A whole mess of new music, “Jughead: The Hunger” and Richard Nixon

It’s record releasin’ season, folks! (But also Jughead. There’s always room for Jughead.)

Craig Finn, “We All Want the Same Things” (Partisan). Here is the Hold Steady frontman’s third solo album. (Out now)

 Ruthie Foster, “Joy Comes Back” (Blue Corn Music). The Austin folk artist’s new album contains a cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” and the Four Tops’ “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever.” (Out now)

 The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Damage and Joy” (EK OK). Dear JAMC, “tryin’ (to) win your interest back” is a pretty on-the-nose first line for a first single from a 2017 JAMC album. First spin: chill, more noise would have been nice, but it’s better than “Munki,” but so is slamming your hand in a door. (Well, that’s at least more exciting,) (Out now)’

“Richard Nixon: The Life” by John A. Farrell (Doubleday). Behold: 750+ pages of Tricky Dick. Not sure it will get much more definitive than this. (Out now)

“Jughead: The Hunger” (Archie). So let’s day you’re a “Riverdale” fan who does NOT follow comics. You may be surprised to learn than Archie have gotten a bit more…well, one is reluctant to say “Mature,” so let’s go with PG/PG-13 here and there. This is part of the Archie Horror line, as Jughead, once known for being hungry for burgers, goes full werewolf here. (March 29)

 Rodney Crowell, “Close Ties” (New West). Look for ex-wife Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow and John Paul White to show up on the new one by the pride of Crosby. (March 31)

 Bob Dylan, “Triplicate” (Columbia). The Nobel laureate for literature continues his string of covers albums, which might count as trolling the entire country of Sweden. This one’s a triple: Disc 1 is called “‘Til the Sun Goes Down”; Disc 2, “Devil Dolls”; Disc 3, “Comin’ Home Late.” (March 31).

 Mastodon, “Emperor of Sand” (Reprise). The newest one from these metal titans and Austin favorites. Gee whiz, I have seen these guys a lot over the years. (March 31)


FX’s “Snowfall” will open ATX Television festival

FX’s new series “Snowfall,” about the rise of crack as an American epidemic, will be the ATX Television festival’s opening night screening, followed by a panel discussion with producers and stars of the show, it was announced Thursday.


The festival announced all sorts of additional panels and programming for year six of the festival, which will take place June 8 to 11 in Austin. This just in: There is a lot of TV out there.

In addition, FX’s Emmy nominated series “The Americans” will hold a panel with co-showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields.  FX will also screen an all-new episode from the third installment of their critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning series “Fargo,” followed by a conversation with creator/executive producer and Austin resident Noah Hawley.

ATX will hold their first-ever Network Presidents panel, featuring NBC Entertainment pres Jennifer Salke,  Hulu head of content Craig Erwich, HBO programming president Casey Bloys and FX president of original programming Nick Grad,. They are slated to discuss topics such as the mounting pressures of defining their brands while maintaining and growing their audiences,  changing distribution models and creating more diverse content.

AMC will début a new episode of the hit series “Fear the Walking Dead,” followed by a Q&A with executive producers and cast. The network will also screen the season one finale of their upcoming series “The Son,” based on the acclaimed novel by Philipp Meyer, with attending cast and creatives to be announced at a later date.

HBO’s critically-acclaimed series “The Leftovers” will hold a panel with executive producers Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta, and Mimi Leder following the series finale which airs June 4,

In addition, former Austinite Mark Duplass will join ATX for a Q&A and sneak peek screening of his new HBO comedy “Room 104,” which he created and executive produces with his brother Jay Duplass.

“Girls” will also celebrate its final season with a panel featuring HBO vice president of HBO programming Kathleen McCaffrey casting director Jennifer Euston; and cast members Alex Karpovsky and Ebon Moss-Bachrach.

USA will screen their comedy “Playing House” for the first time at ATX, with creators, executive producers, writers and stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham.

FOX will screen an episode of their hit comedy “The Mick,” followed by a Q&A with cast and producers .

Also look for a chat about Freeform’s hit “Pretty Little Liars” and upcoming series “Famous In Love.” Freeform will also première their new series “The Bold Type,” followed by a Q&A with executive producer Sarah Watson and co-executive producer Holly Whidden.

MTV will host a panel on the History of MTV Reality Series. Look for MTV executive vice president and Head of Unscripted and Reality Programming, Nina Diaz, “Real World”/”Road Rules” executive producer Jon Murray, “Jersey Shore” executive producer Sally Ann Salsano, “Teen Mom” executive producer Morgan J. Freeman and “The Hills” executive producer Adam DiVello ().
AT&T’s AUDIENCE Network will première their new original fall comedy series “Loudermilk,” followed by a Q&A with creator/executive producer Peter Farrelly, writer Bobby Mort, and cast members Ron Livingston and Will Sasso.

TruTV will join ATX for the first time, to première its upcoming scripted comedy series “I’m Sorry,” followed by a Q&A with creator, executive producer and star Andrea Savage, who will be joined by co-star Tom Everett Scott, executive producer Jessica Elbaum, and showrunner Joey Slamon.

ABC’s “October Road” will reunite to celebrate the show’s 10-year anniversary, with creators Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg, along with cast Odette Annable, Geoff Stults, Rebecca Field, Lindy Booth, Jay Paulson and Evan Jones.

Check out  www.atxfestival.com for details on attending.

Margaret Cho added to Moontower Comedy Fest lineup

Margaret Cho has been added as a headliner for the sixth annual Moontower Comedy Festival presented by Laughly. Cho will perform at 7 p.m. April 22 at the Paramount Theatre. It’s a pretty safe bet that politics will come up at some point in the evening.

ASPEN, CO – JANUARY 23: Margaret Cho attends the Logo New Now Next Honors From Aspen Gay Ski Week on January 23, 2016 in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images for Logo)

In other Moontower news, Jay Pharoah’s set has been moved to 9:30 p.m. April 20 at the Paramount. Other performers coming for the fest include comics Ali Wong and Patton Oswalt, “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick and the “My Favorite Murder” podcast.

Individual tickets to Cho’s Moontower performance will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. March 23. You can already buy badges for the April 19-22 festival at moontowercomedyfest.com, at the Paramount Theatre box office or by calling 512-474-1221.

New albums from Mag Fields, Shins and hello, “Feud!”


Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, “One More Time With Feeling,” Blu-ray (Kobalt). Home video version of this absolutely haunting film, part musical performance, part meditation on the loss of his son. A total stunner. (out now)

 “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX). Ryan Murphy, anthologist, strikes again. This one is all about feuds and, Murphy being Murphy, the first one concerns Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) versus Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” Look for Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis, Alfred Molina, Catherine Zeta-Jones and more. The first episode aired March 5.

The South by Southwest Conference and Festivals. For an increasingly long time every year, Austin becomes ground zero for music, technology and film culture. And also people barfing in the street and traffic downtown being … not good. Welcome to town, folks. Have a taco. (March 10-19).

The Magnetic Fields, “50 Song Memoir” (Nonesuch). Shades of his legendary “69 Love Songs” collection come in this five-CD box chronicling 50 years of frontman Stephin Merritt’s life to the tune of (sorry) one song per year. (out now)


The Shins, “Heartworms” (Aural Apothecary/Columbia). Speaking of outfits that have taken some time off, the Shins’ last record was way back in 2012. “Mildenhall,” the first single, sounds like classic Shins: sharp, acoustic rifts, drifting sounds in the background; pure pop for (older than) millennial people. (March 10)