Tag: Austin (Texas)

  • Colin Marston’s Black Math

    Nearly every conversation about Queens multi-instrumentalist Colin Marston starts with a statement about how busy he is. This claim is inescapable, especially this year, as Marston has rubbed his mitts on three noteworthy experimental metal albums: Krallice’s Years Past Matter (self-released), Dysrhythmia’s Test of Submission (Profound Lore), and Behold . . . the Arctopus’s Horrorscension […]

  • Jonathan Toubin, Comeback Kid

    I was working on this story on the F train when a guy sat down next to me and began talking. “I know this is rude,” he said, “but I accidentally looked at your laptop and saw the name Jonathan Toubin. I used to know him for years in Austin, before we both moved up […]

  • READY, SET, LOOP

    Fresh from recent appearances at South by Southwest in Austin and at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, U.K. beatmaker SBTRKT hits New York this week for a pair of engagements, including tonight’s Webster Hall concert and a DJ set (with “very special guests”) Monday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Although it’s already sold out, […]

  • Muscling in at SXSW

    I’m not above looking silly when it comes to sussing out the name and artist behind a song that hits my ear in a particularly pleasant way. I’ll walk around stores and streets and, should the beat of something strike me, I’ll whip out my phone and hold it high above my head as the […]

  • CALIFORNIA DREAMING

    With everyone—from Fiona Apple to your sophomore-year roommate who used to get high and make beats on his laptop—heading down to Austin for this year’s South by Southwest festival, this weekend has less noteworthy concerts than almost any other. Nevertheless, EMA, she who famously began last year’s #15 Pazz & Jop single with a resolute […]

  • DARK GLITTER

    Next week, the South by Southwest music conference in Austin will propel a handful of young acts to next-big-thing status, and one safe bet for ascension is London-based pop singer Charli XCX, who plays her first New York show tonight as part of Neon Gold’s New Shapes party. Something like a junior-varsity Lykke Li, Charli […]

  • Remember When Austin Was Cool? The Commodification of a Town in Echotone

    The live music scene that draws artists of all stripes to Austin, Texas, and the corporate and residential interests capitalizing on the city’s perceived vitality are the subject of Echotone, Nathan Christ’s loose but lucid survey of a delicate cultural ecosystem. Embedded in the film’s showcasing of local acts such as Belaire and Black Joe […]

  • The Black Angels: Reed Scholars

    It was probably inevitable that Alex Maas ended up in a band heavily inspired by a 1960s music icon. He grew up on his family’s 14-acre plant nursery in the small Texas town of Seabrook, which his dad turned into what he calls “this interesting nursery-antique art collective.” Maas elaborates: “He would sell Indian artifacts […]

  • Shopping with Kelly Framel, the Blogger Behind The Glamourai

    When Kelly Framel started the style blog The Glamourai in the fall of 2008, she only intended for her closest friends to know about it. Working as an assistant designer for the luxury label Naeem Khan, she considered her anonymous blog something she did on the side for fun. So when another blogger linked to […]

  • Total Badass/Hell on Wheels: In the Gutter and on the Roller Rink With Austin Double Feature

    Bob Ray, Austin’s newish lowbrow Maysles brother, has taken his two latest features on the road, comprising the pro-am doc equivalent to being piss-drunk and lost in a tattoo alley in Texas. Most beguilingly, Total Badass (2010) chronicles the life of notorious Austin reprobate and chemical hog Chad Holt, who lives in a friend’s garage, […]