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Texas Never Whispers

May 6, 2015

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Texas Never Whispers (Jennifer)

On Texas Never Whispers self titled debut, lead songwriter Tim Regan (ex-Oh No Oh My) paints portraits of nostalgic memories and regrets on tunes like Midnight Companion, with its winsome slide guitar and bluesy organ riffs, and on Always Drunk, the proverbial tear-in-your-beer song that covers holding onto living the night life and lamenting about [...]

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May 6, 2015

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L’Orange And Jeremiah Jae (Noah)

I used to be all about rap. I went through an unfortunate period where I thought ska and power-punk were just swell, and in the aftermath, three chord progressions still churning in my mind, I went the other direction. I found hip-hop. And for years I shunned all other forms of music that didn’t have [...]

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May 5, 2015

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Abram Shook

At this point you’re probably tired of me and the rest of the SOTO gang repeatedly telling you to be excited about Abram Shook’s upcoming album, but we can’t help it.  We really like the guy and we’re just sure his new effort is going to be as good as or better than last year’s [...]

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May 4, 2015

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Quickdraw: Titus Andronicus, Dog Party, Sweet John Bloom, Tame Impala, Leon Bridges

Music!  Enjoy. :Titus Andronicus – Dimed Out:  Titus Andronicus are back with a new album that’s reportedly a 28-song, 93-minute rock opera.  It sounds insane, so I want and need it now.  This first single is a raucous beast.  The Most Lamentable Tragedy is due out July 28 via Merge. :Dog Party – Peanut Butter [...]

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May 1, 2015

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

I run a metal radio station called NO CONTROL Radio, and as part of that three years ago I had a friend of mine Metalmaster Steve, as he is known, start up a show that plays nothing but Christian metal, Faster for the Master. I know for some that may seem a little strange that [...]

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April 30, 2015

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Movie Breakdown: Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Noah)

People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on! The Impression: I smoked some wacky tobacky (dictionary [...]

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April 30, 2015

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Movie Breakdown: Clouds Of Sils Maria

People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on! The Impression: Juliette Binoche stars in the rather [...]

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April 30, 2015

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Quickdraw: Lee Bains III And The Glory Fires, Cayucas, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Abram Shook, Mates Of State

Music!  Enjoy. :Lee Bains III And The Glory Fires – Sweet Disorder!:  Every time I hit play on this Lee Bains III And The Glory Fires jam, the volume creeps up a level or two higher than it was for the previous listen.  I also get the urge to grab a beer.  The Sweet Disorder! [...]

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April 29, 2015

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Movie Breakdown: Avengers: Age Of Ultron

People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on! The Impression: Joss Whedon and the Avengers have [...]

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April 29, 2015

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Built By Snow (Jennifer)

One of my personal highlights from SXSW 2015 was seeing Built By Snow reunite after a five-year break. The band describes their sound as “catchy keyboard indie pop rock with an explosion of velcro melodies and magnetic hooks that hit your brain like an Atari blasting out of a bazooka.”  Or you could just imagine what [...]

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April 28, 2015

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Refused

I know this phrase has been super smashed into the ground over the last 24 hours, but I have to go with it because it just feels so damn good to type it out – Refused are fucking alive!  Hell yes.  I never expected them to do anything but play reunion shows, and now there’s [...]

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April 27, 2015

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Quickdraw: Thee Oh Sees, Sweet Spirit And Britt Daniel, Creepoid, Migrant Kids, Annabel

Music!  Enjoy. :Thee Oh Sees – Withered Hand:  Here’s the latest ripper from Thee Oh Sees.  At some point they’re going to stop putting out an album every year and then I’m going to be totally lost.  Mutilator Defeated At Last is due out May 18 via Castle Face. :Sweet Spirit And Britt Daniel – [...]

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April 24, 2015

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

Yesterday was Bavu Blakes Day in Austin, and it’s always exciting to see the city honor local musicians. In addition to the music Bavu has created, he’s made many contributions to the Austin hip-hop scene. All the way from his beginnings, through Hip Hop Hump Day, and his support of other musicians in Austin, to [...]

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April 23, 2015

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Eternal Summers

On Monday I had a long day at work followed by a press screening of the rather dense Clouds of Sils Maria, and afterwards I just didn’t feel as though I had the attention span to go see Eternal Summers play at Holy Mountain.  I should have gone anyways.  The songs they’ve recently put out [...]

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abram-shook

April 23, 2015

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Abram Shook (Jennifer)

Abram Shook released one of my favorite albums from 2014 – Sun Marquee. After enjoying the lush, atmospheric songs on that LP, I’ve been looking forward to hearing what he would do next. As a songwriter, he offers a soulful, eclectic range of sounds that delight and seduce the senses. On songs like Understood, he [...]

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