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February 9, 2022

Olson St. Clair at Long Play Lounge East

By: Laurie Gallardo

Welcome to a not-so-ordinary listening experience… The AMM will not bog you down with blatherings-on about the magnificent musical complexities of Olson St. Clair. Take the journey and see where it leads you.

The Austin-based free jazz combo is a project hatched from the minds of Pocket SoundsMichael St. Clair and composer Jeffrey Olson, both inspired by a specific curiosity in terms of their first release, Western Free, on NYC experimental jazz label Chant Records. What exactly defines a Western sound – whether it’s a music style tagged with that label, or the western that calls to mind cattle-filled plains, endless skies and cowboys? St. Clair and Olson approached it all on their debut EP as an exploration of genre and anti-genre, an intentional departure from the expected, but simultaneously honoring the precedents set by the ground-breaking artists before them.

Olson St. Clair is presenting their debut live performance tonight, Wednesday Feb. 9, at Long Play Lounge East, 1910 E. Cesar Chavez. The show starts at 9 p.m.


September 26, 2023

Miles and Miles

Put the go-to retro label aside for a minute. The Heavy Heavy moves beyond that with a multi-layered ‘60s sound on their debut EP Life and Life Only. The way Georgie Fuller and Will Turner channel psych and mod influences with folk and soul in a timeless shimmer feels more instinctive than imitative. Then again, […]


September 25, 2023

Zachariah…And Pamela Anderson

Truth be told, your nerdy AMM host is drooling like a goblin over Hyperreal Film Club‘s upcoming scary October screenings at Hotel Vegas. This Austin-based film lovers’ club, formed in 2016, does badass pop-up screenings of independent films of every genre at various spots around town, and provides a platform for guest columnists to write […]


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 […]