Not sure when Aaron Sinclair became a mainstay of the Austin music scene, but his commitment to crafting incredibly tight rock songs with the city’s best players has undoubtedly raised the bar for any new musician moving to the city. Originally moving to Austin to pursue an alt-country sound that fit in well with the city’s rich roots-rock history, Sinclair navigated the city’s evolving scene to arrive at his current sound, a stripped back, straight forward approach to rock ‘n’ roll full of dueling guitars and smart lyrics rich with double meanings. His latest single “Cars” expands on that winning recipe with full-on jams that allow bassist Brenden Bond, drummer Stijn Dobbelaere and guitarists Michael Booher and Jim Campo to stretch out and showcase their considerable individual talents.
A. Sinclair is teaming up with the City of Austin Economic Development Department and Visit Austin to present the Daybird Music Series. This first-year effort aims to promote and create live music experiences during earlier afternoon hours for visitors and locals alike. The series will feature 38 performances from local musicians at 5 of Austin’s premiere live music venues. All events will be presented from 1pm-5pm every Saturday in June and will be provided at no cost. Music patrons of all ages are encouraged to attend.
Take a listen to the new single performed LIVE in Studio 1A in the player at the bottom of the post!
6/10 @ 3ten ACL Live
Laura Scarborough might just be the most prolific Austin musician you’ve never heard of. Her new solo record, Reflection, hopes to change that. As a classically trained pianist and accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Laura Scarborough has lent her considerable talents to many Austin bands, most recently the otherworldly funk outfit Golden Dawn Arkestra. Fresh from those interstellar voyages, Scarborough returns to her roots with a collection of 9 piano songs pulled from personal experiences of love and loss. She’ll be celebrating her record release with a party at The Townsend on June 8th but you can get a sneak peek of her new music from her recent session in Studio 1A. Enjoy!
6/8 @ The Townsend
Named after a street in New Orleans vibrant 9th Ward, The Deslondes bring the soul and spirit of that legendary city to life with their take on roots-rock and R&B music. Formed out of a revolving cast of young roots musicians from bands like The Tumbleweeds, Hurray For The Riff Raff, and The Longtime Goners, most of the band’s current members originally met at the annual Woody Guthrie music festival in Oklahoma. Combine that shared interest in folk music with the band’s diverse musical backgrounds and you get a heady mixture that is distinctly New Orleans. The band stopped in to play a few songs off their new record, Hurry Home, out June 23rd.
6/6 @ 3Ten Austin
At 6′ 5″, the bombastically dressed UCHé cuts a striking figure. Only 22, the Texas State Student sings and performs with a confidence well beyond his years. A confidence that only comes from spending most of his young life on the stage. First as a model and dancer, now as a singer. Those earlier experiences undoubtedly helped UCHè avoid many of the pitfalls young musicians face when trying to develop their sound. What UCHé came up with is a high voltage take on electro-funk that is equal parts Michael Kiwanuka and Lizzo.
6/8 @ Scratchouse
Singer, songwriter, & violinist Carrie Rodriguez is partnering with Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist/producer Michael Ramos to turn the Cactus Cafe into their own personal music workshop with a series of shows throughout the summer. At each show, these hosts invite other top musicians and friends to share the stage and explore new sounds in Latin music. This week Carrie and Michael invite fellow singer/songwriter Gina Chavez to join them. They dropped by to play us a few tracks and give a sneak peek at the kind of sonic explorations taking place at the Cactus Cafe. Enjoy!
6/7 @ Cactus Cafe