Dirty Pictures, Part 2

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Dirty Pictures, Part 2

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018

They’re on fire. Does your AMM host exaggerate? No.

It’s an indisputable fact, amongst the hardcore fans and new converts alike, that Low Cut Connie should be at the top of your list of must-see bands live. This Philadelphia rock ‘n’ soul outfit is not your average band, and with front man/pianist Adam Weiner shredding those keys and rousing the crowds like a freakin’ madman, it’s quite clear you’re in for not just a show, but an experience. It’s this unrivaled showmanship igniting the atmosphere with old-school vibes that confirms it’s the real deal. NPR Music totally nailed it when they invoked the names of Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard when describing Low Cut Connie’s fiery spirit.

As much as Weiner is truly grateful for all the mad love for the wild abandon of his band’s performances, he shifts the focus away from the wildness for a bit to provide a few revelatory glances into the inner-workings and complexities within the songwriting. There’s a huge part of Low Cut Connie’s fifth release, Dirty Pictures, Part 2, that taps into the persona of individuals who may be outcasts of society, living on the edge, but they’re as damn real as they come. Real stories about real-life souls, beneath the sweat-drenched exterior of those Pentecostal-like performances.

Here’s your chance to get in on the excitement. Low Cut Connie is in the ATX for two shows, tonight and tomorrow, at the Mohawk, 912 Red River. Nashville artist Ruby Boots and Austin hoodlum renegades from hell Magic Rockers of Texas share the bill tonight, on the inside stage.

It’s all sizzling, babe. So recommended. xo

-Photography by by Marcus Junius Laws.

Trampoline Dream

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Trampoline Dream

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018

Someone once described LF Antenna as a sort of “Kentucky-fried Radiohead,” an intriguing description for Kentucky-born songwriter Jesse Coleman Jones (the artist behind the name), whose combined stylings of Americana and electronic music strike a unique chord. It’s a shimmering signal this antenna’s transmitting,

Interestingly, Jones doesn’t make much reference to radio at all when discussing the musical influences he grew up with, those sounds filling the airwaves of his youth. Rather, Jones feels in tune to the literal airwaves themselves, almost the physicality of of it, and the very composition of the metal towers representing so many connections branching out, all resonating and inspiring.

Jones is also fascinated with what may initially appear to be the duality of “organic” and “electronic”; he describes his own sound as a fusion of the seemingly disparate styles of folk and electro-rock, but they’re not so foreign to one other. And both  equally express any emotion on the spectrum.

You’re in for not only a performance this evening, but an experience. LF Antenna plays tonight at Emo’s, 2015 E. Riverside Dr., as part of the RAW artists showcase, Ovation, in Austin. Visual and interactive art are the order of the evening, hosted by Demorris Hicks, including the performance by LF Antenna. Recommended.

-Photography by Steven Snow.

Fang And Claw

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Fang And Claw

Posted by on Nov 10, 2018

Queue Queue did one heck of a great job dropping hints and teasers for the video for their new track, “Fang and Claw.” It was swirls of endless colors, and RAWK, and heaps of crazy, glittery insanity. And those fangs. Oh, those fangs! Going right for the jugular with a gleefully fiendish grin… Sounds like your Austin Music Minute maven’s kind of party.

“Fang and Claw” is just a smidge of what’s on the way from Queue Queue’s forthcoming album, ready for release this February. You’ll get to hear the new music and more at Queue Queue’s video premiere show tonight at The Highball, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd. When you’re done weeping your fool eyes out over Bohemian Rhapsody at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, just head next door afterward to see Queue Queue, plus Portland, OR garage-pop punks Saucy Yoda and local WEEN renegades Poon.

The music kicks off at 9 p.m. like a bunch of maniacs hopped up on Dr. Frank-N-furter-fueled Four Locos. So very recommended.

-Photography by “Fang and Claw” director and editor MJ Haha.

Ojos Oscuros

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Ojos Oscuros

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018

Songwriter Alex Alcocer typically takes the solo route in his musical endeavors, with each instrumental and vocal layer – guitar, percussion, synth – concentrated into one reverberating energy.

Alcocer goes by the moniker AlexAlco. The San Antonio native, now based in Austin, released a new EP, Ojos Oscuros, pulsating with Latin rock, electro-pop and psych. And this time, AlexAlco enlisted the help of friends and family for a full band for his EP release show tonight at The Electric Church, 5018 E. Cesar Chavez. The Banisters, Latchkey Kid and Mr. Meringue just joined this evening’s bill to round the party out quite nicely. Things get started at 10 p.m. Check it.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

Imaginary Friends

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Imaginary Friends

Posted by on Nov 8, 2018

Load up the rock ‘n’ roll with injections of fuzz, a mad love for ’60s sounds, inspiration from delta blues, a garage-rock attack plan, plus a few snarls here and there, and you’ve got the bolts ‘n’ gears of Coattails. They’ve been indulging this ravenous craving of theirs since 2013, and it’s a collaborative effort that keeps their collective pulse racing.

Coattails are ready to unleash their latest EP, Imaginary Friends, with one hell of a release show tonight at Empire Control Room, 606 E. 7th St. It’s a loaded bill with Torino Black, Shapescenes, and Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad. And, as you well know, a bit of badness is good for the soul.

Doors at 8 p.m., and you’ll want to get there early to see all of these bands. So recommended.

-Photography by the mighty Kate Blaising.