The Party Is Never Over With Billie Eilish – Photo Recap

Los Angeles artist, Billie Eilish, is the latest sensation, a name that’s spreading like wildfire, you’re bound to have heard of her – and if not, well that’s kind of embarrassing so quickly, keep reading.

The sixteen-year-old singer-songwriter is revolutionizing teenage life as well as the music industry. Already on Forbes 2019 list of 30 under 30 in the music category, Eilish is the second youngest name ever featured on the coveted list, her focus is pop – her vocals lending themselves to soft tracks, easy to listen to and heart-stoppingly relatable.

Releasing her latest single ‘When The Party’s Over’ in mid-October, it’s clear that Eilish’s sound is maturing along with her – growing into something more intimate, more personal. Still, her ever-sweet vocals, soft yet crystal clear, this track feels deeper – intimate, like a conversation on the brim of tears.

Granting us insight into her emotions, breaking down her privacy and sharing her heart with our city – Billie rocked everybody’s hearts at Emo’s on Wednesday (11/14). Kickstarting the night was Eilish’s older brother, Finneas O’Connell, who later joined her on stage for her break out hit “Ocean Eyes”, a song Finneas originally authored for his own band. A sweet girl with enough ambition to take over the world, it’s looking like Eilish certainly will. And we can’t wait to see her in a crown.

Check out the photo recap below!

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Photographer: Melodi Ramirez

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


Photos by: Anie Walsh @aniewalshphotography

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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Photos by: Melodi Ramirez @melodi.jpg


Marian Hill Stroll Down to Emo’s on Their Unusual Tour

Platinum songwriting duo Marian Hill are currently touring the US in preparation for the May 11th release of their sophomore album, Unusual. Comprised of high school friends and collaborators Jeremy Lloyd (production) and Samantha Gongol (vocals), the one-of-a-kind electro-pop duo blew up with their Act One debut in 2017, thanks in large part to their smash hit ‘Down’ and Apple’s strolling ear buds. They are now set to follow up their debut with an album that promises to be more aggressive, harder and stronger…a record to make you feel sexy and empowered.

The duo just released their latest single, ‘Wish You Would’, from the forthcoming album and last month they performed at Coachella for the first time. Not to be outdone, ACL just released its 2018 lineup this morning and low-and-behold, guess which electro-pop act is sitting on the list. However, fans in Austin didn’t have to wait until the blistering summertime to catch Marian Hill as the pair made a special stop on their Unusual Tour last night at Emo’s.

Check out a few of the highlights below from Marian Hill at Emo’s.

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Photos by: Mindi Westhoff at



Ani DiFranco Visits Emo’s on Her Binary Tour

Alternative-folk rock singer-songwriter, Ani DiFranco, made a stop by Emo’s Saturday night with special guests World Poetry Slam Champion, Buddy Wakefield and women’s rights champion, MILCK. DiFranco’s performance at Emo’s was the next-to-last stop on the Righteous Babe’s tour showcasing her latest album, Binary. The 20th studio album from DiFranco, Binary is an unprecedented mélange of folk-rock, punk, hip-hop and jazz social commentary covering a broad range of topics from love and maturity to politics and feminism. NRP wrote of the album, “Binary might not be the record that specifically speaks to you in your next heartbreak or your first year of parenting, but it could be the record that wakes you up to the world.”

DiFranco’s tour wrapped-up on Nov. 19 in New Orleans and the hardworking, always touring artist will be back on the road in Spring ’18. For additional information and upcoming tour dates visit

In the meantime, enjoy these images of Ani DeFranco at Emo’s captured by J. Alan Love.

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Photos by: J. Alan Love


Alison Wonderland & Elohim Run Emo’s Photo Recap

Groundbreaking Australian producer, Alison Wonderland, brought her FMUOASL Tour through Austin Friday night and electrified Emo’s on a spiritual level. The month-long North American tour, supported by LA-based artist Elohim, launched on Sept. 14 and will conclude in the Pacific Northwest on Oct. 18.

Together, Wonderland and Elohim make for a powerhouse electronic combo. The Aussie producer who recently earned The Electronic Music Awards’ 2017 ‘New Artist of the Year,’ is renowned for her next-level production and intricate sets while Elohim has rapidly emerged as one of the most sought after electronic acts in the industry.

With a full-length debut slated for early 2018, Elohim is not only a top artist to watch in 2017 but a game-changer in forward-thinking electronic music, twisting the genre and its live execution in ways few others have dared. Her 2016 self-titled EP, with hit singles “Xanax”, “Sensations” and “She Talks Too Much” catapulted her into the forefront of emerging electronic acts pushing the genre towards uncharted territory.

The enigmatic Elohim is elusively seductive both audibly and visually. She remains an enchanting mystery, a guarded introvert who self-admittedly struggles with anxiety often shielding herself behind a mask of carefully manicured hair. Yet, she’s also a stunning artist whose perplexing aura and internal duality bursts through her pop-forward brand of “experiential electronic” with an open and confident sophistication. Like the artist, each of her introspective melodies takes on a distinct identity, never resembling the last or falling into common electronic tropes and habits.

Wonderland, on the other-hand is bold, boisterous and infectiously outgoing who prefers being the life of the party. The Aussie producer dazzled the jam-packed Emo’s with a whole new live set of intoxicating electronics and audiovisual aesthetics blasting her original blend of pop, techno, trap, future beats and hypnotic, backing visuals.

The Sydney-based producer will wrap-up the FMUOASL Tour just in time to return home for her most spine-tingling, immersive project yet, WonderlandScarehouseProject. In support of her forthcoming sophomore album, Wonderland will run a four-date, mini-festival/tour in remote farmhouse locations across Australia and New Zealand beginning in late November and into mid-December.

According to the project website, “Running amok through never-before-used haunted farmlands, WonderlandScarehouseProject promises to be a blood chilling experience like nothing you have ever witnessed. Splattered across horror movie fields, WonderlandScarehouseProject will feature a massive collection of international and local artists, hand-picked by the Queen of Scream herself.

With elaborate experimentation, both, Wonderland and Elohim have elevated the electronic genre onto a whole new level. Each artist possesses unique qualities that sets them not only apart but also above so many other producers. Together, they are a must-see.

Alison Wonderland

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Photos By: Corey Mendez @coreys_photos

BANKS Haunts Emo’s With Her Subversive R&B

Subversive R&B goddess, BANKS, recently dropped by Emo’s in Austin showcasing the Gothic romanticism that has made her haunting sophomore album, The Altar, such a promising success. BANKS is currently wrapping-up the stateside portion of her current tour and will be heading to TR satellite city, Birmingham, UK on October 22 to kick off the European dates.



Photos by: Anie Walsh



STRFKR & Reptaliens at Emo’s Photo Recap

Last Monday, Portland’s post-punk, electropop STRFKR hit Emo’s with an interstellar, crowd-surfing dance party of Galactus proportions complete with starry lights, spacemen and electronic supernovas along with special guests Reptaliens and their sci-fi inspired, chameleon dreamscapes. Photographer Corey Mendez hopped on board for the ride.




Photos by: Corey Mendez