One night for Scott
Continental Club, Monday 31
Drummer Scott Laningham’s distinctive touch combines effortless swing, versatility and recognizable tone. He helped mix the way a great soundtrack enhances a movie: with enough presence to reinforce the action rather than distract or overwhelm it. His effortless relationships made him a beloved figure on the Austin jazz scene and a beloved session drummer.
The Dallas native has toured with Christopher Cross, Alejandro Escovedo and Kat Edmonson, performed in the groups Freedonia and TresMusicos, recorded the 1991 comedy album approved by Dr. Demento. Moose in my house, and hosted the podcast SLRadio. At the time of his passing on May 8, Laningham maintained a stream of digital singles showcasing his vocal and multi-instrumental talents. His sudden death at age 61 from heart problems leaves a hole in our local music community.
“He was extremely responsive, rhythmically or melodically – always doing what was asked in the moment,” details Elias Haslanger, originally from Austin, who in the 80s saw the percussionist play and then became his two musical partner. decades later in the two esteemed local saxophonist quintet and favorite churches Monday. “For me, he was the perfect guy, because he was always trying to make everyone ring. And he could play any style. Either way, he could nail him to the wall.”
Church guitarist Tommy Howard and bassist Daniel Durham agree.
“Scott was the most selfless, caring and humble drummer I have ever played with, a true reflection of his personality,” said Durham. Adds Howard, “He always gave the music. Whenever I played an idea, he was always there with me. I could just focus on the song, floating on his cloud.”
Veteran ATX Axeman Mitch Watkins, who started sharing stages locally with Laningham in the early ’80s and recently joined TresMusicos drummer, agrees: “His joy was to be part of a musical event that is awesome and understand its own role. “
Plus, the good vibes Laningham shared musically extended from his person.
“He was a kind, generous, loving guy – who radiated positivity at all times,” Howard says.
“A true friendship grows when you spend so much time on the bandstand with someone like that,” adds Haslanger. “It was way beyond music.”
“The part of humanity in him is, on a certain level, more important to me than the part of a musician,” Watkins suggests. “He was someone who, after any sort of interaction with him, I still felt, always better than before. He had this quality of shedding his light on people.”
Intended to resume its weekly residency at the gallery, the Church on Monday show relocates to the main club to celebrate the life of Laningham. Doors open at 6 p.m., with souvenirs at 6:30 a.m. and music starting at 7 a.m. Guests include Watkins, Ephraim Owens, Andre Hayward and Nate Laningham, Scott’s son. No Coverage, But All Parties Encourage Donations To GoFundMe Account For Her Family: gofundme.com/f/scott-laningham-memorial-fund. – Michael toland
Lone Star Mindset
ACL Live at in a bad mood Theater & 3ten ACL Live, Saturday 29
Last year, Houston’s indomitable byte, The Suffers, rocked “Take Me to the Good Times,” an exuberant explosion of Gulf Coast soul and funk that called out and down. Good times back, the Kam Franklin collective anchors a Memorial Day weekend takeover of the two ACL locations alongside a culinary showcase on the terrace. Led by firecracker Sabrina Ellis, Sweet Spirit brings “The Power” with an anthemic indie grit-glam to the main stage as well, while downstairs in guitar slinger club Zach Person releases his new self-titled debut album strutting around blister rock blister. Irish transplant Pat Byrne ends the celebration by showcasing her suave, pop-addicted writing. – Doug freeman
Pressure release party
Independence Brewing Co., Saturday 29 – Sunday 30
As the city awakens from a pandemic slumber, a two-day broadcast of live music and art delivers exactly what the doctor ordered. With mental health awareness month sitting at the forefront of the festivities, the southeast Austin shindig forges a SIMS Foundation sponsorship to dust the gearboxes of nightlife favorites Trouble in the Streets, Bright Light Social Hour, Western Youth, Altamesa, Thor & Friends, the Human Circuit pop group orchestra, and 10 more. A Saturday After the Party showcases the work of guest DJs from Bad guys wear black hosts Curse Mackey and Rona Rougeheart, with live paintings throughout the event by Peelander-Z pilot Kengo Hioki and Raasin in the Sun, 2021 “Best of Austin” winners. Tickets available through Eventbrite. – Greg stitt
Dubbo, Lil Jairmy, Wacotron
Come and take He Live, Wednesday 2
Austin Dubbo’s ascendant rapper knows only one fad: let’s go. He treats music like a NASCAR pilot – go all out – and that contagious exuberance during the “Ben10” breakout has precipitated his momentum. Dallas Transplant kicks off ATX Summer with another of his high octane performances as he opens for Lil Jairmy of Houston. The latter’s close relationship with 4PF, a label run by Atlanta trap superstar Lil Baby, gained popularity with last month’s “Get Back”. 42 Dugg lends a verse on the uptempo track, while the 22-year-old Houstonian notably claims his reluctance to partner with fraudulent peers. Wacotron completes the fully regional lineup of budding Lone Stars. His new mixtape, Smokin texas, weighs heavily on production thanks to the famous Atlanta hitmakers 808 Mafia. “Umbrella,” a single produced by Marshmello and starring Chicago drill star G Herbo, sees the Waco host accurately manipulating menacing violins. – Derek udensi
Candler Wilkinson IV
Long Play Lounge East, Thursday 3
A tattooed country jazz marvel, Candler Wilkinson IV has guitar skills that make you wonder if he signed with the devil. The Austinite’s wild fingers invite you to buckle up as it races into long sets of 32 notes, complemented by quirky licks and shape-changing chord voices. Usually accompanied by Curtis Sigurd’s niche bass, his sets harmonize with western swing, old-fashioned Americana, classic country, and favorites such as the Yiddish standard “Bei Mir Bistu Shein”, which all spin. lyrically towards debauchery. The basic Thursday night abode at Long Play Lounge East – formerly Stay Gold – also features prodigious yodeling chops. – Kevin curtin
Mark Rubin: The triumph of assimilation
Call it “Klezmerbilly”. Bad Livers bassist Mark Rubin, now based in New Orleans, transforms his Jewish heritage into American roots in a way that ties together folk traditions both playfully and with great emotion. Released on his Rubinchik records, The triumph of assimilation by the so-called “Oklahoma Jew” takes on a history of discrimination and social absorption, a tension inherent in the stylistic cholent of the styles of bluegrass, Americana, folk and Romani that Rubin cooks. Openers “A Day of Revenge” and “It’s Burning” translate Mordechai Gebirtig’s poems, calling for retribution through “kindness, peace and love”, while “Down South Kosher” and Randy Newman-esque “Unnatural Disasters “sting with a biting mind. Staggering clawhammer “Yiddish Banjo Suite” and yodelling “Spin the Dreidel”, starring Austin Rabbi Neil Blumofe and the Panorama Jazz Band of New Orleans, blend cultures impeccably, as does the banjo of Bad Livers band Danny Barnes on “My Resting Place”. In an era of American roots music inspecting its various threads, Rubin adds a precious stitch to the tapestry. – Doug freeman
Primo the Alien double EP released
Independent producer Laura Lee Bishop’s Heart on the run and Rock teacher oozes electro sweetness with touches of rock & roll and contemporary rhythms. In the guise of Primo the Alien, the Austin singer resonates through backing vocals while intoxicating listeners with the sweet nectar of fascinating bridges, sounds ordinary Earthlings could not comprehend without her intergalactic intervention. Opening the Siamese EPs with dance flashes and synth subtleties, retro-pop rule “Do It Again” lays a groovy pattern of dazzling progressions. From a lightning storm of “Thunder” to the B-side star “Intergalactic Gypsy”, the eight tracks in total leave no planet untouched as she speaks of love, power, and the weight of what means to be a woman in a genre ruled by Men. Packed in humor and crass verbiage, “Rock Professor” takes on the overwhelming male presence in the music industry. Searing guitars merge into a silent bridge, led by a piano, before the ’80s pop queen transforms into a sonic finale worthy of the most esteemed stages. Scintillating cinematic backing tracks and thrilling electrifying movements, HOTR and RP let the hearts race and the souls of the empowered misunderstoods. – Alyssa quiles
Papa Longhead: Flicker
Squishy, sticky, bubbly, with a double vocal attack from bass plucker JD Pinkus and guitar executioner Jimbo Yongue which is eerily reminiscent of Gene Simmons’ debut, Flicker sparkle and sparkle like garage blasts lit on Kiss blankets and ketamine. Fourth LP and first since Classic on Man’s Ruin in 1998 (thanks, Frank Kozik), the re-emergence of the heshers on the Austin Onama Media Group imprint more than two decades after their heyday brings back everything like a long-defunct local freak festival Woodshock. The 1991 trio arc on Touch & Go, Cheatos, tweaked and tweaked like Pinkus’ day group, the Butthole Surfers, and featured at least two alongside Scratch Acid drum demon Rey Washam. Today Frank Garymartin rocks the kit during a comeback recorded, produced and mixed by Pinkus, an Austin pandemic victim once he leaves town for the mountains near Asheville, Carolina. North. Daddy Longhead’s four albums reside on Bandcamp from January, edited by Flicker, a thick, resin-coated comeback, 11 songs in 38 minutes. “Thinking back to the sorrows, I see that there is something left / I find it harder to tell the difference between pleasures and pains, “starts” Plano “out of the door behind a bulbous bassline, muddy feedback and ascending tempo, all sleepy and pleasant. Chunky chugger” Case of the Feelings, “the shambolic click of” Riddle Cap, “and ZZZ Top-ish “The Man” buzz and loop, but “Balls Out Inn” sets the tone. Ready-made metallic blooze for ex-blues burg Austin, it rides a riff any kind of shredder would bend with joy, while heavier, meaner, more wastoid sound “Lung Punch” and “Burnt Toast” melted, whose gooey black tar does not come off when scraped with a butter knife, raw groove. “Beautiful” warps and twists. transforms into audio possession like demonic sorcery perfectly associated with the disintegration unit of Austin USA / Mexico. This penultimate track falls into the sonorous bleeding of the closing title track “Twinkle (live)”, a shooting star for cannabinoids and cannibals. – Raoul Hernandez