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September 1, 2022

Killer Kaya: “Seasons of Unrest”

By: Jack Anderson

When California comes to mind, it’s easy to imagine three hundred and sixty sunny days a year. But between earthquakes, floods, mudslides, wildfires, and other natural disasters (we’ll even throw in this global pandemic for posterity)…it’s not just a coastal breeze over there. Whatever the weather, Cali can always rely on some really cool cross-cultural sounds; think about the psychedelia of Haight-Ashbury, surf rock, ’70s Chicano soul, Latin-introduced tropicalia, or the unique jazz style of West Coast swing.

If you’re looking for a contemporary combination of all those genres that collides like tectonic plates and never phones in a half-baked pastiche, check out Killer Kaya. This Santa Barbara five-piece has already opened for the likes of Shuggie Otis, Cat Power, and even Nuggets legends The Strawberry Alarm Clock. Killer Kaya’s first two albums 29 Lives (2017) and Persimmon Perspective (2018) both leaned on a commanding horn section, but once their 2020 tour got cancelled amidst COVID, the band stripped themselves of brass and broached a fresh approach.

It’s been two years…but Killer Kaya is finally back. Their already-rich psych-rock sound is now complemented by an incorporation of synths as well as the addition of die-hard, adrenaline-drenched drummer Justin Kass. These changes’ll come into play on Killer Kaya’s upcoming LP Tunnel at the End of the Light (out October 7th) as heard on one of Tunnel‘s most exciting singles, “Seasons of Unrest”. Like the effects-heavy, falsetto-fueled wrath of an angry God, “Seasons of Unrest” paints a dramatic picture of existential dread over California climate patterns in an operatic prog-rock original that lands somewhere between Santana, Mars Volta, and The Doors.


April 17, 2024

Rhythm&Truth and Sakari: “Bring It All Back”

We won’t say that successful collaborations should mandate a solo artist’s trajectory. But if something built together leaves people wanting more, it’s not a bad idea to get back together and sate those desires, right? Because what’s unachievable on the individual level often just needs to get catalyzed by some good collabo chemistry. So let’s […]


April 15, 2024

Felt Out: “Crash Inside It”

When we last geeked out over Austin’s Felt Out, we broke down their foundation as that of auto-tune innovators on the cutting edge of alt-pop. And following the first anniversary of their second full-length Until I’m Light, that’s clearly still the case for these multi-instrumentalist-producers. They still sound like a next generation Imogen Heap. Their […]


April 15, 2024

Tone Royal: “Alone” (feat. Daddy NAT)

When rappers claim to be “the best on the mic”, they’re talking about verbal skills, not their technical prowess with any specific equipment. Clearly that’s the case, since you’ll see those same people spend a whole set cupping the SM58 ’cause it turns out their mic technique actually sucks. But in terms of intimate familiarity […]


April 12, 2024

Tagua Tagua: “4AM (Acústico)”

Feliz sexta! Today we’re talking about Tagua Tagua, the passion project of São Paulo songwriter-producer Felipe Puperi. Now, Brazil is an enormous country, full of fervent creators; it takes a ton of traction to get towards the top. But in the seven years since Puperi launched off, Tagua Tagua’s become one of the nation’s most […]


April 10, 2024

Faaris: “Taken Not Given”

As our ever-evolving hip-hop scene steadily expands, so does the representation of nations, cultures, and identities from its contributors. And for some truly refreshing cross-cultural flavors that have made their way into the ATX hip-hop melting pot, look no further than Faaris. Brought up in a Pakistani household right here in Austin, Faaris brings a […]


April 9, 2024

Adam Sultan: “The Great Divide”

They say, “write what you know”. And in music, if you know something well enough to perfect its performance, that usually means you’ve absorbed the material enough to build upon it and make it your own. So let’s talk about Austin’s Adam Sultan. Sultan started off a singer-guitarist in the ’90s with Poi Dog Pondering […]


April 5, 2024

Flicker Vertigo: “Midnight Fantasies Upon Prospect Hill”

As an unabashed Pink Floyd fan, I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to firing up the Atmos mix of Animals on my home theater setup when the BluRay drops next month. Sure, the full record’s been etched in my memory forever now, but through the lens of the latest mix an full […]


April 4, 2024

Mountains in Stars: “Hazards of Loving Creatures”

You’ve heard it a million times before: a picture is worth a thousand words. But go ahead and try it out if you dare. Pick a picture and start verbalizing. Yeah…you’ll give up far before you get anywhere close to a four-digit word count. Music on the other hand? Each chord carries various connotations, which […]