Friends’ Night

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Friends’ Night

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014

Johnny Goudie is an artists’ artist. That is to say, not only is he a songwriter and musician, but he’s also a very vocal supporter of his fellow music-makers in the local scene. You can feel the love whenever you give a listen to Goudie’s delightful casual-conversation podcast, How Did I Get Here?. Fans worldwide are able to tune in to hear insightful, laid-back living room chats with established artists such as Ian McLagan and Kathy Valentine, as well as Austin’s budding bands like White Denim, Wild Child, Carry Illinois and Löwin.

So, it seems quite fitting that Goudie invites special musical guests to play his residency series at Strange Brew, 5326 Manchaca Rd. That’s the treat you’re in for at tonight’s show, featuring sets by Little Brave and Chris Taylor. The music starts at 8 p.m. So recommended.

- Photo of Little Brave by James Goulden Photography.

Lightning In A Wine Bottle

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Lightning In A Wine Bottle

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014

Who: Didn’t take long for your humble Austin Music Minute host to become a fan of this local sextet. Folk-rock band The Harvest Thieves is chock-full of talent, including keyboard warrior Annah Fisette (Letting Up Despite Great Faults), and front man Cory Reinisch (Guns of Navarone). They’re still fairly new to the scene but already a local favorite.

What: They’re about to give you the best dang happy hour you’ve had in awhile when they perform at The Wine Down.

When: Today, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hit ‘em up right after work.

Where: ACL Live at The Moody Theater, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd.

Why: It’s simply a lovely way to kick back, relax and enjoy some excellent folk/rock/alt.-country Americana jams. Give a listen to their EP Lightning In A Bottle. The Harvest Thieves will not disappoint. Very recommended.

- Photo courtesy of The Harvest Thieves.

 

New Dawn

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New Dawn

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014

Welcome to an otherworldly state of bliss, a harmonic gathering good vibes and great beats, brought to you by way of a funk-ified flying saucer. Sun Ra would be proud. For these are the striking individuals and talented minds that together form The Golden Dawn Arkestra. They truly do create an endless flow of mystical grooves opening the gateway to the cosmos.

The avant-garde music collective is widely heralded for its excellent live performances paired with extravagant, colorful visual experiences filled with dance and ornate costuming. The dance floor is their temple, and they’re here to elevate your consciousness.

Join The Golden Dawn Arkestra for their tremendous vinyl release celebration tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the outside stage. The bill is so gargantuan that it’s overwhelming: Hard Proof Afrobeat, the Minor Mishap Marching Band, Lo Phi, Keeper, Bali Yaaah and Fort Worth-based collaborative Wire Nest. Doors open at 8 p.m. Very recommended.

Do not resist the cosmic dance.

- Photography by Cecilia Blair.

 

Totally Aasim

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Totally Aasim

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014

Like-minded music freaks appreciate the joys of geeking out over their favorite bands. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that your humble Austin Music Minute host sings the praises of friend, colleague and fellow local music supporter Aasim Syed, who decided that the best way to celebrate his birthday this year – natch – would be with some of his favorite local bands.

Syed curated tonight’s birthday festivities at Hotel Vegas with a fantastic bill filled with AMM favorites:

- Ladies and gents, behold the beauty of the enigma that is John Wesley Coleman. Great music. Pants optional.

- Songwriter Michael Booher (just call him Booher, it’s okay) will bring on the night with his rendition of songs by Pavement. Wowee zowee, this’ll be great.

- Major pop-rock goodness from Sally Crewe & The Sudden Moves. You will rock. You will roll. Actually, both.

- Fiery power trio ThinkNoThink unleashes unbridled rock to ignite your ears. Don’t be shy. Just rock out.

- Improvisational noise combo Art Acevedo starts the night with super sonic freak-outs. Resistance is futile.

Get to Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. 6th St., tonight after 9 p.m. The music begins at 10 p.m. A very happy birthday to Aasim, and here’s to another year of outstanding local music.

- Photography by Scott Sheff of LA Record

Hello Nashville

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Hello Nashville

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014

Your humble Austin Music Minute host got word of local songwriter Joanna Barbera‘s (albeit slightly temporary) venture to Tennessee. “And I’ll be back…just not sure when,” she said recently about the opportunity.

Great things are coming up for the Hudson Valley native, who’s done more than her share of touring nationally. Following the critical acclaim of her heart-achingly reflective folk-rock release Forget, Barbera is now ready to take things further with her pursuit of new musical collaborations in Nashville, and, most importantly, the pursuit of a possible music publishing deal. Hello?! The ball is rolling, and Barbera is ready to fearlessly take charge .

Of course, before she leaves, Barbera wants to bid friends and fans adieu with a proper send-off. So she’s having a special Send Off Soiree tonight at The Swan Dive, 615 Red River. Things get started around 8 p.m. Very recommended.

- Photography by Steve Alcala.