We’re Back

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We’re Back

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015

We’ve been missing the typically sunny, warmer days here in the Live Music Capital, but never fear. Calliope Musicals just returned from their West Coast tour, and they’ve brought loads of that sunny California climate with them in spirit for their big “We’re Back!” Bash, happening tonight at Red 7, 611 E. 7th St.

Do not let the chilly weather deter you, music lovers! Both the inside and (very covered) outdoor stages at Red 7 will host a bevy of outrageously excellent local bands to generate plenty of heat. You can’t beat a homecoming like this:

Outside stageSip Sip, Calliope Musicals, Walker Lukens and Migrant Kids.

Inside stageTerror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Otis the Destroyer, and The Gents.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Plus, there is no overlap in the bands’ performances. You can – and should – see them all. Very recommended. Welcome back, Calliope Musicals. Hugs for everyone.

- Photo courtesy of the artist. 

Getting Heavy Tonight

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Getting Heavy Tonight

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015

Who: It’s always a great time for rock ‘n’ roll. Songwriter and musician Danny Bravo‘s been on that vibe for some time now. He released the first EP for his musical project, The Bravo, in 2004 with producer Kevin Butler, and a most fitting, very rock ‘n’ roll title (edited for content on this webpage) – My Ideas Are F#%ked. However, throughout those years, Bravo kept incredibly busy working with various other bands, including rock trio Megabig. Now, The Bravo returns full force with rock, big doses of dirty glam, and all the party vibes. Turn it up.

What: You’ve got an opportunity to see The Bravo tear the room up tonight.

When and where: The Mohawk, 912 Red River, inside stage. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the bill includes sets by “pop ‘n’ strut” hoodlums Street Dads and punk/art rockers DAD THE FROG. Lots of dads here. Sort of. But not really.

Why: Looks as though everyone on this bill is bringing the rock. Get there early to catch all three bands. Recommended.

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All Real, All the Time

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All Real, All the Time

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015

Look, I’m more than certain you’ve heard yours truly, your friendly neighborhood Austin Music Minute maven, rant about this before, but I’m not shy about it because it’s the truth. If you want to hear real country music, the music from an earlier era shaped by great artists who learned from artists before them, then you listen to the people keeping those traditions alive today – and not of the variety one might find on…certain cable television networks that use the term “country” loosely.

That being said, today’s AMM continues to sing the praises of Dale Watson. The white-pompadoured Texas troubadour is the living embodiment of keeping it real. There’s no bull about it – Watson plays genuine roots music that would do Hank proud. And Watson is proud to spread the word about keeping it real with the Ameripolitan Music Awards (Ameripolitan Music LLC), named after the term he coined to describe American roots music. The awards recognize artists whose work honors roots traditions without conforming to the current watered-down definitions of “country” music.

I stand with Dale. You can see him tonight at The Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress Ave., at 10 p.m. It’ll do your Monday night right. So recommended. Raise your beer and tell him I said hello.

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Sincere

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Sincere

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015

Who: KUTX host John Parsons recently had The Zoltars in Studio 1A for a performance. As you’ve heard on the Austin Music Minute previously, I credit Parsons for getting me hooked on The Zoltars, especially after the release of their second album, Walking Through the Dark. This week, they released a new self-titled full-length, and once again songwriter Jared Leibowich shows another side to the band’s garage roots with a slightly more stripped-down sound leaning more toward melodic psych-pop. Definitely worth checking out.

What: It’s time for a Zoltars album release show, and it’s another good one!

When and where: You get the full deal tonight at Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. 6th St., with Ghetto Ghouls, Beth Isreal, and The French Inhales.

Why: All excellent. Get there early to see them all. Recommended.

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Nice Vice

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Nice Vice

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015

Who: It doesn’t matter what kind of music you make; bands always appreciate a great sound engineer. They are artistes; they help you achieve things in the studio and at live shows with attention to detail and a damn good ear. It can also be a pleasant experience when working with a sound engineer who is also a musician. If you are out and about in the local music scene, these names may ring a bell: Will Rhodes, Mark Creaney, Zac Bryant and John Winsor have each played in their own bands, and have worked the circuit as sound engineers. However, a couple of years ago, they got a bit burned out with sound mixing. It was time to play again. That is how Sounds Del Mar came to be.

What: Party jet, anyone? Sounds Del Mar makes fun, groovy rock with a cheeky nod to pre-Y2K music and fashion trends, or, as they’ve put it, “…’70s rock ‘n’ roll from the ’90s.” They’re making their official debut with their new album, Miami Vice’N, with a big release party. (Yes, it’s also available on cassette, duh.)

When and where: Head out to Trailer Space Records, 1401 Rosewood Ave. in East Austin. And you may want to get there early, because Sounds Del Mar invited friends Shivery Shakes and Blue Healer to be on the bill. The music starts at 7 p.m. tonight.

Why: This is how you rock, baby. Prepare to shred and be shredded. So recommended it hurts. And don’t feel bad if you miss Sounds Del Mar tonight; you can see them at the double-release show they’re doing with Texas Never Whispers this Saturday at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, with Slomo Drags and Other Lovers. Boom.

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