Austin-based rock-pop outfit King Warbler is headed back on the road to resume a busy spring tour schedule, but of course, this calls for a grand send-off. Don’t miss their tour kickoff show tonight at Barracuda, 611 E. 7th St., with one hell of a must-see bill of Austin Music Minute faves – the heart-fluttery badass magic and whimsy of Batty Jr.; the magnificent Benjamin Violet‘s renegade country brigade Pelvis Wrestley; and the exquisite vocal stylings of Van Mary.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Excellent all around. Recommended.
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The band’s led by one-man fusion powerhouse D-Madness, a.k.a. Dwayne Jackson, who works a live loop of drums, bass, keys and harmonies with a whole lot of funk. Essential listening for the funkamentalist.
The music kicks off this evening at 9:30 p.m. All the grooves for your moves. Check ’em out.
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You may have been around when this transformation was taking place. It was when the very meaning of “Austin music” was mutating. The Electric Lounge first made the local music scene in 1993 – the essential venue of artists (music, visual, and all others) boldly and loudly creating the next wave of Austin weird. Forget “wave,” it was more of a tsunami.
Its doors may have closed in ’99, but the legends live on. Now, twenty years later, it’s time for an encore.
The Electric Lounge 20 Year Reunion show will feature performances by some of the movers and shakers that put that venue on the Austin map, including Sixteen Deluxe (featured on today’s AMM), Graham Reynolds, Kevin Russell, Ethan Azarian and Jeff Johnston of Orange Mothers, PONG, Hamell On Trial, Gay Sportscasters and many more. Poets Hilary Thomas, Genevieve Van Cleve, and Phil West will be on hand for readings at this event, and Wammo will serve as your badass irreverent host.
The Electric Lounge 20 Year Reunion show happens today at 3Ten at ACL Live, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. The music starts at 4 p.m. This is also an event that benefits the SIMS Foundation, Mosaic Sound Collective, and local artist Jason Austin. Recommended.
-Photo of Sixteen Deluxe by Danny Clinch, taken at the Austin Motel in 1997.
Recent Studio 1A guests Otis the Destroyer shifted their shredding toward a heavier direction with their new release, Cool Evil. There’s slightly less emphasis on vocals and more on the weight of the rock. And it does, indeed, rock harder.
Two AMM faves. Amps will be cranked. All of the awesome. Very recommended.
-Photography by Precious Parker for KUTX.
Your Austin Music Minute has it on very good authority that the latest to come from Austin-based songwriter Jonathan Terrell is a knockout. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for a new track with accompanying video to be released next month. Can’t reveal too much – although Terrell did describe the vibe as a “hillbilly Lana Del Ray take on a David Lynch film.” Sign. Me. Up.
Treat yourself to Terrell’s late-night performance tonight at The White Horse, 500 Comal. The evening kicks off with Aaron McDonnell at 8 p.m., followed by Candler Wilkinson at 10 p.m., then Terrell at midnight. The AMM digs all three. Recommended for the soul.
-Photography by Martin do Nascimento for KUTX.