Petal 7.12.18

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Petal 7.12.18

Posted by on Jul 16, 2018

Photo by Andrea Garcia

Petal‘s Kiley Lotz allows her wounds, weaknesses, and triumphs over them flow freely on her latest full-length, Magic Gone. Broken-up into two phases, one featuring songs she wrote before entering treatment for mental illness and the other comprised of songs she wrote on the unyielding road to recovery. Shifting between full-on rock and roll and slow, falsetto-fueled piano pop ballads, the duality of her sound is exemplified in her debut Studio 1A performance.


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Löwin: “Ghost of Mine”

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Löwin: “Ghost of Mine”

Posted by on Jul 16, 2018

Austin’s Löwin (German for lioness) are deft at channeling the powerful and gentle duality of their namesake. In their latest single, vocalist, guitarist, and keyboardist Sarah Houser’s haunting vocals fuel the fire of the slow-burning rock instrumentation surrounding it that eventually bellows into matching (and at times washing over) her fierce energy creating a force that sneaks up on you…then pounces. Shot by the increasingly-ubiquitous Bennett Creative, at first glance, the video seems to simply shed a sympathetic light on the challenges of the common realtor rarely seen outside of Annette Bening or Peggy Hill, but there’s something much more haunting happening But, as we see, haunted doesn’t have to be horrifying.

Catch Löwin’s single release show Thursday, July 19th at Mohawk.

Shot by Andrew and Dorothy Bennett of Bennett Creative
“Ghost of Mine” recorded at Good Danny’s (Lockhart, TX)
Produced and engineered by Adam Mason
Mastered by Max Lorenson

 

 

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The Belle Sounds: “Like A Villain”

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The Belle Sounds: “Like A Villain”

Posted by on Jul 13, 2018

After several years of essentially radio silence, Austin’s The Belle Sounds are back with a new gripping album that weaves together everything from overcoming some of the weaker points of the human condition, and the struggle to take on others. The songs on the forthcoming The Sea Within have been collecting since their last release, creating a years-long story of the struggles of the human psyche (and the ongoing effort to conquer it) over time. Ahead of July 20th’s release, KUTX is proud to premiere their latest music video “Like A Villain,” a stunning, all-visual vignette and an absolute playground of textures to evoke the duality of anxiety-driven suffocation and the strength found from putting that baby in the corner.

Catch the Belle Sounds:

  • Release show Saturday, July 21st at One-2-One Bar
  • Studio 1A session on Thursday, July 19th on Eklektikos with John Aielli

The Belle Sounds are Noëlle Hampton and André Moran.
“Like A Villain” is directed by Barbara FG.
The Sea Within was recorded and produced by Danny Boyle at Church House Studio in Austin, TX.

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Static Diary: “Phrase From Business”

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Static Diary: “Phrase From Business”

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018

Photo by Jenny VanDivier

It may seem strange that someone who has been composing music since childhood would wait so long into their career to release something under their own moniker, but Scott Danbom’s esteemed career has seen most of his talent channeled into working with artists like Sarah Jaffe and Drive-By Truckers, as well as being a member of Will Johnson’s yin and yang projects, the alt-country Centro-Matic and the much more subdued South San Gabriel. Danbom’s solo project Static Diary overwhelmingly leans towards the latter; more accurately, Scott Danbom creates moods. His ambient-centered sound uses traditional (and sometimes not-so-traditional) instruments to fill a space with a calculated atmosphere that also employs the blank space between to let each sound air out organically and unmarred. For his solo debut, Danbom brings out a toybox of sounds, taking each unique texture and conjuring it into a single cohesive metonymy of his being. “Phrase From Business” embodies all of this, recalls the vocal patterns of a Flaming Lips ballad, and throws in a little glockenspiel for ya too.

“Phrase From Business” appears on Static Diary, out July 27th via Goliad Media.

-Taylor Wallace// Host, Thursdays 8p-11p & Saturdays 2p-6p; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli

Frankie Simone: “Queer”

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Frankie Simone: “Queer”

Posted by on Jul 4, 2018

“Simone is a High Priestess of Pop: the stage is her pulpit, and her message of love and acceptance is universal.” That is undeniably the boilerplate for the force of Frankie Simone. In the thick of a self-made mission to create music befitting every type of human being, the Puerto-Rico born musician’s quest for total music inclusivity in partly fueled by her and her wife’s move to the diversity-lite Portland and their time spent finding their niche of people, which they eventually found in the city’s vibrant arts culture. Simone’s music transcends typical songwriting; let’s not kid ourselves, she’s an anthem writer. Her 5-track LOVE//WARRIOR EP is pop with a purpose, a stalwart champion of love, acceptance, and not just carving out your own place, but thriving in it. Sonically following suit with the rest of the EP, “Queer” is a righteous anthem for the community (and a delicious choice for July 4th), and with a sound that could easily top the Billboard 200, her songs have the capacity to traverse every demographic, leaking a not-so-subtle message to the ears of those who may still need a bit of coaxing to the idea of LGBTQ acceptance.

“Queer” appears on LOVE//WARRIOR, out now via Infinite Compassion.

-Taylor Wallace// Host, Thursdays 8p-11p & Saturdays 2p-6p; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli