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ISSUE 21 | Metro Hotspot: Austin by 20watts

Austin is 20 Watts's latest Metro Hotspot!

Part of Issue 21 coverage!

Austin, Texas, has become a world-famous city for its music. When you Google “Live Music Capital of the World” Austin appears in every link. General­ly, when you think of Austin, you either think of music, or opinionated right-winger Gov. Rick Perry, but you mostly think of music.

Dozens of venues line Sixth Street, the city’s yellow-brick road for live music. It becomes much larger than life in the spring when South by Southwest Music and Arts Festival (SXSW) hits Austin. Artists regularly throw secret, un-promoted shows in venues throughout the city when they aren’t giving regularly-scheduled performances at the festival. Even City Hall throws Continue reading

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20 Watts Reviews Shearwater’s The Golden Archipelago by Marc Sollinger

Shearwater creates breathtaking music on The Golden Archipelago

PREVIEW: VISIT Shearwater’s MySpace
WE GIVE IT: 14/20 Watts

Shearwater’s sixth album, The Golden Archipelago, takes time to fully appreciate. On first listen, the album seems merely pleasant with its dense, delicate melodies washing over the listener. It’s enjoyable, but not breathtaking.  However, upon repeated listens, the album opens up. It becomes otherworldly, or perhaps more appropriately–worldly. Although not all of its lyrics are directly related to the environment, The Golden Archipelago is deeply connected to nature in a way no other album has been since Neko Case’s The Middle Cyclone. Continue reading

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