Another weekend, another slate of rad Austin music! With temperatures dropping to the beautiful range, there’s no reason to spend your Saturday binging The Great British Bake Off (you should be caught up). This weekend, we recommend uplifting cumbia, intricate prog rock, and lo-fi ’90s girl grunge. Listen local!
Friday, Oct. 25
Como Las Movies w/The Sour Notes
@ ABGB (1305 W. Oltorf St.) – 9 p.m. – Event page
Smooth and velvety cumbia punctuated by tight guitars, layered synth, and haunting vocals, Como Las Movies adds a different spin to Austin’s growing world music scene. Much like contemporaries Superfónicos and Gina Chavez, this Latin-flavored quartet places spacey mood waves atop classic cumbia rhythms to create an entrancing vibe.
The group’s newest single “¿YPQSP?” continues a trend of somber salsa with key vamps plucked straight from ’80s film scores, and percussive variety and pop. Add to the mix a killer guitar line towards the end and you have a tune worth revisiting over and over again. Celebrate this new single by supporting Como Las Movies this Friday.
Saturday, Oct. 26
White Denim album release
@ Radio Milk (2300 Coronado St.) – 7 p.m. – Tickets
As practitioners of Austin music since 2007, White Denim’s ever-evolving sound has spanned genres and band members for over two decades. From the soul-infused lay-me-down jam “Take It Easy,” to the intricate fuzz guitars and ’60s psych vocals of “At Night In Dreams,” this dynamic foursome continues to morph with age.
Ever prolific, White Denim is following up this year’s mind-bending “Side Effects” with a live album entitled “In Person.” With 23 tracks of body-shaking boogie and technically overpowering prog rock, the record exemplifies the power and scope of a live experience. Dedicate your Saturday night to White Denim. Your ears will thank you later.
Sunday, Oct. 27
Van Mary w/ Pelvis Wrestley, Mary Bryce & Her Devil Music
@ Cheer Up Charlies (900 Red River) – 9 p.m. – Facebook event
Slice of life lyrics strung together with emo guitars and mid-’90s girl grunge sigh, Van Mary hearkens back to the days of Mazzy Star and Juliana Hatfield. Fuzz-drenched tunes like “Dead” showcase sharp songwriting instincts with equal doses of angst, vulnerability, and honesty.
Van Mary’s new single, “New Mexico,” growls with discontent over political policies, societal dogmas, and gender inequality across a thumping indie rock stomp and moody guitar work. Vocalist Emily Whetstone’s aggressive yet earnest tone sells the strife, making every line hit home. A rad way to ease into the work week.
@BillTuckerTSP wants to know:
Where are you going for live, local music in Austin this weekend?