Rank #1: Good Trouble
They’re ready to go. Though it’s not the same as a live show, and the confines may limit the space, Trouble In the Streets pushes a livestream past any limitations. “The time has come…let the Trouble begin.”
That may be that fourth wall they’ve been breaking this whole time. Feast your ears upon major jams with interstellar R&B and electro-hip-hop (goes perfectly with lasers, FYI.) And a few months ago, Trouble premiered their incredible cinematic apocalyptic vision in the video for “Mad Science” (the track featured on today’s AMM) that totally nails their futuristic vibe. All hail the queen/songwriter/front woman Nnedi Nebula owning the throne, complete with torch and chalice: “HEY, WHAT WE DOIN’ IT FOR?”
Trouble’s EP Rule Breaker featuring “Mad Science” is available on Bandcamp.
-Video still of Nnedi Nebula of Trouble In the Streets. “Mad Science” directed by Cléver Cardoso.
Sep 24 2020
Rank #2: And I’m Lovin’ It
It’s what every glamour ghoul wants. Make it outrageous, and make it rawk.
Though known for their work as visual and fashion artists, music came quite naturally to siblings Felix and Sloan Lenz, founders of Lord Friday the 13th. And with that instinctive talent, they use their fabulous flair and fierceness to whip up what they’ve described as “dollar store glam/punk,” or what your Austin Music Minute maven visualizes as early Stooges, New York Dolls and Velvet Underground hot wiring a 1970 Chevy Chevelle, then peeling off to party.
Oh, and the brakes are kind of iffy. On purpose.
Lord Friday’s official releases to date include the saucy sneer “Big Mac” and rabidly ravenous “Sally Wants A Salad” (featured on today’s AMM), and a new LP is on the way next year. Want a taste of what’s to come? Check out Lord Friday the 13th on their full-band livestream performance – a major shift from the dynamic duo livestreams la familia Lenz presented during previous pandemic months – on Bud’s Live and Direct. They’re joined by Benjamin Violet (Pelvis Wrestley) working the bass, while Andy Nixon takes over the drums.
-Photography by Katrina Barber.
Sep 23 2020
Rank #3: The New Era
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.
Sep 22 2020
Rank #4: Still Happy
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.
Sep 21 2020
Rank #5: Saturday Rib Fry
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.
Sep 19 2020
Rank #6: Friday Night Flights
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.
Sep 18 2020
Rank #7: This Is Your Jam
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.
Sep 17 2020
Rank #8: That Gulf Coast Soul
That voice! Kam Franklin, who candidly explained to your AMM host in an interview for KUTX At Home that she had little to no prior experience with livestream production, put forth an amazing energy like no other with her solo livestream shows in the past few months – featuring stage sets with artwork created by Franklin herself that added to her spectacular presence. And…it was a lot of hard work. A lot.
Now the frontwoman for The Suffers and recent Song Confessional artist reunites with her badass band for a livestream show kicking off at 8 p.m. (Central) tonight, Wednesday September 16, at Noonchorus. Get that virtual ticket to get into the show, and revel in that voice.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.
Sep 16 2020
Rank #9: HAAM Day 2020
The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians‘ (HAAM) biggest fundraiser of the year has a decidedly different look this time, though it’s also proof that the music cannot and will not stop. Especially now, when our badass multi-talented music artists need us more than ever.
HAAM Day 2020 is a virtual celebration, bringing all the live music to you throughout the day on Facebook Live, Luck Stream, and on TV (and online, of course) on Fox 7 Austin, all to raise funds for HAAM to provide access to much-needed healthcare services for our local musicians.
The day-long line-up is too huge to list here, but you may have heard a few of these inspiring names on today’s AMM: Walker Lukens (dude, that Fox 7 interview this morning, on half a cup of coffee…you’re my hero), Mobley (new song “James Crow” comes out tomorrow!), Miss Lavelle White, Tomar & The FCs, Eimaral Sol, Jackie Venson, Kalu James, Marcia Ball, Hays Carll, Gina Chavez, Como Las Movies, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Grupo Fantasma, Ley Line, Corey Baum (Croy and The Boys) and more.
-Artwork courtesy of HAAM.
Sep 15 2020
Rank #10: Westward
The rasp in those vocals comes from a soul that’s been there, done that, and has the figurative – and maybe literal – scars to prove it. You hear that vulnerable strain as our narrator gingerly picks up the shattered pieces, in hopes of putting something back together again. Maybe even for just one night…
Sensitive hearts abound on Westward, the latest solo release by Jonathan Terrell. And, though country may be at the core, there’s an essence to this LP that shimmers and sizzles like a rock star.
The Terrell Barrel (inside joke, you had to be there) happens to be the next featured artist on one of your Austin Music Minute host’s favorite livestream series, Bud’s Live and Direct. See Terrell perform at 7:05 p.m. (Central) Friday, September 18, on Bud’s Recording Studio Facebook Live and YouTube channel.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.
Sep 14 2020