Riverside Riot

Performing punk rock songs in the same vein as the Dropkick Murphy’s and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Riverside Riot are a fantastic punk band to be introduced to this week. Take a listen to their song “Radio Reality” to get the party started.

Gospel and The Wolf

Acoustic Austin artist Gospel and The Wolf, achieved a milestone last year by opening for indie guitarist Jeff Rosenstock at his Austin show, and has plenty of great things in store for him with his original and heartfelt songs. Check out his Bandcamp for his entire discography.

Los Lonely Boys

After moving to Nashville to further their career in the 1980’s, the Texas based Chicano rock band Los Lonely Boys moved back to the Lone Star State where they would eventually sign to Austin indie label Playing in Traffic Records. They released their latest album Revelation in 2014.

By Any Means Necessary

Austin has some great metal bands who perform explosive and heavy sets that make their audiences remember them. One of those groups is thrash metal group By Any Means Necessary. Listen to the song “Erase The Plague” to get your blood pumping to start the week.

The Nightowls

Soul bands in Austin are on the rise, and the next one you should definitely know about is The Nightowls, a dynamic act that brings excellent vibes and a positive attitude, all perfect ingredients to start your week. Check out their catchy track “I’ll Be There, Don’t You Worry,” a tasteful tune that will be stuck in your head all week long.


Performing melodic and hard hitting rock songs, Watchtower is not a band to miss out on. Writing well-crafted tunes with plenty of twists and turns is what makes listening to Watchtower very entertaining. Perfect for fans of the band Thank You Scientist for the artistic bent they bring to their songs, Watchtower is sure to leave you feeling incredibly satisfied.

The Greencards

After receiving national attention on a tour with Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan in 2001, local bluegrass act The Greencards play soothing music that is perfect for ushering in the week. Allowing listeners to zone in and focus on the music, is one of the many things that makes The Greencards such a special band, so start listening now.

Third Root

Releasing the incredible track “Soul Force” featuring members of Riders Against the Storm and other Austin area musicians, Third Root is a hip hop collective that is reviving the hip hop scene and making it a relevant genre within Austin. Take a listen to their track “Unified” to get a feel for their sound and style.

 Two Hoots and A Holler

After building a solid career in Austin for many years after forming in 1984, Two Hoots and A Holler has recorded prolifically, becoming a popular staple in the area music scene. With songs such as “Wild Bayou Nights,” you can’t get much more Austin than this country-rock act.

Full Service

Splitting their time between playing psych-folk and hard rock, Full Service does a bit of everything. True to their name, Full Service is a band to get to know here in Austin. Check out the song “Strings” to dabble in their folk side.

Featured photo: Los Lonely Boys

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