The Sour Notes, Hidden Ritual, and Kay Odyssey @ Hotel Vegas

July 29th, 2016 was a night for psychedelic lights, betrayed romance and drowning sound waves.



It’s been a couple of years since I have seen The Sour Notes. The last time was at a 2014 or 15 SXSW show. Festivals all seem to blend together after a while, with too many bands and not enough memory. It was cool to catch them at Hotel Vegas and like always, their performance was captivating. This band needs to be included in your repertoire of live bands.

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The Sour Notes

Picture by: Bill Oriani



One of my personal favorites, Hidden Ritual, never ceases to amaze me. The first time I heard of Hidden Ritual was off of a compilation on Bandcamp called Lo-Fi Compilation 2 from Valencia, Spain. I must have played that track for 3 days straight! Without knowing that they were from Austin, I met Jaime, and Ryan of Hidden Ritual at a backyard hangout at my friend Oliver’s (Horse Plus Donkey) house.  Hidden Ritual’s psych rock totally bridges gaps to the experimental side of music.

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Kay Odyssey is like a mix of post punk aggression mixed with a touch of broken hearted fuck you’s. Kristina Boswell’s performance is mesmerizing along with the driving rhythms of Kelsey Wickliffe (bass) and Vajaja Valejo (drums) driving the heavy emotions. It is always cool to catch the one and only Liz Burrito on guitar, that girl just spills out toughness.

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