X Ambassadors and Grouplove at ACL Live Photo Recap

Thursday evening, KGSR celebrated 27 years of bringing the best in alternative music to central Texas with a night of performances by X Ambassadors and Grouplove at ACL Live.

“X Ambassadors’ debut album VHS reflects on the events that shaped lead vocalist and lyricist Sam Harris and his older brother, keyboardist Casey Harris’ life growing up in Ithaca, NY. “It was us looking back on everything that made us who we are,” says Sam. The gold-certified album, which Rolling Stone called “bombastic rock that’s as stomping as it is diaristic, leavened by big-tent pop hooks and a hint of hip-hop swagger,” debuted at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and spawned the platinum-selling “Renegades,” which spent 12 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Alternative chart, and the double-platinum “Unsteady,” which went Top 10 at Alternative, Hot AC, and Top 40 radio.

The success of VHS sent X Ambassadors on a nearly two-year touring odyssey that found them winning over fans around the world and performing at the Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Life is Beautiful, and Shaky Knees festivals, among others, and establishing themselves as a world-class rock band.”

In 2017, X Ambassadors released four singles in “Hoping” in March, “Torches” in April, “The Devil You Know” in June, and “Ahead of Myself” in July, from their second studio album.

Grouplove released their third studio album, Big Mess, on September 9, 2016. On July 15, 2016, the band released the lead single from the album, “Welcome to Your Life” and announced the follow-up world tour.

Grouplove donated $1 from every ticket sale of their ‘Big Mess’ world tour and raised $40,387 for charity: water. On April 22, 2017, Grouplove released an EP titled Little Mess. The EP was an extension of their full-length album Big Mess and it came with songs “Tell Me a Story“, “Torso“, “MRI“, “Enlighten Me (Live)“, and “Adios Amigos“.

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Photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt

Written content via ACL Live

Ray Prim Plays KGSR’s Unplugged at The Grove Recap

If you haven’t caught Ray Prim live then you’re truly missing something special. The Austin-based, singer-soulwriter and his backing seven-piece create live entertainment that is soulful, passionate and nothing short of comedic as the wisecracking Prim often imparts his questionable wisdom between tracks. Whether contemplating America’s Devine uncertainty on ‘Since ‘88’, throwing a one finger salute ‘To Whom it May Concern’, or simply swapping humorous banter between songs, Ray Prim & Band click on all cylinders as each section pulls its own weight to create blissful soul harmonies. This band is complete and an absolute must-see.

Recent Black Fret grant recipients, Prim and his band have been putting that money to good use developing their latest studio album set to release in September. You can also hear the band recreate that live enthusiasm on wax with their recently released Live at Strange Brew Lounge Side album available now.

Ray Prim & Band hit the sweltering stage at Shady Grove last Thursday for a jam-packed Unplugged at The Grove session. Photography Corey Mendez caught the band dishing a few soul jams and plenty of laughs.




Photos By: Corey Mendez


Jamestown Revival plays KGSR Blues on the Green

Magnolia rockers Jamestown Revival kicked-off the new season of KGSR’s Blues on the Green at Zilker Park Wednesday night. The rock duo helped Zilker Park celebrate its 100th birthday by showcasing their latest album, The Education of a Wandering Man, to a packed Austin crowd. Track Rambler photographer Demetrius Judkins made the stroll up Town Lake to catch the show.

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Blues on the Green returns June 14th with Grupo Fantasma




Photos by: Demetrius Judkins



Swimming With Bears Play KGSR Unplugged at The Grove Photo Review

Austin alternative rockers Swimming With Bears played a sweltering set for KGSR’s summer concert series at The Shady Grove. Photographer Corey Mendez was in attendance to capture the spectacular images below.





Photos by: Corey Mendez