Half Gringa: “Afraid of Horses” (feat. Gia Margaret)

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Half Gringa: “Afraid of Horses” (feat. Gia Margaret)

Posted by on Aug 3, 2020

Born in Chicago to Venezuelan parents, multi-instrumentalist Isabel Olive has become inseparable from a bi-cultural experience. Olive’s moniker of Half Gringa certainly stays faithful to that identity with a crossroads of indie rock and Latinx, first heard on her self-produced 2017 record Gruñona.

At the tail end of this month Half Gringa drops her sophomore album, Force To Reckon, with a bolder sense of dynamics and an infectious balance between Olive’s vocals and instrumentation 0ver nine originals. Force to Reckon is out August 28th, preceded by its latest single featuring fellow Chicagoan Gia Margaret, “Afraid of Horses”!


Jack Anderson

Photo: Rachel Winslow

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…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: “Into the Godless Void”

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…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: “Into the Godless Void”

Posted by on Jul 31, 2020

Like many bands in 2020, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead started off the year full of ambition and unfettered by the harsh realities that were soon to settle in. In January Trail of Dead hit two major milestones, not only their twenty-fifth year together as a group but also the release of their tenth full-length X: The Godless Void and Other Stories. They were dead set on a two-month international tour after the release of The Godless Void… until their venue opportunities dissipated in the wake of COVID-19.

But jumping to today, Trail of Dead is about to kick off the first of three live streams at 8pm tonight with proceeds from this initial concert going to one of twenty venues the band was slated to perform at, including Austin’s own Mohawk. They’ll be following it up on August 7th with a stream for the UK and EU, and wrapping up the series on August 14th with a performance at Mosaic Sound Collective, where Trail of Dead tracked X. So help a venue with a little love and treat yourself with the complimentary title track of sorts for Trail of Dead’s latest, “Into the Godless Void”!


Jack Anderson

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Go Fever: “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again”

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Go Fever: “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again”

Posted by on Jul 30, 2020

Between their self-degrading humor, biting sarcasm, and just plain uncouth nature, Acey Monaro’s lyrics have always been a perfect mate for Go Fever‘s musty and brazen sonics. Monaro founded the rock five-piece shortly after her move from Australia and has since brought a bit of the Aussie experience to the Live Music Capital with each new record.

This year Go Fever‘s set to follow up last Spring’s Daydream Hawker EP and their 2017 eponymous LP with both a new full-length album and an EP of special covers. We’re hoping for more unapologetically raunchy rock even with Monaro moving back to her native continent soon, and while the bars may still be closed, invite some Aussie-Kiwi pub energy into your living room and maybe even enjoy a pint over their rendition of “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again”!


Jack Anderson

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Pat Keen: “Screens”

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Pat Keen: “Screens”

Posted by on Jul 29, 2020

While his background is decidedly within the bounds of experimental art rock, Minneapolis singer-multi-instrumentalist Pat Keen self-titled material is more reminiscent of Nick Drake or Joni Mitchell. For the past half decade his rustic, atmospheric, and ethereal manipulations of indie-folk-pop have steadily matured, culminating this year with the upcoming Cells Remain.

The twelve-track LP finds Keen digging deeper than he’s ever before, with a backbone of acknowledgement for what can’t be seen on the surface, hence the record’s title. Cells Remain was further shaped by Brian Joseph, who’s engineered everyone from Sufjan Stevens to Bon Iver and even Paul Simon, pretty much guaranteeing an objective quality. Cells Remain is out on August 21st and today Keen’s shared its fourth and final single, “Screens”!


Jack Anderson

Photo: Jesse Johnson

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Matt Puckett: “Insomnia” [PREMIERE]

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Matt Puckett: “Insomnia” [PREMIERE]

Posted by on Jul 28, 2020

It’s crazy to think that it’s already been three years since Mother Falcon co-founder Matt Puckett left Austin and relocated to Brooklyn. Continuing his ongoing collaborations with children’s songwriter Tim Kubart, this Grammy winner’s gone on to provide original scores for indie films and webseries, as well as his own 2019 EP, Heartbreak Summer. But in this past year alone, rather than spending a season of uncertainty adrift in New York, Puckett kicked off 2020 with a three-day recording stint right here in his hometown.

This Is Ending is a hard left turn from Heartbreak Summer in terms of tone, production methods, and lyrical subject matter, with Puckett exploring loss, acceptance and gratitude across seven songs with the help of longtime friends in the backing band and behind the mixing board. This Is Ending drops August 28th, and today Matt Puckett’s kindly shared its lead single with us for a KUTX-clusive premiere, one that’ll keep you up at night with its catchy foundation, “Insomnia”!


Jack Anderson

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