In May 2021, the Los Angeles Public Library released a video of the Linda Lindas performing “Racist, Sexist Boy” as part of AAPI Heritage Month. The video now has garnered more than 4 million views and received Questlove and Hayley Williams’ approval. Sporting an impressive resume of an NPR Tiny Desk Concert and opening for riot grrrl legends Bikini Kill, the Los Angeles outfit delivered their charming debut, Growing Up (2022). Showcasing a certain emotional maturity, the teen quartet reclaims the anxieties of self-doubt and adolescence into bouncy power punk anthems. Rooted in the blues, the Ghost Wolves’ Austin-sourced grimy riffs join the Mohawk experience – the first of two very of-the-moment Austin shows presented for free by Dr. Martens (with RSVP at drmartenspresents.com).
Before barreling out West for a January tour, Why Bonnie and Sun June will christen the 10th birthday of local station KUTX as some of the first acts in its yearlong anniversary concert series. Behind two quintessential albums in recent Austin history (2022’s 90 in November and 2021’s Somewhere, respectively), the double-whammy of lush fivepieces bolsters “The Austin Music Experience.” Both blend Americana influences into gunning thrums, but Why Bonnie meets Sun June’s airy indie-pop with a flitter of looming feedback. Redbud supports, lighting the evening’s torch with glazed psych-rock riffs. A femme-fronted trifecta of Austin indie’s whimsy and twang.