This is one of those Austin Music Minutes that gives you an earful, because your humble AMM host wanted to share new music by two bands today: Indie/punk outfit Closet Drama and and power pop quartet Gentlemen Rogues.
Closet Drama is celebrating the release of their new album, Devastation Does It Every Time, recorded in March at the Orb (along with a special release of a limited edition “coke bottle clear” 7-inch vinyl with the tracks “Model Years” and “Weighted”), and Gentlemen Rogues released a new single last month, “Mocking Love Out of Nothing At All,” which they paired with the track “Mountains of Your Head” on 7-inch vinyl .
No doubt you’ll experience all of this greatness at Closet Drama’s release show tonight at Holy Mountain, 617 E. 7th St., along with performances by rock trio Burning Avalanche and rock punks White Sails. Superb line-up. Very recommended.
There are two things that stand out with an artist like Peter Murphy. One: His distinctive voice, instantly recognizable, continues to be a standout. No one sounds like Murphy; many have often attempted to imitate its nuances, at the very least. But no dice. And two: Despite having legions of loyal fans whose admiration for Bauhaus continues to grow to this day, long after the band’s breakup, Murphy is not a retro performer. Not by any means. His latest album, Lion, is further evidence of his desire to continue exploring different and sometimes seemingly disparate musical styles, with that power - the dark emotional intensity – that he’s known for.
Murphy produced Lion with Killing Joke bassist Youth in a mind-boggling single week, without laying out any plans or ideas beforehand. Incredible. Murphy is currently on tour in support of his recently-released album, and that includes a stop in Austin for a show tonight at The Belmont, 305 W. 6th St. And, as if this show wasn’t cool enough already, two of Austin’s own are opening – My Jerusalem, and The Boxing Lesson. Dark, moody, passionate, trippy, spacey, glorious madness. Talk about a triple bill to drool over. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 8 p.m. So recommended.
They speak the truth. Husband-and-wife duo Riders Against the Storm (RAS) are here to remind you that the funk, the power, the flava…all come from within. And you have to get up to get down,baby.
You’ve heard the Austin Music Minute rave on and on about their astounding and electrifying live shows. You’ve got to experience it yourself. RAS rocks the room with superior hip-hop and soul, and you have the chance to live in that moment with a special happy hour performance, The Wine Down, happening from 5 to 7 p.m. today at ACL Live at The Moody Theater, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. Check it out.
- Special thanks to Erica Shamaly and Amiel ‘Happy’ Mercado for providing information about this event, benefitting the Austin Music Foundation.
After taking a single glance at tonight’s line-up at the Mohawk, your Austin Music Minute maven briskly came to the conclusion that it seemed as though I booked the show myself. This is one hell of a show!
Headlining the evening is a longtime AMM fave, dream pop/rock quintet Black Books. And rounding out the entire bill to perfection? Take a gander at this: Young Tongue, Little Radar, Isaiah the Mosaic, Modern Medicine, songwriter Paul Banks‘ new project SUPERMOON, Wiretree and Brandy Zdan. Just reading that list of local awesomeness left your humble AMM host in a head spin. Get thee and thy hiney down to the Mohawk, 912 Red River. The music starts at 8 p.m. on the outside stage. Every single performance is a must-see.
This one is so recommended, it leaves the mind reeling.
This is the stuff that classics are made of. Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes take on rock ‘n’ roll from a different era, back to the basics stylistically. Yet they add that extra amount of sizzle, that extra dash of sass, that pushes things a bit beyond a mere revival. Give a listen to Baby Caught the Bus and soak in all the smokin’ soul and R&B vibes ushered in by ’50s and ’60s Daptone records back in the day, all straight up rock grooves, but there’s a contemporary sultriness that reminds you this is music from here and now. Va-va VOOM.
This is going to be one hell of a fun show. See Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes tonight at The Belmont, 305 W. 6th St. And, to make the evening complete, opening the show is none other than Austin’s own fabulous sweet siren Jazz Mills. Get there early; doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. Recommended. What a night! And be ready to dance, honey.