Here Today

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Here Today

Posted by on May 20, 2017

In March, the Austin Music Minute featured a little sneak preview of experimental psych-rockers Food Group‘s forthcoming album with the single, “Sleepwalker.” Now, the follow up to their EP You Are drops today. Here Today explores an expansive sonic territory similar to the band’s earlier releases, like their 2013 ambient, trippy mind-meld Hope All Is Well, but a little more on the dark end of the spectrum.

Catch Food Group at their album release show tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River. They share the bill with an impressive line-up: Thor & Friends, Botany, SMILE, Millbrook Estates and Zettajoule. Recommended.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

Scuzz It Up

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Scuzz It Up

Posted by on May 18, 2017

If it already wasn’t glaringly obvious, your Austin Music Minute maven was giddy with glee in Studio 1A this afternoon with The Black Lips. Their latest LP Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art rocks pretty hard, in the best way The Black Lips know how – rough, raw and raunchy. And, as one would imagine, it was an incredible experience creating the album with their producer, Sean Lennon. As guitarist/vocalist Cole Alexander recently explained, the band got to record in Lennon’s ultra-fantastic studio, experiment with different instruments, and work alongside a fellow artist who really gets what The Black Lips is about. The entire album crackles with an irresistible deviant energy, and though it may be tighter than previous Black Lips recordings, it doesn’t lose any of the gritty, scuzzy, badass vibes they bring. It didn’t hurt to have Sean’s mom contributing vocals to “Occidental Front,” either. Whoa.

Don’t miss out on the fun. The Black Lips perform at the Hot Luck Festival‘s kickoff show tonight at Barracuda, 611 E. 7th St. They share the bill with local high-octane punk purveyors (and AMM major music crush) Big Bill, and New York hoodlum punkmeisters Surfbort.

This one comes so recommended it hurts.

Higher Rock Plane

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Higher Rock Plane

Posted by on May 17, 2017

Your Austin Music Minute maven takes immense pleasure in seemingly contrasting/contradictory ideas, shapes, shades, styles, or what-have-you combining together to create some badass magic. That…is winning. Taking that into consideration, Thurston Moore is winning with his fifth solo recording, Rock N Roll Consciousness. It feels like the ultimate consciousness; taking something as vigorous and explosive as the guitar-rocking you hear on this lengthy 5-track release, and using it to communicate elevated moments of bliss, rapture, mystique.

Rock N Roll Consciousness reveals a more concise, cohesive side to Moore’s songwriting. He’s still running like a crazy man all over the map, but with a more strategic flow. So, all at once, you have Moore unleashing a stream of cosmic, trippy mythological references while igniting the vibe with tremendous, soaring guitars building up the sound.

Experience it for yourself. The Thurston Moore Group performs tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the outdoor stage. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and Houston-based avant-garde duo Charalambides opens the show. Then, stick around for more awesomeness on the inside stage with Austin band Basketball Shorts at 10 p.m.

So recommended it hurts.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

Late Bloomer

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Late Bloomer

Posted by on May 16, 2017

There is something undeniably genuine – unflinchingly direct – about Matt Haeck‘s voice. It comes through like a kind of beacon on his debut album, Late Bloomer. One is left with the impression of an individual who feels no need to hide his faults and flaws. Late Bloomer is an open book of the Nashville-based artist, who’s also spent some time in Austin. He digs deeply into his personal experiences to reveal some universal truths.

Haeck is definitely one to catch when he’s in town. His current tour includes a show tonight at Stubb’s indoor venue, 801 Red River. Doors open at 8 p.m., and Austin-based songwriter Jason Robert Blum starts out the evening.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

Passage

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Passage

Posted by on May 12, 2017

It’s no exaggeration. Aurova literally feels as though it were taken directly from the journeys of the mind’s eye in the midst of dream-drenched sleep. The Austin-based electronic duo, featuring David McCully – formerly of psych-pop band Melogrand – and Nicolene Waldon, explores ethereal sounds within what they’ve described as reverberated texture, multiple layers building a tremendous soundtrack.

Aurova makes their debut with a performance tonight at Stubb’s indoor venue, following Tycho and Khruangbin‘s performance in Waller Creek Amphitheater, at 10 p.m. The Austin Music Minute knows this is worth staying later for. Recommended.

-Photography/art courtesy of Aurova.