Paul, Author at The Panic Manual

Concert Review: The Shacks, Khruangbin, February 24, The Garrison

Posted on by Paul in Concerts | Leave a comment

Sometimes a band’s name just doesn’t quite seem to match up with what you might expect them to sound like. Case in point: The Shacks, whose moniker might cause one to imagine maybe something countryish, or perhaps a garage rock band, but who instead offer up a breezy pop sound which often veers toward a moody, mildly psychedelic vibe. This just goes to show that, much like you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, you shouldn’t necessarily judge a …

SXSW Song Of The Day: Julie Byrne – Natural Blue

Posted on by Paul in Song of the Day, South By Southwest | Leave a comment

Get ready, people – SXSW is coming in just a couple of weeks. You know what else is coming up? That’s right, the return of David Lynch’s cult TV series Twin Peaks. Also, that gum you like is going to come back in style. Fittingly, Showtime is taking the opportunity to promote the upcoming series as part of COLLiDE On Rainey with “two days of live music performances inspired by the series” at Clive Bar featuring the likes of Agnes …

SXSW Song Of The Day: St. Tropez – Democracy

Posted on by Paul in Song of the Day, South By Southwest | Leave a comment

Photo credit: Sanja Marušic “Democracy,” the lead single off of Dutch garage rockers St. Tropez‘s upcoming EP Debate, is an in-your-face, short and sweet slice of political rock and roll, offering up “the band’s vision on fear, populism, debate, naivety, nationalism, hope, politics, immigration and democracy” all in less than two minutes. The accompanying video features a masked, enigmatic figure wandering through deserts and empty highways, but where is he headed and what does he want? Is he searching for …

SXSW Song Of The Day: Sungod – Cahokia

Posted on by Paul in Song of the Day, South By Southwest | Leave a comment

Another week, another list of performers announced by SXSW. This week, we focus on Sungod, one of the many Austin-based acts playing the festival who aren’t actively choosing to escape the bustling madness of their city during SXSW. Like fellow Austinites S U R V I V E (who will also be playing SouthBy), Sungod’s sound is dominated by synthesizers, however Sungod take things in a more psychedelic/spacerock direction, as exemplified by their 2015 single “Cahokia.” It seems likely the …