• Sweet Spirit’s “The Power” by Trish Connelly

    Photography by David Brendan Hall   Amidst the saturation of bands and fledgling acts cropping up in Austin, Texas, it’s not often that a group seizes the spotlight and successfully continues to hone in on a committed and growing audience. Initially formed as a solo project, vocalist Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog, Glad Girls) started Sweet Spirit as a means to expand her singer-songwriter and guitar playing skills. Distinctive from her previous projects, Sweet Spirit’s sounds struck gold with melodious country and pop jams, gaining the attention of Spoon’s Britt Daniels. Following a secret Spoon tour kickoff show at Hotel Vegas and a stretch of dates across the mid-west and…

  • Music Video Premiere: Zachman’s “Your World Cuts Into Mine”

    Photo by Roger Ho   With a meticulous eye for creativity, Austin’s psychedelic/rock band Zachman has forged a musical project both personal and accessible. Already garnering attention from the likes of BrooklynVegan, Ovrld and Do512, Zachman is composed of a written and aural storyline by Johnny Zachman entitled I Was Getting On a Plane. With a multitude of chapters and a plethora of songs underway, each piece remains a distinct vignette. Zachman’s new music were recorded directly to tape at The Bell Tree Studio with Gary Calhoun James (Box of Baby Birds, Rain Collectors) — and the band has celebrated their releases at renowned venues in Austin such as The…

  • Divine Dreamscapes: Pale Dīan

      Harnessing the surrealism of David Lynch and the soprano of Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser, Pale Dīan certainly evokes a transcendental experience when it comes to their aesthetic and live performance. Initially forming in Dallas, Texas, guitarist Derek Kutzer and vocalist Ruth Smith established new ground in Austin this past summer, as well as a new bassist, Nicolas Volpe. The band also changed their name from Blackstone Rangers to Pale Dīan (‘pale moon’), eliciting dream-like qualities which further helped to solidify their image and sound. Pale Dīan’s textured guitar, lush vocals, and ethereal deliverance have earned them joint touring bills with the likes of Tender Age, Drab Majesty, Them Are…

  • Foxhunt’s Strange Creatures Album Review

      Originating in Austin, Texas, Foxhunt emerges onto the music scene with a mixture of modern folk, dreamy electronics and teeming tones of alternative rock. Beginning their career as a group, Joseph Kosier, Stephen Marshall, Nadyia Marshall and Wesley Goins have yet to release their studio album, Strange Creatures, and is met with as much anticipation as excitement to preview the beginning to a long road of success embedded in their path. Unlike many other bands mixing genres together to discover a profound fuse of something unknown to music lovers abroad, Foxhunt centers around “love, alienation and the price of both.” When circulating the depths of music, Foxhunt uses the…