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April 25, 2023

An Industrial Revolution

By: Laurie Gallardo

MINISTRY. photo: Derick Smith

Coming up this week at Emo’s, an evening of electronic and industrial music innovators. The AMM is all over it.

Ministry, a pioneering figure of industrial rock and metal founded in 1981, used to move more along poppier synth styles in its earlier stages. But as band founder Al Jourgensen experimented with the latest technology emerging at the time, Ministry evolved into a darker, heavier, often jarring presence musically. Albums like Twitch (1986), The Land of Rape and Honey (1988), and The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste (1989) reconfigured the course of electronic arrangement. “Industrial” seemed a fitting term for the raucous, metallic and harsher terrain of the music.

This year, Ministry’s headlining a series of spring tour dates with two very special guests: Iconic electronic artist Gary Numan (featured on today’s AMM), and electro-industrial band Front Line Assembly. See them all tomorrow night, Wednesday April 26, at Emo’s, 2015 E. Riverside Drive. Doors at 6 p.m.


September 29, 2023

The Homecoming

Put this in your 2024 calendar, in case you missed out this year. On Sept. 21, Mayor Kirk Watson officially declared the day as David Shabani Day in the City of Austin, presenting Shabani with “a proclamation for their craft and work in the industry both locally and abroad.” This is meaningful for Shabani on […]


September 28, 2023


Truly a Renaissance man. No exaggeration. Songwriter. Musician. Multi-media artist – which you’ll know first hand if you’ve ever been to Mobley performance. And now, in the recent words of Jonny Jukebox, “Are you ready for the next level?” Mobley’s journey takes its next cue from a collection of demos titled Worktape, and that’s exactly […]


September 27, 2023

Black Rainbows

We’re all guilty of building up expectations. So, you might spin Corinne Bailey Rae‘s latest blazer Black Rainbows and find it something of a departure for Rae, in terms of a style that incorporates R&B, jazz and soul. This one gets loud, bold, experimental in many parts, powered by guitar and unapologetic vitality, all inspired […]