You may have heard your humble Austin Music Minute host rave with this recommendation when Dent May was in Studio 1A this afternoon: You need to check out May’s latest full-length release, Across the Multiverse. Quite literally the album that has earned May comparisons to greats like Harry Nilson, Randy Newman, and Elton John among others, Multiverse draws the listener into a vibrant, multicolored pop dream soaring between animated symphonic-pop and cosmic planes. There is no way of resisting the layers of harmonies.
-Photography by Jason Frank Rothenberg.
In May, Austin-based band Carry Illinois released their most personal recording to date, the six-track EP Garage Sale, produced by John Vanderslice at Tiny Telephone Recording in Oakland. After the loss of friend, fellow musician and collaborator John Winsor, the band created a cathartic musical tribute exploring mourning and coping with loss.
Now, it’s time to take this beautiful music on the road to the West Coast. Carry Illinois has a tour kickoff show tonight at Barrel O’ Fun, 1911 Aldrich St. in the Mueller Development area. Tyler Jordan & The Negative Space get the music going at 9 p.m. Recommended.
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The last release by Austin-based outfit Young Tongue was their gorgeous 2014 album Death Rattle, so your humble Austin Music Minute host has been eagerly anticipating new music from the prog-energized dream pop weavers. It has arrived; yesterday, the band premiered the new track “Want,” serving up every bit of the “bombastic, inter-galactic, oceanic ear reward” they promised.
The journey is a recollection, navigating the aquatic depths, sailing toward a dark storm with sweeping waves of haunted melodies. On one side lies the desire to reveal all; on the other, the idea of intentionally dissolving the memories of whatever’s happened. Dual vocalists Stu Baker and Liz Baker offer a glimpse into one possibility: “Maybe when the tide is down/maybe we can find the shore/Then maybe we can talk about/the life I’m trying to forget…”
Instant AMM fave. And you can hear it live when Young Tongue plays tonight at Swan Dive, 615 Red River. The bill includes Madison, WI electro-pop duo Oh My Love, New Orleans fuzzed-up garage rockers Bantam Foxes, and all the way From the Land of Insofaras, avant-garde folk rockers Batty Jr. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Recommended.
-Artwork by Ryan Cooper.
Blue is the hue. It happens to be on fire. So says your Austin Music Minute maven in a smitten rave over Honeyrude‘s latest release, The Color Blue, a fitting title for an inner exploration of emotional growth, but an album searing with equal parts straightforward, high-volume rocking-out and swirling, shapeshifting shoegaze. The mood, perhaps, is indigo. The music, however, is electrifyingly cobalt.
-Photography by Martin do Nascimento for KUTX.
The general consensus is this: The musical smörgåsbord Sonic Transmissions Festival, presented by Self Sabotage Records, is the most impressively grassroots effort organized in the Live Music Capital, created with a universal connection in mind that’s achieved through artistic collaboration between various communities. Founder Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, a recent guest on Jay Trachtenberg‘s show this week, emphasized the importance of bringing together audiences and musicians from different backgrounds and genres to expand horizons.
Sonic Transmissions Fest 3 features a wide-reaching range of musical styles, including post-punk, free jazz, world, experimental and hip-hop music, as well as improvisational performances. The fest gets rolling tonight at Barracuda, 611 E. 7th, featuring Charalambides and Lung Letters; then continues tomorrow night with Carmelo Torres y Los Toscos (featured on today’s Austin Music Minute) and Brandon Seabrook at Kick Butt Coffee, 5775 Airport Blvd., and Saturday at The Victory Grill and Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, 1104 E. 11th St. and 1106 E. 11th St., respectively. The daytime Backyard show includes Matt Butler’s End of the World Orchestra and the Black Unity Ensemble, while Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas and Anteloper finish out the night at the Grill.
Visit the Sonic Transmissions website for a complete schedule with times. Then, lose yourself in all the music you may have never even known existed. Recommended.
-Artwork by YeYe Torres.