For a while now, Cherokee has had a strong reputation for supporting the visual arts with its galleries, outdoor festivals and street art. Yet the proliferation of music venues and recording studios, including the five month-old Texas Room, is making Cherokee an increasingly good place to keep your ear to the ground for new homegrown sounds.
Lights, the nom de music of Valerie Poxleitner, is most often associated with the electronic-pop of artists like Owl City and Björk. But even with just an acoustic guitar, Lights still shines brightly.
Twangfest won't arrive until June, but 88.1 KDHX and Twangfest delivered a taste of what's to come with their 13th annual SXSW day parties this past week in Austin.
Friday, March 16
12:30 p.m. Home Slice Pizza. This New York-style pizza joint in south Austin hosts a fantastic day party each year, and this year's lineup is quality.
The music of Rolie Polie Guacamole is all about interaction. With jumping rhythms and clever songwriting -- hey, kids are smart -- the group turns every song into a crazed, full-body aerobics workout.
The purest medium for expressing the many shades of love and life is a rock song. If that isn't the truth, then Yukon Blonde doesn't want to hear the truth.