Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

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.


A Giant Dog is raucous ear candy culled from the hook-driven melodies of Slade, the glammy swagger of Marc Bolan, the morbidfantasy of Killer-era Alice Cooper, and the unpredictable wit of Sparks.  Sabrina and Andrew’s lyrics, equal parts brutally honest, clever, and debased, have a knack for taking their idiosyncratic depravities and making them feel universal.

These songs are by, for, and about the losers, freaks, and outcasts. The lonely. The terminally horny. Boozehounds and party animals. When I first listened to Toy, I was sad it didn’t sound aggressive like Pile. A few listens later and I was singing along with it. It’s quieter than Pile, but it’s another great album by A Giant Dog

Forging their friendships in the crucible of their Houston, TX, high school, Sabrina Ellis (vocals), Andrew Cashen (vocals, guitar), and Orville Neeley (drums) first got their start covering AC/DC, The Ramones, Joan Jett, and the finer points of the Back to the Future soundtrack at school dances under the band name Youth In Asia. Reuniting in Austin in 2008, they enlisted their pals Andy Bauer (guitar) and Graham Low (bass) and christened the act A Giant Dog.  AGD have built their reputation blowing the goddamned doors off every venue in Austin. Live, they are loud, heavy, electrifying. Sabrina struts around the stage like Iggy Pop channeling Tina Turner. Andrew hurls himself from the summit of the speaker stack. Graham’s headbanging clobbers anything close to him. The audience rages, asses shake, and everyone leaves drenched in beer and bodily fluids.


released August 25th, 2017

Band Members:
Sabrina Ellis: Lead Vocals
Andrew Cashen: Vocals and Guitar
Andy Bauer: Guitar
Graham Low: Bass
Daniel Blanchard: Drums and Percussion

HOVVDY – ” Cranberry “

Posted: December 22, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Hovvdy Cranberry

Hovvdy’s debut LP was nothin’ short of lovely. there are too many reasons to count why y’all should be excited about ‘Cranberry’

The Austin based band released one of 2016’s most enduring – and endearing – albums in “Taster”.  “Cranberry”, is their first since signing to the venerable double double whammy,  label seems poised to flesh out the warm, lived-in aura that permeates their disarmingly honest work.  case in point: lead single “Petal” drips with nostalgia, its assured pace gently giving way to tender falsetto.


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2017 was ridiculous. If any year needed the vulnerable and punching thoughts of one of this generations greatest songwriters, it was this. Tackling consumerism, Internet trolls, and racist leaders, Ramirez is at the peak of his art on “Stone Age”. His latest album marks a different direction, but never lacks his incredible artistic integrity that bounces between folk, country, and rock with a conscience.

David Ramirez the Austin-based singer songwriter is preparing to release his new album “We’re Not Going Anywhere”It’s a follow-up to his acclaimed 2015 record Fablesand sees him pitch a message of defiance against Donald Trump’s America.  Ramirez, who has dual American and Mexican heritage, has created an album that is rooted firmly in the present, not the past. “So many cultures in this country are being viewed as un-American and it breaks my heart,” he says. “My family has raised children here and are proud to be a part of this country. Most of what I’ve seen as of late is misplaced fear. I wanted to write about that fear and how, instead of benefiting us, it sends us spiralling out of control.”

Tracks like “Stone Age” bridge the years nicely with his enduring sardonic lyrics sung with his weary and incredible voice.

The new album, We’re Not Going Anywhere out 9/8/17

Ahead of the album’s release, we’re premiering this beautiful video for “Time”, a song which looks at how memories and relationships develop, and features Ramirez’s bandmates Sam Kassirer (producer), Simon Page, Mark Wright, Ari Bernstein and Zach Hickman. 

Ramirez says: “I went into the studio with plans to document our time there and by the second day, after recording most of the song “Time”, I knew I wanted it to be the backdrop for the film. It’s easily one of the dreamiest songs I’ve ever recorded, and framed against the black and white montage of memories from the studio, it comes across with more nostalgia than heartbreak.”

Texas’s favorite alt-country troublemakers returned in 2017 with their finest album in over a decade, anchored by this rip-snorting meditation on sin and redemption. “I got a soul that’s good and flawed,” Rhett Miller sings, but “I’m good with God.” It’s a witty deconstruction of male entitlement, although the greatest touch here is casting Brandi Carlile as a particularly vengeful Yahweh. It’s a role she was born to play.

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The Austin-based Molly Burch is a force to be reckoned with, albeit a subtle one. Her debut LP, “Please Be Mine”, was released in February and is not only one of the year’s best albums by a newcomer, but one of the best period. The record is heartfelt, intricate and unconditionally romantic. As a trained jazz singer, Burch’s vintage vocal stylings truly shine throughout the ten songs, particularly on the standout “Fool” and the title track, “Please Be Mine.” Burch’s songwriting and voice is wholly complemented by guitarist Dailey Toliver’s delicate instrumentation, creating a thoroughly-nuanced album perfect for these telling times when all we really need is a bit of love.