A day after releasing their second full-length album, Fair City Fire had one hell’uva album release show at Stubb’s BBQ. The guys got the night rolling with the new title track “Shake Your Bones.” An appropriate name for an album that is both in your face and delicate at times. Lead singer and guitarist, Brian Wolff, took everyone in attendance on an emotional roller coaster. Whether it was singing the impassioned song “Hold on to You” or shredding on guitar while having a headbanging contest with the front row, Wolff showcased his dynamic stage presence.
One of the best feelings in the world is discovering new music. Therefore, if you haven’t already, it is strongly recommended that you check out the up and coming, hardworking, and talented artist Harry Edohoukwa. Edohoukwa’s unique style contains inspiration from both reggae and hip-hop, which not only demonstrates the different sound to his music, but also ties back to his heritage and ultimately why he wants to do music in general.
Within recent decades, punk has taken a backseat to the overwhelming presence of alternative rock within Austin’s music scene. Local band Free Kittens & Bread deserves notable standing, as their music channels the spirit of punk into a sound that resonates with indie rock fans. Vibrant and fun, their music features alternative compositions that breathe lively rhythm into their catalog that you just can’t get out of your head. In addition, Chase Spruiell’s incredible vocals add to the band’s undeniable spunk. As we go through the suffering that is daylight savings and the transition of seasons, we are dusting off their last album and giving it all the love that it deserves. You should do the same.
It is not hard to see the great chemistry Swimming with Bears has while up on stage together. Their last show at Stubb’s Jr. displayed their great chemistry which transforms into raw energy when they perform. An energy that is as dynamic as it is powerful. Throughout the show, you could hear traces of alt-rock, pop, and even reggae at times. They opened up the show with their latest single French Girls, a catchy pop tune that is sure to be a hit. Check out the new music video for the song below.
Spring might have just begun, but TØMA’s new track “Book of Yesterday” screams summertime! If you’re like me, there’s no bad time of year for a rhythmic tune featuring sugary synths and bubbly guitar riffs. With an almost addictive melody, this song is sure to get your attention. Think Tame Impala meets Family of the Year. A compelling tune that is both playful and thought-provoking. Is it too early to say song of the Summer?
Culture Wars left Austin in want after their Stubb’s performance this past Thursday with The Lagoons. The concert was a brilliant display of rock & roll that held the audience captive within the unusual sound and stage presence of Culture Wars. If their SXSW performance is going to be anything like their Thursday night’s show, you, as a music lover, are obligated to see them.
Hooka Hey is back and better than ever with their new single Herlock. This marks the band’s first release since their 2015 EP– Untamed. If you haven’t heard about these local rockers, they’re known for their ominous and smoky jams that just know how to get your attention. Herlock is no exception, the song is driven by an unforgettable riff that is sure to get your heart pulsating. Hooka Hey has also just released a new music video for the single that is as thought-provoking as it is haunting. Herlock is the first release from their upcoming album War Cry that will be released in May.
If Shivery Shakes’ first album Three Waves and a Shake is any indication, the future is bright for this up and coming band. “Recurring Dreams“, the first song off the album, really sets the tone; the opening riff and whistle immediately paints a charming sonic picture. Airy guitar riffs match perfectly with the rhythmic drum beats to really bring the song to life. Each song brings a refreshing feeling almost like a warm day at the beach. What will Shivery Shakes have in store for their next creative venture? Read on to find out more.
Cue the Sun!, Austin’s up and coming alternative pop band, has made quite an entrance into the music scene. Released on February 2nd, their EP, Dreams, boasts heartwarming lyrical integrity, clean harmonies, catchy synths, and powerful melodies that channel an almost nostalgic boyband feel (think The 1975 meets Owl City meets Walk the Moon).
Having previously released their hit single “Your Love“, in 2017, Cue the Sun! is looking to develop their sound and obtain greater exposure; and I can honestly say, the band did just that.
The album seamlessly encapsulates all the nuances of pop while maintaining a distinctive edginess that allows the band to grow with the unpredictability of the music scene. Aside from a well-produced EP, the most important concept that Cue the Sun!, Ryan White and Josh Holder, want to portray is the love and appreciation they have towards their fans.
“This EP is dedicated to YOU. This listener. Chase your dreams, fall in love, walk through trials, come out stronger” – (Cue the Sun!).
Cue the Sun! genuinely want you to channel your best self while listening to their music, a reality that in today’s ephemeral, materialistic society is almost obsolete.