Billy Altman

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Billy Altman Posted: Mar 19, 2012 0 comments

Combine a spring break weekend, a St. Patrick's Day celebration, and the final day of a South by Southwest music festival and you can imagine the insanity reigning supreme all over downtown Austin on Saturday.

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Billy Altman Posted: Mar 17, 2012 0 comments

I've been attending the South By Southwest music festival for many years, but I can't ever recall ever hearing the particular sound I encountered late Friday night at Stubb's: squealing. And I mean the kind of squealing that means only one thing – female hormones on the march. 

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Billy Altman Posted: Mar 16, 2012 0 comments

"How important can this speech be if we're doing it at noon?" joked Bruce Springsteen as he began his keynote speech on Thursday at South By Southwest. "I mean, is any musician up at noon?" 

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Billy Altman Posted: Mar 15, 2012 0 comments

The first full day at the 2012 South By Southwest music festival was really all about the ladies, as a number of talented women from all points of the stylistic compass made their presence felt at various hot spots throughout the day and night.

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Billy Altman Posted: Mar 14, 2012 0 comments

"Keep Austin Weird" is a catch phrase that adorns many a T-shirt in this Texas town that for well over two decades has hosted the South By Southwest music festival.

Billy Altman Posted: Jul 29, 2011 0 comments

Throughout its long history, country music has often found itself staring at the mirror and trying to make sense of the reflection.

Billy Altman Posted: Jun 09, 2011 0 comments

It’s a well-known story: A little over 2 decades ago, a Nashville record executive familiar with aspiring singer/songwriters Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn suggested that the two team up and see what might happen — and the rest was, indeed, history.

Billy Altman Posted: May 26, 2011 0 comments

Listening to Lady Gaga’s relentless new CD, I can’t help but think of those old TV commercials in which a housewife would unscrew the cap to a bottle of Ajax liquid cleanser and unleash a “White Tornado” on her kitchen floor. Except in Gaga’s case, it’s a (bleached) white tornado being unleashed on every dancefloor of the planet.

Billy Altman Posted: May 18, 2011 0 comments

Given the ubiquity these days of performers whose acts seem to rely as much (or more) on technology as on talent, fans of genres like Americana can be forgiven for fretting that fretboards could soon wind up on the endangered species list.

Billy Altman Posted: May 05, 2011 0 comments

Back in 2004, when the Beastie Boys released their NYC-saluting To the 5 Boroughs, Adam "MCA" Yauch noted in an interview that "what makes New York special is definitely the

water. . . . We got the best pizza, the best bagels, the best hip-hop. It's the fluid that runs through our bodies."

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