Pleaser Magazine

Pleaser is an independent, women-run print and online music magazine made by fans for fans.

Nostalgia Comeback: Meat Joy

Austin, Texas, is known as the Live Music Capital. The city prides itself on the amount of local venues that allow artists of all genres to find their people through music expression. The sounds of up-and-coming bands ooze out of every bar, house and concert hall imaginable, creating a diverse and eclectic music scene.

In the 1980’s, the DIY punk band Meat Joy found their calling to entertain. Through their experimental sound, they gained a cult following both in their active years and after they parted ways. Now, 40 years later, fueled by a desire to play together again, the band reunited in the town they used to call home.

Small Venue Plays Host to The Things’ Large-Scale Performance

I might be known amongst my friends and family for being early to everything, but this was a personal best. Either I had gotten the show time wrong or it was changed and I didn’t realize it (the second option is the story I’m sticking with). Whichever happened, my sister and I showed up an hour before doors even opened, the soundcheck from inside the venue reverberating through the nearly empty street. Looks like we have to go get margarita’s from the bar next door on National Margarita Day, twi

The Thing’s new album balances the rock of the past, present and future

The Thing’s sophomore album, The Thing Is, which came out on February 2 sees the New York four piece take influence from 60s and 70s rock and musical stylings à la early Arctic Monkeys. Even though the influences of The Thing are clear, the group is able to find their own touch, adding a certain panache that those who are well versed in the musical past use to drive music’s future forward.

The LP features 11 songs and over 35 minutes of play time. One of the standout parts of the album is the m

The Irish Takeover of Austin City Limits

After Irish singer-songwriter Hozier had wrapped up his Austin City Limits set under the watchful eyes of the setting sun, it felt like I had put my ear up to the world’s largest seashell. The whooshing of cheers and admiration put ocean waves to shame, my ears could not physically intake any more decibels of sound.

This was a very different feeling to that of the playful-chastising Hozier had given the crowd earlier for not being able to sing back to him a set of falsetto notes in key as a cal

Måneskin is coming to the forefront of rock

Italian Eurovision winners Måneskin’s newest single “HONEY (ARE U COMING?)” brings the group's signature rough, dirty and sensual tone into their latest venture. They stick to what made them popular: a fun, slightly raunchy, party-rockstar tone with crashing instrumentals and a gravely vocal performance from front man Damiano David.

Although David’s vocals demonstrate his ability to ensnare the attention of the listener with his gritty and accented lilt, the true star of this punchy barely thre

Inhaler’s vulnerability shines during acoustic show

How do you recover from the fact that not only did you win a radio contest to see arguably your favorite band, but that you sat five-feet away from three out of the four members and watched them play an acoustic set and give a short interview with only 35 other people in the room? I’m open to suggestions.

For five days I had been trying to secure seemingly elusive tickets to an intimate performance at the Austin City Limits Radio Station’s Dell Music Lounge.

In something that seemed too good t

Chappell Roan’s Chipper Single Sets the Scene for Her Debut Album

Chappell Roan’s most recent single “HOT TO GO!” demonstrates the dynamism of not only the artist, but her musical stylings. This cheeky and buoyant track stands in contrast to her slower compositions like “Casual,” with a tempo that effortlessly straddles the realms of 80s workout anthems and high school pep rally cheers.

The latest in a slew of singles previewing her forthcoming debut album, “The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess,” the midwesterner partnered with writer Dan Nigro, known for

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