Pictures from our SXSW Broadcast
It was another fantastic SXSW and broadcast from Shady Grove! 13 amazing bands, for four straight days, knocked it out of the park before a packed audience!
Birthed from the underground, Oginalii has been hashing out their chops in warehouses and honky-tonks alike for the past 5 years throughout the Nashville scene.
American Songwriter wrote that “Through their diverse array of influences and song styles, the girls have begun to compose something much more than just music; rather, a culture of fresh sounds and songwriting that really represents and reflects that New Nashville sound.”
Culture. Usually the first thing to die in a city that grows as fast as this one, yet there is still a deeply rooted scene of real art and music that is growing by the day. Oginalii is right there at the center of it with her friends collaborating together to create a patch-work of sounds and sights. From the glitter floored mosh pits of MealTicket, to a Misfits cover encore at Basement East’s Best of the New Face Night, Oginalii is coming alive.
Oginalii literally is defined as “my friend” in the Cherokee language, because collaboration with friends through social exploration is what has made this band have a sound not just worth listening to, but watching.
The Wild Now is an Austin, TX based duo consisting of Taylor Baker and Drew Walker. The two met in 2013 at a Local Natives show at the city’s annual SXSW Music Festival. Following that fateful day in March, the two began writing and recording songs under the moniker Taylor & the Wild Now. Success came sooner rather than later, as the two won American Songwriter’s Sole Performer award in 2014 and toured the country playing shows.
In 2016, the duo shortened their name to The Wild Now, partnered with Austin, TX producer, David Beck, and released the ‘Tides’ EP. Combining Taylor’s dreamy, yet powerful vocals with Drew’s intricate guitar work, the duo solidified their breezy indie pop sound. Influencers such as Local Natives, Chet Faker, and Glass Animals shine through on all of the tracks. Key tracks from the EP, “Salt” and “Gold Dust,” found homes on a variety of Spotify playlists and have accrued over 2 million combined streams, to date.
MOVING PANORAMAS is a dream gaze project from Austin, TX. Debut LP "ONE" available on MODERN OUTSIDER RECORDS
Family bands are known for having incredibly harmonic vocals, unmatched appearances, and the ability to beat the shit out of each other and still remain in tact. Migrant kids, was formed by two cousins Miguel Ojeda and John Zakoor, are no exception. The cousins have been playing music together for fifteen years and moved to Austin, TX by way of Detroit, MI to join forces with the talented Bryan O'Flynn, another midwestern native from Cincinnati, OH. The trio has been non-stop touring, writing and following their collective dream ever since their debut album was released in 2013. The band has been busy touring with Austin's epic darling children The Bright Light Social Hour and continue to tour all throughout Texas. Migrant Kids were named Best New Band by the Austin Chronicle, Band of the Month from The Austin Music Foundation, and they are currently up for a Black Fret grant. All Things Go has categorized Migrant Kids' music "in that sweet spot between rock and pop...with simmering post-rock riffs and a pounding backbeat[s]."
The band is currently honing in on that sweet spot, working on their sophomore album and incorporating the likes of Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd and Michael Jackson--trying to create and maintain what they have coined as psychedelic jungle rock!
On May 14, Austin-based quintet MCG premiered their second album, Outside EP, with The Huffington Post describing the record as "Wrought with sublime vocals, uplifting instrumentals, and relatable lyrics." Outside was produced by Grammy-nominated Chris "Frenchie" Smith (Built to Spill, The Dandy Warhols, Ringo Deathstar, Wild Child) and is now available on Spotify and Bandcamp.
Though a sophomore release for MCG's lead singer, Mariclaire Gamble, Outside, is the first studio album of the 5-piece band that has now been playing shows together for over a year. The maturity of the group is audible in the new recordings.
With the help of Frenchie Smith, the indie-pop quintet has taken the thrill of their polished live act and successfully printed it on to a 7" vinyl and digital download featuring a third bonus track.
The lead track and first single, “Start Over,” elicits 90s dream-pop elements reminiscent of The Cardigans and showcases Mariclaire Gamble's ability to write lyrics that are personal and relatable.
“Bombs Away” is an explosive rock track about a jilted lover and her aeronautic plan for revenge. Listeners will be taken by Gamble’s vocal range and power in the song’s climax.
Lastly, the title track, “Outside,” features electrifying guitar work from David Tenczar and Andrew Bennett, and is another example of the characteristic vulnerability in Gamble's writing, as the narrator recounts the difficulty of impending change and the stumbling blocks of depression.
Unlike most singer/songwriters who pursue a pensive muse, Paul Banks doesn’t fancy himself as another Jeff Buckley/Nick Drake disciple. While his tones occasionally betray a hint of melancholia, there’s enough spark in his melodies to illuminate an entire room. Consequently, Banks’ latest project, P.T. Banks, finds him exuding a cheery optimism via songs that are sedate and yet still seductive, sturdy and yet surreal. The aptly titled Moonlight Is Sunlight marks Banks’ evolution from his eponymous outfit , Paul Banks & the Carousels, but it retains its core members in bassist/multi-instrumentalist Christopher Cox and percussionist Matthew Shepherd, offering the impression that the evolution is mainly a musical one and not a desire to abandon his former colleagues entirety.
That said, Banks and company get some superb assists from Tosca String Quartet (David Byrne), David Ramirez, and members of Moby, Hard Proof Afrobeat, and Okkervil River, giving the album an orchestrated feel that shimmers and sways — mostly buoyant, often effusive, but rarely given to all out exhilaration.
Austin-based, Alabama-raised singer/songwriter Nakia has a heart that beats to the rhythms of Muscle Shoals soul, pumping blood infused with Stax funk to cells lined with Chicago blues grooves. His vocal talent is the kind that instantly turns listeners into fans — among them CeeLo Green, who invited Nakia to sing on his Muppets Christmas special. Nakia was a Top 8 Semifinalist on CeeLo’s team during the first season of ‘The Voice‘ on NBC.
Nakia moved from Chicago to Austin in 2002. After a brief stint in The Small Stars, a tongue-in-cheek lounge act fronted by Fastball’s Miles Zuniga, he formed Nakia & His Southern Cousins, got booked to perform at the 2008 Austin City Limits Festival, and wound up singing with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. Alejandro Escovedo heard him at a Rolling Stones tribute, which led to him singing backing vocals on Escovedo’s Street Songs of Love album, and to a second recommendation — this time by producer Tony Visconti — for Nakia to front his own Blues band. So he formed the Blues Grifters. A YouTube video of the band led to The Voice producer Mark Burnett recruiting him for the pilot, which resulted in his relationship with CeeLo.
Nakia is a active member of the Austin music community. He is an outspoken advocate for organizations such as Black Fret, HAAM, and The SIMS Foundation. He has served as the Chair of the Austin Music Commissionand as a member of the Board of Governors for the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy. Nakia is a two-time Black Fret nominee. Nakia and the Blues Grifters appear on the new ALL ATX album, “Low Down Violet Crown: Austin Rocks the Blues.” Nakia recently performed at the 2016 Austin City Limits Music Festival with the Barton Hills Choir.
As a songwriter, Lisa’s songs unfold like masterpiece movies. With a rich and visual command of language – both in English and in Spanish, she captures the emotions of love and loss and all the shades of life in between in such vivid detail. Lisa lets a song’s storyline dictate the sonic approach she takes. She can rock with anyone if that’s what’s called for or she can bring it down to the near whisper of two people sharing a moment that’s intimate and raw. Lisa’s music distills human emotions down to universal truths. She captures a moment - no matter how grand or how small – with such visual and verbal clarity, you see and feel what people in her songs are living in that moment. A rare songwriter and performer of clarity, emotion, and delivery. A artist with insight and vision and an acute ability to share it.
Lisa has also worn producers hat with highly acclaimed production on Hayes Carlls’ “Flowers & Liquor; co-wrote “Waiting For the Stars to Fall” with Hayes Carll on his CD “Trouble In Mind”, and also toured with him.
Lisa Morales is also half of the Sisters Morales who have done countless shows including sharing stages with Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Raul Malo, Allison Krauss, Joe Ely, Merle Haggard, George Strait Alamodome,Trace Adkins, Country Jam Festivals, and have performed at theaters and festivals such as World Fest, Spencer Theater, and countless others including many times in Europe.
Met your Mom at my art exhibit in Florida. Thought she was young enough to be your sister. When she saw I was from Austin, she said "My daughter is in a band in Austin." I said "Which band?" She said "The Digital Wild!" I said, "Well, of course!' I promise I didn't make her take this shot. I'll come check out one of your shows at SX, I'll be showing at the JW Marriot all week. -Random Dude on Facebook
Calliope Musicals is a cheerful psychedelic party folk band from Austin TX. Their high-energy live performance focuses on involving the crowd. A psychedelic squad of musicians fill in their folksy roots with a mix of vibraphone, tribal drums, bass, lead guitar and explosive vocals. The band exudes feel-good vibes that aim to swallow listeners and spit them out as happier versions of their former selves.
Calliope Musicals is a group in every sense of the word. Loyal to their members and actively involved in a local artists’ collective they helped start, Circus on the Moon, they are truly entranced by the possibility of genuine freedom that the prospect of making music promises.
They aspire to be the greatest show on earth that comes to town to delight and wow. Lock up your children or join them in running away with the circus. You know you want to…
Eric James Tessmer, actually named after guitar giants Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, is an extraordinary guitarist, musician, singer and songwriter hailing from Austin, TX. He is widely considered one of the most vibrant guitarists to follow in the footsteps of blues-rock legends such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and his namesake predecessors. His live shows have captured audiences' attention across the United States as power-packed sessions of wickedly fast and precise licks that can light the house on fire without the need for lighter fluid.
Born and raised outside of the small town of Richland Center, Wisconsin, Tessmer began playing at a young age, inspired by his father and grandmother. In 2000, he moved to Austin at the age of 19 to play gigs with numerous musicians and bands, earning local credibility as he honed his craft of riffing with speed, power and control. He later formed his own power trio, the Eric Tessmer Band, in 2003. Through a battered '59 Fender Stratocaster producing vintage-correct tones, Eric kickstarts the engine left idling by guitar players of the past.
Known as one of the hardest working musicians in the area, Tessmer continues to travel the U.S., Canada and Europe. Creating his own brand of ‘blues-rock soul-chedelic’ sound, he has electrified festivals such as Montreal Jazz Fest, Summerfest, and MusikFest with dialed-in precision and delivered polished performances at clubs, pubs and venues across the land. Sharing the stage with notable musicians such as Dick Dale, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, Monte Montgomery, Gary Clark Jr. and Chris Duarte; Tessmer has created a buzz among the blues-rock community that is quickly swarming with devoted disciples.
Quiet Company won Rock Band of the Year during SXSW 2014, adding to their
previous 10 Austin Music Awards including Band of the Year, Album of the Year, Rock Band of the Year, Indie Band of the Year and Song of the Year, all won on the strength of their 2011 release We Are All Where We Belong.
After the success of their 2013 album re-release, A Dead Man on My Back: Shine Honesty Revisited, Quiet Company was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and chosen to be a Red Bull Sound Select Artist, all of which rekindled interest in We Are All Where We Belong and shot the album to #7 on the iTunes Rock charts nearly 2 years after its release.
After an amazing year on the road which included festival sets at NXNE, CMJ, ACL Fest and more, Quiet Company kicked off 2014 in the studio to write and record their highly anticipated 4th full length Transgressor, their most explosive and exposed collection of songs to date. Recorded in 14 intense days of live tracking at Orb Recording Studios in Austin, the band captured a guitar-driven larger-than-life sound with Matt Noveskey (Blue October) producing and the legendary Tim Palmer (U2, Pearl Jam, The Cure) mixing. Frontman Taylor Muse's characteristically introspective writing style is in full force as he tells tales of love, despair, pain, and redemption, reflecting on his marriage, from burgeoning young love to a relationship tested through time.
With its soaring guitars and throbbing bass lines drawing comparisons to Foo Fighters, Pavement and Manchester Orchestra, Quiet Company’s Transgressor will be leading the way as rock makes a return to form.