Battleme is the inner psyche and stage moniker of songwriter Matt Drenik. He is also a contributing member to LA’s The Forest Rangers featuring Katey Sagal and Bob Thiele.

On his debut EP, the predominately lo-fi folk record Big Score, Drenik played, recorded and produced everything on his own. The record’s success allowed him to share the stage with the likes of Joe Ely and Joe Pug as a solo artist, in addition to having songs included on FX’s Sons of Anarchy.

For his debut LP, Drenik signed to Austin, TX label Trashy Moped Recordings. The label was mostly known for putting out the works of Austin’s Ghostland Observatory, an electro duo. Drenik worked with Ghostland’s Thomas Turner who produced and mixed the 11 track record. On its release in early 2012, the record was received to positive reviews, with Battleme sharing the stage with Walk the Moon, Neon Trees and landing slots at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party and SXSW 2013. The record was a departure from the initial lo-fi material, with Drenik and Turner combining elements of concrete folk, garage, sludge and electro to create a record combing through a wide variety of musical landscapes.

In the winter of 2012, Drenik started writing songs for what would become his 2nd full length album under the Battleme moniker, Future Runs Magnetic. He signed with LA’s El Camino and enlisted producer Doug Boehm (Girls, Guided by Voices) to capture a bigger, broader sound that developed with the band that Drenik had put together to support the last release. Portland’s Zach Richards and Eric Johnston joined Drenik in the studio to form a bombastic rhythm section that lead the newly written songs into a more sustained, thrashy, organic sound. It was tracked mostly live in the spring of 2012 in Portland, OR and LA, CA.

On Oct 8, 2013 Battleme released a 4 song EP titled “Weight on the Brain” via El Camino that comprised of tracks from the upcoming full length, Future Runs Magnetic, due out March 11, 2014.


Come by and have a listen to the new PIXIES’ release “Indie Candy” and register to win a vinyl test press and t-shirt from the band!

2014 will be the year that PIXIES indelibly stamp their musical footprint on rock history. On April 29, the Alternative Rock legends release their first studio album since 1991s Trompe Le Monde . Needless to say, with two million catalogue album sales to their credit, and the recent press announcement for the new record creating huge waves of anticipation, a lot of people are very, very excited.


Bagheera began as the alias of 21-year-old Houston producer Aidan Kennedy, who released a house-and-chillwave-blending full-length called 100% Panther in 2012 on France’s Plik & Plok Records. The record received raves from blogs like Aerial Noise and Neonized and scored Bagheera high-profile gigs opening for the likes of M83, Ghostland Observatory, Passion Pit, and Matthew Dear. Kennedy eventually invited his old Hebrew school friend David Elkin to join him and form Bagheera’s current incarnation as a funky electro-dance duo. Bagheera will spend 2014, continuing to make what Cat5 Magazine calls “dance music for those who give a damn about dance music.”
The artist was selected by Red Bull Sound Select to appear on their first ever 7″ which features four new artists (others include Denitia, Sene and Thurz) and will be available at 500 independent record stores around the country.


Popular Houston DJ Clint Broussard has brought his program Blues in Hi-Fi back to the city’s music fans. Renown for his knowledge of the thoroughly American cultural expression, Broussard weaves music and narrative into a dynamic hour of the blues.

Blues in Hi-Fi airs every Monday evening from 6-7 PM CST In Houston, TX On 90.1 FM KPFT.


Wally Farkas is the former guitarist for Galactic Cowboys and currently owns/operates independent label, Molken Music. In addition, he’s been a veteran in the record distribution industry for over 20 years. Farkas also owns over 10,000 LP’s in his 40+ years of collecting. (He’s also been a Cactus Music customer since 1980.)

Chvrches Instore

Performance Date: November 24, 2013

CHVRCHES at Cactus Music – Sunday, November 24, 2013

Photography copyright 2013 — with CHVRCHES at Cactus Music.

Dresses In-store Performance

Performance Date: November 19, 2013

Made up of young Portland couple Timothy Heller and Jared Ryan Maldonado, Dresses offer up a sticky sweet, meticulously polished set of squeaky clean indie rock on their debut album Sun Shy, dabbling with electronics and party-starting beats only as often as they veer away from themes of love and romance to investigate darker ideas. Heller’s immaculate, somewhat smoky voice commands the best songs here, starting with the trifecta of the band’s strongest material which opens the album. The early morning, acoustic indie folk of “Back to Life,” the eerie catchiness of “Blew My Mind,” and the jaunty indie-dance bounce of “Sun Shy” are easily the “hits” of the record, offering the best looks at the duo’s stylistic range as well as their hookiest melodies and instrumentation.

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