April 2015

Unlocking the Spirit: Father John Misty Live at Stubb’s

Who knew the wonders of the human spirit that would be unleashed by a months-long psychedelics binge outside of L.A.? After Josh Tillman left behind a lengthy series of somber, experimental folk songs…

Adam Torres Gives Old Songs New Life at Cactus Café

For his show last Thursday at the Cactus Café on the University of Texas campus, songwriter Adam Torres revived a number of older tunes to celebrate the re-release of his underground gem Nostra…

Watch Austin Psych Rockers Tamarron’s New Video “68”

Successive waves of swelling reverb wash across the aural plane of Tamarron’s new track “68,” which is taken from a live studio session. Undulating guitar chords build to buzzing guitar solos and plodding…

Girls to the Stage: Sleater-Kinney Live at Stubb’s

Sleater-Kinney’s incredible performance at ACL’s Moody Theater proved to be only a warmup for the energy they brought to Stubbs’ outdoor stage last Friday night. Rain nor hail nor gloom of night (seriously, it…

Jon and Josiah of Head and the Heart Tonight at Radio Coffee

A quiet buzz has surrounded the fact that lauded folk rock band The Head and the Heart’s members Jonathan Russell and Josiah Johnson will make an appearance tonight at South Austin hangout Radio…

Epic Bill with Whirr, Christian Bland, Moving Panoramas, and Cross Record Saturday at Mohawk

On several recent occasions, Mohawk has made good use of their indoor and outdoor spaces with cohesive bills of like-minded bands occupying both stages throughout the evening. Promoter Marcus Lawyer teamed up with…

Sleater-Kinney’s ACL Taping Melted My Face and Warmed My Heart

Sleaker-Kinney’s performance for their ACL taping (and live stream) last night was unlike any other I’ve seen in the history of the revered television program. One of music’s most appealing qualities lies in…

Pop Press International Sponsors Austin Sketch Smash Thursday Night

Music may be our first love, but we’ve been proud to run several satire posts via our contributor Karen Early’s recurring column Early to the Party, right here on Pop Press International. Dipping our…

Sleater-Kinney Brings Riot Grrrl Legacy to Austin for Two Shows This Week

As proud as I feel that Carrie Brownstein pursued (another) one of her passions and, along with Fred Armisen, created a hit comedy show, I have to force myself not to cringe every time I…

Slooom’s “Honey” Drips With Anticipation

Lauren Bruno is working on a new project called Slooom, and we can’t wait to see what happens next. Appropriately titled, we are showing the first teaser trailer for the three part story…

The War on Drugs Mesmerizes at ACL Taping

In recent seasons, Austin City Limits has continued to widen the appeal of their programming by reaching out to a variety of audiences. While roots and folk music still seem to dominate the…

A Pilgrimage West to Marfa Myths

Bent against the flow of the entire universe descending upon Texas’ capital for the inception of the nation’s largest film and music festival, I drove my car head-on into the sun with two…

Viva El Campo

Arriving in Austin a few years ago, I anticipated diving headfirst into the Austin music experience, determined to mine the healthy reserves of musical minerals. One of those first offerings came on a cool…

Video Premiere: Young Tongue – “Heavy Metal Thunder”

Skateboarders can only land tricks during the choruses of Young Tongue’s “Heavy Metal Thunder,” or so their new video for the song would have you believe. The black-and-white video features footage of each…

Chill Phases of the Heart

This year marked the second iteration of a March gathering dubbed Chill Phases that occurs at the end of SXSW on a Sunday, the only day of the week appropriate for the mellow,…

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