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September 5, 2019

Try Harder

By: Laurie Gallardo

For Mean Jolene songwriter and vocalist Jolie Cota Flink, it began with the tracks she wrote for her band’s badass debut LP Salty, covering the extreme highs and lows that bring all the feels during tumultuous changes. It’s chock full of heartache, but also a sense of humor – and absolutely no apologies.

For the follow-up Try Harder, you confront multiple sides of the story: The duality of a carefree soul burning brightly, though stepping cautiously with the all-too-natural fear of vulnerability. It’s Mean Jolene delivering guitar- and harmony-driven power pop at its most melodic, with one helluva heart worn on that leather jacket sleeve.

Make plans to join Mean Jolene at their album release party tomorrow night at Hotel Vegas, 1502 E. 6th St. And what a bill: Moving Panoramas, The Reputations, and Nevil are there for the awesomeness. Doors at 9 p.m. So recommended.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.


October 20, 2023

Get It

Tomar and The FCs, tonight and tomorrow at C-Boy’s Heart and Soul.


October 19, 2023

Come Around and Love Me

KUTX’s 10th Birthday Concert series presents Jalen Ngonda, tonight at Empire Control Room and Garage.


October 18, 2023

Toda Esta Musica

¡Tan spectacular! KVRX Presenta Un Show Hispano, tomorrow night at Chess Club…


October 17, 2023


Seriously. It’s heavy. Acid Mothers Temple tonight at Hotel Vegas…


October 16, 2023

What’s Yr Damage

Following the breakup of their previous psych-gaze band Creepoid, Anna and Patrick Troxell forged an electro post-punk dynamic as the duo Lovelorn. And now the ATX-by-way-of Philly outfit is ramping things up with two new additions to the line-up, guitarists Steve Pike and Kyle Harris. No doubt extra shreds will add even more discordant dimensions […]


October 14, 2023

More Weekend Picks

The AMM’s back at it with a few more ACL Fest selections, and a couple of must-see non-festival related shows to sink your fangs into. Here’s a list. Check it twice: Gonna say this over and over: Go support the bands, even if you’re abstaining from those of the wrist variety.


October 13, 2023

ACL Fest Friday and More

It’s round two of the Austin Music Minute‘s selections for ACL Fest 2023, along with AMM show picks off the beaten path for those not festivally-inclined. No, “festivally” is not an actual word, but you get it: And remember: Go support the bands, even if you’re abstaining from those of the wrist variety.


October 12, 2023

5th Wheel

Wait. You missed Night 1 of Deezie Brown’s Wire Wheel Opera House series (Part II) last night?? Do not despair! The Austin-based rap artist and producer behind 5th Wheel Fairy Tale is presenting the next round tonight, Thursday Oct. 12, at Chess Club on Red River. And true to form from the previous iteration of […]