Articles by: Joey Willis

Unknown Mortal Orchestra Translate Studio Sounds to the Stage With Energetic Performance in Austin (SHOW REVIEW)

After the very successful release of 2015’s Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra has garnered quite a following. The subsequent Sex & Food was released this year to favorable reviews. Most tracks on a UMO album are ...

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Johnny Marr Reignites Solo Chapter With ‘Call the Comet’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

In the decades following the dissolution of The Smiths it seemed that Johnny Marr was content to sit on the sidelines, offering his immeasurable talent to other songwriters. The past three decades have found Marr ...

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Mazzy Star Stay True to Dream Pop Sound With EP ‘Still’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

After a 17-year hiatus, Mazzy Star returned with the release of 2013’s Seasons of Your Day. The well-received album showed fans that unlike some new releases from artists whose heyday was in the eighties and ...

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Courtney Barnett Maintains Signature Rock Sound While Maturing as a Songwriter With ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Following the release of her debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, Australian rocker Courtney Barnett was suddenly everywhere. Seemingly touring non-stop, she captivated new fans and old with her ...

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Dr. Dog Put On Energetic Performance of New Songs and Fan Favorites in Austin (SHOW REVIEW)

Over the past decade and a half, Philadelphia-based Dr. Dog have been busy releasing albums every year or two and touring incessantly. 2016 saw both the release of The Psychedelic Swamp early in the year ...

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Angels, Ministry and More Trip Out at Austin’s LEVITATION (FESTIVAL REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Following a last minute cancellation of the festival in 2016 due to weather, Levitation (formerly Austin Psych Fest) took a year off to consider the best way to carry on. This year Levitation returned to ...

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Dr. Dog Shine With Infectious Ballads and Psych Rock Sounds on ‘Critical Equation’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Over the past decade and a half, Philadelphia-based Dr. Dog have been busy releasing albums every year or two, and touring incessantly. 2016 saw both the release of The Psychedelic Swamp early in the year ...

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Loma Demonstrate Musical Chemistry Through Slowcore Soundscapes in Austin (SHOW REVIEW)

Austin has no shortage of musical acts, so it’s little surprise that many decide to collaborate on side projects. Such is the case with Loma, a team up between Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg and the duo ...

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The Decemberists Step Outside Comfort Zone With Synth-Laden ‘I’ll Be Your Girl’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Almost two decades on from the release of their debut EP, 5 Songs, The Decemberists have finally decided to take their sound in a new direction. Up to this point, the band has garnered quite ...

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Ratatat’s Mike Stroud and White Flight’s Agustin White Join Forces as KUNZITE With Debut ‘Birds Don’t Fly’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Two decades on from meeting while touring with their respective bands, Mike Stroud (Ratatat) and Agustin White (White Flight) have formed a new collaborative project, KUNZITE. Their debut LP, Birds Don’t Fly, came together via ...

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