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See You Around (Jennifer)

June 17, 2015

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Just over five years ago, I started my own personal music blog, Superpop, after some persuasion and encouragement from friends and acquaintances. Writing has never been my greatest skill but I pursued it anyway with plenty of trial and error. My expectations with blogging can be summed up as: “I’m just a girl writing about music. If anyone likes it, that’s a bonus.” Not quite four years ago, I met John Laird and Dan Corbin from SOTO. This meeting eventually led to becoming part of a blogger “family” of sorts – with the SOTO crew as well as becoming acquainted with folks from other Austin music blogs. During these past few years, I’ve met so many talented, creative, passionate, funny, and kind people that have given me a reason to call Austin my home for the past 18 years. While I’ve enjoyed the music blogger experience, it’s time to pass the torch to another music lover. Who knows what will happen next? You might spot me on the Greenbelt, the Hike and Bike Trail, or trying out a new food trailer. You will continue to find me at shows once in awhile, but it has become time for me to take a step back from music and pursue other activities and interests. Music will always remain part of my life living in Austin whether or not I’m on the pages of a blog, and I can’t imagine not showing support to my favorite local bands.  So, I think that’s what I’ll leave you with, a reminder to support your local music scene. Go to a show or buy something!

See you around.

PS – Here’s my send-off song, it’s Buttercup’s Hello Goodbye.

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Quiet Company (Jennifer)

June 10, 2015


Quiet Company have been staying busy this year promoting and touring with their latest album, Transgressor. They’re currently in Austin though as they are shooting a live music video for their song Seven Hells tomorrow night with The Good Music Club at The North Door. If you haven’t seen band play in a while, then this should be a fun way to catch up with them.

As for The Good Music Club, since 2012 they’ve worked to highlight some of the best and brightest from the Austin music scene. They produce high quality live videos for bands at no cost offering them exposure with the rest of the country and around the globe.  It’s a unique live music experience for both bands and fans. The tapings are open to the public, free to attend and all ages are welcome.

Doors for tomorrow are at 8pm. Moonlight Towers will kick off the evening at 9pm with their brand of hard rocking power pop. Quiet Company start at 10pm.

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The Sour Notes, Major Major Major (Jennifer)

June 3, 2015


Thursday is the new Friday. Or at least sometimes it seems that way when it comes to local shows worth checking out. You don’t have to wait for Friday or Saturday to get your live music fix! Below are a couple of my Austin faves that I haven’t seen awhile who are both playing this Thursday.

The Sour Notes are heading out on their 10th tour across the Northeast and into Canada. Come out to Cheer Up Charlies for their tour kickoff party; they will joined by LöwinOther LoversDeep Cuts & Dollie Barnes. The Sour Notes are always a good bet – catchy psych pop tunes, an engaging live performance, and a solid work ethic. While this Thursday’s show is FREE – this is a tour kickoff so if you can, show some support and buy band merch to happily send them on their way.

Another fab show is at Lambert’s. Major Major Major will be displaying their brand of raucous garage rock meets indie pop. As a two piece outfit, their sound is unexpectedly full, layered, and energetic. Plenty of infectious hooks that are slightly frayed and rough around the edges. They’ve released an EP and two singles so far, and their debut LP is expected out this year.

You can’t go wrong with either show. Both are excellent choices to support local music.

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Rain Collectors (Jennifer)

May 27, 2015


Waxing and Roaring by singer/songwriter (and Growl frontman) Santiago Dietche was one of my favorite local releases from 2013. In regards to that album, I wrote that “he displays a more contemplative, melancholic side to his songwriting while still allowing the catchy, pop hooks to shine through.” Well, now his solo project has evolved into Rain Collectors, where he’s joined by fellow singer/songwriter and collaborator Blair Robbins (who also sings and plays guitar and keys in Milezo). The band describes their sound as “cloudy folk” and have released a single from their upcoming EP (due later this year). It’s gentle, lilting, and sad tones and textures feel like a fitting soundtrack with the recent overcast days and rainy weather. Keep your eyes open for upcoming shows!

:Rain Collectors – Unless:

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Horse Thief, Pageantry (Jennifer)

May 20, 2015


It’s not news that weekends in Austin for a live music fan tend to consist of having to choose between several quality shows.  For instance, I’ve already happily made my decision for this Friday night, but if I could fit in another show I would totally go see Horse Thief  (via Denton and Oklahoma City) and Pageantry (also hailing from Denton). Both bands are excellent purveyors of a lush, layered, and an occasionally soaring, anthemic sound that is familiar and comforting but also pleasantly surprising and unexpected. Their show together is this Friday at the Historic Scoot Inn with Reed Turner. Go in my place and support some talent from our neighbors!

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The Loblolly Boy (Jennifer)

May 13, 2015


Austin quintet The Loblolly Boy are celebrating the release of their new 7″ single on Punctum Records with shows on May 15 and May 22 at Studium. The single is a melancholy tale about “songs of lovers lost” reminiscing about the girl who only has a “paper heart” and a “score of songs.” This tale of heartbreak is fueled by a jangly, alt country soundtrack and an accompanying vocal contribution from Catherine Naiser

These upcoming shows are free (but don’t forget to pick up the new 7″ single at Studium or from Punctum) and the music runs from 7-9 pm. They put on a solid live show and Studium is a great place to check out some of Austin’s best up and coming talent.

:The Loblolly Boy – Paper Heart:

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Texas Never Whispers (Jennifer)

May 6, 2015


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 a lost love (“you always needs to be drunk on poetry or wine/I couldn’t hold your heart for any length of time”).

They’ll bring their brand of indie rock meets Americana influenced songwriting to the double-tour kickoff show with Shivery Shakes and Bop English on Tuesday, May 12 at Cheer Up Charlie’s. It’s sure to be an eclectic evening highlighting some of the emerging bands on the Austin music scene.

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Built By Snow (Jennifer)

April 29, 2015


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 would happen if Weezer and Devo had a musical child that wrote the soundtrack for your favorite 80′s video games. The reunion party continues this Friday at Holy Mountain with Holiday, Growl, and Satalights. The show is all ages; $5 advance tix and $8 at the door.

Following the reunion party, you can also catch them this Saturday at the Pecan Street Festival (on the Red River Stage) in downtown Austin. This performance is free and family friendly. BBS will be playing a few new tunes along with old favorites like Underneath and Drag Away.  Their songs are super catchy and their shows are so much fun that you’ll want to clap and sing along.

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Abram Shook (Jennifer)

April 23, 2015


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 combines bubbling funk and disco grooves accented with dreamy, falsetto vocals that are an indulgent treat you want to dive into all over again.

Abram’s new full length, Landscape Dream, will be released on May 12 via Western Vinyl. Come celebrate the album’s release with a performance on Friday, May 15 at The Mohawk with special guests Cross Record and The Deer. It’s a highly recommended local music triple threat worthy of kicking off your weekend.

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The Rite Flyers (Jennifer)

April 15, 2015


Led by John Clayton and Steve Collier, Austin’s power pop quartet The Rite Flyers are back with a new album, Electromode, which will be released this weekend on Record Store Day.  Songs like Postcards highlight their signature sound of jangly, crunchy guitar riffs and soaring harmonies.

You can beat the Record Store Day crowds and pick up a copy of their album at the release party this Friday at The ABGB with Li’l Cap’n Travis. You can also catch them do an in-store set at Waterloo Records on April 24. As a longtime fan, I can hardly wait to hear their first full length album since their self titled 2004 debut. Cheers to new tunes in the springtime!

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Gentlemen Rogues (Jennifer)

April 8, 2015


Locals Gentlemen Rogues are back with a new EP, A History So Repeating. The band has plenty of crunchy guitar riffs, sharp yet melodic hooks and self deprecating lyrics for all, and they should resonate with those of you who enjoy power pop and punk with a heavy Anglophile-lean (influences include The Jam and The Clash, but also unexpected ones like Erasure – there’s a guitar-driven cover of A Little Respect on the EP).  Definitely check out Gentleman Rogue’s latest release for a good dose of infectious, singalong-worthy, fist-pumping anthems that contain elements of both regret and romance.

The band will be celebrating the new EP with a release party this Friday at Holy Mountain with Closet Drama, Broken Gold, and Vinyl. If you can’t pick up a copy of the release at the show, you can order one from End Sounds, Amazon, or iTunes. I can’t think of a better local gig to kick off your weekend.

:Gentlemen Rogues – Mocking Love Out Of Nothing At All:

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Warm Soda (Jennifer)

April 1, 2015


Warm, sunny spring days inspire rolling down the windows and turning up your favorite tunes. I Wanna Go Fast is the new single from Warm Soda’s upcoming album, Symbolic Dream, and it’s more than fitting for that liberating, summer is on its way feeling. The song plays like a fizzy, sugary rush; it’s barely over two minutes long and you just want to hit the repeat button to get that feeling again. Irresistible guitar hooks with garage-rock-meets-glam-pop-flair makes for a winning, fun combination.

The new album is out on Castle Face Records on May 4. Warm Soda have adopted Austin as their new hometown (lead singer Matthew Melton moved here from Oakland), and you can see them this Saturday at Hotel Vegas (with The Blind Pets and Gym Shorts) before they cross the pond for their Summer Euro Tour.

:Warm Soda – I Wanna Go Fast:

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Phil Ajjarapu (Jennifer)

March 25, 2015


On March 26, 2012 Phil Ajjarapu flew off an Austin highway overpass from his motorbike, survived against all odds, and committed his life to music. When he was raising money to make his album in 2013, he shared “I remember being in the hospital thinking that I need to make this album, even if no one bothered hearing it, even if it didn’t mean anything to anyone but me. If I had died without making it, that would have been the one thing I really regretted, and I couldn’t stand the thought of dying with regrets.

This week Spider House Ballroom is hosting Nights Of The Living Phil, a two-night celebration of his story that’s also doubling as a benefit for the Austin Music Foundation. Tonight Phil is doing a songwriters in the round event with fellow local artists Marcus Brown (Auroravore), Seth Gibbs (Bobby Jealousy/Super Pop Records), Eva Mueller (Hot Cotton), Christy Hays and Lauren Burton. Tomorrow night will include a performance from Phil and his band as well as Tele Novella, Silver Ships and the live debut of Scenery.

This is a worthy event highlighting some top notch local talent along with benefiting the work of the Austin Music Foundation, which provides education and outreach programs for the local music community. There is a $10 suggested donation each night. $15 gets you a wristband for both nights.

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Carry Illinois (Jennifer)

March 18, 2015


Local indie rock quintet Carry Illinois will be releasing their new full length, Alabaster, this month. The band is led by lead singer/songwriter Lizzy Lehman and also includes guitarist Darwin Smith, bassist John Winsor, drummer Rudy Villarreal and keyboardist Derek Morris. According to the band’s bio, Lizzy’s musical foundation is firmly rooted in ‘60s and ‘70s folk rock (Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Carole King). She also cites more contemporary and recent favorites such as Shawn Colvin, Nanci Griffith, Gillian Welch, and Brandi Carlile along with classic pop, Motown, and Americana. This extensive list of artists and sounds clearly influences her songwriting. You can get a glimpse of the band’s sound on Smoke and Medicine and Detroit Snow, which can be found on the new LP.

The band will be holding their album release party on Wednesday, March 25t at Cheer Up Charlie’s with two other local folk influenced bands, The Loblolly Boy and The Deer. This is a FREE show and the first 20 people through the door will receive a ticket to be entered to win a Carry Illinois Prize Pack (which includes Alabaster on vinyl and CD, a sticker, and a button).

:Carry Illinois – Smoke And Medicine:
:Carry Illinois – Detroit Snow:

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Tapajenga (Jennifer)

March 11, 2015


When these grey, dreary days start to linger, you want music to match that mood and wrap around you like a blanket. Tapajenga are a band who fit that description. The songs on their 2013 (yes, I’m playing catch up) EP, Months Pass By, are an appropriate soundtrack to a foggy, gloomy weekend. Melancholy strings, hushed piano notes, and soft, soothing vocals come together to provide comfort on sad, wintery days. You can also hear a glimmer of hope and optimism between the sad notes knowing the sunnier days of spring will be here soon. You can catch their next show at Radio Coffee and Beer on March 18 with fellow folk and pop influenced bands, The Deer and Marmalakes.

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