Sound Summary: Jan29 - Feb4


JMBLYA and Fortress Fest announced first round of bands, and River City Rockfest has a new fall date:



DMX back in jail for failing drug test. more here

EDC in China. more here

Revivalists stopping by Aztec Theatre. 

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In a very interesting partnership, Margin Walker & HEARD Presents are teaming up on a show at BRICK to bring Yung Pinch to San Antonio.


Botanica News: The festival confirmed that Fiesta TX will only be open to BOTANICA TICKET HOLDERS. With a full day of music and practically zero lines for rides, Botanica is gearing up to be a funner festival experience than, say, a RenFair. amirite?! Botanica Also Released Full Lineup: Logic, Deftones, Alessia Cara, Lil Yachty, Machine Gun Kelly, DJ Diesel, OOKAY, Bishop Briggs, Sofi Tukker, Doja Cat, Callie Reiff, Biters, Carlton Zeus, Blake, The New Respects, Youth In Revolt, Piñata Protest, Feminz-X, Stoop Kids, BLXNCO, House of Kenzo, Colour Red, Wayne Holtz. More details here

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The Grammys: The celebrity pool is shrinking. The rate of new celebrity pop stars has slowed to a crawl and annual award shows have become a rearranged version of itself. The same stars trade awards throughout the year, but here at Sobre Sound, we found our favorite artists winning awards and listed them below (you know, the ones who create their own music and perform them without lip syncing).


Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:  
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still 

Best Dance Recording
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.)
LCD Soundsystem - Tonite - (James Murphy, producer; James Murphy, mixer)

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Kraftwerk - 3-D The Catalogue - (For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.)

Best Metal Performance
Mastodon - Sultan’s Curse - (For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative metal recordings.)

Best Rock Album
The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding -(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rock, hard rock or metal recordings.)

Best Alternative Music Album
The National - Sleep Well Beast  - (Vocal or Instrumental.) 

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Childish Gambino - Redbone - (For new vocal or instrumental traditional R&B recordings.)

Best Urban Contemporary Album
The Weeknd - Starboy - (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.)

Best Rap Performance
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE (For a Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

Best Rap/Sung Performance
(For a solo or collaborative performance containing both elements of R&B melodies and Rap.)
Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna - LOYALTY

Best Rap Song
Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

Best Rap Album
Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

Best American Roots Performance
Alabama Shakes - Killer Diller Blues


Artists received 'counterterrorism briefing' before the Grammys. It is not unusual for artists to receive security briefings before big events. In fact, the Recording Academy already provides security guidance to its members. But this marks the first off-site briefing to provide counterterrorism training directly to musicians. More here.

Avenged Sevenfold didn’t attend the Grammys to protest the Recording Academy’s alleged mistreatment of the Rock genre. CBS will air only around 12 of the awards handed out at this year’s Grammys.  The rest of the 84 total awards will be presented at a private, non-televised event. More here.

Shows This Week

  • Machine Head - Aztec Theatre - Monday

  • Margo Price - Emo's - Tuesday

  • Barry Manilow - Majestic - Wednesday

  • Mr. Carmack - Empire Control Room - Thursday

  • Tennis - Paper Tiger - Friday

  • Winter Vibes Live - Krazy Kat Music Store - Friday / Saturday

  • John Maus - Barracuda - Saturday


New Albums Out Friday

Pearl Charles - Sleepless Dreamer
Efrim Manuel Menuck - Pissing Stars (of Godspeed You! Black Emperor
AwolnationHere Come The Runts
Justin Timberlake - Man of the Woods
The Soft Moon – Criminal

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