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30 Columns: Life and Arts
May 6, 2011
Everything we need to say can be summed up in 30 words. Our time here ranges from six months to five years, with work ranging from music reviews to feature writing. Although our experiences could amount to a novel of inch counts, we believe what needs to be said can be done in less. Every word matters.
Electropop pair makes Austin debut
May 4, 2011
While most people are content to leave their past behind, childhood friends Holly Dodson and Cameron Findlay, the former drummer for Crystal Castles, might have known on some level they would eventually end up together.
Indie hip-hop MC discusses latest album
May 2, 2011
Atmosphere, the peerless independent hip-hop duo comprised of MC Slug and producer Anthony Davis, have re-established its legacy once again.
Vivian Girls describe theme of music, plans for summer
April 28, 2011
For Vivian Girls, singer-guitarist Cassie Ramone always asserted that the band wasn’t intended to be associated with the leagues of lo-fi bands emulating its sound, while also vehemently denying that the band’s all-female roster was some sort of gimmick.
The Black Lips discuss experience working with producer
April 28, 2011
It isn’t necessary, at least for Black Lips and Vivian Girls, to cite the growing lo-fi trend in music anymore.
Artist bursts onto scene, emphasizes many genres
April 25, 2011
Bosco Delrey is somewhat of an onstage enigma. Saturday night at La Zona Rosa, he opened for Brazilian electro rockers Cansei de Ser Sexy and noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells with a set that jumped between reverb-drenched rockabilly and blues-heavy psych.
Chiptune punk band discusses Four Loko, tsunami
April 25, 2011
It would be hard to encapsulate the personalities of each member in Anamanaguchi, a New York-based chiptune punk band and arguably the most famous band to ever use hacked Nintendo consoles as makeshift synthesizers.
Electronic, hip-hop artists to take the stage this week
April 18, 2011
It’s been nearly two years since the release of YACHT’s last album, See Mystery Lights, but if front man Jona Bechtolt’s recent Twitter feed is any indication of the band’s activity, YACHT has never been better.
British band discusses album, dealing with U.K. stereotypes
April 11, 2011
You can’t please everybody, but you can sure try sometimes. That happens to be something that the U.K.-based band British Sea Power realized going into their fifth full-length album, Valhalla Dancehall, last year.
Band members open up about upcoming album, rowdy energy at shows
March 7, 2011
It’s a crisp, clear day and lead singer and guitarist Ryan Lentell is holding a 24 oz. of Budweiser and chain-smoking cheap Pall Malls as he talks about how he thinks the psych-rock scene in Austin has become a trend — not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. After all, Shells has gotten the psych-rock comparison before, though much of Shells’ sound can’t be attributed to one genre.
Math-rockers play Austin; lo-fi lies low
February 22, 2011
Musician sheds not-so-rosy light on labels, lo-fi
November 14, 2010
Ariel Pink doesn’t necessarily believe in the labels critics and his fans have attached to his aesthetic since he began making music in 1996. Actually, Pink and his band, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, are irritated by those labels and think they have led people to make some illegitimate misconceptions about his music.
Fun Fun Fun Fest brings indie world to concert-goers
November 5, 2010
Now in its fifth year, Fun Fun Fun Fest has grown from a collection of overlooked indie artists and local vendors into one of the most progressive festivals in the nation. Fun Fun Fun Fest prides itself on knowing what’s cool in the world of independent music before it becomes mainstream, providing entertainment in hip-hop, punk rock, indie pop and even stand-up comedy. With three nights and two days worth of music, comedy and local goods, Fun Fun Fun Fest is sure to be a blast this year with such eclectic offerings.
Indie vocalist talks of music listening, inspirations death
October 31, 2010
How do you listen to your music?
Music subgenre arises from reviewers
October 28, 2010
“Whatever ‘witchy’ musical presence lurking in Austin is due to either the funk at Barton Springs or the idiocy of blog writing."
Retro funk elements, fresh guest vocals expand appeal of dark dance music EP
September 7, 2010
For the myriad of bands gunning for a resurgence in ‘60s surf pop (Best Coast) and girl group harmonies (Dum Dum Girls, Tennis), it’s almost unnatural that DâM-FunK would jump in with his brand of ‘80s neo-funk.
Stevens sound driven by eclectic mix
September 7, 2010
He’s written an orchestral masterpiece about the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
Multilingual band brings punk twist to synth-pop base
September 3, 2010
There are a few things you should know about Stereo Total. One is that “Total” is pronounced “Toe-TAL”; another is that Stereo Total is out-of-this-world outrageous.
Mix of light, harsh makes third album enchanting; Risky transition pays off in Klaxons sophomore effort
August 31, 2010
Marmalakes to play Cactus Cafe again
August 30, 2010
The scene in July was magnificent. Amid the standing room-only crowd at the Cactus Cafe and the soft clinking of cocktail glasses and dim lighting, Marmalakes took the stage.
Chromeo brings antics, electrofunk nostalgia to Stubbs performance
August 25, 2010
For a long time, nobody knew whether or not to take Chromeo seriously.
Tequila draws ire; indie musicians make big changes
August 23, 2010
Indie-pop band gets perspective with gender mix
June 15, 2010
Fresh off a North American tour, The Sour Notes know a lot about balancing gender in their band.
'Lone Star Lowlands' offers compilation of breezy Texas music
June 13, 2010
What would the soundtrack to a Texas summer sound like?
Sleep Over awakens in Austins underground
April 26, 2010
Sleep Over is Christa Palazzolo, Stefanie Franciotti and Sarah Brown — three 26-year-olds who came together in October to start conceptualizing what would become one of Austin’s crown jewels of the underground. Though still in its infancy, the group’s music stands out as a promising precursor to some upcoming releases, including a 7-inch split in June with like-minded musicians Pure Ecstasy on the Light Lodge label.
Local jazz artist takes cue from genre's legends
February 7, 2010
[Ephraim] Owens is one of the crown jewels of the Austin music scene, but you wouldn’t know that after a conversation with him.