A much cheaper alternative to traditional recording studios has just opened in Austin, and you’ll feel like you are right at home. That’s because it’s actually in a home. Brandon Perry is the guy behind Wandering Robot Studio, which is available for musicians to rent from just $50 an hour.
The setting feels comfortable and casual, but it offers the same pro-level gear and sounds as the bigger outfits. The studio also has a guest room for traveling artists who want to record or work while staying in Austin. North enough of Downtown that festival traffic isn’t an issue, but close enough to make it to a gig on short notice, this studio might just be the answer to your musical prayers. We spoke to Brandon to learn more about his unconventional business.
365 Things Austin: How did the idea for Wandering Robot Studio come about?
Brandon Perry: I’ve been playing guitar since I got my first $99 Walmart-brand electric guitar on my 13th birthday. I’ve loved music ever since. As I was learning how to record my own music, I realized I was building a studio that would be useful for more than just myself. This city is overflowing with artists who deserve to be recorded, if only for archival purposes. I wanted to offer a resource for locals with the highest quality gear. I also firmly believe artists deserve to own their music, from production to final payments and distribution.
365: How did you come up with the name?
BP: I have several pieces in the studio by Lauren Briere, a local artist who puts a robot in different landscapes and contexts. I love her art and I’ve never had the chance to tell her personally! I hope I paid her rent once. I purchased her art at Austin Art Garage.
365: Why does Austin (and the world) need something like this?
BP: Artists deserve a chance to make a living from their art. Wandering Robot Studio helps them own their own publishing and keep as many of their own money as possible. With the ability to record and mix at a professional level, and guidance on publishing and managing your own music, we give you the power to keep creating.
365: What’s your favorite part of running this business?
BP: I love capturing the moment when great music is made. It’s usually spontaneous, and often an artist never sings the same song twice. It’s just the one that gets recorded that everyone ends up listening to. Listening to a song evolve as an artist records it, honing the core of where a song is going—it’s very rewarding.
365: What feedback do you get from musicians who record with you?
BP: As a guitar player, I care a lot about how a guitar sounds. Every guitarist I record loves the sounds we can capture. From clear, transparent, acoustic guitars to gritty, sawtooth distortion (sometimes feedback in more than one way), I want your guitars to sound as amazing as possible. Artists also love the vocal tracks we are able to capture. We have modified analog gear that makes vocals ring!
365: What music/artist/album are you loving right now?
BP: I’m currently listening to the Great Courses 30 Greatest Orchestral Pieces. The enthusiasm of the professor and the subject matter make it incredibly enjoyable. I recently found a super funky drum loop on an old vinyl called Something for Everybody by saxophonist Dave Duplissey (1978) that I’m working on for a guitar track. I love the local band Trouble In The Streets. They are awesome and I’ve seen them several times! They recently won an award from BlackFret and it was much-deserved.
365: What are your plans for the future of the studio?
If you are a parent of school-aged kids you know that summer is a childcare scramble. Thankfully Cordovan Art School, which teaches visual and performing arts, is offering a wide range of camps at their Northwest Austin and Cedar Park locations.
In a town bursting with culture like ours, Cordovan believes in fostering creativity and self-confidence. The learning environment is positive, enjoyable, and allows students to progress and gain a deeper appreciation for the arts.
Students learn fundamental principles and time-tested techniques that will stay with them for life. If your child enjoys the arts, this is the perfect place for them to develop their talents.
Right now if you purchase three camp sessions for your child, you will get the fourth for free! Cordovan offers full-day and extended care options all summer long. They also have wildly popular themed camps like “Yay Clay!” where campers will turn a slab of mud into a ceramic masterpiece, and “Enchanted Forest” where kids get to paint, sketch, and interact with real furry, fuzzy, and scaly friends!
If you are looking for even more creative fun, you can drop in the studio at your leisure to paint your own pottery (PYOP). PYOP is a perfect activity for friends, family, parties, and even date night! Choose from hundreds of pre-made ceramics pieces.
Take advantage of the summer months and enrich your child’s, and your own life, in a whole new way!
JAWS ON THE WATER returns for its fifth year! It’s finally summertime and everyone is invited back to Volente Beach Resort on the shores of Lake Travis for one the best events of the year. Get access to all the Volente Beach Resort rides, a ticket to one of the best films of all time, and an explosive finale to close out the night. Pop open a beer, dangle your feet over your inner tube, and watch the film that made everyone afraid to go in the water… while you’re in the water. We’re pretty sure there’s nothing lurking in there…
WHO: Presented by Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow
WHEN: June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17 *Doors open at 6:00 PM *Movie begins at 8:45 PM (or after sundown)
Included with your JAWS ON THE WATER experience…
· Admission to Volente Beach Resort fun from 6:00PM – 8:30PM, with all rides and hang out spots open, including the Lazy Lagoon, The Sidewinder, volleyball, a beachside bar and grill and a whole lot more.
· (1) ticket to the On the Water screening of one of the greatest films of all time.
· An explosive finale.
· The chance to be a floating shark snack for a squad of scuba divers to scare.
TUBES: Three options available this year:
· Buy one! Alex Kintner’s float inspired tube featuring headrest and cupholders will be available for sale on site (or with an add on to your ticket)
· Bring your own! Picked up a tube last year? Feel free to bring that, or any other tube 53″ diameter or less.
· Borrow from us! Don’t want to bring a tube? We’ll also have plenty of loaners available for your use during the screening, and you can just return it to the beach after the film.
FOOD: Served 6:00-8:30 PM You can purchase an optional pre-sale Meal Ticket at check out (vegetarian options available). Meal Tickets will be received onsite.
DRINKS: There will be multiple outdoor bars throughout the venue, including permanent bars set up at the waterpark, and pop up bars built on the beach for these screenings.
AGE POLICY: No unaccompanied minors under 17. All children 12 & under are required to wear a life jacket while in the water. Ages 6 & under are not allowed in water or at water park.
At 365 Things Austin we have always strived to bring you the best of Austin to your fingertips. Today is a huge day for us as we are moving from your fingertips to your earbuds.
365 Things Austin Founder, (me) Kristy Owen along with my friend, BMX extraordinaire and Burro Cheese Kitchen Co-Owner, Aaron Ross will chat all things Austin. Each Thursday we’re going to tell you the BEST Things To Do Over The Weekend and any experiences we’ve personally had with the events.
We are also are going to talk to local celebrities, chefs, athletes, iconic Austinites and anyone else who gives this city a pulse. Aaron is a huge sports fan so expect plenty of Longhorn coverage along side your restaurant reviews.
Future episodes will also cover topics such as Best Places to Happy Hour, Where To Have The Perfect Birthday Dinner, Best Things To Do On A Bachelorette/Bachelorette Party, and many more.
We want to talk about what you want to hear about. So please feel free to DM us on social media at @365ThingsAustin or @TheAaronRoss or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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In honor of the 60th anniversary of Motown Records, the LBJ Presidential Library is hosting a new exhibition that will take you way back in time. If you haven’t been to to the LBJ Library, we really think you should. It’s one of the cultural treasures that makes Austin so unique. a
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Attention beauty junkies! A new natural beauty is in town and it’s safe to say we’re pretty much obsessed. Lovejay Holistic Beauty Bar is now open at 2124 E 6th St. and carries a variety of clean skincare, cosmetics and haircare brands. The east side boutique, owned and operated by Austinite Blair Wagoner, is the first 100% clean beauty retailer in Austin, and showcases cult favorite and up-and-coming indie beauty brands that are purely natural, organic and non-toxic.
Lovejay’s selection of carefully curated natural beauty products encompasses over 15 domestic, organic brands. The stellar lineup includes skincare like locally owned oil-based skincare line Olive + M, Maya Chia, Live Botanical, Skin Owl, Josh Rosebrook; and natural makeup brands like Han, Au Naturale, Fitglow, Lily Lolo and 14e. Shoppers can enjoy a thorough selection of cleansers, serums, toners, masks, moisturizers, balms, salves, scrubs, oils, makeup, shampoos and conditioners.
In addition to Lovejay’s natural retail products, the adorable boutique will also offer signature services and consultations. Consultations will include Lighten Up Consulting: a beauty bag cleanup for those looking to make the switch to natural cosmetics. Customers can consult one-on-one with an expert staff member to introduce natural alternatives to their favorite products; Makeup artists will be available for natural beauty makeovers; The Lovejay Beauty Consultation will be a custom, one-on-one consultation for customers to ask questions, apply and test products and learn more about ingredient safety and choosing the right products. Schedule appointments online at lovejaybeauty.com, email email@example.com or call Lovejay at 512-330-4404.
Hey Austin, are you ready for summer? It’s time to get your backyard ready for all of the summer fun activities with a Springfree Trampoline!
Adding a Springfree Trampoline to our backyard a couple of years ago was one of the best things we could have done. It’s been great to have for some excellent jumping (mom, dad and kids all partake), as well as hosting several outdoor movie nights. This weekend is a great time to buy with their Memorial Day sale in place. And if you’re feeling lucky, enter to win a Springfree Trampoline below! Limited time offer: Save up to $350! Plus add delivery & installation for $99! (reg. $299). Offer ends May 27, 2019.
Take a test jump this weekend at the Austin Springfree Trampoline store, located in The Domain, and enjoy activities for the kids, prizes, snacks and lots of jumping! Memorial Day weekend hours are Friday, Saturday and Monday from 10 am – 8 pm; Sunday, noon – 6 pm.
Where: 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, #116, Austin
Contact: (512) 900-4341
Enter to win –> Step up your summer fun by winning your very own Springfree Trampoline. The entire family will get exercise and will have fun while they’re at it! Enter to win a 13ft Jumbo Round Springfree Trampline, with tgoma, a step, delivery and installation, valued at $2597!
In honor of the 60th anniversary of Motown Records, the LBJ Presidential Library is hosting a new exhibition that will take you way back in time. If you haven’t been to to the LBJ Library, we really think you should. It’s one of the cultural treasures that makes Austin so unique.
Motown: The Sound of Young America traces the evolution of the label, which began in Detroit in the early 1960s and quickly became known as “The Sound of Young America,” crashing the American pop charts and challenging the Beatles-led British Invasion. In addition to stage outfits from many of Motown’s top performers, such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Miracles, and The Supremes, the visitors can also check out interviews with many music legends.
“The music of Motown represents a high-water mark in American music,” says Bob Santelli, the exhibition’s curator and Founding Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum®. “The long list of number one hits, the incredible stable of stars, and the genius of Berry Gordy, Jr., both as a businessman and nurturer of talent, made Motown one of the most successful and impactful record companies of all time.”
There are also interactive displays, including one that lets you perform The Supremes’ “Stop in the Name of Love” on stage and another that will teach you The Temptations’ signature dance moves. If you don’t Instagram yourself doing that, it didn’t happen!
When: now through January 26, 2020
The LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River Street
Austin, TX, 78705
Photos courtesy Jay Godwin for the LBJ Presidential Library.
Joseph Morales and Nik Walker will lead the second national tour of Hamilton as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, respectively.
Other principal roles in Hamilton will be played by Ta'Rea Campbell as Angelica Schuyler; Marcus Choi as George Washington; Elijah Malcomb as John Laurens/Phillip Schuyler; Shoba Narayan as Eliza Hamilton; Fergie L. Philippe as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; Kyle Scatliffe as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Danielle Sostre as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds and Jon Patrick Walker as King George.
The second national tour also includes Tia Altinay, Amber Ardolino, Conroe Brooks, Cameron Burke, Evan S. Cochran, Phil Colgan, Desmond Sean Eillington, Hope Endrenyi, Lili Froehlich, Daniel Gaymon, Camden Gonzales, Jennie Harney, Stephen Hernandez, Kristen Hoagland, Abby Jaros, Emily Jenda, Wonza Johnson, King David Jones, Carina-Kay Louchiey, Brandt Martinez, Taeko McCarroll, Tyler McKenzie, Justice Moore, Antuan Magic Raimone, Julian Ramos, Jen Sese, Willie Smith III, and Julius Thomas III.
Producer Jeffrey Seller and Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts announce a digital lottery for HAMILTONtickets willbegin in conjunction with the show’s first performance (May 28) in Austin at Bass Concert Hall. Forty tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each. The digital lottery will open at 10:00 AM CT on Sunday, May 26 for tickets to the Tuesday, May 28 performance. Subsequent digital lotteries will begin two days prior to each performance.
HOW TO ENTER
Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (http://hamiltonmusical.com/app).
The lottery will open at 10:00 AM CT two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9:00 AM CT the day prior to the performance.
Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent at approximately 10:00 AM CT the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided).
No purchase or payment necessary to enter or participate.
Each winning entrant may purchase up to two (2) tickets.
Only one entry per person. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded.
Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4:00 PM CT the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4:00 PM CT the day prior to the performance are forfeited.
Lottery tickets may be picked up at will call beginning 2 hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID. Lottery tickets void if resold.
Patrons must be 18 years or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter. Tickets are non-transferable. Ticket limits and prices displayed are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change without notice.
Lottery prices are not valid on prior purchases. Lottery ticket offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All sales final – no refunds or exchanges. Lottery may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve the chances of winning.
Tickets for HAMILTON are currently on sale. Patrons are advised to check the official HAMILTON channels and texasperformingarts.org for late release seats which may become available at short notice.
While it’s certainly not the first attempt at a grocery delivery service in Austin, Instacart appears to have figured out how to provide a great customer experience! After a few moments on their website, you’ll realize just how simple this process can be. Sunday night is for Game of Thrones, not dragging yourself to the supermarket! From adding fresh fruits and veggies to your shopping cart, to scheduling a delivery time, they’ve made the entire process painless.
Here are a few reasons I love this service:
The H-E-B closest to my home is a nightmare. You know that one at Oltorf and Congress? There’s no parking, and the lines at checkout rival that of a secret show at SXSW.
When I go to the store, I always end up buying 25 things that weren’t on my list. I can’t remember what I have at home, so I buy things I don’t need, or I shop while hungry and grab everything in sight.
Instacart will shop where you want to shop. In addition to H-E-B, Central Market, Costco (you don’t need a membership to shop), they also provide delivery from Tomlinson’s, Sprouts, Spec’s, Randall’s, and Sam’s Club.
They have the ability to deliver within an hour of ordering, but I opted for a delivery around dinnertime. As mentioned before, the process is super easy. Visit www.instacart.com or download their mobile app, then enter your zip code (they serve the vast majority of the Greater Austin metropolitan area), add items to your shopping cart, and choose a delivery window (one hour, two, later in the day), then check out!
An Instacart personal shopper will receive your order on their smartphone; pick up your groceries, and arrive at your door with a smile.