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.
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.
Austin is revered worldwide for it’s constant support and celebration of the art of music. Festivals like ACL, Euphoria and SXSW are the most obvious testament to the cities infatuation with live music and creation as a movement. Fortunately, these high profile music and arts festivals are only the tip of the iceberg in the city of weird. The more “established” collectives and aesthetic trailblazers, who reign at the top of the visionary hierarchy, possess an influence that kindly trickles down into the spirits of the millennial generation. With a firm understanding of the future and a dream of a brighter tomorrow, Austin’s Gen Y is manifesting innovation, inspiration and intellectuality into an artistic revolution. Despite battling a seemingly never ending “quarter life crisis,” Austin’s initiative youth is witnessing a major spike in success and recognition. This past Sunday (Dec. 4) at Scratchhouse, five young, local, creative collectives collaborated in efforts to shine a light on over 40 undiscovered musicians in the presence of already-established artists. The unification of Brodies Fault, New Waves, Weird City Entertainment, On Vinyl Music and Ben “McNasty” Buck resulted in an eclectic, groovy, 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. get down–One2One Fest.
Undoubtedly, Austin’s liberation has been challenged in recent weeks. Despite activist efforts, on going protests and a general outcry from the public, Donald Trump is the 2016 president-elect of the United States.
The summer of 2016 in Austin has yielded major successes in regards to local music and art. The rapid rise of the music-tech industry and city-wide support has cast a righteous spell on Austin based musicians. Daily showcases and concerts liberated the city and reminded the community of the excitement that accompanies “keeping Austin weird.” Amongst others, Empire Control Room, Swan Dive, The Mohawk, Barracuda and Scratchouse served as an oasis for discovery and enthrallment for music lovers and consumers. Hungry musicians who began the summer eager for exposure, are exiting the hot season with note-worthy revelation.
Solstice Festival is just a few days away Austin! We’ve created a playlist to help you prepare for two full days of awesome music and fun. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to nab tickets to the festival–which will take place on June 17 and 18. It’s bound to be a great time, so sit back, throw some tunes on and get yourself acquainted with just a few of the tons of artists who will be taking the city of Austin by storm this upcoming weekend!
Solstice festival is back, Austin! Join some of the city’s hottest, up-and-coming bands for two days of art, music, food and fun. Clear your calendars because on June 17 and 18 Solstice will be taking the city by storm, throwing parties and setting up shop all over Pan Am park on the East Side–and a few other venues around Austin–to celebrate the start of Summer.
So, The Bishops have released something new. Once again, it’s an example of a solid collaborative effort from a tightly knit familial powerhouse. Mr. Scatterbrained, the single, is all about self-discovery and cultivation of a more cohesive, assembled lifestyle.
Friday before SXSW music starts, and I’m already drowning in stress. There are time tables to be made, flight schedules to coordinate with arriving friends and about three and a half million other things.