Checking In

Wondering how Austin artists are keeping busy during COVID-19? Music editor Raoul Hernandez’s ongoing Q&A series gets ATX musicians to open up about where they're sheltering, how they're faring, and what keeps them inspired in these troubled times.
Checking in With Area Musicians Yielded 80,000 Words of Pandemic Realness
Checking in With Area Musicians Yielded 80,000 Words of Pandemic Realness
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Jan. 21, 2021

Checking In (Again): Kevin Russell Hasn’t Wavered Amidst the Great Wall of Empty Time
Kevin Russell Hasn’t Wavered Amidst the Great Wall of Empty Time
Shinyribs Santa closes the questionnaire circle on No. 100

Dec. 22, 2020

Checking In: French Diva Lou Rebecca Moves to Los Angeles
French Diva Lou Rebecca Moves to Los Angeles
Pandemic claims Parisian expatriate to her local collabo’s city

Dec. 21, 2020

Checking In: Jake Lloyd Sticks to the Universal Language
Jake Lloyd Sticks to the Universal Language
“Music ... it teaches, it lifts up, breaks down, warns, criticizes”

Dec. 16, 2020

Checking In: Los Coast Frontman Trey Privott Maintains Balance
Los Coast Frontman Trey Privott Maintains Balance
“I’m doing my best to take care of myself and create things”

Dec. 15, 2020

Checking In: Young Jazz Lions Atlas Maior Double Down
Young Jazz Lions Atlas Maior Double Down
Bandleader Joshua Thomson forges a pandemic soundtrack

Dec. 8, 2020

Checking In: Horn Leader Elias Haslanger Gets Interstellar
Horn Leader Elias Haslanger Gets Interstellar
Native ATX saxist homeschools himself in advanced John Coltrane

Dec. 7, 2020

Checking In: Tara Bhattacharya Stages Interference Fest – Women Making Noise 2020
Tara Bhattacharya Stages Interference Fest – Women Making Noise 2020
Sound artist and festival curator promotes the creative class

Dec. 4, 2020

Checking In: Akina Adderley Misses the Before-Times
Akina Adderley Misses the Before-Times
“The hugs and real-time raucous laughter and ‘careless closeness’”

Dec. 2, 2020

Checking In: Little Mazarn’s Lindsey Verrill Bought a Kayak with Her Stimulus Check
Little Mazarn’s Lindsey Verrill Bought a Kayak with Her Stimulus Check
How to stay afloat when there is no Plan B

Dec. 1, 2020

Checking In: Go Fever’s Acey Monaro Paints Houses Down Under
Go Fever’s Acey Monaro Paints Houses Down Under
“So, so, so relieved about the outcome, can’t wait to get back now”

Nov. 30, 2020

Checking In: Nina Diaz Ponders Playing As the <i>Titanic</i> Sinks
Nina Diaz Ponders Playing As the Titanic Sinks
“I thought to myself, ‘Would I play ’til the ship sank?’”

Nov. 18, 2020

Checking In: Anastasia Exercises
Anastasia Exercises
“I control what I can, my physical being”

Nov. 17, 2020

Checking In: Michael Ramos Signs the Tiarra Girls
Michael Ramos Signs the Tiarra Girls
“I’m an A&R guy for Lucky Hound Music [and] a staff producer”

Nov. 13, 2020

Checking In: Brannen Temple Stays Hyper Vigilant
Brannen Temple Stays Hyper Vigilant
“These are strange times with heightened social unrest”

Nov. 11, 2020

Checking In: The Still is Still Moving to Oliver Rajamani
The Still is Still Moving to Oliver Rajamani
ATX’s Romani Lone Star makes another auto doc, My Mind

Nov. 10, 2020

Checking In: Johnny Nicholas Moans in the Moonlight
Johnny Nicholas Moans in the Moonlight
Venerable Hill Country bluesman digs into Cherry Springs

Oct. 28, 2020

Checking In: Matthew Logan Vasquez Lives In Parallel Universes
Matthew Logan Vasquez Lives In Parallel Universes
Delta Spirit frontman experiences ‘other 2020’ at home and virtually

Oct. 27, 2020

Checking In: Kana Harris Reveals Her Vulcan Side
Kana Harris Reveals Her Vulcan Side
Live wire wax healer wants to sell you a record for your health

Oct. 21, 2020

Checking In: Tiarra Girls Can’t Stop the World
Tiarra Girls Can’t Stop the World
Full-time school and a new record label engage in a tug of war

Oct. 20, 2020

Checking In: Leti Garza Says a Little Prayer
Leti Garza Says a Little Prayer
There’s Hope, though perhaps not for country-livin’ connectivity

Oct. 14, 2020

Checking In: Bonnie Whitmore Sticks to What She Does Best
Bonnie Whitmore Sticks to What She Does Best
“I’m hoping to have a lot more stories to share after all this”

Oct. 13, 2020

Checking In: Dylan Cameron Revisits the Rave Music of A Jilted Generation
Dylan Cameron Revisits the Rave Music of A Jilted Generation
IDM experimentalist notches third entry in a Holodeck triad

Oct. 9, 2020

Checking In: Future Museums Producer Neil Lord Hops Off the Boat and Rides An Iceberg
Future Museums Producer Neil Lord Hops Off the Boat and Rides An Iceberg
Holodeck stablist gets proactive about records, ambient music & Elgin

Oct. 7, 2020

Checking In: Holodeck Records CEO Adam Jones Postpones Entire Release Schedule
Holodeck Records CEO Adam Jones Postpones Entire Release Schedule
First installment of a update triptych from the label

Oct. 6, 2020

Checking In: A Texas Gentleman Turns to Video
A Texas Gentleman Turns to Video
“Reality is the music business has been changing for a long time”

Sept. 30, 2020

Checking In: Rochelle & the Sidewinders Realize <i>Something Good</i>
Rochelle & the Sidewinders Realize Something Good
Hard blues band singer + guitarist combo splits at Prince & Barney

Sept. 29, 2020

Checking In: Josh Baca Perfects Zydejunto and Mexicajun
Josh Baca Perfects Zydejunto and Mexicajun
Los Texmaniacs accordionist dishes his own Hot Tamales

Sept. 22, 2020

Checking In: Jay Wile Puts the Pieces Back Together
Jay Wile Puts the Pieces Back Together
“Our community is innovative and [will] adapt to this new culture”

Sept. 21, 2020

Checking In: Juliet McConkey Goes Agrarian
Juliet McConkey Goes Agrarian
Your new favorite folksinger and BF James Steinle leave town

Sept. 16, 2020

Checking In: Marcia Ball Took Her First Summer Off Since 1984
Marcia Ball Enjoys Her First Summer Off Since 1984
“It gets hot in Austin in the summer, did you know?”

Sept. 15, 2020

Checking In: Katherine de Rosset Finally Lives Alone
Katherine de Rosset Finally Lives Alone
Except for her two cats, of course

Sept. 9, 2020

Checking In: Caroline Rose Dreams of England
Caroline Rose Dreams of England
“I’ve had this really awful travel bug”

Sept. 8, 2020

Checking In: Eimaral Sol Emancipates
Eimaral Sol Emancipates
“The only option is to survive. This is my life. This is my purpose”

Sept. 2, 2020

Checking In: Peelander-Z Commander (Yellow) Champions Austin Spirit
Peelander-Z Commander (Yellow) Champions Austin Spirit
Japanese punk-n-painter power source beams in

Sept. 1, 2020

Checking In: Conjunto Los Pinkys Readies for the New Normal
Conjunto Los Pinkys Readies for the New Normal
“Conjunto has survived [here] for decades and will continue to do so”

Aug. 31, 2020

Checking In: DJ Chicken George Rolled Out Coconut Air Fresheners
DJ Chicken George Rolled Out Coconut Air Fresheners
“Rather than let [it] get the best of me I shifted to hyper creative mode”

Aug. 26, 2020

Checking In: Soulwriter Ray Prim Deals – Mostly
Soulwriter Ray Prim Deals – Mostly
“Reach back out to me in three months, I may be certifiable by then”

Aug. 25, 2020

Checking In: D-Madness Calls Getting Cut-off ‘Pure Hell’
D-Madness Calls Getting Cut-off ‘Pure Hell’
Multi-instrumental funk marvel holds on tight to his sound-makers

Aug. 24, 2020

Checking In: Zyclops Cooks Up Some Post-Doom Ps-EYE-Chosis
Zyclops Cooks Up Some Post-Doom Ps-EYE-Chosis
“I’m hoping artists get more creative with the [livestream] format”

Aug. 19, 2020

Checking In: Guitar Heater Sue Foley Works on Her PhD
Guitar Heater Sue Foley Works on Her PhD
Ace stringer “spaced out for about three months” first

Aug. 18, 2020

Checking In: TC Superstar Creates a Micro Scene at Home
TC Superstar Creates a Micro Scene at Home
“A Black Live Music Fund would be a great step in the right direction”

Aug. 17, 2020

Checking In: Como Las Movies Cumbias Despite Performance Shutdown
Como Las Movies Cumbias Despite Performance Shutdown
“[We] won’t be playing live for a long time to come”

Aug. 12, 2020

Checking In: Seela Side Hustles
Seela Side Hustles
“I’m known as the South Austin Bread Fairy”

Aug. 11, 2020

Checking In: Guitar Hauler Bill Kirchen Pulls Into the Truck Stop at the End of the World
Guitar Hauler Bill Kirchen Pulls Into the Truck Stop at the End of the World
Long-game guitarist keeps twangin’ and sangin’

Aug. 10, 2020

Checking In: Welcome to <i>The Kat Edmonson Show</i>
Welcome to The Kat Edmonson Show
“Writing and shooting a show every week is quite demanding”

Aug. 7, 2020

Checking In: Latina Rapper Ayo Tamz Adapted Quickly
Latina Rapper Ayo Tamz Adapted Quickly
“Yes, I’m from Austin (partially). I’ve moved around a lot”

Aug. 5, 2020

Checking In: DJ Mel Saw the Writing on the Wall
DJ Mel Saw the Writing on the Wall
Obama-endorsed candidate for best local spinner set the curve

Aug. 4, 2020

Checking In: Heartless Bastards Powerhouse Erika Wennerstrom Calls for Revolution
Heartless Bastards Powerhouse Erika Wennerstrom Calls for Revolution
“Good time to clean house spiritually and also bust out the Lysol”

July 31, 2020

Checking In: Eric Tessmer Espouses A Policy of Truth
Eric Tessmer Espouses A Policy of Truth
Strat master teamed with Heart’s Nancy Wilson on Depeche Mode cover

July 29, 2020

Checking In: Abhi the Nomad Maneuvers the Situation
Abhi the Nomad Maneuvers the Situation
“Being holed up is a blessing for me”

July 28, 2020

Checking In: Country Soul Healer Charley Crockett Can Take This and Whatever’s Next
Country Soul Healer Charley Crockett Can Take This and Whatever’s Next
“I’ve made a career out of the most unlikely circumstances”

July 24, 2020

Checking In: Skeleton Releases Best Death Metal in Recent History
Skeleton Releases Best Death Metal in Recent History
20 Buck Spin debut puts blackened ATX death metal on the map

July 22, 2020

Checking In: Tameca Jones Supports A Black Live Music Fund
Tameca Jones Supports A Black Live Music Fund
“I am chilling in da Braunf”

July 21, 2020

Checking In: Nagavalli Brings Peace, Comfort & Joy
Nagavalli Brings Peace, Comfort & Joy
Eastern soul fusion or more traditional Indian devotionals?

July 20, 2020

Checking In: Worm Suicide Blacks Out
Worm Suicide Blacks Out
Punks put out a 23-years-in-the-making LP in a pandemic

July 15, 2020

Checking In: Kydd Jones Focuses
Kydd Jones Focuses
MC bounces back by hiring out

July 10, 2020

Checking In: Alex Coke Plays Saxophone In His Driveway
Alex Coke Plays Saxophone In His Driveway
ATX tenor titan stops, looks, and listens – then blows!

July 8, 2020

Checking In: Ley Line Needs Their Sisterhood
Ley Line Needs Their Sisterhood
“This has been a curve ball to test our abilities”

July 7, 2020

Checking In: Shirley Zhu Gives A Fuvk
Shirley Zhu Gives A Fuvk
Hermitude has its advantages for Bandcamp introverts

June 30, 2020

Checking In: The Teeta Chills
The Teeta Chills
Preeminent ATX rapper stays productive in downtime

June 29, 2020

Checking In: The Saving Graces of Sarah Jarosz
The Saving Graces of Sarah Jarosz
Texan roots muse sings of Cedar trees, Bay towns, wilderness

June 24, 2020

Checking In: <i>Pa’lante</i> Superfónicos
Pa’lante Superfónicos
Afro-Latin fusionist weighs in on the whole arepa

June 23, 2020

Checking In: J Soulja Recalibrates
J Soulja Recalibrates
Native ATX MC eases into summer with steamy street reality

June 22, 2020

Checking In: Kalu James Brews Up Some Strong Juju
Kalu James Brews Up Some Strong Juju
And soothes us through the valley of the shadows of death

June 19, 2020

Checking In: Rosie Flores Restarts Her Book
Rosie Flores Restarts Her Book
Request Austin’s rockabilly royalty on Sirius today!

June 16, 2020

Checking In: Bridge Farmers Sustain Sonic Possession
Bridge Farmers Sustain Sonic Possession
ATX power triangulation bides its time

June 15, 2020

Checking In: Dayglow Is All Right
Dayglow Is All Right
Crank up his quarantine theme by Christopher Cross, COVID survivor

June 9, 2020

Checking In: Tia Carrera Catches Some Vibes
Tia Carrera Catches Some Vibes
Late-night stoner jams still see the light of day

June 8, 2020

Checking In: Sydney Wright Pays It Forward
Sydney Wright Pays It Forward
Pop perfectionist relinquishes control in livestream era

June 3, 2020

Checking In: Alesia Lani Hermits Happily
Alesia Lani Hermits Happily
Powerhouse live presence ramps down

June 2, 2020

Checking In: Beto Martinez Stays Home for the Summer
Beto Martinez Stays Home for the Summer
Triple threat shredder adapts from Buda

June 1, 2020

Checking In: Sweet Spirit Alights to <i>Trinidad</i>
Sweet Spirit Alights to Trinidad
Austin glam rockers’ third LP casts a deep digi/Tropi spell

May 27, 2020

Checking In: Mobley Processes Isolation & Interconnectedness
Mobley Processes Isolation & Interconnectedness
Tune in Wednesdays, 8pm, to the multimedia maven’s livestream

May 20, 2020

Checking In: Curved Light Source Peter Tran Maintains a <i>Primrose Path</i> While Waiting for the Dust to Settle
Curved Light Source Maintains a Primrose Path While Waiting for the Dust to Settle
“I’ve had Halcyon by Orbital on repeat”

May 15, 2020

Checking In: The Deer’s Grace Rowland Postponed Her Wedding – And Not by Choice
The Deer’s Grace Rowland Postponed Her Wedding – And Not by Choice
“I was in some pretty intense despair for a week or so”

May 13, 2020

Checking In: Ruthie Foster Extends Mother’s Day
Ruthie Foster Extends Mother’s Day
Parenting in a pandemic: “There’s an entirely new math”

May 12, 2020

Checking In: BettySoo Invents the Corona-Gram™
BettySoo Invents the Corona-Gram™
Inside the beautiful mind of a reluctant livestream breakout

May 8, 2020

Checking In: James McMurtry Waits on Widespread Testing
James McMurtry Waits on Widespread Testing
“We can’t pack the clubs until we do”

May 6, 2020

Checking In: Israel Nash Sets the Hill Country Reeling
Israel Nash Sets the Hill Country Reeling
Potent C&W psych alights despite global downturn

May 5, 2020

Checking In: ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Jason Reece Navigating Uncharted Territory
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Jason Reece Navigating Uncharted Territory
Trail of Dead co-engine decries music’s “shoddy substitute” for shows

May 4, 2020

Checking In: Sitar Master Indrajit Banerjee Cooks Up New Dishes
Sitar Master Indrajit Banerjee Cooks Up New Dishes
“Please reach out if you’d like to discuss Indian or Bengali recipes”

May 1, 2020

Checking In: Scott H. Biram Can’t Sleep
Scott H. Biram Can’t Sleep
Because, of course, rust never takes a siestesita

April 29, 2020

Checking In: Come Sunday With Jazz Siren Pamela Hart
Come Sunday With Jazz Siren Pamela Hart
“My soundtracks are What’s Going On and Imagine

April 28, 2020

Checking In: Eliza Gilkyson Predicts a Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Eliza Gilkyson Predicts a Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Lifelong folk leader unleashes 2020 into current political cycle

April 27, 2020

Checking In: A. Sinclair (& Family) Rises Into the Eye of the Tiger
A. Sinclair Rises Into the Eye of the Tiger
ATX indie trueheart sings “time to find out what really matters”

April 22, 2020

Checking In: Blackillac Begins Recording Its Debut
Blackillac Begins Recording Its Debut
ATX MCs keeps their eyes on the prize

April 21, 2020

Checking In: Trumpet Clarion Ephraim Owens Sits at the Piano
Trumpeter Ephraim Owens Sits at the Piano
Tedeschi Trucks Band brass man always broadens our scope

April 17, 2020

Checking In: Will Johnson Homeschools His Kids
Will Johnson Homeschools His Kids
Song whisperer and his wife Jessie Johnson also blast some Madvillain

April 15, 2020

Checking In: Lolita Lynne & Tito Larriva Wrote an Album Together
Lolita Lynne & Tito Larriva Wrote an Album Together
Father/daughter ATX musicos maintain during the chaos

April 14, 2020

Checking In: The Well’s Ian Graham Skateboards Through the Storm
The Well’s Ian Graham Skateboards Through the Storm
“Only time we leave is to visit the store and we wear a mask and gloves”

April 13, 2020

Checking In: Ray Wylie Hubbard Heard You Shout Freebird
Ray Wylie Hubbard Heard You Shout "Freebird"
Wimberley bard misses his band and maybe even that heckler

April 12, 2020

Checking In: Caleb De Casper Persists Glamorously
Caleb De Casper Persists Glamorously
Flamboyant expressionist needs to hook up, yo

April 10, 2020

Checking In: Carrie Rodriguez Passes a Few Precious Days
Carrie Rodriguez Passes a Few Precious Days
“The lyrics for Kurt Weill’s ‘September Song’ I quoted should be: ...”

April 7, 2020

Checking In: Gina Chavez Talks to the Moon
Gina Chavez Talks to the Moon
Latina dynamo isn’t simply sitting around chillin’

April 6, 2020

Checking In: Mike & the Moonpies Begin Assembling Home Recording Rigs
Mike & the Moonpies Begin Assembling Home Recording Rigs
Lead cowpoke Mike Harmeier: “Nice being home for this length of time”

April 5, 2020

Checking In: Michael C. Sharp Lives Lean
Michael C. Sharp Lives Lean
Sungod percussionist and hardcore punk forges dreamlike ambience

April 4, 2020

Checking In: Pleasure Venom’s Audrey Campbell Stays Calm
Pleasure Venom’s Audrey Campbell Stays Calm
Firebrand frontwoman takes “a sec to reassess”

April 3, 2020

Checking In: Mike Melinoe Got the Memo
Mike Melinoe Got the Memo
ATX rapper stays cool, calm, and creative

April 1, 2020

Checking In: White Denim’s James Petralli Will Survive
White Denim’s James Petralli Will Survive
“I’m fully back to basics right now, man”

March 31, 2020

Checking In: Shinyribs’ Frontman Kevin Russell Keeps His Fingers Crossed & Washed
Shinyribs’ Frontman Kevin Russell Keeps His Fingers Crossed & Washed
Concern in a quarantine for Austin’s pied pipers

March 27, 2020

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