Friday, February 19th
Local Austin violinist Carrie Rodriguez is coming to Waterloo Records this Friday to celebrate the release of her new album Lola. Born and raised in Texas (her father is Texas musician David Rodriguez), Carrie began taking violin lessons at the age of five and would go on to release five solo records. With a simple performance style that wraps the audience up in her violin playing immediately, anyone who watches Rodriguez will become attached to her music right away, making her a must watch this weekend.
On his 2015 album Okra Candy, Kevin Russell, also known as Shiny Ribs, released a record where he made his banjo debut, a record full of fun country inspired tunes that is a great way to usher in the weekend. In the performance below of the song “Baby What’s Wrong With You”, Shiny Ribs incorporates a full band along with horns to create a very eclectic feel throughout the song. With an energy that is felt throughout the entire performance, Shiny Ribs is not an act you should miss this weekend, so grab your tickets now.
Founding member of the rock-jam band Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes will be coming through Austin this weekend to shred fiery riffs that you won’t be able to get out of your head. Below, you can find a performance where Haynes got to perform alongside blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, as he shows off his incredible guitar skills and soulful voice.
Tickets: $27.00 (advance) $29.00 (day of show)
Finald metal band Children of Bodom will be hitting the state at the Scoot Inn this Friday evening as they share the stage with opening acts Widower and Havok. If your looking for some thrashing metal to get your weekend jumping, than some fantastic metal tunes from Children of Bodom should meet your needs.
Young California band SWMRS (formerly known as Emily’s Army) will be coming through town this Friday evening to support their brand new album Drive North released earlier this week. Rising to somewhat modest fame due to drummer Joey Armstrong being the son of Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong, the group has hints of the older band’s style, mixed with a much younger feel. While SWMRS have made appearances at local music festival SXSW in the last few years, this is one of the first tours that SWMRS have done, and while there has not been much indication of the bands success in the long term apart from their famous connection, the group’s fun pop punk tunes will certainly give your weekend a bounce like no other act will.
Saturday, February 20th
While DJ’s still remind many music fans of EDM (electronic dance music), Philadelphia based producer RJD2 brings up other ideas entirely as he blends reggae and funk into his pop tunes, making him a popular DJ that fans have raved about. Tracks such as “Ghostwriter” from his album Deadringer (2002), reflect this style immediately, making RJD2 an interesting musical character and is one that you will want to tell your friends about after you watch him perform.
Tickets: $15.00 (advance) $20.00 (day of show)
OAR at Stubb’s
Rockville, Maryland rock band OAR (Of A Revolution) is a group that has a long history of delighting music fans all over the globe with relatable songs such as “I Feel Home” and “Black Rock.” With a live show that is one for the books, we highly encourage you to get tickets just in case the show happens to sell out, as you do not want to miss this amazing act perform.
Tickets: $23.50 (advance) $25.50 (day of show)
Carly Rae Jepsen burst onto the music scene several years back after auditioning for Canadian Idol in 2007 and scoring a hit with the single “Call Me Maybe”, a track that reflected Jepsen’s popularity among a mostly teenage fan base. While the song’s popularity has fallen by the wayside, Jepsen has managed to maintain relevance and will be performing at ACL Live on her Gimme Love tour where she will be supporting her latest album E•MO•TION . If you are looking for some slick pop songs this weekend, Carly Rae Jepsen is the perfect choice when scoping out the options to hear some electric songs.
Sunday, February 21st
Local rock band Loteria will be performing at local club Hotel Vegas, exposing rock fans to their addicting style of music that you won’t be able to forget. Named after a game that is similar to bingo, the band write songs that sound fresh while trying to sound as explosive and vivacious as possible, and with songs such as “Stone Road” Loteria has a chance of becoming known as one of Austin’s great acts.
Electronic act Peking Duk will be taking over the tiny stage of The Parish this weekend to expose fans to their catchy style of electronic music that you won’t be able to shake. By listening to tracks such as “Just The Way You Are” you will realize what a special band Peking Duk is while wanting to experience their live performance for yourself.
To read more of Lauren Gribble’s features, check out her website Listen Here Reviews.