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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Cherry Baby by Bess Atwell



SONG OF THE WEEK



BIO: Bess Hildick-Smith, known by her stage name as Bess Atwell, grew up in the English countryside, one of four children to an eclectic family of artists, songwriters and doctors. Growing up Atwell dabbled in acting, musical theater, and fine art. She says “the love of singing is something I think most people realize at a very young age. I grew up in a creative household; many of my extended family are musicians, my dad a songwriter himself, and mother an artist”. She explains how her earliest years were spent assuming she’d follow in her mother’s footsteps, and still considers fine art her first love. She discovered song-writing a little later; “when I was ten my dad bought me a Spanish guitar and we both took lessons with the same teacher. 


BESS ATWELL
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Song Debut! Running For My Life by Skunkmello

Focus on Sound - This is a story about one of the most fun live bands I've ever seen and their new song - debuting here today. "Running For My Life" appears on Skunkmello's Discount Liquors (LP out in August). This will be the band's first new album in three years and I'm excited as all hell to share just a bit of it here.

WORLD PREMIERE


What you hear today is special. "Running For My Life" is a worthy new addition to the band's back catalog. It forms the perfect bridge to 2016's Hot Chicken, a song with swamp blues and southern electric guitar. Matt Bartlett isn't exactly a Dionysian poet as you can hear on "Running" he defiantly "walk the dog" with ease - with style and indifference reminiscent of early Dylan.   

The recording of this album found the band at personal and professional crossroads. (Members now reside in three different cities and have embarked on somewhat divergent paths.) The songs demonstrate the same sensibilities and the can-do "making the best of things" stories their fans love.  Something all music listeners can find: The sessions for Discount Liquors had some implied urgency and special meaning for the band. And that works out as rewards for listeners.  



SKUNKMELLO
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In Their Own Words - A Skunkmello live show is pure run-and-gun rocket-fire-from the hip – a whiskey-addled sonic evolution of garage-folk, fuzz-country, sewer-blues and red-eyed rock and roll.  


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

RIBS are recording new music


This just in...
RIBS are making new music!

 

RIBS
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In A Few Short Words - the Early April Edition

Still sort of mentally-unpacking from the SXSW trip and dealing with the workload resulting from being away for nearly 2 weeks. I'll be brief and to the point: to be a music lover down in Austin during that time period is just so exciting! And it has been a few very long years since I've felt that. Definitely missed that excitement. That excitement for discovery really came back to me the other night when I saw a local open mic night at a coffee shop near my home. 

And then there was this year's Outlaw Roadshow. The setting helped elicit some of the best live music performances I've ever seen and to absorb their power one after the next for hours (and days) was amazing. Though I know I missed out on some acts I wanted to see, it would be pretty hard to convince me I didn't see the best live music in Austin during this year's festival. 


Artwork by Krzysztof Domaradzki [link]


One of the the things I cooked up in my head in Austin was a new series for the website in which I could point readers into the right direct, rapid-fire style. Unload some vital knowledge, share a video or a quick thought and get back out again. This is the first one and I'm already failing. 

This is Philadelphia's Don Babylon who were acutely themselves in Austin and therefore amazing. 



DON BABYLON
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Death sucks. And this whole thing has made it clear I'm really not over losing Chris Cornell or Tom Petty. 

Reliving the past this week with millions of others. It's the  anniversary of the losses of both Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and Alice in Chain's Layne Stayley stirred more than a little emotion and nostalgia for music lovers. This is a cover song. 




WALTER SICKERT
& THE ARMY OF BROKEN TOYS
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The Susan Constant have always been one of my favorite bands. That's partially because I saw them absolutely SOAR at SXSW 2013 during their biggest show of all-time. The band are hanging their collective party hats and have announced a final show in May. You need to see them if you can get there. You'll dig them as much as I do and then join me in asking them back for an annual reunion show. (A music blogger can hope, right?)  


THE SUSAN CONSTANT
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I started off positive and I'll end that way in this post. WILCO front-man Jeff Tweedy surprised this week announcing that he had not only recorded a full-length solo album (WARMER is out in just three days via dBpm Records) but it was ready to be released on vinyl only (initially) via this year's Record Store Day. (Run count is supposedly only 5K copies nationwide.) Good luck with that wax folks! 



Jeff Tweedy at Solid Sound by 5342 Studios [link] for rslblog.com

Here's the lead single (a lyric video at that) for the record, which has got a lot of fans pretty excited.



JEFF TWEEDY
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Ryan's new Music Mixes
Inevitable Things (April 2019)
Like Seedlings ... (March 2019)
A Little Sun To The Face ... (February 2019)
Mercy is Just a Five Letter Word (Late January 2019)
Decembers are Last for a Reason (Early January 2019)


Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Portrait I





I landed in Austin with all of the excitement one might expect. An arts lover stepping into what a week of what is undoubtedly the shining beacon for music during those dates. And when I crossed the threshold of the doorway to see The Howl & The Hum (York, England) I felt a huge sense of satisfaction seeing a such gifted band from so far away as they passed through. 

The small venue was awash with stage lighting effect, the perfect pallet for this band's sound. {editor's note: In retrospect, my expectations were elevated and completely unfair.} But no matter how high I wanted them to fly, The Howl & The Hum soared higher. Characterized by crafty, nearly poetic songwriting, the performances were equally arresting musically. This is Portrait 1 two ways.


Portrait I
Gold, gold, she looked like she was golden
Think she would have landed me if she got any closer
But as I leaned in, she grew wings
Felt like I was falling through it as she rose then
Gone gone, quickly as the dawn
I was never knowing if she'd ever come home
So with all my might changed my mind
But an angel leaves an imprint on your broken bones
Girl, churl, from out of this world
Slow like thunder rare like pearls
When morning came the darkness stayed
Now all I want to do is shade the shame
Shade the shame
Shade the shame
Shade the shame
And when she's falling
Do you really think you'll waste my time
Her name I am calling
Do you really think I've lost my mind
A study of the girl with wings
Daylight it never felt right
To live…


The Howl & The Hum
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In Their Own Words:  "The Howl & The Hum are a miserable disco who write Bond themes for films where Jimmy is still hung up on that girl. They combine dark hypnotic pop with post-punk influences, pierced with lyrics that make you call your mum the next morning."


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Weakened Friends power into Austin!

With an exciting new album, sold out shows here in the US and a tour in the EU in the wings, Portland, ME's Weakened Friends power into Texas this week to play their very first Outlaw Roadshow. Find out for yourself what folks on the East Coast already know - this is one of the most exciting acts in music today!




Named the best unsigned band in New England in 2017 by the Boston Music Awards, Weakened Friends have made lots of glorious noise the last three years. Their new album, Common Blah (Don Giovanni Records) saw the band (Sonia Sturino, Annie Hoffman, and Cam Jones) offering a more expansive look at this the marvelous rock band's promise. This is some seriously catchy and angsty vibes. 




WEAKENED FRIENDS
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Do not miss them on the Outlaw Roadshow stage!  
The band play a free set at Stiles Switch BBQ 
Friday 3/15 at 3:30pm. 



This year's Austin Outlaw Roadshows are Mar 13-17 at Stiles Switch BBQ and presented by Big Red Drum Entertainment and Ryan's Smashing Life. All shows are absolutely free to the public. No festival badges or credentials are needed at all to attend. You should bring some hunger. Stiles Switch offers some of the finest food offerings in the entire city. Wash it down with a cool beer. Best days of our lives folks! Full artist lineup is coming along with the schedule of sets and events.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

It's Brett Newski's World - and we live in it!

Writing a music blog and having your own traveling, festival-style music event has spoiled me. I love sharing acts with quirky live sets and amazing backstories and this platform lets me do whatever it is I want. That twisting road brings us to today's spotlight artist. An artist who is just perfect for us and this time. Excited as all heck to share that Brett Newski is the latest act to join the Outlaw Roadshow!


Daytrotter called Brett Newski and The No Tomorrow - "the loudest acoustic act" they had ever seen. Praise has rained down from the likes of Rolling Stone, WXPN, The Boston Globe and more. But truth be told, the Milwaukee songwriter is a self-effacing storyteller and a quirky, unrepentant artist. Those qualities have driven him to shares his moments on the road with friends and fans alike with video chats and timeline updates. Music that embraces - even when it's not playing. All of it reveals a unique mind and a special kind of creative heart. 




IN HIS OWN WORDS - Known by many as the first band ever to be kicked out of Wal-Mart for playing an illegal show, Brett Newski has certainly kicked his own ass over the past 6 years, touring infinitely (mostly alone) and wandering down the rabbit hole of anxiety, depression, and wallowing self-doubt. All of these negatives have blossomed into positive creative energy on his third LP."Anxiety can actually be a good thing. If you use it right, that nervous energy can be channeled into motivation or creativity," explains Newski. "Even the most seemingly confident people have self doubt."

New This Week: Brett has released a killer Beck cover. Head over to Spotify and love the wicked, "Devil's Haircut." And catch him with The Outlaw in Austin. Definitely someone you need to know!

BRETT NEWSKI
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This year's Austin Outlaw Roadshows are Mar 13-17 at Stiles Switch BBQ and presented by Big Red Drum Entertainment and Ryan's Smashing Life. All shows are absolutely free to the public. No festival badges or credentials are needed at all to attend. You should bring some hunger. Stiles Switch offers some of the finest food offerings in the entire city. Wash it down with a cool beer. Best days of our lives folks! Full artist lineup is coming along with the schedule of sets and events.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

The Tenders have joined The Outlaw Roadshow

Each year The Outlaw Roadshow has a few acts that lift off the page in a really fun, new way. Typically it's a band with a larger than life stage presence. Sometimes it's a band about to release a new album. The focus that dedicated playing brings out something larger than life. Today's spotlight artist has both of those things going along. 

Meet The Tenders - a stylish, standout East Nashville garage rock band on the verge of releasing a collection of dark surf songs! Your ears and your eyes are not going to believe this...



In Their Own Words - With members originally hailing from the twin cities, the land of OZ, and the Florida swamps, The Tenders "sound" embodies a fusion of blues-rock, dark surf, garage, and rockabilly. Comprised of Tracy Jean (drums), Ariel Isa (bass), and Marco Argiro (vocals, guitar) the group formed at the end of 2017 with the intention of going wild and helping do away with the cookie cutter, overproduced sound that has become the norm these days.  




-The Tenders play The Outlaw Thu, Mar 14th at 1:30pm
 -The Tenders release a brand new surf rock EP "Rager At Party Beach" Fri April 5th via Outright Rock Records 
 -The Tenders will also be supporting The Coathangers that same day Friday 4/5 @ The Exit/In Nashville, TN.


THE TENDERS
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This year's Austin Outlaw Roadshows are Mar 13-17 at Stiles Switch BBQ and presented by Big Red Drum Entertainment and Ryan's Smashing Life. All shows are absolutely free to the public. No festival badges or credentials are needed at all to attend. You should bring some hunger. Stiles Switch offers some of the finest food offerings in the entire city. Wash it down with a cool beer. Best days of our lives folks! Full artist lineup is coming along with the schedule of sets and events.