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July 1, 2023

When We Were Electric

By: Laurie Gallardo

If, like your AMM host, you’re enamored with Aguas Frescas (parts I and II) by Wildfires, as well as their self-titled Skateland release, you may know guitarist Johanna Heilman. The Austin-based songwriter has been a part of the local scene for over 20 years, starting out as a solo artist making the rounds before joining Wildfires in 2012.

Cut to life being completely upended in 2020, just before the release of the single “Silver Grey.” As if navigating life during a pandemic wasn’t harrowing enough, Heilman was diagnosed with breast cancer in December that year. Throughout treatments and surgeries in 2021, Heilman wrote songs to process the trauma of her recovery – and the trauma of a planet unraveling around her. These observations became the ethereal tapestry of When We Were Electric, a contemplation of mortality and nostalgia. And just what is left behind after one ceases to exist? But this is not a brooding, somber portrait. Heilman’s frankness and humor about her experiences bring a kind of hopeful tone to the dark narrative.

Tonight, Johanna Heilman celebrates When We Were Electric with a release show at Chess Club, 617 Red River, with Abram Shook and Simitree (Charlie Kessenich) on the bill. Doors at 6:30 p.m.


October 30, 2023


Genesis Owusu returns to Austin to perform tomorrow night at Empire Garage.


October 28, 2023

LEVITATION: Saturday and Sunday

AMM picks for LEVITATION weekend, including Amyl & The Sniffers, Durand Jones, Altin Gün and more.


October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

The AMM’s LEVITATION 2023 picks for Fri/Sat, including Alan Palomo, Allah-Las, Queen Serene and more.


October 26, 2023

So Very Curious, Indeed

A Curious Mix of People book launch reunion show, Saturday at The Parlor on Guadalupe.


October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

Allison Russell brings The Returner Tour to 3Ten tomorrow night.


October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

Bienvenido al Laboratorio

Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.