Quaker City Night Hawks QCNH (album review)

March 26, 2019

photo credit: Jacob Blickenstaff I’ve described these fellas as everything from Tex-Mex version of Blitzen Trapper to ZZ Top with a little Sabbath added for flavor. At this juncture, I’m going to give up and enjoy their music. QCNH, the follow up to 2016’s excellent El Astronauta, opens up with Better In The Morning, a […]

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NO WIN – downey (album review)

March 25, 2019

A lot of times at SXSW, I’ll go see a band or artist on the strength of one songs. Been some hits or misses along the way. Danny Nogueiras’ outfit certainly outkicked the coverage and had me looking forward to their full debut. I’ve described NO WIN as indie-punk, power-pop, pop-punk, etc. but in reality […]

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Ex Hex – Its Real (album review)

March 22, 2019

Photo – Michael Lavine Rock meets roll on a fantastic follow up to 2014’s Rips. This album stays true to the debut; a garage-punk album built on meaty riffs; but opens the palette a bit. It feels as if there’s more space and time throughout the album, almost as if they don’t feel as rushed […]

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Frankie and the Witch Fingers – Zam (album review)

March 21, 2019

Photo – David Evanko Frankie and the Witch Fingers are a psych rock quartet out of LA. That’s the easy way to describe them as there are really so many influences throughout this album that allow them to put their own unique stamp on a genre that’s been around for 50 years. I had the […]

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Black Mountain announces Destroyer for 5/24 release

March 19, 2019

Photo – Photo Credit: Olivia Jaffe After spending most of his adult life without a driver’s license, Stephen McBean finally picked up his ticket to independence. That freedom (and burden) was the inspiration that led to 2016’s IV. Here’s some more info from the PR team. Destroyer, named after the discontinued single-run 1985 Dodge Destroyer […]

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Trupa Trupa signs to Sub Pop; releases new track

March 18, 2019

Photo by MICHAL SZLAGA Sub Pop has landed another good one with Portland’s Trupa Trupa. I never managed to cross paths with them in Austin but Greg Kot had some nice words to say about them. Here’s some info from the PR team on the new track. Dream About is a new song that features […]

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Amyl & The Sniffers announce Monsoon Rock for 5/24 release

March 7, 2019

Aussie punk band, AMyl & The Sniffers are set to release their debut effort with ATO Records. And based on the first track and the live videos I’ve seen, this album will get the blood pumping. Here’s some info from the PR squad. The band said of the new track, “”Monsoon Rock” is just a […]

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Stef Chura announces Midnight for 6/7 release

March 7, 2019

photo credit: Chloe Sells Stef Chura is set to follow up 2017’s excellent Messes with Midnight; out June 7th via the fine folks at Saddle Creek. Messes was a raw, excellent album. For Midnight, she enlisted Will Toledo to handle the knobs and buttons, and there is a lot more going on here and I’m […]

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Black Pumas sign to ATO, release new track titled Fire

March 7, 2019

Photo by Merrick Ales Black Pumas are the duo of guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada and 27-year-old songwriter Eric Burton. They play crunchy brand of R&B and have taken Austin by storm. Looks like ATO took notice as they’ve added them to their impressive roster. Here’s some more info from the PR team. Burton is a relative […]

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She Keeps Bees announces Kinship for 5/10 release

March 6, 2019

Photo by Anna Groth-Shive She Keeps Bees is the married duo of Jess Larrabee and Andy LaPlant and they’re set to release their first album in five years. The new track utilizes less of the distorted guitars that I’d come to expect from them but and uses more keys. Andy’s tight beats and Jess’ powerful […]

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