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January 10, 2023

Love Austin Music Month: Black Books

By: Laurie Gallardo

Black Books

So much to love when it comes to Love Austin Music Month that one month is scarcely enough! But January has been designated by the City of Austin Music and Entertainment Division as a reminder to support Austin music artists all year round. And today the AMM spotlights an Austin five-piece making mesmerizing stadium-sized pop, Black Books. Several fans were ignited by the slow but gigantic burn of “Favorite Place,” the opener on the four-track EP Aquarena and soon the sonic gateway to their 2013 self-titled LP, each track deliberately constructed to resonate in tremendous spaces – physical or cerebral.

Their next LP Can’t Even (2017) was their last full-length release, followed by a handful of of singles in 2020, including today’s AMM featured track “Bad News,” recorded remotely by the band, and their 2021 cover of Radiohead’s “Morning Bell (Amnesiac Version).” More is on the way, and you can catch Black Books at their show tonight, Tuesday Jan. 10, at Hotel Vegas on E. 6th, with Deep Sleep and Tombus. Doors at 9 p.m.


September 29, 2023

The Homecoming

Put this in your 2024 calendar, in case you missed out this year. On Sept. 21, Mayor Kirk Watson officially declared the day as David Shabani Day in the City of Austin, presenting Shabani with “a proclamation for their craft and work in the industry both locally and abroad.” This is meaningful for Shabani on […]


September 28, 2023


Truly a Renaissance man. No exaggeration. Songwriter. Musician. Multi-media artist – which you’ll know first hand if you’ve ever been to Mobley performance. And now, in the recent words of Jonny Jukebox, “Are you ready for the next level?” Mobley’s journey takes its next cue from a collection of demos titled Worktape, and that’s exactly […]


September 27, 2023

Black Rainbows

We’re all guilty of building up expectations. So, you might spin Corinne Bailey Rae‘s latest blazer Black Rainbows and find it something of a departure for Rae, in terms of a style that incorporates R&B, jazz and soul. This one gets loud, bold, experimental in many parts, powered by guitar and unapologetic vitality, all inspired […]