Welcome to the weekend, Austinites. The weather’s finally turned beautiful and ACL Music Fest is behind us. Time to return our gaze to the local music scene. This weekend, we recommend a critically-adored indie band, classic blues, and harmony-driven dream-pop. Hurrah for Austin, music, and our vibrant scene. Listen local!
Friday, Oct. 20
Wild Child w/Matthew Logan Vasquez
@ Historic Scoot Inn (1308 E. 4th St.) – 8-11 p.m. – Tickets
It’s tough to praise Wild Child without sounding redundant, but here goes nothing. One of Austin’s most celebrated acts in the last decade, this dynamic, fun, and talented seven-piece plays an infectious brand of quirky indie pop. Their 2016 album “Fools” is a slice of musical bliss, while their latest single “Break Bones” is sparse, haunting, and highlights Kelsey Wilson’s touching, vulnerable vocals. If you’ve never seen Wild Child live, do yourself a favor and make it happen, especially in this intimate venue. Also playing is indie troubadour and ex-front man for Delta Spirit, Matthew Logan Vasquez.
@ Lamberts Downtown Barbecue (401 W. 2nd St.) – 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. – No cover
Call me a sucker for old school Austin, but few things make me smile like featuring a revered old timer in our local music scene. Blues master Matthew Robinson has been strumming the 12-bar strut since 1964 with no signs of slowing down. With his backing band The Jelly Kings by his side, Robinson delivers foot-stomping, heart-pounding blues straight from the soul. With a late start time, winding down your night with his classic sound would be a choice way to close your Friday night.
Saturday, Oct. 21
Signy, Fuss Ricket, Beat Bodega, Obsolete Machines
@ Blackheart (86 Rainey St.) – 9 p.m.
If I was out and about this weekend, instead of caring for an active toddler, this is the show I’d be attending. I have a secret/not-so-secret love for dreamy electropop, and Signy scratches that itch in every conceivable way. With beautiful vocals spun around thundering rhythms and melodic synth, Signy’s sound is theatrical, mesmerizing, and oddly danceable. Check out the video to “Waiting For You” if you need a reason to fall in love. Also playing is producer/performer Fuss Ricket, funk-pop trio Beat Bodega, and electro pop-punk act Obsolete Machines.
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Which local band are you seeing this weekend in Austin?
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