You’ve slept off a four-day weekend, worked/shopped on Cyber Monday, and tossed out the final few containers of Thanksgiving leftovers. Time for a new month and a new weekend of freshly-chopped live music! This time around, we recommend classic Austin indie, a 20-year veteran of the local singer/songwriter scene, and the best party this side of Daft Punk. Dive headlong into the weekend and–as always–listen local.
Friday, Dec. 1
Fastball w/Moving Panoramas
@ Antone’s (305 E. 5th St.) – 9 p.m. – Tickets
Second only to Spoon in the arena of Austin indie legends, Fastball gained nationwide notoriety with a pair of alternative hits in the mid-’90s (“The Way,” “Out Of My Head”). Not content with resting on their laurels, Fastball’s latest record, “Step Into the Light,” continues the tradition of rootsy rock. Tunes like “Best Friend” bounces with bright and shining optimism, while “We’re On Our Way” adds a grungy punk edge to the indie pop sound. Local indie/shoegaze three-some, Moving Panoramas, will be opening.
Saturday, Dec. 2
@ Poodie’s Hilltop Roadhouse (22308 TX-71, Spicewood, TX) – 8 p.m. – $25 door
Fancy a car ride? Take a drive out to Spicewood to check out Slaid Cleaves. One of Austin’s finest songwriters, Cleaves weaves complex storytelling lyrics around tightly-crafted rock-a-country. Tunes like “Breakfast in Hell” shudder with dread and foreboding, while “Already Gone” off his latest record “Ghost on the Car Radio” ups the tempo. Well-respected and well-traveled, Slaid Cleaves is well worth the short road trip west.
CAPYAC’s Crazy F***ing Costume Dance Party No. 9 w/The Bishops and Lambda
@ The Parish (214 E. 6th St.) – 9 p.m. – Tickets
If you’ve ever seen these masters of French electro-funk live, you know how much they love expressive, often insane costuming. Expect this to be ramped to the nth degree this coming Saturday at The Parish. Audience costumes are encouraged, as you’ll be dancing the night away to some Austin’s grooviest bands. And be sure to keep an eye out for my full CAPYAC article coming out next week. Also playing are hip hop family three-piece The Bishops and nu disco artist DJ Lambda.
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