Another week, another weekend! As we come down from the costumed chaos, it’s time to get back in the groove of live, local music. This weekend, we recommend a rad music fest, Jim Morrison-tinged psych rock, and early 2000s-era emo rock. Dive in, stalwart music fans–and listen local!
Friday, Nov. 2
UTOPiAfest w/Luka Nelson, Wild Child, The Deer, Trouble in the Streets, Dawn and Hawkes, and other non-local artists
@ Reveille Peak Ranch (105 CR 114, Burnet, TX) – 12:45 to 11 p.m. – Tickets
With three days chock-full of musical goodness, it was hard to pick one day of UTOPiAfest to profile. This year’s event features a diverse and exciting lineup of locals, and non-locals alike.
While technically California-based, Lukas Nelson’s rad country/rock has Austin roots and heads a long list of incredible acts. Highlights include the experimental folk of The Deer, rap/rock stalwarts Trouble in the Street, and the touching folk two-some Dawn and Hawkes.
NOTE: As of this writing, full weekend passes are still available.
Saturday, Nov. 3
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The Cuckoos w/Doom Lagoon, Satalights
@ The Electric Church (5018 E. Cesar Chavez) – 9 p.m. – $5
With psychedelic guitar squeal, trippy organ vamps, and brooding vocals plucked straight from the ’70s, The Cuckoos elevate the notion of being a “retro act,” through solid song craft and style. While the group’s most obvious influence would be The Doors, the band blends lengthy guitar solos and soul into Jim Morrison-soaked growling head rock. The sort of band perfect for hazy evenings of mind-expanding introspection.
Also playing are Omaha-based off-beat rock band Doom Lagoon and ATX space rockers Satalights.
Honey & Salt w/Stagehorn, Dexorah, A.M. Feelgood
@ Mohawk Inside (912 Red River) – 8 p.m. – Tickets
Hard driving emo rock with shades of Cartel and Saves the Day, Honey & Salt combines the best of the genre with complex rhythms and rhymes. “Simple Errors” channels early Taking Back Sundayt, while the cleverly titled “A Nihilist Takes Up Knitting” shines with soaring drums, indie rock guitar squeal and lead vocalist Wade Allen’s dramatic emo scream. If you have a soft spot in your heart for early 2000’s emo, then this electric four-piece will more than deliver.
Also playing are local post-rock band A.M. feelgood, McAllen-based prog act DEZORAH, and Illinois-based experimental spoken word/post-punk outfit Staghorn.
@theAustinot wants to know:
Where are you going for live music in Austin this weekend?