When love goes wrong, all hell breaks loose. Ah, l’amour a mal tourné! But the break-up soundtrack doesn’t necessarily have to be filled with all the tragic minor scales. There is, too, such a thing as an upbeat anti-romance song. Ladyfang totally owns it on their latest release, For Morgan.
Recorded and produced by engineer/musician Danny Bravo at Permanent Youth Recordings, the album takes on the heartache with raw energy and playful, killer hooks. Make way for the quirky, funky, frenetic frenzy. Say that ten times really fast.
Another good one at Cheer Up’s. Recommended.
-Photography by Christina Bailey.
There is a mystical presence on Ali Holder‘s Huntress Moon, a five-track EP reveling in a beautiful and dark simplicity, exploring worlds not so obvious to the naked eye. Perhaps the heart may be hurting, but the huntress steadily moves forward in the luminous glow.
Today happens to be Holder’s birthday, and of course, the Austin-based artist will celebrate in the way she loves most – playing music with friends. Tonight, she closes out her summer residency at Stay Gold, 1910 E. Cesar Chavez, and she’ll be joined by longtime friend and fellow artist Little Brave (Stephanie Macias). Little Braves starts out the night at 9 p.m., followed by Holder at 10:30 p.m.
Word is that there will be cake. Happy Birthday, Ali. Recommended.
-Photo courtesy of Little Brave and Ali Holder.
So, this is what your Austin Music Minute has for you today. It’s rock. It’s ambient. It’s a soundscape heading toward you at top-volume, but there’s no rush. Welcome to Fistfuls of Heavenly Glory, the five-track EP released earlier this year and recorded at Century Recordings in Dripping Springs by Austin-based slow-rockers The Teddys. Let it simmer. Let it soak in.
Remember, you have a date with The Teddys tonight at Hotel Vegas, 1501 E. 6th St., along with songwriter JoDee Purkeypile’s psych-pop/alt.-rock band Salem Walk, and trippy groove outfit Dinner with Matt Gilchrest. The music starts at 10:30 p.m. Get it. Recommended.
-Photo of The Teddys courtesy of the artist.
Jet Or Not Management founder and all-around badass Rachel Citron moved to Austin from Tucson ten years ago. It was literally the first time she’d ever been in the Live Music Capital. But there was no turning back.
The mighty Citron – the Citch, for those in the know – now manages bands Harvest Thieves, Belcurve and Western Youth (featured on today’s Austin Music Minute), among others, and is taking care of business as the powerhouse Head of Accounts and New Business at Powerhouse Animation Studios. Boom. And it’s only onward and upward from here.
Tonight, the Citch celebrates with a 10-Year Texaversary show at Hotel Vegas, 1501 E. 6th St. It’s a stellar line-up of AMM faves (great minds think alike, hellooo), including Harvest Thieves, Jonathan Terrell, Paul Nipper and Western Youth. The music starts at 9 p.m.
Here’s to many more years of continued success and awesome bands. Recommended.
-Photo of Western Youth courtesy of the artist.
No rest for the wicked. Especially the wicked-cool. Rather than having their musical roots firmly planted in just one spot, Austin-based duo The Ghost Wolves spends more than its fair share of time on the road, both nationally and internationally. Next month, following a couple of local dates at Swan Dive and Empire Control Room, Carley and Johnny are headed for Europe and the UK to tour with Nashville rockers All Them Witches, with one sick itinerary – Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam, Dublin, Glasgow, London, among several other cities. It’s what badass bands do. The Ghost Wolves always conquer and devour in the best way possible; merciless shreds, high volumes, and blues rock turned on its ear.
You have not one, but two opportunities to see The Ghost Wolves coming up: There’s the show tonight at The Blackheart, 86 Rainey St., with songwriters Danny Malone and Kady Rain sharing the bill, starting at 9:30 p.m.; and the Wolves’ extra-special Gutbucket mostly acoustic set tomorrow night at 9 p.m. at Radio Coffee and Beer, 4204 Manchaca.
Take your pick. Or do both. All recommended.
-Photography by Gabriel Cristóver Pérez for KUTX.