Cotton Mather 5.23.17

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Cotton Mather 5.23.17

Posted by on May 24, 2017

Cotton Mather may look like the Rolling Stones and sound like the Beatles but they have a brand of charismatic indie rock that is all their own. Originally formed as an art rock duet, the band spent most of the 90s honing their energetic, guitar driven sound. After going on hiatus in 2003, Cotton Mather reformed in 2012 with perhaps their most ambitious undertaking to date. Drawing from his studies of the I Ching book of ancient Chinese wisdom, Harrison plans on releasing 64 tracks as a sort of spiritual homage. Their latest release Wild Kingdom marks the near half-way point on this project. True to form Wild Kingdom is filled with strong vocal harmonies, bouncing guitar and songs about the human experience. Tracks like “Better than a Hit” compare letting go of a sour relationship with the I Ching practice of removing evil. The result is catchy, heartfelt and downright enchanting. Cotton Mather brought their glorious indie rock to Studio 1A ahead of their release show at 3Ten, check it out below!

 

– Georgina Cook

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5/24 @ 3ten (Album release show)


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The Black Angels 5.22.17

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The Black Angels 5.22.17

Posted by on May 23, 2017

It’s no secret that Austin boasts some incredible local talent and at the front of this pack are psychedelic rockers The Black Angels. Named after the Velvet Underground track “The Black Angel’s Death Song”, The Black Angels newest release is both an eponymous nod to their roots, and a musical leap forward. Formed in 2004, The Black Angels cultivated a timeless, neo-psychedelic sound that rarely got too topical. Death Song, written primarily in the lead up to the 2016 Presidential Election, is a departure from this; the album is a hard-edged reflection of the current political climate. Tracks like “Comanche Moon” link colonial genocide with the current social turmoil, and the album’s blistering opener “Currency” is a nihilistic musing on human extinction. The subject matter may be toxic but the music couldn’t be sweeter; the tracks are seething, hypnotic and enchanting; proving themselves a worthy legacy to the psychedelic greats like Lou Reed. The Black Angels have created a sort of audible existential crisis; chaotic and haunting yet somehow cathartic. They brought their sultry sounds to Studio 1A to celebrate the release of this beautifully timed album, check it out below! Or go see them for yourself at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, or for their release show at Waterloo Records later this week.

– Georgina Cook

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5/23 @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater

5/25 @ Waterloo Records


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Black Lips 5.18.17

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Black Lips 5.18.17

Posted by on May 19, 2017

Black Lips are unpolished, impassioned and boy are we glad to have them back in Austin. These notoriously unruly garage rockers have come a long way from sweaty basement shows in their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. This month sees the release of their first album in three years; Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art? and it showcases the addition of a fifth member on saxophone thickening up their sound. Recorded in seclusion in upstate New York, the album was produced by Sean Lennon; a meeting of minds that has created their most sonically elaborate and creatively evolved music to date. Instruments abound across tracks that stay true to Black Lips’ dirty rock roots; most notably Yoko Ono on the throat horn in “Occidental Front” and contributions from Saul Adamczewski of Fat White Family. Black Lips joined us in Studio 1A, singing themselves hoarse, breaking damn strings and proving that they’re still the same badass rockers they were when they first formed. Check them out below and make sure to catch them at Hot Luck Festival!

 

–  Georgina Cook

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5/18-5/20 @ Hot Luck Festival 


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Joanna Barbera 5.16.17

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Joanna Barbera 5.16.17

Posted by on May 19, 2017

Joanna Barbera has taken a break from the Nashville indie scene to visit her Austin musical roots, and she’s brought her ethereal indie folk with her. Originally from Hudson Valley, NY she spent her college years with a spiritual group in Arizona gaining appreciation for the divine and for herself. She returned to music with a sound that was powerful, raw and uniquely her own. Unafraid of intimacy in her songwriting, her new album Imago plunges the depths of her personal relationships and leaves us yearning for more. Compared to the likes of Cat Power and Elliot Smith, Joanna is bringing a new, haunting dimension to the world of indie folk. Joanna is joined in Studio 1A, and on the stage, by violinist Scarlett Deering, whose striking instrumentals can be found on her new album “There is a Moon”. The pair showed us some of their favourite tracks ahead of Joanna’s album release show at Gerladine’s. Check out the beautiful set below!

–  Georgina Cook

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5/18 @ Geraldine’s (Album release show)


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Matthew Logan Vasquez 5.15.17

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Matthew Logan Vasquez 5.15.17

Posted by on May 16, 2017

Matthew Logan Vasquez recently swapped out his hurricane-flooded New York City studio for a trailer-cum-recording space in the Texas Hill Country, and we couldn’t be happier to have him back. When he began writing a new album last year, it was intended for his band Delta Spirit, however he quickly realized these new songs were more personal. The result is his new solo album Does What He Wants in which he does exactly that; whatever he wants. His strong vocals and poetic lyrics bring passion to every track, pulling a powerful thematic and emotional thread through songs that cross genre and tone. Strongly influenced by Pink Floyd, Lou Reed and Kurt Cobain, Matthew Logan Vasquez proves himself a worthy successor to their musical legacy. Vasquez stopped past Studio 1A to show us some of his favorite tracks off the new album before hitting the Continental Club for an album release show, check it out below!

 

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6/16 @ Continental Club (Album release show)


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