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New Music - Blue Jean Queen Explodes Our Hearts With "Wild Wild Woman"

New Music – Blue Jean Queen Explodes Our Hearts With “Wild Wild Woman”

Between Stevie Nicks on "Edge of Seventeen" and Deana Carter with "Strawberry Wine," now there is an equal which somehow manages to draw comparisons to both at the same time. "Wild Wild Woman" is powerful, perfect, and rises into the realm of greatness by transcending forever beyond the person who created it to represent a...
Album Review: Frankie and the Witch Fingers - Monsters Eating People Eating Monsters...

Album Review: Frankie and the Witch Fingers – Monsters Eating People Eating Monsters…

Once everyone has settled into a spot around the backyard, toss out a square to everyone and get the jawing out of the way waiting for those eyelids to get a bit heavy, those feet to get even heavier. Vibe.
Singled Out: ISS - "Too Punk For Heavy Metal"

Singled Out: ISS – “Too Punk For Heavy Metal”

Singled Out ISS – “Too Punk For Heavy Metal” by Jay Armstrong There are maybe four bands giving me feels beyond pacified as of late. ISS are one of them. Working on the review for the new Spits album, this forty-five  Total Punk Records put out in June is what I find myself playing on...
New Video: Loteria - "Rhythm Revue"

New Video: Loteria – “Rhythm Revue”

For those who might be unfamiliar; when someone says "Austin music," either with acute awareness or down on the collective subconscious level, they are talking about Loteria. 
New Video: Calliope Musicals - "Color/Sweat"

New Video: Calliope Musicals – “Color/Sweat”

As with the 2019 album in which this is the title track from, we witness here yet another moment where Calliope Musicals prove to us they have an acute grasp on their collective output; stunning us by their growth and intriguing us along with their familiarity. Truly the band, their music, and this Jerry Sparkman...
New Video: Flower Graves - "Ociin"

New Video: Flower Graves – “Ociin”

I see Sheila Vand in that scene of perfection; all stylized and rhythmic, imagining had A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night been made six years later. She places the record on to fill the silence and space, love is precarious after all, possibly this could have been the song washing over the uncertainty between...
Exploration, Optimism & Fashion: An Interview With Jackson Montgomery Schwartz

Exploration, Optimism & Fashion: An Interview With Jackson Montgomery Schwartz

....to exist creatively in a way which inspires those around him to aim not high with their ambitions but instead to look within themselves to embrace the joy which comes through finding an artistic vessel worth pouring oneself into again and again on the path of self-exploration forevermore is as beautiful as the work Schwartz...
New Music: Blue Jean Queen

New Music: Blue Jean Queen

Is anyone else over completely the perpetual reminders that Rockyanne Bullwinkle is perfect?
Album Review: Sailor Poon - Sailor Poon's First Album

Album Review: Sailor Poon – Sailor Poon’s First Album

Immediate, upfront, hitting perfectly the notes of reminder the band everyone fell in love still retains the perfect balance from when their gang first took over these streets; facetious cynicism crafted with acute skill.
Album Review: Andrew Cashen - Guava Jazz

Album Review: Andrew Cashen – Guava Jazz

This album is about as jazzy as Morrisey's personality is tolerable but on the scale of listenable it leans decidedly more towards "highly" than it does "Jethro Tull." We recommend putting it on repeat while going toes up in some sunshine for a few hours, it was meant for being stuck at home looking for...
New Music: Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad - "Tiger's Den"

New Music: Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad – “Tiger’s Den”

Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad are not a band solely hyping us on where they are, nor is it the unexpected notable progress we feel from them at every show played, it is where they are going getting us excited to be in proximity of what they are doing.
Mixtape Monday: Desert Island Playlist

Mixtape Monday: Desert Island Playlist

Coffee in hand. Watching my neighbors from the back window, "so it just rained and they are running the sprinkler...while mowing the yard.... as one kid screams in the corner and two others jump on the trampoline. Guess it's do-whatever-you-want day next door." This is what the quarantine has come to. If music can't save...
Artist Spotlight: "Bloom" by Brat Baby Beauty

Artist Spotlight: “Bloom” by Brat Baby Beauty

I began this project wanting to show off the incredibly creative people whose work I love. To come up with a comfortable place where we could be vulnerable together, a place where we could speak openly about our dreams and excitement for the future. Hopefully, there, in that place, we would create something truthful, reflecting...
New Music Video: Holy Wave - "I'm Not Living in the Past Anymore"

New Music Video: Holy Wave – “I’m Not Living in the Past Anymore”

...nails their simplistic aesthetic in craft while still feeling orgiastic in creativity. Basically, business as usual for this band who have been around just long enough to start being grandfathered in as the torchbearers of the Austin ideology.
New Music Video: Lo Country - "Black Cloud"

New Music Video: Lo Country – “Black Cloud”

Lo Country have been keeping their heads down for far too long, this first bite out of their upcoming full-length definitely has us interested. Then again, anyone who has spent ten minutes around Lo Country in the flesh already knows they are about the nicest buncha dropouts you could kick dirt with which should already...
New Single: Cafe Racer - "Faces"

New Single: Cafe Racer – “Faces”

Like digging boxes out of the closet and finding that leather jacket we thought lost all winter, slipping this one on makes for a good walk around the block with the cool comfort of familiarity. One can imagine "Faces" representing the band turning down the sheets for us to climb into bed with them; I...
Film Review: Color Out of Space

Film Review: Color Out of Space

Color Out of Space is as much the defining statement of progression in the sci-fi realm as it is a nostalgic walk through the greatest moments of eighties horror. After thirty years of near-silence, Richard Stanley returns to the screen with a brave, bold, risk of a film which is nothing short of genius. Not...
Album Review: Schwein - Easy Does It

Album Review: Schwein – Easy Does It

....a John Cale broken boldness sort of journey from open to close all swept over with a thousand hushed mystic ohms weaving the ride along. To break down the album track by track would be an injustice to its cohesive nature. Each song shakes hands with the next, peaks and valleys reflecting the same orgiastic...
Artist Spotlight: Anastasia Hexahedron - "The Mist"

Artist Spotlight: Anastasia Hexahedron – “The Mist”

Anastasia Hexahedron set to work on her latest series "The Mist" not with a concept in mind but by accident. Having studied through the night into the early morning she got up for a drink of water. Looking out of the window and seeing only an absolute nothingness as the heaviest of fogs covered her...
Video Premier: Crocodile Tears - "Tuned Out"

Video Premier: Crocodile Tears – “Tuned Out”

Crocodile Tears make date music for the blank generation, cruising music for the down and outs,  and are about as safe as good rock n roll can get. If this were 1980 they would rule the world.
Film Review: Bong Joon-ho - "Parasite"

Film Review: Bong Joon-ho – “Parasite”

Parasite ultimately expresses the faceted characteristics in ourselves as a healthy balance, the possibilities and pendulum swings from one emotion and style of thinking to another defining us as complex individuals; Bong Joon-ho shows us the balance which can be created within the house of ourselves. Then in his typical unique way shows what happens...
Album Review: Warish - Down In Flames

Album Review: Warish – Down In Flames

Everything about Warish is off the cuff and hazy; they are equal parts walking through the horror section in the glory days of mom and pop video stores coupled with that experience felt playing the mixtapes your cool uncle or cousin snuck into your hands from time to time to show you a world far...
High Fashion Halloween: DIY Fashion Show | Drag | Dance Party!!!!!!

High Fashion Halloween: DIY Fashion Show | Drag | Dance Party!!!!!!

If Jackson Montgomery Schwartz does not top your list of favorite fashion artists then obviously you have yet to see any of his work. Everyone else feels pale and tired after looking through one of his photo shoots. Jackson is one of the rare ones to understand fashion can be cool, it can feel alive,...
New Music Video: The Sun Machine - "Cumbia de Lagrimas"

New Music Video: The Sun Machine – “Cumbia de Lagrimas”

Austin's teen sensation hearthrobs The Sun Machine are out to prove there is more to junior high than homework and sleepovers. They do a damn fine job at doing just that on their latest grindcore/dreampop hit "Cumbia la Lagrimas."
Album Review: Thelma and the Sleaze - Fuck. Marry. Kill

Album Review: Thelma and the Sleaze – Fuck. Marry. Kill

It takes time to get where we are going, things evolve, our foot may ease the pedal off the floor a bit but in its place you get to feel that suspension tapping out the quarter mile rhythm on a back road burn sesh without a cop in site and sunlight still left to freeze...
Artist Spotlight: Derek Vaughan Nunez Strahan

Artist Spotlight: Derek Vaughan Nunez Strahan

"I have no idea what the hell I am doing. I’m just trying to document the things happening around me. I think life is wild and beautiful and super chaotic. I want to capture all of that somehow. I love life and I think that’s what I want my photos to say about me, that...
New Single: Dan Rico - "Let's Go Back"

New Single: Dan Rico – “Let’s Go Back”

With now expected minimalist poetic prose Dan Rico matches his words this go 'round with bare lain instrumentation to deliver a personal yet all encompassing expression of the social societal malaise and the personal regret of the wasted fingertip bygone days to give us on "Let's Go Back" an all in togetherness Stand By Me...
Film Review: The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Film Review: The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Last Black Man in San Francisco offers no answers just profound redemption through our confusion. Speaking directly to it words of wise comfort; it is acceptable not knowing the way. It is acceptable to bare the burden of scars. It is acceptable to feel angry. It is acceptable to struggle with the truth. In...
New Music Video: Willie Nelson - "Immigrant Eyes"

New Music Video: Willie Nelson – “Immigrant Eyes”

to lay at our feet this somber, soft-spoken, heartbreaking melody of remembrance and reason at a time in our collective history where we need it as much, if not more, than ever. Sing us home Willie. Hold us as we nurse our wounds. Guide us once more to boldly remember the truth in our current...
Artist Spotlight: Austin Armstrong

Artist Spotlight: Austin Armstrong

Through the photographs of Austin Armstrong we feel the bridge from our place in this moment to the past. There is an ideology to every single shot, a line running through the all of appreciation, understanding, a therapeutic closeness holding hands with time eternal.
Album Review: Teenage Cavegirl - Candy Cigarettes

Album Review: Teenage Cavegirl – Candy Cigarettes

...both sides of this record are natural unique cohesive noise; it did not come by accident. When Teenage Cavegirl someday find themselves listed in the annals of that which kept the dream alive in those back-building years of Austin, remember to remind your kids they did not get there by accident, they earned it, Candy...
Beerland: Unpaid Staff Strikes Deep in the Heart of Our Community

Beerland: Unpaid Staff Strikes Deep in the Heart of Our Community

Whatever happens, however things go forward, we can only hope these employees get paid what they are due with interest and that whether Beerland remains or not we can at least see this chapter coming to an end with the warm belief that despite the worst our community came together once more to protect what...
New Video: Teenage Cavegirl - "Space Girl"

New Video: Teenage Cavegirl – “Space Girl”

Jesus Christ, someone send this video to every confused twelve year old before they mistakenly subscribe to Guitar World and start off down that disappointing path of Incubus respect which somehow leads to Steve Vai. There is room in this town for every facet of cool but if you are going to try, you...
Artist Spotlight: Tyler Krasowski

Artist Spotlight: Tyler Krasowski

A false sense of simplicity gradually peels back as Tyler Krasowski's autobiographical expression of a small forest ventured to as a child between subdivisions in suburban Chicago comes to life in all its magnificent dangerous possibilities
New Video: Attic Ted - "Skip to the Lulu"

New Video: Attic Ted – “Skip to the Lulu”

Calling all fans of straight-to-video, filmed on videocassette horror; Attic Ted have something special lined up for you. "Skip to the Lulu" is directed by Jeffrey Garcia who kicks up nostalgic dust of Cannibal Cookout, The Video Dead, and Video Violence. Without leaning towards schlock humor the way Scott Barber did on Roky Moon's memorable...
Artist Spotlight: Kyle Carter

Artist Spotlight: Kyle Carter

Existential chaos being the lens of the all encompassing today, it is through the work of Kyle Carter in which we find solemn comforting zen ease in which to center ourselves through visual release.
NEW VIDEO: Amyl and the Sniffers - "Got You"

NEW VIDEO: Amyl and the Sniffers – “Got You”

Director Triana Hernandez has a full grasp on the image the band is building their dominance on, with a minimalist shot on videocassette approach we get Wake in Fright vibes that neither skew Amyl and the Sniffers in the slightest from focus on the song itself while solidifying what anyone who has caught them live...
Film Review: Boy Howdy: The Story of Creem Magazine

Film Review: Boy Howdy: The Story of Creem Magazine

Crawford does a damn fine job calling out, as the magazine has done since the very beginning, to those of us born with the stifling boot heel attempts of plastic herd culture to snuff the sense of passion and purpose eating us black sheep alive in the nowhere nothing cul-de-sac wasteland, his words a reassuring...
BEST of SXSW 2019: Show Photos (Part 3)

BEST of SXSW 2019: Show Photos (Part 3)

Best of SXSW 2019 Part 3 Amyl and the Sniffers | The Mystery Lights | Banditos | Leo Rondeau
New Music: Tacocat - "Hologram"

New Music: Tacocat – “Hologram”

"Hologram" speaks to how our vantage point in life changes inescapably with time while the results of the finite feeling beneath it all remains the conclusion regardless of our ever shifting inner-zeitgeist. We find as the song develops the message to be solace found by accepting the idea of being ineffectual or complacent as largely...
The Tough Shits - Burning in Paradise

The Tough Shits – Burning in Paradise

The Tough Shits have me once more daydreaming of owning an El Camino just so I can blast this album on repeat blazing across west Texas on the way to California. Overall verdict: Burning in Paradise must be immersed in, an experience as a whole which rises above all condescending criticism, it magnetizes in waves...
BEST of SXSW 2019: Show Photos (part 1)

BEST of SXSW 2019: Show Photos (part 1)

Best of SXSW 2019: Show Photos (Part 1)
10 MUST SEE BANDS AT SXSW 2019

10 MUST SEE BANDS AT SXSW 2019

The definitive unarguably best bands you would be an idiot to miss at SXSW 2019.
Andrew Cashen - "Frank Sinatra's Yacht"

Andrew Cashen – “Frank Sinatra’s Yacht”

Kerouacian in the finest most brilliant sense, "Frank Sinatra's Yacht" reads somewhere between coming down out of the mountain in Desolation Angels and saying goodbye to the mice in Big Sur; every line, every note owning us as Andrew Cashen cries out to eternity, "what I do now next? Chop wood?."
New Video: Amyl and the Sniffers - Monsoon Rock

New Video: Amyl and the Sniffers – Monsoon Rock

As for this moment here now Amyl and the Sniffers are everything.
Album Review:  Harlem Puts Us To Sleep With Oh Boy

Album Review: Harlem Puts Us To Sleep With Oh Boy

Had this been their first album it would have been fine, a stepping stone not so much listened to by anyone but still exists in the background, a reminder of where they came from. As an album this far into the game, as something they have arrived at, Oh Boy sounds about as good as...
Film Review: Alita: Battle Angel (NO SPOILERS)

Film Review: Alita: Battle Angel (NO SPOILERS)

We as an audience find ourselves intrigued by her mystery; drawn to the shadow, squinting into the abyss with excitement of the potential sensed boiling beneath the surface. Alita is a martial arts film disguised as a heroes journey and that is what makes it great.
Album Review: Frankie and the Witch Fingers - ZAM

Album Review: Frankie and the Witch Fingers – ZAM

Frankie and the Witch Fingers ride talent the way most Burger bands ride trends. Zam is the best rock n roll has to offer.
Fanclub: All The Same EP and Instagram Takeover!

Fanclub: All The Same EP and Instagram Takeover!

Fanclub: All The Same EP and Instagram Takeover! By Jay Armstrong   I meant every word I said back in August gushing over Fanclub. What I did not know then, even in the light of such positive feelings, is how much getting their latest six songs would hit when playing it. This All The Same...
Artist Spotlight: Samantha Wendel

Artist Spotlight: Samantha Wendel

As with the often cryptic dimensions of her most ambitious pieces, Wendel's being hides there secretly to be seen only if one feels driven to invest the energy to stare passionately into the abyss of her creativity.

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