, and some funding for retirement.

Antone's Nightclub Put Up for Sale

Sep 17, 2013

Antone's Nightclub proprietor Frank Hendrix announced today he is offering his club for sale. Named for departed blues booster Clifford Antone, the club’s long been synonymous with Austin music, despite changing locations over the years. Its current location on East Riverside is near a relocated Emo’s Austin, another longtime club Hendrix helped run before selling earlier this year. “I’m like the guy who runs a doughnut shop,” Hendrix tells the Chronicle. “After a while he doesn’t like doughnuts anymore. After all these years, music has changed from being my love to a laborious job.”

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After a month of leaks and guessing games, the official music lineup in out. This year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest headliners are: M.I.A., Slayer, MGMT, Jurassic 5, Snoop Dogg, Descendents, Ice-T, Television, and FLAG.

The official release is Wednesday morning when weekend passes go on sale, but the full music lineup was revealed Tuesday night at a Fun Fun Fun Fest sponsored screening of the documentary, Vannin’, in Austin.

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If you asked the Internet, it might tell you that Austin's a hipster-loving, small business-starting, traffic-riddled, undiscovered yet overrated place that keeps it weird. The web's traffic-baiting list-makers rank Austin as a leader in categories from fitness friendliness to porn consumption per capita.

But you're not asking the Internet, you're asking KUT News. And, as has been done a couple times now, KUT News has compiled a list of lists honoring, tweaking and trashing Austin over the past few months. Here's the third installment of The Top 10 Austin Top 10 Lists:

  • Big time for small business: Business website Thumbtack.com saluted Austin for business-friendly regulations and low licensing fees, ranking the city tops in the U.S. for small businesses. But the crowning stems partially from the state’s spartan regulation, as the survey also named Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio in its top 10.
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A study from Canada has reaffirmed Austin's reputation as a scene for aspiring musicians. But they should be sure to play an acoustic guitar.

The study, which was released early this month from researchers at The Martin Prosperity Institute in the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in Canada, used data garnered from Myspace to create music profiles of different cities across the United States. Austin was one of the fifteen cities examined in the study. 

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Austin Music People this week presented "The State of the Austin Music Industry" – a biennial white paper that looks at the economic and cultural impacts of what it means to be the “Live Music Capital of the World."

Austin Music People or "AMP" aims to promote the Austin music industry by bringing local leaders together with Austin music professionals to address the needs of both groups and to determine what can be done to foster the city’s rapid growth and thriving entertainment culture.

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