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June 28, 2022

Kalu & The Electric Joint: “Garden of Eden”

By: Jack Anderson

For the better part of the past decade, we’ve kept a close eye on Nigerian-born, Austin-based singer-guitarist Kalu James. James first caught our attention with intimate solo acoustic gigs at venues like the Cactus Café right around the release of his 2013 full-length The Offering: Flesh. After linking up with guitarist JT Holt, James co-founded Kalu & The Electric Joint, an ethno-funk, future-psych, blues-rock-soul group that quickly claimed the title as our November 2017 Artist of the Month. Since 2019, Kalu & The Electric Joint have been riding the current off their critically-acclaimed, feature-laden full band debut, Time Undone. But despite KEJ’s immense talent and some personnel changes, you simply can’t devote to a new album while you’re still touring the last one. Well it turns out that Kalu & The Electric Joint have been working on their next record, we just haven’t known about it. What we thought were three standalone tracks were actually the first entries into KEJ’s upcoming sophomore full-length, and today the group share its four lead single. Sporting a sparse arrangement of drums, synth, acoustic guitar, and vocals, “Garden of Eden” recaptures the concise, introspective songwriting that made us fall in love with Kalu in the first place. This beautiful tune comes alongside a music video directed by Barbara FG, who won Music Video of the Year for Sir Woman’s “Party City” at the most recent Austin Music Awards. So step into the garden whenever you’re ready, and if you want a one-of-a-kind concert experience, catch KEJ performing as “Kalu & The Acoustic Joint” on Friday, July 22nd at the 04 Center along with Ray Prim.

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May 31, 2024

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As one of the southernmost states to neighbor Latin America, it’s no big surprise that Texas is home to loads of great Latin music. But what really catches us off guard is the abundance of infectious Afrobeat energy right here in Austin. And if we put Latin Psych on the same spectrum as Afrobeat, you […]

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May 29, 2024

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Sometimes all you need to reignite a long dormant project is just revamping the name. Well…that and maybe a brush with death for good measure. At least that’s what recently rekindled the creativity for Nashville four-piece Babe & The Crystals, who first started out a decade back under the handle Kid Freud. Kid Freud called […]

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May 29, 2024

Sean Austin: “Mercy” (Remix) (feat. Lion Heights)

The rapid rate of single rollouts in hip-hop have really made us take remixes for granted. Because when it’s as simple as revisiting the beat, rewriting a verse, and inviting in a few new voices, “I like the remix better” becomes a given with pretty much any commercial success. Which is a shame, since remixes […]

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May 28, 2024

Lavender Scare: “I Hate Saturdays”

Pride Month kicks off in just a few days, and to help you celebrate in style, we’re swirling the colors with a rising Queer project. And that’s Lavender Scare, whose midcentury reference of a band handle alone tips you off to their championing of LGBTQ identities. Chief songwriter Ruby Del Mar commands the quartet with […]

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May 27, 2024

Cara Van Thorn: “Rage”

Lookin’ to rage this Memorial Day? Well we’ve got something that you might not’ve expected but’ll definitely do the trick. And that’s in reference to Austin’s Cara Van Thorn, initially born from Donkey Island ex-pats Adam Donovan and Carrie Stephens who continue to spearhead what is now a six-person wagon train. Since Fall 2019, this […]

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May 24, 2024

The Cuckoos: “Dirty Pictures”

If you mainly draw inspiration from older generations, after taking a lengthy break, you may find that the needle on your tastes has moved forward in time too. At least that’s what we’re seeing unfold with Austin project The Cuckoos. Ostensibly the one-man band (who also operates as a four-piece) of flock leader/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer Ken Frost, […]

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May 23, 2024

Grandma Mousey: “When I’m Not There”

Ever since we first caught sight of them in 2022, we’ve continued to make room for Grandma Mousey in our wheelhouse, even after their initial nest expanded from three members to five. Yeah, Granny M’s grown on us so much over the past couple of years, that we don’t mind ratting on their talent again […]

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May 22, 2024

Carson McHone: “I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face”

No matter how much success a young artist finds down the line, there’ll always be opportunities to pay respects to their predecessors and contemporaries. Whether it’s an early choice (Nick Cave & The Bad Seed’s Kicking Against the Pricks), a mid-career reset (Souxsie and the Banshees’ Through the Looking Glass), a later vocation salute (Bruce […]

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