We got you covered. Representatives from three independent record stores in Texas recommend recent releases from local artists to give as gifts to music fans.
First Presbyterian Church's plan to renovate 508 Park Ave., the building where the legendary bluesman recorded almost half of his famous discography, has music lovers and historians cheering.
For decades, I had an on-again, off-again love affair with the piano. Today, my ardor is once more in bloom—to the envy of even my husband.
The disc jockey and music producer on hanging out in Deep Ellum, working on the TV show Friday Nights Lights, and keeping up with Texas music.
Major labels are often maligned for their draconian business practices, but one thing they’ve always done well is archive and repackage vintage music. With CD sales in steep decline, though, the big players have all but given up producing lushly packaged box sets. Cue the fly-by-night independents. HOUSTON MIGHT
A collection of early recordings by Roy Orbison.
A new album by Girl in a Coma.
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra conductor shows us some of his tools.
Dusty Hill's older brother, Rocky Hill, has been called the "best guitarist you've never heard of," but the recent release of Texas Guitar Legend aims to change that.
Singer-songwriter Ryan Sambol on the band's new album, Live Music, and more.
Tribute albums have not traditionally fared well in the marketplace, and for good reason. Asking artists—either passionate fans or curious dabblers—to record someone else’s songs is a bit of a gamble, and the people who compile these collections often feel morally (and, let’s face it, financially) bound to use
Thunder Soul, a documentary about the Kashmere High School Stage Band's return to the stage after 35 years, makes a powerful argument for the necessity of arts education.
Tiny and remote Marfa is poised to be a rock-star magnet.
A new album by Jason Boland & the Stragglers.
The seventies band of brothers from Victoria on getting into music, staying away from drugs and liquor, and releasing their first album.
A new album by the Gourds.
Who is Amy Corbin? Oh, just the person who booked Stevie Wonder—and all the other bands you're stoked to see—for ACL.
The country singer-songwriter on sequestering himself in his scriptorium, learning how to write songs on the road, and answering Toby Keith in a song.
A new album by Ume.
A new album by St. Vincent.
The concert promoter shows us his other passion.
Can Beyoncé reinvent her music videos in the Age of Gaga?
A new album by Robert Ellis.
On his new album, Future Blues, and more.
A new self-titled album.
With a new album, a wildly popular single, and sold-out shows all over America, the Eli Young Band is one of the state's few homegrown acts to transcend the Texas Country Scene.
Robert Ellis's new album, Photographs, is influenced by both his folk and country roots.
On producing a Buddy Holly tribute album and more.
A new box set from Mickey Newbury.
A new album by Jolie Holland.
On his new album, Satisfied at Last, and more.
A new album by Sarah Jarosz.
A new album by White Denim.
Carrying on the legacy of the legendary musician Steve Jordan isn’t easy, especially when you’re only 22 years old and blind. But Juanito Castillo is too busy reinventing the conjunto accordion to care.
In 1955 Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” transformed the sound of popular music and made him an international star. Twenty-five years later he was forgotten, desperate, and dying in Harlingen. How did one of the fathers of rock and roll land so far outside the spotlight?
A new album by Steve Earle.
A new album by Okkervil River.
On her new album, Carrying Lightning, and more.
Billy Joe Shaver on being an outlaw-country legend.
Fifty-eight bands from around the world play Austin Psych Fest 4 April 29–May 1. Michael Hall sits down with the Black Angels, founders of the festival (and the “Reverberation Appreciation Society”) and rejuvenated psychedelic godfather Roky Erickson.
Huey P. Meaux, one of the most successful and significant record producers in Texas history, died last weekend at age 82. He leaves a legacy marked by brilliant songs and some very bad decisions.
The outlaw-country legend on his recent acquittal, his songs, and his friendship with Willie Nelson.
The event The square-dance social may seem like an antiquated notion, but dozens of clubs in Texas still preserve this pastime. “Square dancing persists because people enjoy the fellowship, the wholesome entertainment, and the exercise,” says Wayne Morvent, who’s been a caller for more than fifty years and currently works
A new album by Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears.
A new album by Lucinda Williams.
Hayes Carll on songwriting.
A new album by the Black and White Years.
A self-titled new album.
How Alan Lomax rebelled against—and saved a few—Texas traditions.
For nearly sixty years, a succession of obsessed blues and gospel fans have trekked across Texas, trying to unearth the story of one of the greatest, and most mysterious, musicians of the twentieth century. But the more they find, the less they seem to know.