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Song Of The Day: Genghis Tron – Pyrocene

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When we last heard from Genghis Tron, with 2008’s Board Up The House, words such as ‘beautiful’ and ‘meditative’ would not likely have been used as descriptors of the band’s sound, which at the time was much more abrasive and aggressive. Fast forward to 2021 and the band is back with a new album and a new sound with Dream Weapon. While they can’t really be classified as a metal band anymore at this point, there is still a certain …

Song Of The Day: The Bats – Beneath The Visor

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Released late last year on Flying Nun Records, Foothills is the tenth studio album by New Zealand’s The Bats. It’s a solid addition to the band’s catalogue, and apparently The Bats liked it enough that they recently released an instrumental version of the album on Bandcamp. Which I guess would probably work quite well if you felt like doing an evening of Bats karaoke. If, however, Bats karaoke is not your thing, you should still check out the video for …

Livestream Concert Review: Billy Strings, March 26, ACL Live at the Moody Theater

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The notion of musicians touring around and playing to empty rooms across the country while the audience stays home and watches on their screens is very much a sign of the unique times we’re living in, and it is also most definitely an odd one. But that’s just what Billy Strings has been doing, having just wrapped up a tour of livestreamed shows from iconic venues across the U.S. that culminated in this past Friday night’s show at Austin’s Moody …

SXSW Online 2021: The Recap

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SXSW Online 2021 is now in the books. It was a good time, despite not really being quite like SXSW in a normal year. As usual, the Panic Manual crew convened to break down the good, the bad, and the lack of breakfast tacos. Best Act? Paul: All the acts on Damnably’s showcase were great, but Grrrl Gang especially stood out for me. With extremely catchy melodies, this poppy indie rock band out of Indonesia really charmed me. Ricky: The …