Elijah Ford is no stranger to life on the road. This, of course, includes his time performing with Ryan Bingham, and with father Marc Ford, not to mention an extended European and U.S. tour that would leave one wondering how on earth the younger Ford found time to record and release any music. Somehow, he did, and most impressively – from his 2011 debut Upon Waking, to his EP Ashes, and a glowing testament to his abilities as a live performer, Live Session Series No. 1 The Compound Studio/9.20.14., on which he was joined by his dad on guitar and mom Kirsten Ford on vocals.
Ford still hits the ground running when it comes to touring, but he was able to produce another gem, As You Were, absolutely solid pop/rock with Ford’s soaring vocals rising to the top.
The album was released last month, but Ford is having his official release show tonight at The Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress Ave. Tina Schlieske starts the music at 8 p.m., Ford plays at 10 p.m., then Ian Moore takes the stage at 11:30 p.m.
Celebratin’. Very recommended.
-Photography by The Joelsons.
A lot – a lot of dedication goes into the endless hours a band puts into the studio when recording. That’s what Austin-based band Otis the Destroyer is focusing on at the moment, putting in all the monumental shreds, riffs, sweat and general badassery into their forthcoming release as they work alongside mega-energy producer Frenchie Smith at The Bubble.
Meanwhile, treat yo’self to some live, loud Otis the Destoyer tonight at Lambert’s, 401 W. 2nd St. They share the bill with The Beans and The Continuums. Doors open at 9 p.m. Very recommended to get your face rocked off.
-Photography by Kat Alyst.
American psych and Columbian cumbia are two very distinctive genres of music, and who knew they would sizzle so well together? In this case, Money Chicha has an excellent recipe for melding the two, while adding generous shots of funk, which all fuels the fire on their latest release, Echo en México. Turn up the fuzz, reverb y la percusión pesada. Bam!
Don’t miss out on a fantastic show featuring Money Chicha and Chicago-based pan-Latin band Dos Santos Antibeat Orquestra tonight at the Swan Dive, 615 Red River. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the music starts at 10 p.m. So recommended.
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Next year, local pop-rock outfit The Rocketboys are set to release their third album, following a busy and prolific 10-year career in the local scene with their music reaching national audiences through film and television, and taking on several tours including a few opening for major acts, plus getting the opportunity to work with Grammy Award-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli. No signs of slowing down, of course, as they also prepare for another tour throughout the East Coast and the Midwest in support of the new music. A couple of weeks ago, they offered a preview with the release of the new track “You and Everyone Else,” featured on today’s Austin Music Minute.
You’ll hear that and many more new songs when The Rocketboys perform tomorrow night at Stubb’s indoor venue, 801 Red River. Doors open at 8 p.m., and Canopy Climbers start the night out. Check it out.
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It was a dark and stormy night (mostly a day that rather looked like night) in January last year when songwriter M.C. Taylor penned the music that would become Hiss Golden Messenger‘s Heart Like A Levee. Taylor was stuck in a hotel room in Washington, D.C. as a powerful storm ravaged the East Coast and darkened the skies. But the storm seemed to awaken a reexamination of the paths that led him to his life. These songs from the heart emerged from struggles with music-making, life on the road, and caring for his family.
The album is about love – both its uplifting and destructive sides – and the incredible feeling of one’s soul being genuinely moved. “Heart Like A Levee is my taking stock of my universe, my span, my inventory, my leave-taking and return over back roads so blue they look black until the dawn,” Taylor said.
Hiss Golden Messenger’s tour in support of the new album includes a stop in Austin tonight for a show at the Parish, 214 E. 6th St. Fellow North Carolina artist Phil Cook kicks off the show. Doors open early at 7 p.m.
-Photography by Andy Tennille.