Paul Cauthen: “Resignation”

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Paul Cauthen: “Resignation”

Posted by on May 25, 2018

Wrapping up a tour alongside Margo Price and soon opening for fellow Austinite Shakey Graves, Tyler, Texas-born singer-songwriter Paul Cauthen is breaking out of the local scene with some bold new outlaw-influenced goodies! Cauthen’s country-coated original compositions and live performances stood out this past SXSW, where he deservedly gained plenty of new listeners and attention in national publications.

Cauthen announced his sophomore EP Have Mercy back at the close of April and has set a release date for June 22nd. But let’s face it – a month is a long time. Fortunately for the Cauthen-crazed listeners, a new single was released just today in anticipation of Have Mercy and you can potentially get a live premiere of some new material when Cauthen plays tonight at 8pm at The White Horse as part of Hot Luck Fest. Don’t give up if you can’t make it out or your hands are tied elsewhere for Hot Luck – say farewell to the work week with “Resignation”.

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

Low Cut Connie: “Beverly”

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Low Cut Connie: “Beverly”

Posted by on May 24, 2018

Headed by the piano-poundin’ and vocal chord crunchin’ frontman Adam Weiner, Philadelphia rock sextet Low Cut Connie has already earned attention and acclaim from the likes of Elton John and former President Barack Obama. Following the departure of two of the three founding members (after the second and third album, respectively) Weiner soldiered through with a binary-record project entitled Dirty PicturesDirty Pictures (Part 1) graced listeners after its release in May of 2017, and the second installment came out just last Friday. Check out Dirty Pictures (Part 2) in its entirety on NPR’s First Listen and grab a free download of Part 2‘s second song – “Beverly“.

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

Mazzy Star: “Quiet, the Winter Harbor”

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Mazzy Star: “Quiet, the Winter Harbor”

Posted by on May 23, 2018

Back in 1983 a tenacious, young high school student named Hope Sandoval went to a Rain Parade show. Afterwards she went up to guitarist David Roback and handed him her demo tape. He produced that (still unreleased) album and when the singer of his then-project Opal departed, Sandoval stepped in, and the rest is history. At this point, it’s crazy to think that Hope Sandoval’s voice has been simultaneously haunting and gracing our dreams for nearly three decades. Alongside Roback the two have won over audiences around the world as Mazzy Star with their signature dreamy sound laced in minimal layers with Sandoval’s angelic voice permeating every corner.

Never feeling or feeding the pressure to release music on anyone else’s timeline but their own, fans have had to exercise patience through Mazzy Star’s dormant periods, the most recent of which has been since the release of 2013’s Seasons of Your Day. Now the Star has reemerged in our sonic hemisphere with the upcoming release of “Still” a 4-song EP out June 1st. Melancholy piano chords resonate under Sandoval’s smoky, delicate vocals before Roback’s trademark guitar twangs slip in to add texture, but preserve the song’s fragile constitution. The space between the layers is brilliantly used as a darkgrey canvas for the instruments to lay upon, and it’s lovely.

“Quiet, the Winter Harbor” appears on the “Still” EP, out June 1st, via Rhymes of An Hour.

-Taylor Wallace// host, Thursdays 8-11P & Saturdays 2-6P; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli

Lola Tried: “Steam”

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Lola Tried: “Steam”

Posted by on May 22, 2018

Photo by Andrea Garcia

Lauren Burton is a force of womanhood. In person, she is an unapologetic, razor-tongued feminist and a stalwart champion of social justice and Austin’s music scene. Her powerful aura and agenda translate seamlessly to Lola Tried, an excellent rock-and-roll outfit that sometimes waxes a little pop-punk and other times a bit more power pop. Regardless of the song’s subject matter, Burton has an uncanny ability to tell an interesting story and pen music to it that’s contagiously catchy without being at all pedestrian. Sometimes that story is about depression, sometimes it’s about being angry and exhausted (heard that), and other times it’s just a cool story. Picking one song to showcase from their debut full-length is difficult; each track has that “no wait, this is my favorite song…” quality, exemplifying the incredible talent bubbling from Austin’s underground music scene. Speaking in metaphors and exploding with momentum, “Steam” sits squarely in the power-pop category. Check your pulse; it’s about to spike.

“Steam” appears on Lola Tried, out now. Check out Lola Tried’s recent Studio 1A here.

You can catch Lola Tried today at 5PM at Waterloo Records, and at their album release show tonight at Hotel Vegas sharing a bill with Blushing, Duncan Fellows, and Ringo Deathstar.

-Taylor Wallace// host, Thursdays 8-11P & Saturdays 2-6P; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli

Buenos Diaz: “Empty Head”

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Buenos Diaz: “Empty Head”

Posted by on May 21, 2018

Nick Diaz, best known locally for fronting Buenos Diaz is back with some lo-fi loveliness! Tomorrow marks the release of Buenos Diaz’s fourth studio album, Gringo Novelas – ten original compositions that initially found their sound in Diaz’s bedroom over the course of 30 drum tracks. Instead of re-recording those drum tracks in a fancy studio, Diaz simply re-mastered and refined the pre-existing files, then filled in the blanks into the analog excellence that is Gringo Novelas. The full record drops tomorrow but feel free to fill that void right now with “Empty Head”.

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