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May 19, 2022

Otis Wilkins at Hotel Vegas

By: Laurie Gallardo

When not shredding as Otis the Destroyer, songwriter and vocalist Taylor Wilkins does another kind of wicked shredding as Otis Wilkins, not necessarily the quieter of the two, but bringing a different vibe in the rock-pop realm – think ’60s and ’70s. To follow up “Charlene,” and 2019 singles “Joni Mitchell Was Punk” and “Shaker #42,” the Spaceflight Records artist stepped into the studio with producer Brett Orrison to record the ethereal “Kamakura,” inspired by the majestic tranquility of renown filmmaker Akira Kurosawa‘s burial site in the cemetery of An’yō-in.

Catch Otis Wilkins tonight, Thursday May 19, at Hotel Vegas on E. 6th, on a bill featuring songwriters Rod Gator and Cory Johnson. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the music starts at 10:15 p.m.


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 […]


September 20, 2023

Faces of ACL

Overwhelming. ACL Fest 2023 is literally only a few weeks – really, days – away. How the hell does the time fly by so quickly? But today’s AMM has details about a special ACL Fest retrospective, from the eye of a wonderful Austin photographer. Perhaps your AMM host’s opinion is slightly skewered for various reasons, […]