Rock-A-Thon

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Rock-A-Thon

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014

Lest you forget, the Austin Music Minute is here to remind you that girls ROCK. All of the girls, all of the time. And in the Live Music Capital of the World, there’s an endless amount of musical talent to prove it. There are also organizations like Girls Rock Camp Austin to nurture that talent at an early age, and build up girls’ self-esteem, all through the power of music education and performance.

Girls Rock Camp Austin is having its first ever Rock-A-Thon benefit show to raise awareness and support of this mission, tonight from 7-10 p.m. at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River. There’ll be performances by local pop trio Charlie Belle, who will release their debut EP Get To Know in January, and Austin punk rock/rock ‘n’ roll annihilators The Applicators. Admission at the door includes food and drink, and proceeds benefit the rock camp, which also includes a scholarship fund for half of the attendees.

Word is there will also be a chance to win Fun Fun Fun Fest passes. Go forth and rawk! Very recommended.

- Photo of Charlie Belle courtesy of the artist.

Quiet Strength

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Quiet Strength

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014

Who: Christy Hays‘ 2012 album Drought is an Austin Music Minute fave. There are compelling tales of difficult times with a dark intensity to them, but not without a sense of hope and strength.

What: Hays and her band will head back to the studio next month to work on a new EP for release next year, and she’ll release her solo EP O Montana in December. But you have a lovely opportunity to see Hays perform tomorrow evening.

When: Tomorrow night, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Where: The ABGB, 1305 W. Oltorf.

Why: You’re in for some beautiful music from a great songwriter. Recommended.

- Photography by Stephanie Macias.

Monday at the Hole

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Monday at the Hole

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014

Who: Tex Smith has made some damn good albums. The Austin Music Minute recommends taking time to check out Smith’s self-titled debut, plus the beautiful and heartbreaking To A Bird Singing Woe (2010), and the rich roots introspection of A Wayfarer’s Lament (2012). All of it’s a journey through heart and soul, love and loss, and onward to new beginnings. Ever been to hell and back? Smith tells the tale with poetic magnificence and real country.

What: Tell you what – there’s a Tex Smith show tonight, the kind that sends away a long, rough Monday. Treat yo’self.

When: Tonight, starting at 8 p.m.

Where: Hole the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe, with songwriters Josh Buckley and Garner Sloan.

Why: It’s good for winding down. Be sure you’re there to catch all three. Recommended.

- Photography by Julia Rose.

These Boots

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These Boots

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014

The song on today’s Austin Music Minute is a signature track, an iconic part of the time from which it came. All you need to hear is that familiar bass line in the beginning, and instantaneously, a specific image comes to mind – the one and only Nancy Sinatra, looking go-go girl-fabulous in groovy black boots.

That groovy vibe is the central theme for a special benefit show tomorrow night at The Stateside at the Paramount. A Nancy Sinatra Tribute features an impressive list of local musical artists paying homage to the gal with the boots made for walking. The bill includes performances of Nancy Sinatra tunes by Jazz Mills, Tameca Jones, Brennen Leigh, Betty Soo and Shelley King, with musical direction by Adrian Quesada, and Elizabeth McQueen as emcee. Proceeds from the show benefit the SIMS Foundation, which provides access and financial support for mental health and addiction recovery services to Austin musicians and their families.

All of this and more, for such a great cause! The show starts at 8 p.m. Very recommended.

- Artwork by Mollie Tuggle.

Runnin’ Wild

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Runnin’ Wild

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014

Who: The Austin Music Minute has mad, mad love for this lovely rag-tag bunch of gypsy-spirit music-makers. Wild Child remains wild at heart, and their music is so contagious that it’s not uncommon for audiences of thousands to be singing along in no time. The Runaround is another superb collection of melodic grooves that sweeps you away on waves of love and heartbreak.

What: The gang is about to head out to Europe and, no doubt, win over more swooning fans with those irresistible harmonies. Send them off in style at their European Tour Kick-Off shindig.

When: Gather tonight for the fun. Doors at 7:30 p.m., and the music begins at 8:30 p.m. Rounding out the evening are Sip Sip and Girl Pilot.

Where: The Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th St.

Why: It’ll be awhile before you get to see Wild Child again. They’ll be gone for the rest of this month and all of November. After a break in December, they’re back on the road at the end of January. Don’t miss out. Recommended, with big ol’ hugs.

- Photo courtesy of the artist.