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May 31, 2023

Chief In Charge

By: Laurie Gallardo

Jalesa Jessie is a boss. If you don’t know, it’s Chief Cleopatra the AMM is talking about. The KUTX Artist of the Month alumnus and recent Sonic Guild 2023 grant recipient nominee made a big debut with the EP Luna (2022), featuring Walker Lukens as producer, and Curtis Roush and Jack O’Brien (The Bright Light Social Hour) contributing to the track “Fortuity.” These collaborations were an unexpected surprise in the journey, but Cleo already knew her music was moving toward a more universal vision. Hip-hop, R&B, pop and funk will always have a place in Cleo’s creative inspiration, though rock is at the root of the germination.

A full-length release looms on the not-so-distant horizon. And following a great opening set for Danielle Ponder at Antone’s, Chief Cleopatra is in the spotlight tomorrow night, Thursday June 1, at Stubb’s indoor venue, following a sold out performance by Bryson Tiller in Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater. Doors at 10:30 p.m. Space will be limited. Get on it.


October 30, 2023


Genesis Owusu returns to Austin to perform tomorrow night at Empire Garage.


October 28, 2023

LEVITATION: Saturday and Sunday

AMM picks for LEVITATION weekend, including Amyl & The Sniffers, Durand Jones, Altin Gün and more.


October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

The AMM’s LEVITATION 2023 picks for Fri/Sat, including Alan Palomo, Allah-Las, Queen Serene and more.


October 26, 2023

So Very Curious, Indeed

A Curious Mix of People book launch reunion show, Saturday at The Parlor on Guadalupe.


October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

Allison Russell brings The Returner Tour to 3Ten tomorrow night.


October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

Bienvenido al Laboratorio

Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.