With so much live music coming into Austin on a weekly basis, we know it can be hard to choose who to see, so we’ve decided to do the work for you by selecting ten (plus one more event in the future) of the best local, national, and international bands coming into town each week. From the acoustic sounds of Lisa Morales, the calming sounds of Tycho, and hard rock heavyweights Green Day, we’ve got it all. See you this weekend!
Thursday, May 11th
Known as half of the sister duo Morales Sisters, Lisa Morales, will be taking the stage at Shady Grove this weekend as part of the restaurant’s acoustic concert series. Performing songs such as “Beautiful Mistake” Morales has put out tracks in both English and Spanish that have been captivating audiences for years. Sharing the stage with musicians such as Alison Krauss, Los Lonely Boys, and Merle Haggard, Morales has plenty of performing experience under her belt, always putting on an exciting show.
May 11th | 8pm | Shady Grove Restaurant | 1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin singer-songwriter Joe Pug will be performing at Antone’s this Thursday evening to a small group of enthusiastic fans. Known for writing great songs with heartfelt lyrics, Pug has the ability to pen tracks that stick deep in the heart of his listeners. Performing alongside opener Christiana Cavazos, Thursday is sure to be an epic evening filled with great local music that you’ll want to tell your friends about.
May 11th | 8pm | Antones | 305 East 5th Street
Friday, May 12th
Known for his calming ambient music, San Francisco music producer Scott Hansen, known professionally as Tycho, will be taking the stage at Stubb’s this Friday to create a great start to the weekend with relaxed sounds and tones you won’t be able to get out of your head. Performing alongside jazzy band Khruangbin, there is no better way to ease into the weekend then with Tycho.
May 12th | 7pm | Stubb’s | 801 Red River Street
Canadian rapper Jazz Cartier will be coming to Austin this Friday evening to perform at The Parish, a small capacity venue perfect for an intimate setting between musicians and their fans. With hits such as “The Valley/Dead or Alive” and “Tempting” Cartier knows how to relate to his fans and make them tick, while releasing music that makes you feel.
May 12th | 7:30 pm | The Parish | 214 East 6th Street
If you are still buzzed from Tycho’s set, you can stay behind for more music from local electronic musician Aurova. If you aren’t coming to see Tycho, capacity is permitting after his set, and Tycho fans can stay inside Stubbs for free with a wristband. If you are looking to start the weekend with these great electronic acts, you won’t go wrong by getting a ticket to the show.
May 12th | 10 pm | Stubb’s | 801 Red River Street
Saturday, May 13th
Hailing from Miami Beach, Florida, garage rock duo Deaf Poets will be rolling into Austin to perform at Spider House this weekend. If you are looking for a cool downtown hangout spot in the heart of downtown, Spider House is the perfect place to be as you grab some coffee or a beer before heading over to the ballroom to hear some fantastic live music. Energetic and vivacious, Deaf Poets know how to rock and do it hard.
May 13th | 6 pm | Spiderhouse Ballroom | 2908 Fruth Street
Featuring four brothers and a family friend, Magnolia, Texas band Folk Family Revival have built up their reputation one gig at a time. Labeled as a country act early on in their career, the band used this label as a motivator to create a distinctive style that pulls in other genres, while also continuing to demonstrate their country roots. With tracks such as “Unfolding” Folk Family Revival is a Texas act not to miss.
May 13th | 9 pm | Stubb’s | 801 Red River Street
Maintaining a long-time residency with local group C-Boys Heart and Soul, Jai Malano is known for having a voice as wide as Texas. Releasing her last project Rocket Girl in 2015, Malano has sung in faraway places such as Brazil, England, Germany, and France. Pulling influences from legendary R&B and soul artists, Malano is a vocalist that everyone should see on Saturday night.
May 13th | 10:30 pm | Continental Club | 1315 S. Congress Ave.
Sunday, May 14th
Forming over 20 years ago, local act Knife in the Water are back with their first record in 14 years, titled Reproduction. Performing an intimate in store performance at Waterloo Records to celebrate the release, if you are looking to discover a little bit about the older music scene of Austin, Knife in the Water’s music and influence is a good place to start. Drinks will be provided by Austin Beerworks.
May 14th | 5 pm | Waterloo Records | 600 North Lamar Ave.
Originally from New York City, soul and R&B singer Emily King will be performing at Antones to introduce listeners to her captivating musical style and distinctive voice, creating a magical experience for all who watch her. With tracks such as “Distance” being swept away by King’s voice is guaranteed to happen.
May 14th | 8pm | Antones | 305 East 5th Street
Looking to The Future:
Green Day (September 8th)
While September is still a ways away, our current looking to the future pick this week is none other than Bay Area rock band Green Day who are currently supporting their record Revolution Radio while performing alongside indie band Catfish and the Bottlemen from the United Kingdom. While tickets aren’t sold out yet, there is always a chance that they will be, so we encourage you to get your tickets now.
September 8th | 7pm | Austin360 Amphitheatre | 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.