Friday, May 20th
Montreal rock band Ought will be taking the stage at The Sidewinder this weekend to support their latest record Sun Coming Down. Formed in 2012 and releasing their critically acclaimed record More Than Any Other Day in 2014, the group have become a great band that releases simple but thought provoking tracks that are entirely their own, while not limiting themselves to playing just one style of music. Music fans who enjoy different genres of music will certainly be into Ought, so we highly encourage you to not miss out on their live show this weekend.
Brooklyn based experimental act Snarky Puppy has always been about trying new things with their songs, while also being enthralling and entertaining from start to finish. With tracks such as “Lingus” which is a maze of sound, Snarky Puppy will certainly jumpstart your weekend like no other. Incorporating horns and funky keyboard sounds, Snarky Puppy takes their audience on an enjoyable ride that cannot be replicated, making them one of the best bands you will hear all weekend.
Described as “a portrait of deep teenage thinking” by UK newspaper The Guardian upon the release of her album When We Forgot How to Dream last year, Northern Ireland singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson, who goes by the stage name Soak, is coming to Austin this Friday to perform her gorgeous and spellbinding tunes. Mesmerizing her audience wherever she goes with songs such as “Blud” which perfectly captures the above phrase, we can’t recommend Soak enough, so head on down to The North Door and watch her live.
New York based indie act We Are Scientists will be taking over downtown club Barracuda this weekend to support their latest effort Helter Seltzer, released earlier this year. With addicting tunes that will be constantly running through your head, We Are Scientists certainly know how to get the party started, so start the weekend off right by seeing a great band that you will tell all of your friends about afterwards.
Black Pistol Fire, a local band that lives up to their name, will be tearing up Emo’s this Friday evening to promote and celebrate the release of their new record Don’t Wake the Riot, released today. If their performance on KEXP in 2014 is any indication of their current material, this band is one of the grooviest acts to come out of Austin in a while. So come on down to Emo’s to set your weekend on fire by hearing one of our town’s best live bands.
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Saturday, May 21st
Palm Desert, California rock band Eagles of Death Metal will be coming to Austin this Saturday to rock Stubbs. Becoming well known around the globe from the unfortunate events of last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris where the band was performing, it’s become clear that the group won’t let evil stop them from playing wherever they can. With tracks such “I Want You So Hard” the band write aggressive and addicting songs that need to be heard in a live setting. If this sounds like something that you would be into this weekend, then don’t miss out on seeing this incredible band live.
Tickets: $27.00 (advanced) $30.00 (day of show) $127.00 (VIP ticket)
New York indie rock band Lucius will be rocking Emo’s this Saturday, performing their catchy tracks that will energize the entire venue. With shimmering pop tunes such as “Born Again Teenagers”, Lucius is the perfect group to start off your weekend on the right foot, as their memorable songs are a great way to ease into the weekend.
Montreal metal band Voivod will be jolting the Barracuda this weekend with their thrashing and booming tunes that is some the most unique metal we’ve heard in years. Forming in the late 80’s, the band began as a speed metal group while eventually exploring thrash and progressive metal, which they would later add into their music to give their songs a unique edge. With tracks such as “Psychic Vacuum,” your Saturday night will certainly be off the rails if you attend Voivod’s live show, so if you are looking for something that will shake your weekend up, the Barracuda is the place to be.
Taking their name from a garbage dump in their home country, Norwegian rock band Arabrot is something else entirely, as their energetic songs are something that everyone needs to experience live. Sure to be a night to remember at The Sidewinder, there won’t be a more exciting band playing this weekend than Arabrot.
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Sunday, May 22nd
Will Hoge at Strange Brew
Nashville based musician Will Hoge is a soulful and magnetic musician who will put on a great show to wind down your weekend. Playing at one of Austin’s best venues, Strange Brew is a great location to hang out and relax in, while listening to both local and national acts on any day of the week. With storytellers like Hoge, Strange Brew will certainly be packed to capacity when this honest and endearing musician takes the stage for his performance. If you don’t want to miss out on a great set, then we suggest that you get your tickets for this show as soon as possible.
Tickets: $20.00 (online) $25.00 (at the door)
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