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June 17, 2024

Alexi 8bit: “You Don’t Have to Be Alone Anymore”

By: Jack Anderson

In the world of singers, acting cutesy doesn’t necessarily negate sophistication. Like, we’ve seen a lot of success in going north of mere infantile novelty and co-opting that puppy love naivety in a way that’s accessible to all age groups. And while we can point to a major movement of such with jazz-pop hits from the ’40s through ’60s, it’s especially true post-Ariana Grande’s impact on our modern musical environment.

Just ask Alexi 8bit. This Austin multi-instrumentalist-producer just wrapped up last month with her sophomore EP Softy. Between Alexi’s pink dress, ribbons in hair, and oversized teddy bear on the album artwork and track titles like “Dreaming From My Childhood Bed”…yeah…there’s some extremely girly energy engulfing Softy on first glance. But past that surface level aesthetic, when you actually sit down and listen to this thing, it’s clear that no one other than a grown ass person could accomplish something so mature. I mean you can’t score an ongoing residency at Fairmont Austin’s Room 725 lounge without having ample class, right?

And you don’t have to identify any which way to be moved by Softy‘s five-song selection either. So before you celebrate Pride Month with Alexi and the full 8bit band on Sunday, June 30th at Cheer Up Charlie’s, kick back with the cool keys, expertly-executed vocals, bear-hug-big harmonies, and comforting lyrical company of the Norah Jones-esque “You Don’t Have to Be Alone Anymore”.

I’m not crying; you’re crying.


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July 19, 2024

arya: “USE ME”

It’s a twofer this Friday! We’ve got a brand new release alongside a weekend show recommendation. And both arrive on behalf of arya. arya’s not just another dime a dozen bedroom pop Billie Eilish wannabe. No, this Belgrade-born bae is almost overqualified for saturated world of pop-hip-hop-R&B; after a decade in Serbia playing classical piano […]

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July 18, 2024

Jon Funnell: “BREAKAWAY”

Nobody truly makes it “overnight”, right? Sure, with semi-recent innovations like home studios and TikTok the exposure pipeline is more greased than ever. But even then it’s not like the most skilled songsmith just pens something new, gets it tracked, and has an instant hit the very next day. No, you need years of experience, […]

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July 17, 2024

Jesse Malin: “Prisoners of Paradise” (feat. Bleachers)

If you fancy yourself as a rock and roll historian, there’s a high likelihood that you already know the name Jesse Malin. One of the earliest purveyors of the New York hardcore sound, Malin began mounting his place as a pop culture icon in the ’80s with Heart Attack before becoming a glam punk powerhouse […]

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July 16, 2024

Caleb Veazey: “Teleprompter”

Let’s say you get selected as a live band member for a certified star…when you’re also scoring for high profile streaming networks and constantly trying not stealing the spotlight as a session musician. Yeah. Chances are, you’re pretty good. So let’s look at Caleb Veazey – reared here in Austin but now based out of […]

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July 15, 2024

Lord Buffalo: “Holus Bolus”

You might’ve caught last Thursday’s Austin Music Minute on Lord Buffalo. But even if you did, it’s a record release worth shouting out again. You see, this Austin quartet’s been grazing across in the psych-Americana range for a dozen years now – spanning from their 2012 eponymous EP, their 2017 eponymous full-length, and their early […]

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July 12, 2024

Sir Woman: “Never Gonna Give Me Up”

Self love. Loss. Disco balls. You’ll feel the freeing energy of all three across two neat little packages later this year. We’re talkin’ about Austin’s secret soul weapon, Sir Woman. This week Sir Woman broke the news about an upcoming twin release – two full-lengths set to drop this fall – If It All Works […]

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July 11, 2024

Margo Scout: “Otters”

Ready for something brand new? We got you! Take our paw, lean back, crack a clam open on your belly, and float downstream with some fresh ATX talent. Introducing Margo Scout. This the inaugural indie rock project of Austin singer-songwriter Rachel Pierron, who just graduated from UT. So sure, Pierron may still be young. But […]

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July 10, 2024

Passiflora: “Backyard Birds”

Feeling the heat and humidity outside for just thirty seconds confirms it: we’re well past the season of birds and bees. Yet even as cicadas steal the atmospheric spotlight with that iconic, steamy soundscape of theirs, birdsongs never really go out of style – Cindy, ornithological vocalizations, or otherwise. So let’s talk Passiflora. Having only […]

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