When you live in the live music capital of the world (Austin, TX), where there are over 10,000 bands to compete with, it can be difficult to set yourself apart from the crowd. But Austinites Meagan Tubb & Shady People succeeded in doing so by taking the “‘keep it simple” approach and running with it — an ambition that is openly revealed in the first moments of their latest album, Cast Your Shadow. I recently embraced the opportunity to catch them at Proud Larry’s in Oxford, Miss., on January 14th, and I couldn’t help but document the experience via camera; as well as explore their history and new LP via digital pen.
MouseRocket, a five-piece indie pop group based out of Memphis, is the poster child for generations of local musicians intent on rethinking and re-creating garage rock.
Since its inception in 2001, the group has mastered the technique of reshuffling the hallmarks of the subgenre in question. In addition to classic rock style guitar work, MouseRocket explores various modern textures: upbeat melodies; New Wave keys; prog drums; and even a cello, which Memphis Symphony Orchestra cellist Jonathan Kirkscey makes child’s play of as he sneakily weaves through Hemant Gupta’s bass and Robert Barnett’s drums. Continue reading