- August 8, 2016

Aus10™ Rocks: These 10 Local Bands Will Energize Your Week



For this week’s weekly music playlist we bring you ten Austin bands that are an absolute must hear. From groups such as Mingo Fishtrap, Court Yard Hounds, and Cindy Cashdollar, you cannot go wrong with listening to these bands this week. Most of ’em are on Spotify in the playlist above, but a couple aren’t quite there yet, so we’ve included their YouTube embeds below.


Mothfight is an experimental pop duo from Austin that perform quirky sounding songs which are perfect to give your Monday a much needed jolt. If you are looking for a band this is a little bit unusual, Mothfight should do the trick.

James McMurtry

Guitarist James McMurtry is a longtime Austinite who has been playing around town for years. After traveling between cities for several years, McMurtry decided to settle in Texas where he won the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award in 1987.

Mingo Fishtrap

Mingo Fishtrap, a local soul and funk band, definitely gives off some John Mayer style vibes, so be sure to check out the track “Fireproof” to make your morning commute a little easier.

White Denim

Local band White Denim is known for their unusual song structure and a jam band feel throughout their songs, taking influences from dubstep, blues, and punk rock.

Trish Murphy

Local pop-country vocalist Trish Murphy is an upbeat musician to start your week with. With song such as “The Trouble with Trouble” you won’t be able to stop humming this song at the office.

Court Yard Hounds

Court Yard Hounds is the side project of female country trio The Dixie Chicks. Just as addicting as their main band, Court Yard Hounds is certainly a group worth checking out if you haven’t already.

Cindy Cashdollar

Steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar made her home in Austin for many years, though she has since returned to her childhood home in Woodstock, New York. While she no longer resides in Austin, her music is still reminiscent of the sounds of Austin country in songs such as “Living in the Moment.”

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers

In 1995, Larry Gatlin, joined up with his brothers to form the gospel band Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers. The groups fame lasted throughout the 80’s, with their biggest hits being “Broken Lady” and “All The Gold in California.”

One-Eyed Doll

Winning Best Punk Band at the Austin Music Awards in 2011, 2012, and 2013, One-Eyed Doll are a two-piece art rock band that releases gritty tunes that are a great to start your week. Check out the song “Committed” to see what we mean.

The Offenders

For fans of bands such as Washington DC’s Minor Threat, The Offenders will be right up your alley this week. Formed in the 1980’s the band has become known as one of Austin’s most well- known hardcore and punk bands.


Featured photo: The Court Yard Hounds


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