Live music is awesome no matter what, but some concerts just put all other shows to shame. Such was the case Saturday night at Emo’s, where I transcended back to the late 60's watching Amplified Heat: Austin-based true rock’n’rollers whose musicianship is even more illustrious than their hair. And that’s saying something.
Over the course of three albums, Austin’s Amplified Heat have distinguished themselves through high-flying musicianship and an almost fetishistic devotion to power-trio boogie after the fashion of Cream and Blue Cheer. That the band- comprised of brothers Chris, Jim and Gian Ortiz- has mastered their chosen idiom is beyond question; Chris and Gian, in particular, come startlingly close to reproducing the frantic, hard-grooving interplay of Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding.