The weekend is coming, y’all! Ready to see some shows? We are. Here’s 10 picks from our music critic, Lauren Gribble.
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Friday, August 14th
French metal band The Prestige is hitting up the Dirty Dog Bar this Friday to tear down the house one wall at a time, as they blaze through a set that includes their dark and blistering tunes, while becoming wrapped up in their relentless energy that is just as contagious as the band themselves.
Tickets: $12-15 16+
Zula is a band that adds texture and life to their music by using different sounds and pop music influences to create something that you’ve never heard before. Their name Zula is just as unique as their music, as Zula comes from the country of Eritrea which sits on the Horn of Africa. While the bands psychedelic flavor makes it hard to truly label their songs, we guarantee that you will love what you will hear from the band on Friday night.
Tickets: $5 (presale) $8 (at door) 18+
Another country band on our list for this week is Rosie and The Ramblers, a local Americana and country act lead by female vocalist Selena Rosenbalm, who treats fans to her booming and silky voice in every track the band writes. Performing authentic sounding country feels like it’s the bands specialty, and they play the genre well. While there are many bands to see this weekend throughout town, Rosie and The Ramblers are not one to miss.
If you are looking to bring your weekend entertainment up a notch, then local band Chasca should not be ignored, as they combine Rocky Horror style theatrics with such influences as Frank Zappa, Queen, and David Bowie, to create a very eclectic style of music, by playing songs that give fans and newcomers alike a chance to hear music that feels very flavorful and satisfying.
Tickets: $5 21+
Saturday, August 15th
While Austin has plenty of shows for the older crowd, younger fans are in luck this weekend as Empire Control Room & Garage will be playing host to the 2015 All Stars Tour featuring Upon A Burning Body, Dance Gavin Dance, A Skylit Drive, and more. Sure to be an energetic and fun evening, we encourage everyone to get tickets to this tour, as every band on this bill is worth a listen.
For the noise rock fans of Austin, the Canadian band METZ will be performing at Red 7 this weekend to perform songs from their most recent album II, filled with rock tunes that you won’t be able to stop listening to. Heading down the same road as Austin venues Holy Mountain and Austin Music Hall, we encourage you to get down to Red 7 and celebrate the clubs ability to put on great shows before it’s all over.
If you are on the hunt for crooners with a lot of talent, look no further than British vocalist Sam Smith. Back on tour again after dealing with issues with his vocal chords, the In The Lonely Hour singer will be taking the stage at the Frank Erwin Center to treat fans to songs from his debut album including “I’m Not The Only One” and “Like I Can.”
Sunday, August 16th
For the country fans out there, we’ve got a great band for you to check out this weekend at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company. Coming out of the local scene, Silo Road has been rocking and performing since the summer of 2012, impressing people with their more subtle take on country, which is relaxed, chilled, and very catchy.
Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri are two lively vocalists that have dominated radio for the past few years with hits such as “Bubbly” (Caillat) and “Jar of Hearts” (Perri.) Perfect for the peak of summer, both songstresses will help their fans greet the hottest part of summer with enthusiasm, as their warm and soothing voices will be a relaxing and refreshing dose of fun for all who attend this show.
Casper Rawls is a local musician that is one of Austin’s best loved guitar players who has performed at The Continental Club on a regular basis. Performing as a solo artist and with many local and international musicians, Rawls is now focusing on Planet Casper, a gathering that takes place at The Continental Club every Sunday afternoon. Keeping with the venues heavy blues influence, Casper rocks and bends guitars strings like no other, and seeing him live is highly recommended.
Featured photo: Rebecca L. Bennett, Brave Bird Photography.