“It’s ‘cuz I got love for the homies, honestly.” That’s what Payton Long, producer, told me in his front yard Thursday night. I had asked him why he chose to host the party I had been at. Long was holding it at his own house here in Austin to promote Human Influence founder Chris Omenihu, member of the Always Proper hip-hop and art collective and the hip-hop community promotion app OffTop.
Previously known as Austin Psych Fest, Austin’s alternative music festival, Levitation, is back on April 29-May 1 for its eighth year at Carson Creek Ranch. Inspired by “The Free Festival Movement” of the 1960’s, The Reverberation Appreciation Society created the indie festival in 2008 in Austin. Levitation has since expanded internationally and pioneered a distinct psychedelic echo.
Millennial music is often restricted to a very familiar, western sound. American youth repeatedly glamorizes “top 40” hits, and remains stagnant in their musical outlook. Applications like Pandora and Spotify tend to feed off of this effortless approach towards music, making the rewarding search for great music appear elementary. On Vinyl Music has a righteous goal of showcasing music fashioned by artists of various genres, objectives and aesthetics in hopes of creating a more musically aware society. Austin based electric-marimba ensemble, Rattletree, is a historic example of why open-mindedness is necessary while consuming creative art. Rattletree is composed of four spiritually tuned musicians with a vision that is not only hedonistic but hugely important.
Otis the Destroyer released their first EP Dark Arts in 2014. Since then, the band has continued to build a cohesive identity as a stellar rock n’ roll quad combo. The band members include Taylor Wilkins on guitar and vocals, Clennan Hyatt on drums, Kyle Robarge on bass and vocals and Anthony Rucci on guitar.
A report commissioned by Austin Music People revealed that “economic activity by local artists, venues and businesses” has dropped 15 percent from 2010 to 2014. That’s a worrying decline of $856 to $726 million.
I came down to Austin during the unusually climated month of December to deal with the law; what I ended up doing was spending an absurd amount of money to see some apportionately priced shows. That is to say that the shows that I saw, expensive as they may be for an underaged attendee, were incredible.
What’s a band without a drummer? Well, speaking from experience, a lot less complicated, but more than anything it’s empty. Every band needs a drummer to beat the shit out of something and spend all of the band’s money on beer and gas station sandwiches. I play drums in an emo band, I can attest if the lead vocalist is the brains and heart of a band, the drummer is the heavily damaged liver. Here are some of Austin’s best drummers.