One ACL weekend down, one more to go! For those not braving the massive crowds at Zilker Park, our fair city is flush with fine local music. This weekend, I’m sending you to two honky tonks for outstanding Americana and a Sunday Funday involving a band of emo-playing puppets.
Enjoy the weekend and listen local!
Friday, Oct. 11
The Texas KGB w/ Paul Val Hernandez
@ Poodies Hilltop Roadhouse (22308 Hwy. 71 W, Spicewood, TX) – 10 p.m. – Event page
Traditional Americana with a touch of rock-n-roll swag and country twang, The Texas KGB continue to grow in stature and prestige with each passing gig. Songs like “Welcome Home” showcase the group’s penchant for hook heavy thump and heavenly harmonies, while “Frangela’s” swing and smokey blues stirs memories of late night gin joints, and dirt-on-the-floor honky tonks.
And if you can’t make the trek to Spicewood, The Texas KGB will be playing tonight at 6 p.m. for Black Fret’s Northside Amplified concert at Domain Northside. Check it out!
Saturday, Oct. 12
Tex Smith album release show w/ The Bad Lovers, Cactus Lee
Ever since his eponymous debut in 2009, Tex Smith’s coying tenor and traditional country rhythms captured the hearts of Austin music fans of all types and stripes. His latest release, “Kinfolk,” is a series of smokey confessions and personal stories framed in legit old-school country.
The companion record, “Fair-Weather Friends,” strips away the studio production to reveal Smith’s heart and soul in raw, solo recordings. Regardless of your taste, there are few things more Texas than a beer-soaked guitar and the rough edged yet thoughtful musicians who play them. Experience both this weekend at Sam’s Town Point.
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Sunday, Oct. 13
Fragile Rock w/Stretch Panic, Factual Brains
@ Hotel Vegas (1502 E. 6th) – 9 p.m. – Facebook event
What do you get when you combine puppetry, comedy, and true-to-style ’90s emo? The sensational Fragile Rock! More than a post punk version of “Avenue Q” or Sesame Street for adults, this massively entertaining seven-piece explodes with original ideas and genuine fun.
Songs like “Socks Are Murder” raises awareness against puppet slaying footwear, while 2019’s “Smile More” serves as an anthem for feminist causes. One of the best shows you’ll see all week.
@BillTuckerTSP wants to know:
Where are you going for live, local music in Austin this weekend?