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DRIVER FRIENDLY – FRIDAY, 8/1 @ 5:30PM

We are super pleased to welcome back hometown boys Driver Friendly to a free in-store event. Starting Friday 7/25 you can purchase the new album from Hopeless Records “Unimagined Bridges” to get a wristband to get priority autograph and poster.

On their third album, Austin, Texas’ Driver Friendly have totally nailed the totally odd combination of wildly energetic, melodic indie rock (think the Wonder Years meets a young Jimmy Eat World) and horns (think… well, horns). Tunes like “Everything Gold” are superbly catchy with just enough melody, and using a horn section that is equal parts good-time ska in its celebration and obscure second-wave emo in its longing (bonus points if the sound brings Cerberus Shoal to mind).”
3.5 out of 5 stars altpress.com

“When Driver Friendly first met in high school in North Houston, Texas their friendship quickly turned from hanging out after school to writing songs in a garage and playing shows around their hometown. As the band gained momentum and a loyal fan base around the area, they took a huge step and moved to Austin, TX- the live music capital of the world- to continue pursuing their dream.

Composed of lead vocalist Tyler Welsh, guitarist and vocalist Andy Lane, bass guitarist Chris Walker, drummer Jeremi Mattern, trumpet player Juan Lopez & trombone player Andy Rector, Driver Friendly is ready to share their melodic, high energy songs with the world! The band’s fast paced anthems ‘Ghosts’ and ‘Mesidonna’ are just a small taste of what’s to come.”

SOUR BRIDGES – THURSDAY, 7/24 @ 5:30PM

Sour Bridges play browngrass. It’s like bluegrass, but a little dirtier. Based in Austin, TX, this folk-indie-bluegrass quintet formed in early 2009 and has been kicking up dust and boots ever since. With the May 2013 release of their sophomore album CATFISH CHARLIE, Sour Bridges plan to introduce their take on bluegrass to the world of Americana music.

Comprised of artists from every different corner of the country, Sour Bridges’ sound is a combination of traditional Texas folk music, Appalachian bluegrass, and classic rock ‘n roll. CATFISH CHARLIE features 15 original tunes including the debut single “J Train” (Track 4) and the unforgettable final track, “Nice and Easy” (Track 15).

Tight vocal harmonies draw comparisons to The Lumineers and The Devil Makes Three while Sour Bridges’ honest lyrics and catchy rock ‘n roll delivery set the group apart from traditional pickin’ bands. Brother guitarists Bill and Matt Pucci harmonize perfectly with bassist Jackson Ellis to create a rich, full sound on CATFISH CHARLIE that is more similar to early doo-wop than backwoods bluegrass. With the addition of Kat Wilkes on fiddle and Dalton Chamblee on drums, Sour Bridges produce a lush, full and bright sound that is infectious, familiar, and just a little bit dirty.

“Even though these talented musicians play a variety of instruments in the band, I am most impressed by their voices.” – SonicBids

-MEET & GREET- CHRIS JERICHO (of FOZZY) – MONDAY, 7/28 @ 12:30PM

You must have a wristband in order to meet Chris. A wristband is free with the purchase of Fozzy’s new album “Do You Wanna Start A War” which is available beginning Tuesday 7/22/14. Fans who purchase “Do You Wanna Start A War” will be able to have one additional item signed by Chris. Due to time constraints, we will be required to cap the line. Don’t be left out. Pick up the new album on July 22nd.

The band Fozzy has really always been about one thing: having fun. What started out for guitarist Rich Ward as a weekend cover band soon became an internationally signed act with the biggest star in professional wrestling, Chris Jericho, as its lead singer. Their first few releases still had Fozzy playing covers but with adopted stage names and a backstory written for the movies. When you have such high-energy performers like Ward and Jericho – it still is debatably on who jumps higher, Ward on stage with his guitar or Jericho in the ring – creating a ‘for fun’ band was easy, however Ward and Jericho aren’t just entertainers. Ward is probably one of the greatest and unjustly so, underrated riffers in rock and metal today. Jericho singing ability and overall passion for music makes one wonder just how he is able to find the time to excel in pretty much everything he does. It was these qualities that pushed the band to drop alter egos, get rid of the backstory and write original music.

KEVIN GATES – MEET & GREET – TUESDAY, 7/15 @ 5:15PM

Kevin will be walking through the store meeting fans and handing out mixed tapes of his music and posters. Come hang with Kevin before his Warehouse Live show later tonight!

CRAIG KINSEY – SATURDAY, 8/30 @ 3PM

Roots Americana with New Orleans brass, beat up piano, strings, fiddle, and poetic, stirring lyrics that hearken to Keats, Rambeau, and Kerouac, tied to together to sound like Charlie Chaplin movies look.

Born a full turn from the white picket fences of America, Craig Kinsey was raised on Southern lore from a family of moon shiners. His teenage years were spent train hopping, walking, and driving across the country in search of ‘the old days’ Guthrie, Kerouac, and John Lee Hooker.’ This seeking out the marrow of life led him into the great silence of a monastery and out again into music’s center stage.

Growing up, Kinsey explains, meant living the hobo and prophet’s life that was so captivating in the stories his Grandmother would tell. ‘I heard it all around kitchen tables, where there was usually money, playing cards, and knives.’ This love for ‘the story’ sparked a personal study of old music, poetry, and history. He found a common thread running through works like The Underground by Dostoevsky, the French film Les Enfant Du Paradise, and American classics like The Moviegoer and Freaks. Art and a deep living of life lead Kinsey down another unusual bend.

MARY SARAH – FRIDAY, 8/15 @ 5:30PM

An extraordinary new voice in country music, 18-year-old Mary Sarah unites modern and traditional country styles with her stunning new album, Bridges!

Features an awe-inspiring list of country music s brightest stars performing duets with Sarah, including Dolly Parton singing her superb hit Jolene, Willie Nelson crooning the all-time classic Crazy, the late Ray Price counting Heartaches By The Number, Merle Haggard trading vocals on The Fightin Side Of Me and a whole lot more!

This exceptional young lady has already made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry in April of this year, will be featured in Billboard magazine s Artists on the Verge column as well as Country Weekly s Who s New, and is set to join The Oak Ridge Boys for a series of live shows!

PHILLIP HERMANS – SATURDAY, 8/2 @ 3PM

Phillip Hermans is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer of electro-acoustic and chamber music. His music has led him to reside in various locales; from New York to New Orleans, Berlin to New England, and Mexico back home to Texas. As a finalist in the Outlaws and Legends Songwriter Competition as well as recipient of the Sarah Nadler Memorial Award in Music, Phillip’s music covers a wide range of styles and mediums from traditional folk music to experimental multi-media works.

He has been featured in festivals regionally and internationally, including: Festival Visiones Sonoras 2013 (Morelia, Mexico), Festival de Musica de Morelia 2013 (Morelia, Mexico), Ye Olde New Music Festival 2013 (Hanover, NH), Sub-Tropics Festival 2013 (Miami, FL), Generative Arts Conference 2012 (Lucca, Italy), SEAMUS Conference 2011 (Miami, FL), Electric LATEX Festival 2010 (New Orleans, LA) and Inventionen Festival 2010 (Berlin, Germany).

As a recording artist he performed on John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit (2013 Cantaloupe Records) “A performance of Inuksuit this good… works best when given as much attention as possible” (WQXR Radio, Seth Colter Walls), and the attention he gave was as principal conch shell player (a brass player amongst percurssionists…). While working with the Dartmouth Contemporary Music Lab he contributed to no input-output, as composer and performer, an album with “flashes of vivid, mesmerizing colors amid some striking and gorgeous textures…” which “succeeds in guiding a listener through a rich realm of sounds” -(Tom Depmster, SEAMUS Newsletter).

Now living in central Texas, Phillip is writing and recording music while performing regionally with various ensembles. He spends time contributing articles to music journals, working as a music educator and giving workshops on music and technology.

WALKER LUKENS – SATURDAY, 8/2 @ 1PM

Road tested, NPR approved. Walker Lukens and his backing band, The Sidearms, want to be important in your life. Check out “Devoted” and come see a show.

In the past two years, Walker Lukens has released two EPs, a full length album, a 7 inch and played some 175 shows in four countries and 30 states. You probably didn’t know that because Walker was not always good at using the Internet. You might know that his most recent album, Devoted, was released in April of 2013. Praised by NPR’s All Songs Considered, American Songwriter, Billboard, MTV Hive, and Houston Chronicle and locally by Austin American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, and KUT‘s Texas Music Matters, Devoted is “…a masterful and expansive collection of progressive contemporary indie pop,” according to the Houston Chronicle.

More recently, Lukens has put together a 5-piece backing band called The Side Arms. Having already shared stages with such national acts as Band of Horses, The Walkmen, Reignwolf, Heartless Bastards, Walker Lukens & The Side Arms are making a name for themselves. “At one moment heartbreakingly soulful, the next barn burningly raucous, newcomer Walker Lukens’ set had listeners in the palm of his hand,” writes Austin Fusion Magazine.

QUINN DeVEAUX – SATURDAY, 7/19 @ 1PM

The modern soul songs of Quinn Deveaux, sung in his sweet tenor over a spare guitar or carried by his band’s bright tones, evoke old images aplenty—from those gutbucket bar rooms where rock-n-roll was born, to the pine-walled shacks, nearby, where its gospel-forebears rent their souls. But this artist’s singular sound, making old tones new, is Quinn’s alone. His acclaimed Blue Beat Review has been thrilling San Francisco’s lovers of rollicking early R&B, and a good time, for years. And now, with two LPs of his own fresh tunes set to drop this fall, the Bay Area’s best-kept secret is stepping out. Get on board: he’ll take you there, wherever you’ve got to go.

KITTEN – MONDAY, 7/14 @ 6PM

Fronted by the extraordinary Chloe Chaidez, Kitten has drawn ecstatic praise for their rejuvenation of classic post punk and New Wave pop. “While most hyper-young artists are working at the bleeding edges of dance music, Kitten’s rich and atmospheric rock is surprisingly ageless,” applauded the Los Angeles Times in a recent live review.

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