This edition of the Austin Music Minute was originally broadcast on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
This is your Darkest Sour.
The latest release from one of Austin’s most prolific bands (and recent KUTX After Hours guest), The Sour Notes, is a beautiful contrast of imagery or ideas. Of course, a band with such rich pop sounds also knows how to deftly weave in darker rock riffs and piercing lyrics. The added beauty here is an undeniably optimistic, hopeful voice emerging with a no-bull attitude stripping away the power from negative haters with no lives.
And now, it’s time to party. Celebrate with The Sour Notes at their release show tonight at Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. 6th St. A. Sinclair, Galveston band El Lago, and Duncan Fellows are on the bill. Doors at 9 p.m. So recommended.
-Photo courtesy of Jared Boulanger.
Something you should know about our fair city: There are often quite a few badass show happening the night before Thanksgiving. No lie. This would be one of them. The Austin Music Minute puts the spotlight on Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. 6th St. This is a pretty sweet deal:
-These gents are promising they’ll “give you something to be thankful for.” Meaning their music and a killer show, of course. (Hey now…) Get bathed in the mind/soul-expanding psych drenched in all manner of musical genre, brought to you by The Millbrook Estates. Fiery artist alert: David Rawlinson ain’t afraid to let loose, man. Your brain may explode.
-It’s all one vast, dark, western landscape of death. Well…at least, it sounds that way. Soak up the black country deathwestern vibes of local trio Om Wahs. Rumor has it these renegades are horned beasts, one and all. Photographic proof pending.
-It’s an endless flow, restricted by nothing but the mind. No worries, they’ll open that for you, too. Self-proclaimed “loosey-goosey” psych-meisters Geranium Drive conjure the majick.
-Featured on today’s AMM, the ever-expanding sound melds of Food Group bring all the rich, heavy experimental vibes. No holding back.
This is how you start your Thanksgiving holiday. Recommended.
-Photo of Food Group courtesy of the artist.
Cue the Don LaFontaine voiceover.
In a world…littered with homogenized, pathetically pale imitations of of schmalz attempting to pass as country music, always count on the defiant ones to keep it real. Quite a few of those genuine gems are shaking things up in the Live Music Capital, and searing eardrums at the top of the list is the down ‘n’ dirty, floor-board rattlin’, whiskey-swillin’ cosmic cowboy outlaws, Mayeux & Broussard.
It’s easy to love on the hoodlums behind the true blue hazy philosophizing of “Stoned and Broke Down,” the very same dudes who tell it like it is with the unflinching real-life grit of “Back at Home.” You’ve got guitarists/vocalists Tate Mayeux and Brian Broussard at the helm, drummer Taylor Englert and bassist James Moritz delivering one hell of a live show, and this month, they’re packin’ heat with a brand new release. The boys still got the whiskey, but they’ve also brought the gasoline and matches on Hot In Tejas. It dives right into the twang with caffeinated kicker “Coffee” (featured on today’s AMM); cruises on down the line with mother-truckin’ “Halfway To Houston”; ropes you into honky-tonk sexy times with your daddy’s worst nightmare on “Kool and Handsome”; tugs at the heart and guitar strings on “California Moon”; and doesn’t mince words on what may well become your AMM host’s new theme song (NSFW, buddy), “Tough Sh!t.” This is ignited country done with a rock ‘n’ roll swagger.
You won’t want to miss Mayeux & Broussard’s big EP release party tomorrow night at the Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th St. Fellow troublemakers Sour Bridges and The Harvest Thieves are on the bill. Doors open early at 6 p.m.
Raise your beer cans and shot glasses. Holler at the top of your lungs. This one comes very recommended.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.
It’s what your humble Austin Music Minute host refers to as a show chock full of AMM faves…or, “family night,” really. Welcome to the tidal wave of badassery tonight at The Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress Ave. Get up off your butt and get there early to see all of these bands:
-Can’t take the heat? A shame, since you shouldn’t miss out on all the major face-melting with The Joe Jacksons at 10:30 p.m.
-Mad love for these power pop monsters,TØMA, wrapping up the night at 12:30 a.m.
Make a night of it. You’ll thank the AMM later. Recommended.
-Photo of Go Fever by Belicia Luevano.
There was no denying that Tegan and Sara had already established themselves as indie artists, having recorded five albums and built a rapidly-growing growing fan base, by the time they released The Con in 2007. But, due to the (ridiculously unnecessary) need to compartmentalize, some critics were unusually harsh with derogatory reviews of the album, as if they were fumbling for some easy category to put the Canadian duo into. The reality was, there was no call-to genre for it. Tegan and Sara were still building a foundation for their music, and while it may not have been their best album in a technical or aesthetic sense, for any rough edges or imperfections, it was a game changer for the duo and a wide-reaching influence upon the fans.
Tegan and Sara’s The Con X acoustic tour, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the album, includes two shows in Austin tonight and tomorrow night at the Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. Tonight’s show is sold out, but tickets are available for tomorrow’s performance. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the music starts at 7. A portion of the proceeds from the tour benefit the Tegan and Sara Foundation, created to work for economic justice, health and representation of LGBTQ girls and women. Recommended.