There are some deep-running roots that bind The Districts together. Three of the Philadelphia band’s founding members were impressing fans with their music even before graduating high school, cultivating a loyal following since their self-released full-length debut Telephone (2012), through the much-acclaimed A Flourish and a Spoil (2015) and their most recent album, Popular Manipulations (2017), the latter achieving a balance that’s simultaneously sweetly melodic and ferocious. Vocalist Rob Grote can croon disarmingly heartfelt ruminations of broken romance amidst massive guitar blasts; things are bigger, louder and bolder this time around on their third LP.
The Districts just kicked off their Fuzzy Dice Tour in Dallas last night. Tonight, they return to Austin for a show at Barracuda, 611 E. 7th. Chicago band Deeper and Austin outfit Duncan Fellows join them on the bill. Doors open at 8 p.m. Welcome to this night of rock. Recommended.
Lizzie Lehman, songwriter and vocalist of Carry Illinois, treasures the wisdom that tells us life itself is a work in progress. It’s been a touchstone for Lehman throughout her own journey in self-care. And Work In Progress happens to be the title of Carry Illinois’ most recent EP, a soul-baring work confronting personal truths, exposing one’s insecurities, and deep introspection.
The EP is the follow-up to their 2017 release, Garage Sale, written and recorded as the band did some much-needed healing following the untimely loss of friend and original bassist, John Winsor. It was a struggle paired with oftentimes unbearable emotional aftermath, but Lehman ultimately felt empowered by the urge to move forward.
Carry Illinois is on a fantastic line-up for a show tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the inside stage with Bleached Roses and Tyler Jordan & The Negative Space. Doors open at 8 p.m. Recommended.
-Photography by Pooneh Ghana.
Surely you have your own definition of a mystical experience. Aside from (one obvious choice) the power and brilliance of music, consider including the exhilaration of cake frosting in one’s hair. Something like that.
Perhaps it was more sticky than exhilarating, but chalk it up to a productive day for SMiiLE songwriter and front man Jake Miles, following a video shoot for one of SMiiLE’s new tracks, “Mystical Experience,” featured on today’s Austin Music Minute. That, along with “Someone Who Can Do Both,” make their official debut with SMiiLE’s double-single release party tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River. And this is one hell of a bill, darling, featuring PR Newman, Van Mary, and Christelle Miller.
Doors open at 9 p.m. You need to check out all of these artists. Plus, double points to all involved who included the description “corybantic celebration” in the Facebook invite for this evening’s soirée. Totally recommended.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.
First things first. You know by now your friendly neighborhood Austin Music Minute host is active in clarifying some universal points. Case in point: SINE, the Austin-based rock/electronic outfit extending its figurative outstretched arms toward a beguiling but deadly abyss, is fronted by songwriter, drummer and vocalist Rona Rougeheart. This is where we transcend the now outdated and utterly useless term “female-fronted” band. SINE is, quite simply, a badass band. Period. This one happens to be led by Rougeheart. And, in a recent review comparing Rougeheart’s drumming style to that of The Vandals‘ Josh Freese (nailed it), it should also be clear one is dealing with a dark, rhythmically rich and alluring sound that’s not to be trifled with.
It’s been a nerve-wracking journey, but Rougeheart is poised to unleash her latest creation. The pulsating frequency and grooves of SINE’s debut album INSOMNIÆ create an irresistible ominous undercurrent of unsettling moods, unraveling into depravity. What’s about to happen?
Something wicked this way comes. SINE presents their album release listening party tonight at Elyisum, 705 Red River, featuring DJ sets by AusuraSunil, (of KOOP’s Darkest Before Dawn), dark-eternal badass Curse Mackey, and the magnificent Candy Whiplash. Night fiends, gather at 9:30 p.m.
And you will dance. So recommended.
-Photo/art by Rona Rougeheart.
Your friendly neighborhood Austin Music Minute has your Thursday evening sorted. Swing by the Swan Dive for another great mix of talent on the bill:
-Making her way from Beaumont, lo-fi folk-pop songwriter Ariel Bush unhinges 21st century psyche-psych from her release, Alter Me.
It’s all tonight at the Swan Dive, 615 Red River at E. 7th. Check ’em out.
-Photography by Kate Blaising.