It’s taken me about a week to synthesize my thoughts around “Harry Styles,” the debut album from my very favorite dude, but I finally feel like I have calmed down enough to put words on a page. I want to start by saying I am trying to make this as unbiased and as thoughtful as possible, but let’s be honest, we all know I can’t say a bad word about Harry and that’s why y’all love (or hate) me. Anyway, it would be a vast understatement to say that I wasn’t on the edge of my seat for a literal year waiting for this album, but I was a little nervous – no one knew what #SoloStyles was going to sound like, and I was really hoping it would be something I enjoyed. Harry has an interesting taste in music, so it had the potential to be anything.
Ronnie Heart has been a sort of fascination of mine, I used to work in Dallas and I’d see him almost everywhere. After following him on Instagram I became fascinated by his eclectic style and incredible live performances.
I’ve been weirdly obsessed with Merci Raines, after listening to her debut track “Moon City’ I was hooked on her witch-pop vibes and sultry sounds.
You ever have those nights where you get on a music rabbit hole and it’s 2 A.M. and you are finding new bands you have never heard of? Well, in this case, that’s exactly how I came across Aussie-American electro-psych duo, Vox Eagle. Ironically enough their lead single, “No Sleep”, was the track I found. Consisting of members Andy Crosby and Luke Hamel, Vox Eagle uses experimental instrumentations combined with deep synths and driving beats for a sound that caught me off guard.
FLETCHER is one of the hottest up-and-coming pop acts right now. Her songs are so catchy and vibrant and they just make you feel like you can take on the world.
I’ve said before that Hangout Fest is one of my favorite festivals. I love the beach vibe, the billions of bros and scantily clad women. Okay, maybe not so much the bros, but the setting is so lovely and I LIVE for long road trips down the Gulf Coast.
Fenech-Soler was performing on the same night as “the xx” at ACL Live, so you can imagine this was a tough show, but 3TEN is one of my favorite venues in Austin right now. After a killer start with Knox Hamilton, we were ready. I’ve been listening to Zilla almost on loop all day to prep and couldn’t get enough of the synth pop jams that show promise of fun. and Phoenix.
Kasey: THIS IS THE LAST TIME WE GO TO SLEEP WITHOUT KNOWING SOLO HARRY STYLES
Emiy: I’m honestly nervous
Kasey: I am too, I just have NO idea what it’s gonna be like, SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE
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.
If I’m being honest, Nightly’s show was all that and more. While the group only has an EP of four songs out, they did not disappoint.