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June 30, 2022

Magna Carda at Antone’s

Austin Music Minute

By: Laurie Gallardo

KUTX’s The Breaks co-host Fresh Knight recently presented an awesome performance by ATX hip-hop MC/producer duo Magna Carda in Studio 1A, and you may have also heard KUTX morning host Taylor Wallace’s Pride Month feature on Megz Kelli. What could possibly inspire you more to catch Magna Carda’s set tonight, Thursday June 30, at Antone’s??

The must-see line-up includes galactic earthling M3CCA, singer/songwriter Eimaral Sol, and the sonic explorations of Ella Ella. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

June 29, 2022

Aubrey Hays at Far Out Lounge

Austin Music Minute

By: Laurie Gallardo

It’s a distinctive voice, as gentle as it is powerful. Aubrey Hays wields their power with the warmest, richest tones, from dramatic sweeps taking you to climactic moments in “Statue,” to the bright and hopeful shimmer of “I Wanna See This Through,” with only a slight quiver of uncertainty as they present a question from within, “Wouldn’t it be nice to believe in yourself? / Wouldn’t it be nice to believe?”

Aubrey Hays is one of the next featured guests at The Far Out Lounge and Stage‘s Far Out and Proud music series for Pride month, wrapping up with a show tonight, Wednesday June 29. Joining them on the bill is singer and producer Boy Sim (who produced the “I Wanna See This Through” remix on today’s AMM), and Houston-based songwriter Dillon Biggs. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the music starts at 7 p.m.

June 28, 2022

Rakim and GZA at Empire Garage

Austin Music Minute

By: Laurie Gallardo

Whittle it down to the basics, and here are the facts: Rakim stands out as a transformative figure in hip-hop, essentially known for expanding MC techniques and embracing complexity within rap lyrics, phrasing, and styles. Many proclaim Rakim as an innovator of “the flow” in rap, or it’s natural rhythms/cadence. Though today’s Austin Music Minute features “Guess Who’s Back” from The 18th Letter, several fans regard Paid In Full as Rakim’s number one work, if not one of the best hip-hop albums of all time.

Now direct your attention to the mastery of an equally transformative, extraordinary artist fearlessly embracing the wealth of knowledge. GZA, a founding member of Wu-Tang Clan and often cited as the group’s patriarchal leader – being one of its first members, is known for taking rap to another level through his deeply-rooted interests in philosophy studies and science. The complexity of his solo recordings stems from favoring a more cerebral, sometimes abstract lyricism over traditional rap arrangements or storytelling. Liquid Swords is often hailed as one of GZA’s best LP’s.

Now, just imagine these two OG’s co-headlining a show… Actually, this is really happening. Rakim and GZA take over the stage tonight, Tuesday June 28, at Empire Garage on E. 7th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the line-up is ridiculously over-the-top badass: Tone Royal, Harry Edohoukwa, and Aux Cutter. Don’t miss a single performance.