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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Republic Square Park has turned into a Ford-themed fiesta for its Built to Connect pop-up experience, complete with test drives, off-roading and an inside look at the Tesla-rivaling electric vehicles that the motor vehicle company is planning to integrate over the next decade.
The outdoor driving event is free, open to the public and will stay in the park from now until Oct. 24, offering rides on Bronco Mountain, a 0-40 mph zip in the 2022 all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning and a chance to win an original Ford Bronco.
The event kicked off with a panel of speakers, including Austin Director of Transportation Rob Spillar, Ford General Manager Darren Palmer and engineering specialists discussing Ford's goals to make it so that 50% of the vehicles on the road are electric by 2030.
As an eco-conscious city, Spillar said that around 4,000 vehicles, or 22% of the Texas electric vehicle market, as well as over 15,000 plugins lie in Austin, meaning driving electric just got accessible.
"Austin, as you know, is a fast-growing modern city that is committed to protecting the long term health and viability of our communities and strategies that reduce greenhouse gases, mitigate the effects of climate change and improve the drone quality of life here in Central Texas for all of our residents," Spillar said.
And Ford's electric vehicles are putting up some steep competition for newly-Austin-based company Tesla. The new electric Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lighting offer amenities that used to be exclusive to Musk's brand, such as the BlueCruise self-driving network. The cars also boast a 300-mile range on a single charge, assisted reverse technology and access to the biggest charging network outside of the home.
Plus, Ford's got affordability on its side. The F-150 Lightning starts at $39,974 and the Mustang Mach-E starts at $42,895, while the cheapest Tesla model, the Model 3, starts at $41,990 and averages 262 miles on a single charge.
Speaking of price, the numbers on the electric vehicles may look like a little more than you'd like to pay for your transport, but Palmer promises it will pay off. In addition to a $7,500 tax credit you can earn for your sustainability, you'll never have to buy a pricey tank of gas again.
"Personally, I have not found one customer ever, who would go back to gas so that says something," Palmer said. "I realized, at $51,000, that car outruns every childhood hero car I ever had."
Texas buyers: take note. The Ford Lightning can power your house for three to 10 days, just in case the statewide power grid fails. You can take it glamping with you, so you don't have to leave the comfort of modern life behind, and in a pinch, Palmer said he's even seen a wedding party powered by the truck.
Ford is investing $30 billion into the U.S. market to meet demand by 2025 and the new electric truck already has over 150,000 reservations.
"I think they're going to take off much faster than you expect—they're going to be extremely, extremely popular next year," Palmer said. "With the incentives that are available today, this is starting to become more mainstream and viable for more and more families. We couldn't have done that before, we didn't have the technology, or the technology at that price."
The event is ongoing through next weekend from 12-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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The Austin Police Department is searching for a man who is believed to be behind a series of robberies that is "sexual in nature and is escalating."
Three robbery cases that took place in North Austin within a 30-day period are being investigated by police, who report the victims all had similar descriptions for suspects in the case. The suspect is described as a 20-25-year-old Spanish-speaking Hispanic man, approximately 5'3, thin build, recently shaved with black hair. Police say he is known to typically wear athletic clothing and used a knife on each of the victims.
Here's a breakdown of the cases:
1. At 7:56 a.m. on Sept. 22 at the 1600 block of Rutland Drive, a woman was walking alone and returning from her child's school when a suspect walking by inappropriately touched her. The suspect then grabbed her by the arm, threatened her with a knife and demanded "her property."
2. At 8:10 a.m. on Oct. 11 at 1700 block of Colony Creek Drive, a woman was walking to her child's school when a man approached her with a knife and then demanded her personal items. The suspect then said he would return the items in return for sex.
3. At 11:03 a.m. on Oct. 13 at the 9300 block of Northgate Boulevard, a woman was with her child in the laundry room of an apartment complex when a man walked in performing a sexual act. The suspect demanded personal items from the victim, threatening to hurt the victim and take her child.
Police cautioned the public to walk without earbuds, stay alert and report suspicious activity to the police.
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