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-- The 60's --
The 13th Floor Elevators
Janis Joplin
-- The 70's --
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Asleep at the Wheel
Willie Nelson
The Skunks
Townes Van Zandt
Guy Clark
Jerry Jeff Walker
-- The 80's --
The Dicks
Marcia Ball
The Butthole Surfers
Joe Ely
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Nanci Griffith
-- The 90's --
Lucinda Williams
Arc Angels
Shawn Colvin
Alejandro Escovedo
Fastball
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
The Gourds
Robert Earl Keen
James McMurtry
Toni Price
Kelly Willis
-- The 00's --
Okkervil River
The American Analog Set
...Trail of Dead
Explosions in the Sky
Patty Griffin
Sara Hickman
I Love You But I've Chosen...
The Octopus Project
Okkervil River
Bruce Robison
Spoon
The Sword
What Made Milwaukee...
   


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Stompbox Exhibit and Synth Space at SXSW!

Austin Convention Center, March 19-21, 2015 from 11am to 6pm.

February 26, 2015
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If his music is anything to go by, Caterwaulrus is probably a nice dude to kick it with. He seems like he could be the kind that'd show up to a hang with some flowers he picked on his walk over, just for you, but who'd also be willing to tell you that he feels a bit weird about killing something pretty. That feeling of sunshine and good days with an underlying soft gloom just drips from the sound on songwriter's newest album, the just-released "Songs that Go Nowhere." That title is a bit misleading, but also a bit of the truth- these songs do float around like gentle clouds, but they're also dense and complex and there's nothing ambiguous about the way they hone in on their target tone. The album is laced with looping vocals all reverb-ed out to blissfulness, little electronic touches and pieces of beats, all of which melds together with no element ever threatening to overwhelm the rest of the track. And, despite the expansive warmth and haze in the sound, the sounds collectively bely the underlying subject of the tracks on the album, which almost all speak of Caterwaulrus' melancholy. Lyrics like "I'm so fucking picky and I over think god damn everything," or "I'm a synesthetic skeptic slowly snoozing with regret, it's not quite what mom expected" reveal a mind that is a bit worried and not always happy with itself, though it'd like to be, and that thought tunnels through the whole album. But, it's delivered in such a poppy (albeit highly experimental pop), major-key fashion, buried deep within the summer smile that is the overriding tone, that you barely notice that these aren't songs about having a good day at all. It's a modern feeling buried in a modern sound, and if you have enjoyed artists like Toro y Moi in the recent past, you might find Caterwaulrus a good fit for your modern moods. Give it a go below, and float through your own contemporary, confusing life with a friend in your ear who understands.

February 28, 2015
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We showed you a bit about Austin art garage group Pollen back in June 2014, and Pollen is back early this year with a new release, mostly about products and how we in the world deal with them. It's raw as fuck music, both in terms of its no frills, no bullshit approach and for its true garage band sound, and single "Supply Chain" is one that'll get pounding around in your head for a while. It's a little bit old NYC dancepunk with a bit of D.C.'s The Evens, plus some Austin awareness and DIY that work pretty well together, with that "Coca cola, co-coca cola," "Motorola, Mo-motorola" hook just refusing to leave the brain once it gets in there. See what we mean below, and keep these guys on your radar if you like your music to say something about society while also givin' you a beat to move your feet to.

February 26, 2015
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After a month of intense deliberation, polling and exactly 500 million emails sent on the subject, The Deli Austin announced our Emerging Artist of the Year a few weeks ago. This year's edition is Löwin, a rising rock act that just about ran away with the whole contest. We had a chat with the newly crowned Artists of the Year for 2014, and that's what we've got for you to get yer eyes on today:

Löwin is The Deli Austin's 2014 Artist of the Year. Our jurors and readers handily voted you into the winner's spot, how do you guys feel about that?

S: It feels pretty awesome considering we didn't even have a record out in 2014! To me that just means we won people over with our live show which is a wonderful feeling for a band...especially one as new as we are.

C: Yeah, the response at our shows has been great every time we play out, and when people are into you it just makes you want to perform that much harder for them.

N: Feels great, there were a lot of awesome bands in the poll.

K: Very awesome. Its a great feeling knowing the shows are making noise and it just makes the EP release that much more exciting.

[Click here for the full interview!]

February 25, 2015
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LA just got a big ole gift from the city of Austin, Texas, as rocker pair Gal Pals has made the big jump further west. Gal Pals makes stripped-down, up-energy summer pop that’s a good bit garage, and also a good bit of bubblegum and fun. Y’get the feeling listening to their music that these two ladies moved to Cali just to put their music in the right setting, which is undoubtedly a beach party in the warm day, with the Gal Pals’ lazer-bright clothes and sunglasses standing out against the blue sky as they blast out their guitar-and-drums-and-nothin’-else pop music. The band will be playing official shows at SXSW this coming March.

February 24, 2015
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Damned dark, weird electronics with lady vocals; you get me every time. This time it's Austin's Sune providing the hit off the darkness pipe, an electronic duo that undoubtedly deserves to be better known by its hometown. Their unique brand of electronic pop, with roots in Björk and minimal techno (no surprise that one half is from Germany), has landed Sune on some interesting stages over the past year or so, like the excellent Exploded Drawing's 3 Year Anniversary show, at the equally excellent Museum of Human Achievement, and even the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston (you can watch some of that show here). Most recently they put out an arresting live video for their track "Jafar," filmed at music gig connection service Solstice Live's Loft. "Jafar" is frantic and jerky, like a mad run through the night into a forest of LED lights. Its strange, muted rhythm is overwhelmed by the sometimes off-pitch, constantly changing "melody" of bleeps that feels like it just could drive you happily mad after too much exposure, but this warped and wild sound is contrasted to great effect with harp-like tones and echoing vocals from singer Audri Acuña. This is future music, my friends. Give the future a good long listen below and at their Soundcloud here, and look for Sune to keep up a frequent set of shows both local and international as that future keeps moving ahead. In fact, if you're out and about on Friday February 27, get out to Cheer Up Charlie's and see some Sune at The Human Circuit's record release party.

February 24, 2015
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