Once the weekend hits, it always seems that there is too much live music to sort through in Austin. That’s a great problem to have, but it makes deciding who you want to see a difficult task. So instead of doing it yourself, we’ve decided to do it for you. With acts such as Black Angels, Casual Interference, and Sour Bridges, here are 10 shows (plus one more in the future) that you must see this weekend.
Thursday, May 25
With a name that comes from a Velvet Underground song, local psychedelic act The Black Angels will be doing an in-store appearance at Waterloo Records to promote the release of their new LP, Death Song. If you purchase a copy of the rare glow in the dark vinyl edition of the new album at Waterloo, you will receive one priority wristband for the show. Austin Beerworks will provide refreshments.
May 25 | 5 p.m. | Waterloo Records | 600 North Lamar Blvd
Austin R&B artist Mobley will be performing a happy hour set at the W Austin this Thursday at 5 p.m. With songs such as “Solo,” listeners can get a feel for his incredible vocals and relaxed chill sound which will prepare you for the weekend. You must be 21+ to attend this performance.
May 25 | 5 p.m. | W Austin | 200 Lavaca Street
They combine metal and mariachi music, which makes Metalachi a group you won’t want to miss. The band’s unique take on some of metal’s biggest hits is something that you won’t forget any time soon. Check out their cover of “Ace of Spades” by Motorhead to see the band in action.
May 25th | 8 p.m. | Stubb’s | 801 Red River
With influences ranging from Radiohead, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Strokes, local alternative rock group Casual Interference will be releasing their new EP, Whose Side Are You On? at an album release party. They’re performing alongside Man, Woman, Friend, Computer, and Drainbows at Swan Dive. Check out the title track below to get a taste of the band’s groovy feel.
May 25 | 9:30 p.m. | Swan Dive | 615 Red River
Friday, May 26
Coming to Austin from Nashville, rock and roll act Andrew Leahey and the Homestead will be performing at Swan Dive this Friday evening. Rounding out the bill are Shane Cooley and the Midnight Girls and Rusty Dusty. It’s sure to be a fun night of music, so if you are looking to expose your ears to out of town groups, the Swan Dive is the perfect place to be.
May 26 | 9:30 p.m. | Swan Dive | 615 Red River
Saturday, May 27
Thanks to working with such blues greats as Albert King and Billy Branch, Chicago based guitarist Carl Weathersby has made quite a name for himself with soulful songs and infectious live performances. With tracks such as “Somebody Help Me,” Weathersby demonstrates his playing abilities beautifully with a soulful live performance that won’t be forgotten.
May 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Antone’s | 305 East 5th
Best known for his work with the band Fuzz, guitarist Ty Segall will be coming into Austin this Saturday to perform at Stubb’s. Perfect for the indie music crowd, Segall and his fuzzy guitar sound will make an impression on everyone watching him. For a dose of Segall’s rock attitude, “Break A Guitar” is a great song to start out listening to.
May 27 | 7:00 p.m. | Stubb’s | 615 Red River
After finishing a May residency at Oskar Blues Brewery, Sour Bridges will be joining The Watters for a show at Hill Country Galleria, where the group will have two live albums for purchase. The band’s country sound strikes a chord with audience members, making Sour Bridges a beloved Austin group that everyone knows.
May 27 | 7 p.m. | Hill Galleria | 12700 Hill Country Galleria
Based in Tempe, Arizona, Eyes Set To Kill is an emo band that is determined to put their own spin on the genre by featuring a female vocalist and guitarist. Alexia Rodriguez projects passionate and heartfelt vocals onto every song the group writes.
May 27 | 8 p.m. | Empire Control Room and Garage | 606 East 7th Street
Sunday, May 28
Hitting the road to promote their upcoming record Shadows Inside set for release in June, Miss May I will be coming to Austin this Sunday night to blow the doors off Grizzly Hall in East Austin. Upon a Burning Body, Currents, and Kublai Khan are slated as their supporting acts.
May 28 | 6 p.m. | Grizzly Hall | 2015 East Riverside Dr.
Known for their singles “Chicken Fried” and “Whatever It Is,” Atlanta based Zac Brown Band will be coming to Austin in September to support their latest release Welcome Home, featuring the hit single “My Old Man.” If you are a fan of country music you won’t want to miss this, so get your tickets now.
September 17 | 7 p.m. | Austin 360 Amphitheatre | 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.
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