Swan Dive Saturday Night

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Swan Dive Saturday Night

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017

Perhaps it is a tad selfish to say something like, “Oh, it’s as if the Austin Music Minute put this show together!” but your AMM host cannot help herself. Tonight’s line-up at the Swan Dive, 615 Red River, is mouth-wateringly badass, chock full of local artists specializing in a broad variation of music along the electronic spectrum.

So, when your Record Store Day shopping adventures wind down this evening, head out to the Swan Dive later to catch darkwave/dark pop band Hours Quiet, arena wave/post-punk outfit KNIFIGHT (featured on today’s AMM), electro/industrial punks BLXPLTN, and experimental alt.-electro band MAMAHAWK. All good. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. And there just may be some merch in the form of – ehem – VINYL on sale, so get you some. This one’s very recommended.

-Photo of KNIFIGHT courtesy of the artist.

Towards the Sky

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Towards the Sky

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017

It would be a bit oversimplified to blanket Wiretree with a description as limiting as “the thinking person’s pop.” Yet there are several layers to the songwriting that remind you it’s not your ordinary pop experience. Front man Kevin Peroni allows his soul-searching to shine through on the band’s latest release, Towards the Sky, with an exceptional lyrical style propelled by ornate melodies.

Wiretree celebrates the release of Towards the Sky with a release show tonight at Lambert’s, 401 W. 2nd St., sharing the bill with Austin-based pop outfit Good Field. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. An excellent album, and an excellent bill. Very recommended.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

Can You Handle It?

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Can You Handle It?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017

If you’re slightly (or rather) taken aback by today’s Austin Music Minute feature, here’s an important bit of information about your humble AMM host: The heavy stuff is near and dear to your host’s dark heart. From punk to metal to the heaviest rock in practically every vein you can think of, yes, it’s badass, and you can expect to find it on the AMM on occasion to jolt you out of your skull. Because it’s good for you.

Don’t forget your earplugs when you head out to Barracuda tonight, 611 E. 7th St., for an enticingly heavy line-up. To call it “epic” would be an understatement:

-Headlining the evening are Los Angeles searing psych-violence rock ‘n’ roll annihilators, The Shrine. Ready, aim, destroy.

-Wisconsin-based mystical and most mysterious Jex Thoth performs. Not much is known about the alluring oft-dubbed “occult rock” artist, but you’ll discover layers of doom, classic and prog rock amongst the intrigue.

-Near and dear to your AMM host’s heart, Austin’s own super-heavy psych/stoner metal outfit DUEL (featured on today’s AMM) will be on hand to bleed the eardrums dry and terrify the locals. Good wholesome fun!

-An absolute must-see, Houston-based doom/heavy rock trio Doomstress, kicks off the night with mad fury and absolute killer vocals to bring you to your knees.

A big, giant YES to the entire night. This one, as you may have noticed, comes highly recommended.

-Photo of DUEL courtesy of the artist.

Wednesday at Hotel Vegas

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Wednesday at Hotel Vegas

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017

This is how you do it. Welcome to Wednesday night at Hotel Vegas, 1501 E. 6th St., where a lovely bunch of Austin Music Minute faves are taking over the room tonight.

Your evening begins with dreamy dream-psych duo Night Glitter starts out the evening at 10: 15 p.m., followed by Americana/folk-rockers Altamesa at 11 p.m., then rock ‘n’ roll with Loteria at around 11:45 p.m., and a little somethin’-somethin’ your humble AMM host just found out about – country punks Rattlesnake Milk give you the biz at 12:30 a.m.

Dang. This is how you roll with Wednesday night. Recommended.

-Photo of Night Glitter courtesy of the artist.

Darkbird at Collide

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Darkbird at Collide

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017

It’s another Austin Music Minute favorite, one appealing to your AMM maven’s personal tastes on the darker side of the spectrum. Darkbird prefers, however, to avoid the genre box and go straight for the rock jugular, fueled by a potent, unflinching intensity that ignites the entire room.

Tomorrow night is something you won’t want to miss. Penny Loafer will present Darkbird in a stripped-down performance at COLLiDE, 1802 E. 6th St. Don’t be deceived by the low-key vibes, though; you’re in for another electrifying show, with songwriter/vocalist Kelly Barnes at the helm. So very recommended.

-Photography by Hollie Hart.