It might seem a bit odd, comparing our Trump-tainted trainwreck of a 2017 to the Spandex-flexing DayGlo paroxysm that was 1984, right?
But, when you’re talking about George Orwell's novel, well, things can get real insightful really fast – and pretty fucking creepy, too. And what about – hello, climate change – what about John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath?
David Rodriguez, the charismatic, high-energy screamer that captained Austin street punk breakouts Krum Bums before reloading with the more hardcore Starving Wolves, has been tapped by the Casualties to front the veteran NYC punk gang following the sudden departure of original vocalist Jorge Herrera.
Unstoppable since 2013’s Southeastern, Jason Isbell upped the ante on his sixth solo album, last month’s The Nashville Sound, cresting behind his band the 400 Unit. He credits his creative rejuvenation to sobriety, but at Friday’s first of three nights at the Moody Theater, he proved his greatest inspiration stands stage left of him playing fiddle.
Solo debut Thawing Dawn coming out in October on his own imprint, Parquet Courts frontman Andrew Savage performs his gentle tongue twisters for his home state. The Denton native makes a sweep through Houston, Dallas, and Austin before launching an extended solo trek in November. His Saturday set at Barracuda slots into Hot Summer Nights’ free weekend.
June’s The Nashville Sound continues a string of exceptional Jason Isbell albums beginning with 2013 breakout Southeastern. That pivotal turn reflects the equally dramatic change in his life: getting sober after years of hard-living with the Drive-By Truckers and marrying Amanda Shires, the Texas songwriter with whom he recently had his first child.
Over the next three days, more than 100 acts – most of them homegrown – play the Red River strip for no charge at the door. Indulge in the Hot Summer Nights free weekend with the aid of our staff picks. Peruse the full lineup here.
Austin MC and local educator Greg Maneikis shares a message of hope through powerful visuals for “American Dreams,” a raw story of addiction through what he calls “the metaphor of love.” The track is produced by the Kansas City-based O Maille and features talented local hip-hop/R&B singer Bateau.
Austin MC and Human Influence creative agency co-founder Chris Omenihu dropped visuals for his latest single, the introspective “Dream Killers.” Shot and co-directed by filmmaker Jessie Rodriguez, the video finds the rapper agonizing over his future in front of the North Loop Food Store in Central Austin.