Roxy Music made its first appearance on Top of the Pops in 1972 with their debut single “Virginia Plain.” Something glamorous and avant-garde struck a chord in the pop realm, and for many, the attraction to the band’s seductive and dazzling style was instantaneous. It was comprised of so many different talents, not to mention the electronic wizardry of Brian Eno. And at the helm, songwriter Bryan Ferry brought all these talents together for some extraordinary magic.
Ferry’s solo achievements are also nothing short of brilliant, with a captivating style combining class, fashion, and a vocal delivery that sways between sensual and brooding.
You’re in for something magnificent tonight. Bryan Ferry performs at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd, featuring special guests Judith Owen with bassist Leland Sklar. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the music starts at 8 p.m.
Let the swooning begin. Very recommended.
With at least six shows under his belt after last week’s SXSW madness, and probably a few more we don’t even know about, it’s totally understandable that Jonathan Terrell wouldn’t mind taking an extended nap. “Exhausting” is an understatement. Such is the nature of the beast. But like any musician who loves his craft, there are so many beautiful connections made that make it all worthwhile.
When Terrell was tracking vocals at Cacophony Recorders for “Color Me Lucky,” featured on today’s Austin Music Minute, he felt he just wasn’t getting the take he wanted. “We were recording to tape and I didn’t want to use any corrections,” he recalls. “I had to take a few minutes to get my head in the right place. At Cacophony, the view out the big bay window looks over the Colorado River, which was still dangerously high after last spring’s flood, and the vocal booth has a clear shot of this view. (Producer) Erik Wofford hits ‘record,’ and right before I was supposed to come in, a huge white crane swooped in and landed perfectly in the top branches of a tall birch tree that was halfway underwater. I thought it was just so beautiful, and it set me in such a peaceful mental place. We used that entire take for the final. It was seriously a magic moment.”
Expect more magic when you see Terrell perform at his Wednesday night residency at The White Horse, 500 Comal. Casa Loma Playboys start out the night at 8 p.m., followed by Sophia Johnson at 10 p.m. Terrell’s on when the clock strikes 12. Don’t miss it.
-Photography by Martin do Nascimento, KUTX.
You’ve made it to Friday during SXSW. Well done, grasshopper. But take heed – this weekend has no shortage of very cool shows for your enjoyment, so busy times ahead. The Austin Music Minute presents these suggestions for your Friday night escapades:
-This one is going to be crazy packed, so get there early. The 4AD Revue at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, includes SOHN, The Lemon Twigs, Future Islands and more on the outdoor stage, starting at 7 p.m.-ish.
-Photo of Darkbird courtesy of the artist.
Here are a few more recommended showcases to add to your SXSW adventure time this evening. Your humble Austin Music Minute host has selected a few groovy trips to try, a mix of official showcases and shows off the beaten path:
–Levitiaton continues its gi-normous official 2017 showcase tonight at the adjoining Hotel Vegas and Volstead spaces on E. 6th. So many great bands. AMM faves include The Blind Suns (Angers, France), Dead Meadow (Washington, D.C.), Golden Dawn Arkestra, and Ringo Deathstarr.
-A very special treat presented by RajiWorld, teaming up with SXSW for a showcase at The Palm Door, 401 Sabine. Show stoppers Cotton Mather (featured on today’s AMM), Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys, EMQ and Psiplay and Analee Cantu are on the bill.
-Turn it up past 11. It’s time for badass face-melting at the Boss Tweed Backline Presents Sailor Records showcase at Friends, 208 E. 6th St., featuring AMM fave Greenbeard, Native Daughters (Denver, CO), Necropanther (Denver, CO) and more.
-Photo of Cotton Mather courtesy of the artist.
Welcome to the continued SXSW adventures of the Austin Music Minute. True, this is that very time of year that multiple shows are pulling one’s brain in fifty different directions, but the AMM is offering a handful of picks to peruse. Go forth and conquer:
-It’s no secret that your Austin Music Minute maven is a huge Third Man Records geek (read: “Jack White fiend from hell”). Their roster is chock full of badass bands and songwriters, and at the top of the list is recently-signed artist Lillie Mae (her track “Over the Hill and Through the Woods” was featured on today’s AMM), whose solo album Forever and Then Some comes out next month. She’s part of a line-up tonight at Bar 96, 96 Rainey St., which also features Brooklyn-based band San Fermin and LA future-soul songwriter Banks.
–Bloodshot Records is one of the best independent labels around. It would be wise to check out their killer showcase tonight at The Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress Ave. Another AMM fave, the mighty Scott H. Biram, shares the bill with Sara Shook & The Disarmers, Ha Ha Tonka, Banditos and more.
–Casa de Ruido is presenting an awesome showcase at Half Step, 75 1/2 Rainey (dang…a lot of spots in the Rainey St. area in today’s AMM), which features Buenos Aires-based trio Las Kellies and Venezuelan disco/acid jazz/funk monsters Los Amigos Invisibles.
-Mad love for Austin label Super Secret Records, who teams up with Twistworthy Records for a killer showcase continuing tonight at Beerland, 711 Red River. John Wesley Coleman III, Evil Triplet, and Suspirians are among the must-see artists.
-Photo of Lillie Mae by Laura Partain.