Photo by Michael Minasi
Back for its 5th year is the one and only RAS Day Festival. Bringing together black musicians from all over the world for a day of community, consciousness, and a full-on CELEBRATION, Chaka and Qi Dada curate a unique line-up each year to match the very soul of the RAS movement. This year’s line-up includes Lavelle White, Eimaral Sol, Leikeli47, Madison McFerrin, the APX, M3cca, and more. RAS Day is THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 17TH AT EMPIRE CONTROL ROOM AND GARAGE. Learn more about RAS Day in the full session below, check out some videos from the line-up, and get your tickets right here.
Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon
Hotel Vegas has become Austin’s reliable dive bar for touring cult-music stars (Thee Oh Sees and Mark Sultan AKA BBQ most recently), and their latest bill to bear this distinction happens TONIGHT as the East Side mainstay welcomes Denver’s Dressy Bessy bringing their bessiest-brand of indie rock. Joining them are Austin’s Lola Tried, Sailor Poon solo project Whit, and Poly Action. Let your rock n’ roll feathers fly loud and proud tonight at Hotel Vegas on East 6th. Get a bit o’ rock ‘n’ roll kick from the rest of tonight’s bill below!
-Taylor Wallace, Weeknight Host
If you’re looking for a little musical dopamine to pick you up from the midweek slump, Cheer Up Charlie’s has a blend of sounds tonight to help get you through. Stopping for their Austin date on tour are Atlanta indie rockers Dinner Time, joined by Austin’s Indoor Creature, Cosmic Chaos, and Sadie and the Ladies serving-up everything from synthpop to garage rock and more. Doors open at 9 for this show tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Red River. Get a little bill sampling below!
-Taylor Wallace, Weeknight Host
It’s only Tuesday, but it’s time to party like it’s the weekend–and to be fair, maybe Tuesday is your weekend….The dynamic duo of Mayer Hawthorne and producer Jake One return to Austin tonight as the slick dance duo Tuxedo. They bring their disco-funk sounds to Empire Control Room & Garage tonight on Red River at 7th. Doors open at 6 for this night of sweaty-but-formal fun. No pressure, though! Tuxedos not required, but boogies shows encouraged! Shuffle-step-ball-change and Charleston all the over there.
Photo by: Gabriel C. Pérez
Back in January, our weeknight host Taylor Wallace made the decision to keep track of every single Free Week 2019 show and to listen to every band with available music. For context, Free Week is sort of a local SXSW, taking place the week following New Year’s Day to boost bar sales during one of the slowest weeks of the year by packing venues with stacked line-ups each night of that week. When digging into the line-ups, one band jumped out based on name alone: Hong Kong Wigs. Having no internet presence, much less any music, something about them seemed worth checking out. What we found was a powerful rock trio led by Sweet Spirit bassist Jon Fitcher, helming the mic and wielding a six string.
Joined by bassist Anastasia Wright (Tyler Jordan & the Negative Space and Black Basements) and drummer Adam Galvan (Ex Romantika), Hong Kong Wigs was conceived to be Fitcher’s solo project. As he says, “when you’re the bassist in Sweet Spirit, there’s not a whole lot of room to shred….and I wanted to shred.” Their debut EP was a surprise release in early February, but they dropped into our Studio 1A ahead of last week’s Taylor’d Frequency show and to tease some tunes from their upcoming full-length, due out early 2020.
Host: Taylor Wallace
Producer: Deidre Gott
Engineer: Jake Perlman
Cameras: Gabriel C. Pérez, Giulia Hjort, Richie Loria