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Posted by on Aug 21, 2017

Austin City Limits Season 43 Details

Austin City Limits has released details on its upcoming taping season. The long-beloved concert series returns for season 43 in October, kicking it off with ACL veteran Ed Sheeran on the 7th. Also scheduled to appear in the first half of the season are Miranda Lambert, Norah Jones, and the Heat and the Heart. Making their ACL taping debut this season are the Pretenders, Zac Brown Band, Angel Olsen, and Benjamin Booker. The first half will conclude with the presentation of the Americana Music Festival on November 18th before returning on New Year’s Eve with another eight episodes. In anticipation of the 43rd season, AustinCityLimitsTV YouTube channel is live-streaming tonight’s show with Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires and tomorrow’s performance by Father John Misty. Austin City Limits returns on October 7th. Get the full below:

Austin City Limits Season 43 schedule
Oct. 7: Ed Sheeran
Oct. 14: The Pretenders
Oct. 21: Zac Brown Band
Oct. 28: Norah Jones/ Angel Olsen
Nov. 4: Miranda Lambert
Nov. 11: The Head and the Heart/ Benjamin Booker
Nov. 18: ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2017

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Jack White’s Co-Investment to Build HQ in Dallas

Dallas and Detroit have joined forces in the name of baseball and craftsman design. Last week Dallas-based baseball bat company Warstic announced plans to open a behemoth huge manufacturing facility, flagship retail location, bar and restaurant, batting cage, and headquarters in Dallas’s legendary Deep Ellum neighborhood. The company, owned by American designer Ben Jenkins, who acknowledged that the multi-use complex is partly able to be actualized thanks to the addition of two new co-partners and investors earlier this year: Detroit Tigers All-Star Ian Kinsler and prolific Detroit-based musician Jack White.

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-Taylor Wallace

Music News 8.17.17

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Posted by on Aug 17, 2017

Memora-Willie-A (Willie Nelson Memorabilia) to be Auctioned Off

Back in 1991, Willie Nelson, amidst a divorce and a squabble with the IRS, sold his hideaway home in Evergreen, Colorado to a real estate investor as-is. That investor put all of Nelson’s personal affects into storage, but now, 26 years later, he’s auctioning them all off. We’re talking everything from memorabilia t-shirts, tour itineraries, and handwritten lyrics (co-penned by Johnny Cash), but also antique lamps and chandeliers, and even a gold-plated bidet. You heard that right. The auction opens this Saturday at 1:00 CST and ends next Sunday at the same time. If you want the opportunity to own your very own Willie bidet, you can find a link on our website.

Bonnie Tyler To Align With Celestial Spirits

As Americans gear up for the total solar eclipse happening this Sunday, Bonnie Tyler has announced her stamp on the day’s legacy. Passenger’s on Royal Caribbean’s Total Eclipse Cruise will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the total solar eclipse not only in the eclipse’s path of totality, but also while Tyler sings her smash hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Tyler and her backing band (which has Joe Jonas among its members) are working to condense the song down to about 2 minutes a 40 seconds, the projected duration of the eclipse.

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Posted by on Aug 16, 2017

Kenny Rogers to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award for Photography

2017 continues to be a big one for Kenny Rogers. Less than a month after announcing his retirement from music, the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum announced their first ever lifetime achievement award, and its inaugural recipient is the Gambler himself.

Rogers has authored several books on photography, most recently 2014’s Places I’ve Been, Things I’ve Seen, and in 2013 he received n honorary master’s degree in photography from Professional Photographers in America (fun fact: that’s the same year he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame). Rogers will receive the award alongside this year’s 10 photography hall of fame inductees on November 17th in St. Louis.

 

Wu-Tang Threads to Return This Year

Wu-Tang fans rejoice, their official clothing is coming back, so says RZA. He’s partnered with Wu-Tang executive producer Oliver “Power” Grant and Live Nation to revive Wu Wear nearly a decade after being discontinued. Nothing fancy with the revival line, just the classic t-shirts and hoodies sporting the iconic Wu Tang logo. The collection debuts this week in Las Vegas and you’ll be bale to get your hands on it later this year. RZA also announced that a full line will launch next Spring/Summer in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Wu Tang Clan’s debut album.

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Posted by on Aug 15, 2017

Prince Gets Pantoned

In life and death, Prince tributes are abundant, but the latest may win the award for equally flattering and random. The Pantone Color Institute announced the latest hue to enter the family, and it’s all for Prince.

Love Symbol #2 is a brilliant shade of plum, perfectly encompassing that royal hue made iconic through Prince’s logo, custom Yamaha piano, and even his wardrobe. Pantone Color Institute vice-president Laurie Pressman said of the color’s inclusion, “Love Symbol #2 is emblematic of Prince’s distinctive style. Long associated with the purple family, Love Symbol #2 enables Prince’s unique purple shade to be consistently replicated and maintain the same iconic status as the man himself.”

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Dionne Warwick to Recieve Prestigious Marian Anderson Award

Dionne Warwick has been announced as this year’s recipient of the Marian Anderson Award, given to established artists who use their prowess and influence for humanitarian goals. Named for the pioneering opera singer Marian Anderson, the award has been around since 1943, but has gone through several resurrections and reconstructions over the last few decades, most recently in 1998 to include all established artists, not just singers, who exhibit leadership in one or more humanitarian areas.

The first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, Warwick has had 18 consecutive top 100 singles and 20 best-selling albums. Off-stage Warwick has used her influence to champion several philanthropic efforts, most notably those battling AIDS and world hunger. Warwick will be presented with the award on November 14th in Philadelphia.

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-Taylor Wallace

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Posted by on Aug 14, 2017

Old Settler’s Fest Set to Settle Elsewhere

After 15 years at the Salt Lick BBQ pavilion, the renowned Old Settler’s Music Fest is tying up its stakes and moving to its new home a year earlier than expected. The festival has been held at the Salt Lick BBQ pavilion (located about 20 miles southwest of downtown) since 2002, and though they knew Old Settler’s would have to find a new location by 2019, festival organizers received word from Salt Lick owner Scott Roberts last Tuesday that Old Settler’s will indeed need a new home in 2018 instead. In the letter, Roberts expressed his disinterest in disrupting neighbors moving into the new developments popping up in the surrounding Driftwood area.

Old Settler’s has already found a new home, 145 acres perfect for the future of the festival and effectively doubling its space. The land is located in Dale, Texas about 10 miles east of Lockhart. The challenge now is getting the grounds festival-ready by next April.

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Update on SoundCloud’s Financial Situation

Last month, we covered the story of SoundCloud’s impending doom as rumors leaked that the company had only enough fiscal integrity to survive less than two months.

The online music-hosting platform landed a gracious, to say the least, financing round last Friday, funding the company with $170 million from two firms, merchant bank firm the Raine Group, which hold stakes in entities such as Vice media c3 Presents, and Temesek Holdings, a state-run Singaporean holding company.

Management of SoundCloud is also shifting, as co-founder Alex Ljung steps down as CEO as former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor steps into the seat. Trainor brings former Vimeo COO Mark Weissman to fill in the same seat at SoundCloud. Ljung will stay with the company as a board member. So rappers, bedroom producers, or SoundCloud lurkers out there, bot to worry, your orange-colored rabbit hole won’t be getting plugged any time soon.

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