Austin Music Minute

Austin Music Minute > All Episodes

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.


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.