The Hidden Influence of Sister Rosetta Tharpe

The thumping guitars of Elvis’ rock bangers, the twangy plucks of Conway Twitty, and the folky spirit of Bob Dylan’s lyricism has painted these folks as the origin of American rock ‘n’ roll, country and blues. While they popularized these genres, they were not the pioneers of these sonic choices. What if told you that a black, queer woman from Cotton Plant, Arkansas influenced all of these sounds?

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Robyn Closes Out ACL Weekend Two With Free-Flowing Love

Swedish sweetheart Robin Carlsson’s, stage name Robyn, career traces back thirty years, but her ability to stick with the times and carve out immersive electro-pop made her a highlight of this year’s Austin City Limits. The 80-minute set closed out the festival on Sunday, transforming the defeated Zilker Park into a dance floor and giving tired listeners a shoulder to lean on. 

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Austin Music Community Unites to Celebrate the Late, Great Daniel Johnston

With three decades of beloved music and a famous mural on the Drag, songwriter and artist Daniel Johnston’s influence on Austin and beyond is undeniable. After his sudden passing in September, a dozen musicians joined at the Mohawk to celebrate his life and remind everyone that “Some Things Last A Long Time.” 

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TC Superstar on the Deluxe Release of "R&D"

A vibrant, young crowd surrounded the stage at the TC Superstar tour kickoff last Saturday, two weeks after the deluxe release of R&D. It may have been ACL weekend, but the venue was still packed with enthusiastic fans who were ready to dance (and maybe cry) to the local collective’s synth tunes. A long time fan myself, I finally had the pleasure of catching up with Connor McCampbell, also known as the Toyata Coralla Superstar, to find out what the deluxe album was all about.

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UT’s Forty Acres Festival Draws Crowds Despite Rainfall

The University of Texas at Austin’s annual music festival, Forty Acres Fest, prevailed on April 6 despite last minute thunderstorms and tornado forecasts. The event featured a headlining performance by BET award winning rapper Waka Flocka Flame.

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