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October 6, 2020

New York Stories

By: Laurie Gallardo

Full disclosure: Aside from a handful of films that, for better or worse, left a huge impression of life in a world-renown metropolis, your Austin Music Minute host’s central connections to New York City were mainly Tama Janowitz and Fran Lebowitz, the former through her brilliantly odd detachment, the latter with humor on wry-overdrive. Occasionally, Spalding Gray would wander in for added adventure at 100 miles per hour and tales to get lost in for hours. Then, along came Suzanne Vega, with experiences captured in a unique voice through music, whether at 59th Street and Central Park South (think “Frank and Ava”), the Lower East Side, Greenwich Village, or seeing Lou Reed perform when she was a student at Barnard College.


Vega recorded her tenth LP, An Evening of New York Songs and Stories, in the spring of last year, a live album with an intimacy that makes you feel as though you’re right there in the same room with her, as she performs a combination of her more well-known hits and fantastic rare favorites from an extensive discography. And it wouldn’t be complete without a few New York City memories.

The pandemic has postponed Vega’s tour in support of the album until next year, but you have a chance to see Vega in a special livestream performance at 8 p.m. (Central) tomorrow night, Wednesday October 7, coming to you from the Blue Note Jazz Club. Your virtual ticket gets you a link to the show.


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.