Oh man, lots to update…
After taking a month off, I’m now into the third week of summer school. Usually summer school is intense because it’s so fast paced, but it’s actually been pretty awesome. I’m taking Southwest in Films which means I watch westerns every day and write about them. My dad is a huge John Wayne fan so he’s very excited about this. When I asked him tonight if he had “Searchers” and “Red River,” he was down for a movie night. Oh dear.
But no movie night for me as I have some reading to do for my Sociology of Pop Music class. I can’t believe that’s a real class. Basically all I do is read about how pop music plays a role in society (very similar to my pop culture class) and write papers about it. It’s classes like this (which are for my pop culture minor) that make me go “This is college!?!” Needless to say, summer school has been pretty chill… when I don’t take on too much. Whoops.
Here’s are some other great moments as of late:
I need to stop interviewing people I’ve admired for years. It’s hard to control the fangirl when I do, and then I just embarass myself.
I met up with Eve 6 in front of Red 7 for our interview, and as soon as the band came out of thier van and introduced themselves to me, I freaked out (well, on the inside).
You gotta understand. This band defines my high school years. I’ve followed this band since “Inside Out.” “Here’s to the Night” is still my jam. I still listen to “Think Twice.” I <3 this band like whoa.
I did tell them that I was a long-time fan and was trying really hard to keep it together for them. They were cool with it.
But seriously, I gotta keep that fangirl in check.
Q&A: Eve 6
’90s rock band to release a new album after nine years
Originally published on March 21, 2012
Believe it or not, this year was the first time Eve 6 performed at South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW). The band that brought us the sing-alongs “Inside Out” and “Here’s to the Night” has played in Austin before, but never during the week-long festival. Eve 6 chatted with UWeekly during SXSW to discuss the upcoming album Speak in Code, which comes out April 24, and how fans welcomed them back after nine years of not hearing from this rock trio.
Ahhh Driver Friendly! I <3 this band. I was happy to sit down with some of the members and chat about the new album. It was a pretty lengthy interview so a lot of it got cut out, but like my community journalism professor said, you know you have a good interview if it hurts to cut things out… or something like that.
The new album is really good. I highly recommend it.
Q&A: Driver Friendly
Band ready to release new music after three years
Originally published on Feb. 22, 2012
Driver Friendly (also known as Driver F) is finally releasing a new album after three years. The band was pretty close to calling it quits after nine years but decided to head to the mountains to write. The end result, Bury a Dream, will be released on Feb. 25 at The ND at 501 Studios. However, those that can’t make it will have to wait to get their copy when it’s nationally released in April.
I had three articles published in the latest issue of UWeekly (Feb. 15 issue). Sorta not intentional. I was working on one that was postponed for this issue (Neonbeard/Tea Farm), picked up an article (Beauty Ballroom), and then we needed a Q&A (Click-Clack). I ended up having a busy/stressful weekend, but really, when does that not happen?
New venue glams up East Riverside
Beauty Ballroom joins Emo’s East in providing more live music
Austin’s music scene has gained another venue. Although it’s a familiar name, Beauty Ballroom is located on the same block as Emo’s East on East Riverside Drive.
Hip-hop act goes solo
It was an Apple product that motivated Click-Clack, also known as Eric Mikulak, to start working with hip-hop. After his mom bought a Macintosh computer, he started messing around with GarageBand and made his own beats and recorded his own songs. Now he’s getting ready to release his first record Housework on Feb. 17 at Beauty Bar.
Spreading the music
Record label and recording studio debut in Austin
It’s Saturday night on Feb. 11 and Jared Marshall, Brandon Maguire and Abbey Lane are celebrating with their friends along with food and music.
“We just actually did it. We followed through,” said Lane.
The three were celebrating the official launch of Tea Farm Recordings and Neonbeard, a recording studio and record label run and owned by Marshall and couple Maguire and Lane, respectively.
I gotta admit. This album has been on heavy rotation since I got it. It’s soooo good.
I heard this name during Free Week, but I always seemed to miss one of their shows. Then they were among the suggestions when I asked for albums for KTSW. And just like the cliche “like a moth to a flame,” I had to find out what the fuss was about.
Q&A: The Dalles
Originally published on Feb. 8, 2012
After a chance encounter with Blue Mongeon on a bus heading to Boston about six years ago, Ben Ballinger kept in contact with Mongeon and then moved from The Dalles, Oregon (also the band’s namesake) to Austin to start a band.
The band is less than a year old, but will release their debut album My Own Private White House on Feb. 11 at Hole in the Wall. Each member, Ballinger, Mongeon, Drew Brunetti and Chris D’Annunzio, come from “different corners of America” and musical styles that help shape The Dalles’ sound.
I was introduced to this band by Marc, otherwise known as Mofoz Vizualz, about two and a half years ago. He designed the logo you see on SoManyBands. When we sat down to discuss the layout for my site, he asked me what I did and I said I write about local music. Then he turned around, grabbed a CD and handed it to me. It was one of Hour Band’s EP.
Q&A: Hour Band
Originally published on Feb. 1, 2012
Hour Band sat down with UWeekly to discuss why they decided to debut their band during South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) and what to expect on their upcoming album, Only, which will be released on Feb. 2 at Stubb’s.
UWeekly’s website has a new look! I love it. Go look. Right now. Click here!
Q&A: Delicate Cutters
Alabama rock band prepare to release third album
Originally published on Jan. 25, 2012
A conversation about The Replacements started Delicate Cutters. The story goes that vocalist/guitarist Janet Simpson’s and drummer Chance Shirley’s conversation about music eventually started an argument about which Replacements album was the best one. Then they decided to just start a band, which include members bassist Brian Moon and fiddle player Kevin Nicholson.
This band from Birmingham, Ala., is currently on tour with an Austin stop on Jan. 25 at Beauty Bar. Simpson chatted with UWeekly about their upcoming album “Ring” and how they incorporate a fiddle player into the music.
This band and I go waaaaay back. Back before Twitter. Back before Facebook. Back before MySpace. During a time when people had to seek out bands through poorly-designed websites filled with slow-loading flash graphics (blah!). During those days, I kept a bookmarks folder of these band websites to get my updates. How I don’t miss those days. Yeah, social media has made it incredibly overwhelming to sort through all the amazing bands out there for coverage. It is a nice little problem to have.
Nooner and I met through the Austin Indie Alliance (AIA). AIA was an organization created by bands as a sort of networking and support system. Bands helping each other out. I remembered when I met Ben, Nooner’s drummer, at one of their shows standing outside the venue with other bands when he walks up to us, looks at me and then just hands me a CD. Turned out he recognized me from the AIA message boards. And that CD was soooooooo good. You know me and poppy music, I’m a sucker for that stuff.
Eventually AIA, Nooner and myself all went our separate ways and I hadn’t heard from them since. So imagine my surprise when I was reading an email from Squint’s mailing list last week about their upcoming show and saw that Nooner was reuniting. I also happened to be searching for a Q&A idea for UWeekly so this was a win-win situation.
I found Ben on Facebook with my mad journalism skills (really, how hard is it to find someone on Facebook?) and he was game. It was nice to play a little catch up on the last couple of years and can’t wait to see them Saturday night so I can relive that time. Hello 23-year-old Sarah. It’s nice to see you again.
Power pop band to reunite after five years
Originally published on Jan. 18, 2012
The last show Austin-based band Nooner performed on stage was two years ago. Even then, that reunion show included every official member on stage (three guitar players, etc). But for the original four members, guitarist Greg Massouh, bassist Tim Seymour, drummer Ben Mills and vocalist Chris Telles, their upcoming show on Jan. 21 at Stubb’s BBQ is their first reunion show with just the four of them in five years.
Nooner was a power-pop band in the early 2000s, enchanting music fans with their feel-good lyrics and party vibe. After Mills left Nooner for another project, the band performed their last show and went their separate ways. UWeekly sat down with Mills to discuss the reunion show and what it was like playing those tunes all over again.