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All content by Elijah Watson

Bedpost Confessions show allows audiences to share experiences

Elijah Watson November 27, 2012

Sadie Smythe, co-producer of monthly sex-talk extravaganza Bedpost Confessions, screams the word “climax” to a crowd of 300 individuals, comfortably seated in East Side venue ND. Smythe is...


Longhorn trombone ensemble heard across ocean

Elijah Watson September 18, 2012

As Subito Bones co-creator Alex Glen begins to set up his trombone, his eyes become fixated on the instrument. He carefully attaches the horn to its slide. The mouthpiece is the final part of this musical...


Homesickness, isn’t that lame?

Elijah Watson August 31, 2012

Saying goodbye to friends and family is always a hard thing, especially when you’re about to attend a university far from home. “It’s sad to see them go, but you have to move on,”...


Become familiar with Austin exclusive lingo

Elijah Watson August 30, 2012

“Hi, how are you? Do you want to walk around SoCo, or hike Mount Bonnell? Actually, I’m hungry. Let’s go to Home Slice Pizza.” If you recognized some of these Austin terms, kudos...

Summertime album releases set to satisfy fans of all genres

Elijah Watson May 3, 2012

Lazy days and memorable nights — summertime is almost here. Whether you’re a lo-fi aficionado or an instrumental rock lover, this summer has plenty to offer for fans of all genres. These are...


B.O.B’s New Album Lacks Creativity

Elijah Watson May 1, 2012

Bubblegum rapper B.o.B has managed to pop his way into mainstream superstardom since his 2010 debut album, B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray. It’s not surprising — a genre-blender...


Sophomore release showcases Santigold’s untainted talent

Elijah Watson May 1, 2012

On the album cover for Santigold’s long-awaited return, Master of My Make-Believe, the artist acts as many things. A Mafia boss, a 18th century officer and a bludgeon-wielding bodyguard — artist...

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Marilyn Manson returns with signature darkness, intelligence

Elijah Watson May 1, 2012

Having been quiet since 2009’s The High End of Low, alternative metal’s prince of darkness Marilyn Manson returns with Born Villain. Like Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, there is a...


Breakup album reveals edgier side of Norah Jones

Elijah Watson May 1, 2012

Jazz songstress Norah Jones has got a broken heart and wants everybody to know it. Her latest album, Little Broken Hearts, showcases the singer-songwriter’s departure from heart-on-her-sleeve hopeless...


Say Anything frontman discusses new album

Elijah Watson April 27, 2012

Alternative rock band Say Anything will do whatever they want. If they want to make a song about over-the-phone sexcapades (2004’s “Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too”), cover an Ol’ Dirty...


Prince Rama’s Taraka Larson talks new album, future plans

Elijah Watson April 26, 2012

Psychedelic rock duo Prince Rama’s unconventional sound derives from the group’s upbringing on a Hare Krishna commune, an isolated environment that focuses devotedly on Eastern Indian practices....


Music festival aims to bring psychedelia to Austin fans

Elijah Watson April 26, 2012

Praised by local and national fans alike, the Austin Psych Fest caters to those who like their music strange, transcendent and synesthesia-friendly. Just one look at the festival’s website and you...


Dubstep artist thrives on provoking lyrics

Elijah Watson April 26, 2012

Dubstep artist Borgore is filthy, but in a good way. With his combination of heavy, head-throbbing bass and explicit lyrical content that would even leave controversial hip-hop group 2 Live Crew squirming,...

Independent musicians are being heard more than ever through online tools

Elijah Watson April 25, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series examining the different strategies and resources that various local musicians use to keep afloat in Austin’s legendary live music scene. All...


Frenetic album stays true to group’s style

Elijah Watson April 24, 2012

Alternative hip-hop trio Death Grips sound like they belong on the soundtracks to movies like “Kids” or “Requiem for a Dream.” Doomsday cacophony crashes in all directions, spreading...


Jack White shows off all his musical sides with new album

Elijah Watson April 24, 2012

From former upholsterer to blues-rock virtuoso, the one and only Jack White has paved a successful road for himself. Having originally made history with two-piece rock group the White Stripes, White has...


Local shops anticipate Record Store Day

Elijah Watson April 20, 2012

Skateboarders have Go Skateboarding Day, comic book aficionados have Free Comic Book Day and record connoisseurs have Record Store Day. Record Store Day, an internationally celebrated event that occurs...


New tech helps Austin hip-hop get off the ground

Elijah Watson April 18, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series examining the different strategies and resources that various local musicians use to keep afloat in Austin’s legendary live music scene....


Neon Trees releases sophmore album, talks about the band’s influences

Elijah Watson April 17, 2012

Hailing from Provo, Utah, alternative rock group Neon Trees’ upbeat, pop-savvy vibe, is complimented by a strong, new-wave rock backbone. It works — their debut album, Habits, peaked at No....


‘Love Is a Four Letter Word’ falls short

Elijah Watson April 17, 2012

Since 2002, lover-boy Jason Mraz has become a part of an acoustic beach-rock scene shared by artists like Jack Johnson and, more recently, Eddie Vedder. Mraz relies on simplicity in his music, using straight-to-the-point...


Maps and Atlases take influences from unexpected places on latest album

Elijah Watson April 17, 2012

“We have been listening to a lot of Prince over the years, so it’s definitely an influence on this record,” said Maps and Atlases guitarist Erin Elders of the group’s latest album,...


Minus the Bear talks about anniversary tour, Forty Acres Fest

Elijah Watson April 13, 2012

What do ‘70s TV show “B.J. and the Bear” and experimental rock group Minus the Bear have in common? The band’s name derives from a joke a friend of the band made about a date (“You...


The Twerps on life down under, music, shows

Elijah Watson April 11, 2012

Melbourne, Australia’s The Twerps are all about pop — their jangling, soak-on-the-beach guitars reminiscent of ’60s surf rock. Accompanied by luscious harmonies from frontman Marty Frawley...

‘She & Him’ artist releases new solo work

Elijah Watson April 10, 2012

It’s been a while since singer-songwriter M. Ward had some alone time. His last solo effort, Hold Time, was back in 2009. Now, having devoted most of his time to side projects She & Him and Monsters...


Monica brings back glory days of R&B with New Life

Elijah Watson April 10, 2012

Fear not Monica fans. The ‘90s contemporary R&B diva still has the singing chops to compete with her fellow songstresses. Two years since her 2010 release, Still Standing, Monica returns with...

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Peelander-Z latest album embraces weirdness

Elijah Watson April 10, 2012

Imagine if childhood superheroes the Power Rangers gave up fighting crime and instead turned to a life of creating upbeat, pop punk music. Self-proclaimed “Japanese Action Comic Punk” band...

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Funk-rock Soul Track Mind is life of party with layered sound

Elijah Watson April 5, 2012

Local group Soul Track Mind have no qualms about bringing the funk. From their melodic, powerful horn section to frontman Donovan Keith’s pleasing falsetto reminiscent of soul crooner Al Green’s,...


Hip-hop icons to heat up weekend, draw fans

Elijah Watson April 5, 2012

Hip-hop heads rejoice: Thursday will feature two shows sure to appeal to both hardcore rap fans and music-savvy hipsters. Comedian and witty wordsmith Donald Glover, commonly known as Childish Gambino,...


Paul van Dyk’s Evolution offers substance, atmosphere in dubstep-dominated genre

Elijah Watson April 3, 2012

German Grammy Award-winning DJ Paul van Dyk has been a crucial component of electronic dance music’s rise to the mainstream. Whether it be collaborating with Talking Heads frontman David Byrne or...


Nicki Reloaded

Elijah Watson April 3, 2012

Editor's Note: This article contains explicit content. Did anyone think pop-rap songstress Nicki Minaj would fully turn away from her erratic persona? As soon as we all witnessed her baffling performance...


Latest Bieber single shows signs of gradual maturity

Elijah Watson March 29, 2012

Justin Bieber. Say the name in a crowded room and you’re bound to get an assortment of responses: “He looks like a girl.” “He flips his hair too much.” “I love him.”...


Rapper stays true to roots with latest album

Elijah Watson March 27, 2012

Unlike those who have claimed to have paid their dues in hip-hop, Timothy Parker, more commonly known as rapper Gift of Gab, has done so since his days in hip-hop duo Blackalicious. His impenetrable rhyming...


Singer’s eclectic covers album foreshadows potential comeback

Elijah Watson March 27, 2012

The cover art for R&B/soul songstress Macy Gray’s latest album, Covered, says it all. Naked, but veiled in darkness and hidden under wild hair, the singer-songwriter has a sullen look on her...


Mars Volta releases experimental record

Elijah Watson March 27, 2012

There is no group that has taken up the progressive rock torch quite like The Mars Volta. In their 11-year career, the band has gone from prog-rock toddlers to masters of the genre, channeling the spirit...


Kava plant soothes consumers

Elijah Watson March 22, 2012

After a day filled with multiple java stops and shots, where do you go to unwind and rid yourself of liquid anxiety? A new bar in Austin has got the answer, and it’s called kava. SquareRüt...


Nedry produces big sound with limited instruments

Elijah Watson March 20, 2012

Being compared to experimental rock group Portishead would be a challenge for most; that is, unless you’re Nedry. The English three-piece courageously flourishes with a minimalist electronic atmosphere...

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Odd Future’s unconventional second album keeps it controversial

Elijah Watson March 20, 2012

“Once upon a time, there was this group of dusty ass mothafuckas that created a little group for themselves. They called themselves Odd Future.” This is the introductory line to “Hi,”...

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Local band strives to find own sound, emulates previous bands

Elijah Watson March 20, 2012

Local band Electric Touch stays true to their name. Influenced by the punk rock sounds of The Clash and The Ramones, the group’s upbeat and energetic sound electrifies listeners with a musical shock....

SXSW Music — DAY 5

Elijah Watson March 19, 2012

Everything seems to come to a breaking point during the fifth, and basically last, day of SXSW. The festival's events coincided with St. Patrick's Day, resulting in a Saturday that was catastrophic,...


SXSW Music — DAY 4

Elijah Watson March 17, 2012

For those still fighting the good fight that is SXSW, Friday graciously offered some of the best events and shows so far. Early during the day, Antone's had attendees rocking out to the sounds of...


SXSW Music — DAY 3

Elijah Watson March 17, 2012

It's not uncommon to find the third day of SXSW overwhelming. Where Tuesday and Wednesday saw an array of acts getting acquainted with the Texas vibe, by Thursday those groups are all ready to go,...


SXSW Music — Day 2

Elijah Watson March 17, 2012

Wednesday showed a significant pick-up from the festivities offered on Tuesday. With a light breeze and free drinks galore, music fans and artists took to the streets of downtown in search of a good time. Thrasher...

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Click Clack Q & A

Elijah Watson March 17, 2012

Eric Mikulak, better known as rapper Click-Clack, could very well be the face of Austin's ever-growing hip hop scene. The local artist finds inspiration from an assortment of groups, his do-it-yourself...


SXSW Music — DAY 1

Elijah Watson March 15, 2012

Unless you were fortunate enough to catch Jay-Z's exclusive performance at the ACL Moody Theater on Monday, most music patrons did not really get a taste of what SXSW had to offer until Tuesday. Opening...

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Q&A

Elijah Watson March 14, 2012

Indie rock group Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. glide gracefully to the finish line like the race-car driver they take their name from. In their melodies you can hear the jubilant atmosphere of The Beach Boys,...


Diverse events accommodate genre preferences

Elijah Watson March 9, 2012

South By Southwest's music portion is always filled with an eclectic offering of music's biggest and up-and-coming acts. This year's SXSW is special in that it features singer-songwriter Fiona...


Breaking SXSW news shared with fans by using Twitter

Elijah Watson March 9, 2012

When it comes to South By Southwest, Twitter can become one of your greatest friends. From famous actors and actresses to big-shot rappers and rockstars, everyone who will be at SXSW will be talking about...


Restaurants open late at night can be a SXSW salvation

Elijah Watson March 9, 2012

Although South By Southwest has often been described as an adult’s playground, it could also very well be considered a test of one’s endurance. The restaurants listed below will solve your...

Local bands, artists freshen Austin’s famous ‘live music’

Elijah Watson March 9, 2012

Part of the reason Austin has become the “Live Music Capital of the World” is because of the talent it creates. From up-and-coming blues rocker Gary Clark Jr. to disco funksters The Bright...

Getting around made easy with alternative rides

Elijah Watson March 9, 2012

If there is anything South By Southwest is not friendly to, it’s cars. Once the festivities begin, the streets of downtown Austin are congested with people from all over the world, and the last thing...

Avoid emergencies with these essential, easily forgotten items

Elijah Watson March 9, 2012

These must-have South By Southwest items will help make your experience that much more enjoyable. Cash While there are plenty of ATMs scattered across downtown, you can avoid their steep service charges...

On-the-rise indie rappers to perform at SXSW

Elijah Watson and Ali Breland March 9, 2012

Outside of Kanye West and Jay-Z, rap can be a foreign genre to even the most diehard indie fanatics at South By Southwest. The genre has managed to become one of the most multifaceted and diverse in music,...


SXSW secret guest performances inspire predictions

Elijah Watson March 9, 2012

Last year’s secret music shows gave us performances from the then newly-reunited Death From Above 1979 and hip-hop dynamic duo Kanye West and Jay-Z, but what about this year? Who will surprise us...

SXSW to host Woodie Awards, showcases various up-and-coming talent

Elijah Watson March 9, 2012

Along with offering an assortment of performances from local, national and international talent, SXSW hosts many great events, including the annual mtvU Woodie Awards. Originally debuting back in 2004,...


Avant-garde rock group Deerhoof delivers fawntastic show despite lack of practice, time

Elijah Watson March 8, 2012

It would not be an overstatement to say that band names that begin with the word “deer” have their own special place in the rock music spectrum. Avant-garde, anything-goes rock band Deerhoof...


G-Side talks about latest album, SXSW gig

Elijah Watson March 7, 2012

Following their 2007 debut, Sumthin 2 Hate, G-Side, a duo consisting of members Stephen “ST 2 Lettaz” Harris and Yung “David Williams” Clova, are hoping to bring something new and...


Springsteen’s music evolves with generation

Elijah Watson March 6, 2012

It seems that Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen has redefined his sound to capture the ears of a new generation. For his 17th album, Wrecking Ball, the artist opts for arena-rock grandeur to remain...

Every Time I Die creates chaos with Ex Lives

Elijah Watson March 6, 2012

A self-proclaimed mix between a “Buffalo Bills tailgate party and a high school kegger,” metalcore ensemble Every Time I Die embodies the chaos that is bound to ensue if said high school kegger...


Good Old War’s third album keeps it simple

Elijah Watson March 6, 2012

Good Old War are the new kids on the indie-folk block. There’s a pop backbone to their folk-driven songs, combining the sweet harmonies of Fleet Foxes with the down-by-the-beach vibes of Jack Johnson....


Estelle’s third album reveals a new, independent attitude

Elijah Watson February 28, 2012

When Estelle rose to fame in 2008 with “American Boy,” featuring Kanye West, listeners met a sophisticated artist whose interests included traveling around the world and the aforementioned...


Chiddy Bang stays in unconventional comfort zone with debut album

Elijah Watson February 28, 2012

Through their own breed of backpack rap, rap duo Chiddy Bang comes prepared with the tools necessary to graduate at the top of the hipster class. The subgenre backpack rap is known for its relatable lyrical...


Ja Rule’s new album proves he’s still got it

Elijah Watson February 28, 2012

“It ain’t even a question how my dough flows,” stated Ja Rule on Jay-Z’s 1998 hit single, “Can I Get A...” During the late ’90s and early 2000s, it seemed foolish...

Previously underwhelming hip-hop artist makes breakthrough in new album

Elijah Watson February 21, 2012

Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson, better known as Tyga, had an ill-received debut when listeners first heard him on collaborative studio album, We Are Young Money. The rapper’s verse on the hit “BedRock”...


Dubstep subgenre features more aggressive sound

Elijah Watson February 15, 2012

Electronic dance music, or EDM, has emerged as the next big thing for American mainstream music. Key components include Las Vegas' Electric Daisy Carnival, a festival that has become notorious for...


Islands’ new album showcases the aftermath of a tragic relationship

Elijah Watson February 14, 2012

Indie rock group Islands has risen to prominence since it released its debut, Return to the Sea, in 2006. The group’s soft, melancholic sound compliments its name: wavy, reverberated guitars rock...

‘Re:Generation’ music project an eclectic display of artistic talent

Elijah Watson February 14, 2012

When documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev first announced his latest endeavor, “Re:Generation,” in October of last year, questions arose as to how well the acclaimed director would be able to...


Big Sir experiments with new sounds

Elijah Watson February 7, 2012

The longtime collaboration between The Mars Volta’s Juan Alderete and singer-songwriter Lisa Papineau (well known for contributing vocals to M83), Big Sir’s minimal setup harbors a complex...

Van Halen releases nostalgic album after fourteen years

Elijah Watson February 7, 2012

No band truly embodies the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll mentality quite like Van Halen. The gods of rock, who first made their performance debut in 1974 on Hollywood’s infamous Sunset...


Jay-Z sticks to his hip-hop persona despite entering fatherhood

Elijah Watson February 1, 2012

When power couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé announced the birth of daughter Blue Ivy Carter on Jan. 7, the Carters became the definitive example of what a hip-hop family should be. Soon after Blues birth,...


Leonard Cohen releases new album with “Old Ideas”

Elijah Watson January 31, 2012

“He’s a lazy bastard living in a suit,” begins Leonard Cohen’s “Going Home,” the opener for his latest release, Old Ideas. Talking to a fictionalized self, Cohen battles...


OH SNAP! festival honors former Southwestern student

Elijah Watson January 27, 2012

This weekend, OH SNAP! a music, food and variety festival, will be celebrating its third year, featuring local acts Les RAV, Ume, Mother Falcon, Freshmillions and many others. The festival debuted in...

Foxy Shazam converts non-believers with their showmanship

Elijah Watson January 24, 2012

Defining themselves as “the Michael Jordan of rock ‘n’ roll,” six-piece rabble-rousing rockers Foxy Shazam are distinct and distinguishable like their basketball counterpart. “We...

Cloud Nothings channel classic ’90s rock, fails to deliver distinctive sound

Elijah Watson January 24, 2012

Cloud Nothings would have fit in perfectly during the 1990s alternative rock scene. With their aggressive yet melodic guitar riffs and angry, half-sung, half-spoken vocals that are, at times, indecipherable,...

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