A Liberation

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A Liberation

Posted by on May 24, 2016

The ebb and flow of “Tidewater Rain Love,” featured on today’s Austin Music Minute by The Dan Ryan, was born of a revelatory songwriting moment for Nathan Dixey, following a tour of France with band Hospital Ships and later making his way to California. Dixey was experiencing an exhilarating moment of freedom after gaining a new life perspective. It was time for a change, and music would be the key element.

“Tidewater Rain Love” is on The Dan Ryan’s new self-titled debut LP, set for release this Friday, but there’s an album release show tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River, also featuring performances by Thor & Friends and Hospital Ships. Doors open at 7 p.m. Recommended.

 

Mystic Visions

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Mystic Visions

Posted by on May 23, 2016

The journey never ends for an expansive talent like Damien Jurado. With a broad discography to his credit, you’re left with the impression that this isn’t merely a prolific artist. It feels more as though Jurado is constantly discovering new doors (of perception) to open, perhaps reaching one destination or the so-called end of some horizon, only to discover it’s not the end at all, and another beckons with more unknown mysteries.

The Seattle-based songwriter, with distinctive vocals quietly making an entrance only to unfold into lush and unusual ranges, cultivates another intriguing sonic ambiance with Visions of Us On the Land, the third in a trilogy including Maraqopa (2012) and Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (2014). This time, the journey is a 17-song exploration deep within one’s psyche, set in an endlessly beautiful, haunting expanse of melody and ominous portent.

Full disclosure: Damien Jurado is a big Austin Music Minute favorite. Jurado is back in Austin for a performance tonight at The Parish, 214 E. 6th St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Melbourne folk artist Ben Abraham opens the show. This one comes very recommended.

-Photo courtesy of Secretly Canadian.

Casual Saturday

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Casual Saturday

Posted by on May 21, 2016

Cosmic dream-weavers Casual Strangers must have had headphone-listening in mind when they recorded the richly atmospheric Pink Panther. Get the cans on, sit back, and just absorb the fantastic voyage of experimental, improvisational sonic explorations. Farfisa synth heaven, baby.

It’s also a tremendous live experience, and you have the perfect opportunity to hear for yourself tonight at Casual Strangers’ Saturday residency show at Indian Roller, 10006 Manchaca Rd. Always a great performance by this talented quartet, and they’re very happy to be joined on the bill by two other excellent bands ready to melt faces, Residual Kid and The Bluebonnets.

It’s an early event, 7-10 p.m. Absolute winner. Very recommended.

-Photography by Todd V. Wolfson.

Roaring Fire

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Roaring Fire

Posted by on May 20, 2016

The following is not an exaggeration: After KUTX Artist of the Month Black Pistol Fire‘s recent performance in Studio 1A, your Austin Music Minute host’s ears were ringing hard, practically deaf. No, wait – it wasn’t even during the actual live performance; that was only the sound check. Guitarist/vocalist Kevin McKeown and drummer Eric Owen are a high-volume maelstrom of rock/blues/punk energy at ear-bleeding levels, and Don’t Wake the Riot has the dynamic duo amping things up even more.

It’s time for an album release party, and Black Pistol Fire is ready to unleash the beast tonight at Emo’s, 2015 E. Riverside Dr. Doors open early at 8 p.m. And please…please, for the love of the salvation of any bit hearing you have left, do NOT leave the earplugs at home.

You’ve been warned. Recommended.

From A Dream

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From A Dream

Posted by on May 19, 2016

Those slightly foreboding intonations seem to come from an otherworldly place on Wabi-Sabi.

Emily Cross‘ delicate vocals waft and whisper through twilight dreams haunting Cross Record‘s stunning LP. It’s that very atmosphere that makes it achingly beautiful, stirring through darkened corridors with a quietly building intensity, painted with brush strokes of longing and dramatic tension.

Make plans to see Cross Record at their performance tomorrow night at 3Ten, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. (please note this is an entirely separate venue from ACL Live). Doors open at 8 p.m., and Tele Novella starts the music at 9 p.m. An excellent Friday night bill all around. Very recommended.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.