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September 10, 2021


By: Laurie Gallardo

-Photography by Kate Blaising.

It started out with Royal Jelly (2015), Löwin‘s 7-track debut that placed songwriter/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Sara Houser in the limelight. Your AMM’s favorite picks: Opener “Best Laid Plans,” the exhausted narrator’s lament on “Move It Football Head,” and of course, “Big Mouth” tellin’ it like it is (“You’ve got a big mouth / when you ain’t talking to yourself…”). Rather than masking the rawness, Houser left every nerve exposed.

The leonine energy of the Say Say Mixtape (2018) and cool fire Heavy as the Sun (2019) revealed more facets of Houser’s talent, along with multiple contributions to other artists’ recordings (Spoon, Walker Lukens, Golden Dawn Arkestra, A Giant Dog…). But behind the scenes, Houser remained unsure of her footing. What was next? Which direction to take?

Something snapped stylistically with the single “A Fool For Thinking.” Houser, recording all synths and vocals herself, with Adam Mason on bass, had written a track with herself in mind – the impetus for the solo project, S.L. Houser. It was time.

S.L. Houser’s debut performance is tomorrow night, Saturday Sept. 11, at Hotel Vegas, 1502, on a bill featuring Esme Patterson and Sabrina Ellis (Sweet Spirit, A Giant Dog). Doors at 9 p.m. – and please remember to bring your mask.


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.