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July 21, 2022

Mobley: “stay volk”

By: Jack Anderson

We’ll be honest…we may have jumped the gun by a bit when we first declared Mobley as our April 2018 Artist of the Month. We only say that because over the past four years Mobley‘s artistry has matured tenfold and it seems like he’s only now hitting his stride, thriving in his prime. Last February Mobley shared Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme, which reinforced his cutting-edge brand of synth-heavy, effects-drenched, psych-cinematic art rock. Since then the multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer has stepped further into the world of filmmaking and directing, which in turn has him investing in the power of narrative and character arcs more than ever before.

With that in mind, today Mobley announces his next record – the seven-song concept album Cry Havoc!. Cry Havoc! follows the exploits of the fictional Jacob Creedmoor as he rises up to challenge society’s oppressors. But despite dystopian themes, these songs are upbeat earworms that’ll keep you company even in your darkest moments. Cry Havoc! comes out this Fall and Mobley embarks on a a multi-month national tour in mid-September, which includes a gig November 5th at 3Ten ACL Live – his first Austin headliner since the beginning of COVID. The EP announcement coincided with the release of Cry Havoc!‘s strutting lead single and music video, and although we know that’s Mobley’s always been about movement, the visuals on “stay volk” take it to the next level; it’s like a love child between Daft Punk’s Electroma and David Cronenberg’s Videodrome that ditches the body horror in favor of light feet and technological fluidity.


May 24, 2024

The Cuckoos: “Dirty Pictures”

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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 […]


May 22, 2024

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

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May 21, 2024

Indoor Creature: “Cross The Line”

Although we’re bound to find a silver lining eventually, when we take the time to really look at the world we live in – gross injustices, grievous atrocities, shared struggles and all – it can make staying inside super appealing. And for sonic creators, as long as the bleakness doesn’t make the music meek, the […]


May 17, 2024

Barbara: “For Good Measure” (co-prod. Briana Harris)

Save for those with seemingly disposable resources, often nonprofits get stuck in their original stomping grounds. So when a local endeavor expands enough to inspire, incorporate, and impact folks far beyond their initial reach, it’s cause for celebration. That brings us back to Project Traction, spearheaded by our personal favorite philogynist audiophile – Spoon drummer/Public […]


May 16, 2024

Stephanie Rodd: “Stronger Than Ever”

For us uncultured Americans, we tend to invent a caricature when we hear about a “French songstress”. Yes, we let our assumptions automatically paint a picture of a smoky nightclub against a traumatic war torn backdrop, a slender figure in haute couture wardrobe, cigarette in one hand, microphone in the other, and lyrics toutes en […]


May 15, 2024

Wild Wren: “I’M A BIRD”

Back in the day, if you were to walk around downtown, you’d hear one predominant sound spilling out of at least every other 6th Street venue: blues rock. But as the landscape of the “Live Music Capital of the World” has evolved and diversified, frankly, so has the state of blues rock itself. And if […]


May 14, 2024

Genuine Leather: “Getting Used to the Feel”

For a lot of self-made bedroom producers, lo-fi isn’t just a creative choice; it’s a necessity. Yeah, not everyone has the technical prowess, access to equipment, or funding to match the pristine masters of their commercial radio contemporaries. But when lo-fi folks like that gain the resources to make the leap up, it’s hard to […]