This is one of those moments where the anticipation pays off.. where the wait was well worth it.. Anthony Maintain has been teasing the release of Plugging Holes In The Same Leaky Boat for quite a while now, debuting bits and pieces in live sets prior to moving from the Austin area back to the East Coast. Everyone who’d heard the tastes provided, however, knew that when the project dropped, it was going to drop like a ton of bricks, and Anthony Maintain has proven me correct. This album is a sonic journey through moody soundscapes and thought-provoking wordplay, plus there are a handful of special contributors on the project (one of which you may recognize). Check this one out at the link above, or on your favorite streaming service, and encourage others to do the same!
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Seems like a weekly occurrence these days to hit you with some poolboi blu news, but that was always his gameplan… my man has been stating that he’s in work mode, and the steady stream of output these past few months is a testament to the work he’s putting in. This go ’round, I got the chance to collaborate with him on the lead video for his upcoming release DIXIE… a somber track called Marco Polo that we utilized visual imagery to match the lyrical threads present. Check it out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around.
When you’re done with that, you can dive into the latest volume in his mix series, sincere (volume 0 1 1), because like the rest of the mixes, it’s dope. Give this one the same like, comment and share treatment, and hopefully, poolboi blu will keep the dopeness coming.
When it comes to music, live or otherwise, nothing hits home quite like a solid and heartfelt rock band. It appears that the Austin-base rock band Big Jaw is well aware of this fact, as their latest single and video, Mess Around, is a no-nonsense, direct attack on the senses courtesy of lead singer/guitarist Clint Roth, bassist Ishaq Clayton, and drummer Marty Mack. The video flips between psychedelic pinwheels of the band members and a performance space session, but the pure energy and joy the band members exude radiates off the screen in waves. This one is a banger for sure, so check it out, leave a like and a comment on the video, and share it around so others can enjoy!
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While not the first video I’ve seen made entirely of Lego‘s, I have to say that Tone Royal and DEVMO‘s video for Daily, created after a month of painstaking work by director Dynasty Wells-Union, is an achievement nonetheless. The narrative presented mirrors that of the song, and the perspective switch (and style switch) used to convey point of view (and time of events, respectively) is extremely simple but effective. Tone gives an extremely heartfelt performance, but manages to avoid the trappings of a one-sided story by providing DEVMO the opportunity to give the other side, allowing both to come to a loving middle ground after seeing the greater picture of good and bad. This one will definitely get some year-end recognition, but don’t wait until then to check it out, as it deserves to go viral right now.
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Tagged austin hip hop, chief, daily, devmo, dynasty wells-union, lego, the doomsday device, tone royal
I’ve been a fan of what the League of Extraordinary G’z and all those connected have done for a long time now, and one of the main reasons I love what they do is because of the energy they bring to their music. You can tell that these cats speak from deep experience, and that they stand behind every word spoken. All of these aspects are on 10 for the latest release, Gang Sings, a banger courtesy of $.Dot, DoWrong and Dominican Jay. As a longtime fan of groups like Compton’s Most Wanted, South Central Cartel, and rappers like DJ Quik, this track checks all the proper boxes for me. The video is dynamic, with excellent camerawork and direction guided by Super Thing, and the Eric Dingus track matches the energy level of all three MCs, who straight snap on each verse. This one is an instant classic, so get in on the ground floor with the likes, comments and shares, because folks are gonna get hip quick to this one.
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Songwriting can sometimes become a delicate balance between dangerous adventuring outside of your comfort zone and falling into a predictive rut. It seems like recently, Heroes Die Young found themselves somewhere in the middle of this realm, as the self-admitted punk and alternative band dipped their toes into the waters of swing via their latest single, Hey There Honey. The group has always had an appreciation for musical diversity, which keeps their songs from sounding repetitive, but the playful energy at the beginning of Hey There Honey gives it a unique life and bounce… this song definitely would lend itself to a music video, if the group ever chose to create one. Check out the track, share it around for others to enjoy, and support your local creatives!