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Growl

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014

Photo by William Byrne Taylor

The Austin Music Map tells the untold stories of the musical spaces in one of the most exciting cities in the world.

Singer and guitarist Santiago Dietche from the Austin group Growl talks about playing house shows and playing co-ops in your underwear.

You can see the Urban Achievers Brass Band play at the KUTX MapJam on February 15. MapJam is a free day-long music festival that happens in interesting spaces in East Austin. Log on to kutx.org/mapjam for more information. And for more information on the Austin Music Map, visit austinmusicmap.com.

SKATERS: “Miss Teen Massachusetts”

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SKATERS: “Miss Teen Massachusetts”

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014

Photo by Shane McCauley

NYC band  SKATERS may be the next big thing, you just may not know it yet. The band possesses all the things you’d want from a modern New York band: the downtown cool of The Strokes, the nervous energy of early Vampire Weekend, and a punk spirit befitting the Big Apple’s rock ‘n’ roll heritage. The band’s been fêted by a whole host of musical cognoscenti from CMJ to Filter to Vice’s Noisey blog to the New York Observer’s Scene magazine who said SKATERS, “are poised to become punk rock gods.”

That’s some pretty hefty language there, but while a tad hyperbolic, it’s not out of the realm of possibility. SKATERS share common DNA with movement shifting groups like the aforementioned Strokes, or the U.K.’s long-gone Libertines, a band that harkened back to early British punk’s garage rock roots.

SKATERS’ roots go back not to New York, but to Los Angeles. In 2011 childhood friends Michael Ian Cummings and Noah Rubin decided to leave their band Dead Trees. Just before they were set to move to New York, they met guitarist Joshua Hubbard, the third leg in the SKATERS stool. Hubbard had played in the British groups The Paddingtons and Dirty Pretty Things (upping The Libertines connection–The Paddingtons toured with Pete Doherty’s Babyshambles and Dirty Pretty Things was led by Carl Barât). Also joining them are Dan Burke and Tommy Allen. SKATERS’ debut EP Schemers caught the attention of the folks over at major label Warner Brothers Records, and the imprint signed the band in February 2013. The following month the band upped their visibility even further with a strong showing at SXSW.

On February 25, SKATERS make their full-length debut with Manhattan. One of the first tracks to make it out into the world is “Miss Teen Massachusetts.” A punchy backbeat accentuates the brooding verses as the fuzzed-out guitars storm. But this tune has more up its sleeve. The choruses has an old-time pop feel with a hook made for singing along, and a laconic, 70s-toned guitar solo also adds a bit of sweetness to the dark ‘n’ bitter verses. That dose of pop hooks also adds a hint of familiarity. SKATERS are paying homage to pop and rock ‘n’ roll’s past as they forge ahead into its future as one of its next big bands.

 

Elizabeth McQueen: “Mind of Men”

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Elizabeth McQueen: “Mind of Men”

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014

The remix record is like aural decoupage, and when it’s done right, it can be pretty darn cool. Local singer and songwriter Elizabeth McQueen just did it right. She teamed up with St. Louis alt-folk outfit Brothers Lazaroff to re-work her 2010 album The Laziest Girl In Town.

Now, that record title’s a bit of a misnomer because, since she moved to Austin in the early aughts, McQueen’s been pretty busy. She kicked off the millennium with her band The Firebrands, before joining up with Texas swing revivalists Asleep At The Wheel in 2004 as the band’s female vocalist and rhythm guitarist. Over the years, she sang on a Grammy-nominated record (2009’s Willie and The Wheel) and travelled the nation and the world.

At the start of the new year, McQueen left The Wheel to strike out on her own once again. The remix record, aptly titled The Laziest Remix, is her fourth solo disc, and features a sound Texas swing fans may not be used to. McQueen and the Brothers Lazaroff incorporate funky bass lines, electronic wizardry, languid hip-hop beats to The Laziest Girl In Town‘s jazzy core. We here at KUTX got a taste when McQueen and The Brothers Lazaroff stopped by to perform a few tunes in Studio 1A, including the slow groovin’ “Mind of Men.”

You can see Elizabeth McQueen live on Sunday Jan. 26 at St. David’s

Urban Achievers Brass Band

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Urban Achievers Brass Band

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014

The Austin Music Map tells the untold stories of the musical spaces in one of the most exciting cities in the world.

You may’ve seen ’em grace the stage Sunday nights at The White Horse, but now trombone player Eddie Lehwald tells the whole Urban Achievers Brass Band story.

You can see the Urban Achievers Brass Band play at the KUTX MapJam on February 15. MapJam is a free day-long music festival that happens in interesting spaces in East Austin. Log on to kutx.org/mapjam for more information. And for more information on the Austin Music Map, visit austinmusicmap.com.

Hard Proof Afrobeat

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Hard Proof Afrobeat

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014

Photo by Nathan Malone

The Austin Music Map tells the untold stories of the musical spaces in one of the most exciting cities in the world.

Jason Frey, tenor sax man for Hard Proof Afrobeat, talks about one of his favorite shows and the crazy sounds you can make playing on a boat floating under a bridge.

You can see Hard Proof Afrobeat play at the KUTX MapJam on February 15. MapJam is a free day-long music festival that happens in interesting spaces in East Austin. Log on to kutx.org/mapjam for more information. And for more information on the Austin Music Map, visit austinmusicmap.com.