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Pat Blashill’s Elegant, Extreme Images of Lone Star Punk
Early on, photographer Pat Blashill envisioned his book as a stark, aestheticized art piece, inspired by ocular icons like Robert Frank and Man Ray. Texas Is the Reason: The Mavericks of Lone Star Punk instead patches together Austin’s charismatic early DIY scene accompanied by writings from local heroes including Richard Linklater and David Yow.

2:30PM Wed. Apr. 8, Rachel Rascoe Read More | Comment »

Checking In: Carrie Rodriguez Passes a Few Precious Days
Cactus Cafe launched a fundraiser last Friday: “Unlike many music venues in town, the Cactus operates as a non-profit. We are funded solely by ticket sales. We do not receive any revenue from the bar, nor do we receive funding from the University of Texas.” Opened on campus in 1979, the sound haven counts Carrie Rodriguez as one of its most precious assets.

12:47PM Tue. Apr. 7, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Croy & the Boys Cut The Covid Tapes
Corey Baum’s a songwriter of his times. His band Croy & the Boys’ sophomore album, 2019 release Howdy Hi-Rise, took a topical take on the current state of growing up and getting by in a rapidly growing Austin amid the hypocrisies of gentrification and the nation’s social disparity.

1:35PM Mon. Apr. 6, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

Checking In: Gina Chavez Talks to the Moon
Last week, Gina Chavez graced the cover of the Chronicle in a guide to new murals on the outside – outside, outdoors, topside. If that doesn’t make Austinites homesick, reading the Latin American ambassador’s note from her shelter resonates equally forceful, its nervy energy emblematic of the singer’s live prowess – now livestreaming daily.

9:47AM Mon. Apr. 6, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Checking In: Mike & the Moonpies Begin Assembling Home Recording Rigs
Cut at Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra, Mike & the Moonpies’ astounding 2019 album Cheap Silver & Solid Country Gold not only helped the local honky-tonkers nab a Best Country trophy at the Austin Music Awards on March 11, it’s perhaps one of the best ever of its genre out of ATX. Frontman Mike Harmeier emailed us a band status report.

10:10AM Sun. Apr. 5, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Checking In: Michael C. Sharp Lives Lean
“A kosmische drone to soundtrack the ease and relaxation we should have in place of pinging off the walls with stress and anxiety,” opines Club Listings editor Greg Stitt this week on our PL-ATX List about Michael C. Sharp’s new EP, Live Not a Low Life. Affiliate of local electro brand Holodeck Records, the multifaceted sound sage emits a stark signal here.

12:33PM Sat. Apr. 4, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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Song Premiere: Sour Notes Cut New Single in a Sanctuary
Scene veterans the Sour Notes continue to tear through singles leading up to the release of their seventh album. Latest double shot “Camera” b/w “Reel” captures the local trio balancing their aggressively melodic indie rock with a more shoegazed sound on the backside. The 7-inch advances More Is the Pity, looking at release later this year.

11:11AM Fri. Apr. 3, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

Checking In: Pleasure Venom’s Audrey Campbell Stays Calm
Punk keeps it real and no one’s more palpable, substantive, and undeniable than Audrey Campbell. Alpha for lethal ATX injection Pleasure Venom, her agenda’s equally righteous. “I’m pissed at Texas for trying to ban abortions at a time like this,” she emails. “This isn’t time for people to slide their bullshit political agendas through. Lives are at risk.”

9:09AM Fri. Apr. 3, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Checking In: Mike Melinoe Got the Memo
Not an hour after Sade ebbs off the home stereo – for the second time in a week – Mike Melinoe emails. Detroit made and Austin paid, the ascending hip-hop artist, producer, painter, designer, and model invokes the Nigerian soothsayer. Given his answers to our C-19 questionnaire, it no surprise. Like the best in his game, the local MC preaches truth.

9:09AM Wed. Apr. 1, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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