Local rapper and producer Shanzyan has a personalized account of diversified life between California and the South, making his music an intimate overview and portrayal of culture, family, and everything in between. Deriving passionately from his past experiences to expose his music to an intuitive audience, Shanzyan has the opportunity to appeal to a much larger market-placing him as an artist to watch within the upcoming year.
The Bishops have done it again, marking this to be the trio’s fourth single release since the start of 2017. This Austin-based supergroup has a knack for prolifically creating futuristic/refreshing beats with consequential messages, and “Citrine Dreams” meets if not exceeds all expectations we have had for the siblings as they rapidly expand their empire. A sun-down ride with a bite: this anthem single speaks smooth volumes to the act of perseverance and rising up to your destiny-an act all too natural and all in the family when it comes to The Bishops.
A week ago today, OV stood in the effervescent company of local artists and community members at the Mohawk to celebrate the very first “Hi, How Are You?” Day, honoring the birthday of local artist, Daniel Johnston. Most well-known for his famous “Hi, How Are You?” alien-esque graffiti mural, Daniel Johnston is an American singer, songwriter, and artist whose works have been renowned for decades. Kurt Cobain was even amongst the late fan base of Daniel Johnston, mentioning him in several interviews along with wearing a “Hi, How Are You?” t-shirt to the 1992 MTV Music Awards. With a lengthy history of stomach-wrenching and heart flushing works of musical and visual art, Daniel Johnston took his devotion of artist therapy to new heights on Jan. 22nd by being a leading light in the local community’s mental-health awareness scene; a winning night for ATX as a whole.
“I never said to look to me to be the one that you rely on. And I know you wonder why I let you come so far; you won’t believe me if I tell you.” -Mobley/Tell You 
“The song deals with what happens when the passion of a grand romantic gesture has faded and what’s left is the hard work of making a life together,” Mobley spilled over to us on the release date of his latest single, Tell You. A sister song of his previous original single, Tell Me, this song continues a career long story that has slowly built up from one single to the next–starting all the way back in 2015, with Swoon.
In a world where grunge is gagged on by soft mouths and rock is dying alongside the bedsides of those who refuse to listen to Uncle Acid, the ATX based band Coattails clings to the image of Texas Fuzz Rock with a white knuckle grip. Birthed with an aggressive backbone and an intentional grit, Coattails were founded under the influence of past legends such as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and Thee Oh Sees. Rich with raw prowess and the drive to stand apart, these Southern rock pioneers are fervently working on taming the beast within the blood; bringing new meaning to control, intention, and purposeful allure. Just call them The White Stripes of the new generation; except, imagine a distorted reality where Jack White had relations with John Lennon and they birthed the band Black Lips who then adopted and raised a group of fuzz monsters with the Queens of the Stone Age, and called them Coattails. Read on to learn more on the band that is bringing new life to harmonic grunge in the ATX scene, and remember: don’t get them wet, and whatever you do? Don’t feed them after midnight.
Local indie/bluesy funk band Kev Bev and the Woodland Creatures recently sat down with On Vinyl to share their insight, joy, and eclectic spin on what it is that makes the infectious “Kev Bev Sound.” Highlights from the intimate 1-on-9 conversation include a sneak peak into their upcoming album releases, obscure musical influences, and the paramount pursuit of happiness.
Skydiving, BMX-riding, car drifting, setting shit on fire, and now, sweating? Red Bull has been notorious for sponsoring all-around badass events. As of recently, Austin’s underground hip-hop and DJ dance party, Hot-Hot, has been added to the list.
South by Southwest (SXSW) is an international arts festival that displays the best of film, interactive media, and music. Unsurprisingly, there are many Austinites taking main stage at this event in March.
We’ve listed the latest batch of Austin artists performing in 2018. From brooding electronica to classic folk you can’t go wrong seeing these world-class performers.
Coming to Texas from New Mexico, I always knew I was going to be confronted by a world with which I was not entirely in tune. I had been raised in an environment and community that was innately opposed to Texas, or at the very least placed Texas at the butt of their jokes. I have some guesses as to why this might be, but none of them are very good and none of them come close to explaining the strange phenomenon. Let it suffice to say that I had some existing notions about the state that almost kept me from attending school here. A few were founded in some truth, while others are mysteries to me even now, but my deepest-rooted concern revolved around about being inescapably trapped by country music.
That sounds silly to say, of course—in the age of mobile technology and headphones, it is easy to avoid the music you don’t care for. More importantly, to discount and avoid an entire genre of music is ridiculous—especially one with a history as deep and rich as country. I am very grateful to say that my preconceptions about country music were sorely mistaken, and while I could not go so far as to say I am a fan of the genre in its entirety, I have found artists and sub-genres that I both enjoy and recognize immense value. Cody Canada is one of those artists who I believe truly embodies the spirit and power of country music traditions.