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Austin Events: September 13 – 16

September 13, 2010

Monday, September 13th

Katie Gray with Abandoned Warehouse, Luke James, Consider the Source & Boosy Cray

Singer-songwriter tunes at Momo’s tonight.  The music starts around 6:30 pm and the cover is $5.

The BeatNox with Kwestro, PCG, Rockwell & BoomBaptist

From the promoter:

The BeatNox is a night of hip-hop & downtempo grooves from Austin’s finest music producers. The night consists of emerging and established music producers showcasing non-stop hard knocking beats from the basement to the streets. This first installment of the BeatNox will be classic!

It’s happening at Plush, tonight at 10 pm, and it’s FREE!

Austin Blues Society Blues Jam

From the promoter:

Every Monday Night the Austin Blues Society hosts an OPEN BLUES JAM at Antone’s Nightclub!  $4 cover for ABS Members,  $5 cover GA, FREE FOR JAMMERS!  Sign ups begin at 7pm.

Tuesday, September 14th

The Black Angels

One of the don’t-miss events of the week is The Black Angels FREE show at Waterloo tomorrow night.  It starts at 7 pm.

The 4th Annual Williams Nite: A Tribute to the Music of Hank Williams and Lucinda Williams

This event will feature multiple Austin performers, including The Resentments, Shelley King, Jenny Reynolds, The Flyin’ A’s, Betty Soo and more.  It’s happening at Threadgill’s on Riverside, doors at 7 pm.  The cover is $10.

Downtown Live! Concert Series at The Belmont

This week’s installation features all-lady band The Bluebonnets.  It starts around 7 pm and as usual, it’s FREE.

The Love Language with December Boys, Matt Oliver solo (TV Torso)

Check out an indie pop show at Emo’s tomorrow night.  The doors are at 9 pm and tickets are $8.  Buy them here.

OBN IIIs, Welcome Home Walker, Ra-Ra, In Beds

From the promoter:

WELCOME HOME WALKER this is a cool three Piece from Portland, OR. If you dig The Rubinoos, Elvis Costello, Smokey Robinson or The Clash this band will rock your boat. They’ll also be playing the International Pop Overthrow Fest this summer. The “Don’t Let Me Go” EP is ready so give a listen. They have a swinging mix of fifties and eighties styles mashed up in the power pop blender, with energetic guitars, drums and vocals.

Do it at Beerland, doors at 10 pm.

Wednesday, September 15th

Balmorhea, Mother Falcon, Lost River/Old River

See some lovely classically-infused experimental tunes at Mohawk on Wednesday.  Doors at 7 pm.  Tickets are $10 and you can get them here.

Jarrett Killen, Matt The Electrician, and George Carver

More singer-songwriter happenings at Flipnotics with this regular Wednesday gig.  It’s FREE.

Red Falcon with ZAPATA!, Broken Folk and DJ Czech One

Check out some local talent at Antone’s on Wednesday.  Doors at 9 pm and the cover is $7.

Thursday, September 16th

Ian McLagan And The Bump Band

The beloved legend will be at Lucky Lounge on Thursday.  Doors at 6 pm.

Ruby Jane

The fiddling teen prodigy will play at Lambert’s, doors at 10:30 pm.  The cost is $5.

KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove with Jimmy LaFave

Jimmy LaFave plays the FREE music series at The Shady Grove this week.  Be there around 8 pm.

Rebirth Brass Band with Mandorico

See some New Orleans brass at Stubb’s.  Doors at 9 pm, tickets are $15.  Buy them here.


Austin Events: September 10 – 12

September 10, 2010

Friday, September 10th

Adi Fest 3: Clone Wars

Check out this fun event, taking place tonight at Beauty Bar, doors at 9 pm.  RSVP at the link above for $5 entry; otherwise it’s $7 at the door.

From the promoter:

Adi and KR present to you ADI FEST 3 !!! Featuring some of the most amazing cover bands this side of Pluto. Second Hand News are sure to fulfill all your Fleetwood Mac needs, including a costume contest with real (not cloned) prizes!

SWISS the premier 90s cover band who will take you along a ride with Weezer, Oasis, Pavement, Nirvana, Superdrag, The Verve, Wilco, Smashing Pumpkins, Blur and more.

Turning the night out is BANG the MONSTER of Hair Metal bands that will melt faces with Guns ‘N Roses, Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, RATT, Scorpions, AC/DC, and Mötley Crüe. Someone may lose an arm or a drummer.


An eclectic lineup of Austin bands playing southern rock, bluegrass and more, happening tonight at Stubb’s.  Doors at 9 pm, tickets are $8 and you can buy them here.

Wine And Revolution with Strange Young Things, Becca and the Blancos

It’s tonight at Emo’s, doors at 9 pm.  Cover is $8.

Punch Brothers with Chris Thile & Loudon Wainwright III

A bluegrass and folk show featuring folk legend Loudon Wainwright III, tonight at Bass Concert Hall.  Doors at 8 pm.  Tickets start at $10 for students and max out at $40.  See the different options and buy yours here.

Saturday, September 11th

Sounds Under Radio with the Soldier Thread & Black Books

See some gorgeous ambient, moody music at Stubb’s tomorrow night.  Doors at 9 pm.  The cost is $8 and you can buy tickets here.

Wild Frontier Fest 2010

The big event of Saturday is happening at both stages of the Mohawk starting at 3 pm.  See the full list and lineup of bands here, but playing the Fest are Oh No Oh My, Quiet Company, Holy Fuck, The Rocketboys, L.A.X., The Frontier Brothers and tons more.  Cover is only $12!

School of Rock Best of Season

From the promoter:

The School of Rock Presents Best of Season featuring music from our ACDC shows and Women Who Rock, Sat Sept 11, 6:00 pm at Ruta Maya.  Tickets are $7 and only available at the door.

Del Castillo with Hector Ward & The Big Time and Vitera

Check out the famous Latin rock band at Antone’s, doors at 9 pm.  Tickets are $15, $30 for VIP, and you can buy them here.

Art Versus Industry and Gods Are Ghosts

Industrial electronica at The Ghost Room (how appropriate!), doors at 10 pm.  Cover is $5.

From Where They Run with Leatherbag and Drew Smith Benefitting the Austin Fire Department

A bunch of local bands playing for a good cause at The Parish.  Doors at 9 pm, cover is $7.

Sunday, September 12th

Michael Miller

Check it out at Mohawk on Sunday night, doors at 10 pm.

Jeff And The Jumptones and Peterson Brothers

See some blues this week at the Saxon Pub.  It starts at 3 pm.

Austin Events: September 7 – 9

September 7, 2010

Hey hey, how about that commentary?  Anyway, hope everyone had a great long Labor Day weekend!  Here are Austin’s best music events through Thursday.  Come back Friday to see what’s happening this weekend.

Tuesday, September 7th

Downtown Live! Concert Series at The Belmont

This week’s FREE concert at the Belmont are funk/soul band Mingo Fishtrap.  Be there around 7 pm.

Born To Lose, Say Hello To The Angels, and No Champions

Check out a punk and hard rock show tonight at Red Eyed Fly.  Doors at 9 pm.

Driftwood with Arthur Yoria, Kiko Villamizar, Naga Valli and Jim Trainer

KUT’s World Music Night at Momo’s rages on.  Doors at 6:30 pm, and as usual, student cover is $5, regular is $7.

Wednesday, September 8th

Sherwood, The Dangerous Summer, Soletta

Some sunny indie pop at Stubb’s on Wednesday.  Doors are at 9 pm.  Tickets are $12 and you can buy them here.

The Rumble: Pure Ecstasy, Soft Healer, Sleep Over

Another in the series of FREE shows at Beerland.  Doors open at 10 pm.

Vanessa and Jason Lively Welcome Home Show

The Austin singer-songwriter brings her show to the Cactus Cafe for FREE.  Doors at 8:30 pm.

Screaming Females

Check out some chick metal at Mohawk tomorrow night.  Doors at 10 pm.

Thursday, September 9th


Eerie-noise rock band Autolux plays for FREE at Waterloo, Thursday at 5 pm.

101X Presents Autolux with Gold Panda, Pure Ecstasy

Check it out at Emo’s, doors at 9 pm.  Tickets are $10 and you can buy them here.

KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove with Sahara Smith

This up-and-coming local singer will play KGSR’s FREE concert series at The Shady Grove.  Be there around 8 pm.

Jean Piche

See some truly avant-garde methods in music creation at UT’s McCullough Theatre.  Doors at 8 pm.  Tickets are $22 ($10 for students) and you can buy them here.

From the promoter:

Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music

Texas Performing Arts invites you to push the envelope of new music with pioneering composer and video artist Jean Piché. Since the early 1970s, he was one of the first composers to employ emerging digital audio technologies in a cycle of fixed media works acknowledged as seminal to the form. His works cross every genre of electro-acoustics but now center on video-music in which electronic visuals become an extension of musical discourse. His work aims for poetic expression beyond any avowed formalism, while alternately described as confounding, colorful and virtuosic.

The Sour Notes and SORNE

Check out a local band over at Club de Ville.  The cover is $5.  Doors at 9 pm.

Austin Events: September 3 – 12

September 3, 2010

It’s Friday!  As always, there are quite a few noteworthy music events happening this weekend.  Now that the temperature has (temporarily) dropped, it’s a great opportunity to get out there and see some live music.

Here are this weekend’s best music events.

Friday, September 3rd

Sixteen Deluxe with STEREO IS A LIE, English Teeth, White Rhino

Check out some local talent at the ND at 501 Studios.  Doors at 8 pm, tickets are $8.  You can buy them here.

Rodrigo y Gabriela

The guitar virtuosos will be at Stubb’s tonight – this is sure to be a great show!  Doors at 8 pm.  Tickets are $40 (somewhat on the pricey side) and you can buy them here.

Alejandro Escovedo, David Garza, and Eve And The Exiles

Another chance to check out an Austin legend at the Continental Club, doors at 10 pm.  Cover is $20.

Saturday, September 4th


See the full lineup at Nocturnal Fest’s website and entry/ticket information here.  Tickets start at $60 with VIP packages available.  It all starts Saturday at 6 pm.

From the promoter:

Insomniac, the biggest promoter of dance music events and nightlife culture in North America, is bringing their Nocturnal Festival to Texas for the first time ever! This is a big deal folks. For the past fifteen years, Nocturnal has featured some the biggest names in dance music, attracting crowds that are up to 50,000 strong. This Labor Day Weekend, they’re going to show Texas what it’s all about.

Nocturnal Festival: Texas will take place on September 4-5 2010 at Apache Pass, a sprawling outdoor campground/venue in Rockdale, just 30 minutes outside of Austin. There will four massive stages with over 100 artists and performers, including everyone’s favorite party starter Girl Talk, low end extraordinaire Bassnectar, livetronica band The Disco Biscuits, hip-hop star Kid Cudi, top Dutch DJ and producer Laidback Luke, Pretty Lights, Lotus and a whole lot more.

Back to School Bash – Free Show! with Ringo Deathstarr, She Sir, New Roman Times, The White White Lights

A FREE show, featuring several cool local bands.  What else do I need to say?  It’s at Emo’s on Saturday, doors at 8 pm. Presents: Blacklisted Individuals, Foe Destroyer, The Black and Blues, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and Elec

This eclectic lineup of rock, rap, and funk is one of the most unique lineups I’ve seen in a while.  It’s taking place at Momo’s, doors at 8 pm.  Cover is $10 – a great deal.

The Murdocks, The Couch, Naysays, and Through The Trees

Check out this local lineup at The Parish on Saturday.  Doors at 8 pm and the cover is $8.

Sunday, September 5th


Day 2 of Nocturnal Fest.  See Saturday for all the deets.

Heartbeats II: A benefit for Austin musicians health care

This all-day event is taking place at the ND at 501 Studios.  For more information, check out their website.  Doors are at 3 pm and the cost is $8 if you get there before 9 pm.  After that it’s $10.

From the promoter:

Last year, Heartbeats was held at the Mohawk with over 300 attendees, 10 bands, and loads of fun. This year, the ND hosts 12 bands, six projectonists, 20 sponsors and your favorite radio stations…all working together to raise money to help Austin musicians get the health care they need.

Audio/visual contributors – Os Ovni, Pataphysics, Sleepover, No Mas Bodas, Low Red Center, The Formations, Music Learning Club, Darling New Neighbors, DD Dagger, Plutonium Farmers, FM Campers, Computer Jesus Refrigerator, and Baby Robots, Vid Kidz, Total Unicorn, Paul Baker, Lars Attacks, and How I Quit Crack.

Have a great long weekend everyone!

Austin Events: August 31 – September 2

August 31, 2010

Well, it’s about that time again.  If you haven’t noticed by the increase in traffic, the rise in dudical broheims, or the continuous news cycle, school has started up for the year.  And for yours truly, that means I’m going to be psychotically busy as I go into my last year of graduate school.  For you, the loyal readers of AGMG (insert your snort here), I can’t promise that there will be tons of action going on, but I’m certainly going to try my best.  I hope you’ll stick with me through the next 9 months, and if not, I hope you’ll at least wish me luck!

Because Austin Events post take so very long to create, I’m going back to an old format of splitting the post up a few days at a time, starting today.  I’d still rather provide lots of information for you then just a list of events that you could have Googled yourself.

Here are Austin’s best music events for today through Thursday.  Come back on Friday for the weekend’s events!

Tuesday, August 31st

Ben Kweller

One of Austin’s favorite kids comes back to play at Threadgill’s for a lengthy 2 hour set.  Doors open at 8:30 pm, tickets are $20.  Buy them here.

Downtown Live Featuring The Bright Light Social Hour

Local band Bright Light Social Hour is about to release their very first album.  Take this increasingly rare chance to see them for FREE at the Belmont for the Downtown Live series.  Doors at 7:30 pm.

Toni Price

Check out one of Austin’s legendary singer-songwriters at The Continental Club tonight.  Doors at 6:30 pm.

Wednesday, September 1st

TITUS ANDRONICUS with YellowFever and Whitman

The indie band will be outdoors at Emo’s tomorrow, doors at 9 pm.  Tickets are $12 and you can get them here.

The Strange Boys with Soft Healer, Rayon Beach

Austin rock band The Strange Boys will be playing indoors at Emo’s tomorrow night.  Tickets are $10 at the door.

Thursday, September 2nd

KUT’s New Music Happy Hour Featuring the Happen-ins & The Sour Notes

Up-and-coming local talent is being showcased by KUT at La Zona Rosa.  See these bands now!  Doors at 5:30 pm and the cover is $5.

Red River Assault! on South Congress with Amplified Heat, Shapes Have Fangs and Honky

This should be a fun event at The Continental Club.  Doors at 10 pm and the cover is $7.

KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove with Paul Thorn

Another in KGSR’s series of FREE shows at Shady Grove.  Be there at 8 pm.

The Authors “Get Haunted” Album Release Party

Here’s a chance to see three great Austin bands, as MoTel Aviv and Politics will also play at The Authors CD release party at the Mohawk.  Doors at 5 pm.  RSVP here for $5 entry, otherwise it’s $7 at the door.

Love @ 20, The Vettes, The Shears, and The Daze

More great Austin bands will be playing The Parish on Thursday.  Doors at 8 pm, cost is $7.

The Eastern Sea and Tenlons Fort

Check out yet another line-up of Austin bands for FREE at The Cactus Cafe.  Doors at 8:30 pm.

ACL Festival Pre/Aftershows Announced

August 24, 2010

For the past several years, many of Austin’s most savvy concert goers have bypassed the ACL Festival entirely in favor of a different ACL weekend experience.  C3, the organization behind the fest, puts on a series of aftershows where some of the buzziest bands playing the ACL festival perform separate shows in venues around the city.  The list of bands making the rounds this October was just released this morning and it’s one of the most extensive yet.

Whether you’re attending the actual fest or not, if you’re looking to prolong your ACL weekend experience, this year’s aftershow list also contains a number of preshows.  Beginning on Wednesday, October 6, The Strokes will play at Stubb’s.  Then a whole barrage of artists will play on Thursday, October 7, including Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Neon Indian, and Spoon.  The aftershows continue on Friday and Saturday of the festival, with Mayer Hawthorne, Deadmau5, Givers, Monsters of Folk, GIRLS, Sonic Youth, and The Black Keys all scheduled to appear around town.

In total, 22 bands will play outside of the festival.  Check out the full lineup of pre and aftershows on ACL’s official website.  The presale for ALL SHOWS begins this Friday, August 27th at 10 am.  Make sure you’re on the ACL email list to take part!

Dallas Adventures: Jack Johnson at the Center (8/17)

August 18, 2010

Yesterday, Sean, Joe Brown, and I came up to Dallas for the first of our shoots for a Live Nation/Sears project.  We set up under a tent at the Center, the site of the Jack Johnson show.  Little did we know that we would end up having front row views for an impromptu jam session between G. Love, Zach Gill of ALO, and Jack, crowded together on a tiny little stage in the middle of all the vendors.

A few years back, I was a big Jack Johnson fan.  He has a great voice, an easy-going playing style, and really, he does “laid back” more convincingly than anyone else.  Although his last couple of albums didn’t resonate with me, there was nothing not to enjoy about his mini-set with G. Love and Zach, two equally laid back – and equally talented – musicians.

The trio played some of their most popular tunes, which was a real treat for the medium-sized crowd who made it to the venue early to catch the openers.  They started out playing “Girl I Wanna Lay You Down,” covered Bob Marley’s “High Tide Low Tide” (something Jack normally plays with Ben Harper), and ended with Jack’s “Mudfootball“.

With Zach rocking out on accordion and melodica, G. Love’s harmonica skills, and Jack’s guitar, it was cute to watch the guys interact for no other reason than pleasing the crowd.  We didn’t stay for the main event, but these guys looked so comfortable and played so well together that I think it’s safe to say that this was probably a super-fun highlight of the night for the people who had the chance to catch it.