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With live music making a swift return to Austin, it's time to dust off your local music knowledge and prepare for the tunes that will likely be coming to stages near you very soon. Austin musicians are sharing the fruits of their labor after a year of creating—and the results are almost worth a global pandemic.
If you're looking for some new songs to add to your rotation, check out these local artists.
Amigo the Devil
In a genre that he calls "murderfolk," Danny Kiranos plays music about subjects that most shy away from under the name Amigo the Devil. The new album, titled "Born Against," which Kiranos said is more subdued than the last, references taboo subjects, the human condition and a fear of death. "Quiet as a Rat" examines moral depravity to a marching band beat while "Letter From Death Row" is a teary ballad of a death row inmate finally letting go. With a voice reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, Kirano takes a raw look at his emotional state in his new album.
This is the band that is keeping Austin Weird. In a new single titled "Animal Ending," Reigalman pairs the song with a kooky video that flips the script on a typical hunting trip, where a stereotypical hunter chases an anthropomorphic pizza while surrounded by forest animals. The indie-pop song comes with an array of different guitar riffs to add interest, Riegalman's pleasant falsetto and will probably make you want to go vegan after hearing it... just for a second though.
Croy and the Boys
If a cowboy and a hippie had a baby, it would grow up to start Croy and the Boys, a politically-charged country music quartet led by Cory Baum. Their new EP, "Of Course They Do," is reminiscent of Father John Misty's complex lyrics while maintaining the familiar twang that Texans love oh, so much. The song "Do They Owe Us a Living?" which indirectly serves as the namesake for the record, takes a frustrated look at the state of living in modern America, while "Ready to Fight" challenges imposed authority in an upbeat, danceable tune.
Somber sounding and bridging several different genres at once, Austin-based musician Tyler Dozier's new album, "I Am the Prophet," explores emotional opposites of all types. An Alabama native, Dozier jumps from country to pop to orchestra to blues like it's no big deal. "I Am the Prophet" tells a story of a woman who is rebuilding herself, while "Paradox" is about the idea of a woman of stone. In an album dedicated to learning about herself, unlearning toxicity hiding in her past life and forming a new identity like a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, Dozier lays it all out on the table. This album is introspective, vulnerable and graceful in the face of change.
After releasing three projects in 2020, The Teeta, an Austin-based rap musician, recently revealed a new album, titled "24," with a complementing visual exhibit that meshes the barrier between music and perception. "The Teeta World'' is an interactive visual album that the Austin native said he hopes will bring people closer after a year of separation. The exhibit will only run through May 1 but has free entry and is full of surprises.
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A week after Texas added two congressional seats and California lost one, state officials reported a population decline in 2020 for the first time in the Golden State's history.
California fell by over 182,000 people from January 2020 to January 2021, dropping almost 0.5% to cap out at around 39.5 million people. It is still the nation's most populous state.
For over thirty years, California has seen more people leave than move in from other states, state officials said, with 6.1 million people moving out and 4.9 million coming in last year. Immigration and births kept California growing, but the state saw a shrink in international migration in 2020 due to COVID and the White House's hold on visas.
Of the steady flow of ex-Californians moving to other states, more are moving to Texas than any other state. Many are relocating to Austin, which has been labeled a "little California" by billionaire resident Elon Musk and continues to grow astronomically.
Meanwhile, California cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco saw a population decline.
With immigration and state migration on the decline, the Golden State was also hit with a spike in deaths- 51,000 people died from COVID in 2020, and all but seven of the state's counties saw death rates higher than the three-year average.
Still, the California Department of Finance said a "slightly positive annual growth" can be expected next year as the state recovers from COVID deaths and political repercussions.
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The sun is out, and thousands of Austin FC fans will be as well as Austin FC goes to Kansas to play Sporting Kansas City at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
There's plenty of pub partners to choose from, but here's a few watch parties to help you get in on the action.
Los Verdes watch party at Hopsquad Brewing, 2307 Kramer Lane
Fun fact: @LosVerdesATX brings sleeping bags and they basically live in the grain room between games. They'll emerge from time to time for a cup of coffee and to see if the #verde keeper kit has been released. pic.twitter.com/6HKUEHUFWY— Hopsquad Brewing Co. (@HopsquadBrewing) May 3, 2021
Ol' faithful: Hopsquad Brewing is hosting its weekly watch party, complete with beer, food trucks and the possible release of a new michelada, in partnership with Austin FC fan club Los Verdes. Admission is free, but make sure to bring a lawn chair so you can watch from the brand-new LED screen.
Austin Anthem North at 601 Whitestone Blvd, Cedar Park
Live up North? Looking for a place to catch the match? Join Us this Sunday.— Austin Anthem (@AustinAnthem) May 7, 2021
⚽ #AustinFC 🆚 #SportingKC
🗓 Sun, 5/9. 6:30pm
🍺 $1 off pints with @AustinFC gear and #verde Beer
🌮 Van's Damn Tasty Tacos & Ronburguesas $6 Fried Tots pic.twitter.com/zHRp4H2MIQ
Austin Anthem's 1,000+ audience at watch parties have been legendary, but they're splitting the group into two this week. The North Watch party will be located at Whitestone Brewery, with $1 off discounts if you bring Austin Anthem's signature beer or wear Verde. Tater tots and tacos will be on the menu. RSVP here.
Austin Anthem East at Haymaker, 2301 Manor Road
This week’s beer-storming also brings #LosZanates back to where much of the #AustinFC supporter movement was formed: @HaymakerAustin.— Austin Anthem (@AustinAnthem) May 4, 2021
⚽ #AustinFC 🆚 #SportingKC
🗓 Sun, 5/9. 6:30pm
🐻 2310 Manor Rd
The #Verde watch parties for all of #Austin. Join us!https://t.co/EdiBruetIG pic.twitter.com/7NYsEFLxCf
Austin Anthem is returning to its roots at Haymaker Austin, where much of the group originated. Beer, sandwiches and more will be on the menu for all of East Austin. RSVP here.
Head to a bar near you
If none of these watch parties are quite the right fit for you, 31 bars will be streaming the match in the Austin metro as part of the Austin FC Pub Club.
- Austin Eastciders- Barton Springs, 1530 Barton Springs Rd.
- Austin Eastciders- Collaboratory 979 Springdale Rd. Suite 130
- B.D. Riley's Mueller, 1905 Aldrich St. Unit 130
- The Bon Aire, 9070 Research Blvd
- Bouldin Acres, 2027 S Lamar Blvd
- Casa Chapala, 9041 Research Blvd Suite 100
- The Cavalier, 2400 Webberville Rd Unit A
- Cover 2,13701 N Highway 183
- Cover 3 Anderson Lane, 2700 W Anderson Ln Unit 202
- Happy Chicks, 214 E 6th St.
- Haymaker, 2310 Manor Rd.
- High Five- Anderson Ln, 2700 W Anderson Ln Unit 101
- Local Post Pub, 7113 Burnet Rd
- Pelons, 802 Red River St
- Play on 6th, 620 W 6th St
- Pluckers, various locations
- Revelry On The Boulevard, 6215 N Lamar Blvd
- Revelry- East 6th, 1410 E 6th St
- Rusty Cannon Pub, 730 W Stassney Ln Unit 120
- San Jac Saloon, 300 E 6th Street
- Shiner's Saloon, 422 Congress Ave Unit D
- Shooters Billiards 620, 11416 N FM 620
- Taco Flats, mulitple locations
- Twin Peaks, 701 E Stassney Ln
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