All Black and Yellow

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All Black and Yellow

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014

It’s a most lovely social event of the season, and all you really need to do is don your best (and most creative) black and yellow formal wear. The multi-talented Minor Mishap Marching Band presents the Black & Yellow Ball, a special fundraiser to help the gang get to NOLA to perform during Mardi Gras. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing Minor Mishap instantly energize the city streets with their magnificent playing, you know that they’re absolutely perfect for a Mardi Gras celebration.

Tonight‘s ball takes place at Slackerville, a small local-business community located at 2209 S. 1st – home to great shops like End of An Ear and Amelia’s Retro-Vogue, and the revelry begins at 8 p.m. Minor Mishap will get the festivities going, and there will be a special performance by the fabulous Southern-fried vintage jazz singer, Datri Bean.

All attendees are kindly asked to wear their most lavish, flamboyant and wonderful black and yellow attire. Don’t be shy. Make it work! And have a marvelous time at the ball. Recommended.

- Photography by Stephen Pruit of Fluxion Photography.

Nasty Up In Here

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Nasty Up In Here

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014

A few months ago, the Austin Music Minute gave you a heads-up about local quartet Hooka Hey, bringing rough ‘n’ ready rock that lays down heavy grooves and hard-hitting blues vibes. It’s a band truly dedicated to genuine rock that gets you working up a sweat. Guitarist/vocalist and songwriter Hugo de Saint-Quentin gave word to your AMM hostess that the band recently finished recording new tunes to follow up their 2012 EP Little Things.

The time is now, friends. You get a taste of what’s to come with Hooka Hey’s release of “Nasty,” a track from their forthcoming EP Untamed. But that’s not all – the new song also has a brand new video to go along with it. Hear the new music and see the vid at Hooka Hey’s release show tonight at Lambert’s, 401 W. 2nd St. And do take heed; this is gonna be a rock show and a half with another AMM favorite, Think No Think, also on the bill. Don’t leave the earplugs at home.

Twice the nastiness?! Hell yes! Doors open at 9:30 p.m. So very recommended for your Friday night.

- Photography by Caroline Ruffault.

Keep It Loud

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Keep It Loud

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014

You’ve most likely heard your humble Austin Music Minute maven geek out over bands before. No shame. Seriously. And here is another occasion to do the same, because it’s another badass line-up at Hotel Vegas. Just bring the earplugs and prepare for the face-melts:

- Songwriter, vocalist and all-around goddess Sabrina Ellis commands the stage with the unrestrained passion of Sweet Spirit. It’s sweet, sweet action to rattle the very marrow of your bones.

- Never too late to lose yourself in the endless waves of fuzzed-out shoe-gazing of the mighty Ringo Deathstarr. Move closer to the amp. Closer…closer

- Brooklyn-based dynamic duo Crushed Out flip Americana upside down and mold it into your favorite countrified proto-punk surfy nightmare. Hit the lights, baby.

- Behold the savage post-punk noise that is Kingdom of Suicide Lovers. A multitude of cosmic delights await your eardrums.

All of this and a pile of ridiculous awesomeness unfolds tonight at Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. 6th St. Doors open at 9 p.m. Get there early to see all the bands. Recommended.

- Photo of Kingdom of Suicide Lovers by Ángel Delgado-Reyes.

Songwriter Bliss

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Songwriter Bliss

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014

It will surely be worth your while to make time to see these wonderful artists Wednesday night. It’s a bill that includes a couple of familiar Austin Music Minute faves and some recent AMM discoveries, all guaranteed to usher in a lovely evening of splendid performances. We have:

- A solo set by Chase Weinacht of Marmalakes.

- Chazz Bessette’s musical project Silver Ships.

- Houston-based artist, by way of New York City Adam Bricks.

- Songwriter Paul Mitchell’s band, Tapajenga.

It’s all going down tomorrow night at the Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th St. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 9 p.m. Absolutely recommended.

- Photo courtesy of Chazz Bessette.

Tuesday Night Tunes

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Tuesday Night Tunes

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014

It’s a guaranteed Tuesday-night swoon fest. Folk-pop crooner Lex Land is well versed in the artistry of penning songs of blissful nights and aching hearts, but she brings a lot more to it than your average love tune. I’ve said before that Land’s album Were My Sweetheart To Go... is sultry, sexy and sassy all at once.

Land continues her special solo residency at the cozy confines of The Gatsby, 708 E. 6th St. See her there tonight and each Tuesday night from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. So very recommended.

- Photography by Michelle Lee of Hue Room.