Otis the Destroyer was the delightful beast that emerged after front man Taylor Wilkins began winding things down with his previous band, The Couch, in 2014. They’ve been rockin’ crowds out and shattering eardrums ever since, and there’s a new album to look forward to, their debut full-length Keep Bashing, in September.
Today, the band premiered a new video for one of the album’s tracks, the punk-paced monster shredder “Van Rosita” (featured on today’s Austin Music Minute). Get a preview of what’s to come with the new album when you see Otis the Destroyer tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River. The bill is loaded with rock, my friend: Dr. Joe, Maxx Cherry (featuring members of Trail of Dead and Scorpion Child), and Mr. Matt Gilmour starting out the night. Doors at 9 p.m., music at 10 p.m.
Very recommended. Oh, hell yes.
Stop what you’re doing, right this very moment. Sit down and listen to Everything You Have and Are, the 7-track debut release by Tyler Jordan and The Negative Space. Songwriter Tyler Jordan, a founding member of Austin-based band The Gents, strikes a deep chord in more ways than one – the resonance of his vocals, the language of his compelling stories that give one pause, the wide-reaching range of each song. Imagine an emotional pulse that could physically stop a clock. Such is the thread woven throughout this collection of recordings, produced by Adrianne Lenker and Buck Meek (Big Thief).
Tonight, you have the opportunity to see Tyler Jordan and The Negative Space perform at the Cactus Cafe, along with special guest Alabama Deathwalk. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. This one comes very recommended.
-Photo of Tyler Jordan courtesy of the artist.
Hold on, freaks. You didn’t think Hotel Vegas would let Hunter S. Thompson‘s birthday slip by without an outrageous party, did you? Of course not! It’s an annual soiree that returns each year to remind you that life is too damn short. Live it to the fullest, “…with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether.” (But the Austin Music Minute does not recommend the “ether” part of that conversation, thank you very much.)
Tonight’s the night for Fear and Loathing In Hotel Vegas, featuring three stages of entertainment to soak in, including an Elvis Presley tribute that promises an over-the-top good time, as it should be, because…well, Elvis. The music kicks off at 7 p.m. with the psychedelic-electronic wizardry of San Francisco-based producer Al Lover. The line-up includes sets by The Sister Rays, The Cuckoos, The Nymphs (featured on today’s AMM), Drag Me Over the Rainbox, and Semihelix. Party-goers can bounce between Hotel Vegas and The Volstead, 1500 E. 6th St., for all the cool music.
Over the top, baby. This one comes recommended, with a few words to live by from the man himself:
“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”
-Photo of Hunter S. Thompson, 1977, at the Gramercy Hotel courtesy of Burn TV.
Music lover, it’s round three of the Hot Summer Nights music series. You get to see a ton of outstanding bands for free at participating venues. And just how many bands? Countless.
Your humble Austin Music Minute host can offer a few recommendations to peruse for your adventures tonight: Golden Dawn Arkestra with CAPYAC at Stubb’s; Glassing, Big Bill and The Zoltars at The Sidewinder; Magna Carda and My Empty Phantom at Cheer Up Charlie’s; The Reputations at Waller Ballroom; Israel Nash at Empire Control Room; and, as featured on today’s AMM, ma brutha Matthew Logan Vasquez taking over the outside stage at the Mohawk, along with Mike & The Moonpies, Moving Panoramas (all the M’s here), and Letting Up Despite Great Faults. She Sir is playing on the inside stage.
Remember to hydrate. And also keep in mind that this is not a complete list. Visit Do512 for details.
-Photo of Matthew Logan Vasquez courtesy of the artist.
This is overwhelming – in the best way possible, of course, but completely overwhelming. One glance at the multiple Hot Summer Nights line-ups and your brain might explode. The free music series, organized by the nonprofit Red River Merchant’s Association, features some of the best local and nationally-known bands and music artists performing at participating venues along the Red River Cultural District.
And it’s free. Free shows, hoodlum. You’ll be venue-hopping this weekend because there are so many awesome bands to see.
Here’s a sneaky peak of what’s going down tonight, recommended on today’s Austin Music Minute:
-Head out early to Cheer Up Charlie’s this evening. There’ll surely be a line to see headliners White Denim. The bill includes Deep Time, Go Fever, The Stacks, Tyler Jordan & The Negative Space, The Diamond Center, Why Bonnie, Ama, Iji and more.
–The Midnight Stroll headlines the show on the outside stage at the Mohawk, which includes Migrant Kids, Think No Think and Darkbird. The Swift Drag, Torino Black, The Sideshow Tragedy and Jeremy Nail play the inside stage.
Overwhelmed yet? This isn’t even a complete list. Recommended.
-Photo of The Octopus Project by Michael Carter.