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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.


September 26, 2023

Miles and Miles

Put the go-to retro label aside for a minute. The Heavy Heavy moves beyond that with a multi-layered ‘60s sound on their debut EP Life and Life Only. The way Georgie Fuller and Will Turner channel psych and mod influences with folk and soul in a timeless shimmer feels more instinctive than imitative. Then again, […]


September 25, 2023

Zachariah…And Pamela Anderson

Truth be told, your nerdy AMM host is drooling like a goblin over Hyperreal Film Club‘s upcoming scary October screenings at Hotel Vegas. This Austin-based film lovers’ club, formed in 2016, does badass pop-up screenings of independent films of every genre at various spots around town, and provides a platform for guest columnists to write […]


September 23, 2023


The humor is just as beautiful as the damn album, and the album is gorgeous. It starts as soon as you drop the needle on “Girls Bugging Me” on BOOTCUT. You clearly hear Afie Jurvanen, better known as Nova Scotia-based artist Bahamas, attempting to record something, but his young daughters are not having it. “…Can […]