Both share a bill tonight at Stubb’s indoor venue, 801 Red River. Doors open at 9 p.m. What you need to do is get there early to see both.
Made super easy for you because it’s all super good. Recommended.
-Photography by Sydney Frames of Visible Sin Photography.
Who: Friends and fellow musicians will tell you that Andrew Collins is awesome. A badass. We’re talking good people here. You’ve probably seen him at shows playing with L.A.X., At All Cost, or Vegatron. Unfortunately, this past summer, Collins suffered a serious setback after being injured in a motorcycle accident that left him in a coma for a week. Thankfully, he’s in recovery mode, although it will take him some time to get completely back on his feet. It’s not been easy, but word is that Collins is a fighter and a half. No quitting for this guy.
What: In keeping with the generous spirit found so often in the local music community, Collins’ friends and family have put together a weekend of benefit shows to help cover his medical costs. All manner of local bands are stepping up to help a brother out. Presenting AndrewFest.
When: Tonight and tomorrow night, with doors opening at 8:30/9 p.m.
Where: Red 7, 611 E. 7th St.
Why: All you have to do is take a gander at the line-ups, and you’ll immediately see it’s a no-brainer.
Thank you so much for helping out. Big thumbs-up to these shows.
- Special thanks to James Taylor of Holy Mountain for his assistance, and to all the bands performing.
‘Tis the season to be jolly! But it seems as if the party Krampus is taking over this particular holiday shindig. Welcome to the LATE ‘N’ LOUD Holiday Dance Party, brought to you by the proud purveyors of magnificent orchestral adventures (and a definite Austin Music Minute love), The Invincible Czars. Huzzah!
Surely you’ve experienced all the magic that is the Czars, from their spectacular Fourth of July celebrations with their brilliant interpretation of the 1812 Overture, or their mind-blowing performance of Iron Maiden‘s Number of the Beast album at their Halloween shows, or perhaps you’ve had the opportunity to see the Czars perform original scores for silent films at Alamo Drafthouse. It’s everything you could ever hope for and more.
Around this time of year, the Czars present high-energy performances of holiday music, including pieces from The Nutcracker, for various family-friendly shows. Perfect for the kiddoes, but do take note that the Czars always include something special for grownups, like the LATE ‘N’ LOUD party, filled with every sort of Yuletide musical goodies, both naughty and nice.
A good time will be had by all. Join The Invincible Czars for this seasonal soiree this Friday night at Holy Mountain, 617 E. 7th St. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the bill features a set by master dance-rockers Pong!. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes, or, at the very least, your most hideous holiday sweater. Prepare to dance your boots off, and leave some room under the mistletoe. So very recommended. Deck them halls, baby.
- Photography by Steven Anderson.
Who: All one needs is to look toward the skies. Local instrumental/experimental quartet Ocean of Stars, founded by guitarist and songwriter Danny G, uses a unique formula for their immersive space rock sound. Bassist Melanie Martinez, drummer Ric Furley and saxophonist Derek Rodrigues are all essential players, each bringing a different element that builds the swirling galactic-psych experience. Ocean of Stars was originally a solo project of Danny G’s, inspired by a couple of his albums (one aptly named Ocean of Stars) and an extensive collection of unreleased tracks.
What: As well you know, and you’ve heard the Austin Music Minute go on about this before, this is one to hear live. In person. Go.
When: Ocean of Stars plays tonight 10 p.m.
Why: Rock all over the place, and then some. Don’t leave the earplugs at home. Very recommended.
- Photography by Kat Gardner Furley.
Jordan Whitmore took a deep breath and decided it was time to show a more vulnerable side to her songwriting.
“The devil’s on your shoulder/and she looks a lot like you,” Whitmore sings tellingly on “My Own Worst Enemy,” the opener on Other Side. So beings the journey of acknowledging one’s own imperfections, no matter how deeply they run, but it’s a cautionary tale. Rise above and ignore those lies of the mind, “…’Cause no one can bring you down like yourself.” The Dallas-born songwriter moved toward a slightly more raw and revealing style for her new album, taking a hard look at all the struggles in life that can weigh you down so hard you feel you can’t even move. But for all the times you’ve felt alone in this mess, Whitmore steps up to remind you these are universal challenges we all go through.
Join Whitmore at her album release show tonight at Holy Mountain, 617 E. 7th St., with the nine-piece (yes, nine-piece) groove-filled magnificence that is the Jack Burton Trio, and up-and-coming songwriter Colin Leonard, also on the bill. Doors open at 9 p.m. Recommended.
- Photography by Amy Melsa Photography.