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With far too much music being played in Austin always, it’s hard to sift through it all and find bands that you enjoy. This week on our Monday playlist, we’ve chosen local bands that play some of Austin’s most well-loved styles, including pop, bluegrass, and punk.

Do you have a favorite band or song on this week’s list? Let us know in the comments!

Residual Kid

After having The Huffington Post say that “they just might take over rock music,” teen band Residual Kid has been exploding ever since they formed several years ago. Now signed to Warner Brothers and Sire Records, the group just completed the achievement of another milestone – opening for noise rock band Dinosaur Jr at their show in Denver this past week.


Forming in 2009 after finding themselves surrounded by a sea of DJ’s, Austin act Keeper is a soul-synth vocal group who are quickly gaining steam throughout town. Playing a set at ACL yesterday, Austin mayor Steve Adler declared October 6th as “Keeper Day” in celebration of the group’s accomplishments.

Bottom Dollar String Band

Forming in 2011, local act Bottom Dollar String Band recently released their debut record Appalachian Stars. Playing for audiences of 30 to 3,000 people, Bottom Dollar String Band have much to offer the local music scene with their brilliant songs.


Austin indie-pop act MCG has been rising up in the local scene for a few years now performing shows all over town. With Do 512 premiering the band’s music video for “Outside,” the local event site gave the band some much needed promotion with their readers. After listening to MCG, you’ll feel that you’ve come upon something special.

Blue Healer

Formed in 2015, Blue Healer recently released their debut self-titled album, introducing Austin music fans to their unique blend of dance, pop, and indie music. With tracks such as “Bad Weather,” Blue Healer are an excellent group to kick off your week with.

Tyler Jordan and the Negative Space

Recently finishing up a tour with Tahoma, Medvedi, Mosaic Mountains, and Steps of a Giant, local band Tyler Jordan and The Negative Space perform solid indie tunes that are a relaxing way to start your week. Check out the opening track “Ballerina” from their most recent LP Everything You Have and Are to get a feel for the group’s music.



Everything You Have and Are by Tyler Jordan and The Negative Space

Max Wells

Next, we have Austin hip hop artist Max Wells, an upcoming emcee that writes rhymes with great flow and meaning. Wanting to make sure his audience listens to what’s going on around them, Wells’ songs are meant to reflect his views while also wanting his audience to be inspired by his thoughts and create their own.



Paying tribute to former Austin punk band Riddlin’ Kids, Austin has a new pop punk band to obsess over and they are Breaklights. Releasing their latest EP Instructed to Fail in July of this year, this group are still fairly new, however they won’t be unknown for long as their dangerously catchy hooks will have you supporting the group in no time.


Formed in 1977 and named one of the best punk bands in Texas by The Dallas Observer, The Skunks play some of the snottiest punk rock songs around, so if you are into the rough and dirty sounds of this somewhat revived genre, then Skunks are the perfect band for you.

The Red Heroes

With influences ranging from Blink 182, The Get Up Kids, and The Wonder Years, The Red Heroes are definitely a band to take a listen to. Performing a sloppy mix of the kind of punk heard in the early days of their inspirations, The Red Heroes play pop punk songs that fans of the genre will be all over. With tracks such as “Hate Song,” this local band will add a punch to your week.

Featured photo: Residual Kid

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If you would like to read more of Lauren Gribble’s features, you can head to her website Listen Here Reviews.



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