Desert Dream

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Desert Dream

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015

Holly Miranda recalls having a dream one night about running off to Joshua Tree to be on her own and write. After waking up, she determinedly booked the first house she found and took off.

It was time for a major break from Los Angeles to shake off some frustrating writer’s block that left Miranda drained after her first album. And it seems spending time in the desert was what she needed to trigger inspiration for her second, self-titled release. It also served as a reminder of why she decided to make music 17 years ago – stepping out of comfort zones and moving in new directions, musically and personally.

Don’t miss Holly Miranda tonight at the Cactus Cafe, 24th and Guadalupe in the Texas Union, featuring special guest Marnie Herald. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. It’s best to get there early for the best seats. And if you were lucky enough to hear Miranda’s live performance today in Studio 1A, you’ll know exactly why this show is very recommended.

– Photo courtesy of the artist.

Calling All Aliens

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Calling All Aliens

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015

Expect the unexpected. It will not be your typical live music gig. Prepare to show off your finest sci-fi themed costumes or “paper sack masks.” Alien Knife Fight wants you to be in their new music video.

AKF, featuring the talents of vocalist/bassist extraordinaire Monique Ortiz and percussionist Mike Howard, have been working a summertime residency at The Carousel Lounge this year. Tomorrow night’s show, however, marks a very special occasion; director and filmmaker Mitch Schultz and his crew will have cameras on hand to capture the revelry and energy of AKF’s performance for their forthcoming music video.

After Ortiz and Howard perform with opener Serpents of the Sea Cut In Three at around 9 p.m., AKF will take over at 10 p.m. Friends and fans are encouraged to wear their very best Space Odyssey, Alien, Barbarella or any science fiction attire, or specially-designed paper sack masks, to be in the video.

It’s a free show, and it’s all tomorrow night at The Carousel Lounge, 1110 E. 52nd St. You know you want to go. Recommended.

– Photo courtesy of the artist.

Monday Madness

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Monday Madness

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015

This is one of those shows that makes it all worth staying out late for on a Monday night. Cheer Up Charlie’s has teamed up with The Nothing Song to host a fabulous show to start off the week, featuring four local bands bringing all manner of mind-warping psych, wild and wicked surf rock, and experimental music.

The night starts out with The Astronaut Suit (featured on today’s Austin Music Minute), followed by Telepods, Attic Ted, and Machete Western performing at the witching hour. It’s all tonight at Cheer Up’s, 900 Red River, at 8 p.m. Treat yourself to some lovely Monday-night madness. Recommended.

– Photo of The Astronaut Suit courtesy of the artist.

Alien Summer, Part Two

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Alien Summer, Part Two

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015

Who: Local multi-media arts collective Raw Paw has put together another stellar line-up for the second installment of the Raw Paw Alien Summer Party, in support of their forthcoming Alien ‘Zine and mixtape release on Aug. 29th.

What: It wouldn’t be a Raw Paw party without loads of great local bands supplying the music – Holiday Mountain, Roger Sellers (featured on today’s Austin Music Minute), CAPYAC, Cyma, Tapes, Popper Burns, Caterwaulrus, Herrick & Hooley. Plus art and projection installations, DJ’s, dance performances, screen printing and more.

When and where: Head out to the Mohawk, 912 Red River, 8 p.m. tonight. All on the outdoor stage. Very recommended.

– Photo of Roger Sellers at the Solstice Festival by Pooneh Ghana.

Now Ritual

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Now Ritual

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015

It wasn’t as if The Strange Boys weren’t doing well. Quite the opposite, actually. The Austin-based garage rockers, fronted by Ryan Sambol, were making serious waves during their short stint. Yet in 2012, with very little to say about the matter, they broke up. The following year, Sambol had assembled Living Grateful, and went in a different direction. Despite some excellent music, the time span for that band was even shorter.

Austin Chronicle writer Kevin Curtin‘s recent short piece about Sambol shed some light on why things didn’t pan out further for either band. A lot of responsibility goes into leading a band, and Sambol didn’t really feel comfortable with it. It wasn’t long before he began performing as a solo artist, while maintaining a flexibility in his craft; writing originals, and arranging traditional pieces or covers, which can all be done either as solo performances or with accompaniment.

Today marks the release of three of Sambol’s works on Punctum Records:  Sambol’s first solo album, Now Ritual, and a 7-inch vinyl release, After Lunch; and a 12-inch vinyl from Living Grateful, Peace Mob. All three are available at Sambol’s show tonight at Studium, 908 E. 5th St. Doors open at 9 p.m. Recommended.

– Photography by Madeline Harvey.