Density 512 is proud to present Harmoniemusik, in which they reimagine chamber wind music for the “harmonie”, a small wind ensemble that served as a “party band” for 17th and 18th C. patrons. Density512 is a start-up music collective that blends Austin’s vibrant live-music culture with imaginative programs for contemporary chamber orchestra. Our mission is to bring music into the community in a uniquely ATX environment and showcase diverse and under-represented repertoire from a variety of musical styles and eras. Density512 reaches new corners of the greater Austin community by performing in nontraditional spaces in the city and by supporting local musicians. In the spirit of food, drink, and merriment they invite you to join Harmoniemusik featuring music by Jonathan Dove and Eugene Bozza both inspired by the strong tradition of the harmonie ensemble. The event will be held Friday, December 15 at 7.30pm, at the Imagine Art space. Tickets are donation based (suggested between $5-25) with homemade hors d’oeuvres served, and BYOB welcome. We were lucky enough to have a sneak preview of the performance in Studio 1A, check out the full session below!
Reed Turner might have roots in Austin but he’s a wanderer and a vagabond at heart; the singer-songwriter has been on the road honing his unique genre-melding sound for six years. Reed’s debut EP landed in 2011 and has been followed by two critically acclaimed releases. His music is thick with deep, haunting bass lines and vocals strung with an entrancing intimacy. The sound is rooted in Americana but pulls from a huge variety of genres and influences. Reed will be performing as part of Christmas on Congress at the Paramount Theatre on December 15th. The event is presented by Music and Memories and will be benefitting Alzheimer’s Texas and Austin Sunshine Camps. Amazing musicians and wonderful guests come together to support the legacies of these two organizations in a night of music and merriment. Other guests include Marc & Ted Broussard, Jackie Venson and Eve Monsées. We were lucky enough to have Reed Turner in Studio 1A ahead of this lovely event. Check out the full session below!
– Georgina Cook
12/15 @ Christmas on Congress
Nashville indie-rockers Bully are bursting through the musical playground with a sound that is fun, catchy and profound. The group is fronted by singer-songwriter-guitarist Alicia Bognanno, who grew up in Minnesota and first got into music in high school after discovering a natural talent for audio-mixing. After graduating from MTSU and landing an internship with audio engineer Steve Albini, Bognanno settled in Nashville and slowly started compiling personal music while playing with local act King Arthur. In 2013, when the personal archive got too large, she formed the indie-rock group Bully. By 2015 they had an EP and LP under their belt, had steadily toured through the US and Europe and were quickly making a name for themselves with their pop-hooks and grungy sensibility. The crew’s latest release Losing is raw and honest, pretty and powerful. It is full of anthems about growing up, losing innocence and just trying to figure it out. We were lucky enough to get the band in Studio 1A to showcase some of their best stuff. Missed the session? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered, check it out below!
– Georgina Cook
Local outfit Croy and The Boys are a little bit country sway, a little bit honky-tonk and a whole lot of toe-tapping good times. Frontman Corey Baum hadn’t set foot outside of his hometown Bowling Green, Ohio until, at the age of 24, he realised college wasn’t his scene; so he packed up his guitar and hot-footed it to Austin. He spent four years writing and performing solo before kicking off Croy and The Boys back in 2014. Last year saw the release of their debut full length, Hey Come Back, which showcased the crew’s muscular brand of midwestern country; all held together by Corey’s lazy croon and that classic still-survivin’ sensibility. Croy and The Boys have been selected as a 2017 Black Fret Nominee and will be performing as part of the Fourth Annual Black Fret Ball on December 9 at the Paramount Theatre. Black Fret is a public charity headquartered in Austin whose mission is to empower musicians to create and perform great new music. To date, Black Fret has awarded $500,000 in grant dollars to local Austin artists; these dollars are unlocked when artists write and perform new music, or work with other local non-profits. Black Fret grants have resulted in 332 U.S. tour dates, 197 recorded songs, 111 charitable performances and countless other advances. The Black Fret Ball is a showcase of all the 2017 nominees; including Mobley, Black Pistol Fire, Whiskey Shivers and many, many more. All members are invited to join for a night of music and merriment. We were lucky enough to have Croy and The Boys in Studio 1A ahead of their performance this Saturday at Paramount. Check out the full session below!
– Georgina Cook
12/9 @ Paramount Theatre (Black Fret Ball)
Local punk-rock outfit Big Bill is keeping Austin weirder and weirder. Formed by brothers Eric and Cody Braden in 2011 the crew have expanded over the years and really made a name for themselves around town as a must-see live act. With two EPs and two 7″ under their collective belt this past month sees the release of Big Bill’s much anticipated debut full length; Stand By Your Bill. The album is characteristically punchy and brief; they’ve condensed ten energetic tracks into a digestible twenty-nine minutes. Thick with jangling guitar, consistent drums and hollered lyrics the boys manage to stay true to their playfully intense roots while still expanding their musical palette. Big Bill brought their New Wave absurdism and punk sensibility to Studio 1A ahead of their shows at Hotel Vegas and Spiderhouse. Check out the full session below, then go and see ’em for yourself!
– Georgina Cook
12/8 @ Hotel Vegas
12/31 @ Spiderhouse Cafe & Ballroom