Alex Dupree is a musician and writer living in Los Angeles. In 2005, he made his first record with The Trapdoor Band on a cassette 4-track in Austin, TX. The band quickly acquired more players and a more raucous live energy, and in 2007, Belle City Pop! released their stu- dio follow-up Las M eridanzas. During that time, Alex was touring with dear friends and label- mates Zookeeper (ex Mineral, Gloria Record) after having played DIY shows across the country with The Whiskey Priest and Balmorhea. Writing from those traveling years coa- lesced into 2009's Crown & Anchor. After a move to northern New Mexico, and inspired by a tradition of psuedonymous songwriters, Alex began releasing new music as "Idyl": Elements of the Field in 2012 and Loyalties in 2013.
By this time, he was living in Houston and performing with Bradley Kerl on drums. They toured together as a duo, working out ideas for a new collection of songs, then spent four days in the studio sketching the groundwork for a new record. Alex moved to California in 2013 to study poetry, but work on the new songs continued. This latest full-length, You Win- some, You Lonesome, was released by Keeled Scales under his own name in 2017. Since then, he has supported The Shivers, A. Savage, and Aisha Burns on tour, and hosted a residency in Austin that featured Adam Ostrar, RF Shannon, and Jana Horn among others. He is current- ly living in Los Angeles, where he also plays in the country bands Mister Paradise and Dawn & Dupree.
RE DE YE
Of Redeye’s early years in Texas, remains an authentic accent, and a certain form of sun kissed melancholy. Scenic roads, infinite landscapes and a radient blues warming the soul. The 3rd album release from Redeye (aka ThIsIsReDeYe), French export now Austin native, delves deeper into his alternative folk sound drenching it in a bit of psychedelia a la Cacophony Recorders (studio of producer/engineer Erik Wofford and projects like Bill Callahan, Black Angels, White Denim). The album, entitled ‘The Memory Layers’ sways from alternative folk to slowcore and bedroom pop journeying the listener across various emotional peaks and valleys. Accompanied by some choice Texas players, this recording features appearances from the cellist of Polyphonic Spree, drummer of the Baptist Generals and piano and percussion from the Dana Falconberry camp respectively. Cap that off with some tracking with and performances from Matt Pence (Midlake, Centromatic, Sarah Jaffe) and you can clearly see what drew this Frenchman to Texas.
With a baritone drawl reminiscent of The National’s Matt Berninger, Redeye’s hypnotic instrumentation swells with strings, bells and whistles with a nod to traditional folk but wrapped in a modern European songwriting sensibility, then again at times even touching upon the better part of 90’s alternative pop.
All in all, a diverse set of tones and influences amalgamates to the distinct sound that is Redeye.
Sun Riah is the name of Oklahoman experimental harpist and songwriter M. Bailey Stephenson's project. Her most recent album, Sitting with Sounds and Listening for Ghosts, was released by Austin-based label Keeled Scales on July 21, 2017.
Named one of Paste Magazine’s “five harpists who nail experimental pop music,” she sings and drums into her harp and layers melodies into a dreamy tapestry of sound. Sun Riah’s voice wanders a broad swath between Julianna Barwick and Kate Bush and her music is not entirely unlike her freak-folk predecessors Joanna Newsom and Coco Rosie.
“There’s a lot of different layers of storytelling on this album,” recounts Stephenson, “but what inspired me to write it was losing somebody in my family and realizing that my relationship to this particular place was going to change dramatically.”
She’s currently living in Tucson, Arizona pursuing her Ph.D. and at work on a new album.
CHELSEY LEE TREJO
Tucson native and local musician Chelsey Trejo will preforms traditional, American primitive, and experimental folk style guitar inspired by the likes of John Fahey, Elizabeth Cotton, and Jack Rose.
Doors at 7. Show at 8.