As May continues its thundering march towards summer, the days of comfortable evening listening are becoming scarce. Take advantage of the pleasant temps with even better music. This weekend, we recommend an indie rock duo, outstanding music festival, and an Austinot favorite bringing down a brunch. Listen local!
Friday, May 17
Born Twins vinyl release w/ The Sour Notes, Tortuga Shades
@ Hard Luck Lounge (3526 E. 7th St.) – 7 p.m. – Facebook event
The latest project from duo Singer Mayberry and David Lujan, Born Twins turns the indie rock formula on its ear with earnest vocals and a warm, minimalist feel. Fans of their previous bands, Red Leaves and BitterBirds, will know exactly what to expect from this dynamic twosome.
Tunes like a spot-on cover of The Cure’s “A Few Hours After This” and the insistent drum stomp of “Fall Apart” hearken back to the lo-fi days of analogue ’80s synth, with droning bass and floaty vocals. Emotional without being saccharine and disarmingly honest, Born Twins continues Mayberry and Lujan’s track record for finely crafted indie pop.
Saturday, May 18
Bastrop Music Festival
Multiple venues – Full calendar
A weekend-long celebration of local soul, folk, and Americana, Bastrop Music Festival is well worth the hour-long drive southeast. Stretched among four venues, the event features great shows at low prices. Mix in free shows around town with sponsored happy hours and events for kids, and this festival is a family-friendly adventure.
Saturday is jam-packed with ATX goodness. Standout acts include soul man Donovan Keith, rootsie indie band Fastball, folk fixture Graham Wilkinson, and Americana stalwarts Harvest Thieves. Full wristbands are available for $40, with single night tickets available as low as $7 per venue. An incredible value for seeing amazing music.
Super Soul Saturday Brunch w/Ray Prim
How’s this for a perfect Saturday? Before heading to Bastrop for the big festival, get your brunch on at Geraldine’s to the sweet soul of Ray Prim. An Austinot favorite, Prim combines classic R&B, heartfelt folk, and modern rock to create a unique and uplifting sound.
His upcoming record “Unconditional” exemplifies and elevates the Ray Prim formula. “Master My Love” weaves a story of unyielding devotion through guitar scrawl and driving bass, while the politically charged “Too Much To Lose” pleads for acceptance and tolerance in a striking churn of strings, folk guitar, and percussive slam.
If you want a full sampling of the new album and need another Prim fix, the album release show is May 24, 2019, at One-2-One Bar.
@BillTuckerTSP wants to know:
Where will you be going for live music in Austin this weekend?
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