Friday, January 8th
On what would have been his eighty-first birthday, the Whip In is celebrating the birth of one of music’s most well known performers, Elvis Presley. To celebrate, the venue will be showing Elvis movies and treating fans to Presley themed food including, the Fat Elvis Burger (which the club claims Elvis would be drooling over if he were alive) and a Velvet Elvis PB&J cocktail. A fitting tribute to the King of Rock and Roll, this birthday celebration is a great way to kick off your weekend.
With her acoustic country tunes and a sultry voice, local musician Carson Mchone plays beautiful country music, complete with a story and a twang that will convince you to watch her perform over and over again. Performing her song “Dram Shop Gal” below, you will get a great introduction to Mchone and her powerful songs, which we can’t recommend enough.
A long time staple throughout the local music scene, Quiet Company have been drawing crowds for quite awhile, and with their latest album Transgressor making small waves throughout the music community, Quiet Company is a group not to be missed, particularly in an environment such as Empire Control Room due to its small space and intimate vibe.
With his pop stylings and inviting performance style, Ben Baxter has been a popular draw all over Austin for the last several years, and if you haven’t gotten a chance to catch him live, now is the weekend as he will be participating in Free Week.
Saturday, January 9th
For enthusiasts of classical music, we’ve got you covered this weekend with music from the Austin Symphony as they welcome violinist Jennifer Frautschi to sit in with them and perform. Zeroing in on Russian music this week, the Symphony will be performing three pieces written by Jennifer when she was living in Russia, giving attendees a rich and cultural experience that will be a great start to a relaxing weekend.
Modern Medicine, a local psychedelic rock band, who labels themselves as “post Mayan” don’t have many songs available to listen to online, but what they do have is a delightful and dreamy track titled “Holy Roller” which is a great song for music fans who are into dream pop and more experimental music. Pushing the boundaries of what’s heard throughout Austin, the song gives the group an edge that we don’t hear often. This is another performance for Free Week, so we encourage you to take advantage of catching the band this Saturday.
Funky and saucy, Wonderbitch is a band worth seeing while Free Week is still happening. Originally from Indiana, the band transplanted themselves in Austin after they wanted a break from their small college town, making their permanent home in Texas. With a sound that we latch onto instantly, Wonderbitch is a band that is destined to become known as one of Austin’s most well known acts, due to their punchy songs that sound like they are one of a kind, with an energy and spark that makes them shine.
With pop sensibilities written all over their music, local band Marmalakes will be making an appearance at the Empire Control Room and Garage as part of Free Week this Saturday. Similar in sound to local groups Speak and previously mentioned band Wonderbitch, Marmalakes play feel good pop tunes that we can’t quite shake from our minds. We highly recommend checking them out, and you’ll be sorry if you don’t.
Sunday, January 10th
Bringing their indie pop and punk influenced music to the Hotel Vegas stage is local act Critical Dad, who released their latest album New Parents this past May. Sloppy rock and guitar driven music is Critical Dad’s style, leaving a soft spot in the hearts of indie and rock fans in Austin and beyond. Sounding similar to bands such as Modern Baseball and Andrew Jackson Jihad, Critical Dad won’t be for everyone, but with their uniqueness coming out in their music, the band will have you glued from the first song they play.
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Dubbing themselves as a mathy indie rock band, Austin rock band Honey and Salt, aren’t exactly sweet sounding, but their creative approach to music is enough to keep people listening, with songs such as “Akrasia”, the title track of their latest album, being addicting enough to become a band you won’t stop spinning.
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