Geez. Talk about a face-melting episode. And all that rawk they played pretty much nailed the vibe – Hot Fest brings it damn hot, and that includes the scorching temps from all the awesome music. Hot Luck creators Moody and Franklin wanted the festival to not necessarily feel like a festival, but more like a huge gathering with excellent food and live music performances to match.
Hot Luck kicks off with a set of shows tonight that include Annabelle Chairlegs (featured on today’s AMM), Christian Bland and The Revelators, The Sun Machine and Bitter Leaves at Hotel Vegas, 1502 E. 6th St.; recent Studio 1A guests The Texas Gentlemen and songwriter Jonathan Terrell at The White Horse, 500 Comal; and Hot Snakes with AMM fave Drakulas at the Mohawk, 912 Red River.
Hot Luck continues tomorrow night with Galactic and Los Coast at the Mohawk; Twin Peaks with SMiiLE at Barracuda, 611 E. 7th St.; and Third Man Records artist Joshua Hedley at Antone’s, 305 E. 5th St. On Saturday night, you can catch El Tule at Hotel Vegas, and Okkervil River and Benjamin Lazar Davis at the Mohawk; and DJ Questlove takes over the Mohawk on Sunday night.
-Image courtesy of Hot Luck.
This is one of those awesome opportunities you can’t pass up, especially because it’s an early show in a very cool intimate setting.
Native Hostel, 807 E. 4th St., continues its fantastic Sittin’ In local music series tonight with two featured bands. Go Fever, who’ve been working on their second album at Jim Eno’s Public HiFi studio (due for release this October) and setting up summer tour dates, are in the spotlight this evening; along with very groovy, ultra-magical ATX-based pop-rock trio The Oysters. Doors open at 7 p.m., and The Oysters start out the night at 7:30 p.m.
Early show. No excuses. So good. So recommended.
-Photography by Katrina Barber.
That dank odor of musty motel room out at the Tropicana on the side of the road is wafting past again, but it’s never really left. It lingers despite repeated cleanings, wipe downs, or hopeless air fresheners. The dirty old shades are drawn in one of those rooms, and it’s haunted. By what – or whom – only Wil Cope can say. You can barely make out his shadow, propped up by pillows on the bed, as he stares vacantly at a flickering TV screen, watching nothing in particular.
Got the image now? Because that’s exactly the vibe Cope carries on recordings like Gloom Shrine, Mañana, or even as far back as his official 2010 debut Sunset Craves, with a bit of twang to it. Cope weaves the tunes of “spooky stone noir,” dystopian folk tales you may know all too well. Whether you emerge relatively unscathed on the other side is another story…
Cope and his band perform tonight at the witching hour at The White Horse, 500 Comal. Chansons et Soulards start the evening off at 8 p.m., followed by Devin Jake at 10 p.m. This is worth staying up late for, wanderer. Recommended.
-Photography by Jacqueline Badeaux.
Yep. You’ve got a rock ‘n’ roll date tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River. Headlining the inside stage is Hard Riffs, the solo project of local musician and songwriter Michael Mancuso. Hard Riffs made it’s official debut last year, with the five-track EP, Stand Alone (the track “Hey Mama” was featured on today’s AMM).
-Photo courtesy of the artist.
The following post may be the result of too much coffee, but just pause for a moment with this one. Take a look at the lovely juxtaposition between strength and vulnerability. Is it really that black and white? Considering that the definition of bravery (the strength side) is going ahead and doing something despite being terrified (the vulnerable side) of the consequences manifesting from the decisions you make.
Mariclaire Glaeser, songwriter and front woman of today’s featured AMM artist Shy Beast, explores the theme with the electro-pop outfit’s new single “My Stride.” The track “is a reference to the heavy feelings that come with all the different choices you are presented in life,” MC explains. “It represents the moment of freedom you experience by simply picking a direction, or a way of being, and running with it.” Even if picking a direction may not be that simple.
Shy Beast celebrates the release of “My Stride” with a killer party tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the inside stage. It’s another one of those triple treats with Otis the Destroyer alter-ego Otis Wilkins, and dark heart rockers Darkbird. Doors open at 9 p.m. Check it out after the Kimbra show. Recommended.
-Photography by Taylor Camarot.