Tuesday, February 24, 2015

INsite Hindsite: Dangerous Toys & Snake Skin Prison @ Red Eyed Fly

Dangerous Toys & Snake Skin Prison

@ Red Eyed Fly (Austin, Texas)

February 20, 2015 
Photos by Dave Prewitt - DaveTV

Snake Skin Prison

Snake Skin Prison

Dangerous Toys

Dangerous Toys

Monday, February 23, 2015

INsite Local Picks February 23- March 1

Baby, it's cold outside. Why not head into a local establishment and support some great local musicians?
Here are our picks for this week:

Tuesday: Possessed by Paul James/Official @ Cheer Up Charlies

Thursday: Coma In Algiers @ Red 7

Sara Hickman @ Cactus Cafe
Johnny Law @ Strange Brew, Austin Coffee

Jo Hell @ The Thirsty Nickel
Redd Volkaert @ Continental Club (3:30p)

Sunday: Moving Castles @ Spider House Ballroom

Friday, February 20, 2015

Rosie Flores & Wayne Hancock @ The White Horse 2/13/15

Rosie Flores & Wayne Hancock@ The White Horse (Austin, Texas)

February 13, 2015 
Photos by Dave Prewitt - DaveTV

Rosie Flores

Rosie Flores
Wayne Hancock

Wayne Hancock

Friday, February 13, 2015

INsite Hindsite - Kat Edmonson w/ Robert Ellis 2/11/15

Kat Edmonson w/ Robert Ellis @ ACL Live

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Photos by Scott Moore -

Kat Edmonson

Kat Edmonson

Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis

Thursday, February 12, 2015

INsite Hindsite - Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull @ Frank Erwin Center

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull @ Frank Erwin Center

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Photos by Scott Moore -


Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull 

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull 

Enrique Iglesias 

Monday, February 9, 2015

INsite Local Picks - February 9 - 15, 2015

Hey! It's Valentine's Day Week... How about we show our love to someone that lays their emotions on the line for you every day, Austin?
Local Musicians.
Here's our picks for this week.

Saturday: Golden Age Orchestra John PointerGina ChavezGinger Leigh BandSuzanna Choffel, Robert Ashker Kraft, Juliana Sheffield, Lian Amber and Luis Angel Ibanez.@ Austin Scottish Rite Theater

Love you. Mean it.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

5 Steps To Becoming A Successful Commercial Country Singer

5 Steps To Becoming
A Successful Commercial Country Singer

By Sean Claes
If you follow the following 5 steps, you too can become another of those pretty-boy country singing stars that would make Hank Williams, Sr. want to come back from the dead and punch you in the chin.

Step 1:
You need something bold that stands out. Incorporate an acoustic guitar, highway sign, Texas flag, Star or filigree… or all of the above. Don’t worry.. this is just an attention getter before the label throws all that out and uses that “Bleeding Cowboy” font and renames you something that has more universal appeal.

Step 2:
Dress Code:
$150 jeans and $100 plaid shirt, or classic rock & roll shirts, or Southern Thread apparel…if you feel really bold… why not an Affliction shirt. Add a handkerchief sticking out of back pocket and a wallet chain… basically try and look like a more douche-y version of 1990s grunge and add a cowboy hat or John Deere-themed baseball cap. Facial hair is not recommended, but it doesn’t hurt early on… when you’re looking hungry. It’ll give the record company something to stick a feather in their hat saying they “improved upon your look” when they sent you to the stylist and they shave you.

Step 3:
Write your songs about trucks, Saturday night, Dirt Roads, Drinking too much and driving, yesteryear, fields, tractors, barns, blondes and tailgates. Make sure you have a chorus that is easy to remember and is repeated often… Don’t worry… your stuff will never actually make it on the radio… if you have a decent voice and look good you’ll get “label support” which means a team of writers will be penning the song everyone will assume is about your youth.


Step 4:
Oh.. Just hire some session musicians to play on the album… it’ll save you from firing your best friend when the record company decides they are only interested in “carrying” one person.
Anyways…all you need is your acoustic guitar to play the radio stations and tour until the record company buys you a backing band.

Step 5:
Money: Oh.. I guess I should have mentioned that before… you need the deep pockets of a record company to make it… you know.. so your amazingly polished sound (that has the same sound as 4 other bands with songs in the top 10 this week)  can make its way to corporate radio (cha-ching) and begin a serious rotation (palm greased). Or maybe you can go on some music-based reality TV show. That might work.. if you can get on there... Oooh... or just marry a music exec’s daughter.

So there you have it. Follow these easy steps and you too might just get yourself a duet with the next American Idol winner. All it takes is style, money, a little talent, and a total lack of self-worth.

(Note: If you’re a commercial country singer and you read this… don’t worry, I’m talking about the other ones.. not you. You got it honestly… we can all see that. Love you… have all of your albums).

Good luck out there.

Sean Claes has been a music journalist for about 20 years and he doesn't actually believe the above story to be true… but writing it made him chuckle. I hope it does for you as well. It's humor...OK? Breathe.  

Thanks for reading.  

If you're ACTUALLY looking for advice on being a successful musician... Claes did a 52-week series of advice for DIY musicians here - link

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

INsite Hindsite - Pat Green & Hudson Moore 1/31/15

Pat Green & Hudson Moore @ ACL Live
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Photos by Scott Moore -
Hudson Moore

Hudson Moore

Pat Green

Pat Green

Pat Green

INsite Hindsite - Tesla @ Emo's

Tesla @ Emo's

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Photos by Scott Moore -