Ray of Light

Austin Music Minute

Ray of Light

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018

Daisy O’Connor recently recorded quite an awesome episode of My KUTX as a guest DJ this month, running the gamut from Newsboys“Love Liberty Disco” to Anais Mitchell‘s “You Are Forgiven,” with Gillian Welch and Lucinda Williams in between, and certainly enough time to put in “Origin of Love” to sing along to at the top of one’s lungs right along with Hedwig and The Angry Inch. O’Connor also counts among her inspirations David Bowie, the various realms of folk music, and all the endless worlds to explore made possible by burying oneself in the wealth of literary treasures at the local public library.

O’Connor is thrilled to be returning to the Cactus Cafe for a show tonight with her band. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. This is the ray of light you’ve heard the Austin Music Minute rave about. Very recommended!

-Photography by Jody Domingue Studios.

Vegas Heat

Austin Music Minute

Vegas Heat

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018

There were some rather icy conditions around our fair city today, but never fear. For the most part, it’s safe again to travel, and you – yes you, music lover – have a show to catch tonight at Hotel Vegas. Your Austin Music Minute host got word that the show is still on and happening inside the venue, where it’s nice and toasty warm.

The heat’s turned up this evening with garage rock/surf punk warriors Mean Jolene on the bill, and that also includes sets by Denver band The Dirty Few, AMM heartthrobs Residual Kid, The Lochness Mobsters, and making a splendid debut with their new single “Step Into the Light,” it’s Deals.

Just like the AMM said today: Locked and loaded. Doors open at 9 p.m. You got this. Bundle up in your most badass winter threads and do it. Recommended.

-Photo of Mean Jolene courtesy of the artist.

Vibe of Ken

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Vibe of Ken

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018

A few of the more hardcore (admiringly scrutinous) Destroyer fans might carefully pick out the different nuances in songwriter Dan Bejar‘s expansive catalogue. Yet, while Bejar’s approach sounds different on each previous recording in the Destroyer catalogue, it’s still unmistakably…Destroyer.

As if you needed prompting – the adventure continues, this time on Destroyer’s eleventh studio release, ken. Simply, ken, like an abbreviated reference to some Eddie Izzard stand-up bits. The name, however, was actually taken from the working title of the 1994 Suede release, “The Wild Ones.”

Bejar noted this album doesn’t mirror the Suede ballad’s theme of losing love, but ken carries its own alluring intensity, manipulating familiar aural aesthetics in subtle ways until they seem alien.

You have a date tonight with Destroyer at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the outside stage. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and Mega Bog starts the show. Recommended.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

Power Trio

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Power Trio

Posted by on Jan 13, 2018

IMPORTANT AMM UPDATE: Please note that Queue Queue will not perform at the Hard Luck Lounge tonight, but The Mystery Achievement, The History Department and Hunter/Gatherer will be playing.

It was a stellar debut made by Queue Queue with their four-song Monster EP, of course just a glimpse into the cosmic awesomeness of searing distortion and hypno-shoegaze waves on their subsequent self-titled release. There’s no denying the punk and psych coursing through their collective veins. But one would expect no less from a trio of badass music vets, each of whom has made her own mark on the local scene and far beyond. That includes guitarist Carrie Clark‘s time with Sixteen Deluxe, bassist Claire Hamilton’s contributions to dream pop band Paraguay, and drummer Marry Streepy with electronic performance art band The Buglies.

Here’s how to spend a rad Saturday night. Catch Queue Queue at their show tonight at one of the Austin Music Minute‘s favorite haunts, the Hard Luck Lounge, 3526 E. 7th St. And it’s one hell of a line-up, with The Mystery Achievement, The History Department, and Hunter/Gatherer. The music starts early, just after 7 p.m. Don’t miss any of it. Very recommended.

-Photography by Gabriela Cavalier.

Nothin’ But Trouble

Austin Music Minute

Nothin’ But Trouble

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018

If, by chance, you’re heard your (infamous) Austin Music Minute host utter the words, “Don’t behave,” it will hardly surprise you to find that Trouble Boys would be on the AMM’s list of faves. The Austin-based trio charges full-on with a sound that’s all about the debauchery of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s pretty clear-cut: Jimmy Wildcat, Erich Jaymes and bad boy Benny Trouble stir up all the insanity that rock, punk and power pop have to offer and friggin’ run with it. If you’re not having fun with these guys, you must not have a pulse.

Earlier this month, the Boys released their new EP, Trouble Boys 2, on cassette and digitally. But for their upcoming tour, they’ll have a new 7-inch vinyl release to take along with them, featuring two tracks off the EP, “My Own Way” and a cover of a tune originally done by The Rubinoos, “Rock N Roll Is Dead.”

Prepare to get rowdy at Trouble Boys’ vinyl release and tour kickoff show tonight at Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. 6th St., which features Muther, Cheap Fur, Heavy Chills, and NYC band Dirty Fences. Doors open at 9 p.m. Not for the faint of heart, but that’s the kind of jolt you need, pal. Recommended.

-Photography by Jackson Montgomery Schwartz.