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I have long collected music videos that capture Austin, the city itself as opposed to stages or venues.

This arsenal reveals massive change in the built environment.
Though significantly transformed, this place remains a wonderful town, a city that beckons and needs us.

What else belongs in this list?
Share in the Comments below.

The Clash: “Rock the Casbah”

Also check this great post from Adam Norwood.

released June 11, 1982

The Pool: “Dance It Down”

released 1983

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard: “Pancho and Lefty”

See also “The True Story Behind the Song.

released 1983

LeRoi Brothers: “Pretty Little Lights Of Town”

from 1983

Stevie Ray Vaughan: “Cold Shot”

released in 1984 (hat tip to Reid in the Comments)

Randy Franklin: “Soul To Soul Music”

released 1986

Foster and Lloyd: “Crazy Over You”

released May 1987

Poi Dog Pondering: “Living With The Dream Body”

released 1989

Calvin Russell: “This Is Your World”

from 1992

Shaver: “Hottest Thing In Town”

released September 9, 1993

Loose Diamonds: “Downtown”

Though shot inside, this video makes the list since it features the Driskill Hotel and not a traditional music venue.

released 1993

Dale Watson: “South of Round Rock Texas”

released 1995

LeeAnn Rimes: “Blue”

released July 9, 1996

Pong: “Bubble Jungle”

released 2001

MC Overlord: “The Good Life”

released 2002

Spoon: “Sister Jack”

released 2005

Sound Team: “No More Birthdays”

released 2006

Kalu James: “Austin Bound”

released August 15, 2008

Bill Callahan: “Vessel in Vain”

from 2008

Hayes Carll: “She Left Me For Jesus”

released 2008

Kat Edmondson: “Be The Change”

released 2008

Bob Schneider: “40 Dogs”

released 2009

Ryan Cabrera: “On The Way Down”

Arcade Fire: “Suburbs”

released June 1, 2010

Marcia Ball: “That’s How It Goes”

released March 2011

SubKulture Patriots: Austin

released April 12, 2011

Quiet Company: “Fear and Fallacy, Sitting In A Tree”

released October 4, 2011

Phranchyze: “Beaches”

released 2011

The Mother Truckers: “Dynamite”

released 2012

Uptown XO: “ERRBODY”

released 2012

Gary Clark, Jr.: “Numb”

released 2012

… And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead: “Catatonic”

released September 25, 2012

Reckless Kelly: Pennsylvania Avenue

released 2012

Machine Gun Kelly: “Wild Boy”

released 2012

Saul Paul: “RISE”

released 2013

Chrissie Hynde: “Dark Sunglasses”

released April 2014

Alt-J: “Left hand free”

released 2014

Rae Sremmurd: “No Flex Zone”

released January 6, 2015

Sertified: “Where I Live”

released 2015

Moving Panoramas: “One”

released 2015

Eric Burton busking in Austin (See “Positive Reactions“):


Patricia Vonne: “Rattle My Cage”

released April 22, 2016

Saul Paul: “It’s Time For An Upgrade”

released 2016

Lench: “What Happened To My Beautiful City”

released 2016

Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol: “Heel”


Zach Bryan: “Nine Ball”

released February 5, 2024 (ht Reid in the Comments)