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August 2014
Dead Native
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Dead Native's self-titled sophomore album has an overall cosmic feel starting with the cover but building through out in the sound. The band blends echoing elements of psych rock, shoegaze, mototik, and pop. There is also a blues under current, but it is toned down from their 2013 debut, Keep It Strange". The adventure on the new album builds through out the tracks, but the most effective cosmic track has to be "Traveling". The 9 minute epic space journey seems built to put anyone into orbit. It is followed up by the one of the heavier tracks, "Clean Kill", that trudges through muddy fields of throbbing guitars. The album closes with an anthemic flourish with "Respite" with all instruments soaring to a close. This may or may not be a concept album, but it does truly feel like a complete listen that was meant to be played track by track. Dead Native's new album will be released on Sept. 2nd.


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Little Radar Record Release, Souvenirs 8/6/13, Show 8/10/13 @ Stubb’s

After completing their first US tour in 2012, Little Radar is ready to release their debut full-length album, Souvenirs, this August. Little Radar has channeled the energy and harmonic stylings of indie bands such as Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket. Recorded at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN with the help of Grammy-Award winning producer, Mitch Dane, on staff, and the addition of some tasteful bells and whistles; Souvenirs is sure to excite Little Radar's heavily bearded fans as well as the rest of the music loving world. Check them out this Friday at Stubb’s with Boyfrndz and Driver Friendly. —Written by Jodi Lang

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Misay Day's 91.7 Local Live In-Studio Video "Wetlands", Local Show TBA

Misay Day is a straight-up folk band. In their video for 91.7's Local Live in-Studio, they perform "Wetlands" and of the three instruments they play, one is indeed a saw. And you know what? It works! It really works. In some instances folk music can seem too traditional, almost stagnant, but Misay Day's alternative folk music is alive and kicking.

The first time I heard "Imaginary Blues" and Kate Robberson came in, my mind went right to Regina Spektor's "Consequence of Sounds". The songs radiate with Robberson and Spektor's classic voices and cute inflections. This uncanny likeness was reaffirmed when I watched "Wetlands" where the vocals are rich and decadent and seconds later light.

The song as a whole acts to teleport your mind to a calmer place. I felt undertones of ambient influences in the calm atmosphere it held. Check out "Wetlands" and "Imaginary Blues" today and feel the cool vibes of alternative folk. -- Written by Katy Glass

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Taylor Baker, Debut EP, Show Tonight @ Austin Ale House

“When it’s all said and done, did we really say anything at all?” What a simple question with such a rich emotional response that we can all relate to. That is the beauty of the power of song. It sparks a common ground inside all of us and singer/songwriter Taylor Baker has nailed it on the head. She recently released a self-titled debut EP with 4 tracks including the soulful song “Gold Dust” which contains the above lyric.

Influences such as Joni Mitchell, Bon Iver, Frank Sinatra and Marvin Gaye are what give her not only a folk flair but that deep soul flavor as well. Get in touch with your feelings and watch her video for "Gold Dust" recorded live at The Sessions. If you can't catch her show tonight at Austin Ale House, she'll be playing June 14th at Frank's. -- Written by Courtney Pierce

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Hollywood Cole, Sneak Peek at Debut EP, Local Show TBA

Hollywood Cole is a burgeoning side project from local singer/soul writer, Ray Prim. With grimy guitar riffs a la Gary Clark Jr. and edgier vocals than Ray's previous work, this album is an exciting new Austin sound. From bluesy rock ballads to smooth pop grooves, I can already hear this album on the radio waves. Check out the sneak peek of the EP at the link below. First show, TBA. -- Written by Charise Sowells

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Ricky Stein, New video 'Shreveport Blues' released 5/8, Show TONIGHT 5/24/13 @ Gypsy Lounge w/ The Warm Guns & The Scarlet Effect

Ricky Stein and his handsome voice are hard to resist. He has the swag of a young Elvis, the pained lyrics of an old Johnny Cash and a strong voice like Doug Sahm. Having a voice that carries him through genres with such an expansive range and raspy sex appeal, it's like a man in a fine suit with a five o'clock shadow.

"Oh" and "In the Red", two of his older songs, hold a softer indie feel both vocally and instrumentally. In his newest song, "Shreveport Blues", Ricky really breaks into a new realm as he belts out lyrics about drug induced homesickness like a classic blues singer. With such variance in his music already, I can't wait to see how much further his songs will evolve in the years to come. You can watch the video here or check him out for yourself tonight at the Gypsy Lounge! -- Written by Katy Glass


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