How “Hot for Teacher,” a homemade mic, and a B.B. King-inspired signature axe factor into a repertoire that mixes Queens of the Stone Age sizzle with modern pop hooks.

A mainstay for Austin artists (and beyond) every March is SXSW. After years of lugging heavy amps down streets, up flights of stairs, and through crowded alleys, Emily recalibrated her attack by searching for a tube combo with wheels. She found gold on Craigslist and (foolishly) went alone to a guy’s gear shack and scored this 2000s Fender Concert Reverb 4x10. She’s fallen in love with the amps 10" speakers and open-back configuration because she relishes its big, full, punchy sound.

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