Interview with The Division Men by Mike Cosmic

A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to interview The Division Men right before their extensive tour. The Division Men are a music duo comprised of Caroline and Jesus Portillo, who’s music bleeds through the haunting echoes of one’s soul. The Division Men’s unique sound has also gathered collaborations from members from Asleep at the Wheel and The Black Angels. Check out the video interview with The Division Men as we talk about their music, inspirations and tour.

The Division Men     .     Official Site



The Coathangers – Unplugged @ Collide

The Coathangers – Unplugged 

The coathangers are a punk based trio out of Atlanta, GA. I heard about The Coathangers off of a Burger Records compilation (Which has  at least 100 bands) and I was instantly in love. I picked up their 2011 Larceny & Old Lace album on Suicide Squeeze and was astonished by the way the album flowed. They have also collaborated with Davila666 and released an EP called No Crees Que Ya Cansa (Suicide Squeeze), with the song by the same name, which can also be found Bandcamp. 

Their follow up album Nose Bleed Weekend is a masterpiece in itself. The album starts off with a song called Perfume which instantly sets the mood for the rest of the record. Nose Bleed Weekend is a perfect album that takes you on adventure filled with hell no’s, excuse me’s, and don’t need you at all’s. The album easily charts as one of my top of favorite albums. Nose Bleed Weekend is highly recommended and should be in your collection. 

The Coathangers played at Barracuda to a packed house on February 12th which I unfortunately missed. But all turned out for the better on February 11th and they played an unplugged set at Collide. Although the crowd was not as crazy as the night before, I got to hangout and talk to these awesome ladies! I could hardly contain my excitement, when I arrived at Collide. I approached them and asked them about their show the previous night and how they were feeling with such a small amount of sleep. They responded with;  The Austin show had great response from the audience and they loved that their were a lot of girls up in front. Good job Austin! They also said that they are use to 5 hours of sleep since they are on tour. After their performance I hungout with Meredith Franco (bass/vocals) who also let me keep their playlist. 🙂 Julia Kugel (guitar/vocals), and Stephanie Luke (drums/vocals) were super awesome and they even took a couple of selfies with me! Check out the bottom of this post. 


Check out their first acoustic set! Enjoy!

I also included their 2013 performance at Hotel Vegas.



The Coathangers      .      Facebook    .     Bandcamp





Selfies with The Coathangers at Collide!

Lola Tried, Levees, Megafauna, Otis the Destroyer

A night of killer performances and too much whiskey!

Technical difficulties are a part of life for all bands especially when on stage. Bands may prepare for the best show in their lives but when it comes down to it, the real test is when they perform live. Most of the time the crowd does not even notice which makes the show more memorable.

Side note: To add to the memories it was a week before my birthday and with the help of Sonya Hernandez we downed a substantial amount of whiskey. We later decided to take selfies with Lowin’s Sara Houser, Ottis the The Destroye’s Taylor Wilkins and Bassist, the infamous Ben Tipton and Megafauna’s Dani Neff and Winston Barrett . You can check out the pics at the bottom of this post. 😛


On December 9, 2016 Lola Tried (Lauren Burton) gave one of those memorable performances when her Telecaster busted a string but that did not keep her from jamming out without missing a beat! Then while on stage someone handed her a White SG guitar and she kept rocking out. I literally live for moments like this.

Check out Lauren’s perfectly awesome performance caught on video!


Lola Tried      .      Facebook    .    Bandcamp



Levees      .     Facebook   .    Bandcamp

Next up we have San Antonio’s Levees with their dark rock ambience. Levees grabbed that stage and made it their own. The video starts off with one of their hard rocking originals that led into their version of The Rolling Stones, Paint it Black.  They took Paint it Black which is already a dark song and transformed it into their own. I definitely need to catch these gentlemen again. 


Megafauna       .      Facebook    .    Bandcamp

If you have not heard of Magafauna by now, it is crucial that you go check them out live! Megafauna hits you in the face with guitar wailing perfection. In my opinion Dani Neff (Vocalist/Guitar Master) is one of the best guitarist out there, she shreds that guitar as if it is part of her body. Not only does she play some very intricate guitar, she does this while singing. Megafauna reminds me of that late 80’s underground post punk mixed in with metal. Everytime I catch this band they get better and better, their stage performance is energetic and magnificent to watch!


Otis the Destroyer      .     Facebook    .    Bandcamp

Last but not least we have Otis the Destroyer! Their name is a perfect fit for this band, it fits their hard rocking don’t give a fuck style.  Taylor and the gang put on a destroy your ears performance that energizes the crowd and makes you headbang! If you are ever in Austin this is one act you most definitely want to catch.



Ok as promised here are some pics of Sonya and I taking selfies with these awesome people!

Lowin (Sara Howser)

Dani Neff (Megafauna)

Otis the Destroyer (Taylor Wilkins)

Otis the Destroyer (Taylor Wilkins)

Megafauna Guitarist

Ben Tipton

Dani Neff (Megafauna)

Bass for Otis

Interview with Cowboy Diplomacy by Mike Cosmic

Interview with Cowboy Diplomacy by Mike Cosmic

Cowboy Diplomacy is an Southern Blues, Indie Rock band from Austin, Texas. They have been selected as Black Fret Grant artist and were runner up for Austin’s best new band for 2017.It was a pleasure to interview these awesome gentlemen. Make sure you chekout the interview that took place at Lustre Pearl East. To find more information on Cowboy Diplomacy check out their Facebook/cowboydiplomacy, @c0wb0ydipl0macy on Twitter, and their official website You should also check out their music video for Follow Me!

A special thanks to Gillian from Sound Dessert for setting up the interview!!!

Interview with Cowboy Diplomacy by Mike Cosmic
Thanks to:
Gillian at Sound Dessert
Jesus Garcia – Video
Da Li – Director
Lustre Pearl East

Cowboy Diplomacy  Interview by Mike Cosmic


Follow Me, Music Video 

5 Years and Counting! 3.11.2012

I would like to express my love and gratitude to the wonderful people that have made this little project expand and keep going.

A little over 5 years ago I wanted to launch a small Blog/Podcast to document all things music and really did not have a clue on how to go about it. My idea was to encompass different perspectives on a Do It Yourself (DIY) punk style online zine.  Living in Austin, the music capital of the world, made access to music very easy. I remember talking to my friend Luis Martinez (Horse Plus Donkey) who encouraged me to go through with it, he said , “just do it” so here we are!

About a week before our launch I showed my friend Mona Gender a draft of what I wanted to do and she was instantly on board. Her contribution has taken us to a different level. She introduced Nick and Amanda from San Diego who contributed early on, especially on our Blast Off! podcast. Mona who had a job at the time that would send her across the country and she would interview bands or people and ask them about their perspective on music. This started a new direction for our little project.

When Mona moved to El Paso, she brought together a collaboration of some of the most awesome women who have brought their own originality when interviewing music artist. Carleigh Venus, Mona Gender, Kitty Kat Star and Malicia La Negra are totally genuine and I am eternally grateful for their contribution. Last but not least Jaz! Thank you Jaz for your video production, they are truly a piece of art!

I get to hangout with two live music enthusiast who have become great friends! Greg Ackerman and Sonya Hernandez have this crazy love for live music and I totally understand! Live in the moment! Greg Ackerman is one of the coolest dudes who knows EVERYTHING about what is going on in Austin. Greg you are a great mentor. Thanks for the cigarettes!  Sonya thank you for all that you do!  You are the most hardcore! So many shows! Here is to new adventures! I love both of you! Your support has been incredible!

It wasn’t until about 2 years after we launched that I started filming shows. It’s cool way to capture the moment. I think of it like a giant collection of bootleg videos you would get from record stores when VHS existed. Our channel content contains all of the interviews, live video and playlist. Our YouTube channel currently has 158 live videos, you can check it out on our page at

Thank you to all the musicians and artists who create! To all the venues too! It is awesome! You are why we do this!

Peace out!

Mike Cosmic

March 11, 2012




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