Posts tagged Austin
Posts tagged Austin
With a few exceptions, overt political messages in rock music fall flat on their asses. But in hip hop they flourish.
Excited for the Outer Spaces tour at the Frontier Bar on Thursday. Cuban revolutionaries and friends of Girls Rock Austin, Krudas Cubensi (Austin via Havana) joins Invincible, straight from Detriot and Brooklyn’s Climbing PoeTree. I booked Invincible for the GRA SXSW day party a few years ago and she kinda blew our minds right there on the stageless patio of the pizza joint.
From the Outer Spaces web site:
OuterSpaces is a visionary force of emcees and hip-hop poets representing the strength in marginalized identities. Featuring the spitfire wordplay of Invincible (Detroit), the soul-stirring spoken word of Climbing PoeTree (Brooklyn), and the irrepressible flow and flavor of Las Krudas (Havana), this international, bilingual, pansexual, polyracial, multi-media, cross-genre collaboration of artists nurtures parallel universes where our visions for planetary transformation become possible.
Tickets here (Frontier bar is small, another reason this will be totally rad).
I watched a man write a note that said “I didn’t really know you, but so many people loved you. I hope you are smiling” and I completely lost it (again).
A woman who didn’t know Esme (I heard her say “look, she was a teacher”) absorbed the altar with tears in her eyes (see above).
For Esme. At Mexic-Arte.
My first show during SXSW is on Tuesday at 29th Street Ballroom at the Fourth Annual International Psychout. I play at 3. I might have to borrow some effects pedals for this one!
Happy International Women’s Day. The first IWD was declared over 100 years ago to celebrate women’s economic, political and social achievements. There is still so much work to be done. Down with patriarchy, Rick Perry and Stevie Ray Caca. SLICE THEM UP!
The Esme Barrera Fan Club Band is joining the Polyphonic Spree for “She’s a Rainbow” at La Zona Rosa on Wednesday night. This video is from Esme’s Austin memorial - I organized around 40 of my fellow Girls Rock Camp volunteers and we put this together in just a couple of days because all these amazing women dropped everything they were doing to just do this. Performing was heartbreaking yet beautiful and life-affirming. I suspect tomorrow will be more energizing and flat-out joyful, with over 50 of us on stage, it’ll be a massive tribute to a dear friend who lived to the fullest. I still can’t believe she’s gone. I miss her every day.
P.S. The Polyphonic Spree is donating 25% of their merch sales to the Esme-inspired Unlimited Possibilities Scholarship Fund, which sends girls in need to Girls Rock Camp Austin.
First day of Girls Rock Camp. Ms. Scarlett, lead howler, Ms Esme, badass.
I lost a dear friend early Sunday morning. I was able to piece together a few sentences about her yesterday but today I’m totally numb and I fear if I try to write more I’ll fall apart again. So, from my facebook post:
“I look ridiculous” was the last text I received from Esme, on her way out the door to the big NYE bash. She didn’t look ridiculous of course, I spotted her across the packed room donning a cute dress, standing against the stage by Max, singing along to Surrender at the top of her lungs. “Mommy’s alright, daddy’s alright they just seem a little weird surrender surrender but don’t give yourself away.” This is what I loved the most about Esme - her ability to capitulate completely to the moment. To put on a strappy dress and think she looks ridiculous and go out anyway. To stand in the front of the front and belt it. To listen to a song and embrace its power. To own the dance floor. Esme loved so hard. She had challenges and she faced them full on. Who is going to send me pictures of Ted Leo with hearts drawn on it? Who is going to chat me “Yo! I wish it was my job just to have fun!” I love her so much and I’m going to remember all of these things and use them to make myself a better person and the world a brighter place. I hope you’ll do the same.
I started writing a long sappy adios to Emo’s - the first live music crapitorium I set foot in when I arrived in Austin nineteen year ago - but I didn’t finish and as the end is nigh, it seems only fitting. Sure there were lots of great shows by better known artists on those stages but the thing that made the place so special - especially 90s Emo’s - were the bands that never made it - the imploders and the quitters and the freaks and the couldn’t-get-their-shit-togetherers. Thanks to Eric, Dave and everyone - surly staff, cute bartenders, smelly regulars and all of you, who made Emo’s a place for the rest of us. Rest in peace Handsome Joel.
Last week’s review from Austinist.
Melissa Bryan Record Release Party [Show Preview]
Austin garage rockers The Shindigs lasted five years at the tail end of the nineties, but when the band split memberMelissa Bryan clearly wasn’t done saying what needed to be said. As an instructor at the Girls Rock Camp in town, she inspires and teaches a new generation of future noisemakers, and under her own name she has released a new album appropriately titled Return Of The Woman. Check out the video for the title track here.
To usher in this giddy and instrumentally rich collection of new songs (which officially came out this Tuesday), Bryan is hosting a record release show/dance party/art show at Obsolete Industries. Performing with Bryan at this show are John Wesley Coleman III and The Sisters Grimmm, DJs includeLori Barbero, Gerard Cosloy, Scott Gardner, and DJ Sue, and art and photos from Billy Bishop, Allyson Lipkin, Laura Matthews, Marisa Pool, Bryan herself and many more will be on display.
Melissa Bryan: [website]
I’ve just learned of the demise of The Ark, which makes me really really sad. This is from the show I just posted about. Seeeee?