Thursday, May 5th
Forming in 1976, Washington DC rock band The Obsessed has returned after a 20-year hiatus with their new record Sacred, released in March. Tracks such as “Razor Wire” highlights the bands fiery energy and raging sound that goes back to the old days of metal. Playing alongside Karma to Burn, Lo Pan, Crimson Devils, and Cactus Druid, Grizzly Hall is where every Austin metal fan should be on Thursday.
May 5th | 7pm | Grizzly Hall | 2015 East Riverside Drive
Rick Broussard’s Two Hoots and a Holler
Performing traditional country music, local act Rick Broussard’s Two Hoots and a Holler, have become one of Austin’s most well-known acts performing at venues all over town. Playing their song “Middle of the Night” at Strange Brew in the video below, interested fans can get a taste for the group’s sound and style, while promising a memorable set that you’ll want to tell your friends about. There will be no opening act for the show.
May 5th | 9pm | Austin Beer Garden and Brewery | 1305 W. Oltorf Street
If you want to start out your weekend celebrating Cinco De Mayo, you can head over to Spider House Ballroom to hear some of Austin’s most promising hip hop performers such as ESON, Lady Shacklin, Profit Z and more. With tracks such as “Right Now” we not only hear ESON’s vocal ability, but the smooth and bumping beats that accompany his vocals.
May 5th | 9pm | Spiderhouse Ballroom and Cafe | 2908 Fruth Street
Friday, May 6th
Canadian musical collective and indie band The New Pornographers are bringing their vivacious music and live show to Austin this weekend when the group performs at Stubb’s, with Waxahatchee as the opening act. With new singles such as “High Ticket Attractions,” the group brings their familiar pop sound with a bouncy feel that is guaranteed to get you excited for the weekend ahead.
May 6th | 8pm | Stubb’s | 801 Red River Street
Known for over 20 years as “the godfather of Austin hip hop,” MC Overload has used a live band to back him up during live performances, bringing a certain authenticity and realism to local rap music. Performing with Ter’ell Shahid and Michael Dillard Band, MC Overlord will be dropping his new album You Ain’t Know this weekend.
May 6th | 8pm | Grizzly Hall | 2015 East Riverside Dr.
Formed in 2015 by local singer-songwriter Lauren Burton, the indie sounds of Lola Tried make the group a catchy new band to listen to in Austin. With a track like “Popsicle Queen,” the groups playful sound will resonate among Austin’s indie fans, and with Burton’s warm voice backing up the band, we can’t get Lola Tried’s catchy tunes out of our heads.
May 6th | 8pm | Empire Control Room and Garage | 606 East 7th Street
Originally from Milwaukee, Dream Attics relocated to Austin in 2015. With catchy dream pop songs such as “Still” from their new record Fears, Dream Attics’ melodies and breezy hooks will get this band lodged into your head in no time. Being supported by local acts Buhu, Whit, and Hikes, Swan Dive is the place to be if you want to experience quality great local music.
May 6th | 9:30pm | Swan Dive | 615 Red River Street
Saturday, May 7th
With rich lyrical content, fantastic harmonies, and tight country riffs, Armadillo Road is one of Austin’s most beloved honky tonk bands. With a great live show, Armadillo Road is a group that you should run to see as soon as possible, and this weekend is the perfect time to do it. Another bonus for attending the show is that the venue serves appetizers, breakfast taco’s, and sandwiches every day from 5:30 pm until close.
May 7th | 9:00 pm | The White Horse I 500 Comal Street
Sunday, March 8th
Taking his acoustic show on the road, Canadian musician Andy Shauf will be performing in Austin at Stubb’s alongside Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin, to perform a laid back set that is perfect for winding down the week. For a sample of his sound, check out the song “The Magician” below.
May 7th | 7:30pm | Stubb’s | 801 Red River Street
If you’re looking for jazz to listen to this weekend, check out the Michael Hale Trio take on the Duke Ellington classic “Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me” during their first anniversary show last year below. While Austin isn’t particularly known for jazz, the Michael Hale Trio is not an act worth missing.
May 8th | 10:30pm | The Continental Club Gallery | 1313 South Congress Ave
Looking to the future:
Best known for their hit “Drive” Southern California rock band Incubus is not a group to miss seeing live. Touring with Jimmy Eat World and Judah and the Lion, this show is guaranteed to sell out by the show date. If you are looking to see some great rock bands, then braving the heat will be worth it this Saturday.
August 5th | 6:45pm | Austin360 Amphitheatre | 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd
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