Cool Wild

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Cool Wild

Posted by on May 24, 2017

KUTX is currently featuring the track “Better Than A Hit” from Cotton Mather‘s latest release, Wild Kingdom, but your humble Austin Music Minute host also remains completely smitten with previous release Death of the Cool, particularly with “Close to the Sun” in all its dark-toned, ultra-cool, hook-laden glory. Insert drool here. But this coolness has been the linchpin since the band’s beginnings in the ’90s. No shortage of guitars, and front man Robert Harrison always ruling on the riffs.

It’s a glorious night for a Cotton Mather show, which is exactly what’s happening tonight at 3Ten, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the music starts at 8:15 p.m. with Slomo Drags, followed by Wiretree. A bill made in rock/pop heaven. Very recommended.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

For the People

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For the People

Posted by on May 23, 2017

One of the main benefits of growing up with cool parents might be the exposure to equally cool music. That may well have been the case for roots rock/Americana artist Bret Coats, who did his growing-up (with cool parents) in Southern California during the ‘70s and ‘80s. His love of music eventually led him to Austin, where he relocated to in 1990, and where he’s been making music and performing at much-loved venues like Antone’s ever since. There was a brief stint of writing and performing in Seattle, which Coats refers to as “a great period of learning other instruments and higher education” that helped him develop as an artist, but the Live Music Capital is where his roots are strongest.

Speaking of revered venues, Hole In the Wall at 2538 Guadalupe is the spot to see Coats do his thing tonight at 11 p.m. Ben Root kicks things off at 9 p.m., followed by The Nitrons at 10 p.m. Check it out.

-Photo from cover art for the album Music For the People, courtesy of the artist.

Here Today

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Here Today

Posted by on May 20, 2017

In March, the Austin Music Minute featured a little sneak preview of experimental psych-rockers Food Group‘s forthcoming album with the single, “Sleepwalker.” Now, the follow up to their EP You Are drops today. Here Today explores an expansive sonic territory similar to the band’s earlier releases, like their 2013 ambient, trippy mind-meld Hope All Is Well, but a little more on the dark end of the spectrum.

Catch Food Group at their album release show tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River. They share the bill with an impressive line-up: Thor & Friends, Botany, SMILE, Millbrook Estates and Zettajoule. Recommended.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

Scuzz It Up

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Scuzz It Up

Posted by on May 18, 2017

If it already wasn’t glaringly obvious, your Austin Music Minute maven was giddy with glee in Studio 1A this afternoon with The Black Lips. Their latest LP Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art rocks pretty hard, in the best way The Black Lips know how – rough, raw and raunchy. And, as one would imagine, it was an incredible experience creating the album with their producer, Sean Lennon. As guitarist/vocalist Cole Alexander recently explained, the band got to record in Lennon’s ultra-fantastic studio, experiment with different instruments, and work alongside a fellow artist who really gets what The Black Lips is about. The entire album crackles with an irresistible deviant energy, and though it may be tighter than previous Black Lips recordings, it doesn’t lose any of the gritty, scuzzy, badass vibes they bring. It didn’t hurt to have Sean’s mom contributing vocals to “Occidental Front,” either. Whoa.

Don’t miss out on the fun. The Black Lips perform at the Hot Luck Festival‘s kickoff show tonight at Barracuda, 611 E. 7th St. They share the bill with local high-octane punk purveyors (and AMM major music crush) Big Bill, and New York hoodlum punkmeisters Surfbort.

This one comes so recommended it hurts.

Higher Rock Plane

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Higher Rock Plane

Posted by on May 17, 2017

Your Austin Music Minute maven takes immense pleasure in seemingly contrasting/contradictory ideas, shapes, shades, styles, or what-have-you combining together to create some badass magic. That…is winning. Taking that into consideration, Thurston Moore is winning with his fifth solo recording, Rock N Roll Consciousness. It feels like the ultimate consciousness; taking something as vigorous and explosive as the guitar-rocking you hear on this lengthy 5-track release, and using it to communicate elevated moments of bliss, rapture, mystique.

Rock N Roll Consciousness reveals a more concise, cohesive side to Moore’s songwriting. He’s still running like a crazy man all over the map, but with a more strategic flow. So, all at once, you have Moore unleashing a stream of cosmic, trippy mythological references while igniting the vibe with tremendous, soaring guitars building up the sound.

Experience it for yourself. The Thurston Moore Group performs tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the outdoor stage. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and Houston-based avant-garde duo Charalambides opens the show. Then, stick around for more awesomeness on the inside stage with Austin band Basketball Shorts at 10 p.m.

So recommended it hurts.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.