This might be a bold statement but it’s an easy one to assert: Becca Mancari is the new definition of roots rock. Her music reminds me why I love Americana music with its tinges of country-rock and rooted in poignant songwriting. All the while, she has the natural musical instinct to make the music enjoyable, fluid, […]
The Waterboys began in the early 80s but they didn’t appear on my radar until nearly a decade later when I traced the roots of former member Karl Wallinger to Mike Scott’s Irish / Scottish rock band. Over the course of their history, the Waterboys’ sound has run the gamut of rock, world, and Irish […]
Music took a hold of me early on; I would say some time in the mid-late 70s at the close of the Vietnam War, the dawn of disco, the muddled mediocrity of rock, and the dawn of punk. I loved (still do) the sprightly horn sound, spacey keyboards, overly dramatic sweeping string section, and the […]
Throughout the 1990s, there was a fusion of jazz, hip-hop, electronica, and house music which went by various monikers. Of course, the purists will punch holes through my generalizations but the music labels included nu jazz, acid jazz, deep house, and (the most unoriginal) jazztronica. The music mixed house beats with the swaggering improvisational spirit of […]
With a band name like the Shout Out Louds, there’s no doubt this Swedish outfit is headed straightaway for infectious indie pop, and they pull it off with supreme effect.
I listen with laid-back comfort and eyes closed to “Thinking of a Place” from the War on Drugs’ new album, A Deeper Understanding, and I can see the black top highway before a set of headlights illuminating the way. Windows rolled down, the air is crisp and I feel like I’m 28 years old, again, […]
As I was jogging last week on Town Lake, it occurred to me that 2017 marks my 25th year living in the best city in this wacky state (if it wasn’t for Austin, I wouldn’t live here). So, for my latest Single Track Mind blog, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of […]