If you know, you know. If not, you're about to find out. Laboratorio is always an extraordinary occasion, thanks to the incredible talent connecting to unleash something quite magical. The music series, presented by multi-talented songwriter and musician Carrie Rodriguez, was started with the intention of breaking through boundaries of anything considered to be Latin music, always resulting in these jaw-droppingly unique performances by all the participating artists. At its heart, it's an experiment of collective creativity. To the ears, it's a natural flow shape-shifting into many forms. For this month's performance, Rodriguez, along with band mates Michael Ramos, Greg Gonzalez, Alex Marrero, and David Pulkingham, makes room for special guest Jaime Ospina of Superfónicos to join the party. Experience the magic yourself at Laboriatorio tonight at the Cactus Café, 2247 Guadalupe in the Texas Union. Doors at 8 p.m., music at 8:30 p.m. Breathtaking. Recommended.
*Please note – this edition of the Austin Music Minute aired yesterday, promoting a show happening tonight. Oh, the madness!! Well...your Austin Music Minute host is being overly dramatic (yeah, what's new here?), but Berkshire Hounds has two resident badasses all up in this business. Jim Campo (Magic Rockers of Texas) and Spencer Garland (PR Newman) put there musical brains together to fuel this rock/pop mega-beast. Take no prisoners, play your butts off. The band broke up, reformed, rebranded, and helped themselves to the stage at C-Boy's Heart and Soul on S. Congress Ave. for a big fat January residency. BOOM. Tonight, the Hounds share the bill with cosmic Americana dream team Altamesa. This is a hell of a show for Altamesa front man/songwriter Evan Charles, as he's just about to head out to Thailand with the rest of the Project ATX6 crew to perform at Jai Thep, so why not send him off with a bang? Hell yeah. Plus – Berkshire Hounds always invites a special guest to join them in the fray. Who on earth will it be this week?? Only one way to find out. Doors at 9:30 p.m., music at 10. Recommended. -Photography by Sean Mathis.
You might've heard your humble Austin Music Minute host spinning Midcentury's "Sinking State" in the afternoons. Such a jam. Just savoring the post-modern/nostalgic bliss carrying melody and rhythm influenced by funk, pop, and those new wave sounds triggering very specific memories...if you lived through the '80s and survived. For realies and trulies. So check this: If you go to Midcentury's show tonight, you get to be part of a video shoot for the band's upcoming single that's also part of a 7-inch split they're releasing with Mamahawk next month. It's all going down at The Parish, 214 E. 6th St. The bill also features sets by Kalijah, DAYEATER, and Automatic Weekend. Doors at 8 p.m. Recommended. -Photography by by Renee Dominguez.
Time for the next adventure, fiends. Dream-pop/shoegaze trio and longtime Austin Music Minute fave Ringo Deathstarr is headed back to Japan for a few tour dates. But before they take off, don't miss Ringo Deathstarr's tour kickoff show tonight at Hotel Vegas, 1501 E. 6th St. Frankly, it's an all-around badass line-up that features Denton shoegaze punks Rei Clone, and fellow ATX bands Nevil and New Strangers. Doors at 9 p.m. Do not leave the earplugs at home, kids. Very recommended. -Photo courtesy of the artist.
Like the mad scientists they are, The Boleys weave together their magic while tucked away in a refurbished old barn that is now a studio and rehearsal space out in Florence, TX, about forty or so miles outside of Austin. Proof of the awesomeness that flies outta the barn: El Toro, a jagged garage/psych vibration adventure, that which maketh thy trippy goblet flow over. But for reals. This is badass, and all arrows point toward continued badassery from this sibling trio. Next month, The Boleys premiere the unsettling new video for the track "Pinky Toe" (featured on today's AMM), complete with a viewer discretion warning for all manner of "DRUGS – SEX – VIOLENCE" igniting the screen. Quelle nightmare!! brilliantly brought to life thanks to the direction of John P. Rosales and phenomenal camera work by Katie McDowell. Until then, soak in the sound of The Boleys when you see them tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, sharing a bill with The Mackays, Holy Death Trio, and Weaver, on the inside stage. Doors at 8 p.m. Love them madly. So recommended. -Photo courtesy of the artist.
Even within the realm of independent music, Joanna Newsom has been redefining the character – the elements – of whatever a "feminine" voice is supposed to be. The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was hailed by NPR Music as the "21st Century's Timeless Voice," in command of a vocal style/range unrestrained by preconceived notions of feminine vocalization. There are no limitations to an artist like Newsom covering such an expansive terrain – one moment a coquettish softness and the very next a stormy screech, then everything in between. Newsom is also an intuitive composer and performer, powered by an extraordinary musical language. Dim the lights and don those headphones as you play Newsom's albums. This is unapologetically music to be experienced – listened to – quite closely. Soak in the details. Your world is richer for it. Joanna Newsom is in Austin for two performances: Tonight and tomorrow night at Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Dr. The music begins at 8:30 p.m. both nights. -Photography by Annabel Mehran.
Despite impressions perhaps indicating otherwise, your Austin Music Minute host is not prone to much sentimentality. But it's so cool and badass to note that ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead played their very first show in 1995. And, thanks to what looked and felt like a cyclone of boundless energy, the band soon developed a reputation for these pulse-racing performances that might have resulted in a few damaged instruments. Maybe a bloody nose? Or not. But that's the energy that their music called for, reined in, conjured up from its expansive, guitar-laden depths. Now, Trail of Dead's tenth album in 25 years comes out this Friday, X: The Godless Void and Other Stories – as melodic as it is atmospheric and tremendous. They're ushering in another Trail of Dead chapter of fantastic, atmospheric adventure. Before they head out on tour Friday, you have the chance to see Trail of Dead at their album release show tonight at The Far Out Lounge, 8504 S. Congress Ave. The night gets started right with an opening set by longtime AMM fave Think No Think. Doors at 7 p.m. This one comes very recommended. -Photo by Michael Minasi for KUTX.
It already feels like a busy year for Austin-based country artist Kathryn Legendre. She and fellow Project ATX6 musicians are headed to Thailand at the end of this month for the Jai Thep festival, and she's booked for a set at the two-day Shaky Boots Festival in Atlanta this May, with a line-up that includes John Prine, Alison Kraus, Tanya Tucker and Dwight Yoakum. Hello?! On top of all this, guess who's a recent Ameripolitan Music Award nominee? That stuff's the real deal, baby, in recognition of real country music, which Legendre wholeheartedly delivers on her latest EP, Making It Up. In the midst of this whirlwind, the show must go on. Make sure you see Legendre tonight at The White Horse, 500 Comal. Her set starts at 10 p.m. Mr. James Moritz plays at midnight, and the mighty Texas Tycoons get things going at 8 p.m. All recommended, honey. -Photo by Katrina Barber
You've heard the Austin Music Minute raves about Pleasure Venom. Fearless. Unapologetic. Electrifying. The Austin-based punk outfit has opened for bands like Garbage (Shirley Manson is a fan), and most recently Against Me! at the Mohawk. Music reviewers are sitting up and taking notice across the country and worldwide. Front woman Audrey Campbell says the band had their busiest and, at times, craziest year in 2019. But they're ready to take on 2020 with their first performance of the year tonight at Cheer Up Charlie's, 901 Red River. This is another must-see line-up including sets by Nashville-based songwriter Soren Bryce's alt.-rock project Tummyache; Los Angeles post-punk duo Broken Baby; and Austin bands Go Fever and Lord Friday the 13th. You need to see all these bands, so get there early. Doors at 9 p.m. Very recommended. -Photo courtesy of the artist.
Fangs out. Claws out. Well...proverbial fangs and claws, but ready to pounce. All the winning. Queue Queue mightily brings the filth and the fury with the fiery Fang and Claw, a mad mix of primal design and complex arrangement, and all the devious humor you could want (and then some) from a powerhouse trio that takes it all and runs like hell. (Check out the raucous and awesome new video for the track on today's AMM, "Yes Man".) Tornado? Ppphhhtt. The AMM's got your storm warning right here with Queue Queue playing tonight at Hotel Vegas, 1501 E. 6th St. The badass line-up features Electric Church regs Peach Almanac, along with sets by Pollen RX, Hex Boyfriend, and DJ Acid Daddy spinning tracks on the patio. All good. Doors at 9 p.m. Recommended. -Photo courtesy of the artist.