Happy Fourth of July weekend, friends! Amidst the barbecues, fireworks, and American flags, there’s a solid slate of awesome local music waiting to be enjoyed. This weekend, we recommend Mexican electronic, an award-winning indie rocker, and a singer/songwriter worth traveling miles to see. Enjoy the weekend and always listen local!
Friday, July 5
AlexAlco w/Obsolete Machines, Dr Scientist, Reen and the Renegades
@ Swan Dive (615 Red River) – 9:30 p.m. – Tickets
A swirling blend of Mexican mariachi guitars, pulsing electronic back beats, and haunting vocals, AlexAlco’s genre-smash style will sweep you away.
From the soothing slow burn of “Cosmic” to “Doom,” a Robert Rodriguez-inspired jam lush with screaming guitars, Latin horns, and a percussion avalanche, AlexAlco is one of the more interesting and exciting one-man acts I’ve come across since Mobley.
Celebrate the release of his newest record with the ATX luminaries of Obsolete Machines, rock band Dr Scientists, and power pop act Reen and The Renegades.
Matthew Logan Vasquez w/Sir Woman, PR Newman
An artist of musical agility, Matthew Logan Vasquez dances between the blistering indie rock indicative of his former band, Delta Spirit, to the introspective folk/rock of his solo efforts.
On his latest record, “Light’n Up,” Vasquez continues his inward trek to electric effect. Personal favorites include the sincerely sweet “Ballad in My Bed,” and the Springsteen-esqe slam and bravado of “Trailer Park.” But you could spend an afternoon exploring his eclectic and fascinating discography.
Spending an evening with him in an intimate setting will be a Friday well spent. Also playing is Sir Woman (Kelsey of Wild Child) and post punk virtuoso PR Newman.
Saturday, July 6
@ Saxon Pub (1320 S. Lamar Blvd.) – 10 p.m. – Concert listing
By taking the heartfelt Americana of her everyday band, The Wheelwrights, and focusing the sound inward, Anna Larson’s solo work is as introspective as it is enthralling. Her latest record, “Shifting Sand,” is a 10-song collection of heartfelt singer/songwriter tunes that exemplify her range and musicianship.
Choice tracks include the album’s up-tempo opener “Where Were You,” the somber, string-laden “In Parts,” and “Acting Alone,” a beautiful acoustic song that bleeds with images of helplessness and unavoidable anguish.
Wonderful work by a standout artist who deserves to be experienced live.
@BillTuckerTSP wants to know:
What local music are you planning to catch this weekend in Austin?
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