“The creative energy is in my blood,” Heather Wagner Reed pointed out before detailing the abundance of work she’s accomplished over the years. [Read more…]
As the calendar tiptoes from July to August, the world around us slips into a heat-induced coma. Everything, that is, except Austin’s local music scene. Exceptional shows are still everywhere, awaiting your patronage. This week, we highlight an upbeat party show, a socially-conscious, female-focused festival, and a band whose heart lives in the crux of the early 2000’s emo scene. Another unforgettable weekend, courtesy of the Live Music Capital of the World. Enjoy the music, and as always, listen local! [Read more…]
Stuck in the middle of 100 degree days, knocking on the door of August, it’s hard to separate from Netflix-binging and air conditioning. But this is Texas, y’all. We’re made of sterner stuff.
This weekend, we’ve picked can’t miss soul/funk, a female-focused rock/country show, and classic country Waylon would respect. Get outside, weather the heat, and–as always–listen local. [Read more…]
Everyone has a story. A tale composed of tiny moments weaving through our day-to-day routines and occasional adventures. The small parts define our past and influence our future.
Austin soul man, Nakia, has a story that has taken him from singing in Alabama churches to NBC’s “The Voice,” and everywhere in between. With his June 29, 2017 reunion with His Southern Cousins at Antone’s, the latest chapter in his tale is a loving nod to an extraordinary past. [Read more…]
In the world of local Austin music, the Red River district is set apart. A tightly clustered neighborhood of eclectic music venues, the area has defined Austin music for generations. It’s also at risk due to rising rent, greater competition, and changing tastes.
In honor of this storied music destination, we’re focusing on the first annual Hot Summer Nights music festival, presented by the Red River Cultural District. The free four-day event features a who’s who of exceptional Austin music across most of the district’s venues. To help sort through the massive lineup, we’ve picked our must-see shows at the festival for the weekend. Enjoy and listen local!
Friday, July 14
White Denim, Deep Time, Go Fever, the Stacks, and more
@ Cheer Up Charlies (900 Red River St.)
Seasoned veterans of the Austin music scene, the sing-along rock masters in White Denim put on a phenomenal show. Most recently known for their song “Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)” driving a viral Nintendo Switch commercial, this hard-jamming four-some has chops and songs to spare. Expect a frenetic, fast-paced performance. Also playing are indie pop band, Deep Time, surf rocking Go Fever, and the lo-fi head trip sound of The Stacks.
Saturday, July 15
She Sir, A. Sinclair, Magic Rockers of Texas, Moving Panoramas, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, and more.
@ Mohawk – inside and outside (912 Red River St.)
With a massive show during a massive weekend, Mohawk plays host to eight local acts on Saturday.
- She Sir: Fifteen years into their existence, this four-piece continues to deliver soulful, emotional shoegaze.
- A. Sinclair: Indie rock with a summery, danceable rhythm and sway.
- Magic Rockers of Texas: Hi-fi, fuzz-laden garage rock designed to move hips and knock heads.
- Chill Russell: Alternative rock peppered with psychedelic soundscapes centers this band’s signature sound.
- Matthew Logan Vasquez: The frontman to indie rocking Delta Spirit combines soul, southern rock, and electronic pop to create something entirely exceptional.
- Mike and the Moonpies: This down-home Texas honky-tonk group tells stories of life, loss, and family with a hint of Waylon Jennings snarl.
- Moving Panoramas: Bouncy shoegaze with a pop sensibility, Moving Panoramas’ 2016 LP, “One,” complements sunny drives to Corpus or rainy afternoons equally well.
- Letting Up Despite Great Faults: A combination of 80’s synth, 90’s shoegaze, and bass licks worthy of The Cure. One of my favorite local music discoveries last year.
Sunday, July 16
Major Grizz, Swimming with Bears, Hours Quiet
@ Stubb’s Indoors (801 Red River St.)
As the inaugural Hot Summer Nights festival slows to a close, quality music is still readily available. Our Sunday Funday recommendation is a combination of Major Grizz’s in-your-face post punk, Swimming With Bears’ funkified soul rock, and the soaring electronic pulse of Hours Quiet. Close out the festival, and the weekend, with these gems of Austin music.
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With Independence Day in the rearview mirror and another summer scorcher on the horizon, it’s time to chill out with our weekend concert picks. This time around, we present a high-energy power pop foursome, a “math-folk” act celebrating an EP release, and a rock star turned roots country crooner. Enjoy the weekend and, as always, listen local! [Read more…]
This weekend, we celebrate our nation’s independence with live local music with a focus on the rock side of the Austin music scene. Whether you want your holiday weekend chill and mellow, or you feel like rocking out, we’ve got you covered with this week’s concert picks. Enjoy and, as always, listen local! [Read more…]
Austin takes its reputation as Live Music Capital of the World very seriously over the summer. Each year, as temperatures begin to rise, our beloved city plays host to free summer concerts at various outdoor spots around town.
As always, local radio station KGSR leads the way with no less than three concert series at some of the most popular music venues in Austin. Keep things classy with the Austin Symphony on Sunday nights through August, or the Music Under the Star series at the Bullock Museum on Friday nights in July. Austin does hump day right, and fortunately you don’t have to choose between the venerable Blues on the Green and the always unique Sound & Cinema series because of their alternating event dates.
So pack up the sunscreen and get your lawn chairs ready. This is your complete guide to enjoying free outdoor music in Austin for the rest of the summer. [Read more…]
Summer is finally here, and Austin keeps jamming with another weekend of rad live music. This weekend we present a hip hop showcase at Mohawk, legendary ATX punk, and emotional indie rock with danceable hooks and rhythm. A fine lineup of local acts to keep your ears ringing and feet moving. Enjoy the weekend, and–as always–listen local! [Read more…]
The steamy streets of Austin, Texas, will be alive with fine local music all weekend long. Our handpicked favorites include a brain-blowing festival, driving 80’s synth pop, and sensitive, emotional Americana. All excellent, all accessible, and, most importantly, all local. Enjoy the weekend! [Read more…]