Austin Comes Together for Gary Clark Jr at ACL Live

The Live Music Capital’s most prominent native son, Gary Clark Jr., returned home this week for a sold-out, three-night residency at ACL Live. The mini Austin tour featured performances and collab sets with several of Austin’s best and brightest including The Peterson Brothers, Blackillac, Eric Tessmer, Eve & The Exiles and blues legend Jimmie Vaughan. The Grammy Award-winning, south Austin native recently completed recording his next studio album which will be released on  Warner Bros. Records in early 2019. You can view a sneak peak of the upcoming album here. In the meantime, enjoy a few shots from The Chosen One’s set Wednesday night at ACL Live.

Gary Clark Jr. 

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Photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt

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Liz Cooper & The Stampede Roll Through Emo’s With a Psychedelic Storm

Nashville-based Liz Cooper & The Stampede twist timeless folk-rock into a swirling, psychedelic foray of unconventionalism with their debut album, Windows and Flowers. Recorded at Welcome to 1979 in Nashville with co-production from TJ Elias, Window Flowers is the culmination of a yearlong dedication in which Cooper pushed herself to spend every single day creating in at least one medium and saying “yes” to everything she was asked to do.

Of the recording, Cooper reflects, “Our first time working with an outside producer and our first time in a proper recording studio was when we recorded Window Flowers. TJ Elias’ mad scientist ideas, an abundance of hot dogs, and lack of sunlight pushed us outside of our comfort zones to work more cohesively as a unit than we ever had before.” Joined in the studio by bassist Grant Prettyman and special guests Leah Blevins, Will Brown, Steve Dawson, Emily Kohavi, Michael and Ben Ford and Gianni Gibso, the new album follows Cooper’s earlier self-released EPs—Monsters (2014) and Live at the Silent Planet (2016). Alongside Cooper, “The Stampede” consists of Prettyman and drummer Ryan Usher.

Already known in Nashville for their electric live shows, Liz Cooper & The Stampede experienced their first breakthrough in 2016 with the release of their Audiotree Live session, which has attracted over 220,000 views on YouTube, and over 1,000,000 streams on Spotify. Additionally, the band placed as one of NPR Music’s runners-up during their 2016 Tiny Desk Contest.

In celebration of the release, the band has joined Phosphorescent on tour this fall. These shows follow the band’s busiest touring year to-date, which featured performances with Houndmouth, Lord Huron, Deer Tick, Rayland Baxter, Ron Gallo and Blitzen Trapper. See the band’s website for full tour details.

Liz Cooper and The Stampede at Emo’s

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Photos by: Anie Walsh @aniewalshphotography

David Messier’s Time Bomb Goes Off at One-2-One

The multi-talented, Austin based artist David Messier celebrated the release of his sophomore album, Time Bomb, Saturday night by performing the album in its entirety at One-2-One Bar in south Austin. A Trustee of the Recording Academy, Messier, is an esteemed music industry leader, accomplished producer, entrepreneur, singer and songwriter. Austin Chronicle has hailed Messier as an “expanse of talent and ideas” and KUTX said, “Messier is a hurricane force of music.” With all of his successful moments, he likes to live by the ethos that life is always happening in front of you, and doesn’t often look back. So, when it came time to write the album, he uncharacteristically and quite unexpectedly, captured his most reflective moments. Time Bomb is one of Messier’s most honest introspective creations to date and provides sharp and witty commentary through his upbeat, good-natured bravado.

“I don’t have much of a rearview mirror. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this is the most self-reflective record I’ve made.” — David Messier

He will be supporting his new record with performances around central Texas in listening rooms near you. Be sure to follow him here, and watch for his upcoming performances here.

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Photos by: J. Alan Love @jalanlovephotography

Pale Waves Expose Their Noisy Minds at Scoot Inn

Since releasing their debut single, “There’s A Honey”, almost a year ago, Pale Waves have created significant buzz with their glistening dark-pop sound. Their debut full-length, My Mind Makes Noises, released in September, is distinct and unique…and has sent their rabid fan base in an absolute frenzy. Leaning into the legendary 1980s and 1990s artists that inspired them, like Madonna, Garbage and Prince, frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie and drummer Ciara Doran have managed to create a debut album that bridges the perfection of vintage pop with the aesthetics of modern summer bops. This combination has created a special buzz around the band, sending 8 of their last 10 singles to more than 1 million digital streams (the remaining 2 are closing in fast), with over 48 million global streams collected on all platforms.

Pale Waves is currently touring North America through December and made a stop by Austin’s Historic Scoot Inn on Oct. 26th. Check out a few highlights from the show and then head over to the band’s website for additional info and tour dates.

Pale Waves at Scoot Inn

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Photos by: Melodi Ramirez @melodi.jpg

We’ll Always be Loyal to Nina Nesbitt

Nina Nesbitt doesn’t need to worry. We’d never stray from her. Hell, we can’t get enough of the Scottish singer-songwriter and her latest single, “Loyal To Me”. The track is Nesbitt’s second single this year leading into the release of her debut album at the top of 2019.

Inspired by Nineties R&B ballads, “Loyal To Me” was written in response to some real life dating problems. “It’s a list of symptoms you need to look out for when dating a fuckboy ha!,” she says. “I wrote this as a bit of advice for one of my best friends about a situation she found herself in.

Nesbitt’s words of advice? “If I have to question ‘Is he loyal to me?’ Well then he’s probably not/And you should probably leave.”

But, don’t worry. Nesbitt ain’t leaving anytime soon. She is currently one of the industries brightest stars clocking in more than a million streams per week across all digital formats. Even industry giants, Spotify and Apple had to fight over Times Square billboard space to claim their stakes in “Loyal To Me” promo. Nesbitt continues to climb the pop charts with “Loyal To Me” reaching the top 10 most added track to Top 40 radio here in the US. She is also one of the rare artists to be getting airplay in the UK on both BBC R1 and R2.

So, getting the opportunity to see her live in Austin at the Historic Scoot Inn this week was an absolute must. Nesbitt is currently supporting MAX on the first leg of his US Tour with help from Afraid of the Dark singer and Nickelodeon actress, EZI. The pop sensation has her own headlining tour in the makes following her debut album and seeing her at such an intimate venue like Scoot Inn may not be possible for much longer. Check out a few highlights from the show below.

Nina Nesbitt at Historic Scoot Inn

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Photos by: Melodi Ramirez @melraephotos

 

Bishop Briggs and Donna Missal Stand and Deliver at Emo’s

Aww, snap! It’s that girl Bishop. Here we are, right smack-dab in between weekend one and two of ACL and we got the show we’ve been waiting for. Of the 140 plus acts visiting Austin over ACL’s two weekends, it was Bishop Briggs at Emo’s we were most anticipating.

Maybe it’s our UK connection, maybe it’s our love for transcendental alternative-pop, or maybe it’s just because she’s a fiery badass that’s exploded since her 2017 debut ‘River’…whatever the reason, Bishop Briggs at Emo’s was priority number 1 during the bevy of fantastic ACL Late Night events.

After releasing her latest and most atypically light and playful single, ‘Baby’, the LA/London-based singer-songwriter has been on tour in North America heading towards Europe next month. Briggs was undeniably the breakout star of 2017 following the release of her debut album, Church of Scars, which featured monster hits ‘Wild Horses’, ‘White Flag’ and the aforementioned ‘River. Of her latest single ‘Baby’, Briggs states, “I hope the lesson that people take from ‘Baby’ is the importance of loving yourself before you love another person. It’s also about owning imperfections rather than hiding them from ourselves or the people we let into our lives.

Briggs brings her tour through Austin as part of ACL and its corresponding Late Night series. Joining Briggs at Emo’s last night was New Jersey singer-songwriter, Donna Missal, who lit the internet on fire with her debut single ‘Keep Lying’. Missal has quickly established herself as an up-and-coming artist well-deserving of the world’s attention. She released her debut album, This Time, in early September and has since been opening for Briggs on tour. Of the debut album, Missal states, “This isn’t a record about love and loss and relationships. It’s about taking chances for yourself, figuring out who you are and really standing behind that. I’d love for listeners to receive the message that you can take your time and learn and love yourself.” Well, fans in Austin were loving everything this breakout star had to offer as the alt-pop power duo of Donna Missal and Bishop Briggs stood and delivered at Emo’s.

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Photos by: Melodi Ramirez @melodi.jpg

 

ACL Late Night With The Wombats and Yungblud at Emo’s

Weekend one of ACL is officially in the books. And as we regather ourselves on this groggy and foggy Monday morning, we take a look back at some of the weekend’s highlights starting with Friday’s ACL Late Night performance at Emo’s with The Wombats and Yungblud.

Liverpool rock icons, The Wombats, released their fourth studio album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life in February and made their return to Austin this weekend right smack dab in the middle of their current US Tour. This time around, they brought the rebellious punk antics of 20-year-old, South Yorkshire-native, Yungblud. With a mixture of hip-hop, punk and UK garage rock, there may not be a performance more energetic than Yungblud’s right now. The high-octane, spitfire poet is fresh off the release of his debut album 21st Century Liability and is also currently touring the US. Both The Wombats and Yungblud will be back in Austin performing during weekend two of ACL Fest. So, word-to-the-wise, do yourself a favor and add them to your ACL itinerary. In the meantime, enjoy the highlights below captured by Melodi Ramirez.

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Photos by: Melodi Ramirez @melodi.jpg

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.

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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

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.