Local hip hop act Magna Carda decided to stop by Studio 1A and delivered their usual brilliance while showcasing material off their new album, CirQlation. Lead lyricist, Megz Kelli delivers a flawless flow, combined with excellent production from members Dougie Do on keyboard/beats, Eric “The Greek” Nikolaides on guitar, Derek Van Wagner on bass, and Mike “Brotha Mike” Gonzales on drums. The soul, R&B influences combined with ear banging beats, Magna Carda brings up similarities of hip hop acts Aaliyah and Lauryn Hill including BADBADNOTGOOD‘s work with Ghostface Killah. With all this talent it’s easy to see how Magna Carda is one of the premier hip hop acts to see in Austin.
Magna Carda will be playing at The Belmont this Friday, February 5th, so make sure to get tickets while they’re still available! You can also stream their music here on KUTX.
With a hit song titled “Trying”, it’s ironic that the band Bully pulls off such a seamless delivery of their galvanizing music. Bully carries a razor sharp tone that is highlighted with Alicia Bognanno‘s coarse vocals. Coupled with their electrically charged sound, Bully releases a loud proclamation of passion and revolt captured in their album, Feels Like. The Nashville band consists of Alicia on vocals/guitar, Clayton Parker on guitar, Reece Lazarus on bass, and Stewart Copeland on drums. Drawing similarities from Kurt Cobain, Courtney Barnett and Hop Along, Bully eviscerates listener’s ears with high energy tracks like “Trying” and “Trash” are two songs that truly seize the emotions of frustration and anger in their lyrics that weave effortlessly with piercing guitar riffs and thunderous drumming.
Bully stopped by Studio 1A and showed off their musical prowess as they finish up their tour having played at The Parish on Thursday, February 4th. You can also stream their music here on KUTX.
Local Austin musician, Eagle Eye Williamson stopped by Studio 1A on Tuesday and showcased his skills as he tore through his songs with his natural gusto. Williamson has been putting on shows in Austin for quite sometime, as a multi-instrumentalist, there are few that can match him in playing ability. Williamson draws his name from an experience where he lost sight in one of his eyes at the age of fifteen, seeing that many of his blues idols combined their last name to a characteristic about themselves, Eagle Eye was born. Williamson’s music has a sound that has deep, grainy vocals that pair perfectly with his gritty guitar riffs that lead into intricate solos that could melt steel. Williamson’s sound brings up comparisons of Stevie Ray Vaughan as well as Gary Clark Jr., it’s clear that Williamson is a fellow torch bearer in Austin’s blues/rock scene.
Eagle Eye Williamson will be playing at Lambert’s Friday, February 5th so make sure to get tickets while they’re available. You can also stream his music here on KUTX.
When four established musicians decide to join forces and play together just because it’s fun, you’re going to get something special. Such is the case for South Austin Moonlighters, a band that blends blues, americana, soul, rock, and country, who can flip the switch from slow melodic country to gravelly rocking blues without a hitch. Think Allman Brothers meets Band of Heathens with a splash of Joe Ely and you start to peel away the many musical layers of sound that makes up the Moonlighters. The band consists of Lonnie Trevino Jr. on bass & vocals, Phil Hurley on guitar & vocals, Phil Bass on drums & vocals, and Chris Beall on guitar & vocals. Using a four part harmony at times accompanied with some brilliant guitar playing, S.A.M. plays with a full-bodied sound and puts off an aura of down to earth southern rock/blues that can make even coldest days seem warm.
The South Austin Moonlighters stopped by Studio 1A on Wednesday and played us some of their music, they will be playing at the Cactus Cafe tonight (Thursday, February 4th) so make sure to get tickets while you can! You can also stream their music here on KUTX.
Okkervil River members Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff began Shearwater as a channel for some more subdued songs they were working on together. Meiburg, whose master’s thesis at the UT geography department was on a subspecies of falcons common to the Falkland Islands, took the name from a class of migratory seabirds. Beyond his interest in ornithology, Meiberg’s prolific creative output includes writing (he’s a contributor to the literary magazine The Believer), and releasing Shearwater’s ninth(!) studio album.
Jet Plane and Oxbow, which was released on Sub Pop last month, has a particularly early 80s sound to it. Think Scary Monsters era David Bowie meets early Peter Gabriel. The new album receives an extra boon from film composer and percussionist Brian Reitzell, whose work includes the soundtracks for several Sofia Copolla films like The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation. Jonathan Meiburg with Emily Lee on keys, Sadie Powers on bass, Josh Halpern on drums, and Lucas Oswald on guitar came into Studio 1A today. Check out their set here, or see them live tonight at The North Door.