September is upon us! With everyone back to school and UT in full swing, it’s time to gather some friends and head out for a weekend of rad local music. This time around, we recommend a killer Black Fret showcase, classic ’80s post punk band, and a rock-and-roll duo’s single release.
Listen loud and listen local!
Friday, Sept. 6
Black Fret Summer Sessions w/The Peterson Brothers, Suzanna Choffel, Billy King & the Bad Bad Bad, Tomar & the FCs
@ The Long Center (701 W. Riverside) – 5 p.m. – Event page
Celebrate the end of summer with one final Black Fret Summer Sessions on The Long Center lawn. The September edition of this event might have the most varied lineup. Opening with jazz/funk guitar virtuoso duo The Peterson Brothers and followed by ATX songstress Suzanna Choffel, the evening begins with a double shot of musical excellence.
Just when you think it’ll be a chilled out evening, Billy King & the Bad Bad Bad’s brand of rollicking psycho-surf rock will send lawn chairs flying. Top it all off with the sensational swing and groove of Tomar & the FCs, and you literally have a little something for everybody. Black Fret never does anything half baked, and the final Long Center showcase of the summer will be no exception.
Wild Seeds w/Mother Neff
@ Carousel Lounge (1110 E 52nd) – 9 p.m. – Facebook event
1980s-era CBGB post-punk with a knack for tight hooks and evocative lyrics, Wild Seeds defined Austin rock for nearly a decade. After releasing three well-received albums between 1984 and 1988, the band broke up, rarely to be seen again…that is, until this Friday at Carousel Lounge.
While fans label the group’s second record, “Brave, Clean, and Reverent,” as its high water mark, the Seeds’ final album, “Mud, Lies, and Shame,” has my favorite tune, “I’m Sorry, I Can’t Rock You All Night Long.” Drenched in laid-back sneer and snarl, the track’s intoxicating groove and conversational tone make it a near classic.
Catch this slice of Austin music history live and in person while you can.
Saturday, Sept. 7
The Slideshow Tragedy (single release) w/Tyler Jordan & the Negative Space, Chief White Lightning, Altamesa
@ Hotel Vegas (1502 E. 6th St.) – 9 p.m. – Facebook event
Bluesy roots rock dug from the depths of the southern delta, The Slideshow Tragedy’s sound is akin to a controlled wildfire burn. A raging inferno kept in expert control by this swaggering guitar rock duo. By utilizing a simple formula of one guitarist and one drummer, The Slideshow Tragedy allows the song to wander and meandering with thunderous drumming and frontman Nathan Singleton’s trademark growl.
Songs like the thunderous “A.M.” and the wild rock-a-boogie stomper “Ain’t No Woman” showcase the duo’s impressive range and power. Expect a night of tasty rock and roll from this powerhouse pair.
@BillTuckerTSP wants to know:
Where will you be going for live music in Austin this weekend?