Midnight Rambler

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Midnight Rambler

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015

It’s two thumbs up from the Austin Music Minute for this late-night gig worth staying up for. Rosie & The Ramblers take over the room at midnight at The White Horse on Monday nights, and, as you may know, I figured there was something special about the band when I caught sight of the t-shirts they were selling, which read: “SHUT UP.” Granted, there is a “please” in fine print there somewhere, but the message is an obvious one that’ll have you grinning. While front woman Selena Rosanbalm is all for love and romance, there’s no time to be wasted on double-talkin’, double-crossin’ good-for-nothings who give the whole thing a bad name. Sure, it’s great material for writing country-western songs, but that’s where she draws the line.

It’s that wicked sense of humor that makes these songs a stand-out. See Rosie & The Ramblers tonight at midnight at The White Horse, 500 Comal. Get there early to catch Emilie Klepper and Okie Weiss at 8 p.m., followed by Jimmie Dreams at 10 p.m. The perfect remedy for the Monday blahs. Recommended.

- Photography courtesy of the artist.

Rattle and Tongue

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Rattle and Tongue

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015

For six years, the members of Young Tongue made music under the moniker The Baker Family, with husband and wife Stu & Liz Baker at the helm. Last year, they released a new EP (Cat Calls) with a new name and a fuller, tighter approach to their already rich, mesmerizing sound.

This year brings the release of their full-length debut, Death Rattle, which is far more alive and vibrant than the title might suggest – flowing across a broad spectrum of dream-pop and prog-rock, paired with percussion work that carries a raw, rudimentary feel. It’s a balance of intricate, complex melodies with rhythms that are right at home on the dance floor.

Young Tongue is having a big release party tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River, with a spectacular bill including Modern Medicine, Chipper Jones, Boyfrndz and Capyac. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. So recommended.

- Photography courtesy of the artist.

Make Some Room

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Make Some Room

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015

Who: Very exciting times for Houston-based ten-piece R&B/soul outfit The Suffers. The official release for their self-titled EP is today (your humble Austin Music Minute apologizes profusely for mistakenly referring to the EP as titled Make Some Room, but dang, the track by that name is so rockin’ that I couldn’t get it off my mind!). All the endless praises, critical acclaim, Houston Press music awards, and increasing attention have added to the momentum. Of course, front woman Kam Franklin is wowing the crowds at all The Suffers’ live shows with that unmistakable fabulous voice.

What: If you haven’t seen The Suffers yet, you are in for one hell of a great time at their EP release show.

When: It all goes down tonight; doors open at 8 p.m.

Where: Empire Control Room, 606 E. 7th St. Joining The Suffers for the big party are multi-media dance-electro sensation ishi and divine trio of harmonizing goddesses Keeper.

Why: An illuminated night with light, music, and mad dancing. How can you miss out? Very recommended.

- Photography courtesy of the artist.

How We Shine

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How We Shine

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015

The Austin Music Minute is always pleased to share the numerous locally-based music resources available online, which never fail to provide a wealth of information about up-and-coming Austin talent. There’s one that stands out because it’s presented by someone who understands music, and is a musician himself: How Did I Get Here?, a very fun and insightful podcast produced by Johnny Goudie. I refer to it because he recently interviewed keyboardist Jason Garcia and vocalist/percussionist Britani Woods from today’s featured AMM band, Cautiontape, to talk about their new EP How We Shine.

Right off the bat, Goudie intuitively pointed out the vibe throughout the effervescent How We Shine – it’s perfect electronic pop but without being “drum-machiney,” as if the EP had been produced in 1979, which is what Garcia said he had in mind. It’s the best parts of pop, rock, and New Wave influences, and it’s all about the melodies.

Cautiontape is celebrating the release of their new EP with a release party tonight at Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth St. The bill features sets by Zettajoule, The Painted Redstarts featuring accompanying vocals by Jamie Harris, and Joanna Barbera. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. How can you resist all of this coolness? Recommended.

- Photography/artwork by Kyle Woods.

Marigolden

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Marigolden

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015

Who: Any band or songwriter who’s been on the road will tell you it’s not an easy journey. Performing is great, and making new fans is rewarding, but it’s rigorous, exhausting work with very little time to recuperate from the long hours. After releasing their 2012 self-titled debut album, Field Report literally spent the next couple of years on the road, which included support tours for major artists like Aimee Mann. Songwriter (and former Bon Iver bandmate) Chris Porterfield was overwhelmed by the endless pressure, paired with lack of rest and heavy drinking. Field Report’s second release, the lush and exquisitely detailed Marigold, weaves those experiences into an exploration of a deeper meaning behind “coming home.”

What: Field Report’s current tour in support of Marigold includes Porterfield doing a couple of solo performances.

When: See him tonight, opening for Toronto-based artist Bahamas. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Where: Stubb’s indoor venue, 801 Red River.

Why: Come early for Field Report, stay late for Bahamas. A double bill of excellence. Recommended.

- Photography by C.J. Foeckler.