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August 28, 2023

Venus in Furs

By: Laurie Gallardo

Sterling Morrison (1966)

Admittedly, “All Tomorrow’s Parties” was the easy go-to for today’s AMM about the Sterling Morrison birthday celebration tonight at Hotel Vegas. Maybe the featured track should’ve been the closer of their debut LP The Velvet Underground & Nico, in all of its entire seven minute-plus glory. “European Son” was cowritten by Lou Reed, John Cale, drummer Moe Tucker and Morrison, an improvisational love/hate song dedicated to Reed’s former mentor, poet Delmore Schwartz. Still…it’s been said Morrison’s favorite Velvet Underground track – of all time – was actually “Venus in Furs.”

Though Morrison never released any solo work, it’s widely acknowledged that his contributions were essential to Velvet Underground’s distinctive sound. Then in 1970, Morrison took up studies at UT Austin and earned a PhD in medieval literature. His last Velvet Underground show was August 21, 1971 in Houston. Following that performance, he informed the band he wouldn’t be returning with them to New York – just before they boarded their returning flight.

Sterling Morrison’s Birthday: A Tribute To The Life and Music of The Velvet Underground honors the legend of the multi-talented musician with performances by a badass cast of local faves, including The Black Angel‘s Jake Garcia, Queen Serene‘s Sarah Ronan, Jason McNeely, Nolan Potter, DAIISTAR‘s Misti Hamrick-French and many more. Doors at 9:30 p.m.

Yes, Morrison’s birthday is actually tomorrow. They’re just getting a head start at Hotel Vegas. Dig.


October 20, 2023

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


October 19, 2023

Come Around and Love Me

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October 18, 2023

Toda Esta Musica

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


October 17, 2023


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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 […]