After an extensive summer run playing 28 days out of the last month, 3Ten at ACL Live provided the final send off with a jam packed night of unforgettable performances.
Kicking off the evening were Dallas alt-rockers Northern National whose radio ready sound was the perfect opening to set the night’s energy. Michael Rossi’s powerful vocals filled the venue wall to wall as they played cuts from their latest EP D.A.R.K. Northern National are an electric, extremely talented group right on the edge of breakthrough success.
Following were co-headliners Brick and Mortar whose audience interaction and live presence makes you love a band you just met. Ordering the crowd to get low so everyone could jump at the drop of the song was a highlight of the evening while their pop-rock created the soundtrack to a perfect Friday night. Brick and Mortar’s live show is equally visually appealing with their psychedelic and trippy backdrops creating a neon atmosphere inside 3Ten.
With the venue warmed up and ready to go, The Unlikely Candidates took the stage to a dark and atmospheric intro setting up the arrival of vibrant frontman Kyle Morris. Coming off the release of two EP’s in the past year with Bed Of Liars and Danger To Myself, their set was filled with cuts from both works.
A truly masterful stage presence filled with microphone tricks and crowd involvement shows the veteran status for such a young group. A high point of their set was when they performed “Celebrate”, their collaboration with alternative hip-hop group The Dirty Heads. A truly emotional ballad to one’s mother about the success of performing to the masses was a perfect tune for the night.
The worst part about the evening was simply that it had to end. All of the performing acts were phenomenal and happy to be playing for the Austin crowd. You can catch Northern National in Dallas where they play often and The Unlikely Candidates are headed back to Fort Worth to begin writing for their next project. Hopefully you were able to witness this incredible night
The Unlikely Candidates
Brick and Mortar
Dallas’ own Rosegarden Funeral Party brought their macabre fueled rock to Barracuda Friday Night. Outfitted with leather, chains, and amps cranked to eleven, Rosegarden captures the dark side of the 80’s creating a sound that’s perfect for night drives in your Trans Am or a modern soundtrack for The Lost Boys.
Led by frontwoman Leah Lane whose vocal chords are powerful enough to ignite an arena, their set stayed in maximum overdrive for nearly the entire night but took the time to slow things down with “Eden”, a psychedelic, post-punk jam with scorching guitar chords and entrancing vocals. The band will be debuting their video for the single on July 1st.
Ending the evening with their single “Blitzkrieg in Holland” off of their debut album The Chopping Block was the perfect ending to a sweat fueled set. Rosegarden wears their heart on their sleeve and leaves everything on the stage. Dallas is a very lucky city with some amazing talent.
Check out photos from the evening below and you can see the rest of Rosegarden Funeral Party’s tour dates and future shows here.
Photos by Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt
An obsession with money, an unfaithful lover, a friend’s accidental pregnancy, misogyny, loneliness, death… This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up LONER––the darkly comedic second album from songwriter/producer Caroline Rose. Armed with an arsenal of new instruments and equipment, an ever-growing sense of “ahhh fuck it,” two years of exploration, and a wicked sense of humor, Rose delivers a set of serious songs wrapped in a sprightly, angsty pop burrito. Because, as Rose puts it, “Sometimes sad songs just need a cocktail.”
Last Thursday, Caroline Rose visited Stubb’s. Check out the LONER in action below.
Photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt
Text courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR
It feels as though an eternity has passed since Femina-X last visited Austin. Their previous show in the ‘keeping it weird city’ came way back in July of 2017. Since then, the Latin alternative band released their highly acclaimed debut album Multiverse, featuring the award winning single “Black Tongue”, and is currently a month away from dropping their much-anticipated sophomore follow-up, KIVA. They are working to put together an Austin release show to go along with KIVA’s official release party at Sam’s Burger Joint in San Antonio on July 6th. However, at this time, sadly the capital city is not a listed stop on their upcoming KIVA Tour. So, catching Femina-X last Thursday at Stubb’s with our good friends Ladyfang was an absolute must.
Led by passionate and fearless vocalist, Daniela Riojas, Femina-X delivered a seductively captivating performance at the legendary Austin venue that was every bit worth the wait. Their Latin-flavored fantasia fusion of ethereal electronics, unconventional pop-rock, and ethnic dance melodies stretches the boundaries of the imagination and delves into a blissful realm of spirituality.
The band blends Native/Afro-Latino, Caribbean and American southwestern elements into a multi-layered menudo for the soul. Psychedelic ambiance fills the atmospheric soundscape around Sangria-sweet sonnets from the bilingual Riojas. Their set at Stubb’s grew more and more intimate with each song as Femina-X took the crowd on starry voyages through the “Cosmos”, lush jungle jam safaris of “Heroine”, and the Peruvian highlands of “Inca”. Their transcendental performance spoke to the heart, spirit and imagination in creating a dream world of possibilities. I know it’s only a month away…but, KIVA can’t get here soon enough.
Femina-X at Stubb’s
Photos by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun
You guys know the score by now, our pals Lola Tried are on tour and they’re taking us with them. Just stopped in Manhatten, lead singer Lauren is running reds and sporting last night’s make up in preparation for their stint there, Playing at Piano’s, the Austinite had never been to New York before and the excitement is clear – check it out below!
Here’s where they’ll be next!
6/6 Cincinnati, OH @ The Listing Loon
6/7 Nashville, TN @ The East Room
6/9 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
6/10 Houston, TX @ Cactus Music In-Store Performance
6/11 San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
Hot Luck Festival, Austin’s newest attraction combines the best culinary minds in BBQ with some of the best talent in music. Courtesy of local smokehouse guru Aaron Franklin and Mohawk owner James Moody, Friday night brought Chicago indie-rockers Twin Peaks to Barracuda.
Kicking off the evening was Austin’s own SMiiLE, gave the early crowd something to dance to with their uptempo energy. Led by frontman Jake Miles, SMiiLE’s positive message gives off a sense of euphoria making it impossible not to…well…smile and enjoy yourself. Beautiful harmonies from vocalists Annie Long and Mary Bryce paired with theatrical choreography made for one of the most fun live shows in the city.
With the energy bursting inside the venue, Twin Peaks took the stage to an ignited crowd ready to party. The attitude for the midwest rockers combines the raw chaos of punk and thrash with soulful array of guitar-driven indie rock songs. Crowd surfers soon filled the air and Lone Star beer started flying with everyone having a good time. Tin Peaks’ set seemed more like a Beastie Boys house party in the mid 80’s fueled with alcohol, sweat, and cigarettes.
Cutting through tracks “Holding Roses”, “Making Breakfast” and “Shake Your Lonely” their set gave something for everyone to sing along with. Twin Peaks definitely has a hardcore fan base here in Austin and it showed Friday night.
Check out some photos from the set below and make sure to catch SMiiLE and Twin Peaks when they come to your area.
Photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt
Balls-to-the-wall, sweat-till-you-fall is the idea behind Lola Tried’s self-titled debut LP. The gritty, garage rock quartet has successfully captured the raw, endorphin-boosting intensity of their live performances and injected it into the 10-track power rock project. Gone is the subtle sweetness of the band’s 2017 Popsicle Queen; in its place a much more aggressive and grungy Lola Tried complete with fuzzy guitar distortion, ‘Grohl-ish’ driving percussion and sassy vocals. Fiery frontwoman, Lauren Burton, carves a comfortable spot for herself somewhere between Allison Crutchfield and Allison Wolfe with emphatic vocal mood swings that flip from delicate and tender to fierce and raging at a moment’s notice. From the scorching, riot grrrl howls of ‘All Sides’ to the southern twang of punky-tonk stomper ‘Katrina’s Number,’ Burton carries a certain swagger that proves she’s found her rightful place affront this raucous rock band. The album explores social anxieties with the introspective and fuzzy ‘Bummer Town’ and youthful romances gone awry with ‘San Marcos’. Powerhouse percussion and psychedelic, effects-pedal fuzz reverberate throughout the LP creating the perfect backdrop for Burton’s angsty vocals. From start to finish the album bursts with adrenaline and raw emotion. Lola Tried has delivered a spectacular punk-pop album that can blow out the garage doors or empower the downtrodden.
The band dropped their album on Tuesday with a crazy release party at Hotel Vegas with special guests Duncan Fellows, Ringo Deathstarr and Blushing. The release show was also the official tour kick-off for Lola Tried who are heading out for a string of shows up north for the next few weeks. Check their website for tour dates and additional info. Scope out some of the sweat-drenched shots below to get an idea of what Lola Tried has packed into their LP.
Photos by:Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt
Austin’s enchanting electro-pop ensemble Shy Beast followed the release of their latest single “My Stride” with the official release party Saturday night at Mohawk. Shy Beast has been a favorite around ‘The Live Music Capital’ for a few years now and it appears they’ve finally hit their stride and are breaking into a much larger market. The band saw their popularity sky-rocket after dropping their self-titled EP in November which featured hit single “Back With Me”. Most recently, Shy Beast was marked as a 2018 Black Fret grant nominee giving the band more visibility and additional advisory and financial backing.
The “My Stride” video is simple, yet stunning with Shy Beast’s leading lady Mariclaire (MC) Glaeser shining front-and-center accented by bright, neon-lit diamonds. “‘My Stride’ is a reference to the heavy feelings that come with all the different choices you are presented in life,” said frontwoman MC Glaeser. “It represents the moment of freedom you experience by simply picking a direction, or a way of being, and running with it.” The single showcases Glaeser’s commanding vocal range along with some of the most intricate guitar melodies yet from the powerful pop quintet. Check out the video below along with a few shots from the “My Stride” release party.
“My Stride” Official Release Party at Mohawk
Photos by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun