Stand Alone

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Stand Alone

Posted by on May 21, 2018

Yep. You’ve got a rock ‘n’ roll date tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River. Headlining the inside stage is Hard Riffs, the solo project of local musician and songwriter Michael Mancuso. Hard Riffs made it’s official debut last year, with the five-track EP, Stand Alone (the track “Hey Mama” was featured on today’s AMM).

The music starts off with Glow In the Sun at 9 p.m., followed by Hard Riffs at 10 p.m. and 1-2 Punch rounding out the night at 11 p.m. Check ’em out.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

All In Stride

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All In Stride

Posted by on May 19, 2018

The following post may be the result of too much coffee, but just pause for a moment with this one. Take a look at the lovely juxtaposition between strength and vulnerability. Is it really that black and white? Considering that the definition of bravery (the strength side) is going ahead and doing something despite being terrified (the vulnerable side) of the consequences manifesting from the decisions you make.

Mariclaire Glaeser, songwriter and front woman of today’s featured AMM artist Shy Beast, explores the theme with the electro-pop outfit’s new single “My Stride.” The track “is a reference to the heavy feelings that come with all the different choices you are presented in life,” MC explains. “It represents the moment of freedom you experience by simply picking a direction, or a way of being, and running with it.” Even if picking a direction may not be that simple.

Shy Beast celebrates the release of “My Stride” with a killer party tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the inside stage. It’s another one of those triple treats with Otis the Destroyer alter-ego Otis Wilkins, and dark heart rockers Darkbird. Doors open at 9 p.m. Check it out after the Kimbra show. Recommended.

-Photography by Taylor Camarot.

It’s A Shakedown

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It’s A Shakedown

Posted by on May 18, 2018

Your Austin Music Minute maven is often asked how the saying “Don’t behave,”  life’s golden anti-rule and the closing quip of DJ El Gee’s weekday afternoon show, came about. Well, you’ll read it here first: The White Ghost Shivers were a huge inspiration behind it. There are delightfully huge portions of double entendre going on in many of the Shivers’ infectious, foot-tappin’ tunes, entertaining both longtime and newbie WGS fans with a devious wink of the eye and an extra spring in the ol’ hokum strut. Just imagine a lively blend of prohibition jazz-era raucousness blended with an unhinged punk rock restlessness. All kinds of naughtiness abounds. If these 8-time Austin Music Award winners aren’t making some folks blush…well hell, they ain’t doin’ it right.

Behold! The outrageousness continues with the new WGS LP, Need To Shake It. Because you need to. Join the Shivers at their album release shin-dig at 10 p.m. tonight at The Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress Ave. Clyde & Clem’s Whiskey Business follow with a lively and equally merciless set at midnight.

Can you handle it? I should hope so. Don’t behave. So recommended.

 

Swoon

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Swoon

Posted by on May 17, 2018

Your humble Austin Music Minute host calls this one a major “family night.” These Austin artists are on the the AMM list of faves that you need to have on your own must-see list. The party’s goin’ down tonight at Hole In the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe. Hearts a-flutter:

-A few months ago, Star Parks performed at a Black Fret event at the Blanton, and the consensus was clear amongst the crowd murmurs – the whole damn world needs to know about these cats. All of your magnificent pop dreams leaving you starry-eyed, with Andy Bianculli holding the compass. Head this way.

-I give them a tough time because of my HUGE crush on them. Like, in kindergarten, when you like someone a lot and to show them you like them, you kick the crap out of their shin? Yeah. Like that.  Magic Rockers of Texas ignites the fuse to a mega-fuzz rock explosion.

-Oodles of irresistible melodic beauty and equally sweet vocals to turn thine head, fellow swooner. The heart will follow one’s ears. Lolita Lynne is an absolute treasure.

-A nice heaping dose of power pop perfection, blurring the lines into alt.-country and assorted eclecticisms. Poly Action works you into a frenzy. No apologies, even though it’s funny as hell when you spazz out.

The music gets started after 9 p.m. Tell them the Music Minute maven sent you. Very recommended.

-Photo of Andy Bianculli of Star Parks by Mike Manewitz.

Infinite Worlds

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Infinite Worlds

Posted by on May 16, 2018

It’s quite simple. Some individuals have a command of language that flows like a river, or brings time to a standstill.

Laetitia Tamko is one such example of extraordinary skill, a creator and multi-instrumentalist whose observations on existence are less like mere descriptions and more like hypnotic, unsettling poetry. Tamko is a unique voice giving life to powerful imagery under the moniker Vagabon, a brilliant and bold artist from New York’s underground scene whose music is raising the bar across the board.

Don’t miss Vagabon’s show tonight at Barracuda, 611 E. 7th St., featuring sets by Julie Byrne and Austin-based artist Aisha Burns (Balmorhea). Doors open at 8 p.m. It’s best to get there early to catch all three performances. This one comes very recommended.

-Photo of Julie Byrne and Vagabon by Tonje Thilesen.