Where many often cite very specific bands when defining quintessential sounds of late, late ’80s/early ’90s indie music (think GBV or Neutral Milk Hotel), there are also the groups of reverent music lovers scattered here and there who give major props to Australian cult-fave The Moles for their ignited sound. Front man Richard Davies carved out a killer, ultra-melodic band of badass “kiwi chamber pop” coolness utilizing the purity of lo-fi production and unbridled energy. And it didn’t stop with The Moles. Davies’ solo albums, and collaborations including GBV’s Robert Pollard (Cosmos), set the oughts ablaze.
It was in 2016 that Davies brought The Moles back in for a recharge with the album Tonight’s Music, totally and unapologetically loyal to the band’s original distinctive sound. And now you’ll get it double time with the latest collection – on a double album, no less. Code Word features sixteen tracks of solid power pop, rock ‘n’ roll goodness boasting a number of talented contributors the albums’ recordings, assembled by Davies – including Will Courtney, Adam Ostrar, Steve Patterson, Wil Hendricks and Michael Krassner here in Austin.
Say what?! Yes. And it’s damn good. Catch The Moles current line-up at a rare performance tonight for the album release show at Beerland, 711 1/2 Red River. Kay Odyssey, Quin Galavis and of course Will Courtney share the bill.
Doors at 8 p.m. Massive. Very recommended.
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If you would be so kind as to allow your heady Austin Music Minute maven to paraphrase a certain Sam Spade line from a 1941 film noir classic: Here’s the stuff…that Nightmares are made of.
Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band is releasing some tunes on cassette tape via Austin-based DIY label, Mas Music Records, and it’s one sumptuous sonic treat, fellow geeks. The tape includes tracks from their 2017 release (and AMM fave) The World Is A Peach Goodbye, and a delectable B side with tracks under the title Last Winter and Beyond.
The big Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band tape release show is tonight at Barracuda, 611 E. 7th St., and it’s an excellent bill with Marfa-based artist Andy Grant, and Denton tripmeisters Acid Carousel. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Get yer boombox ready. Very recommended.
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You may have heard your Austin Music Minute maven refer to them as “the band formerly known as Teevee.” For Wurve, it’s been a royal pain in the butt doing the name-change thing, with certain social media outlets not cooperating with the change and making life difficult. But you can’t stop the music. Wurve remains a heavy neo-psych/fuzzed-up badass powerhouse, maybe even more so.
The music kicks off at 9 p.m. Do it. Very recommended.
-Photo of Wurve by Cristian Sigler.
Born Twins features a couple of names that might be familiar to you – the latest musical incarnation of songwriters Singer Mayberry and David Lujan (Red Leaves, Bitter Birds). They’ve been in groups together since the early 2000’s, but Born Twins is their most recent endeavor, with Mayberry taking the lead on guitar and vocals. “Born Twins” is a reference to Philip K Dick‘s early-’70s existential exploration of reality and personal identity, A Scanner Darkly, in which the main character becomes aware of his mind being two distinct halves, processing information separately at the same time. For Lujan and Mayberry, Born Twins is their immersion into the fluidity of their music – moving back and forth, the journey onward while simultaneously embracing earlier influences.
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And your AMM hostess with the mostess would like to offer a few selections to give you a head start for tomorrow at Zilker Park : Curtis Rousch (11:15 a.m., Miller Lite Stage); The Blancos (11:15 a.m., BMI Stage); Nicole Atkins (12:45 p.m., BMI Stage); and REIGNWOLF (1:40 p.m., Honda Stage).
More AMM picks for ACL Fest and festival alternatives coming up.
-Photo of Big Thief by Shervin Lainez.