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Local Musicians on Avoiding the Sophomore Slump
Five trending Austin-hatched acts that sidestepped recording’s biggest pitfall
Music Story  August 3, 2017, by Tim Stegall, Libby Webster, Michael Toland, Doug Freeman and Thomas Fawcett
"...XetasArt-punk through trial and error..."

Top 10 Austin Albums of 2017
Consensus on the best local platters
Music Story  December 28, 2017, by Greg Beets, Thomas Fawcett, Raoul Hernandez, Abby Johnston, Lauren Modery, Rachel Rascoe, Tim Stegall and Michael Toland
"...1) Xetas, The Tower (12XU)..."

Music Review  May 25, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...In the same way a recent breakup dupes your ears into believing that every pop tune is about your erstwhile lover, the social climate of 2017 tempts interpretation of any punk song as a Molotov hurled at Trump Tower. That Mordor-like skyscraper graces Xetas' sophomore LP art, a tarot-framed image of the building jolted by lightning as rats plummet toward the sewer..."

The Austin Music Scene's Spectrum of Sexism
From sexual assault to all-female bills, women musicians face myriad issues in the live music capital
Music Story  January 19, 2017, by Libby Webster
"...Kana Harris, Xetas bassist and Foreign Mothers guitarist, made her own call-out post on social media years ago after being sexually assaulted by someone she had once considered a friend, a fellow musician in a popular local band. Foreign Mothers was new on the scene and Harris felt unsure of who to turn to...."

Free Week Live Shots
Beerland, Jan. 4
Music Story  January 12, 2017, by Libby Webster
"...Xetas, a trio that's never met a sound system it didn't eviscerate, wove in new cuts from a forthcoming sophomore album, which sounded poised to deliver the same salient, throttling noise as 2015's The Redeemer. "The Gaze," equal parts vulnerability and rage, found bassist Kana Harris taking aim at street harassment, while "The Body" skews hard and fast..."

Music Review  April 2, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...XetasThe Redeemer (12XU)..."

Playback: Forty Nights
Forty nights of live music? Piece of cake.
Music Column  July 10, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...South, I hung out one night at the instantly popular Radio Coffee & Beer on Manchaca, which opened last month. Acts unknown to me also revealed themselves, including punk trio Xetas, co-fronted by ex-Foreign Mothers leader Kana Harris, and Wrenfro, which features Fastball's Tony Scalzo and Soulhat's Kevin McKinney...."

Music Review  September 27, 2018, by Tim Stegall
"...Webster's defines borzoi as "any of a breed of large dogs developed in Russia especially for pursuing wolves ... Called also Russian wolfhound," and traces its etymology to "swift." Parts of A Prayer for War quicken, but this local trio's first full-length, produced with remarkable clarity by Ian Rundell (Xetas, Spray Paint, Exhalants), excels at post-punk musical brutality..."

Live Music Recommendations for the Weekend
JMBLYA, a conjunto fest, and more weekend sounds to keep you busy
DAILY Music  May 4, 2018, by The Music Staff

Playback: Next Big Buzzes at SXSW 2018
Forecasting this year’s breakout acts
Music Column  March 8, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...The free, 13-hour show features over 50 Austin acts on five stages starting at noon. "Playback" helped curate the musically diverse lineup which features R&B (Alesia Lani, 12:50pm; Jackie Venson, 4:10pm), punk (Big Bill, 9:30pm; Xetas, 11pm), rap (Blastfamous USA, 8:20pm), songwriters (Carson McHone, 6:30pm; the Point Guard, 10:30pm), vocal jazz (Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few, 5:50pm; Brian Kremer, 5:30pm), and rock (Residual Kid, noon; Löwin, 1pm; Dryspell, 12:30pm; PR Newman, 3pm), and a special closing performance from Black Pumas...."

Jana Birchum's Top Photos of 2017
PHOTO GALLERY  December 29, 2017
"...Kana Harris, Xetas bassist, Foreign Mothers guitarist, manager at Waterloo Records, and rape survivor. At Beerland, Jan..."

Playback: Top 100 Austin Albums of 2017
Top 10s? Feh! Multiply that by 10 – locally.
Music Column  December 28, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...20) Xetas, The Tower (12XU)..."

Live Music to See This Weekend
Unpacking Christmas in July
DAILY Music  July 14, 2017, by The Music Staff
"...On the big stage outside, local trio Xetas’ jarring noise pairs with Flesh Lights’ melodic, kinetic chaos, while Radioactivity and Bad Sports roar proto-punk and power-pop, both bands beloved Austin-by-way-of-Denton staples. The indoor bill doubles as a tour kickoff for garage quartet Unknown Relatives, with Pretty Shitty spewing wild, reckless punk and Super Thief playing on the heels of brutal new LP Stuck..."

Gay Place
Pride Month With the Babadook
Columns  June 15, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Alice Bag, Fea, Xetas, & Mamis Chicana punk rock, riot grrrl, and feminist icons. Not bad for a Sunday..."

Austin Free Week 2017
PHOTO GALLERY  January 10, 2017
"...Xetas at Beerland..."

Goodnight Irene
Timeless music time-travels – backward, forward
Music Story  December 31, 2015, by Raoul Hernandez
"...5) Xetas, The Redeemer (12XU)..."

Critics Poll
Music Story  December 31, 2014
"...Stegall: Xetas..."

Playback: White Hats at the White Horse
The White Horse expands its empire – into nonprofits and a record label
Music Column  May 29, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...› Kana Harris wrote us last week to let us know that her femme-punk trio Foreign Mothers, whose Chaos in Tejas show we recommended, had actually disbanded a couple of months ago. Her new project with Gospel Truth bassist David Petro (guitar/vox) and badass Brain Attack drummer Matt Buie, called Xetas, plays Friday with Protomartyr at Holy Mountain...."

Playback: The New Vulcan Gas Company
You heard right, hippie – a new Vulcan Gas Company
Music Column  February 28, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...Feral Future unleashes Haematic at Beerland Saturday with Nazi Gold, Xetas, and noise punk duo Burnt Skull, also releasing a new LP, Sewer Birth...."

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