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Image features side view of Suzi Gardner on guitar, Donita Sparks on guitar, and Jennifer Finch on bass in front Mohawk audience. Colorful, psychedelic imagery washes over the stage, the band, and the audience.

Interviews

L7 Live at Mohawk: LEVITATION 2022

By Avery Viers Local Music Director On day one of the whirlwind weekend that was LEVITATION 2022 I spoke with Donita Sparks, guitarist and vocalist of legendary hard rock band, L7. Sparks and band members Suzi Gardner, Jennifer Finch, and Dee Plakas played at Mohawk on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, as one of the music festival’s final sets. With only twenty-four hours to prepare for my interview with Sparks, I […]

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Image features DIE SPITZ’ vocalist Chloe singing and playing guitar; Chloe is positioned front and center. The left side of the photo features Boogey playing another guitar alongside her. The right side of the photo features bassist Kate swinging her instrument to the side. Multicolored stage lights illuminate both the band and the dimensions of the stage. A red drum kit can be seen peaking out from behind Chloe’s left side.

Concert Review

Boy Band With T*tz: DIE SPITZ at Levitation 2022

By Ashley Farnie, Assistant Music Director and Avery Viers, Local Music Director On Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, we arrived early for day three of LEVITATION, the established psych music fest hosted annually in Austin’s Red River District at the end of October. We arrived at Mohawk with anxious anticipation, nervously reviewing before our interview with Austin-based grunge band, DIE SPITZ, as they prepared to open for Pleasure Venom and legendary Hard Rock […]

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Image features Arbordae (CURTIS ROWE, ETHAN LUGBAUER, CALEB ALVAREZ, RESPECTIVELY) in the middle of performing their Halloween set in the living room of Earle’s Basement. Rowe can be seen singing while playing guitar. Similarly, Lugbauer is seen playing the drums while Alvarez looks down at his yellow bass. A variety of posters fill the walls of the spacious living room while purple lighting is projected from the crowd onto the band. 9 audience members are visible, scattered in the image. DESCRIPTION: Arbordae onstage at Earle’s Basement on November 4, 2022, in San Marcos, Texas.

Music

Live From The Living Room: D.I.Y. Venue Makes Triumphant Return to San Marcos Music Scene

Avery Viers Local Music Director Live From The Living Room: D.I.Y. Venue Makes Triumphant Return to San Marcos Music Scene On November 4, 2022, Earle's Basement, the latest D.I.Y. venue to join San Marcos' vibrant music scene, presented its sophomore production featuring local musicians The Trips, Arbordae, and Say So. Initially established by Texas State University graduate student Ashley Farnie, I was thrilled to be asked to collaborate on the […]

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Photo features all five members of The Jesus and Mary Chain as lead vocalist is seen singing. 4 of five band members visible, illuminated by white stage lights. Guitarist, bass player, drummer, and second guitarist positioned left to right, respectively.

Concert Review

The Jesus and Mary Chain Live at Stubb’s-LEVITATION 2022

By Avery Viers Local Music Director  Hosted Thursday through Sunday of Halloween Weekend each year, LEVITATION has been Austin’s premier Psych Music Festival since its establishment in 2008. In celebration of LEVITATION’s 10-year anniversary, the festival’s planning committee chose to opt for a non-traditional festival format. Compared to traditional formatting of festivals like Austin City Limits at Zilker Park, non-traditional music festival schedules spread their lineup across multiple venues. Despite […]

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Image features a dimly lit stage with visuals of tropical birds behind the drummer. Farthest to the left, an outline of Giannascoli’s bass player is visible beside an outline of his drummer to the right. In the image’s far right corner, Giannascoli is seen sitting at a piano.

Concert Review

Alex G Live at Emo’s Austin

By Avery Viers Local Music Director Since his amateur debut in 2010, Philadelphia-based musician Alex Giannascoli – known professionally as Alex G – has produced nine studio albums. Included in his repertoire of experience is his haunting composition for the highly anticipated indie horror film, “We’re All Going To The World’s Fair.” At just 17 years old, Giannascoli would use his MySpace account to kickstart a career with a discography […]

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L7 Show poster featuring band members

Music

Halloweekend in Austin: Who to See at Levitation 2022

By Ashley Farnie Assistant Music Director It has been a busy month of shows and festivals, but I will not let that curb my excitement for Levitation this weekend! With a lineup more focused on rock and punk, Levitation offers a varied range of international artists. Set up similar to the organization of SXSW, Levitation takes place in music venues and bars throughout the Austin area. Due to the recent […]

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: Image features A.L. West in a worn, dark purple shirt which depicts a Great White Shark erupting from it’s center. West stands relaxed, hands behind his back, in front of slender trees. West wears wire framed glasses and a relaxed baseball cap.

Interviews

Artist Interview: A.L. West

Avery Viers Local Music Director  While waiting patiently for Austin-based musician Daniel Bryson – better known on the local stage as A.L. West – to join our Zoom call last Wednesday, I was eager to discover the artistic background of the Bedroom Pop soloist. One of three artists featured at The Porch on October 20, 2022, for KTSW 89.9’s monthly Third Thursday event, Bryson was kind enough to catch up […]

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The image features Jane Fitzsimmons and Ian Jones doing a prom pose on a white couch. Behind them is a white banner with the words Austin City Music Fest in black.

ACL

ACL: An Interview with Twen

By Maddy Lehr Last weekend, I had the absolute honor of speaking with one of my favorite bands, Twen. Just a few months ago, they released their sophomore album, One Stop Shop. Avery, another assistant music director, and I sat down with Jane Fitzsimmons and Ian Jones to talk about the new album. Maddy: How was the band formed? Jane: We both went to school in Boston, and we were […]

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Image features contemporary R&B singer SZA projected on side-stage jumbo viewing screen to the right of Honda Stage. SZA is illuminated by blue stage lights, simultaneously singing and leaning against a guard rail of a tall lighthouse that is center stage.

ACL

What You Missed: Day One, Weekend Two – Austin City Limits 2022

By Avery Viers Local Music Director After jumping at the opportunity to apply for media credentials, I was ecstatic to be accepted as a contributing music journalist for weekend two of Austin City Limits Festival. While never having attended the festival before, I was admittedly ill-prepared to embark on a modest 15,228 steps throughout our afternoon spent in Zilker Park. Nevertheless, I couldn’t have asked for a more positive experience […]

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