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October 13, 2020

First Love

By: Laurie Gallardo

Austin-based songwriter and vocalist Micah Motenko knew it immediately at the ripe old age 7. It was instant love. The Motown sound struck a chord (several chords) within him in ways that still influence him today. And years later, as a musician himself, Motenko gathered a few like minds to keep that resonance vibing with his band Motenko.

The quartet recently released a new self-titled EP, which instantly gives you a sense of that mad love they have for the classic piano-driven R&B, boogie, funk and soul inspiring their own sound. Or, as Motenko’s front man once described it, through the lens of he and his bandmates’ day jobs as session musicians: “…the stuff we listen to between gigs—like the music we all first fell in love with and made us want to play in the first place.”

Catch Motenko in a special afternoon performance on Bud’s Live and Direct, starting at 4 p.m. (Central) Friday, October 16, on Bud’s YouTube channel.

-Photo courtesy of Noisy Ghost PR.


September 23, 2023


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September 22, 2023

Crew Vs. Crew

In any exploration of the origins of bboy subculture and its crucial role in the development of hip-hop, one of the best rabbit holes to dive into is the work of Bronx street photographer Ricky Flores. The stark black and white imagery from these formative years carries a unique fluidity and exuberance, but Flores was […]


September 21, 2023

Gather Round

If you know, you know. Interestingly, it took a friend originally from Alabama/Tennessee to explain it to your Austin Music Minute host. In addition to any shows presented by Eastside Kings Festival at various locations, Skylark Lounge is the spot to witness incredible blues shows. And it’s the spot where the Austin Blues Society Gathering […]