Take a deep breath, and send this one out to the stars…
There are few experiences more profound than an incredible live music performance beneath a breathtaking night sky. Both Alex Maas (The Black Angels, MIEN) and Devin James Fry (Name Sayers) understand and deeply appreciate such extraordinary, multi-sensory magic. It’s what inspired them to collaborate on a live music event happening tonight at the J. Lorraine Ghost Town, 14219 Litting Rd., in Manor, TX.
The evening starts at 7 p.m. with an exploration of the ghost town itself, followed by stargazing led by the awesome educators of Starry Sky Austin. Then, prepare yourself for a mind-blowing set by Name Sayers at 9 p.m., and a performance by Alex Maas at 10:15 p.m., featuring stunning visuals by Mesmerize.
You’ll quickly understand why this music and the celestial skies above are a perfect match. So recommended.
-Photo of Name Sayers by Dylan O’Connor.
You should know better with Amyl and The Sniffers. Ready your earholes for some Melbourne-rooted bare-bones punk doused with diesel – and triggered by a trusty blow torch. Leave the wingeing and moaning at the door. No time for stalling or subtleties. Vocalist Amy Taylor takes you by the scruff of your neck and proceeds to show you that charisma is an understatement. The band may call it “pub punk,” but the sound and fury of it would rattle a stadium-sized crowd to bits.
This is what your AMM host gleefully refers to as an instant Austin Music Minute favorite. Don’t miss Amyl and The Sniffers tonight at Barracuda, 611 E. 7th St. Austin rabble-rousers Mujeres Podridas and Hotmom round out the bill perfectly. Doors at 9 p.m. Very recommended.
-Photography by Jamie Wdziekonski.
Austin Music Minute raves a-plenty for Futon Blonde‘s latest LP, Uppercut, following the release of album sneak peak “Breakdown” last month. Merely describing it as groove-based pop-rock barely scratches the surface of this cool, multi-melodic collection, from the opener “Breathe Deep” (Show me love and I’ll murk it/This whole thing isn’t working), to the gorgeous mope of “Last One” (I pay to play/Hooray/I willed myself awake…), and the frustrated longing of today’s AMM pick “Let Ya Back” (Let’s not break a sweat/My little Percocet/We could live life like a comedown cigarette). The shifting moods and tempos throughout are a thing of poetry.
Don’t miss out on Futon Blonde’s album release show tonight at Hotel Vegas, 1501 E. 6th St. Austin bands Animals for Hands and Hand-Me-Down Adventure make it a winning line-up. This is an early show that kicks off at 7 p.m. Very recommended.
-Image courtesy of the artist.
It’s mind-blowing to realize that The Posies got their start in 1987, when core members Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow were just teens. The two are the creative collaborators behind the pop brilliance that fans have followed all these years – and newer fans have been introduced to through recent album reissues like Dear 23, absolute must-have Frosting On the Beater (today’s Austin Music Minute features the track “Solar Sister” from that album) and the tumultuous 1996 angst-ridden Amazing Disgrace.
Following this afternoon’s acoustic set at Waterloo Records, The Posies hit the stage tonight at Empire Control Room, 611 E. 7th St. Two fantastic Austin-based bands, A. Sinclair and Poly Action, start out the evening right. Doors open at 8 p.m. Don’t miss out.
What do the kids say? It’s been a minute since Matthew Logan Vasquez played a show in Austin. With good reason, of course.
Vasquez and his family made the move to Norway a couple years back, but the Delta Spirit front man returned to the states in mid-June for his solo Light’n Up EP tour with shows along the West Coast. That makes MLV’s show tonight at the Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th, a mega-homecoming show with a killer line-up including quite a bit of his extended musical family. Wild Child vocalist/violinist and Vasquez’s Glorietta bandmate Kelsey Wilson is performing with her outstanding new project, Sir Woman. And Vasquez’s tour bud Spencer Garland is bringing all the magic and badassness that is PR Newman to the table as well.
All that in one night. Doors open at 7 p.m. Very recommended.