In wake of the Paris terrorist attacks last late Friday night, many major acts have backed out of their scheduled tour dates in Paris. So far groups U2, the Foo Fighters, Motorhead, Papa Roach, Marilyn Manson, and Prince have decided to cancel their Paris shows.
The ruling also came in on Friday evening that Rashad Owens was found guilty of capital murder in the deadly SXSW crash of 2014. Owens was given a sentence of life in prison after killing four people while driving through a SXSW crowd while running from police.
And this summer Austin will be hosting the reunion of one of the most controversial country acts. The Dixie Chicks have started scheduling dates for their new tour and will be playing at the the Austin 360 Amphitheater in August.
And it’s to no one’s surprise that Adele’s new single Hello has topped the billboard charts for the third straight week. It is the fastest number 1 radio hit in over 22 years. Hello is the first single from Adele’s upcoming album 25.
This week, KUTX’s soundcheck brings news from The Old Settler’s Music Festival, The Austin Creative Alliance Honors, and the latest in experimental music.
Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up last weekend, but Austin music festivals never stop rolling. Old Settler’s Music Festival announced a portion of their 2016 lineup this week, and the headliners include Jerry Douglas, The Del McCoury Band, and Hayes Carll. Austin-area musicians Sarah Jarosz, David Ramirez, Shinyribs, and Carolyn Wonderland are also on the bill. And for those craving a little more banjo in their classic rock, The Hillbenders will perform their bluegrass rendition of The Who’s Tommy. Discounted early bird tickets go on sale November 14 at 10am.
The Austin Creative Alliance celebrated several influential leaders at the third annual ACA honors on Tuesday. Laura Esparza, the city of Austin’s Cultural Affairs Division Manager, and music advocate Margaret Moser were among the honorees. The evening included performances by the Minor Mishap Marching Band, Amphion Youth Choir, and the Puppet Improv Project.
Who says you need instruments to create music? Experimental artists Matmos and Carl Cadwell are composing albums from unlikely sources. Using only the sounds made from washing machines, electronic duo Matmos crafted the album Ultimate Care II that will be released in mid-February. Cadwell recently released a four-minute track entitled “This Machine” using sounds from sewing machines. I guess you really can make music from anything.
Hole in the Wall has renewed their contract to remain in their current location on Guadalupe Street. The venue’s new contract is set for the next five years. However, the companion restaurant East Side King has announced a plan to relocate in January when their lease expires. Hole in the Wall will be looking for a replacement in their kitchen on-site. Stop by and support one of Austin’s local bars and venues.
The trial for Rashad Owens, the man who drove his car through a crowd of people at the South By Southwest music festival in 2014, is underway. Owens crashed into a large group of people outside a concert venue, killing four and injuring 20. Testimonies from the victims began on Monday, and will continue over the next three weeks before the jury decides the fate of the 23-year-old. Owens is facing a life sentence on the charge of capital murder and sentences of five to 99 years each on four counts of felony murder.
Facebook has introduced a new Music Stories feature that allows users to share bits of their favorite songs in conjunction with Apple Music and Spotify. Currently, the feature is only available for the Apple Music and Spotify users, but Facebook has already announced that more platforms are on the way.
Kendrick Lamar stopped in Austin to perform an emotion-filled, energetic performance as a part of the Austin City Limits series. Performing to a packed house, Lamar gave fans a two-hour experience that they will never forget. For those not lucky enough to squeeze into the Moody Theatre, the show will be broadcast through PBS in the future, though a date has not currently been set. His performance continued a string of spectacular shows in Austin for the legend that Kendrick Lamar is on his way to becoming.
Fun Fun Fun Festival announced Wednesday morning that neo soul star D’Angelo cancelled his Sunday closing set after also canceling his Austin City Limits performance earlier this week. Put your worries aside because FFF Fest has delivered and replaced him with hip hop legend Lauren Hill. The clutch substitution is a perfect replacement for D’Angelo. While Hill hasn’t released a new album in over 15 years, fans say her live performance is still at the top of her game and fff festival goers will be sure to enjoy her closing set of the festival.
On a more serious note, the trial for the deadly SXSW crash of 2014 is underway and new public safety concerns have resurfaced over the festival’s trend of surging crowds. Both City Council and the Austin Police Union have addressed the need for more patrolling officers during the two week festival. The Police Union has called for an increase of 2 million dollars in their budget from city surplus funds to have more off-duty cops during the city’s most financially lucrative festival. City Council and the Police Union are now in talks to agree on a figure with SXSW 2016 around the corner.
As far as Austin’s live music scene goes, things have been looking a little grim for Austin music venues lately. However, there may be a silver lining for Drag Bar Hole in the Wall. Last Thursday, Austin music legend Ben Ballinger took to his home stage at the Hole in the Wall and vowed it would not be his last time to play there nor would the bar be closing if he had any say in it. While there have been no new official announcements or progress updates, owner Will Tanner hinted that he was confident he and his landlord would come to a deal over the property.
The good news keeps rolling in with Rock God David Bowie’s announced release of his new album Blackstar. The record goes on sale on his 69th birthday January 8th, 2016. Blackstar being his 25th studio LP, Bowie has released 45 seconds of the opening theme to his title track of the album. Other than this, fans will have to wait patiently to hear Bowie’s latest musical installment.