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September 5, 2019

Try Harder

By: Laurie Gallardo

For Mean Jolene songwriter and vocalist Jolie Cota Flink, it began with the tracks she wrote for her band’s badass debut LP Salty, covering the extreme highs and lows that bring all the feels during tumultuous changes. It’s chock full of heartache, but also a sense of humor – and absolutely no apologies.

For the follow-up Try Harder, you confront multiple sides of the story: The duality of a carefree soul burning brightly, though stepping cautiously with the all-too-natural fear of vulnerability. It’s Mean Jolene delivering guitar- and harmony-driven power pop at its most melodic, with one helluva heart worn on that leather jacket sleeve.

Make plans to join Mean Jolene at their album release party tomorrow night at Hotel Vegas, 1502 E. 6th St. And what a bill: Moving Panoramas, The Reputations, and Nevil are there for the awesomeness. Doors at 9 p.m. So 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.