Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Austin. Curated by…us!

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I’m so excited that tonight has finally arrived. I’ve personally been waiting for this OVRLD showcase for months now. When Red Bull Sound Select approached us over the summer about curating one of their monthly showcases, I was initially skeptical. I naturally assumed there would be strings attached. What would we, or the bands we recruited to play the show, have to do to pimp Red Bull? Certainly such corporate interest came with a price.

As it turned out, Red Bull had the good sense to hire a couple of people who are crazy passionate about local music in Austin and live music in Austin. They gave us the latitude to craft the show we wanted to, and provided endless amounts of support in making sure it got off the ground in a great way. They shared in our vision of having a show that emphasized Austin over bringing in an outside headliner to draw a crowd, but that would have taken away from the focus on our local musicians.

That said, our opener tonight is Alanna Royale, a fantastic band from Nashville coming into town for the second weekend of ACL. Nashville is another city that respects live music the way that Austin does, and supports its local music scene like we do. And as soon as I heard the opening of “Animal,” I knew we had to have them on the show:

After that, we’re happy to have The Shears on the bill. We’ve been fans of theirs for two and a half years now, and it’s been cool to see them get even better than they were when we first fell for them. Check out one of their latest singles, “Octo,” for a sense of what to expect tonight:

The penultimate act tonight will be Feathers, an Austin band that has made a splash nationally with their dark, synthy sound. I’ve been a fan of theirs since catching them on the Blue Stage at last year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, and I’m thrilled to have them as a part of our showcase. My favorite track of theirs is “Dark Matter,” which was featured in the recent release of GTA V:

And rounding out the night, is SPEAK, another band I’ve admired for quite some time. SPEAK was the first local band I saw when I moved to Austin, when they headlined at Antone’s in September 2010. Since then, I’ve seen them play all over the Capital City, and remain infatuated with their synth-pop. Earlier this year, they reached the top of The Hype Machine with the release of “Peaks,” off of some forthcoming album:

We hope to see you all tonight at Red 7. Doors are 8; the music starts at 9. It’s $3 before 10pm, and $10 after that, and there will be various extra goodies available there as well. Long live local music!

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– Carter Delloro