Friday, January 22, 2016
Ohio rock band Saintseneca will be rolling into Austin tonight as part of a tour to support their new album Such Things. The records title track is a warm and bubbly introduction to the band and their vigorous songs, making the group a great choice when deciding what band to watch as you kick off your weekend. Due to Waterloo’s tight capacity for in store performances, we highly suggest that you get to the store as early as you can in order to get a good spot to watch the show.
Santa Cruz, California is more known for its beaches than for its music, though reggae band The Expendables is set out to change that. Playing breezy reggae and ska tunes that bring a bright and lively energy to each stage they perform on, the group will be playing at Empire Control Room and Garage where fans old and new can experience their refreshing tunes that you won’t be able to stop spinning. With tracks such as “Down Down Down” from their self-titled record released in 2008, you will become wrapped up in the band’s music and have the urge to see them live.
Local Texas crooner Drew Fish knew he wanted to play music full time when he stepped onto the aging stage at Grune Hall in Grune, Texas, and after listening to the song “Playin’ With A Flame”, from his new album of the same name, we are very glad he made that decision as his music has the potential to become huge. While his songs have the simple country feel that we hear a lot in Austin, he would also fit right in with the musicians of Nashville, as his original country style will certainly turn heads and is good enough to compete with many of the musicians coming out of Music City.
Known for playing guitar in the Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire, Dallas Green put a few solo songs up for download in 2004 under a new project called City and Colour, an acoustic band that shies away from his former band and their heavy music. With a devoted fan base and catchy acoustic songs that leave you wanting to hear more, City and Colour is certainly an act not to miss and is one that we recommend for this weekend.
Tickets: $30 (advance) $32 (day of show)
Saturday, January 23rd
Modern Outsider, a local artist management company and record label, was founded in 2010 by music industry veterans and husband and wife team Erin and Chip Adams. With a mission to introduce and release great music, one of Austin’s many management companies and labels is celebrating five years of going strong this weekend. Of course the celebration would not be complete without music, so the party will feature performances from bands such as Moving Panoramas, The Calm Blue Sea, and Dana Falconberry and Medicine Blow.
Located ninety miles down the highway in San Antonio, country vocalist Pat Green has been performing pop flavored country songs since 1995. With a strong and captivating voice, Green has released ten records full of songs that resonate with die hard country fans while convincing critics of the style that Pat has a lot to offer in today’s pop saturated country genre. After one listen to his song “Wave On Wave”, you will see exactly what we’re talking about, while also wanting to experience Green’s live show for yourself.
With techno music becoming more widespread here in Austin, we are certain that Borgeous a Los Angeles based DJ, will be lighting up the stage at Emo’s this weekend. Borgeous has worked with many well known artists in pop and hip hop including Lights and Wiz Khalifa, leading him to become a popular DJ in Los Angeles and on a national scale.
Tickets: $30 (advance) $32 (day of show) 18+
Coming from the swamplands of Louisiana comes the Honey Island Swamp Band, a folk inspired group that digs its heels into southern style rock that bounces and rocks like no other. For their Jam In The Van performance three years ago, the group performed “Prodigal Son”, a track that brings the sounds of the American South straight to their fans, and with their Allman Brothers influenced sound, we can’t get enough of them and we are sure that you won’t be able to either.
Sunday, January 24th
Local honkey tonk act Them Duqains will be hitting the stage at Austin Beer Garden and Brewery for the restaurants annual Sunday Best series. With long dry drawls, acoustic guitars, and mandolins to round out the groups sound, this local band will be a treat to see as their love for music comes through every song perfectly.
If you’re a Sublime fan, Badfish is one of many ways that Sublime fans can come close to seeing the original band in concert. Forming in the 90’s in Rhode Island, Badfish is a tribute to Sublime, a ska band from California who had a premature ending as the bands lead singer and guitarist Brad Nowell died from a drug overdose in 1995. While purists of the band will have a problem with Badfish and its other clone Sublime With Rome, (where its young front man sounds nearly identical to Nowell), for anyone looking for a good time, Badfish will certainly provide you with one this weekend. Playing many of Sublime’s classic hits such as “Garden Grove” and “What I Got” it feels like Sublime never ended, as Badfish brings fans together for a night of energy and passion that few tribute bands can get across so well.
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