Keeping It Royal

Austin Music Minute

Keeping It Royal

Posted by on Apr 18, 2015

Who: KUTX Song of the Day producer and host Art Levy hit the nail on the head when he described the music of local quartet Löwin. Definitely a sizzling, massive ’70s feel with so many delicious riffs, and their new EP Royal Jelly “somehow splits the difference between Heart and Dinosaur Jr.” Yes, and YES. There’s no denying the exquisite touches of the vocals by front woman Sara Houser.

What: Their EP has just been released, and of course, this calls for a celebration with a big release party!

When and where: Tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River. All of Löwin’s rowdy friends are in on the fun - MILEZO, New Orleans rock trio Bantam Foxes, Otis the Destroyer and Chancellor. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Why: Prepare to rock out, and get there early to see all of these bands. Looking forward to more from Löwin soon. Very recommended.

- Photography by Emree Weaver.

Time For A Riot

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Time For A Riot

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015

Listen up, grrrls. This one’s for you. Talk about a triple hitter.

Even if you didn’t get the chance to see their taping at ACL Live, you can still see Sleater-Kinney tonight at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, 801 Red River. To get your blood pumping even more, dynamic funk-psych-jazz-soul duo THEESatisfaction is kicking off the show. Seriously. How can you miss out on this one?

And don’t forget: You can’t leave after Sleater-Kinney finishes. No! Get your butt into Stubb’s indoor venue for an afterparty with local punk quartet Feral Future (the track “XOKO” from their album Haematic was featured on today’s Austin Music Minute). Absolute must-see.

Doors for Sleater-Kinney/THEESatisfaction open at 7 p.m. Doors for the Feral Future show are at 9:30 p.m. So recommended it hurts.

- Photography by Ali Copeland.

Great Mates

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Great Mates

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015

Who: Husband-and-wife indie pop duo Mates of State have decided that, following their last full length release, Mountaintops (2011), EP’s are the direction they’re taking as they move forward. Their forthcoming EP, You’re Going To Make It, is set for a June 16 release, but you can also expect a best-of compilation of tracks spanning the duo’s 18-year career, and summer tour dates in June and July.

What: Mates of State started a mini-tour earlier this month, and that includes an ATX stop.

When and where: See them tonight at Red 7, 611 E. 7th St., on the inside stage. Indie folk-rock duo Good Graeff kicks the show off. Doors open at 8 p.m.

- Photography by Shervin Lainez.

Soul Mystique

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Soul Mystique

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015

Fans of Thievery Corporation may recognize the soulful, mystical tones of songwriter and vocalist LouLou Ghelichkhani, who first began working with the ESL duo around 1999. Ghelichkhani recently relocated to Austin to work on another musical project with Conrado Bokoles and Rob Pierangelli, the blissfully psychedelic nomadic mind-trip known as Bone Fur and Feathers. It’s a perfect match for Ghelichkhani to weave her desert-magic psych grooves.

Bone Fur and Feathers are joining soul-folk songwriter Dan Dyer this evening as part of Dyer’s April residency at Lambert’s, 401 W. 2nd St. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. for this all-acoustic show, and word is that both artists will feature some of their newest music. This is a must-see. Recommended.

- Photography courtesy of Bone Fur and Feathers.

Bleak Beauty

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Bleak Beauty

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015

Right. It’s probably no surprise that The Dead Space‘s “Behind the Wall” from their 2014 debut Faker was an instant hit with your Austin Music Minute maven. Bassist and vocalist Quin Galavis, guitarist Garrett Hadden and drummer Jenny Arthur serve up post-punk with a perfectly desolate, brooding darkness that even Ian Curtis would approve of with a mournful grimace. There’s an urgency pulsating throughout Faker and its austere vibe, but the lyrics unveil a vulnerability, the kind of fragility one may find from feeling resigned to a miserable, grey fate. Dark? Without a doubt, and brilliantly so.

You have the chance to see The Dead Space play tonight at the Hole In the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe. And it’s a well-rounded night with Ghetto Ghouls, Beth Israel and Super Thief on the bill. Get there early to see all the bands. Recommended.

- Photography by Eric Karjala. Courtesy of 12XU.