Star Dream

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Star Dream

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014

The phenomenal Karla Manzur is one of the busiest artists in town. The musician and vocalist performs with the best of the best, from Dana Falconberry to Abram Shook, to Alejandro Escovedo. Endless collaborations, rehearsals and touring are a huge part of her life. But does it ever slow down? What does a creative mind do in between shows and projects? The answer for Manzur manifested itself in the creation of Nightblooms, her solo project, self-described as “…only a place to put the things in my head that spill over into reality…”.

It is rather a magical place, though – a vast expanse of astronomical delights when you pause to listen and breathe it all in. Manzur’s mind is the interstellar traveller, and she’s created something new from her latest journeys, Star-Taker. an album which has its premiere release with a performance tonight at the Museum of Human Achievement, located at 3600 Lyons Rd. in East Austin. Make your way round to find the mobile planetarium that Manzur will perform in with a 16-piece choir, featuring some familiar faces in the local scene contributing vocals and assorted magic throughout the night.

A word, however: Manzur says that both the 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. planetarium performances have sold out. Songwriter Jesse Woods is performing outside the planetarium at 10 p.m. Maybe, just maybe…a seat or two might open up? You never know. This one comes highly recommended. It would be worth the wait.

- Photo courtesy of the artist. 

Raise A Ruckus

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Raise A Ruckus

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014

It’s not surprising but sort of mind-blowing when you consider the fact that The Gents, a four-piece band, has three songwriters in it. Perhaps the creative process is chaotic, but it surely produces some impressive results.

The Gents don’t really waste a lot of time with long-winded descriptions of the music they make. They’ve summarized it in three basic parts: Harmonies, folk-rock and…whiskey shots.

Don’t miss The Gents when they play tonight at The ABGB, 1305 W. Oltorf, at 8:30 p.m. Great performance at a great location. Raise a glass and tell them the Austin Music Minute maven sent you. Recommended.

- Photography by Maurice Eagle.

Sweetheart

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Sweetheart

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014

Folk-pop crooner (and longtime Austin Music Minute fave) Lex Land is far more than a chanteuse. This soulful songwriter puts a lot of heartfelt wit and emotion into her craft. You hear Land enduring the heartaches and feel her sinking in waves of love ’til the end of time. Her 2011 multi-genre release Were My Sweetheart To Go... is sultry, sexy and sassy all at once.

Land has just started a new solo residency at the cozy confines of The Gatsby, 708 E. 6th St. See here there tonight and each Tuesday night from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. You’ll have hearts in your eyes and swoon as she croons. Recommended.

- Photography by Michelle Lee of Hue Room.

You Do Wanna Know

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You Do Wanna Know

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014

Who: Raves and more raves abound for Sheffield rockers Arctic Monkeys‘ 2013 full-length release, AM. Critics sang its praises and said it was their best yet – a maturing of their sound but still an all-out Arctic Monkeys blast of attitude and badassery.

What: The guys are bringing their AM tour to Cedar Park for a big show. Seriously, it’s a big venue. Hockey sticks would not be out of place there.

When: Tomorrow night, 8 p.m., with supporting act Mini Mansions.

Where: Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, 78613.

Why: Lots of raves for their live show as well. They will bring the rock. Check it out.

- Photo courtesy of the artist.

Rock ‘N’ Stroll

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Rock ‘N’ Stroll

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014

Turn the clock back some years to the time Factory People was on South Congress. Your humble Austin Music Minute maven was graciously escorted down the street by the late, great Leslie Cochran to a party going on there, featuring a show by none other than Ghostland Observatory. Aaron Behrens and Thomas Turner took the dancing, sweaty crowds by storm.

The braided Behrens worked the front man role for almost a decade, cutting soul-funky tracks alongside his caped partner in crime. But it was time for a break. G.O. was put on hiatus so both gents could take a major breather. However, as any passionate music lover will know, the music never stops. Ever.

Cut to 2013 and the creation of rock ‘n’ roll outfit Aaron Behrens & The Midnight Stroll. They made their official debut at last year’s ACL Fest – at the party-hearty hour of 11:15 a.m., quite a different pace for a bona fide fest vet who’s played to thousands. For Behrens, though, it was a great time and a refreshing challenge.

The band released a new self-titled EP last month, and will be back on the road for more tour dates through November. Don’t miss them before they head out – see Aaron Behrens & The Midnight Stroll tonight at the Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th St. The bill includes Ranch Ghost, Slomo Drags and Nic Armstrong. Get your rock on, man. Recommended.

- Photo courtesy of the artist.