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September 3, 2021

From Dreams

By: Laurie Gallardo

It’s spectral. There’s an aura of otherworldliness in each tale that unfolds within Merlynn Belle, the first album that Tele Novella recorded on Kill Rock Stars, and the first that songwriter/vocalist Natalie Ribbons and multi-instrumentalist Jason Chronis recorded as a duo. The album feels like an invocation of these mysterious, intriguing characters as it exquisitely winds its way through folk pop, psych, Americana…unusual melodies from distant dreams.

One not to miss. See Tele Novella tomorrow night, Saturday September 4, at Hotel Vegas, 1502 E. 6th. They share a bill with Star Parks and duo Jane Leo (featuring Jane Ellen Bryant and Daniel James of Leopold and His Fiction). The show starts after 10 p.m., but get there early for a set by LABRYS, featuring Penny Pitchlynn from Broncho, and a solo set by Lindsey Mackin (Annabelle Chairlegs), starting at 7:30 p.m.

And please remember to bring your mask.



September 29, 2023

The Homecoming

Put this in your 2024 calendar, in case you missed out this year. On Sept. 21, Mayor Kirk Watson officially declared the day as David Shabani Day in the City of Austin, presenting Shabani with “a proclamation for their craft and work in the industry both locally and abroad.” This is meaningful for Shabani on […]


September 28, 2023


Truly a Renaissance man. No exaggeration. Songwriter. Musician. Multi-media artist – which you’ll know first hand if you’ve ever been to Mobley performance. And now, in the recent words of Jonny Jukebox, “Are you ready for the next level?” Mobley’s journey takes its next cue from a collection of demos titled Worktape, and that’s exactly […]


September 27, 2023

Black Rainbows

We’re all guilty of building up expectations. So, you might spin Corinne Bailey Rae‘s latest blazer Black Rainbows and find it something of a departure for Rae, in terms of a style that incorporates R&B, jazz and soul. This one gets loud, bold, experimental in many parts, powered by guitar and unapologetic vitality, all inspired […]