Let’s just say that this is a little something that’s good for your soul. Make no mistake.
The Eastside Blues Syndicate leads the way at the Blue Monday Blues Jam, happening tonight at Dozen Street, 1808 E. 12th St. Starting at 9 p.m., musicians are welcome to sign up to play at this Monday night ritual, while the Syndicate starts out the evening with a set or two to get things warmed up.
Leave your ego at the door and carry in some respect. Recommended.
-Photo courtesy of the Eastside Blues Syndicate.
-Today’s AMM music selection: Muddy Waters, “Got My Mojo Working”
Your Austin Music Minute maven has made note of this before, but it bears repeating: Audrey Campbell is not to be trifled with.
The Pleasure Venom front woman’s powerful presence on their fantastically frenzied self-titled release pushes all the right buttons in a merciless upheaval. Feast on all those annihilating hooks that match Campbell’s vocals on each blistering round. Not fer nothin’ did Bikini Kill‘s Kathleen Hanna give this band a shoutout. The future is badass female. Deal with it.
The second track on Pleasure Venom’s EP, “Deth” (featured on today’s AMM), is a scorcher and comes with a brand new video. The band premieres it at their show tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River. The bill features sets by Pollen RX, The Oysters, and Houston band Goodgirl, making their Austin debut.
The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Solid all around. Very recommended.
-Photo of Pleasure Venom’s Audrey Campbell by Victoria Renard.
You’ve been hearing about it. Tonight’s the night, and – if you haven’t noticed by now – your Austin Music Minute host is smitten with the line-up.
Welcome to THE NEXT, a showcase taking over the room tonight at Antone’s, 305 E. 5th St., presented by the Austin Music Foundation and KUTX 98.9. The event features seven local bands/artists participating in this year’s AMF Artist Development Program, an essential element of providing career development resources to local musicians that include instruction in marketing, promotion, and navigating the industry, as well as mentorship and more.
This evening’s badass line-up includes Aaron Stephens, Alesia Lani (featured on today’s AMM), Kalu & The Electric Joint, Otis Wilkins, KUTX January Artist of the Month Shy Beast, Superfónicos, and Western Youth. The party starts at 8 p.m. You don’t want to miss a single set. Very recommended.
Look, even NPR Music pointed out the following information in a recent review, so it’s not as though your Austin Music Minute is telling tales out of school. But…there have been those critics who have snidely dismissed ’80s-era R&B as lame, watered-down, or bereft of soul – that last one being the most caustic critique of all. However, if you were growing up in the ’80s, surely you’ll see the fallacy of this assumption. To refer to all ’80s R&B as collectively soulless when the roster includes Janet Jackson, Sade, Tina Turner, and – hellooo? – Prince, is to completely miss the mark. Lisa Lisa or TLC may not necessarily be your jam, but the grooves could be just as addictive, just as seductive.
Being the artistic goddess that Meshell Ndegeocello is, you very quickly realize the kind of unique experience she brings to her latest release, Ventriloquism, which features a collection of covers of a few of the aforementioned ‘80s-era gems, in a most refreshing and reinvigorating way. Suffice to say, this is no ordinary cover album. Two very important factors come into play: The brilliant way Ndegeocello covers these songs, and the very track selection itself – Prince, Sade, Turner, Jackson, George Clinton, Lisa Lisa, and featured on today’s AMM, Al B. Sure!.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.
Brookly electronic artist Jeremy Malvin is the mind behind Chrome Sparks, and he follows last year’s popular self-titled release with a new EP, Be On Fire. Multiple influences charge the lush synth grooves of this latest work, especially with a lo-fi vibe owing a lot to ‘80s soul (relish the slightly obscure reference that is “In2 Your Love” an all-out tribute to composer George Smallwood), jazz, psych, and elements of contemporary and old school hip-hop.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.