"Bands, those funny little plans that never work quite right" sang Jonathan Donahue in Mercury Rev's "Holes." That line sums up, more or less, what happened between the Pains of Being Pure at Heart's last two albums, 2011's Belong and this year's Days of Abandon. Peggy Wang, the band's longtime keyboardist and vocalist, left the band along with bassist Alex Naidus; drummer Kurt Feldman played on the recordings, but split from the touring lineup. All… more »
Some bands meet in record shops and some meet through Craigslist ads, but Owen Williams bonded with his future Joanna Gruesome band mates at a rather unusual place: an anger management group. "If you just piss off a lot of teachers you get into those kinds of groups," he explains. "A lot of the time they kind of draft you in through school."
After initially forming late 2010, Joanna Gruesome cycled through a series of different… more »
The contrast between the cover art for Tamaryn's Tender New Signs and their 2010 debut The Waves is telling: A lush array of fuschia petals signifying new life, growth and resilience have replaced the barren, vast red-rock landscape, and singer Tamaryn's distant figure is gone altogether. That may be because Tamaryn retreated from public life while writing the follow-up, so much so that she and guitarist Rex John Shelverton worked mostly long-distance, exchanging ideas and… more »
Now well into its second decade, the days during which South By Southwest - and the bands it attracts - could count novelty as a chief draw are long over. And with blogs and social media sites having likewise moved from fad to institution, the odds that anyone would be hearing a band for the first time in Austin is also significantly reduced. And so the thousands of bands looking to make an impression at… more »