The creative approach of Carry Illinois is multifaceted. On the one hand, you have a band, with songwriter Lizzy Lehman at the helm, very loyal to folk music’s original roots; that is, a longtime tradition of meaningful personal expression in defiance of society’s prejudices, injustices, insecurities. On the other, the band adds an otherworldly quality to their music not often found in folk, an added element from a more experimental perspective that gives their songs their unique sonic textures.
Carry Illinois made their official debut with their EP Siren, but it wasn’t long before Lehman got the band back to work in the studio for their forthcoming album, Alabaster. (The Austin Music Minute gives a special sneak preview today with the track, “Darkened Sky.”)
Chances are good you’ll hear plenty of new tracks at their show tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the inside stage, and it’s the perfect bill with The Deer and songwriter Christy Hays. Doors open at 8 p.m. Recommended.
-Photo of Carry Illinois courtesy of Lizzy Lehman.
Who: Yes, on today’s Austin Music Minute, your humble AMM host referred to The Young‘s Hans Zimmerman as the “psychotic shredder.” Well, it’s true. After making their Matador debut with the upbeat fuzz fest Dub Egg (2012), they bring the darker goods on their follow-up release, the searing Chrome Cactus, with both Zimmerman and fellow guitarist Kyle Edwards showing no mercy. The band’s obscurity is a bit of a mystery, especially being on a high-profile indie label, but does it matter to Zimmerman? Nah. They make music and play because they want to.
What: Time for you to experience this fiery business live and at full volume.
Where: The Mohawk, 912 Red River, inside stage.
Why the hell: They may be under the radar, but The Young is a must-see for anyone with a taste for merciless shredding and self-deprecating humor. So recommended, with earplugs. Go.
- Photography by Autumn Spadaro.
Who: One of the biggest block parties ever, the biannual Pecan Street Festival.
What: It’s a two-day art and music festival, scheduled every spring and fall, showcasing a variety of local artists and musicians. There are a ton Austin Music Minute favorites performing this fall, including Ringo Deathstarr, Think No Think, Hikes, The Angelus (a fantastic band from Denton), KNIFIGHT (featured on today’s AMM), The Shears, Little Radar, Featherface, Migrant Kids, Whiite Walls, Abram Shook, Dana Falconberry, Harvest Thieves, Hello Caller, The Gents, John Wesley Coleman, Wildcat Apollo, Night Drive, Cilantro Boombox and many more.
When: The fest is on from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow. Visit the Pecan Street Fest website for a list of bands and performance schedules.
Where: The historic 6th St. in Downtown Austin, between Brazos St. and I-35.
Why: There’s a lot to choose from. Take a stroll and enjoy. Family-friendly and free admission.
- Photo of KNIFIGHT courtesy of Nick Cogdill.
Although not immediately evident, there is an active and very impressive hip-hop community in Austin. However, hip-hop and rap are horribly underrepresented in local mainstream media. Chances are that you typically may not know about any local hip-hop shows going on or where to see them, perhaps with the exception of a few social media invitations announcing shows – if you happen to catch them.
Fortunately, two awesome local hip-hop/rap ambassadors are working damn hard to spread the word of the growing scene here in Austin: Leah Manners (host of Hip Hop Hooray on KOOP Radio) and Adam Protextor (rapper p-teK), esteemed founders of the popular weekly hip-hop open mic night at Spider House Ballroom, Austin Mic Exchange. Since its launch in 2012, the AME has provided a much-needed platform for hip-hop and rap artists of all skill levels to showcase their talents, and has further helped to cultivate the local scene.
Then, along came the next step. In a city known for all manner of music festivals, the AME thought it was high time to further represent with a fest that would be the first of its kind in the Live Music Capital. Enter the Weird City Hip-Hop Festival, organized by the AME and many others who’ve been involved in hip-hop for awhile in Austin. The goal was to not only attract touring artists, but to finally bring attention to the incredible talent emerging in the local scene. You can check out performances today through Sunday at several venues throughout the Red River Cultural District, including Empire Control Room, Beerland, Red 7, Holy Mountain and The North Door. Visit the Weird City website for a schedule of events and participating artists.
Don’t miss out. And here’s to many more years to come for Weird City Hip-Hop Fest. This one comes highly recommended
- Photo of Dilated Peoples by Scott Sheff. Special thanks to Leah Manners for her help with today’s AMM.
There’s a quiet beauty throughout The Dig‘s 2013 EP, You & I, floating and flowing through an atmospheric swirl of ethereal ’80s-influenced shoegaze and dark psych. It’s an essential collection for one’s rainy-day soundtrack. Even the cover art, a photo of a misty New York skyline captured in a cloudy haze, seems most fitting for the darkly reflective mood.
The Dig’s autumn tour brings them to Austin for a show tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the inside stage. And what an impressive bill this is, with local bands Black Books and Young Tongue. Seriously, this is dreampop/shoegaze/atmospheric heaven. Doors open at 9 p.m. Very recommended.
- Photography by Tyler Greco.