Turn the clock back some years to the time Factory People was on South Congress. Your humble Austin Music Minute maven was graciously escorted down the street by the late, great Leslie Cochran to a party going on there, featuring a show by none other than Ghostland Observatory. Aaron Behrens and Thomas Turner took the dancing, sweaty crowds by storm.
The braided Behrens worked the front man role for almost a decade, cutting soul-funky tracks alongside his caped partner in crime. But it was time for a break. G.O. was put on hiatus so both gents could take a major breather. However, as any passionate music lover will know, the music never stops. Ever.
Cut to 2013 and the creation of rock ‘n’ roll outfit Aaron Behrens & The Midnight Stroll. They made their official debut at last year’s ACL Fest – at the party-hearty hour of 11:15 a.m., quite a different pace for a bona fide fest vet who’s played to thousands. For Behrens, though, it was a great time and a refreshing challenge.
The band released a new self-titled EP last month, and will be back on the road for more tour dates through November. Don’t miss them before they head out – see Aaron Behrens & The Midnight Stroll tonight at the Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th St. The bill includes Ranch Ghost, Slomo Drags and Nic Armstrong. Get your rock on, man. Recommended.
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Sure, local R&B/blues rockers The Happen-Ins have been laying low for a bit, but for good reason – or, as the guys might tell you, “These changes take time, baby.”
Yes, there is a (sort of) line-up change for the time being. Longtime Happen-Ins mainstay Ricky Ray amicably took leave to pursue other musical projects, with guitarist Evan Charles (The Sweet Nuthin) stepping in to keep the ball rolling. But your Austin Music Minute maven heard firsthand that Ray will be returning soon enough, making The Happen-Ins a five-piece – one big happy rock family.
And there’s another reason the band’s been temporarily under the radar: There’s a new album they’re preparing for release, Glamour Shots. (The first track, “Truth,” was featured on today’s AMM.) Expect an official release date soon, but in the meantime, catch The Happen-Ins’ show tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the inside stage. Looks like it’s wall-to-wall rock with Nic Armstrong and Jonas Wilson on the bill. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Bringing the Glamour straight to you. Recommended.
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Allow your humble Austin Music Minute maven a moment to sport the Rod Serling tone of voice to begin this particular trip: Imagine, if you will, an hallucinogenic experience done through the use of sound, ethereal images produced directly from what you hear, electronic spectres seeping in from otherworldly soundscapes. Forget the Zone. You’re in with Migrant Kids.
The Austin-based project got its start in Detroit in 2011, when cousins Miguel Ojeda and John Zakoor got together to form a band. After bidding farewell to The Motor City and its freezing-cold winters, Ojeda and Zakoor relocated to the warmer climes of Austin to continue working on their music with the addition of Bryan O’Flynn. Their 2013 self-titled debut is a supernatural psych/self-described “jungle” rock stunner, intertwining breathy, atmospheric vocals and otherworldly vibrations, melodies and mysteriousness. It’s no surprise the trio admits to being influenced by the likes of David Lynch and his startling imagery, and even Russian actor Konstantin Stanislavski and his deeply self-analytical technique.
See Migrant Kids perform tonight at Holy Mountain, 617 E. 7th St. The bill includes sets by Biographies, Play By Numbers, and songwriter Claire Morales. An entirely magical night, by all means. Recommended.
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Lest you forget, the Austin Music Minute is here to remind you that girls ROCK. All of the girls, all of the time. And in the Live Music Capital of the World, there’s an endless amount of musical talent to prove it. There are also organizations like Girls Rock Camp Austin to nurture that talent at an early age, and build up girls’ self-esteem, all through the power of music education and performance.
Girls Rock Camp Austin is having its first ever Rock-A-Thon benefit show to raise awareness and support of this mission, tonight from 7-10 p.m. at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River. There’ll be performances by local pop trio Charlie Belle, who will release their debut EP Get To Know in January, and Austin punk rock/rock ‘n’ roll annihilators The Applicators. Admission at the door includes food and drink, and proceeds benefit the rock camp, which also includes a scholarship fund for half of the attendees.
Word is there will also be a chance to win Fun Fun Fun Fest passes. Go forth and rawk! Very recommended.
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Who: Christy Hays‘ 2012 album Drought is an Austin Music Minute fave. There are compelling tales of difficult times with a dark intensity to them, but not without a sense of hope and strength.
What: Hays and her band will head back to the studio next month to work on a new EP for release next year, and she’ll release her solo EP O Montana in December. But you have a lovely opportunity to see Hays perform tomorrow evening.
When: Tomorrow night, starting at 8:30 p.m.
Where: The ABGB, 1305 W. Oltorf.
Why: You’re in for some beautiful music from a great songwriter. Recommended.
- Photography by Stephanie Macias.