SXSW Song of the Day: 7ebra – I Have A Lot To Say

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7ebra is a Malmö-based duo made up of Inez and Ella, twin sisters who together craft some catchy, keyboard-heavy indie rock tunes. Their upcoming debut album was produced by Tore Johansson, best known for all his work with The Cardigans and Franz Ferdinand, and based on the strength of single “I Have A Lot To Say”, I’m looking forward to hearing the whole album once it’s out.

I’m also looking forward to seeing the band live at SXSW, in part so I can find out how they pronounce their name. Is it Zebra? Debra? Sevenebra? Only time will tell.

SXSW Song of the Day: Garrett T. Capps & NASA Country – People Are Beautiful

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I like both kinds of music – country and space rock.

I know that’s not the way the saying usually goes, but in the case of Garrett T. Capps & NASA Country, it seems a bit more of an appropriate statement.

On “People Are Beautiful”, the San Antonio-based Capps infuses his alt-country sounds with a solid dose of Hawkwind-esque groove and it works perfectly, thus proving that Austin isn’t the only city in Texas with an interest in keeping things weird.

SXSW Song of the Day: Letting Up Despite Great Faults – She Spins

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SXSW 2023 will soon be upon us. Which means that come March, people from all over will once again be descending upon Austin for a week or so, with showcasing acts coming from as far afield as Lahore, Syndey, Seoul and, well, yes, Toronto.

However, while Southby is a great opportunity to check out international acts who might not otherwise make their way to North America, when in Austin, it’s also a good idea to check out some locals. And so today, we shine the spotlight on an Austin act – Letting Up Despite Great Faults. Check out “She Spins”, an upbeat, jangly, shoegazey number off of the band’s latest album, IV.

Concert Review: Nikki Lane, December 6, Horseshoe Tavern

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Though she’s collaborated with a wide variety of artists across different genres, running the gamut from Lana Del Rey to Spiritualized to QOTSA frontman Josh Homme (who produced her most recent album, Denim & Diamonds), at her core, Nikki Lane is pure country.

With a sound inspired by old school honky-tonk and outlaw country sounds with a bit of a rock ‘n roll edge, Lane definitely grabbed the attention of the packed crowd at the Horseshoe on Tuesday, including in particular a group of “rowdy girls” up front that Lane singled out for praise at one point early on in her set.

And while the crowd was definitely into it, it was clear that the feeling was mutual, with Lane not only praising the crowd in general, but the venue specifically for being her kind of room, adding that while she may someday get big enough that she won’t be playing rooms like this anymore, playing to tightly packed crowds like the one at the ‘Shoe were the reason she wanted to play music in the first place. That and maybe the opportunity to receive beautifully rolled joints that also look like candy canes, as she did from some kind patrons at the show on this occasion.

Lane put on a stellar show that featured several highlights including newer songs like “First High”, ‘Good Enough” and “Denim & Diamonds” alongside older favourites like “Highway Queen” and Right Time” and a few well-chosen covers like Jessi Colter’s “Why You Been Gone So Long” and Lucinda Williams’ “Drunken Angel.”

As she closed out the show with “Jackpot”, Lane again showed her appreciation for the Toronto crowd, thanking us all for coming out and adding, “You don’t know how good it feels to see this many people out on a Tuesday night.”