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February 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Skylark Lounge
2039 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78722

Here at Decoder, we think it’s only fair that people be good at one thing. Given our limited skill set, the threat of multiplatform players is just a little too daunting. With that in mind, can we just say how offended we are that Lawrence Wright, a staff writer for The New Yorker who won a Pulitzer Prize for his ambitious “Looming Tower,” will be gigging in town this Saturday at Hill Country BBQas the leader of WhoDo, an Austin-based blues and rockabilly band? It’s enough of a task to come to grips with Mr. Wright’s skills at the keyboard and ability to go long and glorious — last spring he wrote a heave about Carlos Slim, the Mexican mogul who bought a piece of a certain little newspaper — but now we find out he pounds a keyboard that makes music as well. And if that isn’t sickening enough, WhoDo, which includes some other hacks turned musicians like John Burnett of NPR, will be backing Ruby Jane Smith, the 14-year-old fiddling Phenom who has tongues wagging every which way every time she plays. Most journalists, including those of us at Decoder, are challenged to get a toe tapping in time to the music, so excuse us for not jumping for joy at the specter of journo-journeymen musicians. Honesty and craft compel us to mention that we hear the band is wonderful, but it’s still a bit much, no?


Courtesy of The New York Times


 SEPTEMBER 26, 2009