Here's a little guide to help you find the CONNECT artists who are playing down in Austin this week!
Artist Alert: Smooth Hound Smith
Swan Dive, 615 Red River Street
Why: Nashville-based Smooth Hound Smith are a foot-stompin' American roots duo comprised of Zack Smith and Caitlin Doyle. Following a performance at 2015 Bonnaroo Music Festival and being named finalist in the 2015 Durango Boots Sole Performer Contest, the duo unleashed their second full-length album, Sweet Home Tennessee. In a recent feature, Wide Open Country says the duo have created a, "unique blend of alluring storytelling backed by dynamic percussion and funky electric guitars that will win you over after just a few shakes of the tambourine."
Artist Alert: Magic Giant
213 West 5th St
Why: We guarantee theses guys will rock your body and soul with their infectious sing-alongs, pulsating drums, and irresistible dance rhythms. The L.A-based rock folk trio headlined festivals like RiSE Mojave Desert and events like Rock the Vote in Austin, Texas. Their latest release, “Set On Fire,” made its way to Spotify’s US Viral 50 and a accompanying video premiere on Fuse TV.
Artist Alert: Lena Fayre
Vulcan Gas Company: 418 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Why: Meet singer/songwriter Lena Fayre, who has lured praise from Noisey, Rolling Stone, Spin, and Idolator with her special brand of dark and daring electro-pop music. The 19 year-old half-Dutch, LA-based songstress used the feelings of rejection, obsession and heartbreak that emerged from a recent breakup to fuel her most recent EP, Is There Only One? Lena’s poignant lyrics and velvety vocals will give your heart a reason to palpitate.
Artist Alert: Henry Hall
Stephen F's Bar, 701 Congress Avenue
Why? With a background in film and music, it was only natural for soulful alternative singer-songwriter Henry Hall to start navigating New York's music scene. With one self-titled EP under his belt, Henry has impressed the likes of YouTube celebrity and filmmaker Casey Neistat. For an intimate session, Henry Hall is a must-see.
Cheer Up Charlies Inside, 900 Red River Street
We're getting ready for an epic Official SXSW Showcase with our friends at Shout It Out Loud Music! We're taking over Cheer Up Charlie's on Friday with a lineup you definitely don't want to miss. ReverbNation CONNECT acts Lena Fayre, Ron Gallo, New Myths, Monogem, Carlson, Thaddeus Anna Greene, AKW, Coral Bones, and Phebe Starr will take over along with Porches, Chad Valley, and more! Get all the deets on Do512 and get stoked for the showcase with the playlist here.
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Artist Alert: My Gold Mask
The Iron Bar 121 West 8th St
Why: You'll get a load of dark synth-pop tunes, airy vocals, and irresistible beats! Shortly after being featured in Nylon Magazine and Bullet Media, and guest curating a dope ReverbNation Collection, Chicago's dark synth pop trio, My Gold Mask head to SXSW 2016! My Gold Mask formed in 2009, but it wasn't until 2013, when they were joined by James Andrew, that they began to hone their dark and electro-tinged sound. Bullet Media declare it's "the band's best sonic recipe yet--a sophisticated electro-pop foundation, painted with the soaring ingenuity of Shiny Toy Gun's 2006 debut We Are Pilots and dotted with the nostalgic confidence of 1980's Pat Benatar."
Artist Alert: Phebe Starr
B.D Riley's Irish Club, 204 East 6th St
Why: For starters, Pancakes and Whiskey is saying, "Watching Starr onstage is really something else, from her contagious dance moves to her amazing voice; it’s almost impossible not to fall in love with her." Phebe recently released her anthemic single "Feel My Love" on Paste Magazine, and she was featured in Glamour Magazine's, "14 Badass Female at SXSW Weigh In on the Good and the Ugly of Festival Season."
Artist Alert: Monogem
1401 South Congress Avenue
This is event is FREE with RSVP at Do512
Why: Looking for some electro-tinged disco dream tunes? Then Monogem is your go-to gal. Elle Magazine dubbed, Monogem "the Female Answer to Passion Pit." The electronic dream popstress has also captured the ears of Noisey, NYLON, Hype Machine, and countless other with her synth-pop tracks and soulful voice.