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Pedro The Lion Album Cover Winners Never Quit


20 Years Later: Revisiting Pedro The Lion’s Winners Never Quit

By Bradley BarnesMusic Journalist Everyone has that one band or musician that never fails to strike the right chords (pun partially intended). Whether it’s the sound, lyrics or mood they create, this artist is seemingly incapable of writing a song that you don’t absolutely adore, and you always wind up grinning ear-to-ear while singing along. For me, that artist is Pedro The Lion, and I’ve been a fan since around […]

todayNovember 21, 2020 633

Black and White photo of a vocal microphone, with the background out of focus, and a slightly smaller microphone to the right.


Local Music Streams To Watch While Social-Distancing

By Bradley BarnesMusic Journalist Plato once said, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” When a problem arises, it takes creative thinking to solve it, and some of the greatest innovations have come during some of the direst of situations. With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full-swing, I would say we’re certainly living in some dire times. South By Southwest, Levitation Fest, and Austin City Limits Festival all had to cancel […]

todayOctober 24, 2020 24

Black and White photo of a pair of occult-styled hands, on either side of a circular burst design, superimposed over a dark TV static-like background.


5 Albums to get into the Halloween Spirit

By Bradley BarnesMusic Journalist Halloween is nearly upon us, and while many people are binge-watching their favorite horror films, we audiophiles are putting together spooky playlists and party mixes. Ghosts, vampires and all manner of spooky themes have been a part of music for almost as long as music has been a thing, meaning there are a plethora of artists to choose from when putting together that perfect mix.  Bands […]

todayOctober 23, 2020 1191

Dining with Dogs Album Cover


Dining With Dogs: The Problem With Friends Album Review

By Bradley BarnesMusic Journalist Texas has produced a number of excellent post-hardcore and noise rock bands since the earliest days of those genres. Austin’s Cherubs came out of a 20-year hibernation a few years ago, El Paso’s At The Drive-In (and the many subsequent spin-off bands/projects) developed a cult-following and Austin’s Scratch Acid were famously cited by Kurt Cobain as one of his favorite bands. Austin-based trio Dining With Dogs […]

todaySeptember 30, 2020 63

Vocalist of Graveyard sings and plays guitar, with his bass player to his right. There are purple stage lights flashing in the background


Concert Review: Graveyard with Billy King & The Bad Bad Bad at Barracuda

By Bradley Barnes Music Journalist They say nothing is new under the sun, and if you’ve kept an eye on pop culture, you’ve probably noticed how trends come and go in cycles. On Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, the audience at Barracuda in Austin were transported to a different era musically. Swedish retro-metal outfit Graveyard were joined by Austin locals Billy King & The Bad Bad Bad, who are best described […]

todayOctober 23, 2019 84

Close-up of Black Basements vocalist Lisa Taylor, performing live.


5 Unsigned Austin Bands that You Should Hear

By Bradley BarnesMusic Journalist The live music scene in Austin has been revered for decades now, with artists covering a diverse range of sounds and reaching world-wide acclaim. Legends such as Stevie Ray Vaughn and Willie Nelson have called Austin their home over the years, with more recent breakthrough acts like Ghostland Observatory and Explosions in the Sky seeing critical acclaim. For every big act, though, there are dozens of […]

todayOctober 22, 2019 1211

Hand drawn night time scene of a sword and sorcery-style warrior in a horned helmet standing in the doorway of a mountain-like fortress, with bats flying around in the background.


Eagle Claw: Vallis Album Review

By Bradley BarnesMusic Journalist Artist: Eagle Claw Album: Vallis Label: Self-released Website: Words aren’t always necessary in order to convey emotion or to tell a story. Classical music did just fine without vocals, and some of the most revered artists in jazz never had vocalists in their bands. The music itself can create a mood and atmosphere. Even in the heavy metal genre, there have been a number of […]

todaySeptember 22, 2019 82

Roky Erickson, singing into a microphone on a small outdoor stage, with a bass player standing behind him, and keyboardist playing to Roky’s left, with onlooking concert-goers standing in the background, just off-stage.


5 Austin Bands Keeping Psychedelic Music Alive

By Bradley BarnesMusic Journalist Psychedelic music, by its very nature, is constantly evolving, changing and adapting. In the 1960s, psychedelic rock began as an experimental form of rock and roll, and proved to be an influential sub-genre. Shoegaze, heavy metal, punk rock, progressive rock, space rock, and hard rock are just a few of the sub-genres that can trace their roots back to psychedelic rock. Bands as diverse in sound […]

todayJuly 18, 2019 6641

This album cover is a couple of fully-clothed people lying on an unmade bed, with the left-most person looking out of an open window. The text listing the album title and band name is all stylized to make this look like a movie poster.


Bastille: Doom Days Album Review

By Bradley BarnesMusic Journalist Artist: BastilleAlbum: Doom DaysRelease Date: June 14, 2019Record Label: Virgin EMI Records Since forming in 2010, England’s Bastille have continued to spearhead the revitalized synthpop scene, combining lush electronics with soulful and earnest vocals. Their music is ridiculously catchy, but 2016’s Wild World also showed a socially-conscious side of the band, with some of their most overtly political lyrics to date. If music can be used […]

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