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Beth // James Appear on Blackkklansman With "Lion Eyes"

There are so many music artists in Austin that tirelessly plod away at expanding their audience, and some never catch a break. It might be cliche, but defining 'luck' as when preparation meets opportunity, actually seems to prove itself over and over again. Long-time Austin electronic band, SURVIVE, found success with the Stranger Things soundtrack and countless other bands have found success through national TV spots. Local indie folk duo, Beth // James, got their thunderbolt through an open submission to Spike Lee for his new movie, Blackkklansman. Their song "Lion Eyes" was picked up and thrust into one of the best movies of the year, and also one of the best soundtracks. Mikaela Beth Kahn and Jordan James Burchill pick up where the band the Civil Wars left off and do a good job injecting an indie pop sensibility into their folk exoskeleton. The duo have their debut EP, New In Life, currently available and just released a single called "Wasted on Sundays".

 

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Band name: 
SUPER THIEF
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
http://facebook.com/superthief
Venue name: 
Beerland
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Patch Release Single "Empty Then" In Anticipation of New EP

 Three years of tinkering, experimenting, and waiting have finally come to a close with the upcoming release of Patch's new EP, Sweet Blood. Patch, an indie folk quartet with a dark undercurrent, have been releasing music since 2011 and split their time between Austin and Chapel Hill, NC. Their first new single, "Empty Then", is a brooding and building track that dips and crests with ease. Frontmen, Benton Allen and Taylor Tazewell, have a unique chemistry that is on display with an infectious chorus and beautifully orchestrated instrumentals. Patch is back, and their lachrymose melodies are peppered with enough turmoil and drama to keep you engaged and wanting more. Check them out Tuesday, August 28th at Hotel Vegas in Austin!

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Riders Against the Storm Host Festival and Drop Single "OverUnder"

Local hip-hop funketeer group, Riders Against the Storm, are revving up the 5th annual RAS day which will feature other headliners like the legendary Saul Williams, NYC rapper Nitty Scott, and the Brazilian afro-rockers, Gato Preto.  This years RAS day fest has some magnified significance this year because of the targeted bombings that were perpetrated against people of color earlier this year, and the resilience of that community which would rather express themselves artistically rather than continue the hate.  While music is the main attraction at RAS Day, art and wellness are also on the docket for an immersive experience. RAS day tickets are $20 and can be bought here.  As we get ready for the festival on the 25th, Riders Against the Storm just dropped a new single "OverUnder" for you to imbibe prior to the event! 

 

 

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Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad Debut Music Video "Methmatics"

A relative quick ascendancy to the forefront of the Austin music scene, Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad have brought a blue-collar work ethic to their psychedelic ‘surf-rock from hell’ aesthetic. Endeavored consciously or not, Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad are carrying on a rich history of psych-rock in Austin. The proverbial doors of psych-rock perception were opened by bands like Roky Erikson and the 13th Floor Elevators, Conqueroo, and Shivas Headband in the 60’s, all the way up to the ‘Levitation King’ himself, Christian Bland, and the Black Angels. What makes BKBBB infatuating, is their lack of self-seriousness paired with lyrical landscapes of fantasy that are fortified by hypnotic drums, mind-melting riffs and dramatic choral swings.

 

 On their first music video “Methmatics” lead singer, Will Reynolds, gives a comical stare through classic 60’s liquid oil projections, only to follow up with a wrecking ball of anti-establishment rhetoric and a sledgehammer of a chorus. 

 

 “My consciousness is fully plugged into the TV/ Where the mainstream media uses propaganda to fool me/ With fear as their weapon/ to try and fucking control me”

 

The formula has worked on other BKBBB tracks off of their Fever Dreamin’ EP, like “Night Terror” and “Werewolf of Love”. Reynolds is a premier frontman with perfectly graveled falsetto howl and engaging stage presence, but it is guitarist, Cam Wren, who sows the elements together with a deft axe of unmerciful riffs and solos. While their content can be playful, their sound is a gravitating sonic assault that beckons a visceral head-bang in lieu of a spaced-out daydream.

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