Tiny Moving Parts Hit Barracuda

AUSTIN, Texas – Celebrating their new album, Tiny Moving Parts and their touring company performed to a freezing yet sold-out audience at Austin’s Barracuda on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

With nearly 300 people swarmed around the venue’s outside stage area, the lineup, completed by the polyrhythmic fuzz-rock quartet Fever Blush for the Austin performance, didn’t let the brisk air put a damper on the celebratory and energetic mood.

Promoting Tiny Moving Parts’ new album, Swell, the Minnesota-based band took to the road for a 32-day tour across the U.S. with support from fellow self-proclaimed emo-revivalists Mom Jeans and Oso Oso, with local support varying with location. With over half of the venues already reporting tickets as sold out, Tiny Moving Parts have reached a milestone with this tour.

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Drummer William Chevalier has been a part of Tiny Moving Parts since the band’s inception. According to Chevalier, the band’s trajectory from shows played to five audience members to sold-out crowds has made all of Tiny Moving Parts humble and incredibly thankful to be able to pursue music to this extent.

“It’s kind of amazing,” Chevalier said. “We’re just taking this tour day by day and soaking it all in. These have been the most fun shows that we’ve ever played.”

In a crowd that mostly consisted of high school and college-aged people, Kevin Martinez, a 40-year-old carpenter from El Paso, could be found headbanging along at the bar. Martinez drove from El Paso with his 19-year-old daughter, Christina Martinez, just to see the concert.

“I hate when people say this is young people’s music,” Kevin Martinez said. “No music is just for a specific group of people. I fell in love with this music with my daughter, and so I’m here to enjoy it with my daughter. Is there anything more you could ask for?”

Eric Butler, the vocalist and a guitarist for Mom Jeans, joked about the cold weather as the Californian emo quartet began their set.

“If I make a lot of mistakes on guitar it’s because I’m so cold,” Butler said as Mom Jeans burst into their first song.

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Mom Jeans, known by fans for the rowdiness of their shows, brought a barrage of crowd surfing from their very first note. “Death Cup,” one of the group’s most played songs according to Spotify, embodied the liveliness of the night as bodies flew from the stage and fists pumped in the air. In an effort to fill dead space as the band changed tunings, Mom Jeans bassist Gabriel Paganin told well-received dad jokes.

“Why couldn’t the life guard save the hippy?” Paganin said. “He was too far out.”
Oso Oso, an alternative-emo quartet, have played for the entirety of the tour. The New York-based ensemble recently announced their own spring tour yet there are no Texas dates on the calendar. Billy Mannino, the bassist for Oso Oso, said that there’s nothing more enjoyable than getting to make music with your friends every day.

“It’s been so much fun to be a part of this tour,” Mannino said. “This is definitely the coolest thing I’ve ever been a part of.”

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Written by: Sawyer Click

Photos by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun

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Sydney Wright Parties In Her PJ’s For Seiche

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than day drinking in a comfy pair of pajamas with experimental pop artist Sydney Wright? The live-looping, multi-instrumentalist curated Austin’s first ever “PajamaJam” with several of her closest friends last Sunday at LUX on W 6Th Street all in support of Wright’s forthcoming album, Seiche, due in the fall. The open mic event featured stripped-down performances by Sydney Wright, Eric Tessmer, Kalu James, Johnny Goudie, Danny Malone, Jane Ellen Bryant, Buenos Diaz, Fair City Fire, Color Candy, Paul Greenamyer, Neosho and a hip-hop fueled cameo by Wright’s “Eve incarnate” superhero sister.

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“It’s all about community and support,” said Wright. “All of the musicians performing are my friends that agreed to volunteer their work to support my project. I feel really lucky to even know these artists, let alone have them all donate their effort to prop me up on my leaning side.”

A limited amount of wristbands were sold to the PajamaJam which allowed guests access to gourmet tacos, exclusive drink specials and downloads of “Seiche” before it’s released to the public. The proceeds from this event will go towards Wright’s ongoing Indiegogo campaign, which can be found at http://www.sydneygogo.com.

With this campaign, Wright is looking to allocate funds to help with shooting and producing the “Seiche” music video, album and single art, marketing, printing CDs and promo material, social promotion and radio promotion. Interesting rewards include Sydney’s old, orange Gretsch guitar, fulfilled song requests, Skype lessons, a 2GB USB of exclusive content, posters, downloads, CDs, t-shirts and more.

Sydney Wright’s first single and title track off the upcoming album,“Seiche,” is set to be released on May 4, 2018. Wright will play a single release show on May 4 at Cheer Up Charlies.

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Photos by: Demetrius Judkins at @wolfspiritofthesun

 

Shakey Graves Day at Antones With Calliope Musicals

Back in 2012, The City of Austin declared February 9th “Shakey Graves Day” and every year since, Mr. Graves has used that date to try and give back with jos benefit concert. This year the 7th Annual Shakey Graves Day celebration took place at the iconic Antone’s with special guests and Austin’s 2017 Band of the Year, Calliope Musicals. The proceeds from the benefit concert went to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and The Southern Poverty Law Center.

In addition to the benefit, Shakey made his entire record catalog available via Bandcamp at a “pay what you want” price for 72 hours. This included all major releases as well as 14 previous SG Day releases. He also premiered two brand new tracks, “Counting Sheep” and “Kids These Days”, off his upcoming record via the Sleep EP. The full album Can’t Wake Up will be releases May 4, 2018. The album can currently be pre-ordered from Shakey’s Bandcamp page here.

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Photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt

Molly Burch Holds Her Own at Barracuda – 02/10/2018

Molly Burch is not one to be outdone, and her show at the Barracuda on Saturday was just proof of that. Opening for Hovvdy’s album release, Burch held her own; soaking the set with absolute resilience and soulful sounds.

Definitely not the first time Burch has impressed, this is just another example since the release of her album  this time last year. Highly praised by Austin as a community, ‘Please Be Mine‘ still rings in the ears at each of her shows.

Check out the photo recap of her set below!

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Words: Megan Matthews
Photography: Valerie Riels @photo.atx.

Die Blonde Seduces With Their Devilish Novato

Die Blonde’s dark and gritty debut EP comforts like a guilty pleasure. It feels almost sinful to relish the delectable gloominess of Novato so much. However, as I find myself devouring its potent five tracks, I can’t help but crave more.

Spawned from sibling songwriters Bob and May Wild, Die Blonde applies a soot-covered coating to traditional American roots music by implementing wicked themes and dark gothic undertones. Their album’s eerie Appalachian anthem rock is suited for a soundtrack somewhere between True Detective and O Brother Where Art Thou.

Novato’s sermon is led by the wailing guitar chords of “Lonely Road,” a psych-laced, classic rock track with strands of bluegrass DNA. Guitarist Neal Campbell’s 70’s-era howls succumb to the sibling vocalists’ murky harmonies as the haunting opener sets into the misty backwoods of the primal subconscious. The Wild’s swampy vocals parallel in perfect unison providing a raspberry contrast, both soft and sweet, sharp and sour. The devilish “Dirty Rotten Son” bounces with shuddering bluegrass, intimidating vocals and a hellfire guitar solo. Die Blonde soldiers on with the upbeat Americana and spacious harmonies of “LA & Nashville” before settling in with bluegrass stomper “The Moon”. The most enthralling portion of Novato comes in the intoxicating title track, a bloodlusty, psychedelic macabre of cruel intentions with sweeping instrumentals and bone-chilling vernacular.

Die Blonde’s shadowy interpretation of Americana stands out with Novato and the band makes their biggest impact when they deviate from the traditional genre tropes. Taking a nocturnal approach to the typically upbeat genre is a bold move that pays off dearly in Novato’s most intriguing moments. There’s a gripping reality within the songwriting that can be a little startling at first…if not slightly scary. I probably shouldn’t enjoy Die Blonde’s noir-Americana and seductive murder ballads so much. But, goddamn, does it feel good.

 

 

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Photo by: Jun Cleveland @juntastic

 

Juice Consulting 10-Year Anniversary Party at Impact Hub

Austin-based total-service PR and marketing firm Juice Consulting celebrated its 10-year anniversary last Thursday with a party at Impact Hub North Lamar. The evening’s festivities included live music by indie dream-pop outfit Shy Beast and one-man funk band Henry and the Invisibles as well as special guest speakers and more. Taco Flats supplied the bites and Gourdoughs’ airstream parked out front for deserts.

Juice Consulting celebrates ten years of hard work and earned success this year, offering a revitalized website, expanded services and an even bigger team, now delivering creative direction, social media campaigns, web design and development, as well as branding, graphic design and video production.

For more information visit http://juiceconsulting.com/

 

Photos by: Demetrius Judkins

A Giant Dog and Lola Tried Bring the Chaos to Beerland

Every Thursday in February you can catch one of Austin’s most infamous rock acts over at Beerland for a night of beer soaked rage. A Giant Dog explores mayhem through fast paced rock tunes led by their enchanting frontwoman Sabrina Ellis. Thursday night on Red River was no exception to the chaos they bring on any given night.

Starting off the evening were pop-rockers Lola Tried, who consistently one-up every live show by somehow sounding more raw with each performance. This time around a beautiful cover of Sheryl Crow’s “If It Makes You Happy” was the perfect tune to showcase frontwoman Lauren Burton’s impressive vocal range while their heavy distortion buzzed through the room.

With everyone in attendance amped, A Giant Dog took the stage next and chaos soon ensued. Beerland was packed shoulder-to-shoulder and drenched in a mixture of sweat and beer creating the perfect atmosphere for their high octane rock. Sabrina Ellis’ stage presence is one of legend and folklore, leaving her bleeding heart out on the stage. Getting the crowd involved led to an evening of crowd surfing and rage. You couldn’t help but feel as if you were witnessing history being in the heart of Austin’s underground scene.

People talk of iconic club performances in history like early 90’s Green Day at The Gilman and The Germs in LA during the 80’s. I’ll forever be talking about A Giant Dog’s residency at Beerland in 2018. You have a few more chances to witness one of their performances this month. Don’t miss out on a show you’ll never forget.

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Photos and article by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt

Lolita Lynne Floats Into Cheer Up Charlies

The dreamy, psychedelic beach tides began to roll in as a Fool’s Moon rose over Cheer Up Charlies Wednesday night. Fresh off the release of her latest album, velvety-voiced, cult-pop singer-songwriter, Lolita Lynne headlined an evening of spellbinding performances from several of Austin’s leading ladies at the Red River favorite.

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Still reeling from the disappointment of missing the Fool’s Moon album release last month, I was eager to catch a Lolita show and couldn’t think of a better venue than Cheer Up Charlies. And Lolita immediately soothed my misfortune with a memorizing performance complete with backing violin, trumpet and standup bass. She set the pace early with a relaxing guitar intro that led into ambient harmonies with violinist Alyssa Grace. Lolita played a couple of hits from Fool’s Moon including “I Want” and “Human” as well as a fan-favorite about astro projection. The most captivating moment came from hearing Lolita melodic cantillate  “Lighting in my soul / Frighting and I know” over a very personal track before she closed with a silky guitar solo.

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Preceding Lolita was Calliope Musicals’ rambunctious and pleasantly comical frontwoman, Carrie Fussell. The vivacious singer began the evening with a subtle down-beat twist on her usual party folk persona and threw in an added splash of nu-disco and looping vocals. She debuted a stripped-down, yet eccentric, new joint that was recently commandeered by Calliope Musicals for their next album and tossed in a John Dee Graham cover for good measure before signing off with a special dedication to her “Cat of the Year”, Crackers. Fussell’s performance was far more tame and intimate than the outlandish, celebratory flare we’ve grown to expect from a Calliope product but still possessed those humongous vocals we’ve fallen in love with.

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The aforementioned, neo-soul artist Alyssa Grace was next to put her stamp on Cheer Ups with her hypnotic stage presence and luscious R&B-esque vocals. Grace was backed by a fantastic, one-man brass section that peppered her performance with smooth sax solos on “Little By Little” and a funky flute solo during “People”. You heard that right. A flute solo. Grace even debuted a new song “Heartache” while receiving a hailstorm of support on percussion from Michael Longoria before Grace joined Lolita on stage. The entire evening, from start to finish, was constructed around soothing, eargasmic melodies.

Check out the photo gallery below captured by Valerie Riels @photo.atx.

 

What Would Dossey Do?

DOSSEY, the solo project of musician and artist Sarah Dossey, is a uniquely pleasing auditory experience conceived from her background in bluegrass/folk in combination with her passion for electronic music. DOSSEY gained quick traction in the indie community with the release of her well-received freshman album Diamond (2015), an indie-folk and electronic crossover. Following the success of Diamond, a three song EP, aptly named Electric, was released in 2017. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the sweet electronic songstress to get a better idea of just who DOSSEY is.

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TRACK RAMBLER (TR): What would you say has been your biggest mountain as an artist so far?
DOSSEY (D): “I’ve been performing in different facets for a long time but have never been a lead singer. That’s definitely a mountain that I’m still climbing. Figuring out how to be the person. It helps me to disassociate because I’m naturally pretty introverted.” I laughed knowingly and look at my camera. “Off-stage I’m not DOSSEY but on-stage, this is what DOSSEY does. Having the confidence to pull that off has taken a lot.”

TR: Do you have any rituals that you maintain?
D: “I try to drink a whiskey or two [we both smile in understanding]. I prefer to go into it prepared. I get myself into a room alone, take some deep breathes, visualize, and meditate a little bit. [In that moment] I’m leaving “Sarah” zone and entering “DOSSEY” zone. ‘How will DOSSEY do tonight?’ ‘What will she do?’ If I put myself in the right mindset then everything goes well.”

TR: How has the transition between genres been?
D: “It has been a huge learning curve for me. I can’t sing the same way for this project that I do for my bluegrass band. The sonic landscape is totally different. It has taken me a while to figure out why I like the music I like and what part of me has to deliver it. I had to figure out what sounds good and why. I have grown in a huge way since that realization. Now, I’m figuring out how to be the best. I’m definitely not there but I feel like I’m on my way up.”

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DOSSEY will be performing this Friday, February 8th with Palm Daze and Finlay at the famed Stubb’s Austin. Tickets can be purchased here.

 

Article and photos by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun

 

Lola Tried – A Look Into The Energetic ‘Popsicle Queen’s’ World

Lola Tried’s leading lady Lauren Burton is one sassy badass you can’t help but respect. When she speaks her mind, people tend to listen…and she damned sure ain’t afraid to call it how she sees it. I think that’s what I admire most about the indie-pop-rock ‘Popsicle Queen.’ Aside from being a freakishly talented and intensely entertaining rocker, Burton’s take-no-shit attitude combined with Lola Tried’s leave it all on the stage approach to music has her band primed to dominate 2018.

Lola Tried was born in 2015, after lead guitarist Ray Garza approached then solo artist Burton about forming a band. They added bassist Greg Spencer and drummer Ray Flynt shortly thereafter, and they’ve taken off at high speed since.

The pop-rock ensemble released their very well received debut EP Popsicle Queen last February and have gained major notoriety for their intense, jaw-dropping live performances.

“I grew up going to really energetic shows,” says Burton. “I was always drawn to the folks that threw themselves into their performance, and folks that saw playing a show as just that–a show, a stage performance.

“Ray Flynt is a powerhouse drummer, and he hits harder than anyone I’ve played with–when he joined the band, we just decided to get really, really loud and make an actual entertaining sweat-till-you-fall-over show.”

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Since their debut in 2017, Lola Tried has continued to evolve as a band, fully embracing being louder and more energetic. Popsicle Queen showcases Burton as an acoustic songwriter, written by her and for her but that’s no longer the case with Lola Tried. Burton now prefers to create music with the full band in mind.

“My bandmates allow me to lean on them for more complicated parts,” she admits.

“When I bring an idea to the table, we all collaborate on it to make it something we are proud of. I think our next single is going to surprise a lot of folks who know us just from listening to the EP.”

With a new single right around the corner, 2018 is stacking up nicely for Lola Tried. Just announced as an official SXSW 2018 showcasing artist, the band are looking to release a new record in late April with a tour to follow at the end of May.

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Before Lola Tried’s diaries get too busy though, folks are in for a real treat Feb. 8th. The foursome are set to hook up with raucous Austin legends A Giant Dog and punk trio Flesh Lights at Beerland for a night of sweat-dripping, blood-pumping, endorphin-boosting entertainment that will be extra special for Burton.

She grew up watching A Giant Dog perform and attributes Sabrina Ellis as her biggest influence in how she conducts herself on stage…extremely raw, chaotic and wild – something not to miss out on.

“I’ve been obsessed with A Giant Dog since 2010,” admits Burton.

“So this show at Beerland on Feb 8th is a big deal for us. I was 18 when I first saw them and they blew my mind, and sharing the stage with them is something I’m so, so grateful for.”

Humility, persistence and perseverance are paying off for Burton and Lola Tried…a band we’re expecting huge things from this year. But, it’s all in a day’s work for the Popsicle Queen.

“The most important thing I’ve learned since we dropped PQ was this: If you want something to happen, you have to do it yourself,” says the straightforward frontwoman.

“You can’t wait in the wings expecting things to work out without putting in some kind of work yourself. You have to do it if you want to make stuff happen for you.”

For Burton, this proactive approach is all worth it because in her words, “playing to a crowd of folks who want to hear you trumps a lot of the shitty stuff you have to deal with along the way.”

So, here’s to hoping 2018 brings less shitty stuff towards Burton and even more cranked-to-the-core pop-rock from Lola Tried.

For more information visit https://www.lolatried.com/.

Be sure to catch Lola Tried with A Giant Dog and Flesh Lights Feb. 8th at Beerland. More event details here.

Words: Douglas Leach
Photography: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt.