The Local Music Spotlight – Grammy Picks & Best Live Music Picks for 1/25-1/31



Stoner Rock pioneers Sleep at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

John “Papa” Gros Band plays at Antone’s with Roxy Roca opening

Little Mazarn at the Mohawk

Los Coast regular Thursday night show at C-Boy’s Heart and Soul



Possessed by Paul James at Beerland

Wolf Parade headlines the outdoor stage at Stubb’s

Residual Kid plays at Barracuda

Matthew Logan Vasquez is at Antone’s

Robyn Hitchcock plays the 3Ten at ACL Live

Kool & the Gang and Brownout bring the funk to ACL Live at the Moody Theater

The Letterman (“When I Fall In Love”) are at One World Theater



Marty Wilson-Piper (The Church) at Barracuda

Darkbird at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

Shovels and Rope at the Bass Concert Hall

Big Boi (Outkast) plays the Empire Control Room

Mothership (Led Zeppelin Tribute Band) plays the indoor stage at Mohawk

Rhett Miller (of the Old 97’s) headlines Antone’s

Deadeye at the Parish

Los Coast is at the Continental Club

G3 2018 with Joe Satriani, John Petrucci (Dream Theater) and Phil Collen (Def Leppard) at ACL Live at the Moody Theater



Terminal Mind (record release show) at Antone’s Records

Guy Forsyth plays legendary Gruene Hall



Propaganda plays the indoor stage at Stubb’s

Brad Stivers at Antone’s

The Peterson Brothers at Continental Club



Third Man Records Country songstress Margo Price headlines Emo’s

Devon Gilfillian plays the Mohawk



The Wind and the Wave at the 3Ten at ACL Live

From the UK, Decland McKenna is at Stubb’s

Warren Hood at the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

Tommy Shannon Blues Band and Bill Carter play Antone’s


Tom’s Top Ten Recommended shows in BOLD.




 Album of the Year

“Awaken, My Love!,” Childish Gambino
4:44, Jay-Z
Damn., Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama, Lorde
24K Magic, Bruno Mars

Song of the Year

“Despacito,” Ramón Ayala Rodriguez, Justin Bieber, Jason Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton Jr., songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber)
“4:44,” Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)
“Issues,” Benjamin Levin, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)
“1-800-273-8255,” Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury, Khalid Robinson & Andrew Taggart, songwriters (Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
“That’s What I Like,” Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

 Record of the Year

“Redbone,”  Childish Gambino
“Despacito,” Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
“The Story of O.J.,” Jay-Z
“Humble.,” Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Best New Artist

Alessia Cara
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels

Best Rap Album

4:44, Jay-Z
Damn., Kendrick Lamar
Culture, Migos
Laila’s Wisdom, Rapsody
Flower Boy, Tyler, the Creator

Best Rock Album

Emperor of Sand, Mastodon
Hardwired … to Self-Destruct, Metallica
The Stories We Tell Ourselves, Nothing More
Villains, Queens of the Stone Age
A Deeper Understanding, The War on Drugs

 Best Country Album

Cosmic Hallelujah, Kenny Chesney
Heart Break, Lady Antebellum
The Breaker, Little Big Town
Life Changes, Thomas Rhett
From A Room: Volume 1, Chris Stapleton

 Best Americana Album

Southern Blood, Gregg Allman
Shine on Rainy Day, Brent Cobb
Beast Epic, Iron & Wine
The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Brand New Day, The Mavericks


Tom’s Picks in BOLD


About Tom Gimbel:

Thomas Gimbel – General Manager – Austin City Limits

Tom Gimbel is the General Manager of the KLRU television show – Austin City Limits and the CEO of Austin City Limits Enterprises, LLC. Austin City Limits is the longest running music show in American television history, the only television program ever awarded the National Medal of the Arts, a certified Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Landmark, and in 2012 the recipient of an institutional Peabody Award celebrating “37 years of excellence in television.”


Prior to joining Austin City Limits in early 2011, Gimbel’s twenty-plus year music industry career has included roles in independent marketing, indie and major record labels, and artist management. From 1995 – 2005, Gimbel held senior executive positions with Arista Records where he guided successful campaigns for Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum sales certified artists such as Santana, Outkast, Pink, Dido, Whitney Houston, and Sarah McLachlan. In 2005, Gimbel founded and served as President of High Wire Music Management, an independent management, label services, and music distribution company with a roster of more than 30 client artists. Gimbel also founded and served as CEO of Clatterhead, Inc., a social media advertising and marketing company. He has served as an artist manager representing the legendary underground musician and artist Daniel Johnston for more than 20 years.

Kristina Killingsworth

January 25th, 2018

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