Let’s face it. Like it or not, if you’ve been in Austin for the past ten years you’ve heard Ghostland Observatory or seen one of their shows. But while Ghostland Observatory is on hiatus, frontman Aaron Behrens has expanded his scope through solo endeavors alongside The Midnight Stroll. With The Midnight Stroll as his backing band, Behrens incorporates rock n’ roll and rhythm and blues into his soulful arrangements, a far cry from Ghostland’s signature electronic sound.
– Jack Anderson
When you hear the name Mike Doughty, you may think of 90s alt-rock band Soul Coughing. But despite founding the group, Doughty has since tried to distance himself from Soul Coughing’s image and sound to develop his own solo following. While Doughty’s roots lie in alternative rock, he often incorporates hip-hop and EDM elements into his tracks to differentiate his sound from other rock songwriters.
In 2013 Doughty added a fresh hip-hop twist on his early compositions with the release of Circles Super Bon Bon, an album of re-imagined Soul Coughing songs. This year marks the release of a new crowd-funded studio album and live album. Stellar Motel and Live at Ken’s House have both been well received by critics, with Stellar Motel reaching #66 on the US charts. Now Doughty continues his national tour with a stop in the Live Music Capital. You can see Mike Doughty’s next show at the Cactus Cafe on Wednesday, October 22nd!
– Jack Anderson
The Blind Pets want to melt your face! The Austin trio dominates with a hard rock sound while retaining the essence of classic rock and punk hooliganism. The distortion-heavy energy of The Blind Pets’ live performances isn’t lost on their studio recordings, so there are plenty of opportunities to thrash out at home or in your car.
The Blind Pets have been steadily making their name the old fashioned way: by selling records and playing shows. Since forming in 2007, The Blind Pets have released three LP’s and a single, and have been known to sell out venues like The White Horse and Stubb’s. Now the band prepares to release their newest record, Heavy Petting, available December 16th. Needless to say, if you’re an Austinite and a self-proclaimed rocker, this is a must-see band. You can catch The Blind Pets’ next show on October 31st at Red 7.
– Jack Anderson
The internet knows OK Go- it’s seen their videos, each millions of times. The latest, Writing on the Wall, features a series of optical illusions, following suit of the other wildly creative internet phenomena. Remember the Rube Goldberg in time to music? Remember the one with toast art? Or the one with the treadmill dance?
There’s a certain magic found in these one-take videos produced by OK Go. It’s perfection, but with just a few quirky human wrinkles as most were shot all in one take. These videos have helped OK Go survive and even excel in the post-album world where music lives on YouTube.
For now, OK Go is out of the warehouse making music videos and out on the road on tour. They performed a show at the Parish on their stop to Austin. Find OK Go’s unique brand of quirky fun here at KUTX’s Studio 1A!
After a period of inactivity, Austin’s Balmorhea is back together, but not exactly as they were. Over the past eight years, Rob Lowe and Michael Muller built Balmorhea into a six piece band layered with strings and concise complexity. With the newest era of the band, Lowe and Muller have opted to keep the name and pair back down to just a duo for a US and European tour.The group is releasing a reissue of their 2007 self-titled EP with Western Vinyl, a release that shows their success in a simpler setup of guitar and piano.
While other members of the band have pursued other projects, they are still on board for a few new releases. As a full band, Balmorhea has announced a release of two brand new tracks titled “Heir I” and “Heir II” on 7″ peach-colored vinyl. Commissioned remixes of the tracks include one by L.A. based producer Matthewdavid.
Vocalist and violinist Aisha Burns will join Muller and Lowe at their show this Friday October 24 at Central Presbyterian Church. You can hear Balmorhea’s Rob Lowe and Michael Muller recreate tracks off their self-titled release at KUTX’s Studio 1A!