Good morning, afternoon, or evening, music lovers! Not to sound like an Internet weather man, but the forecast for this coming weekend is absolutely gorgeous. Your mission? Come out and listen to live, local music! This weekend, we recommend old school ATX indie, emotional pop/rock, and one of my favorite local synth bands. Enjoy the weather, weekend, and music!
Friday, April 13
Moving Matter w/Jabarvy
@ One-2-One Bar (1509 S. Lamar Blvd.) – 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. (doors 8 p.m.) – Tickets
When Moving Matter suddenly disappeared from the Austin scene in 2009, long-time fans felt the void. After a smattering of shows here, there, and everywhere, these old school indie rockers are reuniting for a reunion show this Friday at One-2-One Bar.
Drawing easy comparisons to Wilco with a harder rock-and-roll edge, these Austinites have 2007’s “Infrablue” and two 2009 live albums under their collective belt. Prepare for the void to be filled during this special, one-time event.
Saturday, April 14
Blue October w/Swimming With Bears
@ Mohawk (912 Red River St.) – 7-9 p.m. – Tickets
The former Houstonians turned Austinites of Blue October bring their celebrated brand of melodic, emotionally-charged pop rock to Mohawk this Saturday. Hits like “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean” from 2006’s “Foiled” are excellent entry points to Blue Ocean’s guitar-heavy and occasionally operatic sound.
The title track from the latest record, “I Hope You’re Happy,” flips the formula with bouncy ’80s synth and vocals Robert Smith would give a thumbs-up to. Also playing are soulful indie/funk act Swimming With Bears.
Missio w/Morgan Saint
@ The Parish (214 E. 6th St.) – 8:30 p.m. (doors 7:30 p.m.) – Tickets
Big, brooding, and awash with synth plucked straight from the Dark Side, Missio is a band I return to again and again. While most know them for monster hits like “Bottom of the Deep Blue Sea” and “Middle Fingers,” the group’s latest EP “Skeletons: Part 2” paints a different picture.
Comprised of four stripped-down piano versions of classic tunes and one original, the record is a stark contrast to the band’s usual boom and bang. “Kamikazee” and “KDV” place the emotion front and center, while the plaintive confessional “Everybody Gets High” hits even harder than its electronic counterpart. An impressive night of music is all but guaranteed.
@BillTuckerTSP wants to know:
Where are you going for live, local music this weekend in Austin?
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