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The UTOPiA Sessions

Houndmouth in Austin: Exclusive new music from the UTOPiA Sessions

Houndmouth in Austin: Exclusive new music from the UTOPiA Sessions

Houndmouth is a collaborative folk/rock band from the lowland plains and farmlands of Indiana and Kentucky. Their poetry emphasizes foolhardiness, and their soulful harmonies carry far. Once a folk duo, Katie Toupin and Matt Myers (The Saint James Hotel) joined up with Shane Cody (Riffraff Revival) and Zak Appleby to create a colossal electric sound with bouncy half-time beats, punchy guitar riffs, and a bit of facial hair.

The UTOPiA Sessions is an oasis on the edge of the SXSW craziness and provides top-quality bands we love with an opportunity to play in a welcoming and relaxing environment. Located at the Wheeler Brothers home, the UTOPiA Sessions put bands in a state of euphoria. First we get them set up, then they get into the massage chairs and style salon. A few beard trims and bloody marys later, we head into the very "Wes Anderson" looking billiards' room. Each band plays a couple of songs, the Onion Creek Boys film, Craig Lawrence records sound and we get a finished video about 12 hours later.

"Houston Train" by Houndmouth


The UTOPiA Sessions is a co-production between Onion Creek Productions, UTOPiAfest, and Wheeler Brothers.


Onion Creek Productions is brothers Aaron and Jamie Brown, and Rob Seidel. We've been busy producing videos for several bands including Grupo Fantasma, Wheeler Brothers, and Blitzen Trapper. Since we already were in the business of creating high-quality live and scripted live music videos, we had the opportunity to partner with Travis Sutherland, founder of UTOPiAfest.

Pat Cassidy is the Wheeler Brothers' manager and is the other producer of UTOPiA Sessions.


UTOPiAfest is an intimate campout festival in the most beautiful west Texas hill country - Utopia, TX. During the weekend of Sept. 28-30, over 20 top bands from around the world decend into the hills and end up in a secluded valley with vista's stretching for miles. There a lucky 1,800 people (capped audience) will enjoy a byob, free parking, free camping festival like none other. It's a magical location that has been the spot for many unreal music moments. UTOPiAfest last year featured bands such as Blitzen Trapper, Dawes, Keller Williams, Wheeler Brothers, Black & White Years, Grupo Fantasma, and Art vs. Science.

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Houndmouth Courtesy of Houndmouth