A mesh of Tom Petty, Radiohead, and Cormac McCarthy, Florida-based six-piece Roadkill Ghost Choir produces powerful American rock.
The release of their debut EP Quiet Light in 2013 coincided with some impressive touring performances, including opening for Band of Horses and appearing at New York Governor’s Ball, Austin City Limits, and Shaky Knees in Atlanta, Georgia.
Earlier this year Roadkill Ghost Choir performed their single “Beggars’ Guild” on the David Letterman Show and appeared at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza in the midst of promoting their first full-length, In Tongues. In Tongues is available now for digital download.
You can catch Roadkill Ghost Choir on Thursday, October 2nd at Holy Mountain alongside The Eastern Sea and Walker Lukens.
– Jack Anderson
When Whiskey Shivers takes the stage, they’re determined to keep the crowd moving. With an always joyful live presence, the contagious smiles and wild fiddle and banjo lines of Whiskey Shivers tears down the wall between the band and its fans in the most foot-stomping way possible.
Despite their stage presence, Whiskey Shivers doesn’t shy away from addressing the difficulties of life. Their musical honesty shines through a blend of punk rock energy and a darkly comical light-heartedness within the bluegrass genre, in an almost therapeutic process of working through personal problems.
Nevertheless Whiskey Shivers preserves the momentum of their live sound even on long tours so everyone can have a good time and enjoy the shared energy created between the band and its fans.
– Jack Anderson
Writing music continues to be a family affair for Wheeler Brothers. The Austin-based quintet draws from rock, folk, blues, roots and Americana to cook up a melting pot of genres for their compositions.
Wheeler Brothers finds balance between touring and recording, retreating from an exhausting tour for their debut album Portraits to record their sophomore release Gold Boots Glitter in the Texas hill country. Seclusion away from urban life and cell phone signals allows Wheeler Brothers to immerse themselves in the songwriting process to further refine their signature sound on Gold Boots Glitter.
Touring continues to be central to the band, having made appearances at ACL, SXSW, Lollapalooza while attracting praise from Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, and The Austin Chronicle. Portraits swept the 2012 Austin Music Awards, winning “Best New Band” among other awards, reaffirming the group’s potential that has fans patiently waiting for more.
– Jack Anderson
If you were looking for a candy-coated Nashville sweetheart you just might want to forgive those aspirations for the tart-cider infused Caroline Rose. At the time of the Trayvon Martin case, Rose worked in a cider distillery and lived in a barn. When the shooting occurred, Trayvon Martin was carrying a bag of skittles. It’s the trivialities of day-to-day that made the violence meaningful to the self-proclaimed “failed scholar and modern-day hobo.” From the perspective of Trayvon Martin comes a rockabilly riot titled “Blood on Your Bootheels” with a music video starring an assortment of skittles. Leave it to this Northeast maven to make even the most serious music sound fun and dirty in a very gritty way. Caroline Rose is now on her tour through the U.S. states her music draws from- the deep American south with a dip into great big Texas. Catch Rose at the Cactus Cafe Tuesday September 30 at 8p.m.
Austin based producer, BoomBaptist, has carved his own sound out of 90s boom-bap by borrowing from DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and J-Dilla. He worked with Fat Beats record label for his first EP. As Boombaptist prepares for an upcoming release Feelin Music, last weekend this producer joined the latest showcase in Austin, Weird City Music Festival.
Hip-hop has long been part of the underground in the larger Austin Music Scene. This was not the case last weekend as the Weird City Festival broke out at multiple venues downtown, including Empire Control Room, Beerland and more. For a scene that’s more familiar with indie-rock mantras and singer-songwriter ballads, this fest broke the mold- for some. Festival organizers told KUT that the Austin hip-hop scene is thriving and alive. This may have been the first hip-hop fest, but it is not the beginning or the end for hip-hop in Austin.