Tag: the sidewinder

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Nominee sparks warmth when we need it most

I don’t know when or how it happened, but the live music experience has changed. The warmth that used to fill venues, a tangible energy that bubbled and blossomed in the bonds made between strangers, has been replaced by a prickly and sticky heat that exerts itself in the form of cranky elbows to the ribs and an unspoken agreement not to interact with those around you (unless they have a doobie you’re trying to sneak a puff of). Maybe it’s just that we are the first generation that values the video—the tangible evidence of attendance—more than the experience itself, and this means audiences are never fully present, their experience mediated and dampened by the screen held in front of their first. I fear that this loss of this vitality is symptomatic of a larger (and unnerving) societal trend of people growing apart from one another, too invested in hollow interactions mediated by a vacuous internet to interact and engage with other humans in the real world. It is depressing to think that the venues where I grew up (in both literal and figurative senses) and which hold my fondest memories might one day be obsolete, replaced by videos and virtual reality, but I would prefer that than to see the state of live music continue its current trajectory and end up void of all meaning.

Or so I thought.

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Solstice Fest Recap: Bust, Holiday Mountain and Nightdrive put on brilliant sets

On the first day of the annual Solstice Festival weekend, I spent that night hopping around downtown Austin. I was peering into local bars and venues, keeping an eye out for whatever hub wouldn’t kick me out for having X’s on my hands (looking at you, Empire). That night was a night of firsts for me, and I saw some quality acts on stage.

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Casual Strangers Releases Second Album Pink Panther on Feb. 26

With the pressure of releasing a successful sophomore album, Casual Strangers ditched an almost complete set of tracks to move in a totally different direction. The result is an instrumental, psychedelic record that invites listeners to take the passenger seat through an introspective journey that is Pink Panther.

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Retirement Home & friends deliver memorable Sidewinder performances

Austin’s music scene is an eclectic and diverse one, producing bands of all genres and inviting even more to come and bless this city with the wonder of live music. But, as I have mentioned before, it’s easy to get caught in the miasma of indie pop/folk/ dance fun that Austin seems to have a proclivity for, and in doing so Austinites miss out on a slew of great acts and bands. This article is about some of those bands.