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June 12, 2023

Dig It!

By: Laurie Gallardo

The Ugly Beats

If The Ugly Beats happen to be the subject of conversation, chances are you’ll bring up a whole bunch of music, winding through the Beats’ own influences to several other ’60s garage rockers and freakbeat fiends from your list of top favorites.

Makes sense. The Ugly Beats are music lovers. It’s an obsession right up there with DJ Sue Purr and the Fuzz Club. It’s the vibe Scott Gardner dishes out every Saturday night on KOOP‘s Stronger Than Dirt. It’s like looking up any of the The Ugly Beats’ albums and finding yourself going down the Get Hip Recordings rabbit hole of awesomeness. Seriously. Guitarist/vocalist Joe Emery is the reason your AMM host got to meet Roky Erickson some years ago and wound up diving into The 13th Floor Elevators all over again.

This is also why the band sounds so damn tight. That, and playing together for twenty years might also have something to do with it. They have countless loyal fans in Austin and all over the world. Speaking of which, they just returned from their recent Spain tour and are ready for a homecoming show tonight, Monday June 12, at The 13th Floor on Red River. They’re joined by KUTX Artist of the Month alum Je’Texas, and Austin-based trio The Stayres. Doors at 7 p.m.

*You can find today’s AMM featured track “Throw Me A Line” on The Ugly Beats’ 2014 LP Brand New Day.



October 11, 2023

Life As Art

This is the definition of an all-around badass. Anastasia Hera picks up where frustration or despair would’ve left off. Her philosophy? “Life as art.” Feeling passionately about rap since her childhood, Hera focused on developing this love of her favorite music into a signature style that doesn’t adhere to just one genre. Facing single motherhood […]


October 10, 2023

Jeremiah Jackson Believes In You

  Don’t fret, pet. This evening, treat yourself to some electrifying glam daddy blues. Austin-based songwriter and face-melter Jeremiah Jackson describes his style as a combination of Bowie, Butthole Surfers and Queens of the Stone Age, all rolled into one sequin-clad glam rocker. Catch the vibe at Jackson’s show tonight, Tuesday Oct. 10, at Meanwhile […]


October 9, 2023

Stop Waiting

It’s a golden twilight, when the stars and a sliver of the moon are visible, even though the sun hasn’t completely set yet. It’s a wisp of a breeze…or was that a ghost? It can be the early morning light just as easily as it could be a star-studded night sky. And, much to the […]


October 7, 2023

ACL Weekend and More

Buckle up. Presenting more selections from your friendly neighborhood AMM: Remember: Go support the bands, even if you’re abstaining from those of the wrist variety.


October 6, 2023

ACL Fest…And More

Looks as though your Austin Music Minute host got a little carried away again and got some dates mixed up, but didn’t want to waste a perfectly good Bass Drum of Death song (“Everybody’s Gonna Be There” from Say I Won’t). Click on the LISTEN button to hear how it went down…slightly erroneously: Something for […]


October 5, 2023

ACL Fest Preview

All right, so this one’s a day early, but it’s good to have a little game plan for something as gargantuan as Austin City Limits Music Festival. Today’s AMM provides a short list of favorites to check out when the fest kicks off tomorrow at Zilker Park. The afternoon is off to a great start […]


October 4, 2023

Pendant World

One could compare the stark beauty of any given piece by instrumental ensemble Balmorhea to a vigorous inhale/exhale while standing before a gorgeous, never-ending landscape in the natural world. Breathing in the beauty, you’re overwhelmed by the majestic surroundings while simultaneously astounded by their quiet power. It’s unsettling and wonderful. Such is the power of […]


October 3, 2023

Fox Street Blues

The forthcoming album Fox Street Blues by Buenos Diaz has a family story behind it, perhaps one that’s familiar to many generations of survivors. As songwriter/vocalist Nick Diaz explains, “These stories are unfortunately the norm and a large part of the American fabric.” But the album is a testament to how Diaz’ family persevered, and […]