The Austin Music Minute recommends a double dose of fantastic dream pop and folk rock for your Friday night musical adventures. Young Tongue (featured on today’s AMM) and Belcurve share the bill tonight at Barrel O’ Fun, located inside Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, 1911 Aldrich. Belcurve kicks the night off at 9 p.m.
Get on out there right NOW. Recommended.
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Today’s Austin Music Minute spotlight is on Lawrence, KS band Westerners, whose AMM-featured track “Portmanteau” is on their forthcoming album Recurring Dream Theme, due for release July 14th. Their brand of self-described “garage-a-delic” rock draws you in toward multiple layers of folk-tinged elements, addictive pop, and darker psych-rock grit – kind of leaping all over the place, stylistically, but connecting effortlessly. And between bandmates/childhood friends Mitchell Hewlett and Josh Hartranft, there’s a mesh of East Coast roots and Midwestern sensibilities at the foundation.
Westerners are in town for a show tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River, on an excellent bill with local bands (and AMM faves) Ancient River and The Sour Notes. The music starts at 10 p.m., then stick around for late-night slow-n-loud madness with The Teddys at 12:30 a.m. So recommended.
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Texas has a way of permanently etching itself on one’s heart. Fair enough to say about former Brothers and Sisters frontman Will Courtney, who journeyed from Austin to Los Angeles, Nashville, then worked as a music producer in Santa Fe before circling back to Dripping Springs to record his 2016 album, Planning Escapes. There’s no denying the Texas/Old West road-bound vibes throughout Courtney’s 10-track release.
This weekend, you have a chance to catch Courtney and his band The Wild Bunch playing Saturday night at Hotel Vegas, , 1501 E. 6th St., in a stellar line-up that includes The Crack Pipes and Knife in the Water. However, tonight’s as good a time as any to get your fix – Courtney plays this evening at The Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress, following sets by Jon Dee Graham and William Harries Graham & The Painted Redstarts. The Redstarts are on first at 9:30 p.m.
Hearts in the eyes. Both of these shows are on the Austin Music Minute’s highly-recommended list.
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You might recall your Austin Music Minute host fan-girling over former psych-pop/shoegaze outfit Isaiah the Mosaic, who…sort of disbanded not too long ago following their 2015 release, Heroin Island. I say “sort of” because there’s new music to fawn over, thanks to their most recent incarnation, Palm Daze. And of course, there’s a rich musical history behind the band; vocalist and synth player Eric McClung and drummer Ryan Heath have been playing together for at least 16 years, while bassist Tyler Delaune has been with the two musicians for the past seven years.
Palm Daze’s new EP is the lush and atmospheric Controls (“Company Calls” is featured on today’s AMM). Check out the new tracks at their EP release show tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the inside stage. Psyched-up dream rockers Spaceface and pop-rock outfit Growl share the bill.
Doors open at 8 p.m. An excellent line-up all around. And brace yourself for Spaceface’s extravagant, out-of-this-world light show. Can you say…lasers? Holy hell. Recommended.
The following is a statement made with no exaggeration: The poetry from the mind of Aldous Harding is precise in the way it crawls beneath one’s skin and mercilessly touches upon every single raw, exposed nerve. Which is to say, her songwriting is undeniably compelling and brilliant in its intellect and twisted sense of humor. If you know your Austin Music Minute maven at all, you’ll understand why Harding became an instant AMM favorite.
The New Zealand native is touring in support of her 2017 release, Party, and fortunately, that includes a stop in Austin for a show tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River. Local artists Krista Van Liew and Julia Lucille are on the bill.
This is one not to miss. Harding is renown for her live performances, which have often been described as an artist possessed by an unrivaled intensity that will leave you spellbound. Highly recommended.
-Photo by Cat Stevens.