Meet Golden Age, a local baroque-pop trio whose sound is both futuristic and nostalgic (and totally swoon-worthy). Their celestial, cinematic music made it has made it onto several TV shows, including MTV’s Finding Carter, and their cover of Jesus Jackson’s “Running on Sunshine” made it onto the most recent season finale of Grey’s Anatomy. They recently opened for Atlas Genius and The Kooks at Summerfest this past summer. Chad Depasquale (Aquarium Drunkard) recently remarked on their upcoming EP, saying:

Somewhere between an ocean horizon line and a dream. That’s where Golden Age lives. Synths swell and cascade, fountaining about Sydney Sahr’s deep glacier of a voice. Self-possessed but searching, it ebbs and flows amongst fountaining keys, fiery guitar and Sahr’s own theremin, a wizard-like instrument that both accents this band’s confidence and further pursues their questions of the soul.”

Golden Age’s ethereal arrangements are the stuff of dreams. Needless to say, we cannot wait for Golden Age to light up Stage 2 at Rockwood next Thursday at 1:45pm.

Meet Ogden Payne, a 23 year-old neo-soul crooner. He makes hip-hop for people who miss classic hip-hop. His lyrics, charm, and old-school swagger are a throwback to the golden age of the 90s. With a performance at Summerfest behind him and an album release coming up, he’s super stoked to be part of our CMJ showcase. He started playing music when he was 17 and didn’t know a soul in the music industry. He met his producer, Isaac Haze when he was 19, and the two have been working together on Ogden’s beats ever since. His debut album Better You Than Me last year. He got the chance to perform on Fox 7 Austin back in June, where he chatted about his musical influences like Lauryn Hill and Kendrick Lamar, and played with a full band on set. We’re so excited for him to take the stage at Rockwood Stage 1 next Thursday 10/15 at 130pm!