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July 12, 2023

Los Hermanos Sparks

By: Laurie Gallardo

Yes, this is the band that your Austin Music Minute host won’t shut up about, and mentions on her afternoon show at least every other day. And if it’s not to reference a specific album, of which there are now 26, then it’s to repeatedly recommend the phenomenal Edgar Wright documentary that your AMM host has admitted to viewing ten times now, and will probably watch several more times because it’s that great. Sparks is that great. Sparks is incredible. And Sparks is incredibly funny as well, so triple plus there.

Today’s AMM includes a giddily-shared quick list because it’s just scratching the surface: Kimono My House, No. 1 In Heaven, Angst In My Pants, Gratuitous Sax and Violins… (and kicking myself for leaving out the essential Propaganda). Frankly, the entire Sparks library is worthy of a deep dive. Brothers Russ and Ron Mael have a musical career spanning decades, with a unique stylistic evolution emerging in every phase of its existence. They’ve even thrown the most diehard fans for a loop, but therein lies the brilliance of two artists creating what they want, in the way they want to. And what do they sound like? They sound like SPARKS, man.

See the film, and make sure you catch Sparks at their show tomorrow night, Thursday July 13, at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. Doors at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. And stay tuned for a very special feature coming your way from KUTX!


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 […]


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 […]