“In a city that promotes itself for music, those who do it can’t afford to continue”

Michael Passman has a pretty interesting piece on the challenges Austin is facing….problems that seem pretty common to a lot of other cities.

In a city that promotes itself for music, those who do it can’t afford to continue, there are fewer venues for them to do so, and those venues left are threatened with going out of business, not to mention less time in the evening for musicians to actually play.

We know the causes. People come here for SXSW, SXSW gets bigger and bigger, people decide they want to move here, the tech startup boom is ongoing, the economy is healthy, and buildings get torn down and replaced by high rise condos. It happens everywhere.

Source: Michael Passman: The Beginning of The End: Austin’s Public Face on Live Music Contradicts Reality – Blurt Magazine

TORRES Tour

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Honored and excited to be hitting the road with Torres for these May dates:

5/4 Saxaphaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom

5/6 Nashville, TN – The Stone Fox

5/8 Dallas, TX – Club Dada

5/9 Austin, TX – The Mohawk 

5/11 Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock Live

5/12 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo

5/13 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill

5/15 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

5/16 Seattle, WA – Barboza

5/17 Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl

5/20 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry

5/21 Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle

5/22 Detroit, MI – UFO Factory

5/23 Toronto, ON – The Garrison

My 20 Favorite Songs of 2013

1. THE BRONX – “Style Over Everything”

2. SLAINE – “Nothin’ But Business”

3. DIRECT HIT! – “The World is Ending (No One Cares)”

4. TWO COW GARAGE – “Stars and Gutters”

5. ASHLEY MONROE – “Weed Instead of Roses”

6. JASON ISBELL – “Elephant”

7. STEVE EARLE – “Burning It Down”

8. I CAN LICK ANY SONOFABITCH IN THE HOUSE – “Mayberry”

9. MATT POND – “Love to Get Used”

10. AIRBOURNE – “Animalize”

11. THE FLATLINERS – “Drown in Blood”

12. THE FRATELLIS – “Halloween Blues”

13. FRIGHTENED RABBIT – “The Woodpile”

14. THE NIGHT MARCHERS – “All Hits”

15. BLACK JOE LEWIS – “Come to My Party”

16. THE WEEKS – “Brother in the Night”

17. FRANK TURNER – “Plain Sailing Weather”

18. LUCERO – “Texas and Tennessee”

19. WILLY MOON – “Railroad Track”

20. WAXAHATCHEE – “Peace and Quiet”