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SXSW SPOTLIGHT ON: RONY’S INSOMNIA
March 17, 2016 11:17 am

Rony’s Insomnia is the female fronted and hybridized alternative rock project of local New Yorker and native Israeli Rony Corcos and company. Rony’s Insomnia, who will take to stage at 11:30 a.m. this Friday at the Beasts’ SXSW showcase in Austin, is a powerful symbol of feminine might and creative expression. With their cerebral blend of modern technology, intelligently employed effects, and traditional jazz-rock core, Rony’s insomnia creates a wall of sound that is sure to please both the punk-alternative enthusiast and the more refined musical tastes.

Rony’s knowledgeable production background is evident in their highly sophisticated set, while her Mediterranean Middle-Eastern roots can be heard in an almost ancient background whisper. Be prepared for lots of pedals and an impressive display of female vocals. The talented display can be heard on 2014’s well received Count to Ten EP.

With a new and improved line-up featuring Ben Fitterman on Bass and Colin Taylor on drums, Rony’s Insomnia is set to make their unique presence felt at this years Southby celebration. If you can’t make it down this year, be sure to see them at their upcoming New York dates, or catch them on the road this spring.

GET OUT AND DO512
March 9, 2016 5:45 pm

Hello, fellow party goers/people that love fun. As a New Yorker, there’s a multitude of places I can refer to to get a head’s up of what’s going on around town. This city is always hustling and bustling and because of that there is always something fun happening. For me, I have my personal stash of outlets like Thrillist, Eater, Gotham, and ILoveFreeConcerts for stuff like top margarita spots, best bottomless brunch, outdoor summer movies, and the list goes on and on.

In light of next week’s SXSW, we at ATYPICAL SOUNDS are highlighting one particular site that does for Austin what many great sites do for SXSW.

Do512.com is a site where you can find a high variety of different events to do in the 512 (Austin area code). The whole DoStuff Network has a plethora of other cities in its grasp; Do617 for Boston, Do312 Chicago, Do503 Portland and many others.

With categories like: Music, Comedy, Arts & Fashion, Happy Hours, Sports & Outdoors, Film and Food, the site manages to keep the citizens of Austin in a constant state of happy by promoting places where this kind of stuff can be revered.

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Austin is on the rise to a social utopia, breaking barriers in the past few years to become the hotspot it is now. It’s basically the Portland or Brooklyn of Texas. A city that people can look to as a place where art and business can flourish together.

And although we can’t put all the credit on SXSW, we also can’t ignore that the festival has done for Austin what Comic Con has done for San Diego.

In the Atypical Beasts spirit, this is one place that we revere because of their attitude. It is a city that stands for a place where your passion and your career can be one in the same.

Go to the site to check out some great, and cheap, places to go while you’re down there in Austin, as well as some great parties to keep your SXSW experience one to remember…or not remember.

LITERATURE IS TURNING JAPANESE
December 15, 2015 8:00 am

If you haven’t heard Chorus, the LP from Philadelphia-based band Literature, you’re missing out. It’s everything that’s right about pop music. And we’re not the only ones who think so, either; in 2016, Kevin Attics, Nathaniel Cardaci, Seth Whaland, and Chris Schackerman are being sent to Japan to spread the love and wreak some havoc.

ATYPICAL SOUNDS snagged some quality time with Nate and Seth, and found out what they’re looking forward to most.

You’re traveling to Japan next year. How did that happen?

We’re still in the planning stages, but it’s looking like we’ll be there for a week or so. Playing a couple shows in Tokyo & then some in surrounding cities. None of us have ever been so we’re just looking forward to learning more about Japan and eating amazing food and butchering their language.

This came about because this rad label in Japan called Waterslide Records offered to put out [Literature album] Arab Spring on CD. They then also released Chorus on CD. Both have at least once track that the US versions don’t have, to make it a little more special. But yeah, we’ve been working with Kazu from Waterslide for a while now and are very excited to meet him!

While in Japan, is there anything you’d like to hit during your free time? Can I suggest visiting the Moomin Cafe?

You can suggest that! I think you just did. It looks like this place is an anti-loneliness bar? We might visit that place, but we certainly won’t be lonely! We’re planning on having a decent entourage with us on this trip. For instance, Chris Reject from Square of Opposition Records is supposed to join us for the trip. We don’t usually enjoy his company, but perhaps in another country he’ll be more tolerable.

You also have a split 7” with Expert Alterations. How did you get involved with them?

They set up one of the most fun shows we have ever played – Baltimore Popfest! We’ve been close friends with Expert Alterations, Wildhoney, Post Pink and other Baltimore folks ever since we met them there. Why’re Baltimore folks so great? Probably all the Natty Boh

literature-slumberland You toured with Expert Alterations over the summer, as well. Do you have any memories of the tour that stand out to you?

YES! Something amazing happened. The first show of tour was in DC, which we’ve only played once before, and this woman came up after the show and asked if Chorus had a lyric sheet because she’d previously only listened to the record on Spotify. We couldn’t remember if the CD version had a lyric sheet or not so we checked (spoiler: it does!). She then revealed that she’d WRITTEN HER OWN VERSION OF THE LYRICS AS SHE HEARD THEM. She e-mailed them to us. It was a good effort and very endearing, but they were way wrong. It was really fun for us to read her version of the lyrics. It was also a high compliment that she did that, which of course is always nice.

Your live performances are fun to watch, as they tend to be pretty high-energy. Which bands do you think put on the best live performance? 

People can be good at performing in so many different ways. Nate thinks an Austin band performing these days that is really good is Big Bill. Seth loved playing with The Shivers during CMJ in New York last year because Keith (the principal member) is so intense when he plays. And the other two dudes aren’t here while we’re answering these questions so I’ll guess for them. Kevin probably loves The Spook School because they’re just a great pop band and that drummer is so goofy. Chris would perhaps say The Drums because I know he loves them!

Kevin used to write for music publications as a teen. What do you think drew him to do that, when many of your peers were probably drinking under an overpass in their free time?

Kevin was under a different overpass playing covers of Smashing Pumpkins songs. And he definitely didn’t know enough nerdy musicians IRL, that’s why he was writing to/with/for them. He may or may not approve this answer, but I think it’s fairly accurate. 

Your band biography mentions that Kevin, Nate, and Seth have worked at various times to operate a venue in Austin, TX and run small imprint labels before forming Literature in Philadelphia, PA. Can you talk about what goes into those ventures? Also, what prompted the move to Philadelphia?

We’ve all tried to help support the music scene and be supportive of other folks and their creative pursuits. What goes in to that stuff? Time and money and fun! Seth is doing a small vinyl label again called Keeled Scales. Kevin is setting up a lot of shows in Philadelphia, more in the traditional venue scene than in the house venue scene which we were more involved with at the beginning in Austin. 

As for Philly – Nate & Seth are originally from the Lehigh Valley, PA so it was a return to some of our roots. It also allowed us to play in cities other than Austin! As fun as Austin is, there isn’t a whole lot going on within a days drive from there. But from Philadelphia we could easily play NYC & Baltimore & Bethlehem, etc.

Is there anything planned for you between now and Japan?

We’re playing a wedding in January but none of y’all are invited. Hopefully album #3, but that is still in the writing stages. 

SAY GIRL SAY SPEAKS AT CMJ
November 2, 2015 4:46 pm

Who knew there’d be a whole showcase dedicated to bands from Texas? CMJ was packed with delightful bands playing around the city, but the “Texas Takeover” at The Delancey was something that was worth checking out and helped me discover some bands outside of the local scene I’ve been stuck in lately. Even if you missed it, no worries! We got to speak to one of the talented bands, Say Girl Say, and hear what they had to say about music, tacos, and their bond to mother nature.
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How’s CMJ so far?

Suzan: SO COOL. We started off with the kick-off party at Pianos on Tuesday and then we played a private dinner party at the Chef Club.

Was it part of CMJ?

Suzan: No, not really, but it was really cool. It was like a Houston by New York mixer. So it was like Houston culture being introduced to New York. It was just us. There were a couple of chefs there from Houston that are pretty well known and got some really awesome food down there.

What’s your favorite food?

TACOOOOOOS(in unison). Straight up!

I thought you’d say BBQ!

Suzan: We’re known for that, but we’re vegetarian. But tacos…Breakfast tacos, lunch tacos. Put eggs, veggies, mushrooms, spinach, avocado, onion, red pepper, green pepper, jalapeno, sriracha!

So have you discovered any good taco places around New York?

Suzan: We stay away from that food when we’re here because we can have it when we go back home. We’ve had pizza and bagels- The food’s great here.

How did you guys get together as a band?

Suzan: Bridget and I worked at an environmental non-profit and we immediately clicked once we found out we love music and at the time I just learned how to play the ukulele and later on Bridget bought a ukulele and started playing infront of friends at open mics. There’s a local bar called the Avant Garden that we play at on Tuesday nights and that’s where Luke met us!

Luke: They were actually on stage when we walked in. I immediately flored at their voices and performance. Both these girls were singing into one microphone and they both had ukuleles and were playing it into the other microphone. It was funny, but I loved what I was hearing.

Bridget: It’s pretty DIY

And how many years ago was this?

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Luke: This was on October 10th, 2011.

Suzan: Wow, Luke remembers the date!

All this face paint- Tell me all about this tribal look you guys portray!

Suzan: So we have a lot of tribal rhythms in our music. Luke uses a lot of different instruments- jambes, tables, steel drums, so there’s a wide range of influences globally to our music. So yeah, the African beat man. We have a connection to mother nature, so we really like to look like we’re coming out of the dirt sometimes, like we’re growing out of the earth. And so the more face paint, the more raw it looks and closer we are to ourselves.

How would you describe your sound in one sentence?

Suzan: Let’s make it a long sentence. Indeginous free folk soul R&B world awesome. Everything we do is very organic. The way that we write music, so it’s really cool that technically we’re all just friends, and it’s awesome that brought us together. So we like to just sit down and mess around, constant jam sessions. That’s how we write music so we just produce what comes out in the moment. We channel our productivity. We feed off each other very well, very naturally.

Birdcloud Gets Dirty @ The Mohawk
September 1, 2015 1:51 pm

Birdcloud, the country babe duo Jasmin and Makenzie, took the audience at their sold out show Friday, August 28th. The girls were in the middle of their Texas tour. They sold out of tickets by 1o pm at the Mohawk. The inside stage room was packed and everyone was waiting for Birdcloud to start their oh so entertaining act. They preformed new songs from their new album TETNIS, along with the original songs that got everyone to fall in love with their gritty, unplugged country music.

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Even though they are from Nashville, Tennessee, I am pretty sure they LOVE Texas. Having been here three times this year for Fun Fun Fun, SXSW, and now. Texas definitely loves them and keeps bringing them back. The band has been together since 2009 and have released three albums. They’ve always known how to push limits, but this latest release tests some far-out boundaries. A fun and sexy act, they really bring the life to live music. Jasmine and Makenzie have an amazing connection on stage and are 100% comfortable with each other. They sing about real life; down in the dirt shit. There is no beating around the bush lyrics, cut and dry and right in your face. They might offend some people but screw ’em. Music is a form of expression and they use it correctly. One of their songs, “Do What I Want” is a great example of what they do best- exactly what they want.

Birdcloud went on at 11:30 and played almost an hour long set. Some bands just stick to their new work but these girls brought it all out to the table. They played each others guitars and drank each others drinks, ending one song by rolling around on the floor and wrestling each other all while playing their mandolin and guitar. At one point they brought their friends up, singing and caressing them all over the stage. They brought that true country grit and had a damn crazy show.

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They were in Dallas the night before and San Antonio Saturday night. Who knows… They might be rolling through again soon.

T0W3RS Brought The Electric Groove To ATX
August 21, 2015 6:12 pm

A hot Saturday night, August 15th in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas. I was lucky enough to catch T0W3RS in the middle of his current summer tour.

Derek, the lead of T0W3RS was fierce as hell. I just have to say, he pulls off the bolo tie. He is one that brings all kinds of attitude to the stage with badass style and jamming tunes. His ongoing album TL;DR started off in the midst of the night- a hot night, but it was rad. The lighting was vibrant and the bar was awakened at Red 7.

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T0W3RS owned the damn stage! People were groovin’ and Derek’s charisma towards the audience was captivating; his body language was strong and endearing. His presence took over the venue and he gave off strong feelings for the music; there was a great connection between him and his equipment, you can tell he truly expresses himself when he is up on stage. Taking advantage of all the time he had, he was all over the place expressing this refreshing, freeing persona, sharing this experience with everyone ready to witness. The songs were relative to everyday moments of life with spacey electro-pop wave tunes to flow along with you. T0W3RS rocked it out and never missed a beat. They had everyone watching Derek, totally unrestrained and off the wall. I couldn’t stop watching because you never knew what he was going to next.

His vocals are textured and full of feeling, never missing a single beat. His music is intertwined in all types of passion and perception with the fun loving/I do what I want/feel how I want to feel beat and don’t forget, the KILLIN’ IT attitude.

He is still on tour for the rest of the summer and might be rolling through your city!  Click here for more info.

AUGUST 21st – BLOOMINGTON, IN
AUGUST 22nd -CINCINNATI, OH
AUGUST 23rd – DETROIT, MI
AUGUST 26th – CHICAGO, IL
AUGUST 27th – CHICAGO, IL
AUGUST 28th- DAVENPORT
AUGUST 29th – MINNEAPOLIS
AUGUST 30th – CLEVELAND, OH
AUGUST 31st – PITTSBURGH, PA
SEPTEMBER 1st- PHILADELPHIA, PA
SEPTEMBER 2nd – PIANOS, NYC
SEPTEMBER 4th- BROOKLYN, NY

If you get the chance to see T0W3RS live, DON’T MISS IT!

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Artist of the Month – Flint Eastwood
May 27, 2015 8:05 pm

As Flint Eastwood prepared to take the stage for their noon set at the Atypical Beast Agency Showcase, groggy employees of the Spider House Ballroom were still showing up for work. An early set time can be difficult for a band at South By South West, which sees Austin’s party scene drawing people out late into the night. Most bands could not match this unique SXSW challenge, but Flint Eastwood are not like most bands. 

Dressed to match in black outfits and bolo ties, the band jumpstarts their set, filling the tent with energy and attracting the attention of everyone at the Spider House drawn in by the dance-friendly grooves. What followed was a rousing set that inspired an afternoon dance party- the likes of which I had never before witnessed. I immediately drew the conclusion that a cup of coffee is unnecessary when you start your day with Flint Eastwood. 

Born and bred out of Detroit, Michigan, the five bandmates of Flint Eastwood have crafted a unique and defining sound for themselves, one that is perfectly matched by their distinctively sleek, black uniforms. Listening to their music, it is not difficult to see that they draw heavy influence from spaghetti westerns, though the indie dance sound they incorporate would provide the perfect soundtrack to the special kind of westerns where cowboys use dance battles instead of bullets, to settle differences.

Their name, one of my favorite band names ever, emphasizes their western influence and their hometown pride all at once, playing off of Clint Eastwood and Flint, Michigan simultaneously. 

A band’s hometown may just be its starting point, but for the members of the band, Detroit is more than just where they lay their heads at night. It is a source of constant inspiration. 

Made up of five members; Jax Anderson on lead vocals, Weston Bradshaw on guitar and backup vocals, Andrew Stevens on bass, Sam Ridgell on drums, and Leo Bautista on the keyboard, one thing stands for sure, Flint Eastwood are prepared to dominate any stage they perform on.

Talking with Jax and Weston after the show, they recognized Detroit’s legendary contributions to music, most famously garage rock and techno. However, they were quick to explain how their hometown scene is at an awesome transition point. Gone are all the garage rock bands, and in their place came a new wave of techno, electro, and hip-hop artists working together to put on amazing shows.

With a low cost of living, Detroit is helping to provide musicians the opportunity to hone their skills, truly do what they want, and do it frugally. Even the band uniform has hometown roots, the bolo ties inspired by a former bass players’ father, Mr. Carnell, and their signature western style hats coming from Henry the Hatter, a Detroit staple since 1893. 

With this excellent territory come a true sense of dedicated fan support. When asked to describe the best show they have performed at, Weston described a show they played at a house party in Detroit. While setting up at midnight, there wasn’t a soul to be found. Much like their set at SXSW, once they began, people started to emerge from everywhere. The crowd that quickly filled the house, went wild dancing, shaking the floors and the walls to the beat of the songs. It got so wild that the police actually showed up, a rare feat for a noise violation in Detroit.

When they aren’t busting down the walls at house parties, they are sharing the bill with some amazing bands that tour throughout Detroit, including Foxy Shazam and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.. They even shared the stage with the real life party God, Andrew W.K., as you can see in the video for their excellent song, Secretary, off of their EP Late Nights In Bolo Ties. First timers at South By, they brought an infectious energy to every show, and took time to record a session with Daytrotter, as evidence proves by the Instagram video Daytrotter posted of them throwing down an impromptu remix of their song to the sound of a blaring car alarm.

When Flint Eastwood took the streets of Austin by storm at this years South By South West, their energetic performances and on point attire helped showcase how they are a band not to be missed, or messed with for that matter. It is for these reasons that they have been selected as AtypicalSounds’ very first Artist of the Month, as we all patiently wait to see what moves these Michigan musicians will make next.