Happy weekend, ATX music lovers! By now, the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone (?), holiday shopping/procrastinating has begun, and the Instant Pot you snagged for 60 percent off during a Black Friday sale is resting comfortably on a shelf somewhere.
It’s time to renew our collective love of local music with these exceptional shows. So read on, enjoy the weekend, and listen local!
Friday, Nov. 30
Moving Panoramas w/The Sour Notes, Shy Beast, March & Beauty, Holly
@ Cheer Up Charlies (900 Red River) – 9 p.m. – Facebook event
Multi-part harmonies wrapped around a driving ’80s shoegaze center, Moving Panoramas continues to represent the best female-fronted indie that Austin has to offer. While well-worn classics like the infectious “One” and “Radar” never get old, the latest single “Baby Blues” continues the band’s trend of excellence.
By channeling the upbeat goth/rock vibe of The Cure, songwriter Leslie Sisson’s wistfully nostalgic look into past relationships shimmers with sumptuous vocal haze, post-punk guitars, and dreamy ambiance. A personal favorite worth seeing over and over again.
Also playing are dream pop band The Sour Notes, indie rock all-stars Shy Beast, mellow dream indie act March & Beauty, and Holly.
Saturday, Dec. 1
@ Threadgill’s World Headquarters (301 W. Riverside Dr.) – 7:30 p.m. – Tickets
At the risk of sounding redundant or coming off as a superfan, if you want to personify Austin music to an outsider, look no further than Kevin Russell and Shinyribs. A gloriously upbeat blend of New Orleans zydeco, Southern swing, and ATX tomfoolery, this award-winning artist is a party waiting to happen.
Nobody in town is better suited to play Threadgill’s final show than this explosive force of musical positivity. Celebrate the history of a legendary Austin venue with a legendary Austin artist.
Protip: Arrive early to check the official “Last Rodeo” show with Fastball, Cotton Mather, Sarah Sharps, Jackie Venson, and others. The party requires a separate ticket and starts at noon.
Night Cap w/Gallo, Mopac
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@ Stubbs Inside (801 Red River) – 9 p.m. – Tickets
Austin rock with a unique balance of indie backbeats and soulful groove, Night Cap projects hard emotions and good times in equal measure. The inaugural EP “Petals” is a trim five-track exploration of relationships gone sour and self-discovery.
Complex hi hat rhythms punctuate tight guitar leads in the ever-expanding “We’ll Get By,” while “Heat” crunches along like a Kings of Leon single. A fun and impressive EP that’s sure to sound even more exciting on a big stage.
Also playing is psych rock act Mopac.
@BillTuckerTSP wants to know:
Where are you going for live local music this weekend in Austin?