Augustines have grown tremendously over the years to become one of indie rock’s most earnest bands today. After the breakup of their former band, Pela, singer Billy McCarthy and multi-instrumentalist Eric Sanderson formed Augustines -- a name inspired by their birth month -- with drummer Rob Allen. Their debut album Rise Ye Sunken Ships received much critical acclaim and was named the iTunes Alternative Album of the Year in 2011. Now they are headlining a tour in support of their latest self-titled release and have a documentary in the works inspired by their story. Sanderson took a moment with us to answer questions about the new album, documentary, touring and more. 


When Pela broke up and you decided to finish the music you were working on, it was important to you to be independent. What were the highs and lows of staying the independent course?

ES: Independence translates to freedom. Freedom translates to responsibility. And with responsibility come tremendous awareness. When Augustines started we were 100% independent. Now are working with an incredible team of people; a constantly evolving team of people. I often reflect on, and believe in, the statement that if you want to go somewhere fast, go there alone. If you want to go somewhere far, do it as a group. 

John Richards from KEXP is noted as a huge supporter when you formed Augustines. What were some of the major things he did to support you as a band?

ES: There are only a handful of people that I can say this for, but without John and his wife, Amy, Augustines simply wouldn't be here right now. John was the first major supporter of Pela (Billy and my band before Augustines). They were essential in helping Billy and me work through the jumbled mess that was Pela's aftermath. The believed in us from day one and still believe in us. Together we mapped out the roadmap that Augustines built on.

You moved away from Brooklyn to Seattle after your debut album Rise Ye Sunken Ships was released. How did Seattle influence you and your music? Did you miss Brooklyn?

ES: We actually only spent the summer in Seattle. Our time there was short but powerful. Seattle is our second home in the States and will always have a place in hearts.

I still have an apartment in Brooklyn with my wife. That said, Brooklyn has not always been kind to us. Our love/hate relationship, like most peoples' relationship with NYC, has often left us wanting more from the place where we live. New York is not a home for the weary heart. The city is almost a person: blunt, straight-forward, and often brutally honest. New York is also the closest connection we have to Europe here in America, and for that it will always be alluring. Every time we are on tour I seek out a new place to call home. And yet I still return to NYC ... for now.

Your songs have always had so much passion infused in both the lyrics and the music. How does an Augustines song begin being written?

ES: The show starts with the songs, the songs are a culmination of our live experiences, our life experiences are translated through reflection.

I know the documentary on your band wasn’t commissioned by you -- Can you tell me a little bit about how “Rise - The Story of Augustines” first came to your attention? Were you surprised at the amazing support the documentary got on Kickstarter? Are they going to follow the band on this upcoming tour?

ES: The first time I heard of the documentary was recently. Todd Howe [formerly of The Boxer Rebellion] contacted me on Skype and discussed that he wanted to make a documentary on the band. Todd is a talented artist and friend of many years so I heard him out. Unaware of how developed his ideas were, I kept repeating that he should make a trailer and send it over for us to see. Five minutes later, Todd sent a trailer he had been developing and I was honestly blown away. During the years of supporting Rise Ye Sunken Ships, we learned the joys and challenges of opening up your personal lives to the public. Todd is a sincere individual, one that I trust to tell our story with honesty and respect. He will be joining our journey till the completion of the documentary.

Many of your songs have come from a place of pain while still somehow shining with hope. What were the inspirations for your new self-titled album?

ES: We have strived to be musicians our entire lives. We have always considered ourselves musicians, yet we felt we needed to prove that to the world. After Rise was completed, and we toured as extensively as we did, we realized we didn't have to prove anything anymore. Our motivation was our own passion to make something we were proud of. Rise taught us that people are listening and care about the music we create. We simply tried to honor that passion.

What is the single “Weary Eyes” about from the self-titled album? The video was shot in Paris -- why Paris?

ES - Billy has spoken to me about what he intended when he wrote "Weary Eyes" and I feel the themes are what you make of them. Billy has more than often written from the 1st person perspective. On "Weary Eyes" it was liberating for him to step outside of himself and write about someone else. We have always considered ourselves to be an international band. Paris is a complex and often misunderstood city, like NYC. Any opportunity to learn about a place we don't know much about is worth taking. 

You’re going on tour this fall -- what is your favorite part of performing live? What’s the craziest memory on tour?

ES: My favorite part of performing is connecting with the audience. It doesn't always happen as every night is unique to itself. There has recently been more crowd-surfing at our shows than before. When people lift you off the ground, the whole time singing and clapping, it's a simply incredible experience. Not just for us, but for anyone in the audience being lifted. Every time I see a person surf I think of the power of community and smile because I know exactly how unique that feeling is. 

What is your favorite song to perform live and why?

ES: During this last festival season it was "The Avenue." We did a stripped down version of the song with just guitar and vocals. During each and every show the audience sang the chorus with us, making a massive choir. There are some aspects of music that you can capture in the studio. Being a part of thousands of people singing is something that only lives live. The power of that many people being a part of one focused expression is why music will always be my favorite art form.

When you’re on the road, what are your Top 5 favorite songs to listen to while traveling?

ES: Asking for a top five is like asking which child is your favorite. How about a few...(in no particular order, intended for shuffle) Ha. Maybe that's the name of the playlist, "Intended for Shuffle."


Check out Augustines on tour!


22 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom

28 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

29 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom



01 - Washington DC - U Street Music Hall

03 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade

06 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair

07 - Montreal, QC - La Vitrola

08 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison

10 - Chicago, IL - Double Door

11 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club


About the author: Jin Moon has been affectionately writing about music and the arts since 2002 on her blog, She also currently runs her own agency, On the Moon Arts. Tweet salutations to @jinners.

Whether you're a born and raised local or a lost Bay Area transplant looking to find the best tunes in the city, we've picked out this week's best live shows in our home town of San Francisco for you to check out.

Kopecky Family Band + Avid Dancer @ The Independent (Tuesday)

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This jab-cross combo lures you in with LA's Avid Dancer who's recently released singles drum up dark pop thoughts of The Dandy Warhols, Pillar Point, or Portugal the Man. The Nashville heritage of Kopecky Family Band brings forth a familiar rock instrumentation but the 6 member strong group go beyond traditional. While always seen in their live show it was not until their recent album that their heavy percussion and penchant for doubling up on their roles really comes through. Guitars are often swapped or joined by strings, horns, and hand claps all around.

Total Slacker + PAWS + Flashlights @ Rickshaw Stop (Wednesday)


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This trio of punks have all joined up from the far-off corners of Glasgow, Orlando, and Brooklyn respectively. With their Bay Area appearance directly in the middle of their travels we have the prime halfway spot of their battle hardened performance and stage antics. Fans from thrash to punk pop should come out to hear music from several great albums of 2014. As a bonus, anyone who saw PAWS earlier this year at The Indy knows the banter from the Scottish brutes alone is worth your price of admission. 

Rival Sons + The Soft White Sixties @ The Fillmore (Thursday)


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The Soft White Sixties (who happen to also be Saviors of Sound) continue their conquest of hometown venues during their tour with SoCal rockers Rival Sons. The speed at which they are climbing the ranks here in the bay somehow manages to equal the band's ferocity on stage. Having caught their set at The Fillmore opening for The Hives late last year they have the advantage knowing what they can deliver on a premiere stage. Negating the recent ludicrous comment around the death of rock and roll, catching this one should put the claim swiftly to rest.

Trails and Ways + The John Brothers Piano Company + Harriet Brown @ The New Parish (Friday)

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Forged in the distant land of the Berkeley co-ops, the bossa-nova dream pop of Trails and Ways has taken to the road much of the year minus their welcomed appearance at Outside Lands. The four piece gained legions of loyal online a few years ago well with the release of some great originals and covers alike before they began filling local venues. With a promise of new material at their Oakland show look forward to their usual flair of combining Latin elements with indie rock including jumping between English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Bay Area Record Fair @ Thee Parkside (Saturday)


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Let's do some quick math. 5 live bands plus DJs spinning vinyl. Over 40 local record labels presenting a truckload of limited treasures, brand new and ancient releases, and plenty of miscellaneous swag to sticker up the town. Plus, you get to enjoy the record store atmosphere of being surrounded by fellow vinyl junkies and the all-around music obsessed. When the inaugural B.A.R.F. went down in February the masses grew quickly so get there early (or beat the crowd with an early bird ticket).

About Mike: Habitual Bay Area show-hopper and new music junkie. Currently Artist Relations at DeliRadio and occasional DJ at KALX. Follow the music based ramblings on Twitter.

The High Five is a series where we talk music with the musicians and tastemakers that we dig and ask them to share what they dig with you. This week, our LA-based Savior of Sound Brazzabelle shares her top five tracks of the moment below, check it out and take a listen! 

1. Montell Jordan - This is How We Do It 

Where do I even begin with describing my love for this track. It’s just such a classic and always sets the right mood for a party. I play it in every set whether is the original or a remix but I like to just quick mix it in out of nowhere to switch up the party and everyone always goes crazy. It’s definitely one of the high points in my DJ sets. 


2. Haddaway - What Is Love (Brazzabelle Festival Remix) 

The original has been one of my favorite songs for as long as I can remember. I wanted to bring it up to current music trends to fit into my sets better and I’m really happy with the outcome. Its a great track to change up the mood of the party and give some cheesy 90’s club vibes with everyone in the club singing along. 

3. Rich Homie Quan - Type Of Way (Sikdope Remix) 

Sikdope is one of my new favorite producers. I’m always super excited when he sends me tracks, this one I’ve been playing in every set since he sent it to me 6 months ago. I am always in love with any sort of hip hop flips to fit into festival type sets and this one takes the cake as my fave! 


4. Tony Junior & Baggi Begovic - Plur Warriors

Baggi just sent me this track last month and I’ve been in love ever since. A lot of big room stuff has been sounding really boring lately and not enough people are taking risks and being innovative, so I was really pleased to hear this track with its big room edge but still sounds so different than everything out there right now. 

5. Saint & G-Buck - Gijibae

G-Buck is another producer I recently fell in love with and this new track he just posted for free DL is fire. I love the hip hop/pop Usher style synths in the second drop with the booty beat. 

About the artist: Boots Bowles, better known as Brazzabelle, is an American DJ & producer based out of Los Angeles, CA. Originally from Cave Creek, AZ, Brazzabelle began DJing in 2010. By 2011 she released her first debut production “Break Your Body”, was named a “Leading Woman in Nightlife" by 944 Magazine, and earned residencies at Southern California’s biggest clubs. Having graced the mainstages of EDC Puerto Rico and Electric Zoo New York, she was also named an "Artist to Watch" in 2014 by the BPM Network, The DJ List, Electric Family, and Dance Music Northwest. 

Music from this week that channels your feelings and speakers from 0-100 like the famous words from your boy, Drake.

“toto” (XXYYXX remix) - SALES


As the indie pop duo SALES prepare for their much anticipated EP release, another fellow Florida native XXYYXX gave us a remix of their song “toto”. Everett’s edits to “toto” gave the track a thin ethereal mannerism that flies around with a gentle touch of nostalgia to each emphasized melody. SALES’ self titled EP will be available on September 22nd but enjoy XXYYXX’s rework for now.

“Reminder” - RL Grime ft. How To Dress Well

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Still in its rip format, one of LA’s hottest producers from the WeDidIt collective debuted his very special track featuring Chicago singer How To Dress Well on Zane Lowe’s “Future Exclusive” premiere on BBC Radio this Tuesday. “Reminder” is the second track on RL Grime’s upcoming album and it’s a time-lapse of a broken relationship with sharp falsettos of emotional turmoil.

“Look” - Litany


Jake and Beth are two friends living in England that sometimes make beautiful music under Litany. They have only two songs available on Soundcloud and the most recent track is titled “Look." Litany keeps their pop senses on the minimal side with an emphasis on every breath in Beth’s vulnerable lyrics and every break in Jake’s atmospheric production.

“Captain SaveAHoe” - Roy French, DJ Taye, DJ Manny


Chicago Teklife boys DJ Taye, DJ Manny, and Roy French worked on a track called “Captain SaveAHoe." This entertaining juke mix repeats the words “I cannot save a hoe” over a brisky production permeated with a psychedelic cadence that comes in and out like the Fall breeze as cuffing season is soon arriving. 

About the author: Briana Cheng has a lot of feelings that she sometimes writes about but mostly she takes twitter screenshots of online dating apps, follow her @banacrisp.

She may be the youngest in the royal Jackson clan, but that doesn't mean Janet Jackson hasn't been working just as long and hard as her famous siblings. 

She first appeared in the spotlight on her family's variety show, The Jacksons, in the late 70s and through acting roles in shows like Good Times, Diff’rent Strokes and Fame in the 80s. From there though, Miss Jackson (if you're nasty) went on to become one of pop and R&B's biggest female icons.

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Just recently, her loyals fans have started an online petition to have her inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (she didn't make the list this year) with some speculating that her 2004 Super Bowl nip-slip controversy may be the reason she has been snubbed. In any case, we still heart Janet. Check out her hits from the last three decades below.

Though her first record deal was in 1982 with a self-titled album, her musical career didn't truly ignite until the success of her third album, Control, in 1986 with legendary songwriters and music producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Hits like “Control,” "What Have You Done For Me Lately," "Nasty" and "When I Think of You" made this a Grammy nominated album. The release was an edgier artistic departure, and really announced her arrival as a musical force to be reckoned with. Not too shabby for a girl who was only 19 at the time of this release!

Jackson continued to develop her edge with her next album, Rhythm Nation 1814, in 1989. This year marks the album’s 25th anniversary. The title track has an epic music video commenting on race issues. Other hit singles off this album: "Miss You Much," "Escapade," "Black Cat" and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)." Taking on social issues in her lyrics and showing a more mature, sexier image like in the video for "Love Will Never Do," Rhythm Nation 1814 was a coming of age album for Jackson.

By the time her fifth album, janet., came out in 1993, Jackson was a full on sex symbol. She earned a Grammy for her uber-sensual single, "That's The Way Love Goes," and charted with other romantic, emotional songs like "If," "Again" and "Any time, Any Place." The song "Again" was written for Jackson's first film role in Poetic Justice, which received Golden Globe and Oscar nods.

Noteworthy around this time in 1995, Janet collaborated with her famous brother Michael Jackson on the song, "Scream," on his album HIStory. The song’s video made it into the Guiness Book of World Records as the “most expensive music video ever made,” costing $7 million!

“Together Again” became the singer’s eighth #1 single on the Billboard 100 from her album, The Velvet Rope. The lyrics spoke out against homophobia and won her a GLAAD Media Award.

Jackson collaborated with Nelly on her single, “Call On Me,” from her album, 20 Y.O. in 2006. The title references the 20 year anniversary of her seminal album, Control.


In 2008, she released “Rock With U” off of her album Discipline. Thought it wasn’t a huge hit, the song’s message hit home with gay rights activists as the song promoted equal rights for the LGBT community. Discipline was her last studio album release, but we hope that Miss Jackson comes back soon with another.

Artists (probably) influenced by Janet Jackson: Rihanna, Beyonce, Aaliyah, Robyn, Alicia Keys

About the author: Jin Moon has been affectionately writing about music and the arts since 2002 on her blog, She also currently runs her own agency, On the Moon Arts. Tweet salutations to @jinners.

This month, the ATL will play host to the Music Midtown Festival, featuring the likes of Eminem, Zach Brown Band, John Mayer and Jack White.

The acts are as varied as this city’s musical history. Atlanta has long been hailed as the capital of hip-hop, but it also boasts a huge country scene. The indie and folk-rock scenes thrive here, but it’s just as renowned for its classical and gospel music scene.

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In a city with such an eclectic assembly of sound, trying to find a common denominator can be tough. But one thing all the genres have in common is that no matter the music, there’s a place in the ATL to hear it live. With spectacular weather most of the year, this city hosts outdoor festivals nearly every weekend, and there are also plenty of storied music venues that launched the careers of some legendary acts.


So who are some of the ATL’s favorite native sons and daughters? A few notables:

  • The Indigo Girls - Amy Ray and Emily Saliers first met in grade school in Decatur, and began singing together in high school. They later attended Emory University and played acoustic duos at local clubs at night, while attending classes during the day.

  • OutKast - André “André 3000” Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton first met at Lenox Square shopping center when both were 16 and attended Tri-Cities High School together. They signed with LaFace Records, formed by Atlanta duo Antonio “L.A” Reid and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.

  • The Black Crowes - Brothers Chris and Rich Robinson formed the band while in high school in Marietta.

  • R.E.M. - Up the road in Athens, four UGA students came together to and played their first show for a friend’s birthday party in a converted Episcopal Church.

  • T.I. - He grew up in Bankhead, and began rapping at 8 years old.

  • Gladys Knight - She won the Original Amateur Hour TV contest at age 7, then later went on to form the Pips with her brother, sister and cousins.


Don’t forget to check out more up-and-coming local acts at the Midtown Music Festival on Sept. 19-20.