Austin

Heartless Bastards find a lot to love on – and off – the road (interview)

Erika Wennerstrom's candid lyrics and no-frills songwriting would not seem to imply a flighty, focus-challenged artist. As lead singer of the Austin, Texas, quartet Heartless Bastards, the 34-year-old Ohio native peddles a sort of rootsy garage rock that recalls — and is frequently compared to — fellow Ohioans the Black Keys, whose Patrick Carney helped give the Bastards their first big break.

Mile Marker: Love Inks

We've been a fan of Love Inks ever since we first heard that catchy, laid-back, Stevie Nicks-flavored single, "Blackeye," on the band's 2011 debut, "E.S.P." We were lucky to have Love Inks take the stage at our 2012 South by Southwest day party in Austin, Texas this past March for a captivating midday set.

VIDEO: Reverb Party at SXSW 2012

We're just over a week removed from the beer-soaked, BBQ-stained, sleep-deprived cesspool that is South by Southwest. And we miss it. (Just a little.) Many friends both local and national stopped by our day party for a free Breckenridge brew, a Sailor Jerry cocktail, a much-needed Vitamin Water and (if early enough) a local breakfast burrito.

Talk Talk: SXSW 2012 edition

Colorado + SXSW reunited and it feels so good Our SXSW day party down in Austin, Tejas might be our biggest to date. For you party kids ready to troll the streets of Austin, be prepared to enjoy a mix of Colorado/national music and FREE Colorado craft beer.

Live review: Underground Music Showcase (UMS), Day 2

Friday's sweltering heat did little to dampen Day 2 of the 11th annual Underground Music Showcase. The UMS, as it's been known the past few years, welcomed another eager crop of local and national acts — and fans — to 16 stages along the retail- and bar-heavy strip of South Broadway.

Live review: White Denim @ the Larimer Lounge

White Denim was damned near encyclopedic in their range of influence on Thursday night at the Larimer Lounge. The small crowd that did stop by was served an inspired continuum that recalled Grateful Dead psych-jam, Hendrix pre-funk, Little Feat prog/jazz and a touch of the Guess Who, all atop a surging Fugazi-conscious undercurrent.