Beams, Abstract Class @ Cheer Up Charlie’s

Talk about late reviews and postings, but here is a blast of awesome shows that you might have missed!  

February 25, 2017 

 

Beams (Toronto, ON)     .     Facebook 

All the way from Toronto, we have the seven piece band, Beams, with duo vocals and a hard jamming tunes makes for a great performance. Beams is a very cool to watch live with all the sounds colliding uniformly! 

 

 

 

Abstract Class    .     Facebook

This performance was Abstract Class’s (formerly known as Mirrorman) first show and what better place to have a great show but other than Cheer Up Charlie’s. Abstract Class sound sends  a hypnotizing emotions through the airwaves which compliment the trios vibes. 

Interview with The Division Men by Mike Cosmic

The Division Men are a husband and wife duo, Caroline and Jesus Portillo, whose musical experiences bring a unique originality to their art form, not only musically but visually as well. A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to interview The Division Men while putting their finishing touches on their new album due out in early 2018.  Although the tour was interrupted by life’s unforeseen circumstances, plans for touring to promote their new album will continue in the spring of 2018.

Check out the video interview with The Division Men as we talk about their music, collaborations, 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.  In support of their follow up album Nose Bleed Weekend they 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 cowbodiplomacymusic.com. 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 

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