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December 30, 2020


By: Laurie Gallardo

It’s easy to lose oneself in Just Kids, the 2010 National Book Award-winning autobiographical tapestry by Patti Smith. The language is simply fluid, mesmerizing with engaging memories of the songwriter’s artistic evolution. It’s exquisite in its lucidity. So, would one be entirely surprised to find that the oft-proclaimed punk rock laureate achieves that distinctive clarity in something as trivial as Instagram? Hardly. Smith is as inspiring and compassionate as ever on social media. A lot of the magic comes from her attention to detail, and the little things in everyday existence.

“This is my last day being 73, a good day,” Smith wrote in a recent post, presented in characteristic metric form that gives her IG posts an almost lyrical vibe. “Tomorrow, a full moon and a full band. Hope to feel you there.”

Smith turns 74 on this very day, December 30, and in celebration, she and her band are doing a livestream birthday performance at 8 p.m. (Central) tonight on Veeps. Your virtual ticket gets you a link to the performance.

A very Happy Birthday to you, Patti.


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.