Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

Hovvdy’s third full length album, “Heavy Lifter”, is out October 18th, 2019. Charlie Martin and Will Taylor met at a baseball game while on tour drumming for different bands. Back home in Austin, the two Texas natives discovered both held batches of compatible songs, intended for solo projects. They merged as Hovvdy instead.

Penned separately, the duo’s first-ever songwriting efforts coalesce seamlessly on debut LP Taster . To this day, Charlie and Will create like satellites on the same orbit, combining bedroom recordings into a singular worn-in sound. Their downtempo rock found an audience in the Austin and New Orleans scenes, elevated by support from small indie Sports Day Records.

Brooklyn label Double Double Whammy re-released “Taster” in 2017, followed by “Cranberry” in 2018. The sophomore work solidified the group’s sturdy guitar strums and rhythmic instincts, enveloped in nostalgic glow. Third LP “Heavy Lifter” finds new dimensions in the Hovvdy soundscape.

For Heavy Lifter , the duo worked with producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Ben Littlejohn. Throughout Autumn 2018, the team built out the album in makeshift home studios around Texas. Both singers’ voices cut through more decisively than ever, carried by vivid storytelling and production eccentricities.

Familiar fuzz maintains the warmth of past work, but Heavy Lifter is never muffled. Clear-cut characters and scenes emerge in the 13 tracks. Antsy love song “1999” wanders around a small town, while bright pop piece “Mr. Lee” retells a lonely day in reverent detail. Lo-fi Daniel Johnston moment “Tell me I’m a singer” empathetically enters an artistic perspective, unwound lyrically as: “Tell me I’m a singer.”

You can get an early taste via first single and video, “Cathedral,” that blankets you, warm and comforting, in a drowsy sort of way.

Memories inform present decision-making throughout the album. Two tracks dive into family legacies, “Pixie” admitting “outside my mind/ is where i’m gonna be/ not what i had hoped at 14.” “Sudbury” recounts childhood major league dreams: “front yard catch, you got a plan/ to be a baseball star/ texas ranger shortstop.”

Breaking from the confines of guitar-based slowcore, pop and hip-hop influences expand Hovvdy’s established framework. Propulsive, straightforward hooks usher in autotuned tweaks, chugging beats and genre exploration. By pulling apart slightly, Charlie and Will step into new spaces on Heavy Lifter . Always in sync, it’s a balanced effort.


Rightfully hailed as “the noisiest pop music on the planet” by Pitchfork, Austin, TX’s cult noise rock trio Cherubs have been purveyors of sonic bedlam since their inception in 1991. After an unforeseen return to the scene from a two-decade hiatus in 2014, the Cherubs have now joined forces with the equally revered Relapse Records for the release of their fifth long-player Immaculada High. Recorded and engineered by Erik Wofford (Explosions in the Sky, The Black Angels, My Morning Jacket) at Cacophony Studio in Austin, Immaculada High is 11 songs of signature Cherubs clamor with an added twist of Texas-sized, psychedelic racket. Smooth, rumbling low-end rhythms interplay with feedback drenched, chuggin’ guitars, relentless tone and vocalist Kevin Whitley’s shrill, life-of-the-LSD-party vocals. On Immaculada High, Cherubs loudly proclaim their title as bonafide noise rock legends who continue to forge transgressive yet remarkably accessible punk for a jaded world.


Formed in 1992, Cherubs emerged on the Austin, TX, LSD punk scene with a jackhammer of nightmarish, rhythm-driven song structures and plenty of Butthole Surfers whimsy and terror to keep things more than interesting. Fast forward 20 years later and the band has reformed with more energy and songwriting acumen then ever.

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Austin, Texas-based songwriter Christelle Bofale will be the first to tell you the importance of family roots and mental health, considering how much those things aided her own self-discovery. Being the first American born in her family, the rich heritage of the Congo is deeply rooted in her upbringing and relationship with sounds.From singing and dancing with her mother as a child, to praying to Congolese music with her grandmother, to her father, a soukous guitar player and musical director for the Congregation at his church, Bofale’s journey as a musician has been defined in tiny intervals throughout the course of her life. As a songwriter, she infuses hints of the Congo into various aspects of her music,

Christelle Bofale’s “Swim Team” is a sumptuous introduction to Bofale’s unparalleled sound. The Austin Texas based singer brings multiple influences to Swim Team—Bofale counts Joni Mitchell and Alex G as inspirations—including jazz, rock, soul, and the musical traditions of her family’s native Congo. “Moving On, Getting On,” the album’s opening song, pairs Bofale’s resonant voice with sweeping guitar riffs. On the soulful “Origami Dreams,” Bofale sings, “Make up your mind, I don’t have the time to wait on you.” Album standout, “U Ouchea” is a seven-minute narrative that merges Bofale’s steady voice, melancholy lyrics, and an expansive guitar melody. At its core, “Swim Team” is an album about mental health and serves as a keyhole opening to Bofale’s inner life and a primer for her unique voice.


This album is just stellar. Christelle Bofale has given us a big piece of her heart. released May 31st, 2019

This August, Texas bands’ Lomelda and Hovvdy head out on a U.S. tour together. Ahead of their trek, they’ve shared a new EP where they cover each other’s songs. “Covers” also includes a new collaboration called “🙂.”

A cassette edition of Covers is forthcoming (via Double Double Whammy). All proceeds from the cassette will go to RAICES, a nonprofit that provides low-cost legal services to immigrant children, families, and refugees.

Lomelda is the recording project of Silsbee, Texas musician Hannah Read. Her latest album, “M for Empathy”, came out this past winter.

Charlie Martin and Will Taylor comprise the Austin-based Hovvdy. They released their album “Cranberry” in February 2018.


Released June 28th, 2019

performed & recorded by each artist in their homes
saxophone on “out there” by Tennyson Strano

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Over the years, Peter More and his bandmates have called many places home. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, More joined forces with Spanish flamenco guitarist José Juan Poyatos, Mexican bassist Diego Noyola, and French-American drummer Adrien Faunce in San Miguel de Allende, the colonial arts haven three hours north of Mexico City. There, the band began to record with prolific drummer Rick Shlosser (who played on many Van Morrison and James Taylor classics, among hundreds of other credits). A chance encounter with Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, who happened to be visiting San Miguel, led to Fagen producing More’s debut album, “Beautiful Disrepair,” and a follow-up EP entitled “Shoulder.”

A sense of wanderlust underscores More’s music, weaving many influences and intersections from the principal songwriter and lead singer’s unconventional journey. These layered stories naturally evolved with the band’s continual movement through recording sessions beyond San Miguel that took place in Fort Worth, New York City, and Woodstock. Three of the songs were held back from the LP release in August 2018 and now appear as an EP with the anthemic single “Shoulder” and two b-sides “What We Used to Be” and “Marlene (Featuring Amy Helm).” At turns contemplative and rousing, the Shoulder EP is a precisely executed work with Fagen’s indelible sound stylings that More’s lyrics and vocals make feel uncomplicated and original, fusing together the many creative and geographic influences that define Peter More.

From Peter More’s latest EP “Shoulder” that was released April 12th, 2019, the video for the title track was shot on location in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Moving Panoramas will be at SXSW 2019

In recent years, Moving Panoramas‘ members have undergone lineup changes and health issues, but their new album, In Two, is still an impressive leap forward: a joyous and confident collision of girl-group harmonies and hazy dream-pop, with an agreeably beachy vibe that recalls the best of Best Coast. Bandleader Leslie Sisson enlists a new permanent lineup and an array of guests — including Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws and a few of Moving Panoramas‘ past members — to bring to life a perfect soundtrack to the first blush of springtime.

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In the beginning, Michelle Soto’s melodies were just trapped in her head. “I had no experience with electric instruments,” the Blushing guitarist/songwriter explains of her 2015 mindset. “What was so frustrating was that I had these songs I wanted to write, but I had all these barriers to actually make this music: ‘I’m not good at guitar, I can’t sing.'”

Then, she approached longtime friend and classically trained singer Christina Carmona. Blushing thus began as an acoustic duo, but the early living room sessions yielded more Indigo Girls and less the celestial, Cocteau Twins-infused shoegaze they pummel now. Carmona picked up bass, and in 2016 they added their husbands to the lineup. Jake Soto’s years of drumming in hardcore bands and Noe Carmona’s expertise on guitar rounded out the quartet’s thundering wall of sound.

The band found an early supporter in Cheer Up Charlies booker Trish Connelly, who booked Blushing’s first gig in 2017. They quickly became omnipresent locally, churning out two EPs while their debut LP, recorded and produced by Ringo Deathstarr’s Elliott Frazier, is due later this year. Blushing’s name now appears constantly on Austin bills, their live sets an intensified version of the studio work.

“I grew up playing the piano and violin,” says Carmona. “When I plugged the bass into the amp, I was like, ‘Whoa, this is so much power!’ We wanted to play into that.”

Blushing’s tactile sound blossoms from a juxtaposition of gutsiness: Carmona’s break from the rigidity of classical training and Soto’s innate composing from an untrained background. The former admires the latter’s intuitive approach. “When you don’t have a whole lot of knowledge in a subject, you’re not afraid to make mistakes,” Carmona says. “You don’t know what the mistakes are, so you don’t limit yourself.”

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The 13th Floor Elevators were a band from Austin, Texas, formed by guitarist and vocalist Roky Erickson, electric jug player Tommy Hall, and guitarist Stacy Sutherland. The band was together from 1965 to 1969,

As garage rock turned psychedelic by the latter half of the ’60s, “You’re Gonna Miss Me” was a significant milestone along the way. First released in January 1966, the song showcases Roky Erickson’s otherworldly shriek and Tommy Hall’s eerie electric jug. Hailing from Austin, Texas, 13th Floor Elevators managed four albums and seven singles in their brief run from 1965-69 (and Erickson went on to subsequent acclaim and notoriety), but “You’re Gonna Miss Me” remains the group’s defining statement.

The 2005 documentary You’re Gonna Miss Me specifically credits Tommy Hall with coining the term “psychedelic rock”, although artists such as the Holy Modal Rounders and the Deep had described their music as “psychedelic” earlier. Their contemporary influence has been acknowledged by many of todays musicians.

As garage rock turned psychedelic by the latter half of the ’60s, “You’re Gonna Miss Me” was a significant milestone along the way. First released in January 1966, the song showcases Roky Erickson’s otherworldly shriek and Tommy Hall’s eerie electric jug. Hailing from Austin, Texas, 13th Floor Elevators managed four albums and seven singles in their brief run from 1965-69 (and Erickson went on to subsequent acclaim and notoriety), but “You’re Gonna Miss Me” remains the group’s defining statement.

Original LP Mono Mix version (1966). By the psychedelic rock band “13th Floor Elevators”.

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Before he played at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on December 12th, Shakey Graves performed a session for the PEAK Lounge You can listen to the exclusive acoustic performance in concert with Mill Street Brewery.


Shakey Graves Is A Gentleman From Texas.

Live session from 102.7 THE PEAK Vancouver ||
released February 8th, 2019

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Small Houses is a Austin, TX based indie/folk project featuring the songs and poems of Flint, MI native Jeremy Quentin. Artfully crafted finger-style guitar playing, and softly sung melodies describing the people, love, and homes of Quentin’s life. A long time favourite Small Houses aka singer-songwriter Jeremy Quentin is getting ready to release a new album “I Don’t Know What’s Safe” in January 2019. The magnificent lead single I Remember Me surfaced earlier this week with a gorgeous music video. Watch the video that was directed by Phillip Harder below and grap a name-your-price download of the single from his Bandcamp.


Released February 8th, 2019