Man Vs. Magnet

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Man Vs. Magnet

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019

The praises for L.A.-based band The Distillers on the Third Man Records site, where the band’s single “Man vs. Magnet” is available on vinyl, set the record straight. “To call The Distillers simply a punk band doesn’t do justice to either the band or the word ‘punk,'” runs the narrative, and it’s on point. Songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Brody Dalle takes the whole damn thing to several cerebral levels, making it clear that having depth amidst the debauchery is not a bad thing. There’s a reflective mind working within the wreckage and chaos, an intellect clicking with all the explosiveness.

Since reuniting last year for a run of dates, The Distillers have been going nonstop on a tour rush, and their current run includes a gig in Austin this Wednesday night at Emo’s, 2015 E. Riverside Dr., with Death Valley Girls opening the show. That’s a whole lotta hell yes. Doors at 8 p.m. Very recommended.

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The Saint of Lost Causes

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The Saint of Lost Causes

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019

There are countless moments for personal reflection. But this time, Justin Townes Earle turned his keen eye outward. It’s one of the most beautiful and unsettling things you’ll hear.

The momentum behind The Saint of Lost Causes is fueled by one singular underlying, unwavering message: All are welcome. Earle cut to the quick recently. “I was trying to look through the eyes of America, because I believe in the idea of America – that everybody’s welcome here and has a right to be here,” he said about his latest album. This potent mix of gritty country, haunted folk and atmospheric melody deliver the bitingly blunt but world-weary observations striking both a personal chord, and something far bigger than us all.

Don’t miss Justin Townes Earle tonight at 3Ten at ACL Live, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. London folk trio The Wandering Hearts and Bowling Green, KY alt.-country/rock outfit The Josephines start out the evening. Doors at 7 p.m. Very recommended.

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Stand Tall

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Stand Tall

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019

Your Austin Music Minute host first got word of ATX folk-pop outfit Large Brush Collection through a winsome, wistful single released this summer, “Stand Tall.” Too heart-achingly good to resist a longing that beckons with, “…drowned out by the night/waiting for your light/to carry me another way.”

Damn. And on that note, keep in mind that more music is on the way, and LBC has a couple more shows in town before heading out for some dates in Chicago. Don’t miss Large Brush Collection tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River, on a bill that includes Samantha Lee and the Family Tree, The Naked Tungs and Rosie Tucker. The music starts at 8 p.m. Recommended.

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Get It Far Out

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Get It Far Out

Posted by on Oct 8, 2019

Your Austin Music Minute host keeps emphasizing this over and over, and will do so again: A Peterson Brothers performance is something you need to witness live. Then it’ll be easy to understand why, at a young age, they boast a long and impressive resume.

Glen, Jr. and Alex (ages 21 and 19, respectively) have played with, and opened for, the likes of Gary Clark, Jr., Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Buddy Guy, B.B. King…it goes on and on. New fans are finding out about them at music festivals throughout the country, from the Chicago Blues Festival to the Austin City Limits Music Festival. They’re artists with talents beyond their years, finding inspiration in numerous genres – soul, blues, funk and jazz. But the impact is huge because they bring something fresh to every performance.

Catch The Peterson Brothers Band at their new weekly residency Wednesday nights at The Far Out Lounge, 8504 S. Congress Ave. Doors at 7 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m. So recommended.

-Photo of The Peterson Brothers by Lu Jansen.

Mississippi Bound

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Mississippi Bound

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019

There’s no doubt Red On Yellow is fueled by rock ‘n’ roll, but do not dismiss the mad love for that high grain Delta blues that feeds their ravenous souls. This fire will never go out.

The band is wrapping up a Monday night residency tonight at Antone’s, 305 E. 5th St., before they head out to Clarksdale, Mississippi to perform at the 2019 Deep Blues Festival in just a matter of days. Come on out and show some love and support before they’re southbound. Perfect Monday night. Recommended.

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