Mess around with Jessie Frye and her latest track: ‘Why So Serious (It’s Just Love)’

Jessie Frye is not a new name in Denton, I mean, she even took home the ‘Best Pop Act’ trophy at the city’s Music Awards last year and now she’s coming for Austin. A force to be reckoned with, with a surprisingly girly, youthful voice, Frye released her latest single ‘Why So Serious (It’s Just Love)’ in late February and it’s got me checking the date on my calendar.

A fast-forward to the summer, this track is screaming for the sun to be blazing down on you – too relaxed to care, maybe a few too many margaritas in ice-cold glasses; frosted rims that offer a sweet release from the heat with each sugary, sharp sip that is Frye’s sticky-honey voice. A track that’s almost indicative of K-Pop because of the heavy use of synthesizers, the backing track is a storm during a humid July night – thunderous yet soft, not quite delicate but permeable to Frye’s Summery vocals.

An artist that is set to build your 2018 summer block by block, it’s clear that the woman behind the jubilant voice is just as joyful – a real ray of sunshine that enjoys what she does. It’s really no wonder that she’s taking the Denton music scene by storm. We all need a little bit of bright, bubbly sunshine in our lives – just don’t forget sunscreen.

Words: Megan Matthews
Photography: Corey S Bomar

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Black Fret Announces 2018 Grant Nominees

Last week, Austin nonprofit Black Fret announced its 2018 Nominees. The Nominees include A Giant Dog, Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad, Dave Scher, Donovan Keith, Greyhounds, Israel Nash, Jaimee Harris, Jane Ellen Bryant, Jeff Plankenhorn, Kalu and the Electric Joint, Los Coast, Megafauna, Otis the Destroyer, Palo Duro, Rebecca Loebe, Shy Beast, The Texas KGB, Tomar and the FCs, Trouble in The Streets and Wood & Wire.

“Naming our fifth group of Black Fret Nominees after awarding over $1 million in grants and performance payments in just over four years is a great milestone,” said Colin Kendrick, Black Fret Founder. “Incredible musicians continue to call Austin, Texas home and the citizens of our fine city continue to step up by becoming members of Black Fret to support our amazing music scene.”

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Black Fret 2018 Nominee Los Coast

“It’s amazing what happens when you ask for help and seek professional advice in this city. Austin’s music community is so supportive, and as a band, we have greatly benefited from it,” said Mariclaire Glaser of 2018 Black Fret Nominee Shy Beast. “What an honor it is to be nominated as a Black Fret Artist this year! We are ecstatic and have a newfound wind in our sails.”

Taylor Wilkins of 2018 Black Fret Nominee Otis the Destroyer added, “I’ve been watching the organization grow and help many artists throughout the years and it’s a privilege to be included among them. I’m looking forward to pushing this project even further with all the great resources Black Fret provides and feel incredibly lucky to have been chosen.”

“Black Fret’s upcoming Listening Season is going to be excellent,” said Erin Ivey, Black Fret’s Director of Member Experience and 2014 Black Fret Artist. “With such a great class of Nominees, each event will be a one-of-a-kind experience Black Fret is known for.”

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Black Fret 2018 Nominee A Giant Dog

Black Fret announced the 2018 Nominees on March 14 to over 1,000 music supporters at an event at GSD&M Headquarters in Austin, Texas, while enjoying performances from past Black Fret Artists Brownout (2016 Black Fret Artist), Migrant Kids (2015 Black Fret Artist), Nakia (2015, 2016 Black Fret Artist), Ruby and the Reckless (2015 Black Fret Artist) and Swimming With Bears (2016 Black Fret Artist). Austin-based act The Band of Heathens kicked off the festivities.

“We have been overjoyed to see our community grow year after year,” said Matt Ott, Black Fret Co-founder. “We have an amazing season planned for everyone involved; more events for our members, more support for our Artists and more grants to be awarded at this year’s Black Fret Ball in December. We invite all Austinites who love their city and its music to join us and become a Member of Black Fret.”

The 2018 “Listening Season” will be filled with private listening events for Members, featuring performances by 2018 Nominees, leading to the awarding of major or minor grants to all twenty Nominees at the Black Fret Ball in December.

For inquiries, please email sustain@blackfret.org and for more info see http://www.blackfret.org.

Cure For Paranoia Found at SXSW

In late 2015, four friends from Dallas embarked on a Doomsday road trip to Colorado that would change their lives forever. Obviously, the apocalypse never came. However, somewhere in between Amarillo and Colorado Springs, inspiration took the place of paranoia and Dallas’ ‘Best Group Act’ of 2017 was born.

Cure For Paranoia have become the new face of Deep Ellum and are taking the storied Dallas neighborhood worldwide with their ‘psychedelic, soul-saturated hip-hop.’ The Doomsday prepping quartet consists of lyricists and frontman Cameron McCloud, with Stanley Francisko providing vocals and Tomahawk Jonez and JayAnalog building the production. The band dropped Side A, the first half of their two-part, self-titled album the exact moment they stepped on stage last Thursday at The Parish during the Traffic Music SXSW Showcase. Side B will be released during the band’s performance at the Bomb Factory on May 12th.

For McCloud, who was recently diagnosed with bipolar paranoid schizophrenia, Cure For Paranoia is more than a name. Creating music with Francisko, Jonez and JayAnalog provides him clarity and he lays it all out on Side A as he boldly details his personal struggles and self-acceptance. “In the end, it only took me 100 attempts of being somebody else for me to realize I am the person that I’ve been so desperately trying to be this whole time,” he declares during ‘Just Like You’. “And that’s the Cure For Paranoia.” But when it all boils down, “they’re just four friends making music together on the eve of the apocalypse.”

We got our prescription filled with Cure For Paranoia after their SXSW showcase at The Parish. Read the doctor’s notes below and pick up Side A at your nearest digital pharmacy.

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How has Cure For Paranoia’s SXSW 2018 been so far?
CM: Man, it’s been awesome, bro. Honestly, yesterday, low-key felt like the best show I’ve played personally. The energy out here is crazy. It could be because I knew we were about to catch some other shows too and also because our album released with us being out here.

TJ: Honestly, it’s been a real good reset. Luckily, we’re not playing as much. So, we’re not just constantly in the cycle of things…the whole mundane shit doing the same thing over and over again. We’re used to playing five shows a week and we took a break these last couple of months to finish up this album. So, we’ve gotten some time to build up all of that energy and then put it into a single show instead of week after week. Having that gap between shows allowed us to bring a totally different energy to the table.

What has been the best part of SXSW for Cure For Paranoia?
TJ: My favorite thing about SX is all the contacts and everybody you meet throughout the year from all over the world…they all meet up right fucking here. This is the time that you get that face-to-face interaction with them.

How are you feeling about the new EP and why did you choose to release it during your SXSW set time last night?
CM: We’re feeling like it’s been about time! We didn’t have any projects release for two years. So, there hasn’t really been anything for people to go back to after we do a show. We’d always have to tell them something like, “Hey, hit us up on email,” or “Go get a pill with the album on it.” But, other than that, there’s nothing they can go back to after they leave a show and attach to. People had to follow us from word of mouth and believe in our story. I’m just glad to finally have that now. It’s been a long time coming. This is the shit we’ve been waiting to take for two years.

TJ: It was time for the album to come out too….at least the first half of it. The whole thing has been done since last year and we’ve been kind of sitting on it. We wanted to take a couple of opportunities to help propel it. But, at this point, we’re almost done with the second album and we knew we had to do this shit now. We were just like, “Fuck strategy!” We’ll let it work itself out.

CM: And saying “fuck strategy” has turned out to be the best fucking strategy. It’s literally on some chess shit. Now, we’re three steps ahead. All we’re doing now is waiting on some horns for the second album and we’ll be done with that. We’ve had the first album done for a while and now we’re damn near halfway into the third album.

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Side A covers some very personal issues. Was it difficult detailing those issues in your music or did you find it cathartic?
CM: I’m paranoid that everybody can tell anyways. You know what I’m saying? I thought I might as well beat em’ to the punch. That’s why in ‘Just Like You‘ I say, “I’m paranoid that you niggas could tell / That’s why I decided to tell you myself.” It’s definitely a huge release…especially when you go back to the last question about how it feels to have the album out. It’s like the same kind of release you get from performing. I mention in our sets all the time, ‘This is why it’s called Cure For Paranoia.” That release is now cemented in something that’s online for everybody to go back and listen to whenever the fuck they want. So, now my truth is constantly out there.

Do you have plans to tour in support of the EP?
TJ: Honestly, we’re just focused on the second album right now and when that’s wrapped-up we’ll make some plans. We recorded the entire album for vinyl. So, as far as digitally goes, we wanted to release one half now and the other half at a show we’re playing in May with Nas and the string section from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and then we’ll have a vinyl release. After the vinyl release we’ll start making plans. The EP almost seems like promotion for the full album.

Is there a certain message you hope fans will find in this album?
It’s okay to be you. But, it’s also okay to not be okay with who you are. You can do whatever you want to do. When you stop looking and just feel for it, it eventually shows up. So just be kind to yourself.

 

Cure For Paranoia can been seen next at Fortress Fest on April 28th and at the Bomb Factory on May 12th when Side B will also be made available.

 

Photos by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun

SXSW Austin Locals: Blastfamous USA

With clear socio-political commentary on the current state of this divided nation, the Austin-based hip-hop group, Blastfamous USA has taken a step out of the disgruntled subconscious of the American youth and have set themselves center stage with a defiant fist raised high. Austin hip-hop star Zeale provides an unprecedented lyrical prowess reminiscent of the greats of the early 90s such as Mos Def, an Illmatic Nas and a less racial-fueled Dead Prez. Backed by the hard hitting duo NGHT HCKLRS, comprised of tribal percussionist DJ Murda Gloves and producer extraordinaire Dnak, Blastfamous USA is guaranteed to blow your mind moments before blowing out your speakers. Track Rambler found a moment in these musical marauder’s crazy SXSW schedule to sit down and shed some light on the group.

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What has your experience been as a local band playing SXSW?

BUSA: “The experience for us in SX has been great because we’ve been able to hit every pocket of the city and perform for different demographics. Also, we were able to hit the ‘right’ demographics because of the people pulling us onto their showcases; such as Do512 and 101X. Every show has been solid in its own way.”

Did you start out with the intentions of having such a socio-political statement or did that develop as the group did?

BUSA: “In a way, yes. We did start out with it initially as our direction because the music can be so aggressive. But also, Zeale wanted to branch out and tap into another side of himself that at the time he didn’t have the platform to explore. Our first song, ‘Air Raid on America’, was written in a day and at the time we hadn’t decided on a name yet. We wanted something that fit the message of our only song at the time. That is how the name developed as well as a product of the time when we started this group. We were creating something for how we felt in that moment surrounding the debates and rodeo that was the 2016 presidential election. We don’t want to be pigeon-holed as that angry political group and only people who are like that can listen to us. That just alienates a whole population that we would like to reach and it’s not what we are about. We want to party with politics.”

Blastfamous has a magnetic energy that, show after show, has a way of pulling people to the stage. How do you explain that?

BUSA: “It wasn’t contrived at all. It was a very organic element of the group. It’s the beats Dnak provides, the energy brought to the drums by DJ Murda Gloves, and Zeale just fit perfectly with-in that vibe. Ultimately, we want people to have a good time. We could make it heavier. We could make it darker but that’s not what we want. We’re not stiff assholes. We party too and it’s about finding that balance.

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Blastfamous USA’s self-titled debut album can be found everywhere from Spotify to Apple iTunes. During the month of April, you can catch Blastfamous USA at the Swan Dive in Austin where they’ll be holding down a residency. Track Rambler will be holding up a fist with pride as we watch this band of musical misfits destroy modern hip-hop and lay the mumble rap scene to rest.

Photos and article by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun

SXSW Austin Locals: Kalu & The Electric Joint

Following the release of their debut album, Time Undone, Austin-based soul-rock group Kalu & The Electric Joint bring their unique sound to SXSW. Lead guitarist, Jonathan “JT” Holt, brings a thunderous wave of bluesy, psychedelic rock that crashes against the beach that is lead singer Kalu James’ soulful voice and is beaten back out to sea by percussionist John Speice. Reminiscent of an early Black Keys mixed with the classic Texas blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan and a dash of modern day rocker Gary Clark Jr., Kalu & The Electric Joint have created a well-deserved buzz around themselves that recently resulted in a 2018 Black Fret nomination. We caught up with James and Holt last week at Native Hostel before their official Traffic Music Showcase to talk about SXSW.

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How has your SXSW 2018 experience been so far?
JT: “Overall, super positive. It kind of feels like what SX is supposed to feel like. It hasn’t always felt that way, but this this year it does. I like to think it has something to do with our record and the steam behind that, but who knows?”
KJ: “Coming from someone who has played for well over 10 years, mostly unofficial showcases, it has been a lot of fun. It’s like when you ask the artist who painted a mural what it feels like seeing it completed. They’re never going to tell you about all the times the world was sleeping and they were out with a flashlight trying to paint. They are only going to tell you it feels great.”

Is there a preference between playing official SXSW shows and unofficial SXSW shows?
JT: “Not really…if you have a flow and know how to work SX it can be a much easier trail. As a local band you have to endure SX for a few years. Once you’re polished, then I think SX can be real positive. Bands don’t pick themselves for official or non-official and both experiences are great if you are there for the music.

You were just nominated for a 2018 Black Fret grant. How do you feel about the more artist-inclusive atmosphere that has developed in Austin by new organizations and non-profits that caters to the well-being and advancement of local musicians?
JT: “It’s just great that we have all of these organizations and non-profits that support music in Austin, such as HAAM, SIMS, Black Fret and supporting clubs like the Continental Club, Antone’s, and Stay Gold. We really are lucky to have this as an epicenter. We, as musicians and artists, over the last 50 years have been building this community and we’re grateful to have its support.”

Time Undone is now available for download on Apple iTunes and Spotify or can be purchased directly from their website.

 

Photos and article by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun

Herding Tomkats with Katrina Cain at SXSW

Tomkat is a band we’ve been dying to see more of in Austin. The jazzy, electro-pop outfit from Denton dropped their sensational debut full-length, Icarus, back in October and has remained a bright, flashing star on our radar ever since. With just one previous stop in Austin following their album release, we were pretty excited to see they were returning as official SXSW showcase artists.

Led by petite powerhouse, Katrina Cain, Tomkat made the most of their time in Austin with four separate SXSW performances. They started off by playing their first official showcase to a jam-packed Sidewinder as part of the Discover Denton SXSW Showcase and then followed that up with their first ever stripped-down, acoustic performance at the SFA InterContinental. Tomkat wrapped-up their 2018 SXSW visit with one more acoustic set at Austin Taco Project before joining a massive local lineup for the Future of Music Showcase at the Shiner Saloon. All-in-all, I’d say Austin received a healthy, much-needed dose of Tomkat during SXSW. But, I’ll be damned if it didn’t leave us counting down the days until their next visit.

We were fortunate enough to catch Tomkat’s leading lady, Katrina Cain, prior to the band’s SFA InterContinental performance. Read what she had to say and check out the show highlights below.

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Is this Tomkat’s first SXSW?
We’ve played some unofficial SX shows in the past. But, this is the first year we’ve been accepted ‘officially.’ This is our first big SX experience.

How has your first ‘official’ SXSW experience been so far?
It’s been very good and very crazy. It’s definitely been hectic down here. But, we’ve had a blast and have seen a ton of new music and gotten to meet people from all over the world.

What’s been the best part of SXSW for you?
Playing our official showcase at Sidewinder. Definitely! It hit capacity very quickly and was a completely packed house. I wasn’t expecting that kind of turn out. It was definitely exciting to see people waiting in line for us. That was a very special feeling.

Were you familiar with the other bands on the showcase bill?
It was a Denton-based showcase and we’ve played with a lot of those bands before. It was great getting to see them and all of us being here at SXSW. I hoped to see and play with more bands from Austin and other areas while here in town. But, we’ve been checking out a lot of other music so we’ll see what’s in store for the future.

Tomkat last visited Austin in December. Outside of SXSW, how does playing in Austin compare to playing in Denton?
To be honest, we actually draw more in Austin which is weird. Last time we were in Austin we played at Swan Dive and we drew more there than at our previous Dallas show. I thought that was kind of interesting. But, Denton is home.

So, with that being said, why doesn’t Tomkat visit Austin more often?
Actually, I don’t know. I suppose just getting the shows together can be difficult. It’s difficult to get on bills and difficult to get people to play with sometime. However, people are generally very supportive here. We love playing Austin. But, it’s denfinitely a goal to play once a month here instead of once every three to six months.

I imagine you will come back for SXSW in 2019, is there anything you would like to do differently next year?
We are most definitely going to try to come back for SXSW in 2019. However, next year, I would like to be a little more organized. I’d like to reach out to people prior to our sets and be able to network better. It was pretty hard to do that this year and was so overwhelming trying to figure out who would be here and the people we wanted to reach out to and connect with.

What’s next for Tomkat after SXSW? Can we expect any new music in the near future?
We don’t necessarily have an answer yet. We’ve been writing a lot and have a lot of new music written…it’s just not recorded yet. So, we’re aiming to record a couple things at the end of the year. But, the release date is still to be determined.

Do you see Tomkat’s sound evolving with your new music?
I feel like we have two really distinctive sounds. We have this sort of groovy underlying R&B aspect to some of our songs while others sound more like straight-up electro, robotic-pop. I think with the next project, those two characteristics will come together a little more and hopefully we’ll have a more cohesive sound. Sometimes, people can pick out which songs I’ve written based on how they sound and I’m hoping that won’t happen anymore.

Tomkat at SFA InterContinental

Portrait photos by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun

Performance photos by: Mark Bowers @markbowersphoto

SXSW Austin Locals: Tortuga Shades

We last spoke with Austin’s reptilian rockers, Tortuga Shades, in November during their ‘Migrations‘ album release. Since the EP release, the band has been busy diversifying their sound and putting in work on some fresh new tunes. Last week, Tortuga’s leading lady, Nadia Lopez, collaborated with Royal Knaves lead singer Nate Gelabert to create a sweet video cover of BORNS’ “Electric Love”. The video, produced by Coyote Beard Productions, was part of IndiMusic TV’s March rotation and was a perfect lead-in to Tortuga Shade’s SXSW ‘Rock Revival’ Showcase at Come And Take It Live on Thursday night. We had an opportunity to sit down with the band before their showcase to find out more about what they’ve been up to. Read what they had to say below and check out the highlights from their show.

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How has SXSW been for Tortuga Shades this year?

Pretty good so far. We haven’t done a whole lot. Nadia played an acoustic Tortuga set at Cherrywood Coffee House. That was poppin.’ This is our big show tonight at Come and Take It Live. We’ve been prepping for this one and that’s taken up a lot of our week. So, we haven’t gotten out to see too much this week. Ironically, we’re playing in San Antonio on Saturday. But, I think we actually booked that show before it was even SX. It’s going to be a cool St. Patrick’s Day show.

So, when SXSW comes into town, how does it affect Tortuga Shades as a local band?
What do you think (with a sly, ‘you already know’ smile)? But, overall, we think it’s really good. It opens up a lot of venues that you may not typically get a chance to play. We’ve also gotten to hear a lot of artist that I think we will try to reach out to and play with in the future.
Have you been able to meet a lot of other bands this week? 
Yeah! But, during the week it’s harder to meet people. Hopefully this weekend will be real good to us. I hope tonight at this set we’ll be able to get out there and move forward with SXSW. The best part of SXSW so far was the ‘All The Friends Ball’ at Spider House. We were able to meet a lot of local acts there. Unfortunately, we were just a little too late to get on that bill when we reached out about it. But, it was a great event to just attend.
You released Migrations in November. Are you currently working on anything new right now?
Oh, we’re always working. We always have the gears turning. It’s been so much madness this week preparing for these shows. But, we have a couple of projects we are preparing to start up next and hopefully get some new music out soon. We really want to drop a new single and possibly some live recordings. We will have some new stuff coming out on Spotify soon.
Will your new music resemble Migrations? Or are you starting to see Tortuga Shades really beginning to evolve? 
I think our new music is going to be a lot stronger. We’ve had a lot more time to get creative and add more dynamics to our music. It’s not as rushed as trying to just get something out in the world. We’ve been playing together for a long enough time now that I think we can really play off of each other very well now and figure each other out a lot easier. We’re more aware of each other’s styles. We’re very excited because it’s gotten easier to build songs. Plus, we’ve also gotten a lot of feedback from people too and that’s really helped. We’ve added new sounds and instruments. Some of our songs sound really cool with an acoustic vibe and other songs sound better with a heavier rock vibe. I think we’ve managed to make all of our new stuff different and we’re really excited about that.
Tortuga Shades at The Rock Revival SXSW Showcase at Come and Take It Live. 

 

Catch Tortuga Shades Saturday March 17th at South By St. Mary’s at Jandros in San Antonio.
Photos by: Mark Bowers @markbowersphoto

 

SXSW Austin Locals: Whiite Walls

Started by lead vocalist Brent Dobey and guitarist George Garcia, Whiite Walls boasts some of the funkiest disco vibes scratching at the underbelly of Austin’s vast music scene. With chunky basslines, supplied by Eric Wright, soaring keys and vocals from Molly Gillespie and a driving beat by drummer AJ Audain, Whiite Walls is sure to get any crowd dancing and singing by the end of the first song.  Track Rambler was fortunate enough to speak with these disco jockeys for a moment after their “All The Friends Ball” set at Spider House Ballroom during the first weekend of SXSW.

How do you feel about SXSW and representing Austin during this festival?

WW: “This is the first SX that we have all played together as this group and it’s been great. We have a leg up because we’ve been here for years and we know what shows to pick and choose from. We’ve been an official band before and it made no difference. So, now we pick shows where there is a lot of hometown crowd. There is a beauty in being different and not worrying about trends that come through. Being true to ourselves and being a family. We’ve grown a lot as musicians in the last year; working on what we’re doing and not worrying about what other people are doing. It shows when we play live that we have a comradery that speaks volumes. Building a family relationship with everybody is only going to make our music better and we strive to be different. We’re just getting started.”

Do you feel that not having a huge online presence is beneficial to the mystique around Whiite Walls?

WW: “Maybe sometimes…but we should be better about it (the band laughs together). We’re so focused on writing the music and practicing that we aren’t very good about maintaining that online presence. Working with DO512 has definitely helped step up our game. But, some things are more important than analytics. The vibe that we feel when we play is very important to us and it does feel a little more special when people in the crowd are asking who we are. It’s kind of cool to be the underdog sometimes. Besides, social media is a shit show anyway.  There is a beautiful mystery in throwing our music out there without having a bunch of stuff online…getting to be ourselves and representing who we are. We have geared ourselves for the live set for the longest time and it makes or breaks us. Most of the time the vibe with the crowd, like we had tonight at Spider House, does us very well.”

TR: Did Whiite Walls start with the intentions of being a funk-rock band or did it develop as the band came into its own?

WW: “Definitely, but it has evolved a bit. We had a little more of a disco vibe before the funk happened. We each have our own eclectic music preferences and we just kind of included them all into what we were doing. Disco, funk, vocal melodies, post punk; it’s all just a jumble of different influences on us. But, funk is definitely a driving force behind what we do. We like the early 80s, old analogue synths. It’s a harder way to go. But, it’s a better sounding way to go.  To see the growth that has happened from our start to now is exponential. By being true to ourselves we’re doing way better things and taping into a style that we’ve never done before. It’s exciting.”

Check out a few of the highlights below from Whiite Walls at “All The Friends Ball” at Spider House.

Whiite Walls will be playing March 17th at then oddly entrancing but always inviting Electric Church.  A newly established venue that holds true to the Austin vibe that has been ‘Keeping It Weird’ since before my parents were born. Be sure to come out and support the local Austin music scene with Whiite Walls, one of my new personal favorite live performing bands in Austin.

Article and photos by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun

Patricia Vonne Scales New Heights In Her Latest Studio Album: Top of The Mountain

Austin’s Renaissance Woman, Patricia Vonne, is venturing to a whole new land, to reach the pinnacle of her career with her latest album release. Coming May 25th, Vonne is gearing up to tear through the Austin music scene once again with her seventh studio album, Top of The Mountain. A carefully-crafted cornucopia of her trademark vocal range and a devil may care attitude, the Latin-rooted rocker is no amateur.

A 12-track journey, Top of The Mountain perfectly slots together – a jigsaw of femininity and independence that Vonne’s voice solidifies. Distinctively contralto, Vonne is the Tejano embodiment of fierce merited success – taking hold of the Austin music scene with her distinguishing vocals, and dead ass refusal to give it back. With tracks like ‘City is Alive’ though, she deserves the whole damn state, let alone Austin. Beginning with a very rock ‘n’ roll vibe, Vonne’s almost Joan Jett in attitude but with a little more of that classic Texan-charm.

My personal favorite on the album, the punchy guitars complement her voice as she pushes out line after line – drawing a greyscale of city life for the listener; morbid and dangerous, but she makes it sound so exotic, so excitingly diverse. It feels almost like it summarizes the album; the diversity encompasses a conglomeration of the Spanish that she knows so well and the Texas that she calls home.

A little further down the track list is ‘Top of The Mountain’, the album’s namesake single. Straight off the bat, it feels almost-Cher like in vocals but with Vonne’s own twist – her slight accent offsetting her deeper tones in the most beautiful medley within the song. Lyrics that feel like they should be emotional, sad and turbulent, take on a brighter feel when combined with Vonne’s demeanor – positivity shines through and motivation takes hold; we’re going to the top of the mountain, after all.

Join Vonne at the peak of the mountain this coming May, at her album release show on the 26th at The Continental Club!

http://patriciavonne.com/

Author: Megan Matthews

14 – YEAR – OLD SINGER – SONGWRITER REMY REILLY TO RELEASE DEBUT EP MARCH 23

Singer-songwriter Remy Reilly is thrilled to announce the release of her self-titled debut EP with a gathering from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 23 at Modern Electric Sound Recorders. The party will feature intimate sets by three artists who’ve recorded at the studio, including Kirk Thurmond, Becky Middleton, Remy Reilly, and Medicine Man Revival. The event is all ages and interested parties can RSVP for free here on Do214. Austin Eastciders will provide cider for those 21 and up. Modern Electric Sound Recorders is located at 4141 Office Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75204.

“It was truly incredible to watch my first EP come to life,” said Reilly. “It’s even more special to share it with my fans.”

The artist’s second single “Rattlesnake” will be out on Friday, March 16 on iTunes and Spotify.

Remy Reilly is a singer and songwriter with a voice mature beyond her age and she also plays the drums and piano. Remy got her start performing all around DFW. Her love for music began early on at the age of two with singing. By the time she was just five-years-old, she started writing her own music. Inspired by artists like ZZ Ward, Norah Jones, and The Cure, this teenage powerhouse is a force to be reckoned with and a fresh new face in the Dallas music scene. A songwriter wise beyond her years, Remy’s new single tackles mature topics like bullying and self-love. “26” premiered on-air on Jan. 25 on KXT Radio’s “The Local Show” and quickly made it into rotation on the locally-syndicated NPR station. It can be currently heard on The Ticket’s local music show “The Local Ticket” and has already racked up 3,000 streams on Spotify.

The debut EP was created locally at Modern Electric Sound Recorders within a year’s time. Reilly teamed up with producers Jason Burt (Medicine Man Revival), Jordache Grant, and Charlie Wiles who helped make her vision come true.

“I’m so thankful for people like Remy in my life to keep my on my toes,” said Burt. “She has a unique songwriting style already and it’s an honor to help her vision; she’s going somewhere fast!”

Remy Reilly’s debut single “26” is now available for purchase on iTunes and streaming on Spotify.

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