It’s the weekend, y’all! Ready to see some shows? We are. Here’s 10 picks from our music critic!
Friday, August 7th
If you are looking to take things to a new musical level this weekend, you can head down to Holy Mountain to check out drum duo Ghost-Note who will be performing a captivating and rockin’ percussion set that is something to experience. The band will also be joined by Transcontinental Trip who will be their opening act.
The Eastern Sea at Red 7
Our first local act on the list for this week is The Eastern Sea, a local band that writes music that allows us to escape and enjoy, letting us really focus on the music coming out of our earbuds. Perfect for indie rock fans, The Eastern Sea is a group not to be missed. Aside from The Eastern Sea, concertgoers will also get to enjoy sets from Little Radar and Scenery who will serve as opening bands.
Tickets: At The Door
Govinda at The Parish
Govinda is one of the more interesting acts we’ve stumbled upon in our local music discovery, primarily for the way that Govinda, who is the alter-ego of local musician Shane Madden, has incorporated electronic music with the violin, an instrument that Madden studied while at UT Austin. In the song below titled “Universal On Switch”, Madden blends the violin with subtle electronic beats to create something that captivates and engrosses, allowing his audience to settle into the weekend easily.
Jamaican Queens at Stubbs
Detroit band Jamaican Queens will be making an appearance at Stubbs this Saturday to introduce the Live Music Capitol of The World to their dreamy and hazy pop tunes that have a heavy electronic influence. While not for everyone due to their more quirky style, Jamaican Queens have a new outlook on music that makes them an intriguing band to listen to, and if you are hoping to find a band that plays music that is out of the box, Jamaican Queens will not disappoint.
Tickets: $8 ($10 at the door)
Saturday, August 8th
This weekend down at the Dirty Dog Bar, local metal band Dead Earth Politics will be taking the stage to kick off their tour. With tight musicianship and vocals that that display passion and edge, Dead Earth Politics will be one of the tightest bands you will see all weekend as their live show will leave you wanting to brag to your friends about this amazing live act.
Sunday, August 9th
Continuing with our heavy metal mentions this week, we bring you Devil You Know from Los Angeles, a raging and fiery band that is guaranteed to blow the roof off of Dirty Dog Bar. Powerful and thunderous with a live show that sticks with you long after it’s over, Devil You Know is a band that is captivating and engaging, and a great one to see if you are looking to thrash through your Saturday night.
While Austin has a thriving music scene, that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t hosted some big musicians, including one of country’s most well known vocalists, Shania Twain. While Twain announced last year that this current tour would be her last, it gives local fans an excuse not to miss this performance as this will be your last chance to see Shania belt out some of her biggest hits including “No One Needs To Know” and “You Win My Love.”
Every summer the Austin Symphony takes over The Hartmann Concert Park in front of The Long Center City Terrace, to treat classical music fans to a relaxing evening filled with performances of jazz standards, film scores, and pop songs. The Concerts In The Park series runs every Sunday night from May 31’st until August 23rd.
For anyone who wants to travel back to the 1980’s on Sunday, you can check out English rock band Whitesnake who will be tearing down ACL Live with their powerhouse hair band jams that will bring fans back to their younger years. With their soaring guitar riffs and huge booming vocals from front man David Coverdale, this will be an evening that you will want to experience.
Raekwon and Ghostface Killah at Emo’s
Raekwon and Ghostface Killah will be hitting the stage at Emo’s this weekend, to treat fans to their catchy and pulsing hip hop tracks that diehard fans of the genre will adore. With their rousing and electrifying sets, this concert will have fans talking for weeks as they will not be able to get enough of Ghostface Killah and Raekwon’s addicting tunes.
Photo: Flickr user Anthony Quintano, creative commons licensed.