Farther we go into the COVID-19 rabbit hole, but with our newfound isolation comes more awesome livestream performances. This week, we recommend a monstrous super stream, Austinot favorite, and world-class DJ. Stay safe; stay home; and continue to listen local![Read more…]
You know what? Virtu-shows are fun! While the energy and community of a live performance can’t be replaced, I thoroughly enjoyed butt dancing in my chair last week to the sounds of Mobley and Sydney Wright. The “we’re in this together” vibe held its own special magic.
This week we recommend a classic folk duo, living room honky tonk, and an interactive stream from one of Austin’s guitar-playing favorites.[Read more…]
It’s dark days for the Austin music scene. With every venue closed for the foreseeable future, the effects of coronavirus are a gut punch to everyone from artists, to venue owners, to the fine folks slinging drinks and checking your ID.
But all is not lost. There are still several ways to support the Austin music community despite the crippling closures. Here are five ways you can make a difference.[Read more…]
And just like that, it’s over. With one proclamation of imminent disaster, the city of Austin pulled the plug on SWSX 2020. Regardless of your personal opinions, losing the biggest event of the year stings from a dozen difference perspectives.
But those of us who live in Austin are the lucky ones. We have an incredible talent pool of bands, artists, and musicians who live in our backyard. Even though the official SXSW showcases are dead and buried, many of the bands in this year’s Top 15 will be doing unofficial shows throughout the week and in the future. So why not celebrate some of our local finest? More than ever, come out to a show, buy some merch, and support our local scene.[Read more…]
Days before the swarm of SXSW, the Austin music scene takes a moment to pause and reflect. For one lovely evening at the Moody Theater, local artists and industry leaders gather for an evening of recognition, celebration, and community. Less a stuffy awards show and more a party with a few statuettes tossed in, the 2020 Austin Music Awards on March 11 promises to be an unforgettable night of explosive performances and heartfelt thanksgiving.[Read more…]
Howdy weekend, Austin! Another week closer to the big festival. And while illness fears are very real, I’d be remiss if I didn’t recommend some rad local shows coming up. This weekend, we recommend an underground band showcase, ’80s-era synth-pop, and mellow, harmony-driven indie rock. Be safe, wash your hands thoroughly, and listen local![Read more…]
February is almost in the books. With an extra Leap Year day on the calendar, there’s no better time to take in live music in Austin. This weekend we recommend fuzzed-out psych, stunning soul, and a recently re-branded folk/rock outfit more than worth your time. Listen local, y’all![Read more…]
There are three sections of Sixth Street in Austin: West, East, and what locals refer to as Dirty. West Sixth is the section of Sixth Street that runs west from Congress Avenue. For the most part, the nightlife scene ends at North Lamar Boulevard.
For locals, Dirty Sixth runs from Congress to I-35 even though technically, and according to street signs, East Sixth Street starts at Congress Avenue and runs east. But when you hear locals talk about East Sixth, we are referencing anything east of I-35. Don’t get confused by the street signs; you’ll be talking like a local in no time.
East Sixth as we know and love it today is an eclectic blend of shops, restaurants, dives, and cocktail bars. It’s also quite new–in relation to Dirty or West Sixth–with the gentrification of east Austin surging in the past 10 years.
Here are 15 of my favorite East Sixth Street establishments you won’t want to miss.[Read more…]
Welcome to the almost weekend, Austinites! With the biggest festival of the year officially less than a month away, it’s time to run downtown and check out some music before the tourists invade. This weekend, we recommend delightful garage rock/pop, a split EP celebration, and an Americana act’s latest record release.
Enjoy the weekend and always listen local![Read more…]
Music used to be all about the sound. Put on some good headphones; crank up an album; and allow yourself to be swept away. But these days, artists and industry types need a social media outlet.
Here are six must-follow Austin music social media accounts curated by people who truly care about the content they create, and use the medium to enhance the local music community.[Read more…]