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.
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.
With Sound on Sound Fest only a few hours away, festival go-ers and diverse music consumers state wide are preparing for an inaugural experience embellished with resonance and unity. The festival faced some scrutinizing inspection when the indie beach rock, chain smoker, Mac Demarco dropped out of the lineup. Simultaneously, SOS is Austin’s substitute festival for the cancelled Fun Fun Fun Fest–resulting in mass speculation. Despite cynicism, the camping festival expects large crowds, good vibes and stellar sounds. Amongst others, A-list musicians like Phantogram, Purity Ring and Explosions in The Sky will be taking Sherwood Forest by storm.
With a title like “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin is naturally an enticing destination for new bands and artists looking to get their music careers off the ground. However, not all of these musicians necessarily have the income to make it doing music full-time, especially at the start of their careers. Black Fret, a local music non-profit, looks to solve this issue. Every year, the organization nominates a group of artists to be eligible to receive grants to help support them in the creation and live performance of their music. As a result, the 2016 Black Fret nominees represent what the charity believes to be among the best acts currently active in the Austin music scene. Here are five of our favorites from this year’s pool of nominees.
Intimacy and music festivals rarely go hand in hand. While dense, synchronized crowds can produce a lasting and life changing buzz, high-volume festivals are risky and often tedious to execute. Simple tasks like using the restroom or getting water can become quite a spectacle at commercially operated music festivals.
This past weekend in the rural city of Stroud, Oklahoma, hippie kids and bass-heads gathered in unity to celebrate some of the best musicians in the game.The only place where chastity belts, treehouse stages and fire-breathing disco balls can coexist is Backwoods Music Festival.
Nationwide, hippie kids and bass-heads alike are gearing up to rush to the rural city of Stroud, Oklahoma for the second-coming year of the predominately EDM music festival — Backwoods.
Backwoods Music Festival is going to be a celebration of movement and harmony— a rare event of authenticity and music with the help and liberation of some of Austin’s favorite artists.
Sound on Sound Fest is rolling out some game-changing news. Today, Margin Walker Presents announced that the festival will be held at Sherwood Forest Faire in McDade, Texas just east of Austin on November 4-6, 2016. The festival team is excited to host the event in an untraditional location: a Renaissance fair with a castle.