This is another one of those moments where your humble Austin Music Minute maven must remind you that this is a band to experience live. It’s true. Lord Buffalo doesn’t simply play music for you. It is an entire experience. It’s a haunted story never to be erased from your mind’s eye. It lingers in the corners of a darkened day. It chases after you in the woods at night.
It’s made quite apparent why you’ll get hooked after seeing a Lord Buffalo show. The physical and emotional intensity that swells and explodes at each performance is exhilarating – and unsettling. The local quintet has a way of breathing new life into folk and rock in a much darker realm, reaching toward something primal within toward explosive climaxes and eerie, unnerving quiet.
Lord Buffalo has a new 7-inch vinyl with two new songs on it, “Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin” and “Black Mesa,” produced by none other than Danny Reisch. You can get your own copy when Lord Buffalo plays a show tonight at Hotel Vegas, 1502 E. 6th St. The bill features headliners The Wolf, Deep Space, Houston band Infinite Apaches, and The Roosevelt House Band. Doors open at 9 p.m. Great music all around. Recommended.
It’s always a great night for a free show with great bands, don’t you think? Holy Mountain agrees, and they’re treating you to another fabulous bill tonight featuring three local bands:
- They’ve knighted their sound as “slacker rock,” but it’s so much more. Rock quintet Berkshire Hounds headlines the show.
- They’re out lookin’ and winnin’ gold. Make way for rock and roots outfit MARYANN.
- It’s a postmodern garage/soul/juju rock fest with quintet Kinky Machine. Holy smokes, that’s a party in itself.
They all play tonight at Holy Mountain, 617 E. 7th St., inside where it’s nice and warm. Doors open at 9 p.m. Recommended. And remember: No cover charge.
In December 2011, the little night spot at 500 Comal St. reopened as The White Horse, a new honky tonk hang-out with a stage for bands, plenty of room on the dance floor, and a lot of the local flavor from its original existence as a Tejano/conjunto bar, complete with very cool vintage beer signs. From time to time, you will actually see a genuine white horse, waiting patiently outside for his owner. And, while country and western swing might be the musical mainstays, The White Horse hosts a variety of bands running the gamut – bluegrass, old time jazz, rock, blues, rockabilly, and yes, even conjunto. (If you haven’t already, do check out Conjunto Los Pinkys on any given Sunday during happy hour.)
So, The White Horse just turned two years old, and it’s going stronger than ever. And, in deepest gratitude and appreciation of everyone’s support, they’re throwing a special 2-year anniversary party tonight with – hello? – plenty of live music. Get there early to check out San Francisco string band The Brothers Comatose at 7 p.m., followed by local songwriter Ben Ballinger and his band at 9:30 p.m., rockabilly demons King Curse at 10:45 p.m., and rounding out the rowdy night will be none other than Clyde & Clem’s Whiskey Business at 12:30 a.m. Let the revelry begin.
Happy Birthday, White Horse. Great place, great people.
Yes, it’s truly a band of brothers – for the most part. Local quartet Auroravore consists of three siblings: Peter, Michael and Marcus Brown, and honorary brother Erik Garven, who may as well be their brother because the four musicians grew up together in Austin.
Throughout the years, they’d been in several different bands, together and individually, and along the way, their list of influences began to grow. They are each bona fide music fiends, listening to more than their share of albums and keeping up with, as they’ve explained, “a ridiculous amount of bands,” including local bands. In 2008, Erik, Peter and Michael moved in together and built a studio for the then newly-formed Auroravore, and Marcus joined a couple of years later. As one would imagine, each member brings quite a few things to the band’s sound because of so many different inspirations from multiple musical genres. However, they prefer to keep these influences rather subtle in their own work.
Definitely worth checking out. Auroravore is celebrating the release of their new album at a show tonight at The North Door, 502 Brushy St. at E. 5th. It’s a fun line-up for the evening with the electrifying rock/pop swoony crooners Bobby Jealousy and funkified neo-soul/dance electro-grovers Sip Sip. DJ No Kid$ is spinning between sets, with projections by artist and designer Jeff Kurihara and special screen-printing courtesy of local design studio Cognitive Duty. Doors open at 9 p.m. Recommended.
If a bit of shameless self-promotion can be tolerated for just a moment: You may already be aware of the fact that your humble Austin Music Minute maven is also hostess of one Good Music Club side project, where, most happily, there is constant musical discovery afoot. That being said, it’s not uncommon to be approached by local bands at the GMC, each of whom make inquiries and present their CDs for a listen. That is how I had the pleasure of stumbling upon local quartet Milezo with their (at the time) soon-to-be-released album, Pathways. And quite luckily for me. Get your own copy right now.
Milezo (pronounced MILE-zoh, thank you) features the talents of songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Miles Kelley; vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist Blair Robbin; bassist Max Colonna; and percussionist Sam Jordan. Together they’ve assembled that slice of pop heaven that is Pathways, bubbling over with fuzzy shoegaze and rich, darker psych textures, intertwining so many different tastes and tones that it’s immediately addictive, quite catchy. Chalk this one up as another gem.
You actually can get your own copy of Pathways at Milezo’s album release show tonight at The Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th St. at Navasota. And yes, the good peeps of local art and music promotional outfit Raw Paw inform me that the show will be indoors, so show-goers will be nice and toasty warm.