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This year has been a bit of a downer for the Austin music scene. With cancelations of events like ACL, South by Southwest and pretty much every concert this year, Austin is sorely missing its world-famous trait of being the live music capital of the world.


However, just because musicians aren't gathering as much in person these days doesn't mean music isn't happening. Nine months into the pandemic, Austin musicians are getting their music back out there.

Combined with Waterloo Records reopening after months of shut down on Nov. 2, Austin is slowly starting to feel like its old self again.

Don't miss these newest tracks from Austin's own.

Willie Nelson & Karen O, "Under Pressure"

This cover by Austin country legend Willie Nelson and vocalist for band The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O, came about to draw attention to struggling music venues all over the country. "Under Pressure" a slowed-down, withered take on the Queen classic is achy and mourning, indicative of the state of many industry professionals.

Jackie Venson, “Vintage Machine”

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Austin up-and-coming singer-songwriter Jackie Venson dropped her long-awaited, visually driven album "Vintage Machine." The album is futuristic and ethereal, with trippy effects and the guitar riffs Venson is famous for. Venson plans to hold a live release party on Nov. 20.

Daniel Fears, “Canopy”

Daniel Fears spent years performing with other notable locals like Wild Child and Ley Line, but Fears takes on a new sound all on his own this time. Fears harkens musicians like Frank Ocean and James Blake in his work, with drawn out vocals and tranquil soundscapes. A trained saxophonist, Fears offers tones of soul in his music.

Jamestown Revival, “A Field Guide to Loneliness” EP

Indie-folk duo Jamestown Revival wrote its new EP post-COVID-19, wishing for company in a lonely time. The members, Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance, wrote the songs from their homes, locked away in quarantine. The songs are gently introspective and provide easy listening, though it is clear the writers had solitude on the brain, especially in tracks like "Loneliness." The duo has plans to start recording their next full-length album this month.

Vallejo, “Amigos Amigos”

Hailing from Austin, Vallejo is the last name of three brothers who make up the rock band, plus a few additions. Vallejo has been making music for 25 years. The newest album, "Amigos, Amigos," features collaborations with artists from all over the Lone Star State. The Latin-esque beats and meaningful vocals will get you out of your seat.

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