The Warlocks produce relentless, hypnotic walls of sound that are just what the doctor ordered. Frontman and founder Bobby Hecksher was raised on a steady diet of rock in his grandfather’s radio station in Florida. In 1994 he forged West to LA, played on Beck’s Stereopathetic Soul Manure and moonlighted with the Brian Jonestown Massacre before forming The Warlocks in 1999. Six albums and nearly two decades later the group is still kicking with forceful live acts and their hybrid psychedelic-rock. Their latest release, Songs From The Pale Eclipse, sees the six-piece flicking through the demo-vault and picking out those yet unheard musical treasures. Nearly a decade in the making, the reworked and re-recorded songs create an eclectic mix of multi-textured instrumentation and rich harmonies. The Warlocks stopped past Studio 1A to showcase some of their best stuff before their show at Barracuda. Missed the session? We’ve got you covered right here! Check it out below!
– Georgina Cook
9/21 @ Barracuda
The award-winning series returns to the Blanton Museum of Art with a series of performances inspired by Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda and her unique legacy of American jazz and Indian devotional music. Alice’s singular musical style is a synthesis of influences that include Detroit gospel, Stravinsky, bebop, traditional Hindi hymns, and classical Indian music. The September SoundSpace will explore these diverse influences and present new work directly inspired by her legacy. We’ve invited two of the performers to Studio 1A to showcase some of their best stuff. The Andre Hayward Music Quintet will be performing late 60’s bebop from the repertoire of Alice Coltrane and her peers. Tara Bhattacharya Reed is a multi-instrumentalist musician, singer, performance artist and filmmaker. Her audiovisual performance, Coral Breathing, explores themes of Hindu spiritual practices, sounds, and movements in nature and vibration. Check out the full Studio 1A session with these artists below!
When: September 24, 2pm
Admission: Free for members and UT students, faculty, and staff.
The three Swedish sisters of Baskery have been making music and taking names since 2007. The group is made up of Greta, Stella and Sunniva Bondesson and their unique sound walks the line between straightforward punk and subtle singer-songwriting. It is a sort of “banjo-punk” hybrid characterized by a kinetic energy and killer sibling harmonies. Baskery’s latest single release “Cheerless Leaders” showcases their sweet folk-y melodies but maintains a punk sensibility with dark, textured instrumentals and a “don’t mess with us” attitude. The trio brought their unique, energetic mudfolk to Studio 1A ahead of their performance at Utopia Fest. Missed the session? We’ve got it right here for you! Check it out below!
– Georgina Cook
9/22 @ Utopia Fest
Frankie Rose has been to the end of the musical galaxy and back. After 9 years with groundbreaking acts such as Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls, and Crystal Stilts, Rose has become a mainstay of the New York post-punk scene. In 2012, she set her sights for outer space with her solo debut Interstellar. Her third album, Cage Tropical, takes Frankie’s ethereal music and gives it form. With pulsing new wave beats and glimmering synthesizers, this form packs quite a punch. The third track “Trouble” is what’d you’d get if an AI spent years digging through crates of krautrock and Joy Division records. Rose’s experience in the music scene has not resulted in stagnation, but instead a gradual evolution to a more developed retro-futuristic sound–moving forward while always looking back.
– Harold Urteaga
9/20 @ Barracuda
Walker Lukens is wonderfully inventive, completely refreshing and sounds unlike anything else on the dial. Born in Houston, based in Austin, the alternative singer-songwriter released his first album in 2013. After meeting Spoon’s Jim Eno at a bar the pair began collaborating in the studio. Walker’s latest release, Tell It To The Judge, is the third brain-child of this pairing. The album has a caffeinated shaggy-pop vibe, the sort of geared up do-wop slapback that makes Walker so unique. His tracks are thick with hard-strummed guitars and indie-rock crooning; and the entire album is layered with a stylistically fuzzy production. Walker brought himself and his backing band, The Side Arms, to Studio 1A ahead of his release show at Waterloo Records. Missed the session? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered, check it out below!
– Georgina Cook
9/22 @ Waterloo Records (Release Show)