Love Austin Music: The Octopus Project

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Love Austin Music: The Octopus Project

Posted by on Feb 24, 2018

This is one of those trips you won’t soon forget. Consider the technicolor experience of this event: Looking Into Space It Surrounds You – A Flaming Lips Tribute, an interactive adventure hatched by the minds of Weird Destiny Productions. Amidst all the art, multiple sound systems, and trippy visuals bringing the Lips’ 1997 album Zaireeka to life, along with a double-themed “Freaks and Aliens” costume contest, there’s a wild aural feast of live music to take in.

The AMM’s Love Austin Music Month pick for tonight is a band you get to see at this epic party – The Octopus Project, doing their first Austin show in three months following their recent tour in support of the 11th anniversary of their album Hello, Avalanche!. Rounding out the bill perfectly are the fab vibes of Treasure MammaL, Ouiness and LIGHTWORKS.

It’s all at The North Door, 501 Brushy. Doors at 7:30 p.m. No need for 3D glasses. It’s all in your face, real time. Very recommended.

-When sharing the Austin Music Minute this month, be sure to use the hashtag #LoveAustinMusic.

-Photo of The Octopus Project courtesy of the artist.

Love Austin Music: Cilantro Boombox

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Love Austin Music: Cilantro Boombox

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018

The horns. It must have something to do with the horns. That, and it’s damn near impossible to not dance when these cats are playing.

The Austin Music Minute‘s Love Austin Music selection for today is a longtime AMM favorite and a band that delivers a sensational live performance: Cilantro Boombox. This is how you set the room on fire, blasting out infectious mixes of hip-hop, funk, electronic and Venezuelan styles to get the feet movin’. And you have the opportunity to experience it for yourself when you see them perform tonight at Barracuda, 611 E. 7th St. It’s a massive bill that includes the electrifying Houston musical duo Gio Chamba, mighty 9-piece Latin-influenced funk band Ex Romantika, and spins between sets with DJ Jah Karma. Doors at 9 p.m.

What?! All this under one roof?? Go for it. Recommended.

-When sharing the Austin Music Minute this month, be sure to use the hashtag #LoveAustinMusic.

-Photography by Eric Morales.

Love Austin Music: International Pop Overthrow

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Love Austin Music: International Pop Overthrow

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018

Yes, KUTX does celebrate local artists all year long, especially when it comes to the Austin Music Minute! But it’s great to be working with the City of Austin Music and Entertainment Division and the Austin Music Foundation during the month of February – which we’ve designated as Love Austin Music Month – to remind music fans to support local artists. Don’t forget to represent!

Today, the AMM recommends a tremendous opportunity for you to catch several local bands playing in one major hot spot over three nights in a row. International Pop Overthrow (IPO), a music festival with roots in Los Angeles but known worldwide, features some of the best pop and rock bands in various cities. IPO marks its sixth year in Austin with a three-day festival tonight through Saturday at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, featuring 20 bands, many of whom are based in the ATX, including Shivery Shakes, Tres Oui, The Soulphonics, Wiretree, Mount Pressmore, Gentlemen Rogues (featured on today’s AMM, and playing IPO tomorrow night at 11 p.m.), Burgess Meredith and more.

The music starts at 8 p.m. each night. Very recommended.

-When sharing the Austin Music Minute this month, be sure to use the hashtag #LoveAustinMusic.

-Photo of Gentlemen Rogues by Vanessa Escobedo.

Love Austin Music: SINE

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Love Austin Music: SINE

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018

Your humble Austin Music Minute host would be remiss in not mentioning her soft spot for the fantastic dark end of the musical spectrum in the local scene. So, in keeping with Love Austin Music Month, as proclaimed by KUTX, the Austin Music Foundation and the City of Austin Music and Entertainment Division, the AMM puts the spotlight on electronic/alt.-rock outfit SINE, whose full-length debut INSOMNIÆ is due for release later this year. Front woman and songwriter Rona Rougeheart recorded the band’s seductive synth-pop debut single “Love High” (featured on today’s AMM) at Evil Snail Studios in Austin with Kfir Gov (Seek Irony).

It’s a dark love to embrace with SINE’s show tonight at Hotel Vegas, 1502 E. 6th St. It’s part of a quite pleasantly all-dark musical experience wrangled together by the minds behind the forthcoming Cathedral Mountain Gathering music festival. Tonight’s show also features local dark ambient duo Cortége, industrial beasts Encrypted, and the malignant souls of Hiawatha.

Of course your Music Minute maven digs this. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. So recommended.

-When sharing the Austin Music Minute this month, be sure to use the hashtag #LoveAustinMusic.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

Love Austin Music: Futon Blonde

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Love Austin Music: Futon Blonde

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018

KUTX has teamed forces with the City of Austin Music and Entertainment Division and the Austin Music Foundation to designate February as Love Austin Music Month, an important month-long reminder for music lovers to continue supporting the great music artists in the local scene.

The Austin Music Minute cannot help but share today’s feature by including a rather noteworthy remark from KUTX’s very own John Aielli. Upon hearing the AMM this morning, with Futon Blonde‘s track “I Found A Life” from the EP Solid State, Aielli said, “I don’t know any futons, and I definitely don’t know any futon blondes.”

No official definition of the aforementioned “futon blonde” Aielli referred to, as of this writing, but your AMM host can say with the utmost confidence that life is far more interesting with Eklektikos in it.

In any case, show your support of Futon Blonde (the band) by seeing them perform tomorrow night at The Carousel Lounge, 1110 E. 52nd St. They share the bill with The Cranes of Austin and Tom Florida. The music starts at 9 p.m. Recommended.

-When sharing the Austin Music Minute this month, be sure to use the hashtag #LoveAustinMusic.

-Photography by Joe Pill.