While working on a documentary about Charles Schultz and his legendary Peanuts comic strip, television producer Lee Mendelson was approached to create a children’s Christmas special for CBS. Then he took a taxi over the Golden Gate Bridge.
Austin band, The Deer, is not-so-quietly making moves. Coming off of a great performance at Old Settler's Music Festival this past April, and having recently opened for Wild Child at Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater in November 2015, the band is rapidly propelling themselves into a new category on the local music scene. Recently, we had the chance to sit down with the band to discuss music, side projects, and what goes on behind the scenes.
Kentucky native Sturgill Simpson has blended funk and soul on his new record, A Sailor's Guide to Earth, adding a New Orleans horn section and keys to his critically acclaimed outlaw country sound. He spent two nights in Austin at Moody Theater presented by ACL Live. We caught the Cinco de Mayo show on Thursday and came away feeling groovy.
Small Batch Productions held their first birthday party at Scoot Inn. The party featured five artists that have recorded a session with the Small Batch Music Project and headlining act Megafauna. Six hours of great music, three pallets of Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale, and a rad dance party make for a sweet Friday night. Check out three artists to watch for in 2016: Malandros, TØMA, and Magic Rockers of Texas.
The Wild Now released their latest EP, Tides, to a strong Thursday crowd at Stubb's Indoor stage on April 14. Emily Bell and Say Girl Say opened and fans enjoyed The Wild Now guitarist Drew Walker's birthday as well as a special guest appearance.
Magna Carda, an Austin-based hip hop outfit consisting of rapper Megz Kelli, keyboardist/producer Dogie Do and a live rhythm section, blew the doors off The Parish last Thursday. By the time the band had finished their set, they had reinforced their reputation as not only one of the most dynamic hip hop groups in town, but also one of the most entertaining live acts across the entire Austin music scene.
Euphoria Fest took place this past weekend (April 7-10, 2016) at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, TX and was a truly incredible experience—loaded to the max with some absolutely amazing music and fantastic energy from the artists and attendees alike. We were able to catch some great sets by Tycho and STS9 on Friday night, and the festival was kind enough to let us snap some shots of both acts performing. Make sure to stay tuned for our coverage of Sat and Sun that we’ll be posting over the next few days.
SXSW is all about the sidebar. The in-between space. The bridge. The happy accidents. Even when you start with a plan, you always end up with little surprises that stay with you well beyond the end of the festival. Here are five sets from 2016 that made my festival this year.
This year SPIN magazine was holding its 14th annual SxSW day party at the iconic Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater. The event was hosted by the Grammy Amplifier program who put together a lineup that was as dynamic as it was diverse. Here are some pics from three of our favorite sets.
The Celebration by Beardbrand (CXBB) party featured four excellent bands at Rattle Inn. Everything from two-stepping to head-banging complete with craft cocktails. Enjoy!
On Thursday of SxSW we spent the afternoon at the Levitation / Sacred Bones day party at Hotel Vegas. The line-up was fantastic and included a wide range of artists from rock to funk to an Indian sitar player.
We caught Hayes Carll's set at the Billy Reid/Newport Folk Festival showcase at Weather Up. The rain and the early start time did not deter the crowd for this one. Mr. Carll's set proved to be the perfect start to another amazing day at SxSW 2016.
Flamingo Cantina was home base for our first day SxSW. Under the Radar magazine played host and provided a diverse selection of bands spanning the globe including Hælos (London, England), Hockey Dad (Wollongong, Australia), Fear of Men (Brighton, England), Sunflower Bean and Caveman (both from Brooklyn, New York).
Austin band Zettajoule is many things: powerful, intelligent, and exceedingly fun to watch. Much like their name implies, their music has energy to spare. One thing this band is not, however, is a one trick pony. Check out our latest local artist profile, and make sure to catch one of their upcoming shows during SxSW.
Native Austinite Tameca Jones has been a staple of the local music scene for going on 10 years. Coming off of an incredibly successful 2015, which included the release of her original single, “Hot and Bothered,” and her selection as a grant recipient from local music non-profit Black Fret, this rare talent continues to astound crowds with her powerful stage presence and exceptional vocal performances.
Nothing feeds the soul quite like some classic R&B, and Austin’s own The Nightowls have made it their mission to see that no one goes hungry.
On Saturday, November 28 Austin band Wild Child thawed a cold and wet Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater with warm sounds and phenomenal energy. Returning home from a two-month tour in support of their recent album release, Fools, they performed an almost two-hour set that further reinforced their place atop the Austin music scene.
Last Wednesday, the resident jazz fans and guitar freaks of Austin were treated to two shows by the guitar duo of Nels Cline and Julian Lage at The University of Texas’ intimate Cactus Café. Supporting their 2014 release ROOM (Mack Avenue), Cline and Lage successfully took their patrons on a 90-minute exploration to the farthest boundaries of jazz.
Earlier this month, Austin band Wild Child released their third studio album, Fools. To mark the occasion, the band held a record release party strictly “for the fans,” where the price of admission was purchasing a copy of the album. We scored a copy of the release on vinyl and wanted to share our thoughts on what a great record it is--beautifully written, exceptionally recorded, and well worth the price of admission.
Last night Seryn took the indoor stage at Stubb’s before a warm audience seemingly unfazed by their collective ACL-Fest hangovers. Seryn is currently in the middle of their second Texas swing of 2015, and this was their 66th (!!!) show this calendar year.
The blue lights of the Fillmore in San Francisco mellow the crowd even more for Gregory Alan Izakov to play another, a little slower this time. So far each song has cast a different kind of spell on the crowd, as good sets do. Yet there's something else going on here, something elusive.
Welcomed by an enthusiastic audience on the first day of fall, Vancouver-based Destroyer roused the near sold-out crowd at Mohawk with 70 intense minutes of horn- and synth-fueled melodies.
The Villanovas is a four-piece rock band that will make you believe that the sound of the 60's and 70's is still alive in the same way that true Chicago Cubs fans believe that this year is their year...every year. Their newly released single, "Honest Man," fuses a revivalist bluesy rock sound with wise-beyond-their-years lyrics in a four-and-a-half minute package of awesome.
Local Austin art-pop band Velo has been hard at work in the studio on a new EP, titled Spring. The EP officially drops today, but it is also part of a larger project - a concept LP due out in 2016. Recently, we caught up with lead singer Ofer Shouval as he was on his way to the studio to mix and pre-master Spring, and he was good enough to let us preview the record and discuss its release as well as the larger LP project.
The Allman Brothers Band helped define the sound of Southern Rock and Rolling Stone even ranked their album At Fillmore East number 2 on the "50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time." But none of it may have come to fruition without the help of a particularly clumsy-footed horse, and a gift from an apologetic brother.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a better example of the quintessential collaboration album than Lost On The River by The New Basement Tapes. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, this shining example of musical conversation is the product of the collaboration of Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Jim James, Taylor Goldsmith, and the previously unrecorded lyrics of Bob Dylan.
What does it mean for music to sound like a particular era? What do people mean when they say an artist or a song is "timeless"? We explore this (and more!) through the lens of the timelessness of Nick Drake's soothing, singer-songwriter sounds and the timeliness of The Villanovas, who remind us of a renewed 60's British rock invasion...literally. Well, almost literally.
The cover. Sometimes an original artist records a song that is made popular by another artist’s interpretation, or cover, of their song. In that way, I think the original artist helps the cover artist find their voice through musical translation. Sometimes starting is the hardest part and starting with a whole song certainly makes that easier.
Discover something fresh. Something new. Tap your feet, clap your hands, and indulge in the novelty of TOMA, a band from Austin in late 2014 looking to make a name for themselves. Get ready for the UT version of SXSW this weekend - West Campus Block Party!
Two young artists in Austin are finding their individual voices in music by covering the songs we know and love. Check out Tameca Jones and Max Frost!