Chaka and Qi Dada made it very clear from the beginning: Although RAS Day is named in honor of Riders Against the Storm, the Austin-based hip-hop husband and wife duo were adamant about making their special day all about community, about people accepting the greatness of who they are, a reminder of empowerment and positivity. (And, of course, it would have to be fun.) Four years after the official RAS Day proclamation, the annual event remains one of the most high-energy interactive experiences that gets crowds on their feet.
The RAS Day 2017 celebration is currently underway at Empire Control Room, 606 E. 7th St., and continues tonight with performances by Jackie Venson, Nik West, Raul Midón, PJ Morton, and Riders Against the Storm. Still plenty of time to head out to Empire for all the fun. Very recommended.
-Photography by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon for KUTX.
Bring on the rock with another Austin Music Minute fave. Psych pop outfit Kay Odyssey is killing it with their second full-length release, What’s A Woman To Do?, a lush and reverb-shimmering psych vibe exploring the foibles of love…and art. (“Coming On” was featured on today’s AMM) Front woman Kristina Boswell‘s vocals take on the different hues of emotions and turns them into elements of the earth – sky, stars, mountains and oceans, rolling between tempestuousness and playfulness.
Give a listen to the album, and catch Kay Odyssey’s show tomorrow night at Beerland, 711 1/2 Red River, featuring Teevee, Brownsville bands Jove Bewake and La Ratera, and San Antonio band Saigon Sinners. The music starts at 10 p.m.
This one’s gonna rock loudly and hard. Very recommended.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.
When love goes wrong, all hell breaks loose. Ah, l’amour a mal tourné! But the break-up soundtrack doesn’t necessarily have to be filled with all the tragic minor scales. There is, too, such a thing as an upbeat anti-romance song. Ladyfang totally owns it on their latest release, For Morgan.
Recorded and produced by engineer/musician Danny Bravo at Permanent Youth Recordings, the album takes on the heartache with raw energy and playful, killer hooks. Make way for the quirky, funky, frenetic frenzy. Say that ten times really fast.
Another good one at Cheer Up’s. Recommended.
-Photography by Christina Bailey.
There is a mystical presence on Ali Holder‘s Huntress Moon, a five-track EP reveling in a beautiful and dark simplicity, exploring worlds not so obvious to the naked eye. Perhaps the heart may be hurting, but the huntress steadily moves forward in the luminous glow.
Today happens to be Holder’s birthday, and of course, the Austin-based artist will celebrate in the way she loves most – playing music with friends. Tonight, she closes out her summer residency at Stay Gold, 1910 E. Cesar Chavez, and she’ll be joined by longtime friend and fellow artist Little Brave (Stephanie Macias). Little Braves starts out the night at 9 p.m., followed by Holder at 10:30 p.m.
Word is that there will be cake. Happy Birthday, Ali. Recommended.
-Photo courtesy of Little Brave and Ali Holder.
So, this is what your Austin Music Minute has for you today. It’s rock. It’s ambient. It’s a soundscape heading toward you at top-volume, but there’s no rush. Welcome to Fistfuls of Heavenly Glory, the five-track EP released earlier this year and recorded at Century Recordings in Dripping Springs by Austin-based slow-rockers The Teddys. Let it simmer. Let it soak in.
Remember, you have a date with The Teddys tonight at Hotel Vegas, 1501 E. 6th St., along with songwriter JoDee Purkeypile’s psych-pop/alt.-rock band Salem Walk, and trippy groove outfit Dinner with Matt Gilchrest. The music starts at 10:30 p.m. Get it. Recommended.
-Photo of The Teddys courtesy of the artist.