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September 15, 2022

Farewell But Not Forever

By: Laurie Gallardo

When one hears of their favorite band or artist taking an “indefinite hiatus,” the immediate reaction from fans may be one of heartbreak. Disappointment, maybe. But give some thought to the musicians simply moving on to the next chapter of their creative evolution.

The AMM recommends a great interview that writer Patrick St. Michel did with Kikagaku Moyo last month for Bandcamp, offering insight into the Japanese psych lords’ consensus to move on. The band has a decade’s worth of learning instruments, exploring ideas, world travels, incredible festival gigs like Levitation, and badass musical experiences under their belt. Their departure is simply the next step toward a new journey.

Their feelings about it are spot on. “So many American bands are like, ‘Grow! Grow! Next! Just keep going, never stop and never end,” says guitarist Tomo Katsurada. “I find that so capitalistic. Why can’t you guys just end and do new stuff?”

“We’ve felt like, yeah, we already did one thing,” adds drummer Go Kurosawa, “It’s natural for us to think, ‘OK, when we do this, let’s do something different.'”

Kikagaku Moyo’s final Austin show will be presented by Levitation this Saturday night, Saturday September 17, at The Far Out Lounge and Stage, with a line-up that includes Holy Wave, Cazayoux, Nolan Potter, Zero Percent APR, and Andrea Cortez. Doors at 5 p.m.

*As of this writing, Kikagaku Moyo’s show is now sold out.


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.