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December 3, 2022

It’s Time

By: Laurie Gallardo

“Don’t let me go / I’m not prepared / I’m so damn scared / that I’m almost there.”

The photo above was taken by David Brendan Hall. It captures the essence of a Quiet Company show. Taylor Muse leaves his body and something else takes over. The QC fans have always been there for it.

Interesting choice for a lyric selection by your AMM host. Though today’s featured song is “You, Me & The Boatman” (a huge crowd favorite), the quoted lines are from the horn-ringing cinematic outpouring, “Everything Louder Than Everything Else.” Both are from the album We Are All Where We Belong. Every single song is an emotional journey.

There are those who swear by the 2015 LP Transgressor, while some of the QC OG’s don’t hesitate to reference 2009’s Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon or even the band’s 2006 debut Shine Honesty. Some remain madly in love with Songs for Staying In, and rightly so. For several of us, We Are All Where We Belong ignited that extra spark that will never go out.

Muse has decided to close this chapter in his musical career, spanning years of so much work, writing, recording, touring, hustle, holiday shows, line-up changes, triumphs, lowest lows, outright bewilderment, blood, sweat, tears, the whole nine yards…and incredible, inspiring music. For a more in-depth story, the AMM recommends Muse’s conversation with Johnny Goudie on the podcast How Did I Get Here?. But for here, just know that newer things are on the horizon.

Fans are flying into town for Quiet Company’s grand finale performance tonight, Saturday Dec. 3, at Mohawk. Longtime pals The Rocketboys and Ram Vela & The Easy Targets are on the bill. The show’s on the outside stage. Doors at 7 p.m. It won’t be cold. Before long, you’ll be drenched in sweat from all the energy.

It seems the Boatman’s arrived. Farewell, but not forever.


October 11, 2023

Life As Art

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October 10, 2023

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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

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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

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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 […]