To do big things, you have to make big noise. In Austin, Texas, the up-and-coming country duo Moonlight Social is doing just that. Mixing a penchant for flowing melodies, poignant lyrics and powerful vocals, Jeremy Burchard andJennica Scott, alongside a talented collection of musicians, combine their talents to offer a sound that is wholly accessible yet undeniably refreshing.
Since being founded in early 2011, Moonlight Social has self-produced an EP (May 2011), released to glowing reviews the full-length debut “Heading South” produced by Matt Noveskey (Blue October’s bassist), and been rewarded with numerous, career-changing opportunities. Included in these achievements are: a SXSW showcase as selected by nine-time GRAMMY-winnerRay Benson, winning a GRAMMY-sponsored showcase from the board of governors for the Texas Chapter of The Recording Academy, beating out nearly 100 Austin bands to win the 2011 Austin Chronicle Sound Wars, being crowned the victor of the GRAMMY-sponsored “Show Us Your Hits”competition, and having the song “Neither Are You” chosen as judge’s selection for the Indaba Music songwriting showcase.
In 2013, Moonlight Social was named one of the Best New Bands in Austin and was featured as a rising artist on Nashville-produced TV show, “Welcome To Indie Country.” As 2015 draws near, the duo is celebrating the gifts of the season early!
In 2014, they graced the stage of the sold-out Country USA Festival in Wisconsin, represented Texas at Indie Week Canada2014, placed among the Top 4 (out of 25 finalists) in The Recording Conservatory of Austin’s “Unsigned Artist Competition 2014,” competed as a finalist for Indstruktibl Clothing line’s “IND Phenom Talent Search 2014,” and traveled to Georgia to play Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Social Club.
The pair has toured Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and more sharing the stage with Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Jack Ingram, Hayes Carll, Thomas Rhett, The Dirty River Boys, Two Tons of Steel, and many more.
Austin,TX-based quartet, Alex Napping, have been turning heads around their hometown with their incredible live performances and recently signed with Punctum Records for the release of their debut album. This Is Not A Bedroom, out September 23rd, 2014, delivers a batch of energetic songs that are both purposeful and raw. The band, comprised of singer and guitarist Alex Cohen, guitarist Adrian Haynes, bassist Tomas Garcia-Olano, and drummer Andrew Stevens, formed in September 2013 around songwriter Cohen’s solo recordings.
“If this is not a bedroom, then, at the very least, it’s somewhere you shouldn’t sleep with someone,” says a lot about Cohen, lead singer and guitarist in Alex Napping, when asked about the title of their debut album. She has a way with a phrase, both in person and in her music, that’s at once charming and thought provoking. The music found on their debut album, This Is Not A Bedroom, shoots a wink to their influences that run the gamut of Pavement to Land of Talk and Broken Social Scene, with a throwback to the vocal melodies and guitar riffs of early 90s indie rock and the driving and rhythmic drones of the oughts. That said, it’s the poetic charm that Cohen brings to the band that rewards repeat listeners. Scattered amongst the six songs on the album are tales of fucked love, lost homes, failed dreams, wandering youth, and the ability to carry on in the face of it all and it’s done with an astonishingly wry lyricism.
For a band that’s less than a year old, they’ve already left a big footprint in the hotbed of music that is their hometown of Austin, TX. Live shows are staggeringly fierce and those of us not living in the Music Capitol will get their chance to see them live as the band begins touring this fall. It’s on stage that the reality that these four musicians are a true band… the rhythm section is incredibly tight and lays a beat that allows the two guitarists to intertwine, ebb and flow, while Cohen’s vocals dance above the top. In short, Alex Napping is a band for fans of unrestrained emotion coupled with careening pop music.
This Is Not A Bedroom is out September 23rd, 2014 on Punctum Records.
“The Willy Collins Band” is an Indie-Texana band. Our music is heart- felt and raw, true to the sound of Texas, a little bit of everything from ballads to swing and all genres in between.
The band released its first full length CD “Building Bridges,” featuring some of Houston’s finest musicians, including the likes of Paul Wall, Kelly Doyle, Geoffrey Muller, Chase Hamblin & the Roustabouts and The Axiom Quartet last November.
Their second CD is expected to be released later this Summer.
Moji Abiola, a singer and songwriter and David Garcia, a drummer met in Houston in late 2013 and hit it off immediately over their mutual interests in music, food and the finer things in life: wine. Many attempts to find a guitar player who was imbued with rock and roll sensibilities and a penchant for jazz improvisation led them to Troy Craegh. This well-rounded threesome has crafted their own sound of rock rooted in jazz and blues, and peppered with an urban flare.
The Suffers are…
a ten-piece band from Houston, TX who are redefining the sound of Gulf Coast Soul, intertwining elements of Classic American Soul with Rock & Roll. Both sonically and visually arresting, the large ensemble packs each position of the rhythm section and horn section with a level of talent and taste that provides the perfect foundation for singer Kam Franklin’s massive voice. The band’s sincerity and emotion are laid bare in their music, which has garnered an audience so broad and varied that they may prove to be the panacea for a jaded and stratified live music scene. The Suffers will be releasing their debut LP Make Some Room in 2015, hitting the road aggressively.
Visit their website for more info.
Come And Take It Comedy Take Over is Houston’s very own comedy festival, located at Warehouse Live! Catch a preview show here with some of the local talent featured on the marquee!
Tickets can be purchased: http://www.comeandtakeitcomedy.com/#!tickets/cq53
Another Mutation is simply one of the finest local releases of 2014. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover great new music at the record store. Hearts of Animals may just be your favorite new band.
Ashbury Keys is a Texas-based alternative rock band centered around brothers David and Darwin Keys. David Keys acts as the band’s principal songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitarist. Darwin Keys provides stand-up (!) drums and vocals. Bassist and vocalist Bill Walter rounds out the band’s core lineup.
Ashbury Keys features its own “Brit-Tex” brand of rock that reflects early Brit-Pop influences (such as the Smiths, Oasis, Candy Skins, and the Wonder Stuff), but as displayed through a distinctly Texas filter. The band recently completed its second year of successful shows in the United Kingdom, playing shows in London, Liverpool and Manchester, which has served to grow the band’s affinity for the UK.