The KOOP Roundup Returns

Hamell on Trial | 8pm, Tuesday, 11/08 | Antone’s | $15 | Punk/Spoken Word

Former Austin resident Ed Hamell brings to the stage his own one of a kind blend of aggression, humor, passion and politics. Described as “anti-folk”, Hamell strums tight and loud on his acoustic guitar. Like the Velvet Underground crossed with Bill Hicks, this show should make for a memorable experience.

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Je’Texas | 11:30pm, Wednesday, 11/09 | C-Boy’s | $8 | Psychedelic Rock

Dropping with the sounds of psychedelia, soul, country, but most importantly Texas; Je’ Texas one of a kind musical stylings must be seen to be believed. This local trio, whose debut record drops early next year, bring a throwback sound with a thoroughly modern presentation and twist. Immersive, fuzzed out, but ultimately incredibly rhythmic, this will be an entertaining performance.

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Lingua Ignota | 8:30pm, Thursday, 11/10 | Paramount Theater | $20 | Alternative

Kristin Hayter’s stories of pain and abuse delivered through the incredibly cathartic sound of her music make her one of the most unique artists working today. A classically trained, Christian raised multi instrumentalist, her self described “survivor anthems” have elicited high praise from various publications. This show will be performed in two parts, one section dedicated to her own work, and the other dedicated to old school gospel and hymnal music, all of which should serve to highlight her singular talent. As she has just recently announced, at the conclusion of this tour she will be retiring this material from her live shows, so go see it performed before you miss out entirely.

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Igor and the Red Elvises | 10pm, Friday, 11/11 | Continental Club | $15 | Surf Rock

Back again at the Continental Club comes a group a little out of left field and across the Iron Curtain. A cult favorite as well as a personal one, the Red Elvises perform what they describe as “Serbian Surf Rock”. Now featuring a wide variety of musicians and nationalities in their line up, all tied together with humor and groove, this should be an absolute blast.

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Simon Says | 8pm, Saturday, 11/12 | Radio Coffee and Beer | No Cover | Folk

Capping things off this week by highlighting one of the best cover bands around, Simon Says. An incredible collective of musicians from local legends like Brownout, Groupo Fantasma, and Hard Proof (not to mention a lead singer that nails every song note for note), these guys are THE Paul Simon cover band. Always a fun show without fail, go check them out (for free!) and get ready to participate in the inevitable conga line that forms when “Late in the Evening” plays.

The One-Seven: Black Music Appreciation Month

The influence that Black artists have had on the music industry cannot be understated. From jazz in the 1910s and 1920s, to blues and country music in the 1930s and 1940, and then rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s and 1960s, Black musicians have had an indelible role in music history, and their creativity and talent promoted the creation of and rise in popularity of several musical genres in the States and around the world. Their unique contributions continue to pave the way and set the tone for the future of the industry as recorded music has reached its first century. Black Music Appreciation Month celebrates these contributions each June. This One-Seven playlist contains seventeen Black artists from Austin or Central Texas/who have called the Hill Country home who have left their mark in the music world.

 

Shout out to @blkatxmusicians, Ranker.com, and do512.com for recs and ideas.


Article and playlist by Alana King

Artists In Residence: Candler Wilkinson Quartet

I came to Austin for the first time in late August, 1996, at the end of a month-long road trip. We drove all night from Arizona and crashed at a friend’s house in North Campus.

I had impressions, but really no idea what Austin was. Friends took us out that night to shows at the Elephant Room, Emo’s, the Continental Club. At the brokedown Split Rail, we were feet away from the Old 97s, in their early cowpunk years. In the course of that evening, I was sold on Austin and its claim to being the live music capital of the world.

I observed something then that holds true to this day: that the backbone of Austin’s music scene is the artist-in-residence. Most of them are talented but unheralded musicians who play the same venue at the same time on the same day of the week. Some have played as sidemen for legendary acts like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton. Most have day jobs. Others get by on $5 covers and what they collect in the tip jar.

Austin hosts more weekly residencies than any one music fan can keep track of. Some residencies are emerging, while others began decades ago. The result is a wildly dynamic music scene that defies easy description and has no equal.

Beyond the honky-tonk, Texas country, blues, and singer-songwriters, Austin has one of the most vital jazz scenes in the world, along with conjunto, soul, cabaret, boogie-woogie, Irish, reggae, garage, hip-hop, Americana, metal, rockabilly, folk, and more.

This blog series aims to celebrate this unique cultural phenomenon, with the intention of providing Austin residents and visitors some sense of the music scene’s depth and diversity, and options for a night out, whatever day of the week. It also pays tribute to the musicians, club owners, and staff who bring this world to life every night.

Artists In Residence, Take 1: The Candler Wilkinson Quartet

The band: A three-piece combo that plays Western swing, jazz, cabaret, honky tonk, Americana, and lots more. The Quartet features Candler Wilson on jazz guitar, Curtis Sigur on stand-up bass, and Adrian Voorhees on drums. They’re one of the very few Austin residencies to be recognized with a standing feature in The Austin Chronicle’s weekly online music listings.

Where: Long Play Long East, 1910 E. Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702; www.thelongplaylounge.com/lpeast

When: Thursdays 9:00pm-1:00am, year-round. The band even played Christmas Eve, 2021.

The scene: Long Play Lounge East is a low-key club with swanky décor. A comfortable place to settle in for a few hours. Locals and tourists come and go. Almost never crowded. Bartenders are friendly and accessible. Grab dinner next door at Lou’s Bodega.

Cover: $5

What’s Special About this Artist: Perhaps no working musician in Austin today better embodies the art of the residency than Candler Wilkinson IV, who leads an upbeat trio called the Candler Wilkinson Quartet, tongue always in cheek.

Candler has another weekly residency, Candler Wilkinson and Friends, Sundays 9:00pm at the Hole in the Wall (2538 Guadalupe, 78705). Singer-songwriter Hayden Hoodoo often opens, playing gritty originals. This residency predates Candler’s gig at Long Play and represents yet another promising artist to emerge from the Hole.

Under the radar, they play every Thursday at Long Play, 9:00-1:00pm, performing an array of classics and originals that generally can be described as western swing, with frequent departures into nearby genres, primarily jazz, classic country, honky tonk, and every now and then an Iron Maiden tune.

As a musician Wilkinson has three gifts. To begin, he’s a virtuoso player who seems to do anything he wants on guitar. The band seems most energized when bouncing from one key to the next in the bebop jams of Charlie Parker. Candler’s second gift is a deceptively powerful voice. While he can lull an audience, he has the rare ability to yodel, maybe better than anyone since Don Walser. His vocals are most arresting when he erupts in a finale, like he does on his cover of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man.” On many nights, he’s brought conversation to a halt for the operatic crescendo of “Santa Lucia,” a Neapolitan folk ballad of unknown origin. He likes to play old songs.  His third gift is sensibility, an ‘x’ factor that defies easy description. Among other traits, Candler is consistently, subtlety, profane in a way that tends to endear him to the audience. It’s so understated many never notice. For those that do they seem to be charmed by Wilkinson’s wit and generosity of spirit.

“Welcome to beautiful East Austin, Texas,” he said one February night. “Where the men are hot and the women are hotter. Where people of all kinds have a place to be themselves. And if you have any requests, keep them to yourself.”

The band delivers an old tune popularized by Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen, “Everybody’s Doin’ It,” with infectious humor.

 

Down in Austin on the street

You can hear those dancin’ feet

See them people everywhere you go

You can hear ‘em signin’ “hidey-hidey ho!”

 

You can see ’em dancin’ and truckin’

You can see ’em swingin’ and f—-in’

Truckin’ (truckin’)! 

 

F—in’ (f—-in’)!

Everybody’s doin’ it now

 

Candler, Adrian, and Curtis maintain a running commentary that rewards listeners who take a seat up front. “If you have any complaints write them on the back of a $100 bill and put it in the tip jar.”

The crosstalk between the band explains its core dynamic—at his most adventurous Candler is pushing, changing course, challenging his bandmates to follow.

“I could have followed you if you’d stayed in E flat. I was thinking damn dude, just stay in E Flat.”

Their playing evokes the cabarets of Paris, Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, and Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace. Wilkinson is a talent. Curtis and Adrian create the platform for Candler to roam. An evening with the Quartet is edifying.

“I just feel like a dude making music. I’m happy to do it. I’m grateful to do it,” he said spontaneously toward the end of one gig, to an appreciative audience that grew larger as night grew later.

Article by Fred Richardson

The One-Seven: Happy Pride

June is Pride Month here in the States. The mark that queer and trans musical acts have left on the music industry is unmistakable, undeniable, and irreplaceable. This edition of the One-Seven playlist is dedicated to  the LGBTQ+ artists and musical groups with queer/trans members who have called the state of Texas home.

Happy Pride everyone!

Tip of the hat to Country Queer and Do512.

Article and playlist by Alana King

Stefny! At The Disco Interviews Ivypaint

Months before SXSW, I pored through the list to find bands that I wanted to interview and catch live. To my surprise, there was only ONE band in the entire lineup who billed themselves as “pop-punk”: Orlando-based Ivypaint.

Back in January, lead singer Sean Duong answered some questions for me ahead of the festival.

Who are the band members?

Sean Duong (lead vox), Christian Wheeler (lead guitar + vox), Jason Flanders (drums), and Cal Mueller (rhythm guitar)

Where are you from?

We say Orlando, but we’re generally scattered around the surrounding central Florida area.

Have you worked with any cool people?

Co-writing 50/50 with Kellin Quinn was an awesome experience considering that Sleeping with Sirens played a huge part in my coming-of-age during my adolescence. I still can’t really believe we can say we have a song with him. I listened to “Let’s Cheers to This” and “If You Were a Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack” on repeat literally all of freshman year in high school. Kellin plays a huge role in how I sing and the overall timbre of my voice for sure.

Can you tell me a bit about your upcoming release?

Our next EP, “Never Pleasure”, is a collection of six songs all written from the lowest points of my life. They are the most vulnerable pieces of myself, and every line of every song was written out of necessity. This is, in my opinion, my strongest songwriting yet, and features more weighted themes such as guilt and sorrow, indecision and regret, nostalgia and escapism, and coping and self-sabotage. On a deeply personal level to me, this EP represents the cyclical nature of my life, and my obsessive fear with whether or not my brain and psyche are predisposed to operate the way they do. At the heart of it all, it’s an honest expression of my entire self, in the only form that feels right to me. And that’s all I’ve ever wanted to be able to do with Ivypaint.

How did you get started, and what has led up to where you are today as an artist?

Funnily enough, Ivypaint really started in high school after I went through a “bad” breakup—by high schooler standards—and needed an outlet to help get over it. This outlet ended up being Ivypaint’s debut EP “Quiet Compassion,” produced by my good friend Jacob Craddock of Miramar Drive. But one fateful morning, I figured that continuing Ivypaint on my own would be daunting—and lonely—so I decided to pick up other members to join full-time. So, after a few member rotations, a stellar sophomore EP (titled “Blue Light”), a Kellin Quinn collaboration, and a BTS cover, our roster has finalized as Christian Wheeler (lead guitar), Jason Flanders (drums), and Cal Mueller (rhythm guitar). And now as this beautiful quartet, we’ve begun rolling out our third EP “Never Pleasure,” which will definitely be a treat for any longtime fans, as well as a great entry for any newcomers discovering us.

Who do you feel has influenced you the most as an artist?

Considering that we’re four young twenty-somethings in a pop-punk band, it’s hard not to find influence from all those 2000’s Warped Tour bands like All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, but we also find a lot of value in looking at less accepted pop-rock/pop-punk artists such as 5 Seconds of Summer and Waterparks.

What do you feel sets you apart from other artists and gives you your own sound?

One thing that sets us apart is our ability to use serious themes and lyrics in our songs, such as mental illness, abusive relationships, substance abuse, etc., and still make it sound upbeat and “energetic.” Although it technically doesn’t contribute to our sound, I find it especially valuable in how this band is fronted by an Asian guy, which is so very rare in this scene, and that diversity brings a breath of fresh air that inspires our younger audience. It proves that you can look any-which-way in this genre and kick-ass at it, regardless of your background.

What has been your biggest challenge and what do you feel you have learned from it?

Our biggest challenge has been adapting to a constantly evolving music industry. People seldom admit it, but a LOT of musicians hate making promotional marketing videos for social media because they just want to let the music speak for itself. Unfortunately, in this era of music, it really requires biting the bullet, putting your ego aside, and making trendy TikTok videos or talking to a camera as if we aren’t introverts. Thankfully, COVID left us with no choice but to resort to internet content creation as a means of connecting with fans, and ironically enough, without COVID, we wouldn’t have established the audience we have today.

What advice would you give to anyone new coming into the industry?

  1. Make the music you want to be playing and listening to.
  2. If you strive for nothing but perfection in this industry, you’re not going to last very long.
  3. Do not let numbers control you.
  4. Make as many connections as possible, especially at local shows.
  5. Don’t be a dick to the sound guy.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank for getting you to where you are now, anyone you’d like to give a shout-out to?

First off, we have to thank Jacob Craddock for producing literally all of our EP’s and doing a damn awesome job at it. We should also thank Micah Rojas, Jack Bramuchi, and Matthew Brown for also lending their creativity and talent to Ivypaint. I also want to give a shoutout to MGK and Travis Barker for reviving pop-punk and bringing it to the mainstream again. Another shoutout to Christian Cuales of Santoku Media for being an awesome music video director.And shoutout to all the people who have supported us over the years. If you’ve streamed a song or added one to a playlist, thank you. If you’ve been to one of our shows or bought merch, thank you. If you find comfort in listening to our music, thank you.

We kept in touch after this, and I was able to snag a video interview with ¾ of the band. Check that out below.

For more interviews and SXSW coverage, keep an eye on KOOP.org and listen to The Emo Diaries at it’s new time, starting Friday, June 3, from 4:30-6p on 91.7 FM.

Interview and video by Stephanie Robinson, AKA Stefny! at the Disco

The One Seven: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction process is now complete. The fan-voting portion of the decision-making process ended with Duran Duran, Eminem, Pat Benatar, Eurythmics, and Dolly Parton receiving the most votes respectively. The Hall recently announced that Benatar, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Parton, Lionel Richie, and Carly Simon are the seven acts that will make up the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022. Meanwhile, those being awarded this year will be Harry Belafonte, Elizabeth Cotten, Allen Grubman, Jimmy Iovine, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Judas Priest, and Sylvia Robinson. The induction ceremony is set to take place in L.A. on November 5th.

In honor of the soon-to-be inductees and nominees, enjoy the latest One-Seven playlist, featuring a mix of tracks by Hall honorees and a song from each of 2022’s nominees.

 

Article and playlist by Alana King

Looking Back at SXSW: The Future of Live Music

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, live music and other events had begun to find footholds in the digital realm. But when live events shut down in 2020, the only way for many venues to stay afloat was by bringing the experience online.

The Future of Live Music panel was moderated by Amy LaMeyer, managing partner at WXR Fund. The panelists were Aaron Lemke (native Austinite and co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at Wave XR), Jillian Rothman (senior director of business development at Warner Music Group), Marisol Segal (head of digital partnerships at AEG Presents), and Leila Amirsadeghi (head of live entertainment at Microsoft Mixed Reality at AltspaceVR).

The first question of the morning was predictable: Will the future of live events go back to what it was before the onset of the pandemic?

“It’s both,” said Rothman. “I don’t think anything is gonna take away the experience of being in a room with your favorite musicians and friends live… but I think there are going to be new ways to incorporate new technologies into that.”

“Technology is helping us get to that place,” Amirsadeghi said. “I don’t think we’ll ever replace the live event, nor would we want to replace the live experience.” But technology can help grant event access to people who may otherwise not be able attend due to cost, geography, or even accessibility. Hosting live events online can also help reduce the carbon footprint of touring.

What technologies exactly? The metaverse, for one. Lemke believes that Web3 offers a layer of protection for bigger audience. It’s “the connected, next evolution of web.” According to Rothman, “The ability to connect with fans is one of the biggest benefits.” She shared the story of Twenty One Pilots’ big Roblox show, which was designed not only to kick off an upcoming tour, but also to enmesh fans in the world of TOP.

“There’s no limit—it should be fantastical,” said Segal. “This is all complementary to the existing live experience that we have.” But VR concert experiences aren’t for everyone. “Finding great partners who can help create and ideate with us” is crucial to the experience.

How ready do they think the fans are? Rothman made a great analogy, comparing it to a scene in The 40 Year Old Virgin in which Jonah Hill goes into the eBay store and sees a pair of boots. He wants to buy them, but the store owner explains that he has to go on eBay to purchase them. But he has money now, says Hill’s character. He just wants to take them home and wear them. “There are ways to do all of this, but you have to be targeting the right audience and the right fans and the right artists.”

Article and photos by Stephanie Robinson, A.K.A. Stefny! At the Disco

Looking Back at SXSW: Music in Games – The Future Is Now

Music has long been an important part of video games. From the olden days of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Guitar Hero to the cutting edge of Beat Saber, the right music can make or break a game. But what goes into creating that perfect intersection of music and gaming?

Monday of the conference was the “Music in Games: The Future Is Now” panel moderated by Vickie Nauman (founder and CEO of CrossBorderWorks), and featuring panelists Joe Khoury (VP of A&R and marketing for Atlantic Records), Aaron Matusow (head of partnerships at Crush Music), and Javoslav Beck (co-founder and head of music for Beat Saber).

According to the pannelists, it’s important to work with artists who take the game seriously. “You can’t go halfway,” said Matusow. “One thing that games can do is create a world for your artist—and not just in a Metaverse sense. The artist can partner in every facet of an IP.” When Travis Scott and Marshmello teamed up with Fortnite, they went all-in with planning and design, but Khoury pointed it that it “has to be an organic partnership… it can’t be forced.” Some artists will make sense in a video game context and some won’t.

“It’s important not just to pitch for superstar opportunities but also indie developers,” said Matusow. “Any music collaboration that happens in a game has to make it more fun for the players.”

“If you believe in it, you have to fight for it,” said Khoury. “Find those ways in and chase them.”

The panelists talked a lot about Beck’s work on Beat Saber, and how artists are clamoring to take part in it. As Khoury said, “every third artist asks how to get on Beat Saber.” Artists like Panic! at the Disco, however, are the natural fit. Brendon Urie of Panic! used to stream on Twitch several times a week, harking back to the recognition that artists are gamers and vice versa.

What’s next for music and gaming? According to the panel, it’s a one word answer: Web3.

“There is no halfway with Web3,” according to Matusow. “It’s not an avenue yet. It has to be treated as its own medium. You have to create for it.”

Stefny’s favorite games for new music discovery:

  1. NHL 2004
  2. Rocket League
  3. Guitar Hero II
  4. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3
  5. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

And one day, when I get an Oculus… Beat Saber.

 

Article and photos by Stephanie Robinson, A.K.A. Stefny! At the Disco

Looking Back on SXSW: Health in the Music Business

As a person working in the music business and someone who suffers from health issues, the topic of mental and physical health in the music business is quite important to me. During SXSW I attended several panels on the “Future of Live Music” track, two of which were specifically dedicated to improving our mental health options as musicians and industry professionals.

On the Monday of the conference, I sat in on the “Music as a Tool for Healing” panel, featuring Laura Segura (executive director of Musicares), Elina Brown (content director at Headspace), Joy Allen (chair of the Berklee College of Music), and Cassie Shankman A.K.A. DJ Cassandra (DJ and composer).

“Music has been used for medicinal purposes from the beginning of time,” said Allen. “All of us respond physiologically to music.”

She has recently been a part of creating and opening the Music and Health Institute at Berklee, a database of resources for the study of music as medicine. The college also created a new minor for music in health.

“The actual act of singing is actually activating,” said Allen. Even things like singing in the shower or the car can go far in terms of turning on various functions in our brains, but not all music is inherently good for your health. “Too high of a frequency can have detrimental effects. Too low of a frequency can also have detrimental effects.”

Cassie Shankman, A.K.A. DJ Cassandra, is not only a working musician here in Austin but a critical piece of the Biomedical Music Solutions puzzle. Biomedical Music Solutions creates custom pieces to aid people primarily suffering from loss of mobility to regain their ability to walk by activating different parts of the brain.

“It’s pretty amazing how powerful music is,” she said, explaining how Biomedical Music Solutions creates their various pieces. She also explained that hospitals are beginning to use music in the NICU (something I definitely could’ve benefited from during my stay as a newborn) and even how former Rep. Gabby Giffords utilized the technology in her recovery.

Headspace’s Elina Brown isn’t a music professional, but a mental health specialist. Headspace is an app that I personally love and use regularly, although not necessarily for music. They recently named John Legend their Chief Music Officer and work collaboratively with him and their scientists to create effective musical content.

“People are looking for relief in the moment,” says Brown, noting that sometimes people don’t have time for a long session or don’t want specialized content. Headspace, she explains, begins with short-form content that eventually leads into longer meditations, in order to “meet people where they are.”

Something you may or may not be surprised to hear: TikTok has been an important tool for mental health during the pandemic. “TikTok was very healing during the pandemic,” said Shankman. “TikTok created a whole wellness sector.”

On the Tuesday of the conference, I attended a panel called, “Why Mental Health for Musicians Matters,” moderated by James Ainscough, Chief Executive at Help Musicians. The panel also featured Niall Breslin, mindfulness expert and musician (and retired rugby player) and Reenie Collins and Rachel Hanss Blair from Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM).

The first question they wanted to answer was this: Do musicians struggle with their mental health because they need to be a tortured artist to create great art? The answer was a resounding No. In fact, Ainscough said, “Most will say their ability to create is hampered by their mental health issues, not helped by them.”
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Rachel Hanss Blair stated that the life expectancy of (US) musicians is 25 years less than the general population. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS! Why is that? Well according to Breslin, it’s because, as a musician, “You’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” People treat musicians like a commodity and use them for their craft, not with the kindness and decency they deserve as human beings.

“The first thing you need is a good manager who protects you and takes care of you,” suggests Breslin.

But if you ask the ladies from HAAM, it can be difficult getting musicians to understand the care they deserve and need to receive. “I have to really encourage people to apply and receive our services,” says Blair. She stresses the importance of having current clients spread the word to their friends because “musicians have an incredible ability to influence each other’s behavior.” As Breslin put it: “Don’t wait to be saved, there are brilliant people that will help you.”

Blair also harks back to scientific data that was referenced in the first panel: “One of the best ways to regulate your nervous system is through music.”

Of HAAM, Collins says they “believe that mental health and physical health go together.” Along that line, Ainscough highlights the need for a healthy rider. He says you don’t have to go out of your way to put complicated, convoluted items or accommodations in there. Just try asking for water instead of beer, fruits and veggies instead of processed snacks, and other simple choices. Maybe ask for a quiet room to relax in before or after the show.

Breslin provided 5 tips that musicians (and anyone in the music industry) can do every day to improve their mental health:

  1. Limit exposure to toxic environments. Toxic environments are intoxicating to us.
  2. In that little hazy moment before you fall asleep, say one good thing about yourself, one life-affirming thing. Be your own cheerleader.
  3. When you wake up, keep your eyes shut and think of 5 things you’re thankful for (put your energy into the things you have in life, not the things you don’t have).
  4. Have 10 mindful moments a day. This doesn’t have to be anything major. Just take a moment to smell your coffee or feel your feet on the ground.
  5. Stop judging people… and yourself.

Ultimately, both panels stressed the importance of therapy and mental health care. Unfortunately, this can be cost-prohibitive for many people. If you are a musician in Austin, HAAM and SIMS can offer more information on how you can access these services.

Article and photos by Stephanie Robinson, A.K.A. Stefny! At the Disco

KOOP Does SXSW

Here’s what we got up to in March:

Grateful to Get Back @ Peace House Farm

TeXchromosome, Magnolia Roads, and the KOOP Community Council teamed up for this 2-day, 2-stage Music & Art Festival. From the artists’ market of local vendors and advocates for independent female artists to the our Community Council and collective of nonprofits, the weekend was a huge success!

Performances by: Heather Bishop, Kay Miracle, Desert Hollow, The HawtThorns, Nocona, Rosie Flores, Beth Lee, Pi Jacobs, Jenny Van West, Kevin Daniel, Shawnee, Elsa Cross, Mandy Rowden, Nagavalli, Giulia Millanta, Taylor Rae, David Newbould, BettySoo, Hardened & Tempered, Ruby Dice, Rigby Summer, Mike Younger, Tom Gillam, Arkansas David, and deFrance.

Huge shoutout to our very own PJ Pullus for spearheading this incredible weekend!

Jungle Records Day Party @ Jungle Records

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon for our Day Party with Jungle Records. The entire neighborhood was out jamming together for a day of experimental, classical, choral, jazz & sound.

Performances by: Innervision Ensemble, Peter Stopchinski, Nathan Felix, The Whale, Sonya Gonzales, Justin Boyd, Mighty Fuzz, Xavier Gilmore, Kathleen Shelton, Randall Holt, Emily Bishop, DJ Stuntman Flip, and the Students of Northeast High.

 

Freddie Steady’s Frontier A Go Go @ Antone’s Records

Kicking back into high gear after a couple years off, Freddie Steady’s Frontier A Go Go was a-going down all afternoon on Guadalupe. The drinks were cold & the music was so great. Thank you to Antone’s Record Shop for continuing to host the festivities all these years (& for the great pictures!).

Performances by: Theo Lawrence, Sultans of Surf, The Soulphonics, Freddie Steady 3, Eve & Buck, and Al Staehely.

The 8th Annual Surf by Surf East @ Indian Roller

Over 10 surf-rock and adjacent bands from all over Texas came out to play, with KOOP DJs spinning surf classics. The 8th Annual Surf by Surf East was one of our favorite shows of the spring!

Performances by: Sheverb, Del Vipers, Go-Go Rillas, The Really Rottens, The Boss Jaguars, King Pelican, Sultans of Surf, Stac3y Bell and the Wretched Exes, AKAW, and The Hide Outs.

Art & Album Switch & Mix @ Doughtery Arts Center

KOOP partnered with the Doughterty Arts Center this month to host a Date Night: Art & Album Switch & Mix. We found some great psych-rock vinyl, met some cool people, and heard some great jams from DJ Scott Gardner (Stronger Than Dirt).

 

SXSW Artist Spotlights

The Emo Diaries’ Stefny at the Disco! was on the ground, hitting the pavement with Ivypaint, The Heavy Hours, and more for SXSW. Tune into her show weekly on Mondays 7pm CT or check out the Mixcloud to get all her festival coverage.

Looking for more local Austin SXSW artists? Check out our Spotify playlist our volunteers put together here and here!