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.

 

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Photos By: Anie Walsh

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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}.

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

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

Wild Moccasins Close Out Look Together Tour at Cheer Up Charlies

Cheer Up Charlies blossomed Saturday night with a radiant explosion of colorful pastel pop and euphoric dream-wave ambiance as the “ambiguous everybody space” played host to the Wild Moccasins’ tour finale. The indie-pop quartet kicked off their month-long national tour in Houston on July 7th at White Oaks Music Hall with the release of their latest album, Look Together. The 12-track LP is the band’s first album in four years and comes after the dissolution of a decade-long romantic relationship between bandmembers Zahira Gutierrez and Cody Swann. Themes of love, loss and vulnerability are elaborated through a vibrant blend of nostalgic, 80’s synth-pop and dreamy, new-wave disco grooves that captivate the conscience, awaken the senses and ignite the dancefloor. CUC provided a splendid evening of intoxicating pop Saturday with Austin’s blissed-out, shoegaze quartet of spouses, Blushing, and psych-tinged pop-rockers SMiiLe warming the crowds’ appetite prior to the Moccasins’ headlining set. Check out a few highlights from the evening below captured by Mark Bowers.

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Photos by: Mark Bowers @markbowersphoto

Elevaded Crush Empire for Another Round

I’m not entirely sure what exactly Electronic-Industrial-Pop-Rock is supposed to sound like. But, damned if Elevaded didn’t smash it Friday night at Empire Control Room with the freakiest, most dazzling dance party of Hot Summer Nights. Sandwiched in between Austin heavy-hitters, Megafauna, BLXPLTN and Blastfamous USA, the industrial-pop trio wrecked Friday’s release party for the band’s latest single, ‘Another Round’. The power-pop, Balboa-ballad is the second single from Elevaded and throws some nasty punches with whirling electronics, pounding bass and roaring vocals. It’s a raging, pop-rock anthem with an empowering, ‘take no shit’ attitude and steel determination that serves as a knockout introduction for this promising trio.

You can catch Elevaded next on August 15th at Mohawk and help the band celebrate the launch of their first tour with special guests SIGNY and Black Basements. In the meantime, check out Elevaded’s latest single ‘Another Round’ and some of the luminescent highlights from the single release party.

 

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Photos by: Mark Bowers @markbowersphoto

Float Fest 2018 Brings The Heat To San Marcos

Once a year the city of San Marcos hosts their annual Float Fest down at Cool River Ranch. The festival showcases some of the best national touring acts in the country while also providing a large platform for up and coming Texas artists as well.

This year’s lineup was one for the books as Bassnectar headlined Saturday and Tame Impala closed out the festival Sunday evening. Another cool factor for Float Fest is obviously the floating…where fans can escape the upwards of 100-degree heat by floating for hours in the San Marcos River, then hit the shores and go see their favorite musical acts.

The central Texas heat was one of the major concerns this year. But, that didn’t seem to stop people from showing out as thousands piled up to the festival’s two stages all day and night. The water stations never had a long wait, and there were plenty of food vendors to accommodate even the most complex dietary restrictions. Unlike other major festivals, the middle tier capacity of Float Fest made for a really enjoyable event without too much chaos. You could make your way up to the front if you wanted or stay in the back and still hear the bands.

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Some of the more notable performances were The Suffers out of Houston, Texas whose soul-infused rock made for a nice change in atmosphere from hip-hop and EDM acts playing throughout the day. A highlight from The Suffers’ performance was a tempo change mid-song into a Tejano rhythmic jam showcasing their influences and undoubtedly their native Texas roots. It’s always pleasing to see a group inspired from other cultures, one of the many reasons why Texas artists are so amazing.

Hip-Hop heavy weights Lil Wayne, Bun B, and Snoop Dogg were crowd favorites as everyone in attendance were rapping along or dancing throughout their entire sets. Lil Wayne, opening his set with his famous Carter III hit ‘Mr. Carter,’ got the entire festival moving followed by a whole hour of classic hits from the New Orleans Nightmare. None of the hip-hop acts had heavy backing tracks making the performances more organic as they rapped every bar of their songs. This showcases the generational gap in modern hip-hop which seems to be only backing tracks versus yesterday’s hit makers.

Even local Austin artists got their time to shine as A Giant Dog played their punk madness with frontwoman Sabrina Ellis serenading the crowd with her chaotic dance moves.

The final performances Sunday night were nothing short of spectacular as Cold War Kids, who filled-in last minute for Glass Animals after a terrible injury, took the stage setting the tone for the night. One thing you don’t realize about Cold War Kids, being industry veterans for over a decade, is just how many hits they have…playing deep cuts ‘Hang Me Out To Dry’ and indie rock anthem ‘First’ to a loving crowd. Their stage presence is unmatched having seen the most crowd involvement from any band leading up to their set. Cold War Kids are made to play festivals with their jam heavy bridges, catchy hooks, and overall charisma.

The final performance and headlining act, Tame Impala, took the stage with the most impressive lightshow I’ve ever seen. How massive this band has become this decade is insane, growing bigger and bigger every year. Thousands of people surrounded me as the psychedelic riffs made for a mind-bending evening. Laser lights, trippy backgrounds, and confetti cannons seem to be the recipe for an incredible visual performance. Tame Impala was the perfect send off to a very well-done festival. If you can take the heat, Float Fest is a worthy festival to attend for years to come. See you next year!

Check out the photo gallery below from Float Fest 2018.

Photos and review by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt

Comedians Interviewing Musicians With Ali Holder

Kris Potrafka and the folks at Music Firsthand have curated a really unique and entertaining concept with their Comedians Interviewing Musicians weekly vodcast. The idea is simple. Pair Austin’s favorite musicians with hysterical improv comics at intimate venues and let the laughs and melodies pursue. The Austin-based music publication has comically hosted artists from Ray Prim and Jaimee Harris to Kady Rain and Sydney Wright…each week taking a new angle for discussion.

Tuesday’s vodcast was an extra special episode hosted on the edge of Fiesta Gardens at the Potrafka’s east Austin studio. Celebrity chef Giulia Millanta prepared two delightful pasta dishes for patrons to enjoy while Folk/Americana singer-songwriter Ali Holder opened-up about the inspiration behind her music, her childhood in Wichita Falls and a love lost with “California”. Esther’s Follies alum BeckiJo Neill and local comedian Claude Ramey led an intimate discussion delivering several moments of lol hysteria between the artist’s handpicked set songs. Guest were provided the opportunity to interact directly with Holder and the comedians both in-person and from Music Firsthand’s live Facebook feed. Austin Eastciders provided beverages while Millanta served up tasty bites during the performance. Draped in a floury apron, Millanta joined the Huntress Moon songwriter towards the end of the set with supporting harmonies as Holder finished her performance with a personal touch. Guest were then provided the opportunity to mingle with the artist, cook and hosts all while enjoying a wonderful dinner with friends. Music Firsthand certainly knows how to throw a party and we can’t wait for next week’s episode at Austin Eastciders with Aaron McDonnell.

For additional information on Music Firsthand and Comedians Interviewing Musicians visit https://musicfirsthand.live/. Also, be sure to catch Ali Holder on August 4th at the Cactus Café and for savory, home-cooked recipes follow Giulia Millanta at dinnerwithguilia.com.

In the meantime, enjoy the images below From Music Firsthand’s Comedians Interviewing Musicians with Ali Holder.

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Photos by: Mark Bowers @markbowersphoto

Langhorne Slim Wraps Up Texas Run at Antone’s

A packed house filled up the legendary Antone’s Nightclub Sunday evening for some southern fried country and bayou Cajun tunes in the capital city. The lights dimmed as local country rockers Harvest Thieves took the stage. Built on a sound that’s everything southern, you can find traces of Americana, Red Dirt, and traditional country in their set. Similar to country heavyweights Turnpike Troubadours, Harvest Thieves have a radio ready sound bound for the Texas airwaves that could send them up to Nashville.

A refreshing sound that lets you know there’s still great country music coming out today in a scene that’s often cluttered with overproduction or sugar cookie pop. Texas has always prided itself in its country stars and Harvest Thieves are bound to join that list. Simply put, if you love Texas country music, you will love Harvest Thieves. Their sound is familiar for the genre but they bring their own flare with a hard rocking performance.

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Headlining the evening was Pennsylvania revivalist Langhorne Slim who’s as genuine as his name. Currently residing in Nashville, Langhorne brings Americana-Folk with his own Cajun twist. Often pausing between songs to talk to the crowd, the performance felt intimate as if you were the only person in the room. Having a great voice is one thing but the showmanship is where Langhorne thrives bringing the energy needed to get everyone involved and moving on their feet.

One of few groups I’ve ever seen to not have a set list, the improvisational set creates a more personal approach where some bands can seem too rehearsed. Jumping into the crowd several times to engage with the audience, you weren’t watching a musician but more of an old friend that personally touches your soul with his music.

The highlight of the evening was when the band left the stage and Langhorne told one of the most emotional and intimate stories about how wonderful his Grandfather Sid was and how heartbreaking he took his passing. Getting emotional and choked up while telling the tale, this was one of the rawest engagements I’ve ever witnessed from an artist. Followed by his tune “Song For Sid”, the track moved both Langhorne and the audience creating a connection with everyone in the room. I don’t think there was a single person in the audience that didn’t shed a tear during that performance, myself included.

Langhorne Slim wears his heart on his sleeve and loves what he does for a living. You can feel just how happy he is to be performing for the masses while still giving you a personal experience. This was one of the best performances I’ve seen from any artist in recent memory. If you get the opportunity to see him, please do because you won’t be disappointed.

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Article and Photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt

BLK ODYSSY Takes Over Mohawk

Nu-soul, R&B crooner Sam Houston and his latest collaboration, BLK ODYSSY, took over Mohawk Sunday night with the band’s official coming out party. Anxious fans crammed into the Red River venue eager to experience Houston’s bold new recipe. And BLK ODDYSSY certainly did not disappoint.

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With the addition of guitarist Alejandro Rios, bassist Phil Abel, keyboardist John Davis, synth-magician Matt Ramos and drummer Josh Cardenas, the Jersey-born, Austin-based vocalist has transformed his distinct, bluesy soul and classic, lo-fi R&B sound into a psychy, rock/soul concoction that burns with fiery emotion and steamy sensuality. The band brings a fresh take on contemporary soul with influences from D’Angelo, Frank Ocean and Miguel all the way to Jimi Hendrix, Parliament Funkadelic and Aerosmith.

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The evening also featured performances by Haulm, a collaboration between vocalist/composer JT Norton and electronic producer, Reed Kackley. Influenced by down-tempo techno, the duo meshes minimal electronic compositions with honest and intimate vocals. Blending modular sounds with analog synthesizers and Foley sound-effects, Norton and Kackley create music that fuses a sense of sincerity with compelling dance grooves.

“Non$top,” new hip-hop artist Zeu$B put in work as well Sunday night setting off Mohawk with blazing versus and banging beats. Keep an eye out for the New Jersey representer. The up-and-coming lyricist is most definitely worth following.

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Photos by: Melodi Ramirez @melraephotos