Turn Up the Heat

Austin Music Minute

Turn Up the Heat

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017

Don’t bother being shy or bored around Amplified Heat. Los hermanos Ortiz – guitarist Jim, bassist Gian and drummer Chris – loudly and proudly take their cue from Motorhead‘s Lemmy when they unleash their attack. The trio cranks their blues-rock up heavy with pulsating psych that’s in your face. Their word: “Menacing,” in the rawest, most ruthless sense possible. You know –  rock ‘n’ roll.

Amplified Heat takes over the Meshed Up Monday music series tonight at a spot that’s an Austin Music Minute fave, the Hard Luck Lounge, 3526 E. 7th St. You can see them play at 8 p.m. Prepare for some awesome face-melting that will rid you of any Monday doldrums. Highly recommended.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

Dark Night

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Dark Night

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017

This is a line-up that the Austin Music Minute feels right at home with, from the darker end of the musical spectrum, with all manner of sound, texture and execution. And, quite frankly, the venue has just the right atmosphere for the occasion.

Lemon Lounge, 908 E. 5th St., is the spot to be tonight for Night Rhythms‘ show featuring electronic darkwavers KNIFIGHT (featured on today’s AMM), experimental punk duo Street Sects, noise artist Jonathan Cash’s Breakdancing Ronald Reagan, and NYC-based outfit Psalm Zero. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the music starts at around 8:45 p.m.

Enter the realm. So recommended.

-Photo of KNIFIGHT courtesy of the artist.

Mega-Rock

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Mega-Rock

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017

Perhaps the term “rock” is a little over-generalized. Fair enough. But it’s a reliable point of reference, and certainly not limited to just one musical genre. Many times, it refers to anything indisputably “badass” – another lovely point of reference. For example, today’s Austin Music Minute recommendation features a show with three Austin-based bands that absolutely rock.

Just a few weeks before embarking on a tour of Japan, rock ‘n’ prog badasses Megafauna top the solid bill tonight at Empire Control Room, 606 E. 7th St. Killer mad/sad-song rockers Löwin and bittersweet punk/pop purveyors ¿Que Pasa? seal the deal to perfection. Get there around 9 p.m. to catch all three. This one comes highly recommended.

-Photo of Megafauna courtesy of the artist.

Hangin’ On A Dream

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Hangin’ On A Dream

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017

Dream-psych duo Night Glitter may be a new name in the local scene, but the talent behind the music has a couple of familiar faces and voices: LouLou Ghelichkhani from Thievery Corporation, and songwriter and vocalist for Bone Fur and Feathers; and John Michael Schoepf, one of the badasses who plays with rock outfit The Happen-Ins. Ghelichkhani and Schoepf began their collaboration last year, and will have their debut album ready for a spring release. (The track “Hangin’ On A Dream” is featured on today’s Austin Music Minute.)

Night Glitter continues their weekly residency tonight at Stay Gold, 1910 E. Cesar Chavez, featuring sets by Jonas Wilson (The Midnight Stroll) and Altamesa. The music starts at 10 p.m. Very recommended.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

All In the Family

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All In the Family

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017

India Jade Gail-Shockley married her husband, Austin, in August 2015. They are what the Austin Music Minute knows to be a true rock ‘n’ roll couple: India is a member of cosmic groove collective Golden Dawn Arkestra, and Austin plays bass for rockers The Bad Lovers (featured on today’s AMM).

Late last year, they received news that their lives were about to become twice as busy – with emphasis on the word twice. Twins are on the way, so India and Austin decided to organize a benefit show to help out with India’s maternity leave costs, and to gather donations for Planned Parenthood.

It’s a huge show happening tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River. The evening kicks off early with India’s dad, actor and musician Max Gail (Detective Stan “Wojo” Wojciehowicz on Barney Miller), who will perform with members of Golden Dawn Arkestra and friends at 7 p.m. After 9 p.m., the music continues with sets by Trouble Boys, Kay Odyssey, The Bad Lovers, Loteria and The Reputations.

You get to see all of this awesome talent in one night while helping out two very lovely individuals, members of the local music community, at the same time. Very recommended.