Austin has such a strong tradition of local music. Everyone is so supportive of each other and there’s this amazing culture surrounding local artists. We chat with Carry Illinois about their honest writing and their new music.
Stubbs in Austin was filled with a multi-generational crowd for Greta Van Fleet. It was clear that with the nostalgia came with the older crowd, and new interests brought in a younger crowd, one that was unfamiliar to Greta Van Fleet’s sound. Austin was their sixth US stop on their headlining tour.
Diet Cig played the outdoor stage at Sidewinder on one of the coldest nights of the year but the tiny venue was packed with people nevertheless. If you haven’t been following the pop-punk two piece with Alex Luciano on guitar and vocals and Noah Bowman on the drums, they’re now a four-piece and they deliver one of the most fun live-shows you’ll see.
It was Thursday after Hurricane Harvey when I went to go see Sylvan Esso in Austin at Stubbs, they had to cancel their Houston show but promised to make it up later. They were even using this opportunity in Austin to collect supplies and donate funds to relief efforts. That just goes to show how Sylvan Esso is more than a musical act.
A complete silence came over Mohawk when Mitski took this stage. The darling of the indie music scene’s show was completely sold out. After putting out her critically acclaimed ‘Puberty 2’, Mitski has become the voice of every anxious girl transitioning into true adulthood, trying to find happiness and figure out her place in the world. Her emotionally honest lyrics and sweeping dramatic songs brought half of Austin out on a humid Wednesday night.
I’ve been Instagram-stalking Katrina Barber for a long time now. Seriously, these are some of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever seen. She just knows how to capture a moment, whether it’s a portrait of an artist, the crowds at a festival, or the show itself.
“She’s a boss. Maybe the hardest hitting drummer we’ve had.” That’s what Taylor Muse from Quiet Company told me when I was asking for recommendations on this series. I was immediately fascinated.
Niamh is amazing. I’m being completely objective here. She’s not only a well-renowned studio musician but during this interview I learned she also started her own recording business and has her masters in music therapy. She’s traveled the world touring and she’s made so many bold choices that I can’t help but admire.
Sound on Sound is the cool kid of the Austin festivals. If every basic you know went to ACL, you were there at Sound on Sound.
“So i want you to imagine a beautiful nebulous starscape, close your eyes, you are far away in a galaxy and you are on a yacht but it’s not like a yacht in the ocean. It’s a space yacht. There’s all these space yacht things: space cocaine, space caterers and you’re sailing among the stars. That’s what we want to be,” that’s how Bruce describes the sound of Wonderbitch. Interstellar yacht rock.
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