"...And yet, that was the predicament Hikes bassist Colin Jenkins found himself in on Friday night at the Yerberia Cultura in McAllen after popping the strap lock clean off his instrument during the cacophonous freak-out at the end of “Tenth Walk.” Thankfully, a fellow bass player came to the rescue with the loan of his axe for the remainder of the set. Order restored, the Austin fourpiece resumed their unique brand of technical, mind-bending math-rock, infused with nature-inspired soundscapes dubbed “math-folk.”..."
"...The story made the rounds about South Austin, eventually posting to a Facebook group operated by the residents in the ABC Streets neighborhood, the tiny stretch of alphabetical streets located southwest of Westgate and William Cannon. The group's members started looking at their water bills and noticed similarly steep usage hikes – and not just pertaining to bills distributed in July and August..."
"...At least one council member -- Mayor-elect Will Wynn -- has suggested that maybe the citizens would be willing to accept deeper cuts if Futrell offered them, in an effort to avoid those kind of tax hikes. But at least one council candidate -- Margot Clarke -- has suggested that voters proved otherwise when they approved Austin Community College's tax increase and that anti-tax pandering is not only unrealistic but may be unnecessary..."
"...Many vowed to leave the country after last November's general election. Austin math rockers Hikes beat them to it..."
"...May 27: Austin – Sidewinder (w/ Hikes) June 2: San Antonio – Limelight (w/ Hikes) June 3: McAllen – Yerberia Cultura (w/ Hikes) June 4: Corpus Christi – the NASA (w/ Hikes) June 5: Houston – Satellite (w/ Hikes, Residual Kid) June 7: New Orleans, La. – Siberia (w/ Residual Kid) June 8: Baton Rouge, La..."
"...First Day Hikes Dec. 31-Jan..."
"...Name made on third mixtape Fast Bricks 3, the rapper gained a national following with 2014 hit “Heavy.” In a petty beef with fellow Memphian Young Dolph, Benson turned himself in to Charlotte, N.C., police in May after a shooting on Dolph’s bulletproof SUV. – Kahron Spearman [image-3-right] Hikes EP Release..."
"...(See “Leak No More: Paul Robbins on Austin Water” in the May 11 Chronicle.) Water saving gains belong to Austin citizens and businesses, not the incumbent. Lee’s “support” for conservation comes primarily in backing steep water rate hikes every single year in office – hikes that disproportionally land on residential rate-payers..."
"...Readers and ratepayers have until the Sept. 13 City Council vote on the city budget to tell the “WTP Four” – Lee Leffingwell, Mike Martinez, Randi Shade, and Sheryl Cole – to say “no” to the water rate hikes and the hundreds of millions of debt financing the plant requires..."
"...This week's flash point is the public hearing today (Thursday, Aug. 26, 4pm, at City Council Chambers), wherein the council seems set to approve new water rate hikes..."
"...According to County Judge Sam Biscoe, much of the criticism about law enforcement's pay scale had come from AFSCME Local 1624 (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), which represents rank-and-file county employees. However, commissioners may have assuaged some of those ill feelings by voting for $10 million in pay hikes – including a 3.5% cost-of-living adjustment – for all civilian employees..."
"...Likeminded local indie outfits Otis the Destroyer and Glaze open. – Doug Freeman Hikes..."
"...The collective lost an incalculable cache of art, vinyl records, zines, and printing equipment during a five-day lapse in insurance coverage. Raw Paw's Chris Dock Davis described visiting the scene as "walking into a nightmare awake." (Read the full interview here.) This horror follows Raw Paw co-founder and Hikes guitarist Will Kauber leaving the collective last month amidst allegations of sexual assault...."
"...Math rock: a musician's wet dream brimming with dizzying guitar lines and sprawling drum work that often bogs down in technicality and lifeless bro-dom. Enter Hikes, who somehow make it all accessible..."
"...The area is such a hotbed for live music that the City of Austin designated it an official cultural district in 2013. It's not without its problems, though: Rent hikes have forced numerous club closures, tangles with new residential properties have resulted in strict rules for how late clubs can play music, and an increase in crime is a shared concern of both club owners and Austin Police...."
"...Thus far, SXSW has posted up a strong year representing the local scene and that trend continues with this week’s announcement of 30 acts hailing from the 512. Journeyman guitarist Ian Moore has been added alongside rapper Kydd Jones, Delta Spirit frontman Matthew Logan Vasquez, synth explorers Casual Strangers, country ace Paul Cauthen, math-folk act Hikes, and River Jones & Lorelei Linklater, the latter famous for acting in her father’s film Boyhood..."