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!
Friday, Feb. 28
Kalu & the Electric Joint, Think No Think in support of Medicine Man Revival
@ Continental Club (1315 S. Congress Ave.) – 9:30 p.m. – Tickets
Big music in a tiny venue can be a unique experience. Few bands create expansive, enveloping sound like psych/rock masters Kalu & the Electric Joint. Always a stop during my SXSW travels, Kalu and crew mold masterful soundscapes, layered with effect-laden guitars and emotional vocals.
Afterward, Think No Think will take the stage and bombard the crowd with blistering punk power. A highlight at last year’s Black Fret Ball, this powerhouse three-piece will blow the doors off the Continental Club. A fantastic evening of rock-and-roll shred and scream.
Saturday, Feb. 29
Tameca Jones, Torino Black
@ Continental Club (1315 S. Congress Ave.) – 10 p.m. – Tickets
How’s this for an eclectic lineup? Start with the Latin garage rock of Torino Black; close with soul queen Tameca Jones; and you have another sensational evening at the legendary Continental Club.
Torino Black’s latest record, “Calle Alta,” is a multi-layered machine gun blast of danceable punk and raucous rock, while Tameca’s 2018 single “Are You Awake” pulses with sultry lyrics and stunning vocals. Entertain both sides of your brain with this can’t-miss set.
Madam Radar album release
@ Scottish Rite Theater (207 W. 18th) – 6 p.m. – Tickets
A perennial Austinot favorite, Madam Radar’s brilliant brand of folk, bluegrass, and rock is incredible to witness live. Formally known as The Texas K.G.B., the group’s first single under the new moniker, “Carolina,” sparkles like a ’70s-era acoustic folk tune. Launched by soulful vocals and funky acoustic guitar, the song blooms into a full-fledged country/rock jam complete with sing-along choruses and tight guitar leads.
Add to the mix a wonderfully unique venue and you get a memorable musical experience.
@BillTuckerTSP wants to know:
Where are you going for live, local music this weekend in Austin?