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November 17, 2022

Trouble in the Streets: “Dreaming of Forever”

By: Jack Anderson

Phantogram. Big Freedia. George Clinton. For most folks, opening for any one of ’em would be the crowning achievement of their career. But to have shared the stage with all three, not to mention Bob Moses, Lettuce drummer/producer Adam Deitch, and other legends in under a decade? On Trouble in the Streets‘ list of milestones, those high-profile performances barely scrape the surface.

Since the mid-2010s, this Austin trio has produced societal dissonance that’s both accessible and danceable for the masses. By paving the spaces between hip-hop, R&B, pop, rock, psych, and beyond, the ferocious group’s self-described “electro tribe” sound helped them garner Austin Chronicle‘s “Best New Band” award in 2018 and third-place runner-up for “Best Electronic Act” the following year. Among acclaimed sets at SXSW, UtopiaFest, and Joshua Tree, a recent feature from frontwoman Nnedi Agbaroji with Jim Eno’s Project Traction, and one the most snicker-inducing band abbreviations imaginable, TitS is pretty much…well…

But right now the big news from these seasoned Studio 1A veterans is their upcoming LP, out next year. The record introduces Kenny Schwartz replacing co-founding percussionist Bobby Snakes, who still slithered onto the album’s lead single as a send-off. Entitled “Dreaming of Forever”, this four-minute safari of sounds (whose menagerie includes crunchy bass synth, vehement vocal harmonies, and a truly brilliant bridge section) is an enduring reminder of TitS’ idiosyncratic dynamics and an enticing glimpse of what’s to come.


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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 […]

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Adam Sultan: “The Great Divide”

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April 5, 2024

Flicker Vertigo: “Midnight Fantasies Upon Prospect Hill”

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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 […]

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April 3, 2024

Nané: “Always On My Mind” (Live in Studio 1A)

As with any active artistic community, the Austin music scene has suffered its share of too-soon tragedies. And the passing of Daniel Sahad – the flamboyant frontman of Austin sextet Nané who left us in April ’22 – still feels especially fresh in our memory. Thankfully Daniel’s legacy still lives on through his music, Nané’s […]

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