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




Crocodile Tears, Moving Panoramas, Sweet Spirit @ Barracuda

Spacetime is a tangled web of a four dimensional continuum. I can’t seem to keep track at what speed anything is traveling. I suppose it is all an illusion and I am mesmerized by its grandeur and can’t keep my eyes off of it.

But then again I could just be making excuses for my procrastination!

Okay, so let’s get on with it!

The Cosmic Clash has some cool videos featuring Crocodile Tears, Moving Panoramas, and Sweet Spirit.

Thank you David Olivenbaum for being the second set of eyes!

Crocodile Tears

I met Rudy back in El Paso when there were no borders and the drugs were plentiful! That is the extent of my humor. But for real, Rudy has always been an awesome songwriter and plays with some pretty amazing guys. Crocodile Tears reminds me of that late 60’s, 70’s, Thin Lizzy sound. Crocodile Tears is bad ass on stage and their Rock n Roll won’t let you down.

Crocodile Tears     .     Facebook   .   Bandcamp


Moving Panoramas

Once in awhile I get into a listening frenzy and will listen to album after album. My morning routine usually involves the stereo before coffee and at work the first thing I do is put on my headphones.

There are times when an album catches my ear and I put it on repeat for like a week. It could be the lyrics that I find poetic or it could be that sound that interacts with my soul.

Moving Panorama’s album One, is one of those albums. From open to close it is an awesome piece of art and most definitely needs to be in your collection.

Aside from the album, Leslie Sisson is totally one of my favorite rock stars! She hangs with the best like Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, Karen O, or Siouxsie Sioux.  Leslie’s stage antics and interactions with the crowd are superb. Her performance at Barracuda was awesome! I loved how she let the sound of her guitar fill up the room while she interacted with her band during the song Harmony. She put on a rock star experience by banging her guitar to keep the sound going!

Start the video at 8:49 and you will see what I mean.

I also caught The Moving Panoramas at a show at Cheer-up Charlies where she played a couple of new songs! Yay! She even let me keep the playlist!


Moving Panoramas     .     Facebook   .   Soundcloud


Sweet Spirit

Sweet Spirit is one of those bands that leaves you in a daze wondering what the hell just happened. Lead singer Sabrina Ellis kills it everytime, it is like watching an explosion slowly unraveling then engulfing the entire scene. She is a staple in the Austin scene and I dare say one of the best in the country. With an eight member band you can imagine the manifestation of energy that was in the room. Sweet Spirit had the crowd cheering, jumping around and singing along.  I recommend to catch them at a live show, but you have to be in the midst of the crowd to get a sense of the craziness.

Check out their performance at Barracuda.

Video by David Olivenbaum.

Sweet Spirit     .     Facebook   .   Bandcamp

Otis The Destroyer, The Continuums @ Lamberts

Lamberts – Conquered

One of The Cosmic Clash’s contributor and really good friend, Sonya Hernandez, invited me to go check out Otis the Destroyer at Lamberts on October of 2016. I was totally stoked since she knew that I’ve been wanting to check them out for a while. Otis the Destroyer did not disappoint as they delivered a powerful performance and went for the kill. You got to check out their 4 song, Belushi EP on Bandcamp.

I was also impressed with Lambert’s very chill lounge setup located on the second floor.  A venue I  would totally want to hangout at again. 

Otis the Destroyer    .     Facebook    .   Bandcamp


While waiting for the headliner we also caught Austin based, The Continuums who delve into many aspects of music such  as traditional rock to that psychedelic feel. Their facebook bio describes them as ” a grab-your-girl-and-a-sixpack-and-groove kind of band.”

The Continuums have great stage presence and keep you engaged with their performance and music.

The Continuums    .     Facebook    .   Soundcloud

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