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April 1, 2019

Extremely Lit

By: Laurie Gallardo

There were a couple of things that triggered the formation of SWMRS. One was seeing the film School of Rock, which put the idea into their brains, although none of them knew how to play their instruments at the time…but since when has that deterred any inspiration? And two, all four bandmates experienced an intense performance by rap/hip-hop artist Skepta at Reading Leeds Festival one year. That alone was a life-changing moment, enough to “set us off on this journey to figure out how to make our music have that same kind of intensity to it, while slowing it down,” explained front man Cole Becker in a recent interview with Studio Brussel.

“We come from punk, but it sounds like the ideas of punk put into a modern context with a lot of dance, a lot of rock,” Max Becker added.

SWMRS’ Berkeley’s On Fire tour includes a show tonight at Barracuda, 611 E. 7th St. They share the bill with The Regrettes and Beach Goons. Doors at 8 p.m. Recommended.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.


October 30, 2023


Genesis Owusu returns to Austin to perform tomorrow night at Empire Garage.


October 28, 2023

LEVITATION: Saturday and Sunday

AMM picks for LEVITATION weekend, including Amyl & The Sniffers, Durand Jones, Altin Gün and more.


October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

The AMM’s LEVITATION 2023 picks for Fri/Sat, including Alan Palomo, Allah-Las, Queen Serene and more.


October 26, 2023

So Very Curious, Indeed

A Curious Mix of People book launch reunion show, Saturday at The Parlor on Guadalupe.


October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

Allison Russell brings The Returner Tour to 3Ten tomorrow night.


October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

Bienvenido al Laboratorio

Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.