- August 1, 2016

Aus10™ Rocks: 10 Talented Local Acts To Get Your Week Started!


For this week’s playlist, we bring you everyone from The Boxing Lesson, the old-time sounds of swing from The Lucky Strikes, all the way to the fresh sounds of indie band Canvas People. Do you have a favorite song? Tell us in the comments!

The Boxing Lesson

 Known for their “wall of sound” for starting softly and then building to grand orchestrations of music, The Boxing Lesson is one of Austin’s most innovative bands for the creative way they approach their music. Start off your week by listening to this entertaining band.

Canvas People

Stating on their Bandcamp page that they like to play music for people who like to listen, Austin indie rock band Canvas People have put together pleasing tracks that will suit the taste of almost any music fan. Take a listen to their song “Astronaut” to hear their addicting sound.

Astronaut by Canvas People

Big Boys

Paving the way for punk bands throughout the 80’s and the 90’s, Big Boys were a highly influential act in Austin and beyond. Take a listen to their song “Red/Green” to hear their sound and style.

Joe Ely

Performing a mixture of rock, country, and honky-tonk, Austin musician Joe Ely plays music that cannot be ignored. Performing with such artists as Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen, Ely has done it all. Check out the song “Wounded Creek” to get a nice introduction to his style.

The Lovely Sparrows

Playing relaxing indie rock, The Lovely Sparrows write songs that we can’t get enough of. To listen to one of these fantastic songs, check out the track “Your Flowers Will Bloom.”

Julian Mandrake

Originally from Lubbock, Texas, guitarist Julian Mandrake was hired to perform with Blue October in 2010. He officially parted ways with the band in 2013. Check out his work with Blue October on a song called “Balance Beam.”


Formed in 1981, MDC was a punk band in Austin formed in the 1980’s. They returned in 2000 after a hiatus with new members. Take a listen to their original sound with the track “Life, But How to Live It.”

Jack Ingram

Jack Ingram is an Austin country artist who is signed to Big Machine Records. Starting his career in college, his most recent single is “Nothing to Fix.”

Dexter Freebish

Dexter Freebish is a rock band from Austin who have released five albums and one EP. Their latest release was 2010’s Shine On.

The Lucky Strikes

The Lucky Strikes formed in the 1990’s during the swing revival movement where they achieved modest mainstream success. They released a live album titled Live in Japan earlier this year.

Featured photo: Joe Ely, by Matthew Fuller via Joe Ely on Facebook.

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