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The Fantastic Imagination share new single “Predict Country”

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The Fantastic Imagination | photo via Facebook

After taking a couple off years off from releasing music, The Fantastic Imagination are back with their second single of 2015.

“Predict Country” is a sprawling, euphoric song that follows up February’s equally euphoric, though quirkier, “Slack Ghosts Get Stoned.” It certainly reflects the psych-folk, communal identities of the 60s, but also reaches into Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” bag for its atmosphere. Continue reading →

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Magic Death Sounds announces line-up for annual block party with Power Animal, APHRA, Jo Kusy and more

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Jo Kusy | photo courtesy of the artist

Magic Death Sounds has announced details of its 3rd annual block party, taking place in Fishtown on August 30th. The two-stage event will showcase the tape label’s roster of artists along with other up-and-coming locals, including electronic soul-pop project APHRA, psych-rock songwriter Jo Kusy, electronic experimentalist Power Animal and more. There will also be food, drinks, and flea market vendors on hand, making it the kind of block party you won’t want to leave. Check out a highlight reel of last year’s party below and get more details here.

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PREMIERE: Lushlife and friends reinterpret “Gymnopedie 1.2″ in new video

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Lushlife | photo by Isaac Remsen | www.IsaacRemsen.com

Despite having to reach all the way back to 2012 to find his most recent record, Lushlife has been busy during the last three years with projects like an expansive Shaking Through session and an innovative, Reddit-style art website called Designflow.

But now, as we draw closer to a release day for his follow-up to 2012′s Plateau Vision, Raj Haldar returns to that effort with a new live video for “Gymnopedie 1.2.”

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XPNFest Recap: Gina Chavez closes the Marina Stage with award-winning Latin music

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Gina Chavez | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Austin musician Gina Chavez closed the Marina Stage tonight, bringing some southwest heat to the XPoNential Music Festival and representing the “Latin Roots” project of World Cafe.

Chavez has been getting a lot of attention this year after releasing her sophomore LP Up.Rooted in 2014. She was named Austin’s 2015 Musician of the Year and earned Best Song, Best Album and Best Latin Band accolades from the city’s music awards.

Joined by a band that included a trumpet player, the set was a mix of American and Latin styles. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Son Little got mellow and groovy on the Marina Stage

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Local guy Son Little put the packed Marina Stage crowd into a mellow groove during his set this afternoon midway through this year’s XPoNential Music Festival.

Easing into “Loser Blues,” Son Little’s Aaron Livingston reprised his stand-out Non-COMM set from a few months ago with a mix of old and new songs. This first song was built around sparse guitar playing from Livingston, foreshadowing some of the bluesier riffs that were still to come. Continue reading →