As of late, my social media feed has been filled with anger, and deservedly so. But, as we seek to move forward and make changes, we’re all seeking comfort on some level. Austin musician Dana Falconberry opted to do what she does best, sharing a beautiful track she recorded about recovering from grief while working as a resident artist/musician in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Perhaps this is the solace you were looking for, and if not, then perhaps you can just revel in her songwriting, which is always remarkable.
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Dana Falconberry has been one of the most prominent voices in Austin songwriting for the last several years. There’s a fragility in her voice that I’ve always found rather fascinating, and she’s got a great story to her new EP, The Lowering Night. Seemingly fed up with the cycle of record, wait, release, tour, etc, she wanted to sit alone in her bedroom and write entrancing tunes. The songs are meant for just you and Dana, her voice as your night companion…or day companion if you choose. She’s technically offered up the EP for free, or name your own price, but I encourage you to donate a dollar here and there to help fund her continued craft.
Friday was filled with a bit of hubbub, which was entirely fair. But, in the end, once we got in, the only thing that mattered was friends and music, so we’ll just focus on those things. Read on below for our varying thoughts. Read more
Long ago there was a great little Austin band named Hollywood Gossip. For all intents and purposes, they were my favorite local pop band…then they were gone. Frontman Tyler Womack has relocated to Brooklyn, but he’s still got a knack for writing hook-laden songs…he even still is pushing the path through Austin; Marcus of Shivery Shakes and Dana Falconberry appear on his new single. This first song really reminds me why I fell in love with Womack’s work long ago; he’s got a rather distinctive voice, kept in check by Falconberry here. It’s nice to see Tyler back as Little Cinema.
I love interesting film endeavors, especially when they relate to music. So, when we were offered the chance to help roll out the first Episode of Project #ATX6, we jumped at the chance. The documentary series follows 6 Austin musicians as they travel from Austin to various International festivals, exporting their music beyond the confines of our fair city. Plus, the series is going to be organically grown, premiering on various Internet outlets to spread the word on the project. The six featured artists are Dana Falconberry, Aisha Burns, Carson Mchone, Mrs. Glass, Leo Rondeau and Jesse Moore. You can read more about the project HERE. And!!! Next week we’ll premiere the first episode on August 12th, 8 AM CST…so stay tuned.
Check out the trailer below.
||Monday, April 7th
||$10 from Transmission
I imagine it’s been fairly difficult for S. Carey to escape his ties to Bon Iver, but with the recent release of Range of Light, he seems to continue to get beyond the shadows of his other work. His songwriting is quite intimate and personal, allowing listeners to find themselves lost in his musical compositions. He’ll be joined at Holy Mountain by White Hinterland, another group that’s crafting these ornate pieces that quietly immerse you in another world. And, opening the night will be local lady-hero, Dana Falconberry, who really needs no introduction. You’ve got three great musicians, and no excuses, so head out tonight! And, S. Carey has a free show at Waterloo at 6 if you’re into that sort of thing.
Download: S. Carey – In The Dirt [MP3]
Last Wednesday night at The Mohawk featured a lineup of three phenomenal female songwriters, including Austin’s own Dana Falconberry. Torres headlined the show on the inside stage with Lady Lamb The Beekeeper and the aforementioned Dana Falconberry.
Please click through for a few thoughts and pics from the night.
||Wednesday, June 12th
||Mohawk – Inside
||$8 from Mohawk
If you’re looking for a show full of powerful female songwriters, then you better make your way out to the Mohawk on Wednesday night. You’ll be greeted by three incredibly talented ladies, and their accompanying bands. Torres is the headliner and the project of Mackenzie Scott, touring behind her excellent self-titled LP. She’ll be preceded by the incredibly talented Lady Lamb and the Beekeeper, who released Ripley Pine to rave reviews earlier this week. And of course, we couldn’t be prouder to throw our support behind Austin’s own Dana Falconberry, who will open up the night for you all. It’s going to be an evening full of beautiful voices and intimate moments–you can’t miss out on this one. Here’s tunes from LL and Dana to get you in the mood.
It’s that time of year folks, when we here at Austin Town Hall try to convince you that we know what’s what in the world of music. We’re starting things off with our list of Top Ten Austin Albums of 2012. We purposefully left out EPs, just focusing on the Album as a whole, since that’s our favorite form of media. Before you read this, please know that this is just the expressed OPINION of ours, and you’re definitely cool to disagree. Let us know your thoughts, and make sure your favorite Austin bands send us their hits in 2013!
Alright, so I’m a few weeks behind on this gem from Austinite Dana Falconberry, but better late than never right? Dana will be releasing her latest album Leelanau on October 12th, and if it sounds anything like this tune below, it’s going to win her a huge following. Her guitar is quiet, almost muted, but her incredible voice really warms you over. Her playfulness in the middle of the track helps differentiate this number from your average fare, but that’s what I’ve come to expect from Falcoberry’s work. It’s such an intimate listen, and one that’s ultimately rewarding. Hoping it makes its way onto your playlist.
Download:Dana Falconberry – Lake Charlievoix [MP3]