The New Era

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The New Era

Posted by on Sep 22, 2020

It still leaves a heavy impression, though the sound itself is diaphanous and otherworldly.

In March, Motorama recorded “The New Era” in their hometown, Rostov-on-Don, Russia. As you hear Vladislav Parshin‘s vocals make their quiet entrance, it’s as though you can feel the mists creeping in to darken the atmosphere. “The air is thick / above high fields,” Parshin intones. “Life gets long / and time goes slow…” Who would have even known the prescient tone these words would carry?

“Loud and silent in my head / Everywhere and nowhere…”

It was easy to disappear down the rabbit hole that is Motorama’s discography – five albums, two EP’s and several single releases to explore, taking in the post-punk melodic sound that got them several Joy Division comparisons in the past, but that’s so off the mark. Theirs is a more ethereal presence.

Touring is not an option at the moment, of course, but you have a chance to catch Motorama on a livestream performance at 6 p.m. central tonight, Tuesday September 22, on Noonchorus. Your virtual ticket gets you into the show.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

Still Happy

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Still Happy

Posted by on Sep 21, 2020

There might have been a bit of confusion in those early days. You’d hear the name Mrs. Glass but see Jordan Webster and his band tearing things up at their residency at The Blackheart back when Rainey St. wasn’t a complete nightmare, or stirring folks up at The White Horse and the Hard Luck Lounge. Webster is the songwriter behind the name, the NOLA transplant in the three-piece suit who knows the demons consuming the mind. That gravel-voiced grit defines the experience, the unsettling feeling of trouble on the way – and you know you want it. Now and then, Webster would even raise his glass of whiskey to toast you as he worked his magic.

These days, Webster makes his home in the Pacific Northwest. But Austin fans have a chance to see him perform on a livestream at 7 p.m. tonight, Monday September 21, on the Mrs. Glass Facebook page. While you’re at it, pour yourself a glass and check out the album Happy Every Day to get you ready for the show.

This is your perfect rainy Monday night. You’re welcome.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

Saturday Rib Fry

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Saturday Rib Fry

Posted by on Sep 19, 2020

Full disclosure: Your Austin Music Minute host’s musical connection to The Gourds goes back to hometown days in El Paso, TX in the ’90s, where a lot of loyal Gourds fans never missed a show at Wildhare’s on Mesa St. whenever the band was in town. Still have a CD copy of Dem’s Good Beeble bought at the merch table, which is why you hear “Dying of the Pines” on today’s AMM.

That makes today’s livestream performance by Shinyribs‘ Kevin Russell and his former Gourds bandmate Claude Bernard all the more special. And according to Russell, the two will journey through an “in-depth exploration of our musical history,” which may include a story or two since Claude is “King of the Gab.” Join them for the show at 8 p.m. (Central) tonight, Saturday September 19, on Shinyribs’ Facebook, YouTube channel, and Twitch.

Get ready. Gonna be a good one.

-Trippy art courtesy of Kevin Russell.

Friday Night Flights

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Friday Night Flights

Posted by on Sep 18, 2020

The start to your weekend is set with this badass line-up at South Austin mainstay, The Far Out Lounge and Stage. Rock, soul and hip-hop are on the agenda, but that’s just scratching the surface. Dig all of this:

-The grit of urban decay, the lightning heat of a Texas storm… Imagine ’70s rock and alt.-soul partying hard on that infamous night – the one you have no recollection of. Enter Sam Houston and BLK ODYSSY, with some fierce funk along for the ride.

-The Dallas native decided to take a chance…and a different path. From there, the music came naturally. Harry Edohoukwa has blazed the stages of KUTX’s SXSBreaks and Love Lockdown. Fire on the Mountain sheds light on the story of his journey.

-Clarity and understanding were key to creating his latest release, F*cked Me Up – while working bass, guitar, keys and drums, on top of that. And Clarence James is just getting started.

The music starts at 9 p.m. tonight, Friday September 18, at The Far Out Lounge, 8504 S. Congress Ave. This is an outdoor socially-distanced show; masks are required for entry.

-Photo of Harry Edohoukwa by Mike DeLeon.

This Is Your Jam

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This Is Your Jam

Posted by on Sep 17, 2020

All right. So the Jam is a little different this year. But it doesn’t take away from the fire. And this one is LIT.

Not even a pandemic could stop Summer Jam 2020, and having the event go virtual this year has also provided the advantage of taking it to a higher production and presentation level. Just a glimpse of behind-the-scenes footage from producers Hakone Agency shows how much thought and prep has gone into creating one of the biggest events of the year. The Breaks‘ hosts Confucious Jones and Aaron “Fresh” Knight will guide you through exclusive performances and interviews with rising local artists Mike Melinoe, J Soulja, Vintage Jay, TEDDYTHELEGACY, and Chief Cleopatra (“Belushi” is featured on today’s AMM).

You in? The show starts at 7 p.m. (Central) tonight, Thursday September 17, right here on the KUTX website. Donations support the Summer Jam artists, as well as community non-profit DAWA (Diversity Awareness and Wellness in Action), which provides a financial safety net for people of color experiencing short-term life crises.

-Photo of Chief Cleopatra by Konstantin Belyshev.