Summer Haze

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Summer Haze

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016

Raves aplenty for Annabelle Chairlegs‘ debut LP, Watermelon Summer, from the Austin Music Minute. The band is working on a new album, but you’ve got to get the psyched-up Watermelon Summer surf-pop bliss into your summer soundtrack first.

Meanwhile, Annabelle Chairlegs is at the helm at show “#5477” tomorrow night at Barracuda, 611 E. 7th St. Excellent bill with Lake of Fire and The Diamond Center. Doors open at 9 p.m., and DJ Al Lover spins between sets. No summertime blues here. So recommended.

-Photography by Zach Anderson.

Back at the Brew

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Back at the Brew

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016

Anthony Da Costa has dedicated most of his life to music. The twenty-four year old songwriter, originally from Pleasantville, NY, has been recording and performing since the age of 10. These days, Austin is his home, where he performs with his trio, Da Costa, and collaborates with a number of local artists. He’s recently been playing guitar in Jimmy LaFave‘s band, and just returned from a stint at Bruce Hornsby‘s Funhouse Fest in Williamsburg, VA.

Da Costa has not played a local gig since April (not counting the recent Wilco tribute at Stay Gold), so he’s been looking forward to reuniting with his trio for a show tonight at Strange Brew Lounge Side, 5330 Manchaca Rd. Da Costa hits the stage at 10 p.m., following a set by Cari Hutson & Good Company starting at 8 p.m. Rather a lovely Monday evening. Recommended.

-Photography by Jenn Hellow.

No Time For the Blues

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No Time For the Blues

Posted by on Jun 25, 2016

No lie. The OBN III’s was an instant love for your Austin Music Minute host, and not only for their badass, boisterous garage-punk fury. This is also a band that couldn’t be bothered.

As you might have noticed, the AMM yammers on about the importance, the brilliance, of the live music experience. “You need to see this band live.” OBN III’s seem to be on similar wavelength, dismissing the ridiculous idea of a rambling, detailed explanation about their music on their Facebook page and instead declaring, “Come see us live. How’s that for a long description, Facebook?”

Yes. And yes. Indulge in the rowdy revelry. Maybe see some treacherous leaps from amps, you never know. OBN III’s play tonight at Barracuda, 611 E. 7th St., with Rusted Shut, Total Abuse, Filth, and Empty Markets. Doors open at 9 p.m. Saturday night chaos. Recommended.

-“No Time For the Blues” is the featured track on today’s AMM from Third Time To Harm (2014).

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

Major Volume

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Major Volume

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016

There they are. A big stack of the new self-titled Major Grizz vinyl EP’s are ready to go; carefully spray-painted, screen-printed, labeled, individually numbered and packaged with great care, a D.I.Y. undertaking done especially for the fans. No CD copies, just the magic vinyl touch – ready to blow away speakers at a moment’s notice.

Aaron Blackerby, PJ, Jason De La Rosa and Dan Garza describe their sonic adventures as loud and melodic, made by “the happiest angry rock band you’ve ever heard.” Give the EP a spin and get bowled over with a multitude of those infectious happily-angry hooks, string-splitting shreds and bullet-speed drums. It’s damned fun when angry is this ecstatic.

Don’t miss out on the Major Grizz EP release show tonight at The Sidewinder, 715 Red River. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the bill includes sets by Houston stomp-rocker groove-blasters Sik Mule and AMM fave Ghostbunny. Do not leave the earplugs at home. Major Grizz delivers the  decibels. Recommended.

-Photo courtesy of Jason De La Rosa.

Echo Hotel

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Echo Hotel

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016

With so many incredible projects on his plate, one is left to wonder how the hell Adrian Quesada does it.

No, seriously. These are the brilliant musical tapestries of a very talented individual: A critically-acclaimed album with Spanish Gold, not to mention a performance on Letterman; taking Black Sabbath to the next level with Brownout‘s impressive and most ambitious project to date, Brown Sabbath, which Ozzy Osbourne applauds wholeheartedly; and pretty much everything that’s ever come from Quesada’s former band, Grupo Fantasma. Somehow, somewhere along the way, Quesada released the first Echocentrics album, Shadows (2011), born from an obscure Peruvian bolero Quesada heard some years ago.

Quite like its predecessor, Echo Hotel (2016) is flowing in waves of soul-psych heat from a middle-of-nowhere desert landscape. Adding to the dreamy haze is a roster of badass artists contributing to its sultry offerings – Natalia Clavier (Thievery Corporation), Alex Maas (The Black Angels), Jazz Mills, James Petralli (White Denim), Bill Callahan (Smog), and Tita Lima (daughter of Os Mutantes’ bassist Lihminia). Echo Hotel is a must for your summer soundtrack.

Join Echocentrics for their album release show tonight at The Parish, 214 E. 6th St., sharing the bill with Money Chicha, and featuring DJ JLa spinning between sets. One massive blowout. Doors open at 8 p.m. Very recommended.

-Photography by Cecile Fusco.