Troye Sivan and Kim Petras Bring The Bloom Tour to the Moody Theater

Budding L.G.B.T.Q. icons, Troye Sivan and Kim Petras, turned the Moody Theater into a giant dance party Sunday evening with The Bloom Tour. We sent out our newest photographer, Melodi Ramirez, out to capture the proud and powerful pop stars turning Austin out. Scope a few of the show highlights below.

Troye Sivan

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Kim Petras

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Photos by: Melodi Ramirez @melodi.jpg

That Girl Dre’s New Single is Just What the Doctor Ordered

Okay, Dre! So, what’s up? How much longer are you going to keep us waiting on that debut EP? Over the past year, That Girl Dre has been busy in the studio hashing out ideas for an EP we’re just dying to hear.

Thankfully, the groovy indie-pop quartet, led by Dre Mazzenga, has prescribed us brief snippets of relief with a new single every few months. Although, each single may soothe our immediate cravings, the anticipation, ultimately, continues to build.

Last Saturday, That Girl Dre took us to the “Doctor” at Stay Gold for their latest cranked up, bluesy antidote. And the prescription this time around is all about female self-empowerment in a male-dominated world.

‘“Doctor” was created from the feeling that being born feminine is somehow seen as a handicap. Like “she’s good…for a girl”…quips that cut so deep it can take years to recover,” admits Dre.

Reaching out to others for strength, to imaginary doctors, was part of my personal process for so long. At the end of the day, the strength is within each of us to heal our own wounds and shine as bright as we dream.

We already knew Dre’s got phenomenal pipes. But, where previous singles have showcased the dazzling vocalist, front-and-center, “Doctor” shines an otoscope on the chemistry of the entire band. The tune steadily stomps along with lively percussion and lavish keys that carry the smooth pop melody towards a bursting chorus of groovy guitar riffs and Dre’s dynamic vocals. This girl sure can sing the Hell out of her emotions and with each new single the band gets closer and closer to capturing the energy of their live performance. “Doctor” offers a damn-fine representation of the prowess and enthusiasm this band brings to the stage and certainly has us even more anxious for the whole bottle of jams hopefully coming soon.

That Girl Dre rocked it Saturday night with the official “Doctor” release party at Stay Gold with special guest Buenos Diaz.

I’m grateful to express that emotion with my band at one of our favorite venues in Austin. Our talented buddy “Buenos Diaz” slayed that night. Thanks sincerely for the support, I hope people find inspiration and strength in our song.” 

That Girl Dre

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Buenos Diaz

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Photos by: Melodi Ramirez @melodi.jpg

Charlie Faye & The Fayettes Launch Their Time Machine – Photo Recap

Calling out the inner-sixties vibes that, at the very least, our photographer over at Track Rambler felt, Charlie Faye & The Fayettes took the crowd back in time at the beginning of this month. Premiering their new single ‘I Don’t Need No Baby’, they all but turned Antone’s into a time machine.

Check out the photo recap below – but make sure you don’t miss the next one.

 

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Photography: Demetrius Judkins

David Messier Is A Time Bomb – And So Are You

Would you want to know how long you had left to live? If handed a clock with an alarm set, would you hold it in your hands as it audibly ticked, counting down to the inevitable bad ending – or would you ignore the fact that there is an end and live in the sun while you can?

Existential crisis aside, this is the question that, Austin’s friendly neighborhood rock star, David Messier‘s latest track poses.

“Life is a time bomb.” He says, “We all walk around with little clocks counting backwards above our heads that no one can see.”

Enter the single ‘Time Bomb’, from Messier’s forthcoming sophomore album of the same name, see where we’re going here?

Beginning with a gentle melody, Messier’s vocals attract all attention – like silk destressed by gravel, it’s striking. Until, that is, the ‘ticking’ starts. The song comes to life, aggressive yet still offering that silky flair. Using a concoction of instrumentals – it is David Messier after all – he distorts the familiar sound of a clock, artfully playing with the paranoia of carrying that time bomb. Each tick leading to the end of the song causes another muscle to tense up, while his vocals play the part of seeing your partner smile, the smell of coffee on a Sunday morning (cliche for a reason) and a new sheet of paper in a well-used notebook to ease you down – he mimics life.

This is a track that will follow you as you make your way through the 86,400 seconds in each day – almost daring you to live. Or, at the very least, the clock is counting down to November 2nd when the rest of this album is released – but either way, go have fun and stop waiting for your alarm to ring.

Fall Won’t Stop The Bleached Roses From Blooming

If you’ve read a few of the articles over here at Track Rambler, you’ll know all about Bleached Roses and their awe-inspiring, girl-boss lead singer (who I’m, okay, maybe a little bit jealous of). But if not, let me quickly recap – an indie rock band from good ol’ Austin, my girl crush – and generally badass, attitude god – Lexi Cardenas channels her 21 years of classical violin training with the band’s passion to produce raw, experience-focused music.

Now, you’re all caught up, I’ve got some news. Grab a seat, take a breath. Ready?

They’re unveiling a brand spanking new EP, right here, right now.

Blooms is to hit the airwaves – officially – tomorrow, September 16th. So really, you should consider yourself lucky; getting to listen to it today. Just go ahead and scroll down – maybe join them for their release party at Cheer up Charlies, more info {here}.

But first, let’s talk a little about it.

This EP is the signature on the declaration that Bleached Roses are here for the long run. Why, you ask? They take big steps, they highlight the beauty of classical instruments too often neglected while stirring up passion-filled lyrics that shake your core. This foursome is dynamic, and they will continue to evolve.

I can only recommend that you try to keep up.

 

Politically-Motivated To Just Let Go

With this year flying by faster than my Spotify can handle, all kinds of new sounds are creeping in on my walks to work – and the latest is Austin-based-band Superfónicos.

They are the fork in the road between Colombia, Africa and the US (must be one hell of a road, I know), and they ooze originality.

Their debut E.P. Sueltawhich is due to drop on October 5th, is more than a hand-picked fusion of the band’s emotions played to a perfectly-tuned track; it is a political statement. A title that means “let go”, they build a bridge in place of governmental walls (ahem, here’s looking at you, Mr. Whitehouse) and help all across.

The bassist of the band, Nico Sanchez has articulated this DIY-project, he says this E.P targets “xenophobia, racism, misogyny, homophobia, classism, all of which are driven and propagated by people’s fear.

“We are at a turning point politically, where the few in power are trying to maintain their grip on these outdated mindsets, but the overwhelming majority are no longer buying into the divisiveness of the previous generations and are ready for a change. Only by letting go of our fear can we break down these walls.”

Join the statement and check their amalgamation of afrobeat, funk, cumbia on October 14th at Austin City Limits. Find out more {here}.

 

 

Rosie Flores Closes C-Boys Residency With ‘Drive Drive Drive’

Legendary blues-rocker, Rosie Flores, celebrated the finale of her C-Boys Heart and Soul residency last Friday with the release of her brand new single, “Drive Drive Drive“. The rockabilly singer-songwriter has performed every Friday this Summer at C-Boys and last week’s final show just so happened to coincide with the City of Austin’s “Rosie Flores Day” making the single release party extra special. The single is from Flores’ forthcoming album, SIMPLE CASE OF THE BLUES, due out in early 2019 and finds the artist revitalizing the sound she began with nearly five decades ago.

“‘Drive Drive Drive’ was inspired by every woman’s passion to take the wheel and go exactly where she wants to go, while its sexual innuendos take us places everyone wants to go,” said Rosie Flores.

Where Flores goes is straight back to her early roots to reinvent her sound on this offering of bluesy guitar riffs and sultry, soulful vocals. Recorded in Nashville, “Drive Drive Drive” features Flores on electric lead guitar and vocals, trading guitar solos with renowned guitarist Kenny Vaughn (Marty Stuart, Lucinda Williams). Co-produced by Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan, The Arc Angels) who also lends his hand on rhythm guitar; the recording also features Dave Roe (Johnny Cash) on electric and upright bass, Jimmy Lester on drums, T Jarrod Bonta on piano and Mike Flanigin (Jimmie Vaughan) on organ.

Flores has been a highly acclaimed and respected artist for decades. She has been profiled in Guitar World, Premiere Guitar and Guitar Player magazines, and was cited by Venuszine as one of the “Top 75 Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time.” In 2007, she won a Peabody Award for her narration of the rockabilly documentary, “Whole Lotta Shakin’.” In addition, she has worked with, and helped to propel back into the spotlight, such pioneer female rockabilly artists as Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin. In 2012, Flores produced The Blanco Sessions, which would prove to be Janis Martin’s last recording.

Check out “Drive Drive Drive” below along with a few shots from Rosie Flores Day at C-Boys Heart and Soul.

 

Rosie Flores at C-Boys Heart and Soul

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Photos By: Anie Walsh

Emily Shirley Brings Color Back To Catastrophe

Emily Shirley has always been far from ordinary – whether it’s using her music to bolster feminism in the Austin here, or just her vocals you’re talking about; she’s special.

Emily is an artist capturing some of life’s most brutal circumstances and giving them the vivid color that she knows so well, as a graphic designer. Her day job bleeding creativity into her second life as a musician.

I’m happy to say that this time it’s no different.

Courage Up is her latest EP and, I’d go as far to say, some of the brightest hues I’ve seen so far from the Austin-based singer. Set to be released on Sept 7th with a party to boot, the revolutionist that is Emily Shirley will be at One2One bar with Miranda Dodson and duo, Jana Pochop and Katie Lessley opening.

Find out more information here, and show your support this Friday!