February 2016

Show Preview: Stacked Bill of Local Acts at Cheer Up Charlies Tonight (ATX)

Our privileged Austin experience means that a stacked bill of outstanding local acts constitutes almost every weekend at Cheer Up Charlies, or any number of our Red River district live music venues. Still,…

The Soft Moon Rises at Cattivo (PGH)

If anyone was doubting the veritable depth of Pittsburgh’s music scene, last Friday at Cattivo would have erased any lingering concerns. Two incredible local bands and a helluva touring band in the form…

Upcoming: Protomartyr Brings Post-Punk to Sidewinder (ATX)

This Friday, post punk outfit Protomartyr brings their live show to The Sidewinder, touring behind their newest effort, The Agent Intellect, out now on Hardly Art. While the band has the ability to dissolve…

Radiation City Plays Sidewinder Tomorrow, Touring Behind Synesthetica

The Pacific Northwest continues to produce noteworthy and compelling music. Portland-based band Radiation City’s newest effort, Synesthetica, out now on Polyvinyl, offers another prime example in support of that assertion. The band’s last album, Animals in the…

Ty Segall Emotionally Mugs Mohawk: Live Review

I can’t tell you who said it first, but articles comparing Ty Segall’s latest artistic development to the combined influence of David Bowie and Iggy Pop abound as of late. When everyone’s saying the same…

Upcoming: Shade and Pet Clinic at Spirit (PGH)

Three of Pittsburgh’s heaviest indie bands will perform Saturday at Spirit. The show starts at 9pm and the door costs less than two beers. Headlining the night is Shade, which has performed in Pittsburgh for…

Track Premiere & Interview: The Loch Ness Mouse – “Warm Circuitry”

The Loch Ness Mouse has been making delightful indie pop for over two decades. But it wouldn’t be surprising if you haven’t heard of them — the band hails from Oslo, Norway, and…

Siren Sound Temple Lures Listeners with Reverb, Rhymes, and Rock n Roll

For its 2nd annual event, Nine Mile Records’ Siren Sound Temple put together an incredible and diverse bill of artists hosted by one of Austin’s newest venues, Barracuda. Although we arrived later than we…

Siren Sound Temple Offers Rock n Roll Holiness to Congregants Saturday Night

It seems insane that the first Siren Sound Temple happened a year ago. The epic event that features an extensive bill of local bands and emphasizes female musicians and artists returns for its…

Converse Rubber Tracks Offers Bands Free Studio Time, Britt Daniel Mentorship at SXSW

At last year’s SXSW, we took an opportunity to drop by Converse Rubber Tracks’ pop-up studio in East Austin. Frankly, the program was so incredible it seemed almost too good to be true….

Fresh Hip-Hop from Tron & DVD: “Magma”

Rapping about everything from the Vice President to Darth Vader and rhyming “fallacy” with “audacity,” duo Tron & DVD deliver a new track filled with literate lyricism that finds the intersection of comic book nerds and…

Getting in the Party Spirit: Ouais and Mantiques Live Review

Last Saturday Spirit played host to four local bands with eclectic stage energy, giving the night a strange atmosphere riding the lines between humor, angst, and inebriation. Sure enough, the beer was flowing…

Dig Two New Tracks from Genuine Leather

If you, like me, expect a band called Genuine Leather to be a punk band or maybe a dark alt-rock band, you’d be wrong. Maybe country is your second guess — you know,…

Show Preview: The Soft Moon w/ the Gotobeds at Cattivo (PGH)

Make plans to come to Cattivo Friday night to see Bay Area darkwave postpunks The Soft Moon (Captured Tracks). The band plays a version of industrial keyboard-driven tunes that are as cold as,…

Ty Segall & The Muggers Make Plans to Wreck Mohawk Friday, February 19th

You either have your tickets or you don’t. And if you have your tickets for Ty Segall’s sold out show at the Mohawk this Friday, there’s no doubt you’re already planning to be…

Bully and Diet Cig Shred at The Parish: Live Review

It has been a little over a week since Bully and Diet Cig careened through Austin to issue blistering sets of garage rock on the Parish, and the mere memory of the show…

Album Premiere: Feels Wonderful by Shaky Shrines

Here it is, folks. We’re proud to premiere Feels Wonderful from Shaky Shrines. Recorded instinctually choosing feels rather than thinks, this six song album rips from start to finish. As noted in earlier reviews, the Pittsburgh garage-psych…

Preview: Ouais and Dumplings Plays Spirit This Saturday

Get a sludgy fix of fuzzed out indie rock Saturday when Pittsburgh locals Ouais slouch into Spirit for a free show. Whoa, free. Gritty and grimy, Ouais sound like lo-fi slackers in the…

Julia Lucille’s Tape Release at Cheer Up Charlies: Live Review

Last Friday at Cheer Up Charlies, songstress Julia Lucille performed in celebration of her new cassette, The Bedroom Tapes Volume One, which features songs she has written periodically on the occasion of each…

Cross Record, Adam Torres, Nadia Play Spellbinding Sets at Mohawk

Cross Record’s album release event at Mohawk on Saturday night emerged as a transfixing and indelible moment in music. Years after musicians have become legends, people muse about what it might have been…

Shaky Shrines Enlighten Cattivo With Two New Records

This past Friday, local Pittsburgh psych-rock group Shaky Shrines played a tight set of old and new tunes at Cattivo, Lawrenceville’s hidden gem of a venue for both touring and local bands. Shrines…

Live Review: Shearwater’s World Tour Kickoff Show at ND in Austin

Long-time Shearwater fans rejoice: a new album recently arrived via Sub Pop, and the group’s hometown show at the ND last Wednesday, kicked off a tour that will make stops in the U.S., Europe,…

Show Preview: Unknown Mortal Orchestra Plays Emo’s Sunday February 7th

Touring behind a new LP, Multi-Love, psych rock outfit Unknown Mortal Orchestra has just gotten underway on a massive North American jaunt that will traverse the U.S. and make stops at festivals like Coachella, Shakey…

Track Premiere: Kodachrome Shares Song from Gritty Western Film Soundtrack

Austin psych-pop band Kodachrome, under the guidance of band leader John Constant, has recorded the soundtrack for an upcoming gritty western film, Kill or Be Killed, and we’re proud to premiere one track from said…

Hear Jennifer O’Connor’s Buzzing Pop Track “It’s a Lie”

A decade ago, Jennifer O’Connor released a wonderful collection of indie pop songs called Over the Mountain, Across the Valley and Back to the Stars on Matador Records. The next year, I saw her…

Julia Lucille Shares Bedroom Recordings Inspired by the New Moon

Last summer, songwriter Julia Lucille moved into an Airstream trailer in the woods for a few months after a breakup. There, Lucille began to write and record sparse bedroom songs each new moon as a way of…

Preview: Shaky Shrines Double Album Release Show

If you have nothing to do Friday night, go to Cattivo. If you do have something to do, cancel it and go to Cattivo Friday night to see Shaky Shrines, Pittsburgh’s most-psyched holy rollers. Over…

Hear Ghostly Experimental Rock from The Renderers

Eerie, moaning strings and gently squealing guitar feedback serves as the backbone for “Seaworthy,” a track culled from New Zealand band The Renderers upcoming LP, In the Sodium Light. Due out via Ba Da…

Shearwater Launches World Tour at North Door Wednesday February 3rd

For more than a decade now, Shearwater has been a band dear to my heart. I moved to Austin near their origin and had the privilege of watching them evolve into one of the…

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