Alright kids, put on all your favorite scuffed leather and your bitter attitude and get ready to head down to Hotel Vegas for a full night of high-energy punk flavors laced with some straight-ahead rock in support of Austin band Pleasure Venom’s latest EP. Get ready to get drenched in the sweaty musk of some of this city’s finest punk-flavored outfits. Pleasure Venom shares the bill with Loteria, Popper Burns, and Vampyre.
Austin’s Loteria play around in the field of rock music with a proclivity for punk as much as indie and a jen ae sais quoi to pull it all together, whether it’s a cohesive live set or their studio sound. Studded with a recent lineup change, these guys use the power of their malleable talents to complement and add extra textures to any bill they find themselves on.
-Taylor Wallace // Host, Thursdays at 8p & Saturdays at 2p; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli
Photo by Jennifer Dale
Long-time Texas musician Marcus William Striplin has been performing and recording music for over two decades, chiefly out of Dallas, and prepares to release his debut solo album under the pseudonym Margaret Chavez (an homage to Striplin’s mother). Having spent the greater part of the last decades with his band Pleasant Grove, Striplin has finally broken out on his own, stretching his fingers into sonic pockets all his own, giving Striplin’s fans the flavor they seek without putting any limits or bumpers on his smokey, psychedelic groove.
“Strange Buoy’s” wastes no time dropping you into Striplin’s wash of vocals and dusty guitars, surrounding you in a dirt devil of a sound that lies somewhere on the spectrum between Americana and psychedelia. The wash takes on a strong current as the song builds, rocking you gingerly around in his swirling sphere before laying you down gently…which is a real courtesy because you will need a second to reorient yourself.
“Storage Buoy’s” appears on A Loupe, out January 19. Catch Margaret Chavez tonight at the Cactus Cafe with Sanco Loop.
-Taylor Wallace // Host, Thursdays at 8p & Saturdays at 2p; Producer, Ekelktikos with John Aielli
Photo by William Barton
Austin native Jack Wilson, despite a four-year rest since his last record, has built a reputation that’s kept his name buzzing around this city (you may have heard of a little South Austin gem called Radio Coffee & Beer). Now a full-fledged father and steady business owner, Wilson makes his return to the stage backed by his third album, Kami, Coming to Get Me. Largely inspired by fatherhood, Wilson plays with a number of sounds throughout the record, reflective perhaps of the mix of sounds and emotions that accompany new parenthood.
“In My Way” makes use of “the white space,” stripping down the layers and letting the ones in place breathe and be heard. Wilson’s deeper drones are softened and complemented by another local favorite, Emily Cross of Cross Record. Even when the layers build on top of each other and the folk aesthetic blends with a bit of electric energy, every sound stands its ground, fitting neatly into its own place on the song’s sonic tapestry.
“In My Way” appears on Kami, Coming to Get Me, out Saturday via Banana Pop Records.
Jack Wilson Upcoming Events:
- Performing this Saturday at Empire Control Room with Batty Jr. and Marijuana Sweet Tooth.
- Playing live in Studio 1A Thursday (Tune in at 3PM)
- Hosting My KUTX this Saturday at 6PM
-Taylor Wallace // Host, Thursdays 8p & Saturdays 11p; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli
-Photo: Roger Ho
The Sidewinder plays host to a number of rock n roll sounds tonight, brilliantly sewed together into a quilt of rock warmth to take the chill from your soul. Psych rock, garage rock, a hint of country rock, and other sonic nuggets are on the menu tonight with a bill that includes Being Dead, Geranium Drive, The Oysters, and Magic Rockers of Texas.
Magic Rockers of Texas released their Rugged Braids EP at the beginning of this year, brilliantly displaying Jim Campo’s proclivity for a lot of gritty rock sounds, from garage to country. Now heading back to the studio, Campo stretches his sonic reach, leaning into a softer side that contrasts even the softest Magic Rockers ballad. Instead of grit and loud momentum, this song sends you floating down a gentle river on a cloud boat without sacrificing Campo’s signature vocals or the musky stink that is purely MROT. Their live shows are pure energy in the fast lane from start to finish, turning new listeners into hard fans at every time they take the stage.
The rock n roll buffet is served tonight at Sidewinder inside! Doors at 8.
-Taylor Wallace // Host, Thursdays 8p & Saturdays 2p; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli
After six years and about 500 shows, Austin punk four-piece Big Bill conjure their powers of witty songwriting; fast, relentless energy; and admitted nonsense into their first full-length album, out last month. Brothers Eric and Cody Bradon, along with Alan Lauer and Alex Riegelman, have spent the last few years playing and selling out some of Austin’s most notable venues and garnering a fan base with love and loyalty in proportion to the band’s ecstatic, yet channeled energy, and continuing Austin’s unique legacy of punk rock. Where do you take that energy from there? According to these guys, you make a video for every song on the record.
“Trick Everybody” is the personified profile of “fake it til you make it,” but Eric Bradon takes it a bit further by calling out what’s going on beneath that facade of know-how and sense of direction: at some point, most of us stop and realize that between “figuring it out,” and painful self-awareness, we’ve lost our sense of self. Paired with tight, yet aggressive guitar squeals and bass momentum, you won’t be able to help yourself from picturing this music video as a crudely drawn stop motion vignette.
“Trick Everybody” appears on Stand By Your Bill, out now via First Humans Records. Catch Big Bill’s album release party this Friday at Hotel Vegas.
-Taylor Wallace // Host, Thursdays at 8pm and Saturdays at 2pm; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli