There is something extraordinary running through the mood fabric of Curtis McMurtry‘s The Hornet’s Nest. No formula, no concrete parameter, and superbly, no predictable indulgences. From the moment the album begins with only McMurtry’s vocals and a stark banjo on the brief opener, “Hard Blue Stones,” right on through to the final sweetly darkened and forlorn realization of “Silver World,” it pulsates with an irregular heartbeat, a complex nest of entrances and exits humming and vibrating with a strange life. That literal/figurative nest is a damn work of art, but dangerous if one is presumptuous enough to believe it can be contained. One is faced with more than a single sting. And the pain can be almost unmeasurable.
Your Austin Music Minute host is a fan. Could you tell? Today’s #LoveAustinMusicMonth AMM spotlight is on Curtis McMurtry, who performs tonight at Geraldine’s, 605 Davis St., inside Hotel Van Zandt. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Recommended.
-Photography by Pavel Mezihorak for KUTX.
To be fair, the following is an issue the Austin Music Minute is commonly faced with: There are several shows happening on the same weekend, let alone the same night, but only one is selected to be featured on the AMM. A great problem to have, but not fair, dang it. So, an exception has been made for this weekend, in the spirit of #LoveAustinMusicMonth.
–Tomorrow night, Star Parks is part of an outstanding bill with fellow ATX bands Batty Jr. and Dinner With Matt Gilchrest, and Chicago-based headliner FRAN at Hotel Vegas, 1501 E. 6th St. Doors at 8 p.m.
Showing lots of AMM love for these artists. Your weekend is set. Recommended.
-Photo of Jai Malano courtesy of the artist, taken for Eberley.
Your Austin Music Minute maven became obsessed with the faceless drifter woven into the mysterious collection of singles released by Altamesa. No name to this character, but plenty of stories to tell, tales that could only come from somebody who’s restless spirit could never really be satisfied.
The singles’ releases have led up to this big moment – Altamesa’s second LP, Idol Frontier. And, while there’s an ominous feeling around the unknown troubadour in these songs, that brooding narrator speaking through songwriter Evan Charles‘ pen and guitarist Sean Fraires‘ cover art, perhaps now we’ll see how his story ends.
Altamesa celebrates the release of Idol Frontier with a big show tomorrow (Friday) night at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River. And holy hell, will you look at this line-up?? Will Courtney and The Wild Bunch, Chief White Lightning, and The Ghost Wolves. Doors at 9 p.m.
Friday night won’t get here soon enough. Recommended.
-Photography by Sean Mathis.
The celebration of Austin-based artists continues with #LoveAustinMusicMonth. KUTX is front and center with extra love for local artists across the board.
The bill mentioned on today’s Austin Music Minute is something special because it brings together different generations – classic Austin with a couple of badass music veterans, and a rising star in the local scene. They all share the line up tonight at The Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress Ave. It’s a cross section of what makes our fair city pretty damn cool:
-Not for the faint of heart, or easily-wounded egos. Which is exactly how it should be, damn it. He’s been called a poet, a razor-sharp master of sociopolitical commentary, acerbic, brave, and on fire. James McMurtry tells it like it is, and shows no mercy. Again…as it should be.
-Three-time Austin Music Hall of Fame inductee, former True Believers band member alongside Alejandro Escovedo, as well as a member of Austin’s first punk band The Skunks, a survivor, and all-around fantastic songwriter, Jon Dee Graham aims straight from the heart.
-His first gig was at the age of six at the Austin Music Awards. His debut release Foreign Fields (2015), recorded with his band The Painted Redstarts, scintillates with a breathy, dream-pop/rock-out aesthetic. William Harries Graham‘s new album JAKES comes out Feb.22.
Doors open at 9 p.m., and the music kicks off at 9:45 p.m. So recommended.
-Photo of William Harries Graham courtesy of the artist.
This is one of those irresistible line-ups where your Austin Music Minute maven often selfishly proclaims, “This looks like a dream show put together by the AMM!” It’s also a perfect fit for KUTX’s #LoveAustinMusicMonth celebration, where the spotlight is on all-Austin artists throughout February.
You’ll been swooning over tonight’s bill at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River. Keep all three on your radar: Caroline Sallee‘s hauntingly beautiful Caroline Says (featured on today’s AMM), Lindsey Verrill and Jeff Johnston‘s mystical folk duo project Little Mazarn, and songwriter Marcus Striplin’s band Margaret Chavez. Breathtaking music from one and all.
Doors open at 9 p.m. Don’t miss a single one. This one comes very recommended.
-Photo of the band Caroline Says courtesy of the artist.