It’s totally understandable if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with all there is to see at SXSW this year. But the Austin Music Minute would like to step in and offer at least a couple of recommendations to get you on the right track. All this week, AMM will feature official showcases and those off the beaten path. And, as always, we’ll include a mix of local talent and traveling artists. Here are a couple of previews for tomorrow:
- Here’s an AMM favorite that always has a superb line-up. Producer Danny Reisch and The Navigational Society are presenting their day party Tuesday at Empire Control Room, 604 E. 7th St., and they always have an impressive combination of local and touring acts that Reisch has worked with in his studio. Doors open at noon, and that’s also when the music starts, so plan to arrive early. Mad love for this year’s bands! On the Garage stage: The Black and White Years (4:30 p.m.), Marmalakes (3:45 p.m.), Walker Lukens and The Sidearms (3 p.m.), Brass Bed (2:15 p.m.), Inner Oceans (1:30 p.m.), Crooks (12:45 p.m.), and Feufollet (noon). On the Control Room stage: Shivery Shakes (4:30 p.m.), Wild Adriatic (3:45 p.m.), Tacks, the Boy Disaster (3 p.m.), StaG (2:15 p.m.), A. Sinclair (1:30 p.m.), Lord Buffalo (12:45 p.m.), and Buttercup (noon).
- In the evening, head on up to the 512 Rooftop, 408 E. 6th St., for a show that’s got more than enough soul and rock to blow you away. Starting out the night at 8 p.m. is The Peterson Brothers Band, followed by soul artist Bobby Patterson (9 p.m.), Kool and Together (10 p.m .), Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys (11 p.m.), Otis the Destroyer (midnight), and The Rocketboys (1 a.m.).
It’s only just begun. More recommendations are on the way. Stay tuned.
No one ever said that rock ‘n’ roll can’t be had at The White Horse, 500 Comal St. That stage has seen many an excellent country-western/hillbilly/bluegrass ensemble whip up the honky tonk crowds into a frenzy, but it’s also seen its share of rock bands bringing the house down. Tonight will be another fine example of such high volume and debauchery with a most excellent triple bill:
- Cranking up the rock, punk, metal and blues, it’s Power Chief, fresh from their tour and ready for their return performance.
- Ben Ballinger and Blue Mongeon have gathered songs both old and new for the latest line-up of The Dalles. A surefire winner with passionate performances.
- Serving up the power rock straight-up, Under the Sun starts the night out right.
First band goes on at 10 p.m. Don’t leave the earplugs at home. Be sure you bring those unsuspecting South-By visitors so you can take them by surprise. Won’t that be fun? Hurray! Recommended.
It’s already upon us. Doesn’t matter that the music portion of SXSW officially kicks off next week. It’s all happening now. And your humble Austin Music Minute maven always takes this opportunity to say: Greetings, visitors. I kindly ask that you put your cel phones away and check out these impressive local bands.
Case in point – a glorious line-up tonight at The Blackheart, 86 Rainey St. Get revved up for the big week ahead with this slice of awesomeness: Austin bands Sweet Spirit, The Sour Notes (featured on today’s AMM), Burgess Meredith and Los Angeles/San Francisco-based band The Blank Tapes. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the music gets started at 9 p.m. So recommended.
There’s no denying it. Ume has more than enough power and volume to ever erupt from a three-piece band. Of all the people in the world, Anthony Bourdain summarized it best when, upon seeing them perform, succinctly described their sound as “a sh_tload of rock in a tiny little room.” Well, whether you’re watching them play in a tiny room or experiencing them live at a major venue, it will blow your mind either way.
Just this week, Ume released Monuments, the follow-up to their well-received 2011 debut Phantoms. Guitarist and front woman Lauren Larson said that working with Grammy Award-winning producer Adam Kasper gave the band that extra edge to open the floodgates and hold nothing back. This time around, the songs are harder, heavier, yet, true to Ume’s style, distinctively emotional portrayals of the human experience.
To celebrate the new album’s release, Ume is doing a special in-store performance Friday at 5 p.m. at Waterloo Records, 600-A North Lamar. This will have quite a turnout, so be sure to arrive a bit early. And don’t leave without getting your own copy of Monuments. Recommended.
This is one of those shows that your humble Austin Music Minute maven loses her mind over because, by golly, it rules. It’s not just one, not two, not three, but four performances to shout about from the rooftops, all featured tonight at The White Horse, 500 Comal St. Get there nice and early, because each of these sets are worth checking out:
- Starting out the night is a man who ain’t afraid to mix it up – country, folk and punk – and shows no mercy, Robert Allan Caldwell. His set begins at 6 p.m.
- Holy smokes. It’s one of my favorite band o’ string-pluckers, The Austin Steamers, charging full steam ahead at 8 p.m.
- Hell hath no fury like a man who runs out of beer. It’s a country/blues/Americana hurricane with dynamic duo Mayeux and Broussard, playing at 10 p.m.
- Always loved that feller down at the end of the bar. I tip my hat to one of the best storytellers around, Leo Rondeau, going on stage at midnight. Take it and break it, baby.
Excellent, each and every one. The whiskey shall flow. Recommended.