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December 2, 2020

Hug All My Friends

By: Laurie Gallardo

While the sentiment may speak directly to your personal pandemic experience, this is a timeless song.

“Hug,” the first single from Van Mary‘s forthcoming debut release, is a beautiful piece, simultaneously forlorn and badass, capturing images of time in a never-ending moment where time has lost all meaning. Days of the week morph into vague hours. Songwriter/vocalist Emily Whetstone manifests the aching for human connection, and the debilitating anxiety from not knowing when that connection will happen again. It’s almost as if the light at the end of the tunnel keeps pulling away further, but shaky hope drives one to go through the motions: “Guess I’ll have to pretend / got to put on clothes again/ I wanna hug all my friends…”

Van Mary’s Instagram recently included a few behind-the-scenes peeks at an Ice Cream Factory Studio session, where the band recorded their rendition of Willie Nelson‘s “On the Road Again” for Richard Linklater‘s That Animal Rescue Show (the Van Mary track “New Mexico” was also featured). And now, they’re ready to play new music on the next episode of Hotel Free TV, where they share the virtual show line-up with Philadelphia-based self-described drug-pop duo Lovelorn. Catch the show at 8 p.m. (Central) tomorrow night, Thursday December 3, on Hotel Free TV’s YouTube channel.

-Photography by Rachel LaCoss.


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 […]