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January 15, 2020

An Incident of Grand Proportions

By: Laurie Gallardo

Even within the realm of independent music, Joanna Newsom has been redefining the character – the elements – of whatever a “feminine” voice is supposed to be. The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was hailed by NPR Music as the “21st Century’s Timeless Voice,” in command of a vocal style/range unrestrained by preconceived notions of feminine vocalization. There are no limitations to an artist like Newsom covering such an expansive terrain – one moment a coquettish softness and the very next a stormy screech, then everything in between.

Newsom is also an intuitive composer and performer, powered by an extraordinary musical language. Dim the lights and don those headphones as you play Newsom’s albums. This is unapologetically music to be experienced – listened to – quite closely. Soak in the details. Your world is richer for it.

Joanna Newsom is in Austin for two performances: Tonight and tomorrow night at Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Dr. The music begins at 8:30 p.m. both nights.

-Photography by Annabel Mehran.


October 30, 2023


Genesis Owusu returns to Austin to perform tomorrow night at Empire Garage.


October 28, 2023

LEVITATION: Saturday and Sunday

AMM picks for LEVITATION weekend, including Amyl & The Sniffers, Durand Jones, Altin Gün and more.


October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

The AMM’s LEVITATION 2023 picks for Fri/Sat, including Alan Palomo, Allah-Las, Queen Serene and more.


October 26, 2023

So Very Curious, Indeed

A Curious Mix of People book launch reunion show, Saturday at The Parlor on Guadalupe.


October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

Allison Russell brings The Returner Tour to 3Ten tomorrow night.


October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

Bienvenido al Laboratorio

Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.