Q & A: Jon Dee Graham

One of Austin’s most literate songwriters opens up about self-destruction, the inevitability of change and — on his new EP — ditching the Jon Dee persona. BY GEOFFREY HIMES

Spotlight On… A Giant Dog

THE MACABRE AUSTIN ROCKERS FORGO SWEET SENTIMENT FOR DARKER TONES by DARRYL SMYERS

Spotlight On… Star Parks

FOLK ROCK MEETS CELESTIAL DREAM POP IN THIS AUSTIN ENSEMBLE, LED BY AN ARTIST TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF THE BAND'S SUDDEN APPEAL by DARRYL SMYERS

Book Review: Kent Finlay, Dreamer

THE MUSICAL LEGACY BEHIND CHEATHAM STREET WAREHOUSE by Brian T. Atkinson and Jenni Finlay

Spotlight On… Claire Morales

DENTON’S NEWEST DARLING IS A RARITY ON THE LOCAL CIRCUIT: A NATIVE by NATHAN SMITH

Story Behind The Song: “Psycho”

"You think I’m a psycho, don’t you, mama? You better let ’em lock me up.”

Spotlight On… B L A C K I E

THE EXPERIMENTAL RAPPER FROM HOUSTON IS AS SURPRISED AS ANYONE BY THE RESPONSE TO HIS INHUMAN AMOUNTS OF NOISE. by NATHAN SMITH

Review: Eve & the Exiles – You Know She Did

"A former child prodigy who grew up trading licks with fellow Austinite Gary Clark Jr., Eve Monsees is one of Austin’s elite pickers, so it’s no surprise that on her latest effort her guitar comes snarling out of the gate like a motorized chainsaw gone berserk."

Review: Spoon – They Want My Soul

Hooks, punch, intelligence and just enough sonic experimentation on each release to push the boundaries, but never so much as to leave their fans behind: Is there any band that delivers the goods as reliably as Spoon?

On Shakey Ground

WITH HIS EXPERIMENTAL NEW ALBUM, THE BEST ONE-MAN SHOW IN TOWN EMBRACES A LOUD, COLLABORATIVE STYLE BOTH HAUNTING AND MYSTERIOUS. WELCOME TO SHAKEY GRAVE'S WORLD. BY ALLE EISLER