POS

Thursday

SXSW Records

POS

Never Better (Rhymesayers)

Minneapolis-born POS' solo work has always split the difference between his punk outfit, Building Better Bombs, and the Doomtree hip-hop collective. On his third LP, Never Better, the smoke-voiced spitter's still "Out of Category." Punk only in an abstract sense, POS (né Stefon Alexander) proves himself the occasional virtuoso with hip-hop, at least lyrically with "Drumroll (We're All Thirsty)" and "Get Smokes." Never Better's not the complete, cohesive work that POS, who produced eight of the 15 tracks, should be putting together. It's a tumbler, a series of good thoughts that get lost in development ("The Brave and the Snake"). Some work ("Purexed"), and some don't ("Terrorish"), but Never Better would hold true as sentiment if POS just stuck to "The Basics." (Thu., Habana Bar Backyard, 11:15pm; Fri., Buffalo Billiards, 11pm.)

**

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
Thursday Interview
Thursday Interview

Nina Hernandez, March 20, 2015

Thursday Picks & Sleepers
Thursday Picks & Sleepers
SXSW Thursday handicapping by the blurb

March 20, 2015

More Music Reviews
Austin Music Awards Went Off Without a Hitch in a Show of Communal Strength and Support
Austin Music Awards Went Off Without a Hitch in a Show of Communal Strength and Support
The night everything cancelled in the capitol

Doug Freeman, March 20, 2020

<i>Me & Mr. Cigar</i>
Me & Mr. Cigar
Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes debuts a deeply weird and wonderful young adult novel.

Alyssa Quiles, Feb. 21, 2020

More by Chase Hoffberger
Revisiting the Railroad Killer
Revisiting the Railroad Killer
Local journo Alex Hannaford’s Dead Man Talking podcast investigates the case against a man on death row

Nov. 16, 2018

EMS Union Set for Leadership Contest
EMS Union Set for Leadership Contest
Association to cast ballot between incumbent Tony Marquardt or challenger Selena Xie

Nov. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

POS

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle