Rutili and Ross

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Rutili and Ross

Posted by on Jul 21, 2018

Bottom line: It’s a brilliant pairing. Period.

Composer and vocalist Tim Rutili, best known for his work with Califone and Red Red Meat (and don’t forget a stint with indie supergroup Ugly Casanova); and Craig Ross, guitarist for Lenny Kravitz whose extensive roster also includes working with Shearwater, Spoon, and Patty Griffin, among many others, first collaborated in 2013 on Califone’s Stitches. This creative relationship paved the way for the long-form dreamy drone and tension-riddled 2016 release Guitars Tuned To Air Conditioners. Superb.

This time, the duo’s crushes it further with 10 Seconds To Collapse, a sumptuously deranged pop/rock/psych/folk deconstruction filled with complex melodic experimentation – everything built up, wildly torn apart, then rearranged into a far departure from the familiar. Or, as Rutili himself put it, “…To (eff) something up that would have been more traditional made it more personal.” And more badass, frankly.

Prepare yourself for what may well be a rare performance, indeed. Don’t miss Rutili and Ross tonight at, of all places, the cozy space of Beerland, 711 1/2 Red River. Holy hell, that’s going to be awesome. And, as if that weren’t enough to take in, Knife In the Water, and Moist Flesh share the bill.

Doors at 8 p.m. This one comes very recommended.

-Artwork courtesy of Jealous Butcher Records.

NMASS 2018

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NMASS 2018

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018

It’s perfectly fair to warn you in advance that the performances you’ll experience at the 2018 New Media Art and Sound Summit (NMASS), presented by local arts organization Church of the Friendly Ghost, will not be your average live music excursions. And that is precisely why you should thoroughly immerse yourself in the uniqueness of it all. Cutting edge, no holds barred, mind-blowing, intense, atmospheric, bold and even bizarre, it’s a huge opportunity for all manner of musical discovery. The annual summer festival highlights diverse and unusual talent in the realm of experimental music above and beyond anyone’s expectations.

NMASS continues this evening through the weekend at three spaces: The Ground Floor Theater, The Resonant Lung and Dimension Gallery in East Austin, 979 Springdale Rd. Tonight’s schedule includes performances by Matt LaComette at 8 p.m.Dallas Acid (featured on today’s AMM), Hairy Sands, and Victor Lovlorne at 10 p.m.; and improve quartet CONFESSIONAL at 11 p.m., among many others.

Brilliant. This one comes highly recommended.

-Photo of Dallas Acid by Courtney Chavanell.

Spectral

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Spectral

Posted by on Jul 19, 2018

The forlorn spirit drifts from room to room, a wisp of something resembling a figure, maybe not even aware that she isn’t of this earth anymore…a faded memory. She’s doomed to wander the same rooms in the same old house. Why is she still there? No one knows for sure.

Perhaps Löwin‘s latest single “Ghost of Mine,” the new video of which was recently premiered on the KUTX website, is not to be taken as a tale of the (literal) spirit world. Yet there’s no denying the haunted feelings creeping in through the slow rocking build, and the sirenic vocals of songwriter and front woman Sara Houser. You also realize the haunter is actually the haunted…

Löwin celebrates the new music with a single and video release show tonight at the Mohawk on the inside stage, 912 Red River. And much to the delight of your Austin Music Minute maven, it’s a night of L-named bands on the bill – Lolita Lynne, Lola Tried, and Lord Buffalo.

All damn good. Doors at 8 p.m. You know this one’s recommended.

-Photography by Dorothy Megan.

The Weird Turn Pro

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The Weird Turn Pro

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018

You heard your Austin Music Minute hostess with the mostess loud and clear on today’s AMM: “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”

It’s what we like to call adventure time with Fear and Loathing in Hotel Vegas 7, the annual brouhaha celebrating the wild, wild world of journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson on this day, his birthday, at East Side venue Hotel Vegas, 1501 E. 6th St. Of course, the celebration wouldn’t be complete without live music at the party, and that includes sets by Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band (the heavy jam featured on today’s AMM), Kay Odyssey, The Rotten Mangos, and Hard Dwell.

There’ll be pop-up shops galore, and a Fear and Loathing Trivia Night on the patio. Test your knowledge of the gonzo renegade – or, at the very least, learn something new about him and toast yourself with a martini. Duck and cover, but don’t miss out. Recommended.

-Hunter S. Thompson at the Gramercy Hotel in NYC, circa 1977.

Que Bueno

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Que Bueno

Posted by on Jul 17, 2018

Your Austin Music Minute host was recently given a copy of the latest LP from Buenos Diaz, Gringo Novelas, to given a listen to. At the heart of the matter, the thing about songwriters like Nick Diaz is this: He crosses genres like a madman, like an artist driven by a genuine passion for many kinds of music and cannot help but embrace them all. And such is the path of an artist continuing to expand his horizons along the way. If you simply must have some kind of description to refer to, Diaz happily provides “urbanized new wave Texican,” though it barely scratches the surface.

You get to see Buenos Diaz tomorrow night at The Continental Club Gallery, just upstairs above the Club at 1315 S. Congress Ave. The Blue Moon Jazz Quartet and the mighty Rosie Flores kick things off at 8:30 p.m., followed by Diaz at 10:30 p.m.

Honey, treat yo’self. Very recommended.

-Photography by White Light Exposure.