PREVIEW: THE NIGHTOWLS at THE 5 SPOT on 5/22/18

”I am literally folding t-shirts,” says Ryan Harkrider, frontman of 10-piece Austin-based alt-soul outfit The Nightowls. The band was gearing up to begin touring in support of the release of their latest album, We Are The Nightowls, out on April 27th.“We travel in this big RV. I picked it up this morning and drove it…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with WALKER LUKENS

“I really started my new year with a whimper,” laughs Texas-based pop rocker Walker Lukens. “I played on New Year’s Eve outside in the 21-degree weather, woke up on New Year’s day, and slowly declined into sickness,” he says. “The flu was all around us.” Even so, that whimper is a minor dip in the…

ALBUM REVIEW: “EXPECTATIONS” by WILD CHILD

As their name implies, Wild Child jumps into a performance of reckless abandon rounded out by seasoned, mature restraint with Expectations, their fourth album, set for release on February 9th via Dualtone Records.  This record is a departure from their norm; they pull influences for a myriad of sources, embrace their moniker, and take a walk…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with MISSIO

“If you’d have told either of us that we would be where were are right now at the beginning of this band, we would’ve told you you were crazy,” says David Butler, who, along with musical partner Matthew Brue, make up Austin-based electronic duo MISSIO. The band has been blowing the roofs off of venues…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with LEATHER GIRLS

When she was in high school, Deborah White was inspired by iconic bass players like Kim Deal, Kim Gordon, all the Kims, not only because they rocked, but also because they were girls who rocked. “Getting to see females playing music was so important,” she recalls. “A lot of girls, like me, didn’t grow up…

RECAP: SWEET SPIRIT at THE EAST ROOM

Austin-based glam-centric rock collective Sweet Spirit, on tour supporting their brand new album St. Mojo, brought its rowdy road show to the Music City recently, with a electrifying performance on The East Room’s stage. Few rock harder than this bunch; originally conceived with country music in mind, front folks Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen quickly discovered country…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with MOLLY BURCH

Austin-based chanteuse Molly Burch, with her smokey, come hither vocal style, splashed against a backdrop of vintage reverb and every-girl lyrics, can best be described in one word—timeless. “I’ve been singing my whole life,” she says in her quiet, breathy voice. “I started listening to jazz at an early age, and went to school for…

ALBUM REVIEW: “DARLING DESTROYER” BY LEOPOLD AND HIS FICTION

I love Austin, Texas; the best chili and Tex-Mex I’ve ever had live there, and much like Nashville, people aren’t afraid to be who they are, a mentality that provides fertile ground for creativity to freely bloom. There’s also a particular sound I’ve come to expect from Austin—while while it’s a hub for country twang…

“I’M CAVING IN” – NEW VIDEO from LEOPOLD and HIS FICTION

Austin garage rockers Leopold and His Fiction released a new single “I’m Caving In”, a song from their fourth LP, Darling Destroyer, slated for a January 20, 2017 release. In the accompanying video for the single, the band takes their grunge-tastic sound from the garage to, appropriately enough, what appears to be a grotto-esque cave, and features dapper frontman Daniel James Leopold…

PREVIEW: BLUE HEALER at THE BASEMENT on 10/19/16

“We’re native Texans, and the music we were around skewed towards folk or country,” explains  Bryan Mammel of indie rock outfit Blue Healer, who put a unique and experimental spin on  their country roots with their eponymous debut album released in September. “Dees and I met playing country music, and we all ended up playing…