Seysei Premieres Flirty Debut Single “Call Me ‘Baby'”

The honeymoon period is typically the most exciting and anticipatory time in a new relationship. We proceed with caution as we seek out those special moments that can send our hearts racing and push our desires into overdrive. During that brief span of time any little idiosyncrasy can make us blush, flutter and tingle. For Indian pop princess Seysei, it’s that first time she hears her name replaced with ‘Baby.’

The Dallas-based singer is currently enjoying her own honeymoon period ever since she made her debut at HypeFest and turned the crowd into a love-struck, gooey pile of mush. Today, Seysei gets our pulses pounding once again with another flirtatious treat in the premiere of her debut single, “Call Me ‘Baby‘”.

This feel good track is all about the effect that a single word can have on a duo’s love connection.

“I really wanted an upbeat love song that reflected my mood on how I feel at the beginning of a relationship,” she says. “That first time he calls me “baby” makes my heart skip a beat.”

Seysei teamed-up with El Paso producer Andoren to create an enticing single that fuses a sexy blend of playful pop with downbeat EDM. The spirited, synth-driven structure is layered cozily beneath Seysei’s enticing R&B vocals with a low-key, hip-hop twist from Matt Swagnew. “Call Me ‘Baby'” is the type of track you could imagine Aaliyah producing if she created her steamy love songs in 2018.

Dallas has got itself a seductive new star in Seysei. And she can call us ‘Baby’ anytime.  Flirt with your girl here and show boo some love by giving her a like and follow.

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Photo Cred: Timothy Hoang

Gritznic – A Backyard Jam Set To Take Texas By Storm

September is right around the corner; school’s starting back, soon enough the leaves will start to fall and, hell, who knows – maybe it’ll even get a little cold. But before we bundle up into our winter jackets, let’s take the family out on one final hoo-rah in our t-shirts and shorts, eh? It’s what’s on all of our minds – but how do you avoid the pitfalls of boring all-age events around this time of year?

RC Williams, of The Gritz, has solved that dilemma for us. Enter in Gritznic festival, taking place in The Longhorn Park on September 15th. 

A culmination of outdoor games like tetherball, food trucks and all kinds of the local vendors, this is set to be one hell of a weekend. Kicking off at 4pm, it gives you plenty of time to sample the foods, set up your lawn chair (if your heart so desires) and enjoy the DJ tracks that fill the 2 hours until 6pm. The bands begin as the sun begins its descent and you lose your fourth volleyball game. With a set list to feature the likes of The Texas Gentleman, Teedra Moses, Chantae Canns and Eric Roberson – to name just a few, The Gritz are in great company, only improved by your family.

This all-ages event is one to close out the summer with – whether you bring along a family or not. You can find out more details {here}.

Surprise! Surprise! Kady Rain Was One of The Bad Kids

Of course Kady Rain has a rebellious streak. Everything about the dashing diva screams liberation. From her glowing neon hair and scantily clad extravagance to the tongue-bathed, single digit salute of her Spotify profile, Kady doesn’t merely walk on the wild side. She is the wild side.

Austin’s most dazzling pop sweetheart may seem like a bag of Skittles now. But, you know damn-well Kady Rain was a Sour Patch Kid growing up…and she’ll tell you all about it with her brand new single, ‘Bad Kids’.

Written by ringleader Kady, her partner in crime Ben Bazzrea, and fellow pop starlet Ariel Abshire, ”’Bad Kids’ is an anthem for ne’er do wells everywhere. It’s a song dedicated to every teenager who skipped school, stole their parent’s liquor and cigarettes, and made out with strangers at parties,” claims Kady.

This is for all the misfits who don’t give a fuck about what other people think; the rebels who go out and do whatever the hell they want! 

‘Bad Kids’ is like a guilty pleasure. You just can’t help yourself to enjoy it so much. The bouncing xylophone carries Kady’s tempting vocals through a groovy pop labyrinth of goodiness.  It’s an infectiously catchy dance track that will peer pressure you into singing along with the chorus. But, be careful and try not to give in too much to Kady. She’s the girl your parents warned you about and will have you breaking all the rules before you know it.

‘Bad Kids’ is Kady’s third single of the Summer and comes on the heals of hits ‘It Wasn’t The Roses’ and ‘Lonely One’. We imagine something huge may be coming from the lovely Soda Pop Queen very soon.

 

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Photo Cred: Sophia Lawson @sophiahelenelawson

Dossey’s Plastic Diamonds are Everyone’s Best Friend

Dossey’s ‘Plastic Diamonds’ is such a fascinating enigma. The latest single from Austin’s new-wave, indie-pop artist illustrates her take on how things that were once so good can start to feel fake and counterfeit after a while.

As a traditional songwriter with American Folk roots, Dossey’s elegant interpretation of 80’s-based, synth-pop possesses a genuine sincerity that truly stands apart from contemporary pop. She can drain you of adrenaline and level you with emotion within the same verse. No matter the structure, there’s always a sense of heartfelt vulnerability within her songwriting and she never feels less than authentic. And that’s why it’s so intriguing to hear her describe the superficiality of life’s ‘Plastic Diamonds’ in her new single. It’s a soul-bearing track that resonates deep…but at the same time, gets the hips swinging and heart racing.

Making music and sharing it with the world in a matter of 3 minutes can make me feel very exposed,” admits Dossey. “Sometimes, I personally just need someone or something to remind me of my worth and tether me to reality.”

There are a few things that continue throughout the song consistently – the chord structure is on a loop, and the baseline kind of meanders up and down in the same pattern – to sort of allude to that idea of a reality tether.”

Dossey is developing into one of the brightest stars in Austin’s budding pop scene. ‘Plastic Diamonds’ is the second single from the indie artist this Summer and follows last month’s Jane Fonda-esque, leotard stretching ‘Hearbeats’ video. Dossey released ‘Plastic Diamonds’ Friday night at Empire Control Room with a mighty pop bill consisting of SIGNY, Wonderbitch and Palm Daze. Check out some of the show highlights below.

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Photos by: Melodi Ramirez @melodirae

Rosie Flores To Release ‘Drive, Drive, Drive’

Rosie Flores is by no means an unknown name to Texans – she’s been making music in the state for decades and built a reputation for herself as a country artist with the know-how. I mean, she has a day named after herself – as declared by the City of Austin in 2006 – for God’s sake. She’s steady, she exudes a quality and her fans have come to expect her signature sound.

But you won’t expect this.

“Drive, Drive, Drive” is the first single to be released from her latest album ‘SIMPLE CASE OF THE BLUES’ – to be released in 2019 – and it is one hell of a detour from the Rosie Flores we know.

But, personally, I’m along for the ride.

The single follows her country roots but offers a more bluesy sound with a deeper set of sultry, soulful vocals that ooze that signature quality but wrapped in an emotion that Rosie Flores concocted – she’ll have a damn emotion named after her, soon enough.

The single will hit the ground on August 31st, alongside a celebratory release party on Rosie Flores day itself. You can find out more here!

Hell Hath No Fury Like Javae Scorned – The BreakUp Chronicles

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned – we all know that, and you better believe that fine line between love and hate is pretty freakin’ thin when love ends.

So, welcome to The BreakUp Chronicles. An 11 track compilation of the heart wrenching emotional turmoil every one of us has tormented ourselves with, by falling in love. A universal weakness that all of us can relate to, singer-songwriter-turn-rapper, Javae is the mastermind behind it – her unique, almost gritty vocals set her apart from contemporary music in the most captivating way.

“I am raw, vulnerable and eccentric. My music reflects every up and down, every big moment I’ve encountered and every loss,” She said, of the experience that is this album.

“I speak my truth and I write from my heart.”

This is particularly evident in ‘Burn Slow’, a painfully honest expedition to the depths of Javae’s mind; she captures the feeling, the black hole in the pit of your stomach, that sends a bubbling rage through your body, near-electrocuting every nerve in your body. That moment where you hate them – you wish them the worst.

But, impressively, the track also envelops the feeling that comes much later on – far, far past the breakup. It captures that moment of bliss – the one where you don’t care anymore. They don’t matter anymore. An emotional dichotomy portrayed through one song, just depending on where you are in your breakup chronicle, how you feel.

“My goals are to be heard in the mind and soul of everyone and anyone that needs me.

“I save lives with my music, I give hope that things will be better, I challenge people to believe in tomorrow being better.”

Check out the track below, and keep an eye out for Javae – her voice isn’t one to be stifled.

Words: Megan Matthews

Otis Wilkins’ Vocals Will Take Centerstage With The Latest EP Debut

Ending the month, and 2018’s summer, with a bang – Otis Wilkins’ debut EP is due to drop on the 24th.
Strangest Place is the epicenter that August is revolving around and Taylor Wilkins (surprise, his real name isn’t actually Otis – who knew?) is the Austin-based singer-songwriter behind it all.
Born from the traveling that Wilkins endeavored on in the fall of 2017, each track breathes life into a story – full of emotion and Wilkins’ unique tones. Comprised of 5 songs, each evokes a slightly different emotion than the last, with my favorite being “Am I Growing Old?”. Mostly because, damn, am I?
Well, that and the fact that his soothingly lurid vocals from that song, in particular, have stuck with me on my walks to work, my distracted stroll around the grocery store and invade conversations with my friends. In short, I can’t stop thinking about them.
As the album moves on, though, through to “Karma Is A Big Killer”, the earth may as well move for the dramatic difference. A self-proclaimed madman (just look at his Facebook), his talent and somewhat underplayed vocal range will haunt you. Taylor Wilkins’ vocals are the backbone of this album, with a selection of skillfully played instruments to complement.
Mostly self-produced, this EP is more than a collection of stories; it’s Wilkins’ project, his baby and a journey for him. Be sure to check it out on August 24th – but until then, check out his rock band – Otis The Destroyer (seein’ a trend here?).
The release show will take place at Stubbs on August 24th – you can find more information here!

Omar Apollo Spreads Love Around Barracuda – 08/04 – Photo Recap

A soul singer that has good intention and a hell of a heart behind his vocals, Omar Apollo hit Barracuda last weekend, supported by Rusk, No Vacation, and Rosehardt. A first-generation Mexican, who grew up with an acoustic guitar, Apollo’s music is a snapshot of his story.

A voice like burnt velvet – beautiful, with a smoked sense of alarm – Omar Apollo set a fire in the crowd, filling Barracuda with love that bled like smoke and chorus-sung vocals.

Check out the photo recap below, if you missed it – or, even, if you didn’t.

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Photographer: Melodi Ramirez

Meet Aela x – Austin’s Synthpop Masterpiece: Single Premier!

Aela x is new to the synth-pop scene, but she knows how to command a recording studio – an accomplishment made clear by her debut single, Only Kiss,  released today (check it out below!).

Artfully soft vocals versus a strikingly addictive sound, this single is the humidity before the storm. She’s coming, and she will be a force to be reckoned with; this is just the beginning.

An electronic doppelganger of Austin native Michaela Newman: Aela x emerged from Michaela’s past musical endeavors. Her part in the now dismantled duo Jake and Jean, as well as dabbling within the solo space, fuelled the creation of the half hologram, half monochrome synthpop masterpiece that now stands before us.

A track that exemplifies her expertise, her soothing vocals almost act as a one-way melodic conversation; yearning, and beautifully depicting the sheer unjust system that love works within. This is a track that, I promise, will be relatable – Aela x is reflective. Join the party, and prepare to feel Aela x‘s craving for her love collide with your own thirst and you will feel supported. You’re one in the same, in this feat.

Be Part of History with The First Waterloo Music Festival This September

Is your 2018 dull? Is it dragging on, drained, and begging to be over? Mine too, you’re not alone. I’ve been searching for a fix, and I’d almost given up too. But, I think I found it – I’m 99% sure though that Waterloo Festival is about to turn it around.

A three day jam-fest will open its doors for the first time this September (7-9), invigorating the second half of your year with bands like The String Cheese Incident, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and Railroad Eart. I mean, really, with acts like that – can it be bad?

So, get hyped, witness history happen by being at the first of what will be many.

The event’s going to be held at Carson Creek Ranch – just ten minutes from downtown Austin, but with all the beauty of the scenic views from the banks of the Colorado River. What more do you want while you listen to live music?

You can find out more here