After a quick break, our Weekly Concert Picks series is back with a furious vengeance. This time around, we recommend classic soul, a Beatles-esqe ’60s pop act, and an Americana band’s long-anticipated album release. Enjoy the weekend and–as always–listen local!
Friday, Nov. 17
The Nightowls w/Sour Bridges, Cari Q
@ Barracuda (611 E. 7th St.) – 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. – Tickets
Prepare for an evening of soul, bluegrass, and rootsy indie at Barracuda on Friday. The groove-laden bop and boogie of The Nightowls leads the charge, with a soulful sound that gets in your bones and shakes your spine. The group’s newest single, “Lift Me Up,” bounces with a killer hornline and sensuous groove, specifically designed to make you move. Also playing are bluegrass wizards Sour Bridges and the indie rock stylings of Houstonian-turned-Austinite Cari Q.
Saturday, Nov. 18
The Texas K.G.B. Record Release Show w/Cartright and Croy & the Boys
@ Mohawk Indoors (912 Red River St.) – 9 p.m. – Tickets
Blending country, bluegrass, and old-fashioned Americana, The Texas K.G.B. commemorates a brand new record, “Welcome Home,” this coming Saturday. The title track features lead vocalist and guitarist Kelly Green’s impressive range, buoyed by a vintage four-on-the-floor rhythm and soaring harmonies. Many bands in this genre survive on railroad drums and little else, but The Texas K.G.B. sets itself apart with pure energy and sick musicianship. Joining the party: experimental rock band Cartright and country crooners Croy & the Boys.
Burgess Meredith Release Show w/A. Sinlcair, Michale St. Clair (of Okkervil River), and Ooni
@ Hole in the Wall (2538 Guadalupe St.) – 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
One of Austin’s OG music halls meets ’60s-era garage pop this weekend, during Burgess Meredith’s record release shindig. Songs like “FM 544” balance a simple pop arrangement with lush, overpowering harmonies, creating a sound that’s timeless and timely at the same time. Another example of a retro act bringing something new to the table. Also performing is local hard rocker A. Sinclair, Michael St. Clair of Okkervil River, and psych-pop band Ooni.
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