7:00 PM | Walker Lukens & The Sidearms
5:30 PM | East Cameron Folkcore
4:30 PM | Keeper
3:30 PM | Migrant Kids
2:30 PM | Otis the Destroyer
1:30 PM | Löwin
6:00 PM | Tameca Jones
5:00 PM | GOBI
4:00 PM | Sour Bridges
3:00 PM | Moving Panoramas
2:00 PM | Daniel Eyes & The Vibes
1:00 PM | The Warplanes
Walker Lukens' soulful, emotive tenor and alt-pop songwriting have prompted comparisons to everyone from Harry Nilsson to Tom Waits and Pavement. After fronting other bands, the Austin, Texas-based Lukens released Year of the Dog EP and the full length, Devoted, in 2013. They received unanimous praise from outlets like NPR's All Songs Considered, American Songwriter, Austin American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, and Billboard. A formidable live unit, Walker Lukens and his baking band, The Side Arms, have gained a reputation for their sweaty, stage-shaking shows.
More recently, Lukens and The Side Arms have been working with producer and Spoon drummer, Jim Eno. The single "Every Night" premiered on Spin and was featured on Esquire's top 40 2015 SXSW playlist. Their full length record, Tell It To The Judge, is due this year.
When local Austin, TX native Tameca Jones opens her mouth and sings, jaws hit the ground. Her honeyed and powerful vocals have been captivating her hometown for a little over ten years. Tameca spent years skillfully and tastefully breathing new life into the music of others but made a name for herself as the "Queen of Austin Soul," blowing minds with her tasteful and vibrant interpretations of a diverse list of artists that include Tina Turner, Nirvana, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, and more.
The Austin Chronicle called her interpretations "sonic pretzels" that "juxtapose(s) crunchy jaggedness with her infectious, honeyed voice." Her WTF ability to go from soulful wailing to silky coos has won her devoted fans, accolades, and some high profile situations opening for Austin super stars Gary Clark Jr., Max Frost, Bob Schneider and other big touring acts. She's received major love from Billboard Magazine for her white hot performance at the 2015 Austin Music Awards, where she paid tribute to late beloved musician Ian McLagan alongside legends like Steven Van Zandt, Charlie Sexton, Alejandro Escovedo, and Patty Griffin. Billboard said she “raised the roof,” while The Austin Chronicle called her performance “showstopping.”
Guitar deity and fellow Austinite Gary Clark Jr., who faithfully attended Tameca’s shows whenever he was in town, asked her to sing on the song “Wings” for his latest album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim... dubbed a “slinky duet,” by Rolling Stone. Tameca Jones made her festival debut at the 2015 Austin City Limits Festival and stunned a crowd that grew bigger and bigger as her set went on. She ended that performance with her debut single, "Hot and Bothered," a sexy Motown inspired cut now on heavy rotation on regional radio stations. Tameca Jones is set to release her highly anticipated debut EP in March and there is little doubt that she will soon be the next big name to break out of Austin.
East Cameron Folkcore
Austin-based octet East Cameron Folkcore's music combines elements of folk rock, hardcore, Americana, and atmospheric post-punk. Kingdom of Fear, their ambitious third album, sublimates social unrest into a personal and poetic art form. Recorded over the first half of 2014, the album's fourteen songs are divided into four chapters that bleed together in gap less order, creating a carefully curated and expertly sequenced collection.
GOBI, the Austin-based trio known for turning Texas clubs into blazing dance floors with their indie-dance style, adds new depths and dimensions to music. It's a rarity to find this type of dimension from a group, but GOBI has achieved the balance of meshing dark, sometimes cinematic beats, with the mosaic of imagery that Chuco Phil, Justin Dillon, and Matt Dunn deliver.
"Gold On Black Ice" (released in February of 2015) debuted as the #1 most added album on CMJ's Hip-Hop chart and #3 most added on CMJ’s RPM chart. The album stayed on the CMJ top 40 for 12 weeks and rose to #4 on CMJ’s RPM spins chart among notable dance acts Dan Deacon, Purity Ring, and Diplo. The success of the album has gained GOBI newly found national attention for a band that has been making noise in their home base of Austin, Texas for the last few years; gaining a solid following and garnering accolades, where they recently received an Austin Music Award during SXSW 2015 for best EDM/Dance group.
In a city known for music, the band's energy fueled live show has gained them Austin Music Foundation's artist of the month, and last summer the mayor of Austin declared June 6th as GOBI day. GOBI has shared the stage and opened for acts ranging from: G-Eazy, The Cool Kids, ZEALE, and Chiddy Bang, to Dj's such as MSTRKRFT, Treasure Fingers, Z-Trip, Paper Diamond, and new dance groups Big Gigantic, Future Rock, Auto Body and Nobody Beats the Drum. GOBI has showcased and performed at Insomniac's Nocturnal Fest, Neon Desert Music Fest, Bacardi+ Fest, Red Guerrilla Music Fest, and the Pachanga Music Festival.
Keeper is a synth-soul vocal group formed of three members - Erin Jantzen, Lani Camille Thomison and Yadira Brown. The first seeds of Keeper were planted as friendship between the three, who found themselves in a closely-knit scene of DJ's, musicians and music lovers during the summer of 2009 in Austin, TX. Over the next few years, while collaborating in several other bands/projects, the ladies became inspired by their mutual love for harmonizing, and their desire to make music on their own terms. This inevitably led them into the studio together. As in any other great relationship, they each bring their own magic to the group, strengthening their bond even further.
Keeper has opened for such national touring acts as Glass Animals, Machinedrum, Daedalus, Shy Girls and more. They also have a track featured on the second season of Comedy Central's hit show Broad City.
Founded in 2009, Austin-based Sour Bridges is a band that has turned into a tight-knit family. Established early on as a mainstay in Austin’s finest venues, the band has branched out in recent years to earn substantial airplay in the region and play roots music festivals UTOPiAfest, CMJ Music Marathon, SXSW, Daytrotter and more. Self-dubbed browngrass – think bluegrass on steroids – Sour Bridges is inspired by greats like Gram Parsons, The Band and The Byrds. The funky, rock-inspired group’s distinct sound starts with a steady drumbeat, layers on bluegrass instrumentation – banjo, guitar, bass, and fiddle – and tops off with electric guitar, boots, and impressive harmonies.
Hailing from as far away as Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and other parts of Texas, members include Bill Pucci (vocals, banjo, guitar), Matt Pucci (vocals, mandolin, lead guitar), Kat “Mama Kat” Wilkes (fiddle), Dalton Chamblee (drums), and Jack Bridges (vocals, bass guitar). Sour Bridges celebrates its third studio release, Sour Bridges (May 2015). Produced at Austin’s Church House Studios, Bridges includes original songs – largely by Bill Pucci – that reflect on heartaches and hard times (“Dirt Poor”), greener pastures (“Fine Life,”) and picking yourself up again (“Carry On”). Previous albums include Catfish Charlie (2013) and the group's 2010 debut, Workin’ On Leavin'.
In its music and its live shows, Sour Bridges members’ genuine love for playing and singing together comes through loud and clear. A college radio station, KTSW 89.9 compared the band to “your quirkiest, cutest, most musical talented friends showing up on your front porch to play some music.”
Family bands are known for having incredibly harmonic vocals, unmatched appearances, and the ability to beat the crap out of each other and still remain in tact. Migrant Kids, formed by two cousins Miguel Ojeda and John Zakoor, are no exception. The cousins have been playing music together for fifteen years and moved to Austin, TX by way of Detroit, MI to join forces with the talented Bryan O'Flynn, another midwestern native from Cincinnati, OH. The trio has been non-stop touring, writing and following their collective dream ever since their debut album was released in 2013.
The band has been busy touring with Austin's epic darling children The Bright Light Social Hour and continue to tour all throughout Texas. Migrant Kids were named Best New Band by the Austin Chronicle, Band of the Month from The Austin Music Foundation, and they are currently up for a Black Fret grant. All Things Go has categorized Migrant Kids' music "in that sweet spot between rock and pop...with simmering post-rock riffs and a pounding backbeat[s]."
Moving Panoramas are an all-gal dream gaze trio from Austin, TX. Singer/guitarist Leslie Sisson had been living in Brooklyn while playing in The Wooden Birds and came back to her home state of Texas to be closer to the band and her family. She took on a job teaching music at School of Rock where she met bassist Rozie Castoe, who was in an 80's show Leslie directed. Meanwhile, Leslie was subbing on bass in Black Forest Fire with drummer Karen Skloss, a longtime friend and former film grad school classmate. The stars aligned when the three girls' primary projects had each run their course, so Leslie decided to combine forces with Rozie and Karen to try something new. Sharing influential gazey roots inspired audial expansion into something spacey but not alienating, loud yet still light, painting panoramic sound against a moving melodic backdrop. Thus became Moving Panoramas, who finished their debut LP titled One with Louie Lino at Resonate in Austin, released on October 2nd, 2015, on Modern Outsider Records.
Otis the Destroyer
Otis the Destroyer was formed in the late fall of 2013 when drummer Jud Johnson, bassist Nick Joswick, and singer/guitarist Taylor Wilkins decided to move in a different musical directon from their previous project, The Couch, after singer/guitarist Sara Houser moved on to work on another project. Shortly after forming, they brought in guitarist Anthony Rucci to round out their dynamic and hard-hitting sound. They released their first EP, "Dark Arts" in May of 2014. Along with touring and playing shows across the Southern and Midwest U.S., they have been avidly recording and working on their first full length album with producer Stuart Sikes.
Daniel Eyes & The Vibes
Daniel Eyes & The Vibes is an American rock band based out of Austin, Texas, formed in 2014. Few bands have shot to local glory as quickly as Daniel Eyes & The Vibes, whose debut EP, Sweet Dreaming, was released in January 2016. Riding some intense hype from live shows and early singles, this true rock 'n roll band has stormed through Austin this year, leading The Austin Chronicle to hail them as having "swagger bigger than the stage, unloading slacker punk energy with tunes that bounce between Eighties Dire Straits and Police, and the rawer garage guitar of Kurt Vile." During SXSW 2016 the band was also voted #2 Best New Austin Band and #3 Best Performing Rock Band in the Austin Chronicle Music Awards.
The band is comprised of primary vocalist and songwriter, Daniel Eyes, drummer Cruz Crase, bassist Russell Simonson, and guitarist Dylan Stephens. They've generated comparison to notable acts such as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and The Rolling Stones. While leaning heavily on older influences, the Vibes' music also embraces many contemporary elements placing them alongside artists such as Dawes and Kings of Leon.
The Vibes are 2016 Black Fret nominees and were named Austin Music Foundation's Artist of the Month this past March. The Sweet Dreaming EP was self-produced by the band's primary vocalist, songwriter, and guitar player, Daniel Eyes, with additional production from Travis Kennedy (Walk The Moon, Ryan Adams). Grammy Award winner Gavin Lurssen (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Pharrell, Eric Clapton, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars) mastered the EP.
Löwin debuted in March of 2014 at SXSW in Austin, TX. Initially the creative baby of Sara Houser (The Couch), Löwin became a full band endeavor with the help of Michael Sanders, Chris DeGeorge, and Nate Ribner. Taking their moniker from the German word for "lioness," Löwin's sound can be described as a balance between masculine and feminine soundscapes with loud guitars and bombastic arrangements coupled with delicate melodies and textures. Much like the band's spirit animal, Löwin's songs stem from the duality of fierce and gentle with the idea that the two sentiments are not mutually exclusive.
Take four native Texans, two of which are life-long collaborators, two of which are blood brothers; season generously with a sizzling North Carolinian blues guitarist, drop that into the musical cauldron of Austin to simmer for five years, and out of the Southern Texas oven comes The Warplanes.
The Warplanes have been hitting the Texas music scene since 2010 and starting with their self-titled debut in 2011, they have carved out a sound of their own that has truly blossomed on their latest release, Epigenesis. Channeling blues, rock, soul, psychedelia, and a little folk, The Warplanes cultivate a sound that splices strands of DNA from all corners of Austin’s sonic legacy.
Members include Issac Routh (vocals, guitar), Aric Garcia (drums, percussion), Luke Dalton (keyboard, guitar), Andrew Dalton (bass), and Jelly Ellington (lead guitar).