Moonlight Is Sunlight

Austin Music Minute

Moonlight Is Sunlight

Posted by on Feb 6, 2016

If you’ve seen the man perform live, or have given a listen to his recent set in Studio 1A, you must by now have some idea of what your humble Austin Music Minute hostess is raving about. Mr. P.T. Banks‘s far-reaching croon will move you. There is a magnificence to that simultaneously soft and swelling vocal range that will astound you on his new album, Moonlight is Sunlight. Pick up a copy and immerse yourself in it.

And, while you’re on a roll, see P.T. Banks and his band at their album release show tonight at Stubb’s indoor venue, 801 Red River. They share the bill with two other local greats, Tinnarose and Lomelda. And Mr. Banks will be joined onstage for a song or two by special guest David Ramirez. Doors at 9 p.m. Very recommended, darling.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

Every New Moon

Austin Music Minute

Every New Moon

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016

Today’s Austin Music Minute has a connection to the KUTX Artist of the Month.

One summer following a breakup, songwriter Julia Lucille had moved into an airstream on Moon Phase Ranch in Dripping Springs. She needed time on her own to heal and, since there would be little left to do in the somewhat isolated locale, she concentrated on her music. The ranch also happens to be the location of Dandy Sounds, the recording studio of Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski, the duo known as Cross Record. Julia had met Cross and Duszynski before moving to Moon Phase, and was thrilled with the opportunity of working on her new album with them. During that time, she also created several home recordings independently, each coinciding with different lunar phases – a new recording for every new moon. “I felt like I was going through meaning-withdrawal,” Lucille says. “I wanted to honor nature, honor cycles, honor the magic I knew existed though I felt I couldn’t access it at that time.”

These beautiful stripped-down musical pieces became the material for Bedroom Tapes, Vol. 1 (Punctum Records), and they’ll be available at Lucille’s tape release show tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River. The bill includes performances by NYC band Mega Bog, Pony Boy & The Horsegirls, and AMA. Doors open at 9 p.m.

-Photography by Eric Morales.

Mourning Doves

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Mourning Doves

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016

Devin James Fry shares this story: He and songwriter Brandy Zdan were roommates in a ramshackle house out in East Austin, E. 17th St., in 2013, a pairing of artistic minds and music makers. And, most appropriately for a pair of like-minded individuals sympathetic to nighttime vibrations, the house was located next to a graveyard, Oakwood Cemetery. One day, moments after Zdan finished recording music for her solo project, Fry had penned a song about the graveyard birds the roommates would hear every morning. They both agreed: “Mourning doves” occupied their thoughts in those moments, and “Mourning Dove” became a part of Zdan’s Backroom Bootleg Sessions.

Zdan has been living in Nashville the past few years, but her current tour for her new self-titled album brings her back to her old Austin stomping grounds, and reunited with friend Fry. And tonight, you can see them both perform at Radio Coffee and Beer, 4204 Manchaca Rd. The music starts at 9 p.m. with Zdan and special guests, followed by Fry at 10 p.m., accompanied by bandmates Sari Adoni on oud, Janie Cowan on upright bass, Clayton Lillard on drums, and Jeff Johnston on the saw.

As Fry himself says, when Zdan is back in town, “We get real loose and we howl at the moon. That is the rule. Help us follow the rule.” Very recommended.

-Photography by Little Brave.

Video Star

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Video Star

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016

Here’s the low-down: Bayonne (the current moniker of the musical project by one very talented Roger Sellers) has a new album, Primitives, set for release in late March, and some tour dates coming up in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and the Sasquatch Music Festival in George, WA.  But tonight is a special occasion for local fans. Bayonne is filming a new music video for a new track from his latest album, and he needs you to be there.

Join Bayonne for his video shoot tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the music starts at 10p.m. But take note – the venue will be filled to capacity. It’s best to arrive early for a great spot.

Now, get on out there and make some noise.

-Photography by Pooneh Ghana.

Burn It Down

Austin Music Minute

Burn It Down

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016

The Austin Music Minute has often used “fiery” to describe the spark emanating from the ever-fabulous Emily Bell. Bell’s sassy jam “Back To The Way I Was” and 2013 album In Technicolor, not to mention her blazing, fearless stage presence, earned her many accolades from fans and music media, plus the “Best New Austin Act” award in the 2014 Austin Music Awards. All of this set the way for very busy times ahead with new projects in the works.

However, life’s many unexpected turns change things dramatically. This was the case for Bell and her life partner, co-writer and producer John Evans. Evans’ daughter, Abigail, unexpectedly passed away in her sleep at the age of 20, after a life-long battle with a rare skin disease, epidermolysis bullosa. The loss left Evans and Bell completely devastated.

“It was almost as if we had to relearn every basic function,” Bell said. “And it was hard, because, especially in the beginning, every step forward felt like a step further away from her. She was gone and nothing else in the world mattered. The world just needed to stop. But it didn’t. It simply changed everything. Nothing was the same. I’m not the same.”

It would be a year before Bell would resume her songwriting. But resume, she did, and her first new single reveals an artist determined to keep the fire burning. “Goddess of Destruction” (featured on today’s AMM) is facing the anger after loss, and using that passion to make real changes – burning the land to have new growth.

Bell and her band The Talkbacks kick off a new residency tonight at Stay Gold, 1910 E. Cesar Chavez. They share tonight’s bill with New Braunfels’ gritty Americana band Bird Dog, who start the show at 9 p.m.

Go for it. Recommended.

-Photography by Gypsysun.