Austin Martin set CD release party
Austin Martin with special guests, Saturday, 8 p.m., Nov. 4, Pub Station. Tickets to the all-ages show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Austin Martin’s compellingly textured tenor and soaring falsetto vocal styles will be a breath of hot fresh air on any music lover’s speakers. He sails through smooth melodies with just a touch of hip-hop attitude for a truly unique sound. Coming from an unlikely place with unlikely influences, he’s not your typical Montana rancher, though he was born and raised in rancher country just outside Billings.
Austin attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan and went on to break into the top 35 of over 100,000 competitors on the Oxygen Network’s, “The Glee Project.” Shortly after, he made it to the executive producer round of American Idol, a place most aspiring singers can only dream of.
Siting influences as diverse as Michael Jackson, Kenny Chesney, John Mayer, and Chris Brown, as well as hip-hop greats such as Eminem and Mac Miller, he is one of the few artists on the rise who approaches pop music with a truly unique vision. His signature style of the classics, country roots, and a mix of modern R&B and hip-hop, bring out a truly fresh approach to a hybridized sound, branding his own style of modern music with a fresh from the fire branding iron.
Kacy and Clayton playing ‘no dough show’
Kacy and Clayton, Sunday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m., Pub Station. The all-ages show is free.
The music of Kacy and Clayton exists outside of time, and burgeons with beautiful contradictions. It’s psychedelic and traditional, contemporary and vintage, melancholic and joyous. All at once, it showcases a slightly psych-folk sound of Linda Perhacs, Fleet Foxes, and First Aid Kit; rare country blues records and English folk tunes; and 1920s disaster songs and murder ballads. Their songs often are sugar-coated pills, tales of murderous jealousy, dilapidated graveyards, and infanticide, all delivered with Kacy Anderson’s sweet, lithe voice, and Clayton Linthicum’s hypnotic fingerpicking.
Their latest album “Strange Country,” strays away from straightforward folk, delivering a sound that pairs Laurel Canyon vibes with Dustbowl-era drama. And for the duo, the subject matter is literally close to home. They’re second cousins who have grown up in the Wood Mountain Uplands, an isolated region of southern Saskatchewan. It is ranch country, very remote, with a landscape punctuated with hills, 12 miles from the Montana border. Neighbors were scarce, and their school bus ride was a long drive into town. “Where we come from it’s kind of a step behind society,” Kacy, 19, says, “We had a lot of time to take in our surroundings. Characters are still very strong.”
All That Remains to play late show
All That Remains, Friday, Dec. 15, 10:30 p.m., Pub Station. Tickets for the all-ages show are $25. This show follows a performance by Chad Prather in the Pub Station Ballroom.
For 15 years, Massachusetts-based quintet All That Remains have written and released… whatever the hell they felt like with total disregard for what was considered trendy. Fronted by self-confessed contrarian Phil Labonte, the band has experimented with a range of styles including pop, rock and caustic metalcore with just one objective — to create great songs that come straight from the heart. “Our goal has always been to write songs that we like,” Labonte says. “All That Remains has seen a lot of criticism about the songs that we’ve written and what people think we’re supposed to do.
“We started as a very underground death metal kind of band, we’ve since moved away from that and have never apologized for it. The music we’ve written has been reflective of that and I think the lyrics, the ideas, have always been reflective of that as well.” And through it all, All That Remains have experienced considerable success.
The band’s last album 2015’s “The Order of Things” reached No. 3 on the Billboard U.S. Hard Rock Albums chart and No. 5 on their Top Rock Albums chart. And to date, All That Remains have sold over a million albums Worldwide. The band has headlined across the world and played major festivals, including the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Fest. Yet along the way, the band has taken flak from just about everybody: extreme metal purists who accused the group of selling out, rock fans who don’t get the screamy stuff, liberals who object to Labonte’s right-of-center lyrics, and conservatives who can’t understand the singer’s non-violent, Libertarian ways.