Put on your best threads, and make way for the fuzz and the freakbeat. The ABGB knows how to do Saturday night.
Tonight, the entire place gets groovy with ultra-mega cool groovemeisters and Austin gems, The Ugly Beats, with special guest, Malibu-based power-pop outfit Peachfuzz. And, as if that weren’t enough for you mad mods, the one and only local Fuzz Club originator DJ Sue will be spinning loads of fab tunes to keep the party moving.
This. Is. A. PARTY. The music starts at 9 p.m. Totally recommended, you crazy kids.
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For new fans, Kalu James has been the recently discovered gem they didn’t know about in the Live Music Capital. But of course, those in the know recall the Nigerian-born songwriter’s long-running residency with guitarist JT Holt at The Continental Club, where James cut his chops and embraced his love for a number of influences who shaped his soulful style. The two musicians connected when James relocated from Africa at the ripe old age of 18.
Cut to current times, and you’ll find drummer and percussionist extraordinaire John Speice rounding out the grooves in this well-fitted outfit, and a brand new album to prove it. Time Undone unfolds a realm of positivity in the midst troubled, shaky times, using James’ vocals to rise above the turmoil.
You need to experience it live. Kalu and The Electric Joint celebrate the release of Time Undone with their show tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River. Special guest Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards) opens the show with a fantastic solo set. Doors at 9 p.m. This is one of those double-barreled bills with two vocalists who will shake you to the core. Very recommended.
-Photography by Lynda Gonzalez for KUTX.
You may have had the pleasure of seeing Ethan Azarian perform with his musical partners in crime, longtime collaborator Jeff Johnston, wielder of the musical saw and a vintage telephone that your Austin Music Minute host believes is a portal to another dimension; and wondrous banjo goddess Lindsey Verrill (Little Mazarn), she of the enchanting voice and lyrical poetry. What a damn fine combination of talent this is, and together they’ll work their magic tonight at A Special Christmas Show at the Cactus Cafe.
Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. with special guest and recent Black Fret nominee, Corey Baum. And holiday shoppers, take note; some wonderful artwork by Azarian and Verrill will be on sale before and after the show. A perfect gift idea that’s uniquely Austin.
Get there early. Recommended.
Full disclosure: Your humble Austin Music Minute host follows Steve Poltz on Instagram. This is a constant source of joy. Who knew that the man, the myth, the legend, a most imaginative musician that your heart could ever be attached to, is also Steve Poltz, Attorney for Dogs?? (Okay, he’s not, but it’s videos like that that leave your AMM host in stitches…)
The AMM stands behind the statement made on today’s edition: There is absolutely nothing ordinary about Poltz, the much-loved and totally huggable folk-punk troubadour. An avid adventurer, prolific songwriter, and – I can’t get over this one – diehard baseball fanatic, Poltz is constantly on the road due to popular demand. People go out of their way to invite him to their cities to perform, but keep in mind, this is not merely a musical performance. What you also have is an absolutely captivating storyteller, a mesmerizer, wielding words like an otherworldly poet that got caught in your dreams.
This one’s very recommended. Can you tell?
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This band’s got the love. Seriously. And because of this deep reverence they hold for great musical artists who paved the way before them – think Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, James Brown, and holy smokes, don’t leave Townes out – their own style is pretty damn impressive.
There are three guys in Porterdavis, only you wouldn’t know it because of their massive sound. Dan Barrett‘s got the guitars covered, Simon Wallace works the blues harp like nobody’s business, and the mighty Mike Meadows wreaks havoc with the wicked percussion. They aren’t afraid to play it dirty (as roots music should be, dang it), doing this audacious mix of blues, folk and R&B that’s loose, free and badass. All of this high-voltage power crackles through on their latest release, Extra Electric Infinite.
The volume knob exceeds far past eleven on this smokin’ baby. Porterdavis plays the new tunes at their release show tonight at The Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. The show kicks off at 10 p.m.
They’ll show no mercy. This one comes very recommended.
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