Another Austin weekend, another opportunity to enjoy fantastic live music. This week, we celebrate a record release from one of our favorite indie acts, a monstrous street festival, and down-home bluegrass like mama used to listen to. Enjoy the weekend, and listen local!
Friday, May 5
Alex Napping LP Release
@ Cheer Up Charlies (900 Red River St.)
One of my “Must See Bands” from this year’s SXSW, Alex Napping celebrates a new LP, “Mise En Place,” on Friday at Cheer Up Charlies. From the new record, “You’ve Got Me” mixes lead singer Alex Cohen’s feathery vocals with effect-laden indie rock, while “Living Room” bounces with tight drums and guitar work. Soulful and introspective, with a knowing smirk, Alex Napping’s thoughtful sonic landscapes beg to be experienced live.
Saturday May 6
Pecan Street Festival
Take a walk down the middle of Sixth Street and celebrate the turn to warmer weather during Pecan Street Festival. Now in its 40th year, the event features a lineup made up almost entirely of Austin talent. From punk rock to dream pop, there’s something for everybody. This year’s Austin bands include:
Red River Stage
- Pleasure Venom – 80’s-style post-punk
- BLXPLTN – Two-piece digital post-punk
- Palm Daze – Psychedelic dream gaze
- Honeyrude – 80’s-era new wave, a la The Cure
- Planet Manhood – Fuzzed-out indie rock
- Rival Waves – Late 90’s-style pop punk
- My Jerusalem – Brooding alt-rock
- Ringo Deathstarr – Alternative shoe gaze
- My Education – Instrumental psychedelic post-rock
- Residual Kid – Young, energetic teenage rock
- Riders Against the Storm – Legendary socially-conscious hip hop
- Nubia Emmon – 90’s-era groove-centered hip hop
- Jake Lloyd – Local R&B crooner
- Austin Children’s Choir – Adorable cuteness on stage
- Brainwave – Chilled out ambient
- Fort Never – Chantell Moody of The Digital Wild’s newest soul/groove project.
- Kady Rain – Dreamy, danceable pop with stunning vocals
- SIGNY – Smooth, seductive electro-pop
- Mamahawk – Spacey, dreamy head rock
- The Dizzease – Sugary, playful garage pop/rock
- The Hours Quiet – Danceable mid-80’s new wave with a theatrical bent
- Lexi Cardenas – Classically-trained violinist and singer/songwriter
Sunday, May 7
@ Oskar Blues Brewery (10420 Metric Blvd.) at 2 p.m.
Good pints and great music await those looking for a Sunday Funday at Oskar Blues Brewery. Local bluegrass act, Sour Bridges, delivers boot-stomping, four-on-the-floor jams worthy of barn dances and concert halls alike. Seeing them in a small venue with quality libations only enhances the good time vibes. One of Austin’s finest!
@BillTuckerTSP wants to know:
Which Austin bands are you checking out this weekend?
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