The heat of summer is in full effect and there’s nothing better for a case of the hotness than fine local music. This weekend, we suggest an incredible lawn party, and a double tap of indie rock and power punk. Grab some sun tan lotion, get out on the town, and listen local!
Friday, July 19
Black Fret Summer Sessions w/Trouble in the Streets, Superfónicos, Sydney Wright, Graham Wilkinson & Kalu Trio, Jaimee Harris
@ Long Center for the Performing Arts (701 W. Riverside) – 5 p.m. – Event page
One of Austin’s most charitable and impactful music advocacy organizations, Black Fret, brings its A-game with the second Summer Sessions show of the season.
This time around, the lineup is nothing short of stunning. The award-winning hip hop act Trouble in the Streets shares a bill with Colombian funk act Superfónicos, indie pop queen Syndey Wright, folk singer Jaimee Harris, and Graham Wilkinson & Kalu Trio.
This is all happening on the Long Center lawn, and all free to the public. Start your weekend right with this incredible concert.
The Canvas People
@ Geraldine’s (605 Davis) – 10:30 p.m. – Event page
A band of power, harmony, and intense musicality, The Canvas People is a tent pole of the Austin indie rock scene. If the groove-heavy backbeats and three-part vocals don’t make you an instant fan, then checking out this impressive live show will.
This weekend’s performance is in celebration of the upcoming release of the band’s new single, “Cavalry Lounge,” which will be released on July 26, 2019. The song is a sizzling slow burn of tight bass and churning drums, which explodes into guitar solo squall and apocalyptic drum work.
A call to action for all those who feel helpless and disempowered by the state of our world today, “Cavalry Lounge” has the heart to go along with the hammer. An excellent tune by a unique, impressive band.
Saturday, July 20
Rival Waves single release w/V3CO, Buzz Electro
@ Mohawk Inside (912 Red River) – 9 p.m. – Tickets
A blend of early 2000s Foo Fighters and modern expressions of pop punk, Rival Waves creates easily digestible pop-rock with craft and care. While the show is in celebration of the latest sibgle, “Hwy 100,” the entire Rival Waves catalog is worth exploring.
From “Transducer” and its Newfound Glory guitar riff and soaring hook, to the vibrant mixed metaphors of “Amputee,” Rival Waves brings the thunder every single time. And while I wasn’t able to get my ear on the new single itself, if it’s anything like the current classics, then it’ll be a rock-and-roll triumph.
@BillTuckerTSP wants to know:
What local music are you planning to catch this weekend in Austin?
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