Kady Rain Talks; Her Style, Ben Bazzrea and Future Plans

Kady Rain is unique, she’s organic, she’s ‘pure sunshine with a beat’ quickly turning all rainy days into summer love and happiness. With a new single dropping on August 18th, she’s quickly becoming the bright Sunday morning that you need so badly. A musician from an early age, she revealed how she got to her candy-colored, sugary self, when I caught up with her recently.
I feel like it’s time to come clean about something.” She began. “ I loved Princess Lolly from Candyland so much when I was younger that I used to cheat every time I played, sorry to my sister, and I would put her in my hand. This is relevant because my look is half Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century and half Princess Lolly from Candyland.

After beginning her adventure into musical virtuosity at 11, when her dad bought her the Beatle’s Yellow Submarine on VHS, she fell in love with the romance, the stories behind each song and a little bit with John Lennon – he was very cute, y’know?

They are incredible story tellers, and the fact that they had movies that went along with their songs just blew my mind. I wanted to figure out what was behind the genius, the magic, so I set out to learn all of their songs.” The Texan popstar explained, before going on to advise “Listen to everything. You never know what will inspire you.”

Currently working on a full-length album together with Ben Bazzrea, she traded her crush on John Lennon for love with Ben as they endeavor to make their mark in the music world. With two of the planned ten songs complete, excitement is buzzing already over the sure-to-be ebullient track list as they mark Austin Pride on their calendar as the day to premier their latest single, the duo’s first endeavor with an Australian producer.

When Ben and I first started working together, we weren’t working on an EP or a project or anything really, we were just writing songs on his front porch,” she explains of the partnership.

He is my rock, my biggest supporter. He is the one who gets me up in the morning and gets me working even if I’m not feeling my best that day. Ben is the reason that this dream has come to life for me and I will never be able to thank him enough. It takes dedication to do this, and Ben is unwavering. I love him for it and I eagerly look forward to making music with him until we’re knobby kneed and grey.”

Just out of releasing ‘All I Ever Wanted’ with Ben, and already keeping busy with two new projects, Kady’s learnt a lot about the process. “Making a song come to life is hard!” she confides, “It is not the process that everyone thinks it is. It takes a lot of work, editing, and more work at each of the various stages of a song’s lifecycle. I would never have been able to do this by myself, and I learned to rely on and trust other people with my vision.

A childhood music-lover herself now living her dream, she implores all little girls and boys serenading passing cars to “Keep doing it, and don’t listen to the people that tell you that you’re weird or that you can’t do something. Because you can, and you can change the world. Tell your story, be yourself, and love yourself for who you are. Everything else is just extra. You aren’t weird, you are amazing.”

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, never let anyone dull your sparkle, babe!” she signs off, ever buoyant above the waves of negativity.

http://www.kadyrain.com/
Twitter: @KadyRain
Insta: @KadyRain

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Author: 
Megan Matthews

LEV Roars in Synth-Pop Single, ‘Search Party’

Top Gun, Blade Runner, Beverly Hills Cop, and The Ghostbusters all have one thing in common, and it’s not the ridiculous hair. Synth-pop ruled the late 70’s and early 80’s, and fueled nearly every action/adventure flick of the time. As trends have evolved, similar electronic-focused sounds have gained prominence again. Enter Holly Peyton’s alter-ego, LEV, your modern synth-pop warrior. LEV announced herself to the world with her powerful debut EP, Fear No Evil. Her upcoming single, “Search Party,” is to be released August 11th, and is a tease of her forthcoming sophomore EP, Glass Ceiling.

Stars such as Depeche Mode, Devo, and Duran Duran rose overnight and began to dominate the airwaves in the late 70’s and early 80’s. The empire began to peter out as R&B, hair metal, and fusion rock-R&B claimed the throne. Influences from the electropop era can be found in all forms of music. The authentic sound reemerged in the early 2000’s, and has given way to modern dance and trap music. Modern artists like the Chainsmokers have jumped onto the scene and relentlessly ruled the charts. LEV, which is Czech for “lion,” has built on this explosive sound and added her own unique twists.

LEV’s Fear No Evil was a bridge between sounds old and new, allowing her to swerve between modern and classic techniques. Her tracks “Never Let You Go” and “Shadow” garnered a combined 1.5 million YouTube views. This sound evolves in “Search Party” with a more in-your-face groove. The track’s instrumentals lean towards a more modern sound, indicated by heavy accents and the heavy distorted flow. Electronics roar in the background as an expected “oh, oh” followed by a snap captures the attention. In the scenery, a crafted guitar part wails – a quiet effect that has a massive influence on the piece’s taste. The Tyler, Texas, native keeps her vocals in a range that evokes an immediate comparison to Blondie, Tiffany, and just a hint of Madonna. A fun, wavy theme flows through, leaving hints of the Cyndi Lauper’s timeless and care-free track, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” This easy-listening vibe marks the track as accessible for all. Rather than letting her backing tracks drown her out, LEV channels the music to amplify her voice, and if anything, we know that she can roar.

http://www.levthemusic.com

 

Written by: Sawyer Click

Alesia Lani Brings the Soul

Alesia Lani has straight-up been killing it lately. The sultry songstress made an amazing First Impression in 2015 with a Top 10 album and consecutive Austin Hip Hop Awards for “Best R&B Artist”. She’s strutted her soulful sensuality all over the festival circuit at SXSW, Pecan Street and most recently Solstice. Her captivating performance at 35 Denton was considered one of the event’s major highlights and excitement continues to build for Saturday’s Babes Fest show at Empire Control Room. Last month, Lani dropped ‘Intentions’, the riveting new single off her highly-anticipated sophomore project due out this fall and also appeared in longtime friend Tomar and the FCs’ recent video ‘Shine Your Light’. It seems we just can’t get enough of this vivacious vocalist.

 

We caught up with Alesia Lani to hear more about Babes Fest, her new single and some of her personal influences. Check out the interview below.

You’ll be performing two nights in a row at Empire with Babes Fest on Saturday and then opening for the Ohio Players on the 30th. How does that honor feel?

Gosh I feel so special!!! It’s so accomplishing really. Since Boss Babes started I just love the movement and all. So, it’s always a joy to be apart of that. But, opening for the legendary Ohio Players is just crazy!! When I told my mom (who’s musical choices molded me) she damn near cried!!

Your latest single “Intentions” has been received very well since its release. How was working with G-Jet and were you able to learn anything during the production process you may not have previously considered?

I love this song!! What’s so different and what I’ve learned while working on this song is the whole first verse and idea was from one of the producers!! That was the first time I actually collaborated with another writer & actually something I’ve always wanted to do!! I’ve always wrote my own songs but I like picking other people’s brains too!

How was that experience working with Tomar and the FCs?

It was so fun!! I’ve know the Williams since I was in elementary school so they are basically like family to me!!! It was so organic!

What are your thoughts on Austin’s evolving R&B/Soul scene and its future?

I love how much me and other R&B singers here in Austin are raising more awareness and existence. Like “hey, R&B is not dead y’all.” It might not be as trendy as rap and other genres but it’s definitely influential and I don’t want other artists and fans to forget that.

How do you feel you’ve grown since First Impression?

Wow! I fell like I’ve grown so much just as a person, a woman in all aspects…especially musically. My writing has evolved and my sound has broadened!

In honor of Babes Fest, who are some of the local ladies that have helped you during your young career?

My vocal coach Odessey Francis, she’s like my backbone. Her teaching methods are so flexible and she’s always teaching me something new. My best friend Alisha Ronez is now a co-manager of a popular rapper named Insomniac Lambs…she’s always believed in me and pushed me to go for what I know… also Nubia Emmon, Anastasia, Chakeeta B, Staci Russell.. man I can go on!! Lol

With your second album right around the corner what do you hope the near-future has in store?

What any artist would want!! Genuine success!! I’ve never toured on my own, that would be really dope!! And just reaching more of my goals like playing ACL and Blues on the Green & hitting more bigger and cooler festivals!!

Check out Alesia Lani’s hot new single ‘Intentions‘ below.

http://www.alesialanimusic.com/

Catch Alesia Lani at Empire Control Room during Babes Fest on July 29 and opening for Ohio Players on July 30. Tickets can be purchased here and here

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Patricia Vonne Wins “Best Animation” At The Madrid International Film Festival

Patricia Vonne is back from Madrid with the Best Animation award for “Huerta de San Vicente,” a music video and homage to Spanish poet Federico García Lorca. The Texas native, musician, actress & two time SXSW best female vocalist winner adds another award to her growing accolades. The video, from the song featured on Vonne’s album Firebird and her Spanish compilation album Viva Bandolera, is no stranger to awards. It was the “Grand Prize” winner in the Latin category for the John Lennon Songwriting contest in 2009. Vonne celebrates the win with two upcoming July shows in San Antonio and Austin. Details below.

Vonne enthusiastically states about the win, “I feel deeply grateful and honored to be recognized with this prestigious award from my ancestral country of Spain for paying homage to the dynamic spirit of Federico García Lorca & all that he represents through his life & his works.” “Huerta de San Vicente” premiered at Cine Las Americas International Film Festival and will screen from August 1–6 in her hometown for the San Antonio Film Festival.

The stunning stop motion animation was inspired by her visit to Huerta de San Vicente in Granada, Spain where Lorca wrote many of his works. Considered one of the most influential Spanish poets of the 20th century, García Lorca died tragically during the Spanish Civil War, but his spirit lives on through his art, with energy and spirit as palpable as Vonne’s own works.

Vonne has just returned from a 37 date European Tour and is now in the studio recording her seventh studio album with producers Rick Del Castillo and Michael Ramos featuring co-writes with Alejandro Escovedo, Joe King Carrasco & Willie Nile, among others.

We spoke with Vonne after her return from Madrid. Read what the lovely and talented artist had to say about “Huerta de San Vicente” and her time in Spain below.

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Can you provide a little background into your award winning video?

I wrote “Huerta de San Vicente” about the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca. My ancestry is from Spain and Mexico and I am a ninth generation Tejana. I have always felt the importance of preserving my Latin cultural heritage through my music which is why all my albums are bilingual.

I collaborated with fellow San Antonio musician/artist Michael Martin who drew Lorca. Since Lorca was an accomplished pianist, I wanted the piano solo to be real hands so I also hired artist Johnny Villarreal to rotoscope over the live movement. Using stop-motion photography, I shot and edited it which took a year to make from start to finish.

How was your recent trip to Spain and the Madrid International Film Festival?

The video just won ‘Best Animation’ at the Madrid International Film Festival. I was invited by his niece, Laura García Lorca, to attend an exhibition celebrating his life at the Residencia de Estudiantes (Student’s Residence) where he studied Law, Philosophy and Literature. He also met his influential friends Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel at this progressive school. So, it all came together so beautifully. It was truly a gift from God. It felt like Lorca invited me for this special trip as payback for keeping his spirit alive.

What first attracted you to Lorca’s life and literature?

I first heard about him through my eldest sister. I am one of ten children and we’re all pretty much into the arts. So, my eldest sister was in a play that was called “Yerma.” I remember asking her about the play and why she was drawn to it and the first thing she said was ‘it was written by a Spanish poet and his name is…” When she said his name, it sounded like the most iconic name I could ever imagine. It just impressed me so much. “Federico Garcia Lorca.” It made me want to learn more about him especially because of our Spanish ancestry.

And what did you find as you researched Lorca?

I discovered he was not only a poet, but also a concert pianist, a playwright, a theater director and so much more. He was very much a maverick of his time who provided social commentary about what was going on. He helped keep the art of Flamenco alive which my sisters and I love dancing Flamenco. Ironically, he was persecuted at the end of his short life in 1936 by a firing squad at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. It was a very sad ending to his life. But, at the same time, through my animation and song, I wanted the video to be celebratory.

What do you remember most about visiting his home/museum in Granada?

In his bedroom, there was a poetry book on his desk. The curator chose me to read it. The poem was “Despedida/Farewell” which is depicted in the video. In the poem Lorca expresses the fact that when he died to leave the balcony doors open so people could see the Alhambra palace and the Sierra Mountains which inspired him.

Can you explain some of the imagery used in the video?

I drew a little figure using black sand in the animation that represents his ghost. The poems filter out the window as the balcony doors open releasing his spirit. I infused excerpts from a couple of my favorite poems of his. The poems are in Spanish and then translated to English with red ink that signifies blood because he gave his blood and he gave his passion through his poetry and I try to bring that to life with the animation.
This video was such an amazing project to work on and I’m honored it is being recognized in celebration of his life for all that Lorca represents.

Huerta de San Vicente” will screen during the San Antonio Film Festival on August 3rd at 7:00pm at the Tobin Center.

Patricia Vonne Performing in Austin, TX!
Date: Saturday July 29, 2017
Venue: One-2-One Bar
Address: 1509 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Time/Price/Ages: 8:30pm / $12 / 21+
Link: http://holdmyticket.com/event/284626

For additional information visit: http://patriciavonne.com/

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Brandon Callies and the American Revival’s new LP “Sounds of Love and Ghosts”

As the blood orange sky begins to fade to cotton candy pink, it’s a sign another sweltering summer day is drawing to a close. Sitting out in the shade of the porch, feeling the last whispers of the warm wind tickle the hairs on your arms, the daylight glow dissolves. With a chilled iced tea in hand, the perfect accompaniment comes in the form of the quaint, relaxed and truly authentic Americana sounds of Brandon Callies and the American Revivals, playing softly through the radio. Finally, you feel relaxed.

Brandon Callies and the American Revivals are finally set to release their serene album Sounds of Love and Ghosts, a project that’s been almost two years in the making, on August 18th. Dallas-bred, the band describes their sound as “alt-country, Americana, and rock-and-roll blend”. Their lead single from the album, “Leaving California” leaves a quiet hint as to what the album has in store.

“Leaving California” is certainly the most authentic Americana song on the album. The song is incredibly true to traditional country music roots, however, to keep it unique, subtle whiffs of indie and alternative rock waft through. The single plays an ode to the depression between two lovers in different cities. Yet despite the somber story, the lyrics concentrate on the positive side of remembrance to create a somewhat uplifting, yet chilled, tone.

Other songs on the album, including “This Aint A Sunset”, “Good Clean Fight”, and “Thinking of Her” continue to evoke those country western vibes, yet toned down, allowing some of the band’s indie streak to prevail more prominently. The song that titles the album “Sounds of Love and Ghosts” is impeccably individual and truly pushes the boundaries of what alt-country music can be. It’s much more indie rock but still, manages to engage some of the country innocence that lingers softly to keep it calm. At particular points during the song, their sound could be likened to that of The Script’s early releases.

“Sounds of Love and Ghosts” almost completely opposes the genuine country feel of “Leaving California”, illustrating the diversity of the album and the band alike. With such multiformity, the album reforms and modernizes the idea of country music, making it suitable for those both old and young alike.

Sounds of Love and Ghosts releases on Friday, August. 18 and will be available on iTunes, Spotify, and vinyl.

http://artistecard.com/brandoncallies

http://www.handdrawnrecords.com/brandon-callies-band/

 

Written by: Beth Judge

Feral the Earthworm Releases His Latest Album, Vanarchy

Feral the Earthworm presents a valid case for why he may be the best in ATX with his latest album, Vanarchy. Through the rapper’s keen observations, sharp wit, and tightly bound vernacular expositions, the 11-track LP digs into social traditions that transcend racial, cultural, and economic boundaries, and speaks directly to the outcasts, drifters and feral creatures of the world.

Conceived within the mobile confines of the nomadic rapper’s four-wheeled ‘hippopotamus’ home, Vanarchy represents Feral’s third full-length rhythm and poetry project since 2013. “This was probably the most fun I’ve had while working on an album so far,” admits the insightful rapper. “There was never a time where I second guessed myself or felt pressured to make it a certain way. I just basically posted up at the park in my camper van, drank coffee, and wrote whatever I wanted to. Then I recorded it and that was that!

The album’s opener, ‘Imaginary Numbers’, derived possibly from Feral’s alienated and disaffected upbringing in Houston’s affluent suburb of The Woodlands, delves into the American education system and its disregard for its students’ inherent individuality. Feral declares that hip-hop has always been the focal point of his existence and ‘Do What I Love’ is a testament to that purpose as he explores society’s incarceration to consumerism and obsession with material excess through a lucid flow articulating “Western culture is obsessed with success / Everybody is so impressed with lavishness and excess / If we don’t have it we get depressed / tell ourselves we’re worth less.”

Pokemon Go Fuck Yourself’ hits on the superficial and mindless infatuations that keep us oblivious to the catastrophic political and social issues all around us. The ambitious ‘Kamikaze Tendencies’ illustrates Feral’s sheer will and determination with his confident if not slightly braggadocios delivery of “I worked hard for this, while y’all half-assed it / That’s why I got more rhymes than Congress bridge got bat shit.” The introspective ‘All I Have’ stands out as Vanarchy’s most inspired track as Feral recounts finding bliss in a sanctuary of sound during his turbulent childhood and mother’s chemical dependency. “When shit hits the fan, it’s music that gets me through.

The strength of Vanarchy lies within the raw honesty of Feral’s sharp and cunning lyrical forays. But it’s the moments of vulnerability and comedic self-deprecating awareness that truly ground the project and prevent the LP from becoming too heavy or pretentious. The angst and at times, acceptance, in Feral’s voice is evident as he breaks down his subject matter. But, the rapper demonstrates a polished comprehension for hip-hop and seems to have found something special within that camper van. So, here’s to hoping Feral continues doing what he loves and fuck the rest.

https://www.feraltheearthworm.com/
Twitter: @IEarthWorm

Author: Doug Leach

Ladyfang Takes a Bite Out of Mohawk

Last Monday, Ladyfang sank their teeth into Mohawk with a fantastically frenzied set showcasing their latest album, For Morgan. Considered a modern-day riot grrrl band, the edgy, Austin four-piece blends devilish indie-pop with post-punk, alternative rock creating a uniquely eclectic pop-rock concoction. Lead singer Cara Juan’s howling vocals display a mixture of Jean Smith’s firey passion and Florence Welch’s controlled eccentricity and could easily fit within the power rock genres of any decade from the turbulent sixties to the two-thousand teens. The band’s live performance possesses all the energetic playfulness and chaotic dance-inducing melodies you could ever hope for.

Catch Ladyfang live August 18 at Sidewinder.

Photos by Corey Mendez     

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https://www.ladyfangmusic.com/

 

Photos by: Corey Mendez

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STRFKR & Reptaliens at Emo’s Photo Recap

Last Monday, Portland’s post-punk, electropop STRFKR hit Emo’s with an interstellar, crowd-surfing dance party of Galactus proportions complete with starry lights, spacemen and electronic supernovas along with special guests Reptaliens and their sci-fi inspired, chameleon dreamscapes. Photographer Corey Mendez hopped on board for the ride.

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http://strfkr.com/

 

Photos by: Corey Mendez

http://www.coreys-photos.com/

Big Business at Sidewinder Photo Recap

Fourteen years later, Big Business are, well, still big business. A special kind of rock band, the duo brought their ‘sludge’ metal to Sidewinder in Austin, this past Wednesday.

While they’re no strangers to the music scene, they never fail to surprise with their latest album – Command Your Weather, released last year in 2016 – taking a different path to their previous work. Think more ‘deep and reverberating’ but still concocted with their trademark silliness, mutating the band into the never-better pairing that you see today.

With plans to finish their summer tour in California, late July, check out the images captured below by Jon Roberts.

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https://www.facebook.com/bigbigbiz/
Twitter: @BigBigBiz

Photos By: Jon Roberts
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Polyphia Announces “The Most Hated” EP with Single, ‘Icronic’

Fast like lightning, guitarists Tim Henson and Scott LePage move their fingers to a groove-infused beat, creating riffs so powerful that they could part the sea. Polyphia has become known around the world for just that: their incredible talent. They specialize in wrapping a highly technical and purely instrumental sound with a mixture of influences, creating a bridge between genres that has yet to be explored. ‘Icronic’ is a step in a new direction for the group, leaning towards a more electronic-imbued noisescape. With ‘Icronic’ acting as a single, Polyphia has also announced “The Most Hated” EP, to be out July 21 via self-release.

In the beginning, Polyphia was as an instrumental djent band that explored technical music, but with every release, they’ve managed to evolve into a new version of themselves. “Resurrect” (2011) and “Inspire” (2013) both featured breakdowns and pure grit, showing a very promising group of musicians that focused on technical playing in a heavy setting. It was “Muse” (2014) that truly set the group apart, focusing less on breakdowns and more on bringing in influences that helped expand the band’s vocabulary.

Notable singles like Champagne and James Franco highlight the impressive jump in songwriting and general musicality. Latin, jazz, hip-hop, and classical influences put the finishing touch on the albums. “Renaissance” (2016) built on this, offering a more serious and vulnerable approach with Nightmare and Euphoria. In 2017, the band released a remix of their song “Light”, titling the version “Lit.” Teaming up with the skills of Lophiile, this track marked the group’s transition to a more produced sound, throwing in electronica highlights to accentuate key parts of the song.

Icronic uses this same method, yet harnesses the power much more effectively. With an introduction that is both dazzling and ethereal, the foundation is based upon rhythmic movements across a fretboard. At the helm of the drums, Clay Aeschliman demonstrates restrained talent, choosing to illuminate the guitar melodies when appropriate and let loose when opportunity strikes. Aeschliman’s punctuations amalgamate with Lophiile’s fiery beats and Clay Gober’s ocean-deep bass lines, creating an unrivaled rhythm and groove.

The chorus approaches with a subtlety but immediately explodes with flavor, offering a full wall of sound. With this change brings in a distorted sound rather than the clean-cut tapping that is found in the beginning. The chorus focuses on the melodic guitars that climax with a staccato harmonic note. The shortness of the note creates an intense yearning to experience the riff all over again, leading to the inevitable press of the ‘replay’ button. At the halfway mark, the bridge hits. This is where the quartet truly shows off their talent, unleashing extremely technical and exploratory playing. Guitars, drums, and the bass are all given their moment in the spotlight with full support from the rest of the band.

Polyphia is wrapping up a tour with Jason Richardson and Luke Holland; in other words, a true tour of monstrous musical proportions. The group will be touring with Between the Buried and Me following the release of “The Most Hated.” The reinvigorated sound is a delightful change from the normalcies of the group. The radio-friendly aspect of it will open many doorways for the group, whether it be airplay, tours alongside accomplished electronic artists, or whatever else may lay in Polyphia’s masterplan.

Exploring the gap between instruments and electronics is not something easily done, and the group’s successful mixture defines the four as pioneers. With four virtuosos under the same moniker and on the same page, they can dominate and define the next stage of the modern noisescape, bringing musicality to prominence once again.

Twitter: @Polyphia
http://www.polyphiasound.com/

Author: Sawyer Click