Raise Your Pint Glass

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Raise Your Pint Glass

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014

Who: Has it been a year already? The fine proprietors and staff of The ABGB are celebrating their 1st anniversary. Wrenfro‘s Tony Scalzo and your Austin Music Minute host recently put together a lovely description of the fantastic South Austin venue  - “Killer beer, killer pizza and killer music.” Always a winning combination.

What: The ABGB is celebrating with a huge Labor Day cookout party with loads of live music by excellent artists on the local Good Horse Record Company music label – Mike & The Moonpies, Carson McHone, Mrs. Glass and Ben Ballinger.

When: Things get started today at noon and continue throughout the day!

Where: The ABGB is located at 1305 W. Oltorf.

Why: In Austin, it wouldn’t be a party without the live music. Check out all the bands! Recommended.

Technicolor Dream Time

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Technicolor Dream Time

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014

Really, it’s what every artist should do, if at all possible: Make time to get away for exploration, to get the heart and mind flowing. Naomi Cherie and Joseph Salazar, the creative minds behind electronic dream pop duo Technicolor Hearts, set out to California a few months ago, to not only play shows but to work on new music and art. And now they’ve returned, ready for their first Austin show since coming home.

You’ll have a chance to see Technicolor Hearts perform this Sunday night at The W Hotel, as part of the Living Room Live music series superbly presented by your Austin Music Minute‘s friends at The Sessions. Also on the bill is Les Rav, fronted by another beautifully creative mind, songwriter and artist Lauren Bruno. The music starts at 7 p.m. Make plans to check it out. Admission is free. Recommended.

- Photography by Elizabeth Ray.

Jam For the People

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Jam For the People

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014

Who: If you don’t know by now, please allow your friendly neighborhood Austin Music Minute maven to introduce you. Austin Music People (AMP) advocates on behalf of Austin’s musicians, bands and individuals working in the local music scene that truly make Austin the Live Music Capital of the World. AMP shows local and state lawmakers how vital the music scene is, and works to eliminate the disconnect between the local music scene – the very essence of our city, the very thing that has gotten us worldwide attention and brings in revenue – and the community at large.

What: AMP once again presents United We Jam, a two-night live music and voter registration event to maintain awareness of local music’s importance, and to educate voters on issues affecting the music community. AMP volunteers are on hand to register new voters or update voter info, and to provide information about how you can get involved with AMP.

When: It’s happening tonight and tomorrow night, a huge local artist extravaganza that includes Mother Falcon, Holy Wave (featured on today’s AMM), Magna Carda, Emily Wolfe, Residual Kid, Otis the Destroyer, Roger Sellers, the McMercy Family Band and many, many more.

Where: Several venues and nightspots are participating this year, including Hotel Vegas, Mohawk, Beerland, The Blackheart, Carousel Lounge, Empire Control Room, Holy Mountain, The Grackle, The Liberty, The White Horse, The Brixton… Geez, it’s a long list! You can visit Do512′s United We Jam page for details and schedules.

Why: Keeping local music alive and thriving means keeping Austin alive and thriving. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out. Make your voice heard.

- Special thanks to Jennifer Houlihan of AMP for her assistance.

Triple Treat

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Triple Treat

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014

Who: Once again, the kind gents of roots rock band MARYANN gave your humble Austin Music Minute host a heads-up about another lovely bill they’re in, with blues/psych-folk quintet The Warplanes and Corpus Christi psych-folk rockers Peace & Quiet.

What: Let’s hear it for another grand triple bill with all three of these bands. Yes, it’s one of those gigs where you need to catch all three.

When: Happening tonight.

Where: The Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the inside stage. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Why: Allow me to point you toward some music you need to get – MARYANN’s Wylie; The Warplanes’ 2011 self-titled release, with the gorgeous opener, “Lost In A River”; and Peace & Quiet’s 2012 EP, Bionic Stalker Bee. Go get you some. Recommended.

 - Photo of MARYANN by Erik Gatling.

A Real Good Time

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A Real Good Time

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014

This night is too special for words, so your humble Austin Music Minute maven will keep it brief. This is the hoot night of all hoot nights – in celebration of the music of Small Faces and Faces at The Sahara Lounge. And a very special guest will be present – none other than Ian McLagan himself.

It’s been dubbed the The Three Button Hand Me Down Own Up Time Faces/Small Faces Hoot, quite a mouthful but totally indicative of what a great time it’s gonna be. Several of Austin’s talented musicians will be on hand to do their best renditions of all the classic Faces and Small Faces tracks, and maybe even a few extra rare treats (there’s always one or two bands who bring it). Everything gets started tonight at 8 p.m. at The Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville Rd.

It’s a huge list of peeps gathering for this event: Idyll Green (formerly Hacienda), Slowtrain, JoDee Purkeypile & The Messengers, Tameca Jones, Michael Booher, Sounds Del Mar, Brother Superior, Jesse Vain & The Happy Hour Holiness Movement, The Hang, Stewart’s Rod, Sally Crewe, Lisa Marshall, The Footnotes, Freddie Steady KRC & Friends, and Daniel Thomas Phipps and The Kinfolk.

It’s a busy week for McLagan, by the way. Join Mac and The Bump Band for his United States album release show Friday at The Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. All good. Recommended.

- Photo of Small Faces from their appearance on The Beat Club, 1967.