Molly Burch has a way of making one swoon. It could very well be the breathy subtleties of her voice, the poetry of her love language – the slightly crestfallen humor behind it. Yes. All of this. Now Burch has reached the next chapter, shortly following her 30th birthday, radiating a more confident wisdom.
Burch’s latest release Romantic Images shows off a few stylistic and thematic shifts for the Austin-based songwriter. More electronic pop melodies rule the momentum this time around, in contrast to the cooler, slightly softer tones of her 2017 debut Please Be Mine, And, though love may be the focal point of the new LP, a more wary eye is cast upon all the romantic images we grew up with – “we” referring to womxn being spoon fed the fairytale of unachievable (mainly hetero) romantic relationships since birth. So, pay no mind to the Prince Charming illusion; Burch instead reflects upon loving oneself as one would love another.
As promised, KUTX presents an exclusive performance video by Molly Burch and her band, performing in KUTX’s Studio 1A:
NPR Live Session/KUTX – Molly Burch live in KUTX Studio 1A Sept. 6, 2021
Molly Burch: vocals; Dailey Toliver: keys, guitar; Ben Nelson: bass, synth; Tom Washburn: drums
Engineer: Jake Perlman; Producer: Deidre Gott; Cameras: Gabriel C. Pérez, Michael Minasi; Video Edit: Gabriel C. Pérez
Back in Time
Before heading out on tour, Molly Burch has her album release show tomorrow night, Saturday September 18, at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the outside stage. Burch shares the bill with Christelle Bofale, and a performance by the fabulous Cynthia Lee Fontaine. Showtime is 8 p.m.; please remember to bring your mask.
-Cover art photography by Jackie Lee Young.
San Antonio-based artist Chris Conde‘s love for the artistry of hip-hop began with the slam poetry of Saul Williams. From that pivotal moment in their youth, the spoken word became their medium to express the emotional intensity swelling within, from dealing with rejection and hatred toward their queerness, to drug and alcohol addiction.
Years later, with renewed commitment to recovery and embracing self-acceptance, Conde weaves the rhymes of their experiences as they navigate beyond traditional hip-hop soundscapes. From their 2019 debut Growing Up Gay, to their newest release, the thunderous Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay, the power of the personal narrative resonates as the ultimate healer.
Conde celebrates their new LP with a release show this Saturday, September 18, at The Little Darlin’, 6507 Circle S Rd., with special guests Third Root and DJ Isis Payne. Doors open at 7 p.m. for this free show, and the SIMS Foundation will be on site with information about providing access to mental healthcare and substance abuse services for the Austin music community.
It’s tough to pick a favorite on Holy Wave‘s Interloper, last year’s full length release on the Reverberation Appreciation Society label via Levitation, but your Austin Music Minute host definitely has her top-two selection: “Maybe Then I Can Cry” and the album’s dreamlike opener, “Schmetterling” (featured on today’s AMM). The expansive, luminous atmosphere undoubtedly comes from the band recording each song individually, giving meticulous attention to every layer of sound.
Holy Wave is performing at Levitation Fest this year (October 30), and later this month, they have a handful of tour dates coming up. But before that, Holy Wave plays tomorrow night, Thursday September 16, at Hotel Vegas, 1502 E. 6th St. They share the bill with Los Angeles band Peel Dream Magazine. The show starts at 8 p.m.
-Photo of Holy Wave provided by KUTX.
You’ve heard your Austin Music Minute host say this before, and it certainly applies now more than ever: Step up and represent.
Today is the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians’ annual HAAM Day all-day fundraiser, in support of providing access to healthcare for our Austin musicians. This year’s event includes performances by more than 100 local music artists you can watch on TV and livestreams on HAAM’s Facebook’s page throughout the day. Set times can be viewed on HAAM’s website for Daniel Fears, Nakia, Britt Daniel and Sabrina Ellis, Jake Lloyd, The Peterson Brothers, Charley Crockett, Deezie Brown, Nané, Calliope Musicals, David Ramirez, Chief Cleopatra, Akina Adderley, Me Nd Adam, BLK ODYSSY, Black Pumas (featured on today’s AMM), Superfónicos, The Watters, Mama Duke, Tony Kamel, Nagavalli, Shad Blair, Zach Person, Daisy O’Conner, Jordan Matthew Young & Doug Strahan, Sir Woman, Ethan Azarian, Henry Invisible and many others.
It’s merely a matter of days before the Dirty Ol’ One Man Band known as Scott H. Biram hits the road again, turning venues upside down with his unhinged brand of country/punk/rock/psychotic hillbilly dirty blues consuming the ear holes of unsuspecting spectators. Good times.
But before the madness of tour life (re)commences, Biram plays for your soul tonight, Monday September 13, at C-Boy’s Heart and Soul, 2008 S. Congress Ave. Their website lists the set time is at 6 p.m. Get ready. It’s gonna light a fire. And please remember to bring your mask.