St. Vincent, the Patron Saint of Stubbs – Photo Recap of 10/05

Slicked back hair and sharp red lips cut through the bustle of a crowded night at Stubbs last Friday (10/05) – everybody took notice when St. Vincent took to the stage.

A multi-instrumentalist singer, she left little time before releasing her energy into the crowd. Screaming into her microphone and throwing her hand into the air, pick in hand. A passion filled set led to a, frankly, sweaty crowd and an intense night – check out the photo recap below!

 

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Photography: Anie Walsh

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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

The Growlers at Mohawk Photo Recap – 10/01

The Growlers, a Californian rock band, kick-started October off right for us here at Track Rambler. Filling Mohawk with their psychedelic sounds, they bled sheer energy. A night of high intensity, it wasn’t one to be missed – but don’t worry. Check out the photo recap below and pretend that you were there – we won’t tell.

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Photography: Melodi Ramirez

Sweet Sixteen and Burning Bridges – Erthlings Are Making Their Mark

What were you doing when you were sixteen?

I was hanging out in a ‘revamped’, but still kind of damp, garage with my friends, usually reading mindless magazines and talking about boys –  basically, a whole lot of nothing.

That’s not the case for Erthlings. A 1960’s-inspired foursome that ooze sophistication far beyond their years, the girls met in school. Beginning their music-making journey at the tender age of 8, these ladies formed their friendship on music and consolidated it with passion. The concoction is evident in their debut track “Bridges”, see below.

While not a new band local to us out here in Austin, the girls are faces we can expect to see soon and a band that has unwittingly excited this Track Rambler writer – the age of empowerment is coming. Age is but a number, baby.

Check out their video, and let us know about any new bands you guys come across in your adventures across Austin!

Author: Megan Matthews

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.” 

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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}.