The Wait Is Over – The Banisters Are Back With Another Single

The Banisters are back, and my God they were worth the wait.

Spirit charging, electricity sparking, and energy igniting. The Austin-built band bring life to a cavorting wildfire during their playful new single Desert House.

Impatient heat drives this ultra-catchy track, accompanied by a nostalgic beachside twang that catapults you to teen reminiscences of summers gone by. Memories good or bad, Desert House’s peppy rascality refuses to end without leaving you smirking.

Under the surface, the track breathes sore urgency and desperation, yet the distorted guitar strums and boisterous Americana vocals stifle it with mischief.

With punk, blues, and psych-rock influences to thank for their sound, the potent blend conceives a sing-a-long track with too many air guitar solo opportunities to resist. It’s a song that’s best served live, alongside good beer and even better company.

Like Mississippi Queen, Desert House is just another delicious slice of what’s yet to come on their very first full-length album released later this month, with Gasoline Boots and The Matters lending a hand for its release party at Mohawk on November 29th.

Desert House is available to listen to on Soundcloud and Spotify now.


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

Courtney Barnett Tells Austin How She Really Feels

Days before her Sophomore release ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ (TMHYRF) drops, Australian songstress Courtney Barnett couldn’t wait any longer. The star gave everyone in attendance at the Mohawk a preview of her new album, set to release today (05/18).

Opening for Barnett was Austin’s own Molly Burch who played several songs from her 2017 album ‘Please Be Mine’. An emotional yet tranquil set, you could hear a pin drop as the audience listened in stunned silence. Her performance was quite the opposite of headliner rock goddess Barnett but life is all about balance so the peaceful energy was welcomed.

Soft, relaxed vibes gave way to electricity once Barnett took to the stage. Kicking off the night with an announcement of playing the whole new record, she jumped in at ‘Charity’ – the third track from TMHYRF – sending the audience into an applause frenzy.

After 10 songs of radical hair flips and guitar pedals reaching their limit, the set turned into the classic rock n roll performance we all came for. The hits started rolling out from her 2015 record ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit.’ with ‘Small Poppies’ and ‘Depreston’ sending the audience into an acapella sing along.

Closing the evening, sweat-soaked euphoria filled the room as Barnett chimed the first chord of ‘Pedestrian at Best’. Join the party next time, Barnett will be at Stubb’s BBQ, on October 27th – not as far away as it sounds, but for now, check out the photo recap!


Words & Photography: Matthew Carlin

The Melvins Bring Pinkus Abortion Technician to Mohawk

Iconic sludge metal rockers The Melvins regrouped as a four-piece with the addition of Butthole Suffers bassist Jeff Pinkus on their latest album Pinkus Abortion Technician. That’s right, two bass players this time with two bass tracks on every song. The album was released on April 20th and is titled in reference to the Butthole Suffers’ 1987 classic, Locust Abortion Technician. The Melvins are currently touring through May in support of the album and recently tore up Austin’s Mohawk on their way through Texas. Check out a few of the show highlights below along with their recent video ‘Embrace The Rub’ from Pinkus Abortion Technician.



Photos by: Mark Bowers @markbowersphoto


K.Flay Gets High Enough With Yungblud at Mohawk

Since making her debut in 2010, K.Flay has spun fearlessly detailed lyrics that show the bright and dark of the world in her head. For her second full-length Every Where Is Some Where, the San Francisco-based alt-pop/hip-hop artist pushed deeper into introspection while adding an element of political commentary. The result is her most deliberate and dynamic work yet, a thrillingly vital album that channels the frenzy and anxieties of today’s world.

The Stanford-educated, superlative MC, born Kristine Flaherty, was the first signee to Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds’ Interscope-distributed Night Street Records. Since releasing her sophomore album in early 2017, K.Flay has received two Grammy nominations for ‘Best Engineered Album’ and ‘Best Rock Song’ for her breakout single “Blood in the Cut“, a track that spent the majority of 2017 in the Top 5 of Billboard’s alternative charts.

K.Flay’s boundless musical style defies genres by weaving clever, articulate hip-hop with lo-fi, dark-pop productions and gritty alternative rock. But don’t be fooled by K.Flay’s childishly innocent vocals. Old fashioned seduction’s what she employs. That was evident with the sold-out crowd she drew at Austin’s Mohawk last Thursday with special guest, Doncaster’s spitfire poet, Yungblud. The Mohawk show was K.Flay’s next-to-last performance stateside before venturing across the pond during the month of April for the European leg of her tour and then wrapping up on the West Coast. For additional info and tour dates visit

In the meantime, enjoy a few shots from K.Flay and Yungblud at Mohawk.

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K.Flay “Blood in the Cut” video:


Photos by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun


Mac Demarco Plays to a Sold Out Mohawk

Fresh off Tuesday’s Austin City Limits taping at The Moody Theatre, Mac DeMarco played a second sold out Austin show the following night at the Mohawk. Everyone in attendance was blessed with a 3 hour set featuring some old songs, a few covers, and the hits off his latest album This Old Dog. The night came off more as a comedy set from DeMarco who took his time in between songs to talk to fans, bring a few on stage, and even took requests from the crowd.

A highlight from the night was when DeMarco channeled his inner Michael Jackson to deliver a stellar performance of his hit song “Man In The Mirror” which threw everyone off guard with how great it sounded. Another cover came when he decided to play Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” by only repeating “Making my way downtown” for the entire duration of the song, verse and chorus included.

This was a special performance that felt like you were hanging out with your goofy best friend and not a touring musician. A night full of laughter and singing along to your favorite songs while also witnessing the characteristics that have made DeMarco an internet sensation.

Check out the photos from Mac DeMarco at the Mohawk below.

Sleigh Bells at The Mohawk Photo Recap

Brooklyn noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells unleashed a Reign of Terror upon The Mohawk Saturday night in Austin’s Red River District. Comprised of vocalist Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Miller, Sleigh Bells released their latest mini-album Kid Kruschev in November of 2017 with lead singles “And Saints” and “Rainmaker” both hitting the amps at The Mohawk. The band is currently on their Kid Kruschev North American Tour through Valentine’s Day. Check their website for additional information and tour dates. In the meantime, enjoy a few of the highlights from Sleigh Bells at The Mohawk below.

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Photos by: Mindi Westhoff @timeandplacephotos

SIGNY Debuts “Human” at The Mohawk

We’re all human. SIGNY is just on a whole nother level. The fabulous synth-pop duo of Amy Arani and Delany Gibson debuted their celebratory new single ‘Human’ Thursday night at The Mohawk.

“Human’ is a synth-pop anthem that we wrote to celebrate our humanity,” SIGNY explain. “We are, above all, human, no matter what labels we’re assigned or assign ourselves. We’re at a critical point in our evolution as a species, and many forces are trying to divide us. Will they? Or will we remember how to dance and come together in love? The choice is ours.” Well, here’s to hoping we can choose wisely and all follow SIGNY’s example.

Give ‘Human’ a listen below and enjoy the photos of SIGNY at The Mohawk captured by Time and Place Photography.


Big Freedia and Boyfriend Bounce at Mohawk Photo Recap

The Queen of Bounce and reality TV star Big Freedia rolled through Austin’s Mohawk Sunday evening as part of her You Already Know Tour with rap cabaret Boyfriend and bleeding edge art collective House of Kenzo. Check out the party’s photo recap below.

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Photos by: Mindi Westhoff @timeandplacephotos

Friday Free Week Takeover at The Mohawk

Once a year the city of Austin puts on Free Week, seven days full of live music in venues all over town showcasing some of the best local talent the capital city has to offer.

Friday night seemed to be the peak of Free Week with several amazing acts playing both stages of The Mohawk located in the Red River Cultural District.

Kicking off the evening on the inside stage was Très Oui, whose EP Singles Going Nowhere was a top release in 2017 including a ‘Best of 2017’ pick from Austin’s home staple Waterloo Records. Making a rare appearance as a three-piece, the dream-pop act powered through their set playing several tracks from their upcoming LP which is slated to release later this year. The set went from guitar-driven shoegaze similar to acts like Diiv or Beach House to uptempo dance jams resulting in everyone in attendance moving along.

Following Très Oui on the inside stage was personal favorite Lola Tried, a 4-piece rock outfit led by vibrant frontwoman Lauren Burton and master shredder Ray Garza. As always with a Lola Tried set, you received a performance with the amps cranked to eleven full of hair whipping and a sweet serenade from Burton’s vocals which flip from aggressive angst to a soft caress at a moment’s notice. After powering through “San Marcos” from their 2017 EP Popsicle Queen, the group ended their set with a distortion fueled climax that left ears bleeding, in a good way. We’re also in luck because Lola Tried announced that they have an upcoming LP set to drop later this year that I’ll make sure to grab upon its release.

Immediately after on the outside stage was guitar maiden Emily Wolfe, who I’ve heard endless talk about but had yet to catch live until this night. Little did I know that this would be one of the greatest sets I’ve ever witnessed by any band, not just local acts. For a three-piece, Wolfe and company generated enough sound to fill an arena with her southern guitar riffs ripping through the night sky. Switching it up from power metal ballads similar to Austin’s The Sword, to down tempo blues tracks reminiscent of Janis Joplin or Gary Clark Jr., the spectrum of sound and talent proves she can do it all and is Austin’s inevitable next star.

As soon as her set ended, the crowd erupted in a chant for an immediate encore. The people, myself included, needed one more song. Off schedule, Emily came back out to give us a final send-off by playing a cover of Wolfmother’s hit song “Woman” causing the entire venue to belt out the lyrics right back to her. Emily Wolfe is without a doubt Austin’s rock n’ roll Goddess and she earned a lifetime fan after her performance. If you get the opportunity to see her live, do it. You will not regret it and I’ll see you there.

Headlining the outside stage and the night’s final act was Los Coast, who are no stranger to The Mohawk having had a month long residency in November. Coming out to a funk driven jam, this switched the atmosphere from Arena Rock to a hybrid of funk, soul, and blues. One of the most diverse sounding acts in the city, Los Coast somehow took me to church, funkytown, and the Mississippi delta all in the same set. Frontman Trey Privott magically channels the late Charles Bradley in his vocals belting out that vintage sound of all the great soul artists before him. Everyone in attendance was dancing along to the groove hits and incredible keyboard riffs from Nat Wright. It’s hard to imagine a band doing a more diverse set than what Los Coast does on any given night.

Free Week was without a doubt a huge success this year and I walked away with several new favorite acts to check out on a regular basis. Luckily for the fans, several new LP’s are in the works for this year from all of these great artists. If you weren’t at The Mohawk on Friday, you missed out on a one of a kind show. Just take a look at the photos below.

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Article and photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt