Author: Stephen Centanni

The Suffers’ welcoming party

Band: The Suffers Date: Friday, May 19, 12:30 p.m. Venue: Surf Stage The Surf Stage will open Hangout Fest with a blast of sweet, versatile grooves from Houston band The Suffers, who pride themselves on being purveyors of what they call “Gulf Coast Soul.” According to vocal powerhouse Kam Franklin, this trademark sound is a reflection of the collective musical personality of the band. All the members are Houston natives influenced by the city’s variety of cultures. While the band’s sound is built upon a foundation of soul, overall there’s an obvious classic rhythm and blues influence. This concept...

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Missio prepared to flip the bird

Band: Missio Date: Friday, May 19, 2:45 p.m. Venue: Fitz’s Stage Electronic music is one of the Hangout Fest’s mainstays. Over the years, the epic beach party has included some of the biggest names in the genre. Missio, the Austin, Texas-based duo comprising Matthew Brue and David Butler, takes pride in not only its rhythmic beats but also its vocal content, which features insightful lyrics. Even though their home base is known for indie rock and alt. country, Missio is a shining ambassador of Austin’s small and overlooked electronic scene. “I wouldn’t say that it’s [Austin’s electronic scene] nonexistent,...

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On the glide path

Band: Warpaint Date: Sunday, May 21, 7:30 p.m. Venue: Mermaid Stage Don’t leave early — Warpaint will close out the Mermaid Stage Hangout weekend. The group specializes in an innovative and hypnotic form of indie rock laced with shoegaze overtones. In 2008, Warpaint released its debut EP “Exquisite Corpse,” which was mixed by John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame. Shortly after its release, Chili Peppers bassist Flea introduced drummer Stella Mozgawa to the band. Mozgawa is an accomplished session musician who has worked with such artists as Kurt Vile, Regina Spektor, Kim Gordon and Tom Jones. Even...

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Be your own boss

Band: Mondo Cozmo Date: Saturday, May 20, 12:30 p.m. Venue: Fitz’s Stage Enter the world of Mondo Cozmo, the brainchild of Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter/producer Josh Ostrander. Ostrander, who has spent time performing with bands such as Laguardia and Eastern Conference Champions, jokingly says this latest persona was created because he was “tired of digging holes.” Mondo Cozmo allows Ostrander the freedom to work at his own pace and be the sole decision-maker. “It’s just nice that it’s just me,” he said. “Coming from a band situation that I’ve been in forever, [now] I get to make my own decisions. Things...

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On the mend

Band: Strand of Oaks Date: Sunday, May 21, 2:45 p.m. Venue: Mermaid Stage When he first started the band Strand of Oaks, frontman/guitarist Timothy Showalter filled his first two albums with sounds critics associated with folk rock or Americana. The advent of his third effort, “Dark Shores,” heralded a delicate artistic evolution for the songwriter, as rock began to dominate Showalter’s repertoire. His 2015 release “HEAL” completed this rock ‘n’ roll transformation. Strand of Oaks’ latest effort, “Hard Love,” continues Showalter’s immersion into rock. However, critics have yet to remove the folk and Americana labels from his music. While...

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