Who: Time to rock out. And The Bluebonnets do exactly that with a mix of fab glam, fierce garage-rock and doing exactly what their album title suggests, plain and simple: Play Loud. Eardrum annihilation couldn’t be sweeter. Little surprise this band rocks so hard, given the badasses in the line-up – guitarists Kathy Valentine and Eve Monsees, bassist Dominique Davalos, and drummer Kristy McInnis.
What: Here’s the perfect way to kick off your July 4th weekend – The Bluebonnets rip and shred tonight at Stubb’s indoor venue.
– Photo courtesy of the artist.
Who: This is the kind of line-up that your humble Austin Music Minute host dreams about and drools over. Every single one of the following bands has a way of engaging the listener with various rich, dark, invigorating, and yes, at times even sinister soundscapes – Surly Gates, Lord Buffalo, Gossamer Frontier (featured on today’s AMM), and Dark West (Adam Hilton, Jesse Kees, Will Wolfe and Andrew Stevens). You can take tracks from each band to assemble your very own soundtrack for nighttime desert wanderings.
What: All of these fantastic artists are taking over the Historic Scoot Inn for a magnificent show running all over the map – rock, psych, night sounds, the darkest folk your heart can lose itself in…
When and where: Tonight, 1308 E. 4th St. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 9 p.m. Get there early to see them all. This one comes very recommended.
– Photography by Lindsey Reed.
For a band or musician to really get her/his/their music out to the world, touring is a necessity. David Ramirez knows the value of touring – and, like any artist of his ilk, also knows the stress it can cause and the damage that can be done, both physically and mentally. It’s isolating, exhausting, and so far removed from any romantic notions about life on the road that artists find themselves immersed in self-doubt. Okay, why am I doing this again?
For two years after his last album, Ramirez felt drained and was facing a major creative block. He had attempted to make another album, but something wasn’t clicking. He decided to scrap whatever material he ‘d been working on, and took a break. The creativity had to flow naturally and not feel forced.
From that merciful break came Fables, in which Ramirez explores a newfound maturity in both his personal life and songwriting approach. “My focus wasn’t really on my music at that point,” Ramirez says. “I was at a point in my relationship with my girlfriend where things were getting serious. The closer we got, the more I realized that I needed to be honest with myself and with her about where my life was heading. If I want to be in a meaningful relationship with someone, I have to be honest in everything I do.” In other words, no time for hiding behind the fables we create.
Tonight, Ramirez will be at the Cactus Cafe for a special Fables preview listening party and performance, starting at 7 p.m. It’s a free event. The album’s official release date is August 28th.
– Photography by Greg Giannukos.
Who: Austin-based artist Suzanne Monroe is releasing her first album this week, Face To the Mirror. Indeed, writing these songs was rather a deep look inward for Monroe, after a lifetime of facing instability, particularly within family relationships; dealing with loss and pain; and the ongoing search for self-reliance. In 2014, Monroe began writing the songs that would become Face To the Mirror, reflecting a myriad of life experiences mixed with folk stories and Celtic lore.
What: Monroe is celebrating the release of her album with a release party and musical accompaniment at the Grand Floor Theatre, an alternative space dedicated to featuring new works by, and for, underrepresented communities.
When and where: Tonight at 7 p.m. at the theater, 979 Springdale Rd., in East Austin. Admission includes a free copy of Monroe’s album, and the bill also features performances by Barebones Orchestra, singer and multi-instrumentalist John Orr‘s project The Last Domino, and burlesque performances by Breathless LaBelle.
– Photography by Maja Buck.
Your humble Austin Music Minute host mentioned getting an exclusive preview of Ghostbunny‘s forthcoming album, now officially titled Silver Tongue, earlier this year. More massive infectious grooves are on the way from this local rock/pop quintet. Even thought we can’t preview the entire album here at this point, you can hear one of the new tracks, “Get Closer,” on today’s AMM. And to hear more, check out Ghostbunny tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the inside stage. The bill features Florida-based dark-space psych-pop band Pleasures, and a set by Plantation.
This is going to be so good for your Monday night. Doors open at 9 p.m. Recommended.
– Photography by Maurice.