The journey started at the beginning of the year with “The Path,” then touched ground at “Mission Control” (the track featured on today’s Austin Music Minute), and today, it’s a glimmering “Wish,” the third in a series of tracks released each month by Austin-based psych-pop/rock outfit Modern Medicine.
Join Modern Medicine for their single release show tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, with Zettajoule and Houston-based artist John Allen Stephens on the bill. Make your way to the inside stage, 9 p.m. Recommended.
-Artwork for Modern Medicine’s “Wish” by Juan Ignacio Gimenez.
Put some time aside to check out Last Days Here (2011), the documentary on Alexandria, VA-based doom metal pioneers Pentagram. It focuses unflinchingly on front man/songwriter Bobby Liebling‘s ongoing battle with drug addiction, while friend and band manager Sean “Pellet” Pelletier struggles to help Liebling stay afloat – and focused on the music. It’s clear that Pellet loves Pentagram. It’s the main reason he stayed on to help in what was often a frustrating, heartbreaking scenario.
Since their original formation in 1971, through the career roller coaster ride of ups and downs, line-up changes, triumphs and endless upheaval, Pentagram maintains one of the strongest fan bases ever that keeps the music alive. But any fan will tell you: The music has a life of its own – grittier, darker and heavier than several bands back in the day; paganistic, and loud as eff. From underground cult following to legendary status, Pentagram remains an influential figure in the metal genre and beyond.
Pentagram is in Austin for a show tonight at Come and Take It Live, 2015 E. Riverside Dr., sharing the bill with Memphis rockers Dirty Streets, Lafayette Delta blues/metal outfit Brother Dege,and Austin sludge inflictors Forbode. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Make sure those earplugs are working. Not for the faint of heart – or soul. As it should be. Your AMM host says this one’s very recommended.
-Photography by Stacy Atwell.
Give a spin to Warm Sugar‘s self-titled release, and (especially for a 1970s kid, like your Austin Music Minute host) it conjures those smokey, wood-paneled barroom spirits of a distinctive ’70s-country/FM radio/Gilley’s era. The ATX band turns up the heat with their blend of classic country sounds and Southern soul, describing it as the kind of vibe that leaves Willie, Bobbie Gentry, Neil Young and Linda Ronstadt coursing through your veins.
Warm Sugar sings it sweet and sultry at their Tuesday night residency show tonight at The White Horse, 500 Comal. They play at midnight. Devan Jones & The Uptown Stomp start the evening out at 8 p.m., followed by Devin Jake at 10 p.m. Recommended.
-Photography by Luis R. Bustos.
The chaos and insanity of the beast we know as SXSW – ol’ Hurricane South-By – has come and gone, leaving a pile of exhausted people in its wake. But the Austin Music Minute is here to kindly remind you that the music continues in our fair city, even after the parties have ended and the visitors have departed. Here in the ATX, music is all – year – long.
When you’ve recovered, get back on out and see some shows. Support our local artists, purchase their music, and support their well-being (donate to HAAM and SIMS for a start). And mark your calendar for Thursday, when Kalu and the Electric Joint continue their residency at C-Boy’s Heart and Soul, 2008 S. Congress Ave. And for this show, the band will do a special acoustic set, starting at 10:30 p.m.
Days off? What days off? Let’s do this. Recommended.
-Photography by Koffler Pictures.
All right. Chug that water to rehydrate. And the caffeine. Deep breaths. And here are your Austin Music Minute SXSW picks for tonight:
-Several Austin-based artists play the Nine Mile Records & Touring showcase at Friends, 208 E. St., including The Reputations (featured on today’s AMM), Löwin, Otis the Destroyer, and A. Sinclair, as well as Montana-by-way-of-Austin artist Christy Hays and Seattle band Smokey Brights.