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.

Bishop Briggs

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Donna Missal

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Photos by: Melodi Ramirez @melodi.jpg

 

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}.