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Tom Thornton is a real estate broker for Realty Austin and a freelance writer. Tom lives in the Southwest Austin area with his wife and two daughters, and has also contributed music and food pieces to Austinist, Gothamist, and American Songwriter. He has interviewed musicians such as Snow Patrol, Spoon, Hot Chip, and Crowded House and actors such as Will Ferrell and Aziz Ansari. Tom has been interviewed as a featured real estate expert in The New York Times and on KLBJ's "Real Estate Radio" and as an "Austin culture expert" by BBC Radio 2, The Wall Street Journal, MTV.com, KUT, 101X FM, and News 8 Austin. He is an avid traveler who has visited 29 countries.

 

 

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Where to Eat Right Now

Where to eat in Austin right now: 5 hot new happy hours for summer

By Tom Thornton

Great happy hours are an Austin tradition. The casual nature of Austin living and dining certainly fits the concept, and for years a number of the city’s favorite perennials ...


Where To Eat Right Now

Where to eat in Austin right now: 6 great taquerias to explore this summer

By Tom Thornton

Now that warm weather has arrived, trips to the lake, the pool and summer parties are a regular occurrence. While it can be tempting to grab a quick burger or ...


Worth Another Listen

The breakout showcases of SXSW — and the 5 artists to follow this year

By Tom Thornton

SXSW 2014 was a strange one. The festival's jubilant atmosphere was shattered this year by both the loss of life and the feeling that the event's massive growth ...


30 Days, 30 Artists

SXSW dance rock pick: London's Cymbals prepare for much hyped U.S. debut

By Tom Thornton

Name: CYMBALS Featured track: "The Natural World," from The Age Of Fracture City of origin: London, England Genre: Electro-pop/rock In one sentence: Reminiscent of '80s synth-pop but with smart ...


30 Days, 30 Artists

SXSW pop pick: Brooklyn's Hospitality grows up and shows a darker side on Trouble

By Tom Thornton

Name: Hospitality Featured track: "Going Out," from Trouble   City of origin: Brooklyn, New York   Genre: Indie-pop   In one sentence: Dark, smart indie-pop for fans of Spoon, Camera Obscura and The ...


30 Days, 30 Artists

Betty Who's sunny pop anthems bring summer vibes to Andy Cohen's SXSW tapings

By Tom Thornton

Name: Betty Who Featured track: "Somebody Loves You" from The Movement EP   City of origin: Sydney, Australia   Genre: Pop   In one sentence: Big, bright arena-ready pop music for fans of ...


Locavore Bacon and Beer

Bacon, beer, repeat: What's on tap for the first ever Austin Bacon & Beer Festival

By Tom Thornton

Austin craft beer fans have become spoiled as of late. Between Austin Beer Week, the Texas Craft Brewers Festival and blowout anniversary bashes at local brew pubs, the discerning hop-head ...


Day 3 of 30 Days, 30 Artists

St. Paul and The Broken Bones show SXSW some Alabama soul

By Tom Thornton

Name: St. Paul and The Broken Bones   Featured track: "Call Me," from Half The City   City of origin: Birmingham, Alabama   Genre: R&B   In one sentence: New-guard Alabama rhythm and ...


The Head and the Heart on Tour

On the eve of Stubb's shows, The Head and the Heart talk Austin City Limits, Sub Pop and surviving the road

By Tom Thornton

Seattle's The Head And The Heart were one of the surprise success stories of 2011. Their sunny, smart, self-titled debut sold 300,000 copies and landed them opening gigs ...


ACL-TV In Review

Nine Inch Nails' unconventional ACL debut showcases deep cuts and grooves

By Tom Thornton

Last week's announcement that Nine Inch Nails would tape an episode of Austin City Limits surprised more than a few people. While the show has been moving toward a ...


ACL 2013 Review: The National

The National at ACL reveals how a moody indie standout became one of rock's finest acts

By Tom Thornton

Some bands attract fans of all stripes, while others seem to have a certain demographic. If one guessed that the average fan at The National's Stubb's gig was ...


ACL 2013 Review: Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand prompts a very large afternoon crowd to start its hourlong dance party

By Tom Thornton

Scotland's Franz Ferdinand hit the stage at ACL Sunday with something to prove. After their solid third album, Tonight, produced a critical and commercial shrug, the group nearly disbanded ...


ACL 2013 Review: Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg's ACL set reveals a poise that belies his youth

By Tom Thornton

While one might assume that a late-afternoon slot at the ACL Festival would be daunting for a teenager, Jake Bugg has seen it all before. The 19-year-old Brit played Glastonbury ...


ACL 2013 Review: Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode bring big visuals, leather vests and surprising levity to Zilker

By Tom Thornton

When ACL Fest announced that Depeche Mode and The Cure would headline two nights of the 2013 edition, the jokes flew quickly. Eyeliner Fest, Goth Fest, 120 Minutes Fest: while ...


ACL Preview

Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck on ACL Fest, Willie Nelson, Barton Springs and home studios

By Tom Thornton

More than a decade in, Phosphorescent – the performing band and recording moniker of Matthew Houck – is suddenly attracting the biggest crowds and best reviews of its career. The moody, orchestral ...


Dancing on His Own

Alt-country Night Beds on driving the backroads, simple songwriting and loving Robyn

By Tom Thornton

On Thursday, The Mohawk welcomes back Nashville's Night Beds, the creation of young Winston Yellen, who at age 23 has already recorded three EP's and a full-length album ...


Mas Y Mas Y Mas

A beginner's guide to Pachanga Fest, the Latino music blowout at Fiesta Gardens

By Tom Thornton

Since 2008, the Pachanga Latino Music Festival has been a spring highlight of Austin's cultural calendar. The relaxed but steadily growing event has become a showcase for a vastly ...


Interview with a Musician

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on Psych Fest, playing with Dave Grohl & chasing perfection

By Tom Thornton

Since 1998, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have been honing a sound influenced by Britrock, psych and shoegaze — among many other things. Helmed jointly by guitarist Peter Hayes and bassist Robert ...


In-Depth Interview

Oasis' Noel Gallagher on Fox News, David Bowie, and the importance of being idle

By Tom Thornton

During 18 years as the guitarist, primary songwriter and sometime vocalist for Oasis, Noel Gallagher became one of the biggest rock icons of his era. His sales and chart statistics ...


Who's House? Run's House!

FFF7 in review: RUN D.M.C. bring the hits but leave the crowd wanting more

By Tom Thornton

As Fun Fun Fun kicked off Friday afternoon, one couldn't help but notice all the RUN D.M.C. T-shirts around the park. Some looked like they were 80 ...


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