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The Last Walt w/ Walker Lukens, Bright Light Social Hour, Shakey Graves, Jess Williamson, Kam Franklin, David Ramirez, Israel Nash, Mobley, Sarah Jaffe, Fat Tony, Vlad Holiday


Paramount Theatre

2023-12-15 8:00PM

Venue Info


Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

Artists

Walker Lukens

ElectronicPopRock

"For better or worse, I tried to make a record about how absurd it has felt to be alive over the past few years, that sounds like how its feels to build a life while the world you were promised changes," says Walker Lukens, describing the broad premise behind his new album 'ADULT,' out April 26 via Modern Outsider Records. "I also wanted to make a record that made people dance...so, here ya go."

Now on his third full-length release, the Austin, TX-based songwriter has become well known for embracing contradiction, "blending genres and techniques" (Billboard) into a sound that's hard to...

"For better or worse, I tried to make a record about how absurd it has felt to be alive over the past few years, that sounds like how its feels to build a life while the world you were promised changes," says Walker Lukens, describing the broad premise behind his new album 'ADULT,' out April 26 via Modern Outsider Records. "I also wanted to make a record that made people dance...so, here ya go."

Now on his third full-length release, the Austin, TX-based songwriter has become well known for embracing contradiction, "blending genres and techniques" (Billboard) into a sound that's hard to pin down. NPR's All Songs Considered described him as a "rhythmic sound effect master" who creates "curious, textured music," while World Cafe called it "wonderfully inventive."

"I’ve never wanted to be one of those songwriters who compartmentalizes what part of their lives comes out in their songs," he says. "I wanted to deal with Trump, and Charlottesville, and the 'Me Too' movement alongside things like breaking up and falling in love." Lukens took creative inspiration from work like Bob Dylan's famously wide-ranging double LP 'Blonde on Blonde' as well as Frank Ocean's 'Blonde' while writing and recording ADULT.

"That, to me, is the trick - making something personal and political that doesn’t try to make sense of itself," he says. 'ADULT' was produced by Spoon drummer Jim Eno, and features new tracks along with the previously released singles "Baby" and "Tear It Out My Heart."


Shakey Graves

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Mobley

ElectronicHip Hop/RapPop

Mobley is the alias of Anthony Watkins II, a one-man band who terms his sound "post-genre pop." While he mixes genres in a manner that is easily accessible, he's not one for escapist fantasies or straightforward love songs, writing frequently about alienation, racism, and egotism, among other societal and intrapersonal issues. A seasoned performer who has toured over 200 days in a year, he's known for accompanying himself on instruments including guitar, keyboards, live drums, and drum machine while also handling visuals. After numerous self-released recordings throughout the 2010s, Watkins landed...

Mobley is the alias of Anthony Watkins II, a one-man band who terms his sound "post-genre pop." While he mixes genres in a manner that is easily accessible, he's not one for escapist fantasies or straightforward love songs, writing frequently about alienation, racism, and egotism, among other societal and intrapersonal issues. A seasoned performer who has toured over 200 days in a year, he's known for accompanying himself on instruments including guitar, keyboards, live drums, and drum machine while also handling visuals. After numerous self-released recordings throughout the 2010s, Watkins landed a deal with Last Gang Records and entered the 2020s with Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme.

Born in North Carolina and raised in a military family that necessitated frequent moves abroad and within the U.S., Anthony Watkins II played violin and trumpet as a youngster, and at the age of 16 started playing guitar and writing songs. While enrolled at the University of North Carolina where he earned a film degree, he started performing and recording under the name Mobley, joined on a temporary basis at later points by fellow musicians including Tim Shelburne, Sergio Trejos, and Alfredo Rios. Mobley self-released the Young Adult Fiction EP in 2012, and in 2013 placed a cover of the Beatles ' "I Wanna Be Your Man" on True Blood: Music from the HBO Original Series, Vol. 4. Mobley also appeared on another 2013 compilation, The Beatles Reimagined, with a version of "From Me to You."

Watkins steadily drew more attention to Mobley with tireless touring as an entirely self-reliant multimedia act, along with additional independent recordings such as Audiotree Live and the Some Other Country EP, both of which were issued in 2016, and Fresh Lies, Vol. I, released two years later. Signed to Last Gang in 2019, he made his label debut the next year with Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme, an EP examining Western supremacy. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi


David Ramirez

Hip Hop/RapRockSoul/RnB

Prolific singer and songwriter David Ramirez has earned a large and growing following for his soulful, introspective songs and passionate performances. As a vocalist, Ramirez performs with an understated passion that animates his stories of the ups and downs of life and love, and his music is sorrowfully evocative, steeped in country and roots rock tropes while possessing the atmospheric tone of indie rock. 2009's American Soil and 2012's Apologies are examples of his twang-infused early work, and 2017's We're Not Going Anywhere found him embracing a more ambitious style and production approach.

Ramirez...

Prolific singer and songwriter David Ramirez has earned a large and growing following for his soulful, introspective songs and passionate performances. As a vocalist, Ramirez performs with an understated passion that animates his stories of the ups and downs of life and love, and his music is sorrowfully evocative, steeped in country and roots rock tropes while possessing the atmospheric tone of indie rock. 2009's American Soil and 2012's Apologies are examples of his twang-infused early work, and 2017's We're Not Going Anywhere found him embracing a more ambitious style and production approach.

Ramirez grew up in Houston, Texas, where he became interested in music and formed a band with his friends. Influenced by '90s alternative rock, Ramirez's group primarily played parties, but he got hooked on making music, and while attending college in Dallas, he heard an album by Ryan Adams and became fascinated by contemporary folk and influential singer/songwriters of the '60s and '70s, especially Bob Dylan . In Dallas, Ramirez formed a new band and began writing songs that fused pop music with his new lyrical influences, and in 2003 he released his first album, 11503 Lansbury. Two more albums would follow -- 2005's Human and 2007's While Underneath Lights -- before he chose to break up the band and move to Nashville to focus on acoustic music.

In 2008, Ramirez traveled to Birmingham, Alabama and cut an EP, simply called Birmingham, that was the first step on his new musical journey. After leaving Nashville for Austin, Texas, Ramirez started touring extensively, playing as often as his circumstances would allow, and as he wrote more songs, he began releasing new material at an impressive rate, cranking out two albums (2009's American Soil and 2012's Apologies) and two EPs (2011's Strangetown and 2013's The Rooster) in the space of five years. Ramirez slowed down a bit after this period, though he still kept up a productive schedule, touring frequently and releasing Fables in early 2016. In December the same year, he dropped Bootleg Tour 2016, a live album recorded during several concert dates earlier that year. In September 2017, Ramirez returned with a fresh studio album, We're Not Going Anywhere, released through his own Sweetworld label, that saw him moving toward an indie rock-influenced approach. 2020's My Love Is a Hurricane found him continuing to explore new sounds, with contemporary R&B accents audible in his songs. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Genres

Electronic
Hip Hop/Rap
Pop
Rock
Soul/RnB

About the Venue

The historic Paramount Theatre has stood at 713 Congress Avenue for more than 100 years, a timeless testament to the city’s commitment to historic preservation, community and the arts. Her stage has been graced by sitting presidents, Academy, GRAMMY, Tony and Golden Globe-winning performers, magicians (we're talking Houdini), and even the occasional troupe of trained acrobatic kittens. With more than 250 performances each year, the Paramount continues the tradition of bringing diverse, creative experiences to Central Texas.


Features

All Ages
Drinks For Sale
Food For Sale
Outdoor Stage
Restrooms

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