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The Heavenly States / Kevin McKinney
September 11, 2015 @ 9:00 pm
The Heavenly States
The Heavenly States came together in 2002, united by a shared passion for complex and cathartic rock bursting with literate, provocative lyricism. A series of acclaimed albums and a seemingly endless capacity for touring – including a landmark 2005 trek to Egypt and Libya – confirmed their status as one of America’s fearless music outfits, flying the flag for self-determination and intelligent, energetic rock ‘n’ roll. The Heavenly States produce songs imbued with emotional complexity, driving energy, and plenty of spit and fire. At times earnest and vulnerable, at other times infused with grit and fury, THS songs range from simple SST-inspired grenades to works of layered and symphonic sweep. Some songs recall the folk and cowpunk of THS favorite, the band X, while still others exude the cool remove of acts like Spoon, Steve Malkmus, or Talking Heads. Whatever the tone of a particular song, a commitment to melody always shines through.
Texas Music Hall of Famer. Austin Music Icon. Gifted and Talented Song Writer. Character. All easy to say. All hard to live up to. Kevin does.An Austin fixture since the 90’s, Kevin McKinney can be held responsible for an entire sub genre of music locally. With his band Soulhat he helped turn the Black Cat Lounge on 6th Street from a biker bar into what amounts to a jam/ funk myth. And today his songs, old and new, live on, making people happy and continually inspiring other Austin musicians who’s respect Kevin holds in spades.