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April 16, 2022

Questlove at Empire Control Room

By: Laurie Gallardo

Heed the AMM’s instructions: After the show with Nik Parr & The Selfless Lovers, Motenko and Beatnik Bandits at Empire Control Room this evening (doors at 8 p.m.), stick around to hang with an Academy Award-winning director – who also happens to be an incredible music artist, producer and badass DJ.

This year, Ahmir Questlove Thompson took home the Oscar for Best Documentary for Summer of Soul, featuring breathtaking long-forgotten footage of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, an epic celebration of Black history, culture and fashion.

The award-winning director is donning his DJ cap to spin tonight, Saturday April 16, at Empire Control Room. Spin-master warrior extraordinaire DJ Kay Cali joins the party, starting at 10:30 p.m.


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 […]