Sour Bridges: “Donny’s Back In Town”

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Sour Bridges: “Donny’s Back In Town”

Posted by on May 24, 2017

Sour Bridges’ self-described “browngrass” (that is, dirtied-up bluegrass) is probably best experienced live, where the Austin band’s close harmonies can ricochet off the breakneck rhythms. It’s a recipe that makes the group’s traditional roots more exciting, akin to what bands like Uncle Tupelo or fellow Austinites the Weary Boys sold for years.

Live At Stubb’s is Sour Bridges first live offering, recorded last year in the close, sweaty confines of the inside stage. “Donny’s Back In Town” kicks the set off in a celebratory mood, a preamble for the rest of the boozy document. Sour Bridges hits the throttle and doesn’t let up.

“Donny’s Back In Town” appears on Live At Stubb’s, out May 28. Sour Bridges plays May 28 at Oskar Blues Brewery.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

Garner Sloan: “Bad Tidings”

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Garner Sloan: “Bad Tidings”

Posted by on May 23, 2017

Photo by Liz Pagliuco Photography

Austin’s Garner Sloan is paving the way for a genre he refers to as “Americana Gothic” – a somber amalgamation of roots, rock, folk and blues. Originally from Coleman, Texas, Sloan’s songwriting draw as much influence from Cormac McCarthy and Edgar Allan Poe as it does Tom Waits and Townes Van Zandt. Balancing a life of touring with his band and solitary songwriting, Sloan is set to release his full-length album, Liquid Sails & Bobcat Tales, on May 27th before hitting the road in June. For a sneak preview of his dark world, check out the second track from Liquid Sails, “Bad Tidings”.

Garner Sloan plays live in our Studio 1A on Thursday, May 25 at 3 p.m. and at Stay Gold on Saturday, May 27.

Jack Anderson (Host Monday-Wednesday 8-11pm, Saturday 6-10am)

Brownout: “You Don’t Have To Fall”

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Brownout: “You Don’t Have To Fall”

Posted by on May 22, 2017

Photo by Stevan Alcala

Brownout’s transformation into Brown Sabbath these past few years has been an unexpected gift to Austin and beyond, even earning well-deserved praise from Ozzy himself. But lest we forget, Brownout isn’t just a covers band; this is easily one of the best bands in Texas, period. The cheekily-titled new EP Over The Covers makes this explicit: four original songs, spearheaded by Brownout’s inventive stew of Latin soul, funk, and psychedelic rock.

On the EP, Brown Sabbath MVP Alex Marrero continues his spotlighting turn as the band’s singer, adding a heavy metal edge to the mix. There are so many things going on in a song like “You Don’t Have To Fall”–funky backbeats, crisp horns, sludgy power chords–and the fun is hearing how in the hell Brownout combines it all. Even if the band is turning the page on its Sabbath garb, there’s still plenty of room to both headbang and cumbia.

“You Don’t Have To Fall” appears on Over The Covers EP, out June 2. Brownout plays live in our Studio 1A on Friday, May 26 at 2 p.m. and at Antone’s on May 26 and 27.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

The Wild Now: “Afterglow”

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The Wild Now: “Afterglow”

Posted by on May 19, 2017

Austin dream-poppers the Wild Now are back with Afterglow, a follow-up EP to last year’s Tides. David Beck of Blue Healer (and formerly of Sons Of Fathers) produced most of the songs, while Max Frost produced and co-wrote the title track. “Afterglow” finds the band moving firmly in a clubbier direction, pushing electronic beats inside a sleek, synth-fueled atmosphere. Listen below.

“Afterglow” appears on Afterglow EP, out now. The Wild Now plays tonight at 3TEN at ACL Live.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

The Halfways: “I Don’t Know How to Say No” (Live In Studio 1A)

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The Halfways: “I Don’t Know How to Say No” (Live In Studio 1A)

Posted by on May 18, 2017

Photo by Jen Lee Rachid

Austin’s the Halfways are a network of psych-rock energies who, under the leadership of frontman and chief songwriter Daniel Fernandez, link into one another’s minds and souls, sometimes facing the center to create as one, and other times facing in different directions in a state of individual, yet unified meditation, allowing whatever flows to be held together by their own jam-band electricity.

“I Don’t Know How to Say No” grows jam band roots from a psychedelic seed, born from a united core but eventually growing in different directions to deliver unique levels of jam-band hydration from root to root. After about 90 seconds of straight-ahead dreamy psych-noir, the song begins to drift back-and-forth in time, slipping in tricks and riffs that are distinctly 1960s while maintaining its embryonic, contemporary foundation. But just when you think the sound has landed and the song is about to come to a dreamy end, the foundation shifts, softly splintering-off into the different root hairs of each instrument, and before you know it, your ears are tripping on a meditative jam sesh. Better yet, it’s live jam rock, baby!

Get a full dose of the Halfways at Stubb’s Indoors this Saturday immediately following the Black Angels.

“I Don’t Know How to Say No” appears on In the Interim, out now via the group’s Bandcamp.

-Taylor Wallace // producer, Ekelektikos with John Aielli and SoundCheck Music News; host, Thursdays 8-11PM and Saturdays 2-6PM