In the information age, everything happens at an accelerated pace. The process of forming a band, writing a catalog of songs and developing a rapport and chemistry with one another used to take years, but those days are over. Take The PNTHN, based out of San Marcos, Texas. In what seems like a matter of months, they’ve dropped a couple of projects, a handful of music videos, have played shows throughout Texas, and recently stopped by KTSW for a Studio C Session. Check it out, give it a like and a share, and definitely support these cats because they’ll be doing bigger things sooner than later.
Fucking Awesome, the foundation band of Frownland Records, is always pushing the boundaries of creative sound. The songs are always expansive, rhythmic and driven, while maintaining an avant-garde air. 2018 finds the band releasing Interim, their latest collection of mind (and genre) bending music. This one is available on all streaming and digital storefront outlets, so definitely consider giving it a deep listen.
While combing through my timeline (as ususal), I stumbled across a trailer for an upcoming dance-based film, Against Shadows. What immediately caught my eye was the backdrop for the thumbnail : the soon to be relocated Hope Outdoor Gallery in Austin. Upon further research, I discovered that Stephanie Patrick and team’s vision was to do 5 scenes involving 10 dancers that takes place in both Austin and San Francisco. A second video provided a bit more insight into the project…
I will definitely be on the lookout for this one.
If Kydd Jones doesn’t blow in 2018, I will be extremely surprised. Over the past couple of years, he has honed in on a sound that is definitely working for him. He is able to make music that fits in with the mainstream artist output while being able to remain true to himself and his artistic drive. Brand New finds Kydd spitting bars about making moves and rising to the top even when those around you seem to change with a revolving-door level of frequency. With a co-sign from Kitsuné Hot Stream, this one should definitely see some traction. Don’t forget, however, to give it a like, a share and a comment, for the sake of Austin hip-hop.
Emcee L.Dot, representing Killeen by way of D.C., is here to make it plain and simple what he’s all about. On the video for the latest single, Savage, L.Dot and collaborator Menace trade bars about what qualifies them as savage, as well as what sets them apart from others making similar claims. All of this is done over a banger of a beat from TroubleOnTheTrack and Dubb-Z. CoolyFilms stepped in with the visual assist, and the final product is definitely something that stands up against the competition. Definitely give this one a like, share and comment if you’re missing hip-hop with substance and heart from the local level.
Posted in Audio-Visuals, General Information, ShuffleCast, Spotlight, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, Underground Me Now
Tagged chief, collyfilms, dubb-z, l.dot, menace, savage, the doomsday device, troubleonthetrak
Evolve has never been shy about putting in collaborative work. From working with a plethora of producers to having a wide range of guest vocals on his projects, you can always count on Evolve to bring in the energy of others to his work. stash #19 is the chance to drop some of his unreleased and favorite collaborative efforts in one collection. You can always count on quality work from Evolve and company, so definitely be sure to check this one out, share it, and support your indie visionaries.
In my quest to become the Superman of indie blogs, I think that Virgil Wolfe has become my Jimmy Olsen. One trip through his timeline, and I manage to keep finding dopeness. This go-round, it’s Savannah, Georgia-based Lady Valore that caught my attention. Her latest release, IRL, did all the right things to catch my attention… dope cover, interesting song titles, and a guest appearance by another recent Virgil Wolfe discovery, cunabear. Naturally, I decided to dive in, and I was certainly not disappointed.
Lady Valore has a very conversational style and delivery, making her come off as the underground hip-hop version of The Ancient One from Doctor Strange. Her lines of rationale and observation are interesting and thought-provoking, and the production (the lion’s share of which is done by 5AM, with contributions by DRMA, Matty Meatloaf, Sunglow and (‘i’s’)) is abstract enough to stand out, but strong enough to support the unique flow. For a name your price purchase, you really can’t go wrong with this one.
Posted in General Information, ShuffleCast, Spotlight, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, Underground Me Now
Tagged 5am, chief, cunabear, drma, irl, is, lady valore, matty meatloaf, sunglow, the doomsday device, virgil wolfe