It’s been an ongoing adventure, the best kind to have…an opportunity that could not be passed up.
Your Austin Music Minute maven was invited to join this year’s Project ATX6 artists in Angers, France in September, and Toronto last month, as a representative of Austin music. To witness these musicians share their work, collaborate, and connect was something incredible to behold. That is the very idea Project ATX was founded upon – sharing Austin music, and such impressive talent, with the world. Six musicians are selected each year by project coordinator Chris Brecht to perform at international festivals, but there’s more to the journey beyond the gigs.
As the year draws to a close, this year’s ATX6 – Beth Chrisman, Tate Mayeux, Grace Park, Andy Bianculli, Jai Malano and Elijah Ford – gather together for a finale performance, Bringing It All Back Home. See them all tonight at Stateside at The Paramount, 719 Congress Ave., along with Project ATX6 alumni Carson McHone, Leo Rondeau and Mrs. Glass. The program includes a reading by Kevin Curtin of the Austin Chronicle, and a special premiere of the Project ATX6 documentary. Your humble AMM host will serve as emcee.
Don’t miss this one. You can get advance tickets at the Paramount website. Recommended.
-Photography by Letitia Smith, White Light Exposure.
Tinnarose did not expect the huge wave of attention they’d receive when they made their debut with their 2015 self-titled album. But lo and behold, their music got them selected as KUTX‘s inaugural Artist of the Month, along with rave reviews from music mags like PopMatters. Of course it was all exciting, but also a lot to take in within a short period of time.
After a roller coaster ride of emotions due to overwhelming pressure, the band went through a line-up change, moving forward as a trio and getting back on track with this year’s release, My Pleasure Has Returned. There is a deeply rooted love for ‘70s rock and folk sounds with trippy psych vibes on their follow-up, but they weren’t content to merely pay tribute to their influences. They instead focused on evolving their own aesthetic to create something evocative and stirring.
If you haven’t seen Tinnarose live, you’re in for a treat when they perform tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River. The bill includes sets by blues/garage rock monsters Magic Rockers of Texas, country folk-rockers El Campo, and songwriter Ben Ballinger. Doors at 8 p.m. Very recommended.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.
Mention the Bottle Rockets to any fan, and they’ll most likely list the band’s self-titled debut (1992) and The Brooklyn Side (1994) as their best two albums ever, with good reason. They’re regarded as one of the pioneering bands of roots rock, doing a rowdy bang-up job of combining country with rock and punk before there was even an alt.-country genre to define anything like it.
Before the Bottle Rockets emerged in the early ’90s, songwriter/producer Marshall Crenshaw made his own smashing debut with his 1982 self-titled album. So many other impressive releases followed, along with several high-profile artists recording his compositions (including Ronnie Spector and Bette Midler), ultimately defining Crenshaw as an outstanding artist himself.
Tonight is the night you get to experience the brilliance of both. The Bottle Rockets and Marshall Crenshaw perform tonight at 3Ten at ACL Live, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss a moment. Recommended.
-Photo of the Bottle Rockets by Otis Gibbs.
No, no. The rain won’t stop the rock. Slip on your best lightning bolt-emblazoned galoshes and stomp on over to The ABGB for an extra awesome bill with dreamy dream gazers Moving Panoramas and lion-hearted melodic rockers Löwin.
Moving Panoramas will soon hit the road for some December tour dates with chamber pop purveyor Matt Pond and his band, with the first stop in Pittsburgh for a show at Club Cafe. The band returns to ATX just in time for a Dec. 16th gig at The Contemporary Austin‘s rooftop party for the reopening of the Jones Center.
It’ll be a damn good show tonight at The ABGB, 1315 W. Oltorf. Löwin goes on first at 9 p.m., followed by Moving Panoramas at 10:30 p.m. Rock ‘n’ beer night. Recommended.
-Photography by Sandy Carson.
There’s no way you could remain still while Wino Vino launches into a raucous and riveting flow of mad melodies. Since 2006, fans have been swept away to distant times and places as this group of multi-instrumental, multi-talented miscreants engulfs the room with devious, enchanting blends of Eastern European folk and Prohibition-era cabaret, all done while everybody in the group chimes in to harmonize. It’s not merely a performance; it’s an experience fueling the imagination and instantly transforming audiences into one big gypsy soiree.
The Austin Music Minute sends hearty congratulations to Wino Vino on their 10-year anniversary. Tonight, they celebrate with the release of their third album, The Ride, and a huge party at Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales St. Their friends the White Ghost Shivers will join in the revelry and merry-making this evening. The party begins at 8 p.m. and lasts until midnight. Highly recommended, and remember – you will dance!
-Photo courtesy of the artist.