Welcome to the weekend, stalwart music lovers! With ACL Music Fest 2019 a mere eight days away, now’s the time to drink in our beloved music scene before indulging in the Zilker Park madness. This weekend, we recommend a lo-fi psych band, a tribute to an unconventional Austin legend, and sparse yet exciting indie folk.
Enjoy the weekend and, as always, listen local!
Friday, Sept. 27
KOOP presents The Rotten Mangos w/Geranium Drive, The Teddys, Samson
@ Dozen Street (1808 E. 12th) – 9 p.m. – Facebook event
Hazed out, down and dirty psych rock with a distinctive DIY feel, The Rotten Mangos channel Austin contemporaries like The Black Angels to create a unique sound all their own.
Songs like the hook-heavy head nodder “Couldn’t Find a Word” and the nine-minute instrumental opus “Musky Mantra” showcase the length and breadth of the group’s sonic range. Unpolished and raw but not amateurish, The Rotten Mangos promise a wild, mind-bending experience at this weekend’s KOOP showcase.
Daniel Johnston Tribute and SIMS benefit w/members of Moving Panoramas, Strange Boys, Luvweb, SMiiLE, Star Parks, Loteria, more
@ Hotel Vegas (1502 E. 6th) – 10 p.m. – Facebook event
When we lost visual artist and outsider folk musician Daniel Johnston earlier this month, the Austin music scene mourned. From his simple, childlike, and touching music to his iconic “Hi, How Are You” mural, Johnston’s singular vision and off-kilter songs resonated here and abroad. Artists from Kurt Cobain to Beck to Tom Waits cite Johnston as an inspiration.
In honor of Johnston’s life and legacy, a who’s who of Austin artists will perform a selection of classic tunes this Friday at Hotel Vegas. Guaranteed to be an emotional evening of quiet beauty, somber reflection, and heartfelt celebration.
Saturday, Sept. 28
@ Stubb’s Inside (801 Red River) – 10 p.m. – Tickets
Through tender two-part vocals and sparse instrumentation played in a tape hiss mist of lo-fi steam, Little Mazarn touches hearts and minds in one fell swoop.
Songs like “Vermont” captures the imagination via spare banjo and mournful hand saw, while “Peace Like a River” uses wandering guitars and haphazard marimba to create an unsettling yet hypnotic atmosphere.
Two artists of unmistakable talent and musical range, Little Mazarn will contrast beautifully with the usual flair and bombast of a downtown Saturday night.
@BillTuckerTSP wants to know:
Where are you going for live, local music in Austin this weekend?