The Cactus Cafe has a double-header performance this evening by two phenomenal musicians, both of whom have one of the most impressive list of artists they’ve opened for, collectively.
LA-based funk-folk artist Emily Elbert has done her share of globetrotting to hundreds of independent shows from Peru to Palestine; opened for greats like Leon Russell, Nneka, and G. Love and Special Sauce: and performed as a member of Esperanza Spalding’s project, “Emily’s D+Evolution.” Nashville folk-rocker Anthony Da Costa has had the pleasure of opening for Loretta Lynn, Judy Collins, Suzanne Vega, and Nick Offerman (yes, that Nick Offerman, of Parks and Recreation); was guitarist for the band Nancy and Beth, featuring actor/singers Megan Mullally (Will and Grace) and Stephanie Hunt; and toured with Jimmy LaFave and Grammy Award-winner Sarah Jarosz.
No small accomplishments between the two, music lovers. It will do you well to see Elbert and Da Costa perform tonight at the Cactus Cafe, 24th and Guadalupe in the Texas Union. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the evening begins with a solo performance by Tony Kamel (Wood and Wire) at 8:30 p.m. Recommended.
Your humble Austin Music Minute host was not exaggerating on today’s feature. What we have here will not be your ordinary musical experience. And you’ll absolutely embrace it.
Obsolete Machines is the imaginative machination of Austin-based musicians Adam Diener, Shanna Bird and Mike Hidalgo, the constructors behind the deconstruction-and-amalgamation of pop and punk in an electronic vein. The edges are jagged, while the melodies sweep you up in the dark brooding swirl narrowly avoiding the abyss. How dreamy is this descent into madness. Or…have they already arrived? “Whatever you have said/Whatever you have done/You are a million white strands/beautifully sewn together,” is the unsettling refrain within “Million White Strands,” digging to the very foundation of existence only to find there is still no definable answer.
Here’s one not to miss. Obsolete Machines performs tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River, sharing the bill with Gold Leather and Mamahawk. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 9 p.m. Very recommended, indeed.
Some people prefer doing country music a certain way, and then you have someone like Austin-based songwriter Kathryn Legendre turning right around to go against the grain. Following her 2013 debut, Old Soul, and the heart-aching sway and tortured soul of her 2014 single “Have You Forgotten Me?”, she released the aptly named EP Don’t Give A Damn last year, a love letter to traditional country with a 21st century badass attitude. Feel free to take that title to heart. She means it.
Legendre would not be held back by any concerns over the crowd-pleasing factor. “In the end, I went with honesty,” she said, “and I don’t give a damn if anyone likes it or not.”
Don’t miss Kathryn Legendre at her show at 10 p.m. tonight at The White House, 500 Comal. Rollfast Ramblers start out the evening at 8 p.m., and David Touchton and The Nowhere Band perform at midnight. Take care of those Monday blues the right way. Very recommended.
-Photo by Sara Marjorie Strick Photography.
The weather’s not the only good thing this weekend. A double-header with two Austin Music Minute favorites at The ABGB? Sign – me – up.
The night starts out with all-around badasses Harvest Thieves (featured on today’s AMM) at 9 p.m., followed by more full-volume action with BOOHER at 10:30 p.m. This desirable deluge of alt.-country and rock peppered with everything in between goes well with pizza and beer, so you’re set, bud. Very recommended.
The Austin Music Minute didn’t mince words on today’s feature: Margo Price has been to hell and back. Been there, done that, wrote the book, sold the movie rights. Figuratively speaking, of course, but you get the idea. Life’s journey was not a pretty one at certain points, and Price was faced with immeasurable heartache and grief.
It was literally a country song that could write itself – the loss of her family’s farm, men bringing nothing but misery, lovin’ the bottle a bit too much…and the horrific loss that only a parent could comprehend. “I lost my firstborn son to a heart ailment, and I was really down and depressed,” Price said. “I was drinking too much. I was definitely lost. I did some things that I regret very much now that resulted in a brush with the law. Thank god I had my friends and family to keep me going. Coming through that, I thought, ‘I’m just going to write music that I want to hear.’ It was a big turning point.”
That eye-opening revelation led to the recording of Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, released last year on Third Man Records. Price brings a fresh voice to a classic Nashville sound, resilient amidst the personal turmoil with a stark lyricism that just seems to nail those moments in time. (Check out “Four Years of Chances,” featured on today’s AMM, and you’ll get a pretty clear picture.)
-Photo courtesy of the artist.