Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

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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

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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.

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Shakey Graves Is A Gentleman From Texas.

Live session from 102.7 THE PEAK Vancouver || http://www.thepeak.fm
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.

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Released February 8th, 2019

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. Tortured lyrics whip and wind their way around each other. They only let you see the knots and the grit, but something throbs inside there.

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Jeremy Quentin – Guitar, Vocals
David Ramirez – Bass
Carson Mchone – Vocals
Simon Page – Pedal Steel
Sam Kossler – Vocals

Released January 11th, 2019
Written By: Jeremy Quentin 

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Austin psych-blues four-piece White Denim released their last album, Performance, less than a year ago, and they’re already dropping singles off their new one. ‘Shanalala’ is one of two new tracks they just debuted in the lead up to the release of their eighth album in 11 years, titled Side Effects. There are no words to express how lazy this paragraph makes me feel.

Taken from the new album ‘Side Effects’, out March 29th

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Townes Van Zandt, has a previously unreleased collection of songs titled “Sky Blue” to be released via Fat Possum on the 7th March (which would have been his 75th birthday).

The recordings were made in early 1973 with the late Bill Hedgepeth, a journalist, musician, and most crucially a close friend of Townes Van Zandt. The singer-songwriter was splitting his time between Texas, Colorado, and a shack outside Franklin, Tennessee: an itinerant life that informed many of his most famous and beloved tunes. Throughout his life he would often return to Hedgepeth’s home studio in Atlanta, later with family in tow, to record, re-work, and experiment with new songs as well as some of his most iconic.

In addition to a handful of old favourites, Sky Blue also includes two new songs that have never been heard before “All I Need”and “Sky Blue”There are early, raw versions of Pancho & Lefty and Rex’s Blues, covers of songs by Richard Dobson and Tom Paxton, a smoky version of Blue Ridge Mountain Blues and a scarred and scarring interpretation of Hills of Roane County, an East Tennessee murder ballad from the 1880s that was popularized by Tony Rice.

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Releases March 7th, 2019

Fishing In Japan have only been creating music together for the better part of 2018. The band uploaded their demo “Constantinople” on SoundCloud and have already garnered over 10k spins. They also recently played at a rally for Beto O’Rourke in Dallas before the election back in November. The amazing part about this band is that most of the members are still in high school.

Fishing In Japan’s sound is melodic indie-pop that is quite addicting. So far they’ve only release one EP, All This Timeand a handful of singles. “Here For You” is an uplifting track that offers support for anyone that might be struggling. Their most recent single “Salieri” takes it down a notch with a bit more of a serious tone. Even though some of their lyrical content ranges from lighthearted to a bit more of a serious tone, their overall sound does elicit a feel good vibe. It will be interesting to see what the talented quartet will come up with in 2019.

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Fishing in Japan are Wolfgang Hunter (vocals/guitar), Landon Headstrom (guitar/synth), Matthew Luna (drums), and Dante Zatto (bass).