Fine. Your Austin Music Minute host has no shame, endlessly babbling and gushing like a fangirl when it comes to the music. Deal with it. And that’s definitely the case on today’s AMM with the spotlight on Charlie Belle. For over a decade, sibling duo and founding members Jendayi Bonds (songwriter, guitarist, vocalist) and Gyasi Bonds (drummer, vocals) determinedly shaped the course of their superb pop prowess from an early age, but their youth has nothing to do with the maturity, the depth…the verve of their sound.
A lot has happened since the release of Charlie Belle’s 2015 debut EP, Get To Know – line-up changes, leaving their label, and school, to list a few things. Yet their musical style is as captivating as ever. Their 2019 release, Like I Love This, is another glimmering example of this incredible, almost uncanny connection they have with an ‘80s UK pop vibe.
And we’re talking about an Austin band here.
Don’t miss out. Catch what might be Charlie Belle’s last performance for a long time (dang it!!) tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River. The line-up marks the return of Eyelid Kid, and an EP release by Indoor Creature, as well as sets by Hey Cowboy, The Irons, and Synthemesc. The music starts at 9 p.m. So recommended.
Today’s Austin Music Minute features a snippet of “First Began,” from the album Gumbo by the phenomenal PJ Morton. Seriously, stop what your doing and listen to his enticing rendition of The BeeGees‘ “How Deep Is Your Love” on Gumbo Unplugged. I – said – damn.
Now imagine just how awesome it’ll be to see Morton performing live. You can, as a matter of fact, during this year’s Hot Luck Festival, an entire Memorial Day weekend’s worth of chef-prepared culinary delights, and an aural smorgasbord of live music.
Your mouth’s watering. Good. Get started tonight with performances by Robert Ellis & Friends at the Mohawk, 912 Red River; Erika Wennerstrom at Barracuda, 611 E. 7th St.; New Breed Brass Band at Antone’s, 305 E. 5th St., and more. Throughout the weekend, check out performances by Sunflower Bean, Archers of Loaf, El Tule, Leftover Salmon, The Suffers and more. Get the full line-up and schedule at the Hot Luck Fest website.
Chow down, get down. Recommended.
-Photo of PJ Morton by Alex Smith.
-Please note that tomorrow night’s show with PJ Morton and Mélat at Antone’s is now sold out.
It’s so good! The track featured on today’s Austin Music Minute, “Juniper St.,” is the latest from Frosty Palms, an awesome trippy-noise folk artist based here Austin by way of Chicago. And songwriter Bryan Dalle Molle recently informed your AMM host that a new album is on the way, set for release around late July.
-Photo by by Cristian Apodaca.
As you may know, recent Studio 1A guests Dead Meadow left your Austin Music Minute host absolutely giddy with performances of “Keep Your Head” and “The Light,” tracks from their 2018 LP, The Nothing They Need – something you do need for your own collection. Of course, it’s exciting to hear a favorite band that’s been together now for over 20 years sounding as badass as ever. And, as guitarist/vocalist Jason Simon explained, the album was recorded and produced all by Dead Meadow, on bassist Steve Kille‘s label, with no one else in the mix.
So, check this out: Dead Meadow recently announced the first-time release of their first album in Indonesia, with special deluxe packaging (today’s AMM featured “Greensky, Greenlake”). The good news: Some of these specially-packaged releases are available on their current U.S. tour. You might find some at Dead Meadow’s show tonight at Barracuda, 611 E, 7th St. Saint Pé and Sailor Poon open the show. Doors at 8 p.m.
This one comes very recommended.
-Photo courtesy of the artist, 21 May 2019.
It makes perfect sense to see Pete Yorn embrace the artistry of the acoustic performance. There’s already a rather natural intimacy within his songwriting that draws one in closer to the story. While the music obviously works well with a band, to hear it acoustically brings an added level of closeness…and revelatory soul-searching, perhaps?
Yorn has a few more dates on his current You & Me solo acoustic tour, and that includes a show tonight at The Parish, 214 E. 6th St. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music begins at 8 p.m. Quite recommended.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.