Your Austin Music Minute has raved about this pair before. Deep in the heart of Creedmoor, TX, in a home studio populated by two-string basses, drums and synth, there’s a dynamic duo making music that isn’t dictated by the latest trends. Bassist/vocalist Monique Ortiz and drummer/percussionist Mike Howard are Alien Knife Fight, taking inspiration from marvelously dark wonders and tastes, and not at all concerning themselves with something as boring as finding a genre to classify their irresistibly dark and bass-rich music. Who needs classification? Ortiz and Howard too busy feeding the creative fires that keep them fervently weaving their stories.
It looks as though a West Coast tour is in the works, and, if all pans out favorably, AKF may be headed to the UK for some tour dates as well. Meanwhile, you can see them perform tomorrow night and each Wednesday night throughout April and May at their residency at The Carousel Lounge, 1110 E. 52nd St. They kick off the residency tomorrow with SuperEtte, who start the evening out at around 9:30 p.m. Check it all out. Recommended.
- Photo courtesy of the artist.
Who: Sabrina Ellis is a busy woman. You may have seen her owning the room as front woman for Sweet Spirit, or you may have seen her set the stage on fire with A Giant Dog, one of the most badass bands ever to put rock and punk in your face, and you like it. A lot.
What: A Giant Dog is heading out for some tour dates in New York City very soon, but you’ve got a chance to see them play before they leave town. Do it.
Why: All the loudness and passion and energy and reckless abandon is good for you. Get there early to see each and every one of these bands. Recommended.
- Photography by Steven Michael Ruud.
Jared Blair is a familiar presence in the local music scene, performing with a number of artists such as Emily Bell. Somewhere in the back of his mind, he’d been mulling over the idea of putting a band together, but it wasn’t until he was asked to list ten of his favorite bands that something struck him. He looked at his list and his jaw dropped; eight out of the ten he thought of were from Texas, and they represented more than just one musical style. They were literally coming from all over the spectrum.
That’s when it occurred to Blair that this would be his own band’s foundation, unconfined to one genre. He got together some of his favorite musicians and launched Blynd Birds, a raucous “rock and ruin” quartet keeping it real by keeping the music up front with generous doses of strange.
Blynd Birds has a new EP, Sure For Certain, and they’re celebrating with a release show tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the inside stage. It’s another fantastic bill with Anthony Da Costa and Neosho. Doors open at 9 p.m. Recommended.
- Photography by Kyle Woods at Sky King Photography.
The Bright Light Social Hour has been a band for ten – whole – years. And, as in any relationship that’s lasted an entire decade, it’s been a roller coaster of ups and downs: Successful self-titled debut album; line-up changes; extended tours across the U.S., Mexico and Canada; $15,000 worth of gear stolen; love and loss. You name it. But through it all, the passion for the music never dissipated. If anything, it got stronger and crazier, and now the band’s ready to unleash their second album, Space Is Still the Place. The next phase of the journey begins in a celestial whirlwind.
The album release show, happening tonight at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, is something that bassist/vocalist Jack O’Brien can barely contain himself over. In a nutshell, it will literally look like a show from space, or, as O’Brien says, an “out-of-this-universe show and production!” Imagine, if you will, having the talents of Tame Impala‘s lighting designer on board (apparently he’s an Austin resident who recently returned from touring), a full-blown psychedelic projection show powered with live liquid lights, and 3D particle imaging based on Xbox Kinect data borrowed from motion designer/audiovisualist dualé/Ryan Padgett. (Not even sure if your humble Austin Music Minute host understands all of that, but it’s so compelling…!)
BLSH is featuring the fantastic Walker Lukens & The Side Arms as the show opener. Doors open at 7 p.m. Let the awesomeness commence. Recommended.
- Photography by Pooneh Ghana.
Musicians David Beck, Bryan Mammel and Dees Stribling have been performing together as Blue Healer for a brief time, but that has absolutely no bearing on how incredibly busy their schedule’s been, not to mention playing the huge BMI/Lambert’s/Eye In the Sky Collective SXSW showcase last Thursday.
BH has been busily working on new music and just completed filming a new video, on top of jaunts out to Dallas for gigs. Feels like rather productive times for this awesome trio that makes “pop music with teeth,” as you’ll hear on “30,000 Ft.” (featured on today’s Austin Music Minute).
If you haven’t seen Blue Healer yet, you have the chance to do so tonight at The Swan Dive, 615 Red River. It’s a great bill with all sorts of musical discovery for your perusal, including sets by Wonderbitch, Thanks Light, Thunderpony and Airplanes Above Us. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., and the music begins at 10 p.m. Recommended.
- Photo courtesy of the band.