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.
Friday nights are generally everyone’s favorite day of the week to spend a late night downtown — it’s the end of the week and you’ll have time to nurse that hangover in bed because Saturday mornings practice more patience than those demanding work days. As a journalist, I, for one, am one of those lucky people who get to mix work and play. On one hand, it allows me to call going to shows “work.” On the other, I’m technically required to work late nights and weekends.
For students, a category of which I also belong to, Fridays are an especially strategic time to take a well-deserved study break. This past weekend, on Feb. 5, I found myself taking one of these study breaks at Stubb’s, engulfed in a packed room with the wood floor of their indoor stage, watching local acts Yuma and Major Grizz put on interesting twists on otherwise conventional genres of music.
Austin is the little sibling of the family when it comes to hip-hop in Texas. Surrounded by Houston’s legacy of a hip-hop presence and the rising talents emerging from the Dallas area, Austin has yet to develop an “identity” that is recognized on a national level when it comes to hip-hop and rap despite holding the title of “Live Music Capital of the World.”
Since the formation of their group in 2011, the Austin- native band Yuma have created a musical sound that is completely their own— a sultry blend of indie rock and R&B that is shatteringly beautiful. The band, which is composed of Jesse Liberty, Alex Hartley, Andrew Framsted and Tyler Edmunds, blends bright tones and driving rhythms with a certain cinematic flavor that is captivating to audiences.
On Jan. 30 I remembered to make my friend stop at the corner store before we got to the Empire Control Room & Garage. I had lost my small packet of earplugs, and I have a terrible fear of tinnitus. After climbing back into my friend’s very tightly-packed sedan, she drove downtown, and I climbed out onto the seventh street sidewalk, strapped to the gills with equipment in preparation for MCG’s Outside release party.
I’m listening to My Golden Calf’s Perfume Brute in my bed. I’ve taken the bed cover off because yesterday I knocked over a big storm lamp and it landed on the ground and shattered everywhere and I’m still finding glass on the ground.