And Stay Awake

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And Stay Awake

Posted by on Apr 23, 2019

And the adventure continues. Although that’s an understatement.

Parquet Courts unleashes brilliant absurdity, revelry, and simultaneously, a kind of…aloofness on their Danger Mouse-produced release, Wide Awake. So, there’s no denying the passion for the music they play, but you get that intertwined with – no eff’s given. You’ve got garage-rocky punk-ass obnoxiousness and you’ve got dreamy. And it all works.

Parquet Courts are back in Austin for a show tonight at The Parish, 214 E. 6th St., sharing the bill with Denton, TX rainbow fuzz-rock warriors Pearl Earl, and ATX rock ‘n’ roll hoodlums Otis the Destroyer. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and Otis starts the music at 8 p.m.

-Look at these geniuses. Parquet Courts, photographed by Eddie Gaspar for KUTX.

-You might wanna click on the MP3 below and listen ’til the end.

Shifting Sand

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Shifting Sand

Posted by on Apr 22, 2019

Full disclosure: Your humble Austin Music Minute host has been well aware of songwriter Anna Larson‘s skills as a classically-trained pianist (and instructor). But this multi-talented creative mind is fueled by all the gospel, rock ‘n’ roll and many other musical genres she grew up with. And quite frankly, it was invigorating to see many ideas come to fruition through her band, Americana/roots trio The Wheelwrights.

Earlier this year, Larson made her solo debut with the wondrous and introspective Shifting Sand. This is Larson at her most powerful – embracing and inspired by beauty in all its forms, but most especially in dreams, all the magic behind the stories we share…surreal, unsettling, inspiring, wonderful.

You can see Anna Larson at an early show happening tonight at One-2-One Bar, 1509 S. Lamar Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m. Stay a bit later to catch Cari Hutson and Good Company. Recommended.

Happy Daze

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Happy Daze

Posted by on Apr 20, 2019

It was loud. And farout. Wurve killed it in KUTX’s Studio 1A Thursday night, giving an excellent preview of what’s to come tonight.

The band just released their debut album, the electrifying Memory Bleach, and you get to hear the new tracks live. Check out their album release performance at The Electric Church Presents: The Green Gospel Revelation, happening at Getaway Motor Club, 3700 Thompson St. in East Austin.

It’s an all-around SICK line-up, including Holy Wave, Sailor Poon, Hidden Ritual and Cosmic Chaos. Damn. So many Austin Music Minute faves in one setting. Ether Wave Light Show and ACID Light Show will provide just the right atmosphere for your 4/20 vibes, with loads of cool pop-up shops to peruse on site. Doors at 6 p.m.

Lit like a Christmas tree. So recommended.

-Photography by Scott Free.

Drag the Moon

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Drag the Moon

Posted by on Apr 18, 2019

Everyone needs a great opening line. Wil Cope has his.

“I wanna fall outta love/so I can fall again,” muses the gatekeeper of that decrepit, rusted-over Tropicana Motel of the mind at the very start of his latest release, Denial River. Your Austin Music Minute maven has followed the tales of this Austin-based dystopian folk balladeer through his most haunted ramshackle corners since the days of Sunset Craves (2010) and Drunk Are the Stars (2012). Those revealing dark recesses and tragic comedies are what make Cope’s ruminations so damned evocative. There’s no turning away. Where the hell are these memories oozing in from? And forget the ride-off-into-the-sunset happy endings. ‘Cause after all, “if it ain’t tragic/how can it be true?”

It’s a big night for Cope. There’s no denying that this is his best work to date. Don’t miss his album release show tonight at the Hard Luck Lounge, 3526 E. 7th St. Rounding out the bill to perfection are Rattlesnake Milk and Altamesa. This one comes very recommended.

-Photography by Jacqueline Badeaux.

-Featured track on today’s AMM, “Drag the Moon,” by Wil Cope from Denial River.

In the Hub

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In the Hub

Posted by on Apr 17, 2019

It’s not fair to even attempt to describe something like Fusebox in a neatly-packaged summary. This is something that encompasses a gloriously overwhelming amount of intriguing, breathtaking, mind-blowing audio and visual stimuli too vast to encapsulate with a few mere words. It truly is art as a live experience.

The annual five-day performing arts festival highlights the talents of outstanding local, national and international interdisciplinary artists in oftentimes jaw-dropping live performance. It’s Fusebox’s 15th year of electrifying imaginations, and tonight, it convenes at the Hub.

The first night of the Fusebox Festival Hub, starting at 9 p.m., includes a swirling, mesmerizing DJ set with live accompaniment by Golden Dawn Arkestra. Immerse yourself in all the magic at the Hub, 1300 E. 5th St. You won’t need a Fusebox ticket for admission. Go for it. So recommended.

-Photo courtesy of the artist and Fusebox.