Ojos Oscuros

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Ojos Oscuros

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018

Songwriter Alex Alcocer typically takes the solo route in his musical endeavors, with each instrumental and vocal layer – guitar, percussion, synth – concentrated into one reverberating energy.

Alcocer goes by the moniker AlexAlco. The San Antonio native, now based in Austin, released a new EP, Ojos Oscuros, pulsating with Latin rock, electro-pop and psych. And this time, AlexAlco enlisted the help of friends and family for a full band for his EP release show tonight at The Electric Church, 5018 E. Cesar Chavez. The Banisters, Latchkey Kid and Mr. Meringue just joined this evening’s bill to round the party out quite nicely. Things get started at 10 p.m. Check it.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

Imaginary Friends

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Imaginary Friends

Posted by on Nov 8, 2018

Load up the rock ‘n’ roll with injections of fuzz, a mad love for ’60s sounds, inspiration from delta blues, a garage-rock attack plan, plus a few snarls here and there, and you’ve got the bolts ‘n’ gears of Coattails. They’ve been indulging this ravenous craving of theirs since 2013, and it’s a collaborative effort that keeps their collective pulse racing.

Coattails are ready to unleash their latest EP, Imaginary Friends, with one hell of a release show tonight at Empire Control Room, 606 E. 7th St. It’s a loaded bill with Torino Black, Shapescenes, and Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad. And, as you well know, a bit of badness is good for the soul.

Doors at 8 p.m., and you’ll want to get there early to see all of these bands. So recommended.

-Photography by the mighty Kate Blaising.

En El Laboratorio

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En El Laboratorio

Posted by on Nov 7, 2018

There’s a lot of incredible talent that goes into the Laboratorio – and “incredible talent” is an understatement, really. The musical project, spearheaded by singer, songwriter and violinist Carrie Rodriguez and Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and producer Michael Ramos, paves the way for musical discovery on all kinds of levels. As always, joining in on the fun are bassist Roscoe Beck, percussionist Alex Marrero, guitar virtuoso David Pulkingham, and this week’s special guest, Rosie Flores.

Experience the magic at tonight’s Laboratorio at the Cactus Café, 2247 Guadalupe in the Texas Union. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. Very recommended.

-Photo of Carrie Rodriguez courtesy of the artist.

Vamos A Votar

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Vamos A Votar

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018

Your humble Austin Music Minute host has been asking this question all day long, and it’s about to happen again: Did you vote?? If not, you have until 7 p.m. to get to the polls. KUTX has put together a helpful guide for any questions you might have. Then, when you’re done, head on over to The Volstead tonight for their Voter Appreciation Party.

Of course, the party wouldn’t be complete without live music. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts with new band The Golden Clip at 8 p.m., followed by massive synth-cumbia from Como Las Movies – fresh from premiering their trippy, shadowy new video for the track “El Beso” from their EP Nuevo Wave.

Hop to it. Get your vote on and get to the music. Recommended.

-Photo of Como Las Movies courtesy of the artist.

Done It Her Way

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Done It Her Way

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018

Tip o’ the hat to Kathryn Legendre and that dang “GOD BLESS MERLE HAGGARD” sticker you might spot when she’s driving about town. If that doesn’t clue you in, the title of her EP will: Don’t Give A Damn. Behind the sweet drawl of this Austin-based songwriter is a refreshing honesty. If anyone happens to ask, why hell yes, you can have traditional country with a modern sensibility. And don’t you forget it.

Legendre performs with her band tonight at The White Horse, 500 Comal, sharing the bill with the Texas Tycoons, and country/blues/gospel outfit Jean Wranglers. The music kicks off at 8 p.m. This will heal any Monday horribleness you’ve had to put up with today. Recommended.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.