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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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Kay Leotard Double Down on Psychedelic Rock

Kay Leotard’s Kristina Boswell and Kelsey Wickliffe double the drama with their sensual, psychedelic rock anthems. Warbling vocals paired with powerhouse guitar riffs create a stunning contrast that will put you in touch with your flower child. Put your “palms to the sky” for this badass band. -Written by Gillian Driscoll

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Catch Cautiontape at ABGB, 2/5/14

It would be wise to proceed with caution when listening to Cautiontape’s heady dose of electronic rock. Singer Brit Kagan’s captivating vocals add a touch of mischief to the band's sound that’s a little My Gold Mask meets Metric. Songs like “Delights of Someone Dreamed” and “Be Sweet” will “drag you back” for repeat plays. Catch Cautiontape this Wednesday, February 5th. -Written by Gillian Driscoll

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The Boxing Lesson Video and Vinyl Release

Psych outfit The Boxing Lesson is starting the New Year with plenty of reason to celebrate, with honors and excitement carrying over from 2013. They’ve just released their last big work-in-progress, the space-age video for their single “Health is the New Drug”. Its parent album, Big Hits!, is the band’s first full length release in five years. Both album and single received honors on year-end lists from the Austin Chronicle, no doubt thanks to plenty of agile shredding from all members. The band is riding the wave well; Big Hits! has just received its vinyl release through Cliff House Records out of Corpus Christi. --Written by Marie Meyers

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Danny Malone Releases Video for "Sugarwater"

Danny Malone's newest video for “Sugarwater” is an adorably sweet addition to his already impressive repertoire. The playful doctor-shopping theme combined with skillful cinematography, dancing, and a bit of dark rebelliousness create a wonderful reflection of the music itself. With tasteful instrumentation and polished songs like "Sugarwater" and "Spiderlegs" under his belt, Danny proves to be a mature and poetic songwriter, regardless of how young he appears to be. Danny is currently touring through NYC, bringing his Iron and Wine-like lullabies to the famed Rockwood Music Hall. We look forward to having him back in Austin soon! – Written by Jodi Lang

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