Posts Tagged ‘Austin’

With a woozy, synth-laced sound that could pass for Ariel Pink after a couple night caps of NyQuil, the latest single from Holy Wave’s looming Adult Fear LP is exactly what we want to be hearing right about now.

Wrap yourself in the warmth of “Habibi” below, right alongside the Austin band’s commentary and a couple other selections from the magnum psych-infused opus that’s dropping on March 30th….“Habibi” represents the fall of the hero with a thousand faces. In every story and every history book, there is a point where we all experience a fall from grace. It is something necessary and human.

Or as Albert Camus once said, “I used to advertise my loyalty and I don’t believe there is a single person I loved that I didn’t eventually betray.”

Holy Wave is back with a new album Adult Fear, which arrives via The Reverberation Appreciation Society. The record sees the Austin quintet forging deeper into hazy synths and expansive melodies, coalescing the their myriad of influences into a signature sound.

From the Holy Wave’s new LP ‘Adult Fear,’ out March 30th, 2018 on The Reverberation Appreciation Society.


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Levitation fest returns to Austin after two years off, happening April 26th – 29th at venues all over the downtown area. The festival has been releasing official mixtapes featuring music from this year’s artists. We’re premiering the second of those, which was put together by Al Lover, and features Oh Sees, Electric Wizard, Ministry, The Make-Up, Bedouine, Panda Bear, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Parquet Courts, Ariel Pink, Slowdive, Suuns, OM and lots more.




Julia Lucille’s second album “Chthonic” was released April 7th 2017 on Keeled Scales, and has been described as “a triumph” (GoldFlake Paint) and “Lucille’s most fully realized work yet” (Austin Monthly). She grew up in Menlo Park, California and graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 2010, where she majored in music. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.

“Part folk, part dream pop, part something else entirely, her music combines equal parts delicacy and foreboding with an impressive patience and emotional intensity […] concerned with the underworld, more specifically descending into as a mode of growth and rebirth (a la Persephone), and [showing] off the interplay between shadow and light that constitutes the record’s aesthetic.”


Vocals and guitar: Julia Lucille 
Guitar: Paul Mitchell 
Drums & Bass: Dan Duszynski 
Pedal Steel: Luke Dawson 

Dryspell is a rock group out of Austin, Texas, formed by Hunter Thompson (who also plays guitar with White Reaper). The band is set to release their brand new EP “More” on March 1st via Highland Park, a new singles label from Roll Call Records.

They’ve released the EP’s first single, the blaring rocker “You Without Me” which definitely fits in with the garage rock put out by recent groups such as Twin Peaks and even a bit of Thompson’s work with White Reaper. On top of some devilish guitar licks, there are some pop-hooks under all the fuzz that bring it all home in rocking fashion.

Find a stream of “You Without Me” available to hear below and if you dig it, go ahead and find the track available


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David Ramirez is set to hit the road in the UK this week on January 12 for a nine-date tour. To coincide with the tour, he has shared a stripped back take on his recent single ‘Watching From A Distance’

This particularly poignant take embellishes the track’s more delicate moments and further asserts Ramirez’s way with words and emotions, particularly on this song which acknowledges the distancing rift between lovers. Upon initial release earlier this year, David’s fourth album received praise from Q, Uncut, The Independent and Folk Radio UK .  Ramirez is “an acute observer of the fractured state of the nation, its lost souls and lost ideals but even as he sees discord, he is hopeful for the future…” His album “We’re Not Going Anywhere”  is now due for its UK commercial release on January 12th falling in-line with his UK tour.

“Soulful, stirring, heartbreaking. David makes you hang on the turn of everyphrase.” 

“The best damn songwriter you don’t know yet” – PASTE

“One of Americana music’s great undiscovered songwriters” – Austin Monthly


Ramirez – who comes from a unique perspective of having a dual Mexican and American heritage – wrote We’re Not Going Anywhere as a response to anger and defiance towards the American political landscape. Whilst holed away in a barn-turn-studio in Maine earlier this year, miles from anybody else, Ramirez and his band felt geographically excluded from the politics but via social media and television, heavily engaged, informed and not necessarily partisan.


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Hovvdy have announced their sophomore effort, Cranberry for release 9th February via the fine folks at Double Double Whammy Records. Their tunes are chilled out pop tunes. They bounce along, never getting overly excited but leaving you humming along.


Based in Austin, Texas, Hovvdy (pronounced “howdy”) is the writing and recording project of Charlie Martin and Will Taylor. The duo, both primarily drummers, first met in the fall of 2014 and quickly bonded over a love for quiet music. Within a few weeks, they had combined songs and began recording their first EP in bedrooms and family homes across Texas.

HIKES – ” Lilt “

Posted: December 28, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Hikes is a band of friends from Austin, Tx. Inspired by nature, and driven to meld their love of hard, technical styles withfolk; Math-Folk . Hikes, a band from Austin, Texas, have made it very clear they’re inspired primarily by the outdoors — the project’s name, for one. Songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist Nathan James Wilkins was raised near the Ozark mountains, and, as the music business is conducted out of big cities, that rural-urban contrast got Wilkins thinking. The result is “Onset,” which throws technical-minded math-rock beats against expansive and dulcet folksy chords, to great effect. “This song is about feeling the constant noise and hustle of the city, and its affect on me,” Wilkins wrote . “Growing up hiking and camping in the Ozarks forged an inner peace in me that has gotten quieter over the years. A lot of our songs explore the tension between city and nature; work and play. I had workshopped the song back home in the Ozarks, but when I presented it to the band, it really blossomed into something wonderful! I finished the lyrics in peace under a ginkgo tree the morning before recording in one of the largest cities in the world, Tokyo.”


Band Members

Nathan Wilkins: Vocals/Guitar
Chris Long: Drums
Colin Jenkins: Bass
Will Kauber: Guitar

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50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t be Wrong is the debut by Alabama-raised, now Austin-based Caroline Sallee, aka Caroline Says. After college Sallee took a job as a waitress in Yellowstone as an exercise in solitude and independence. With the money she saved there, she took a transformative journey via Greyhound to explore the West Coast before returning to Alabama where she would record her debut album in her parents’ basement. 50 Million puts us in the seat right next to Sallee where we can feel the warm West Coast light through the window, the bus route charting the lines between our youth, and our delayed future. These kinds of debuts can sometimes feel like an over-promise of what is to come, but in the case of Caroline Says there’s clearly plenty more thread to be unraveled. It’ll be a pleasure to see where the next bus ride takes us.


SUMMER SALT – ” Summer Salt “

Posted: December 28, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Summer Salt is a rock’n’roll three-o of best pals. With influences of bossa nova and oldies, we create the perfect soundtrack for chillaxin’ by the pool. Matt has the voice of an angel, Eugene has that in-the-pocket drummin’, and Phil’s bass is funny.


Summer Salt are a trio from Austin, Texas, who describe their music as, “that much needed breeze for maximum relaxation”. Returning with their first material since 2015’s Going Native, the band are next week set to put out their brand new EP, So Polite, via ATH Records. Thankfully you won’t have to wait for that, as ahead of that release .


Band Members
Matt Terry, Eugene Chung, Phil Baier