Julian Acosta is in constant motion. He made up his mind a long time ago. When you dedicate your entire life to the one thing you love the most, forget slowing down, or taking breaks. Amidst a few bumps in the road and some heart-wrenching moments of frustration along the way, Acosta moves forward as if jet-propelled by making music.
Acosta recently returned from a brief tour of Mexico, which included a stop in Querétaro, where he was born. He hit the ground running with an itinerary of several radio and TV interviews to discuss not only his forthcoming album, but his love of Austin and the support given to him by family, friends and fans alike in the pursuit of his goals. Y la música no se detiene.
Today in the Live Music Capital, it’s officially Julian Acosta Day, and to celebrate, Acosta will present an intimate acoustic performance tonight at Native Hostel, 807 E. 4th St. Happy hour begins at 7 p.m., followed by the show at 8:30 p.m.
Felicidades, hermano, y espero que te vaya bien. Recommended.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.
It’s pretty obvious your Austin Music Minute maven is a fan of the two bands taking over the house tonight at the Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th St. It becomes more than apparent when the language used in the AMM incorporates descriptions like…oh, “melting faces,” “sheer insanity,” “high-volume,” “high-octane,” or “hide your kids.” Then you know it’s going to be a damn fine night.
Join the AMM’s favorite hoodlums, that darling booze-guzzlin’ trashgrass outfit Whiskey Shivers, and the mighty volume-goes-past-eleven rock shredders Otis the Destroyer, for an excellent double-bill blast tonight at the Scoot Inn. Doors open at 7 p.m. That summarizes (most) everything you need to know.
Just don’t show up expecting to sit down and remain motionless. This one comes highly recommended.
Daisy O’Connor knows that dark times can weigh the spirit down, but she also carries this important bit of wisdom with her: Music can save your life. It saved hers. She creates and plays her guitar because this, all of it, is her life’s blood, every single note coursing through her veins. If her music can also inspire someone else to do the same, she’s all the richer for it. And a tip o’ the hat to all the friends and loved ones who’ve inspired her in turn, among those being dear friend and fellow songwriter Steve Poltz, who co-wrote the title track to her popular debut EP Do Be Do.
That warmth radiating from O’Connor’s voice is genuine, and on her new EP Mixtape, it flows naturally with each genre-blending track. Experience the magic for yourself when you hear the new music at her EP release show tonight at the Cactus Cafe, 24th St. and Guadalupe in the Texas Union. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 8:30 p.m.
The sweetest sounds from a sweet, sweet soul. Recommended.
-Photography by Geoff Duncan.
A tip o’ the hat to the singer-songwriter who’s spent most of his life on the road – more than 50 years of shaping his signature sound for the ears of the world. But take heed. These are no ordinary songs. These are the beautiful, brilliant stories of John Prine, some of the most influential pieces endlessly praised by his contemporaries, fellow songwriters of the highest caliber who admire the workings of the man’s mind. No one says it the way Prine does. No one.
It’s no surprise that this evening’s A Songwriters Tribute to John Prine is such a huge affair. Presented by The House of Songs, Graham Weber serves as host for 31 Austin artists who will perform their favorite Prine tracks tonight at Threadgill’s, 301 E. Riverside Dr., starting at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the show benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM).
It’s a night to remember, thanks to an amazing catalogue built over a lifetime. Here’s to you, Mr. Prine. Recommended.
This is what your humble Austin Music Minute host meant by “…this is a big one” on today’s AMM. Four must-see bands, all Austin-based talent, in one show equals one big Wednesday night at Cheer Up Charlie’s, presented by The Nothing Song.
–January 2018 KUTX Artist of the Month Good Field (featured on today’s AMM) absolutely kills it with their latest album, Surface Tension. The band’s a longtime AMM fave, since the days of dreamy “Tell Me Ida” from their 2012 self-titled debut. Swoon.
-Spectacularly weird and beautiful vibes from Feverbones, and the surreal artistry of their LP Dream Talk.
-The words they’ve used to describe what they do include “warm, dark and lacy.” Fair enough. But more lies beneath the surface of the well-crafted pop melodies of Linen Closet.
-Songwriter Dabney Dwelle‘s impressionistic creations as My Golden Calf are as vibrant and intriguing as ever before.
It all goes down tomorrow night at CUC’s, 901 Red River. The music begins at 9PM. And seriously, get there early to see all of these bands. Very recommended.
-Photo of Good Field by Gabriel C. Pérez for KUTX.