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Austin’s Mirror Travel had a previous music life as the popular band Follow That Bird. Label issues and perhaps some “big” bird issues were all factors in the new moniker, which also set the band off in a newer, more focused direction. Their music is dreamy garage pop, and totally fun. The band, made up of Lauren Green (guitar/vocals), Paul Brinkley (bass/vocals), and Tiffanie Lanmon (drums), stopped by to play some tunes and talk a bit about their history and recent recording experience.
The Austin, TX-based instrumental band that’s rethinking the process on each record.
Old reflections, new analysis about the assassination of JFK 50 years later.
Court clashes in Texas lead to Supreme Court files.
Nearly a year after it formed the sinkhole beneath Bayou Corne, Louisiana has become one of our nation’s worst industrial disasters that no one knows about… and it’s still hungry.
Heavy metal finds a home in Brooklyn at Saint Vitus during CMJ Week.
BTR takes a closer look at the Welsh group, Joanna Gruesome, and Texas’s answer to Vampire Weekend.
Gabe Rothschild and Sal Garro (drummer for Quiet Loudly and pow wow!), both of the Brooklyn/Austin trio The Governors, also play together as Hige Kuma. In this special episode of BTR Hear & There, Gabe and his wife Sao perform a song together while preparing Japanese-inspired street food aboard their food truck, the Love Balls Bus, at the Spiderhouse Cafe in Austin, TX, during SXSW.
Originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts, You Won’t mix lo-fi rock and stripped-down folk. Beneath the layers of raw distortion, their songs are strewn with sincere lyrics and endearing twangy-pop melodies. The band — made up of Josh Arnoudse and Raky Sastri — released their debut full-length, Skeptic Goodbye, last year. The duo stopped by the BTRhouse in Austin, TX, during SXSW this year for a very special episode of BTR Hear & There, performing a song written by their friend, My Name Is Gideon.
On Tuesday, March 16, BTR threw an unofficial day party in Austin, TX, during SXSW at The Liberty, a great East Side bar with a sweet outdoor space. In the first of two videos featuring the bands from that show, we check out explosive blues rock duo Black Pistol Fire who split their time between living in Austin and in their original home-city of Toronoto; Saddle Creek skronk pop band UUVVWWZ from Lincoln, NE; mind-bending Philly noise poppers Bleeding Rainbow; and Antenna Farm Recordings’ Austin-based songwriter, Dana Falconberry. In the second of two videos featuring the bands from that show, we check out San Francisco buzz band Social Studies; Portland, OR, indie-poppers Radiation City; Montreal minimalist psych-rockers Suuns; and California-based stoner/psych rockers The Blank Tapes. Crack open a Lone Star and get an exclusive look at this massive music festival from some of the bands at the center of it all!
Side One Track One offers the history of one forgotten ’70s country gem, with lots of videos and songs!
Big Harp is the duo of Chris Senseney and Stefanie Drootin-Senseney (who have performed with The Good Life, Bright Eyes, and She & Him.) The band formed in December 2010, after a three-year whirlwind where the two met, had a baby, moved halfway across the country, got married, moved halfway across the country again, and had another baby. Once out of the baby haze, the two holed up together for a week and crafted a record full of intimate, low-key folk-rock. In the time since that initial spark, they’ve toured and made another record (Parallels), pushing those mellow roots towards an even more lively, inspired act both on stage and in the studio. Here, they sit with Maia for a special session of in the backyard of the house where the BTR crew was stationed in Austin, TX, during the recent SXSW music festival.
The Talking Kitchen offers a delicious Green Pasta recipe.
The BTR team hit Austin, Texas for the 2013 South By Southwest music festival last week! Packed in a house on the east side of town, a short walk to all the official — and unofficial — activities, we hit the streets and the shows to bring you a taste of the insanity. Check out these daily videos, which offer a solid sampling of all that went on — though, rest assured, there’s oh so much more happening in Austin during the annual invasion of music industry and fans! We caught The Flaming Lips, the Zombies, tons of bands whose names we didn’t even catch, threw a day party, checked out the Gear Expo and Flatsock 38, scoped out the scene on South Congress, and much more!
This week on the show my guest is painter and illustrator Esther Pearl Watson. Esther’s paintings draw on memories from her childhood growing up in the Texas suburbs around Dallas Fort worth where her father had the unusual hobby of building large UFOs out of scrap in her backyard. Encore show from February 2011.

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