Sure, you can have too many cooks in a kitchen, but if those cooks were all certified Iron Chefs able to keep off each others’ toes while still adding their finest spices to the pot, you’d have Austin quintet MaryAnn. Since 2013 this rock-Americana outfit has brought out some of the best from Mother Falcon (Evan Kaspar), Lola Tried (Ray Garza, Greg Spencer), and Ama (Matt Hudson), as well as PolyAction, Space Tan and Frozen Orange…and that’s just from four of MaryAnn’s five.
With no designated frontman and Erik Gatling holding down the drums, MaryAnn’s songwriting process is refreshingly organic, giving each song its own unique character while keeping within a controlled range of sounds. MaryAnn takes another defining step with this year with their upcoming self-titled full-length, due out in late August. But before you catch MaryAnn at the August 23rd release show or July 26th at Dozen Street, enjoy a just-released single that teases the new stuff, “Don’t Forget Yourself”!
If you’re a die-hard Daptone admirer, the Scone Cash Players already have a place in your wheelhouse. Modern day Booker T contemporary Adam Scone and his Hammond-backing band have been riding the heat wave of 2018’s Blast Furnace for awhile, and today they tighten up their funk-soul sockets even more with As The Screw Turns.
A record this impressive doesn’t need much more of an intro, so let’s celebrate New Music Friday with a pop, courtesy of “Canned Champagne”!
He may have spent some years in respite and his sound has certainly had a couple facelifts, but there’s no real point in doubting Peter Wagner’s nook in Austin, going back to the late ’90s. You’d never guess that the guy who cut his teeth on 6th Street playing Sonic Youth covers would be killing it in Americana these days but lo and behold, Wagner’s solo project-turned-five-piece The Sanco Loop is here to stay and as real as it gets.
The Sanco Loop’s 2017 self-titled album made a big impression on us here at KUTX and on their new single, the group worked with Grammy Winner Stuart Sullivan, who’s engineered everyone from Meat Puppets and Sublime to 13th Floor Elevators and Ian MacLagan. Catch The Sanco Loop this Saturday at Whip In and hunker down with “Fort Phantom”!
If you’re on the hunt for some hard-partying glammed-out motherfunkers, then Calliope Musicals is the group for you. And though Austin’s reputation for being weird certainly precedes the Calliope crew, these wackos will continue to blow you away with their caliber of electric eccentricity and onstage antics. But that’s not to say Calliope Musicals isn’t without sincerity or candor, especially considering their latest album was born from frontwoman Carrie Fussell’s post-2016 election commentaries and observations.
The funnest bits of Calliope’s favorite genres have a home on the palette of Color/Sweat, the vibrant, feminine full-length released last Friday. Keep on the lookout for plenty of local shows from Calliope Musicals, embrace the summer humidity, and unleash some pigment in your pores with Color/Sweat‘s title track!
Whatever the phrase “blasting off” means for you, Los Angeles duo Pioneer 11 has the propulsion to make it happen. These modern-minded space rockers explore a constellation of sounds but only take the brightest from each genre nebula. Whether they’re orbiting around hip-hop, psychedelia, funk, electronic dance, or classic rock, Pioneer 11 is sure to put you on an effects-heavy spacewalk, and in exactly one week they untether into Gravitorium.
At just shy of a dozen tracks this latest endeavor from Pioneer 11 serves as the groups debut full-length, so before we reach launch day let’s get some solar energy from “Squishy Sunbeam”!