Austin native Jack Wilson, despite a four-year rest since his last record, has built a reputation that’s kept his name buzzing around this city (you may have heard of a little South Austin gem called Radio Coffee & Beer). Now a full-fledged father and steady business owner, Wilson makes his return to the stage backed by his third album, Kami, Coming to Get Me. Largely inspired by fatherhood, Wilson plays with a number of sounds throughout the record, reflective perhaps of the mix of sounds and emotions that accompany new parenthood. You can catch Jack Wilson perform the new album at Empire Control Room on Saturday, December 16.
-Taylor Wallace // Host, Thursdays 8p & Saturdays 11p; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli
Density 512 is proud to present Harmoniemusik, in which they reimagine chamber wind music for the “harmonie”, a small wind ensemble that served as a “party band” for 17th and 18th C. patrons. Density512 is a start-up music collective that blends Austin’s vibrant live-music culture with imaginative programs for contemporary chamber orchestra. Our mission is to bring music into the community in a uniquely ATX environment and showcase diverse and under-represented repertoire from a variety of musical styles and eras. Density512 reaches new corners of the greater Austin community by performing in nontraditional spaces in the city and by supporting local musicians. In the spirit of food, drink, and merriment they invite you to join Harmoniemusik featuring music by Jonathan Dove and Eugene Bozza both inspired by the strong tradition of the harmonie ensemble. The event will be held Friday, December 15 at 7.30pm, at the Imagine Art space. Tickets are donation based (suggested between $5-25) with homemade hors d’oeuvres served, and BYOB welcome. We were lucky enough to have a sneak preview of the performance in Studio 1A, check out the full session below!
Reed Turner might have roots in Austin but he’s a wanderer and a vagabond at heart; the singer-songwriter has been on the road honing his unique genre-melding sound for six years. Reed’s debut EP landed in 2011 and has been followed by two critically acclaimed releases. His music is thick with deep, haunting bass lines and vocals strung with an entrancing intimacy. The sound is rooted in Americana but pulls from a huge variety of genres and influences. Reed will be performing as part of Christmas on Congress at the Paramount Theatre on December 15th. The event is presented by Music and Memories and will be benefitting Alzheimer’s Texas and Austin Sunshine Camps. Amazing musicians and wonderful guests come together to support the legacies of these two organizations in a night of music and merriment. Other guests include Marc & Ted Broussard, Jackie Venson and Eve Monsées. We were lucky enough to have Reed Turner in Studio 1A ahead of this lovely event. Check out the full session below!
– Georgina Cook
12/15 @ Christmas on Congress
While Queue Queue the band may be a bit of a newcomer to the Austin music scene the three women who make it up have some serious local music bonafides. Drummer/vocalist Mary Streepy hails from electronic performance art band, The Buglies, guitarist/vocalist Carrie Clark is a founding member of the Austin Music Awards winning Sixteen Deluxe, while bassist Claire Hamilton spent time with chillwave/dream pop band, Paraguay. Unsurprisingly, Queue Queue sounds like a combination of all of these groups. A kind of multi-faceted pop music that pulls in elements of psychedelia, garage rock, and punk. Take a listen to this heady concoction from their recent visit to Studio 1A and make plans to catch them at The ABGB on Saturday, December 16.
Experimental and folk aren’t words you’d usually use to describe a single artist but Lindsey Verrill’s music requires some creative descriptions. Her latest project, Little Mazarn, pulls from all of her considerable skills as a cellist, banjoist, and bassist to create atmospheric, otherworldly folk music. You can watch Verrill corral these musical spirits this Friday night at Little Mazarn’s album release party at the Central Presbyterian Church. Scroll down to get a taste of the magic from her recent visit to Studio 1A.