Party Plaid

Austin Music Minute

Party Plaid

Posted by on May 23, 2015

Davy Jones is a legend.

Any musician who’s played with as many bands as he has, been active in the Austin music scene over 35 years, toured like a madman, and twice been voted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame with both the Hickoids and The Dicks is worthy of vast praise, indeed. At the very least, all due respect to an individual who’s done so much and lived to tell the tale with a grin. You can’t miss Jones when you see him; your eyes may well be accosted by the barrage of multi-colored plaids and patterns of his ensemble, and his outspoken nature will not be silenced. He’s greatly revered for a damn good reason. His influence is far-reaching. Bottom line: The guy’s a badass.

Last year, Jones was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, which abruptly halted plans for a European tour with the Hickoids because he had to start radiation and chemo treatments. But the man will not be stopped! To help him cover medical costs, family, friends and band mates have put together a gigantic tribute show and fundraiser called Plaidstock, a perfect name referencing his fabulous wardrobe. The bill features sets by The Next, Locos Gringos, The Beaumonts, The Offenders, the Hickoids (well, duh), and many more.

Plaidstock starts at 3 p.m. today and lasts through tonight at the Hole In the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe. There will also be a raffle and silent auction, and you can check the Plaidstock Facebook event page for details and set times. A most worthy cause and great music.

You rock, Davy. It’s as simple as that.

- Special thanks to Jeff Smith for his assistance with today’s Austin Music Minute.

Unsuspecting Ears

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Unsuspecting Ears

Posted by on May 22, 2015

Rock can be fast, furious and immediate, in a way that keeps you head-banging in time to the rhythm. But sometimes…sometimes it’s even better when it creeps up on you, like a slow burn inching toward unsuspecting ears. Then BAM. You’re crushed and annihilated. And you like it.

Wolf Alice moves with such skill – and volume going past eleven. Their EP Creature Songs has this marvelous way of luring you in with softer, calm-before-the-storm psych-folk strums and quiet vocals before annihilating your eardrums with psychotic grunge-riff guitar shreds.

Wolf Alice’s much-anticipated full-length debut is due for release late next month, but you can see them tonight at Holy Mountain on E. 7th. LA-based band Gateway Drugs opens the show. Doors open at 9 p.m. Act quickly; chances are good this one may sell out. So recommended.

- Photo courtesy of the artist.

Follow the Thread

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Follow the Thread

Posted by on May 21, 2015

Local trio Migrant Kids has always been upfront about the influences that drive them to create. They aren’t always limited to musical influences, either. Just place your mind within an ethereal realm powered by the natural elements, vibrations, and atmospheres. Imagine the rawest emotions one would release through method acting. Then, without any warning, David Lynch seems to have wandered into the fray to unleash whatever comes to mind. Hello. Welcome to Migrant Kids’ uninhibited sense of flow.

These are exciting times for the band. They recently had some tour dates with longtime friends The Bright Light Social Hour, who also produced Migrant Kids’ latest single, “Thread” (featured on today’s Austin Music Minute). More new music is coming soon, but tonight they’re opening Hard Proof‘s residency show at Empire Control Room, 606 E. 7th St. Hip-hop outfit Magna Carda rounds it out quite nicely. Doors open at 8 p.m. All three of these badass bands in one massive gig? Sign me up. So recommended.

- Photography by Brandon Scott.

More Please

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More Please

Posted by on May 20, 2015

Birmingham, AL native Celeste Griffin was the songwriter and front woman for folk-soul outfit Monarchs. The band recorded a total of three albums in Griffin’s hometown and in Austin between 2008 and 2011, but change was in the air. It was not a decision Griffin came to lightly; she moved on to New York City to focus on her solo material, and began making music simply as Celeste.

Celeste’s reflections on her experiences and the challenges she faced as a music artist in a big city – a vast, unfamiliar environment that one can easily lose herself in – are found on her new EP, More Please. Combining her soulful vocals with electronic grooves and beats, Celeste bares the emotional extremes; things may not always go as hoped for, but she rises stronger than ever, with unwavering testimony: “I got more lives,/I am glowing ember/Now I’m on fire,/now I’m frozen timber.”  (from “More Lives,” featured on today’s Austin Music Minute).

Celeste will be in her former ATX stomping grounds for a show tonight at the Hole In the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe. The music begins at 9:30 p.m. with another songwriter who knows the challenges and wonders of NYC, Suzanna Choffel, followed by Celeste at 10:30 p.m., and local Zydeco band The Gritones at 11:30 p.m. Recommended.

- Photo courtesy of the artist.

That’s What For

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That’s What For

Posted by on May 19, 2015

Who: In 2007, songwriter Chaz Bundick began Toro Y Moi as a solo project, recording tracks in his bedroom. Since then, he’s gone from DIY artist to successfully touring band, and along the way he’s consistently shown different sides of his musical palette on each album. This time, we’re presented with What For?, a jaunt into a more ‘60s-influenced classic pop-rock direction, with a touch of psychedelic rock.

What: Toro Y Moi’s current tour is headed our way for a show at Emo’s.

When and where: Tomorrow night, 2015 E. Riverside Dr. Doors open at 8 p.m., and starting out the night is fellow South Carolina-based songwriter and Toro Y Moi collaborator, Keath Mead. Check them both out.

- Photography by Andrew Paynter.