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June 18, 2024

Luke Smith: “Jimmy”

By: Jack Anderson

We’re right at Pride Month’s midpoint, so just as a refresher: no matter how you identify, be proud of yourself! At the same time, it’s worth acknowledging our place in a progressive city, a quarter century into the 21st, because not every Queer person’s been blessed with those privileges; more often than not, it’s a real struggle for acceptance that ends with the ostracized eventually splitting town.

Like, look at singer-songwriter-pianist Luke Smith. After spending time in Seattle with outfits like St. Yuma and Westmoreland, Smith has cemented himself within our city limits, where he (with the help of his backing trio) dropped his debut LP The World Is Such a Beautiful Place a month back. Not the biggest transition in terms of migrating between musical hubs, but growing up Queer in rural Oklahoma was obviously a much different story.

And as a matter of fact, that was the basis for Smith’s own fictional retelling of events, “Jimmy”. Wrapping up the The World…‘s first act, “Jimmy” maintains the LP’s mellow keyboard core and sense of cautious optimism against oppressive realities, in this case delivered from the perspective of an estranged sibling. It’s a poignant addition to an already-powerful album and a beautifully bleak interpretation of how much pain can come from a loss of belonging.

So remember, make others feel welcome around you. Otherwise you might end up making them leave. And there’s no need to put extra pain on anyone else’s plate in this perfectly flawed planet.


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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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July 9, 2024

Amy Annelle: “East Texas Son”

When you look past the vast sea of love lyrics out there, songs inspired by natural phenomena are just about the greatest equalizer across music’s history. And it makes sense; there’s something so primal and timeless about evoking the rumble of thunder, the whip of wind, or the roar of the ocean. Sure, you can […]

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July 8, 2024

Karima Santi: “Arizona”

Short attention spans and TikTok sensations. That’s one of the biggest pairings in modern media today. So you can’t really blame younger creators for taking the quantity-over-quality approach and just cranking out singles, essentially playing a numbers game for potential traction. But let’s be honest. You’d rather hear something from a patient perfectionist than an […]

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July 5, 2024

Foxglove: “Sunday Highs”

Craving some musical soul food for this weekend? Treating yourself to some Foxglove ought to be a good fit! Since 2022 this Austin six-piece has scattered their musical remedies through fields of funk, soul, and R&B alongside forays into indie and hard rock. And as heard on last October’s Ephemeral Daydreams EP, Foxglove forgoes the generic formulas in favor […]

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July 4, 2024

Counterfeit Cowboy: “20 Beers”

Happy Fourth of July! As with every Independence Day, you know people are gonna be celebrating loudly, music blaring. If you’re set to watch fireworks from Lady Bird Lake, from experience we can expect a cacophony of sonics from the sea of individual bluetooth speakers. But by and large, across the Lone Star State, we’re […]

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July 3, 2024

The Brothers Burn: “Stepped In Gum”

What happens when you possess all the technical prowess to make a modern record and a newfound abundance of time, but you’ve never tried your hand at music? Best get crackin’, right? At least that’s the backstory behind Austin producer Scott Osborn, better known by his creative alias The Brothers Burn. Sure, Scott’s already in […]

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