Time for some reminiscent ramblings. Your Austin Music Minute host has seen the former Austin Psych Fest grow into something bigger and better each year, from humble beginnings in 2008 in a small red barn to the spectacular, internationally-recognized event that it is today, drawing thousands to Austin each year to see the finest in psych music and so much more.
Founded by The Black Angels and curated by the Reverberation Appreciation Society, Levitation has branched out to other cities including Chicago, Vancouver, and Austin’s sister city, Angers, France. Bands like 13th Floor Elevators, Primal Scream, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Tame Impala and several other artists appreciate Levitation’s reverence for Austin’s rich psych music history, and the festival’s inclusion of many other types of music.
Levitation 2016 starts tomorrow at Carson Creek Ranch, just outside of Austin and close to the airport, at 9507 Sherman Rd. And to get the ball rolling, there are several fest kick-off shows happening tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, Barracuda, 611 E. 7th St., and Empire Control Room, 606 E. 7th St. Festival goers can pick up their Levitation passes at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River, today from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Here’s just a handful of recommended performances to see tonight, courtesy of the AMM: Local trio The Well (7:45 p.m.) (featured on today’s AMM), and LA experimental dark folk artist Chelsea Wolfe (9:45 p.m.) at the Mohawk; Atlanta punk band Coathangers (11:45 p.m.) at Barracuda; and the Night Beats (10 p.m.) at Empire.
Go for it. And see you this weekend at Levitation.
-Photo of The Well by Andy Ray Lemon.
Regulars of the former Red Fez fondly recall the fabulous nights Atash filled the intimate spot with rich, wondrous sounds from different parts of the world. The band’s eclectic mix of styles gave local audiences more exposure to global grooves they may otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to hear. They still incorporate so many musical styles into their craft, but in ways that keep them at the head of their game and sounding so unique. They truly go above and beyond their reputation as Austin’s ambassadors of world music.
Atash continues their Tuesday-night residency at Flamingo Cantina, 515 E. 6th St. See them there tonight at 9 p.m. Absolutely recommended for an incredible evening.
-Photography by Adhikesavan Suresh.
There was no turning back the day Amanda Cevallos‘ mother found a $40 guitar for her daughter at a thrift store. It was the beginning of something big for the native Houstonian, and now, since relocating to Austin plus two albums and an EP later, she holds the torch up higher than ever on her album Got Me Where You Want Me, an open love letter to old-school – that is to say, real – country music.
A little KUTX reminder for you: Cevallos will be our featured guest artist at The Wine Down at 3Ten on June 29th. However, it would also be very cool to see Cevallos at her show tonight at The White Horse, 500 Comal. Perfect place and the right atmos, with The Love Leighs starting out the night at 8 p.m., followed by Cevallos at 10 p.m., then Outskirts at midnight. Recommended.
-Photography by Brogdon Images Photography.
It’s no secret; your humble Austin Music Minute hostess with the mostess is a geek-out fan of the mighty Thao and The Get Down Stay Down. You heard the raves on today’s AMM for A Man Alive: Mad beats and bass are the solidifying elements, taking a lot of hip-hop influences to another level, all manner of funky grooves, crunchy riffs and – mark and remember – soul overflow. To the hilt. Vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, all-round phenom front woman Thao Nguyen and her band have assembled their best LP to date.
As well you know, any songwriter of Nguyen’s caliber brings so much more to the music on an emotional level. Nguyen is known for her personal writing, but A Man Alive confronts lingering uncertainty, pain and messy inner turmoil face to face. Eternal questions are asked. Are there answers yet?
Get out to the Mohawk tonight for Thao and The Get Down Stay Down. They perform on the outside stage. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the evening starts out with a set by Shreveport powerhouse rockers Seratones.
Very recommended. Tell Thao I said hello, please.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.
It’s striking the way Waco, TX-based art rock band Lomelda delicately captures such emotional depth in their latest release, Forever. On paper, it would seem contradictory; there is a sweet simplicity to its air, yet its complexities are integral to the framework. The intricate details are woven together with great care, every pattern within the fabric drawing you closer to absorb the memories that unfold.
However, if you thought there couldn’t possibly be anything more to reveal in these songs, think again. Vocalist Hannah Read recorded a breathtaking acoustic version, 4E, which has a distinctive beauty all its own. To celebrate, Punctum Records is presenting a special acoustic performance by Read tonight at Studium, 2108 Rosewood Ave. in East Austin. Doors open at 7 p.m. Recommended.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.