Monday Night Twang

Austin Music Minute

Monday Night Twang

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014

We’ve shared this tidbit with you before, and it’s worth repeating: One fantastic way to wind down after a hectic Monday is to kick back and enjoy the tunes at the Hole In the Wall. Tonight, you can find a lovely trio of AMM faves playing there – Union Specific, Joe Sundell (his track “Walkin’” from his self-titled album is featured on today’s AMM), and the one and only Tex Smith.

Head on over to the Hole In the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe, at 8 p.m. tonight, and tell them fellers that the Austin Music Minute maven sent you. Get you some. Recommended.

- Photography by Marina Petric.

Rain Or Shine

Austin Music Minute

Rain Or Shine

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014

Who: Not even the Utopiafest organizers expected their fest would become such a success. But chalk extra points up for the grand natural setting and the decidedly intimate festival atmosphere, just two of several reasons why Utopiafest is now in its sixth season, showcasing a wide variety of touring and local bands.

What: Designed as an alternative music festival experience, Utopiafest limits admission to about 2,000 attendees to keep the atmosphere intimate. Utopiafest also likes to mix things up by putting the spotlight on different musical genres in the festival line-ups, and there are added bonuses like free camping, a variety of activities and – something any music lover would appreciate – no musical overlap. There are only two stages used at Utopiafest, one at a time, so you won’t miss a thing.

When: The fest continues throughout today, starting at 11:30 a.m., with performances by San Antonio Pipes & Drums, Borrisokane, Crooks, Ruby Jane, Hikes, Eric Tessmer, Cilantro Boombox (featured on today’s Austin Music Minute), Star & Micey, Billy Joe Shaver, Holiday Mountain, Benji Hughes, Wild Child, Kishi Bashi, Warpaint, Cold War Kids and Dan Deacon. After hours, take in the Silent Disco with Holding Space, Oliwa, Resonant Frequency and Willgood, or check out some acoustic sets by Calliope Musicals, Bottom Dollar String Band, and Appalachian Dinosaur Exhibit.

WhereFour Sisters Ranch, located at 1555 Lemond Rd. in Utopia, TX., just three hours outside of Austin.

Why: Rain or shine, you know it’s going to be a blast with all of this great music, in addition to a festival environment that isn’t too crowded. Recommended.

- Photography by Misty McLendon.

Down In the Valley

Austin Music Minute

Down In the Valley

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014

Who: There’s something strikingly beautiful (and infinitely satisfying) about seeing your favorite bands performing against the backdrop of a sunset. Nature provides the stage lighting. No doubt that’s one of several reasons Utopiafest is now in its sixth season, showcasing a wide variety of touring and local bands.

What: Designed as an alternative music festival experience, Utopiafest limits admission to about 2,000 attendees to keep the atmosphere intimate. Utopiafest also likes to mix things up by putting the spotlight on different musical genres in the festival line-ups, and there are added bonuses like free camping, a variety of activities and – something any music lover would appreciate – no musical overlap. There are only two stages used at Utopiafest, one at a time, so you won’t miss a thing.

When: Technically, the fest started last night with Golden Dawn Arkestra, Calliope Musicals and Keller Williams. But never fear – you have two more days of bands to enjoy at Utopiafest. Today, the bill includes GZA teaming up with Brownout, Aaron Behrens & The Midnight Stroll, Keller Williams’ project Grateful Grass, Father John Misty (featured on today’s Austin Music Minute), The Wheeler Brothers, Sour Bridges, Sucka Please, KP & The Boom Boom, Ranch Ghost and Syd Fly. The music begins at 4 p.m. After hours, you can take your pick of Utopiafest’s Silent Disco action with deejays Roger Sellers, Felix Pacheco, :::tek(-_-)nik::: and KUTX Live music series partner-in-crime Mixer Rogers; or enjoy some lovely late-night acoustical sets with Grace Park, Benji Hughes, and Patch.

Where: Four Sisters Ranch, located at 1555 Lemond Rd. in Utopia, TX., just three hours outside of Austin.

Why: So, all in all, you can enjoy musical adventures in a natural setting, within a festival environment that isn’t too crowded. That is the magic of Utopiafest. Go for it. Recommended.

- Photo courtesy of Bella Union.

Ferocious

Austin Music Minute

Ferocious

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014

Holy smokes. This is a hell of a lot of rock ‘n’ roll goin’ down Friday night at The ABGB. And your Austin Music Minute maven is proud to sing the praises of the women who are rockin’ tomorrow’s show. Now listen up:

- We have Carley Wolf of dynamic rock duo The Ghost Wolves. She shreds the guitar, lets loose on the vocals, and makes sure you sit up and take notice. It’s garage blues-rock that engulfs the entire soul. Hubs Jonathan Wolf takes care of the drum action, and both are absolutely infectious onstage at their live shows. Release the wolf within.

- We also have the mighty Sarah Houser, multi-talented musical goddess and front woman of pop-rock masters Löwin. She’s a vocalist who ignites the stage, an artist known for her multi-instrumental skills. Looking forward to more new music from this great songwriter and her band. Meanwhile, isn’t it an awesome coincidence that one of their latest works is a track called “Lobo”?! Give a listen.

All the wolves are out tomorrow night at The ABGB, 1305 W. Oltorf. Get there by 9 p.m. And don’t be shy – howl out loud. So recommended it’s painful. Do it.

- Photography by Brian Birzer.

Represent

Austin Music Minute

Represent

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014

Songwriter and musician Chris Brecht knows firsthand the struggle of musicians promoting their work. Oftentimes, it may not even happen. At all. (To be perfectly blunt, some of them are dreadful at self-promotion, but that’s your feisty Austin Music Minute maven griping.) Brecht resolved to help his fellow artists with the launch of Austin Independent Radio (AIR), an online program featuring music by Austin artists. Its reputation grew, and in no time Brecht was organizing AIR showcases for SXSW.

It was during one of those South-By gigs that Brecht met a representative from SXSW’s sister fest, NXNE, from Toronto. He asked whether they’d ever had an Austin showcase at their festival, and was somewhat floored that the answer was no. So, he took it upon himself to organize one. Project ATX6 was born.

Six local artists – Dana Falconberry, Aisha Burns, Carson McHone, Leo Rondeau, Mrs. Glass, and Jesse Moore of East Cameron Folkcore – representing a cross-section of Austin talent were selected for the trip to Toronto, which was filmed by Brecht for a documentary series. The experiences were incredible, and the musicians made new fans.

The next goal of Project ATX6: A trip to Germany for performances at the Reeperbahn Music Festival. And to help fund the trip, five of the ATX6 are performing at a benefit show tonight at the Cactus Cafe. Falconberry, Burns, McHone, Moore and Mrs. Glass are on the bill, and it’s a very reasonable donation at the door for all of this phenomenal music. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the music begins at 8:30 p.m. Please show your support. Recommended.

- Photo courtesy of Chris Brecht.