Cheer Up Charlie’s always maintains a lively chatter. Even on a foggy Sunday night, a friendly crowd amassed to watch Carry Illinois perform songs from their Garage Sale EP. I was greeted by the band’s frontwoman Lizzy Lehman with a warm smile and Cheer Up’s colorful lights illuminating her.
For a city whose reputation and self-image is built on its identity as the mecca for live music, one would expect Austin’s musical output to be through the roof and that the city’s musicians would be leading artists in every genre. Unfortunately, this is not entirely the case. Though there is no dearth of talented musicians in Austin, Texas, those artists who have hit the truly big-time can be counted on one hand (depending on your criteria—Willie Nelson and Spoon are probably the only inarguable names on the list) and, like the city itself, tend to pride themselves on their weirdness, their refusal to fit into existing notions and norms of music.
Given the massive popularity of hip-hop music in modern culture, it is perhaps (at first glance) no surprise then that the hip-hop community and scene in Austin is not thriving. It’s just like Austin to shun the genre that is dominating popular culture, to stand by their strange strains of psychedelia and celestial pop-funk. That said, to consider hip-hop a genre without room for “weirdness” is a massive disservice to the music and to those artists creating that music, just like excluding an entire aspect to the music industry and culture is a disservice to that community. There are, of course, some very talented rap and hip-hop artists here in Austin— they just need our attention and our support. With The Bishops leading the charge, there are some name emerging from Austin’s hip-hop community with a promising buzz to them: Clee and Ronnie Lott are two of those names. This Thursday, November 16th at Empire Control Room, Vinyl List is going to see what the buzz is all about, as these two musicians have been given the opportunity to open up for Chynna Rogers, who has the notable distinction of being the “first lady” of the A$AP Mob. We invite you to join us in discovering and supporting some of Austin’s best-kept treasures.
“It’s finally yours.” Theron Pray, founder of Synesthesia Live, released this statement following the V1.11 update.
Synesthesia Live is in the business of making concerts a submersing auditory and visual experience. The team has been “nose-to-the-grindstone” all summer in order to create this revolutionary step forward.
Jeremy Rogers’s dream of a “hyper-fantastical reality” has translated itself into music he produces under the moniker, BUHU.
And now, BUHU is taking their bedroom synth-pop on a transpacific journey to Japan in early November.
The Austin Music Video Festival awards show Saturday night definitely helped keep Austin weird for the third year in a row. As I first walked in to the Austin School of Film, one musician waddled by me in scuba diving flippers, drinking beer through a snorkel and laughing with another woman in bunny pajamas. This event was sponsored with catered drinks from Tito’s Vodka, Dulce Vida’s organic Tequila, Uncle Billy‘s beer, Oskar Blues brewery, and Tubi 60’s vegan citrus Israeli liquor. The free catered alcohol gave the venue a loose vibe and people were letting their freak flag fly. For example, as Calliope Musicals performed in silver space suits while green aliens were dipping and dabbing in a background of cartoons and an orgy of psychedelic colors. Other performances included women twerking with George Bush masks on and rock bands jamming out in yoga pants. To say the least, this was one of the most confusing and unique events I had ever seen.
Co-written by Sam Votaw
For children living in foster care, consistency can be a virtually foreign concept. Often the victims of unfathomable abuse and neglect, these individuals then begin to seek security and belonging within a system where repeated home transfers—and the ensuing revolving door of friendly faces without ample enough time to make an impact—are unfortunately the norm.
Well it turns out that Austin’s iconic hipsters and hippie music lovers are going to be thankful to one man for making their esoteric music taste now easily discoverable. Glenn McDonald is the person who has classified even the most obscure and niche genres and is now every fans best friend. Never before has it been easier to discover new styles of music and artists you otherwise wouldn’t have known.
The Austin Music Video Festival, now nearing its third annual start date, combined the music, art, food, and technology that everyone loves Austin for into a five day event. Starting Tuesday, September 12th and ending Saturday, September 16th this festival gives everyone the chance to support local musicians, directors, and actors. The AMVFest will be hosting screenings of 100 music videos, panels, live performances, mixers, and after parties all week that culminate into an awards show Saturday night. This year the festival will feature special screenings from legendary director Spike Jonze, Flaming Lips, CHRISTEENE, and Holodeck Records, Walker Lukens, and more. General admissions tickets are $15 a day or $65 for all five days of screenings, concerts, parties, and awards ceremonies. AMVFest also offers VIP passes that give you access to complimentary drinks, hotel pool access, expedited lines, and priority seating. Most importantly, a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Americares in support of Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts. Both types of tickets are available here.