While Austinites prepare for ACL Festival in less than a month, the local live music is just getting hotter. This weekend, hard rock and blistering blues reign supreme as some of the best bands in town take the stage. From a living legend, to an up and coming band that’s garnering national attention, these are the acts to catch over the next few days.
The fun begins Saturday night at The Mohawk as legendary singer/songwriter Bob Mould comes to town. Mould, a one-time member of Husker Du and Sugar, is an icon of the alternative music scene. Otis the Destroyer, Austin’s own blues/rock/soul quartet, will open up for Mould the legend. The talented Jud Johnson, Nick Joswick, and Taylor Wilkins, formerly of the wildly popular band The Couch, just dropped their latest EP for Otis, “Dark Arts,” in May. You won’t want to miss these two electrifying acts.
Watch the video for Bob Mould’s “The Descent” here:
Watch the video for Otis the Destroyer’s “You’re The Wealth” here:
Prepare for some of the best hard-driving female rock music in Austin this weekend as local duo The Ghost Wolves destroy the stage with Megafauna. The Ghost Wolves, lauded for their high-energy live shows, have been featured in Rolling Stone Italia and their song “Shotgun Pistol Grip” was part of the soundtrack for the show “Shameless.” Joining them will be Megafauna, easily one of the best rock bands in Austin. Singer and guitarist Dani Neff is a goddess onstage, with her incredible stage presence and stirring vocals.
Watch The Ghost Wolves video for “Attack Attack Attack” here:
Watch Megafauna’s video for “Haunted Factory” here:
Shows at C-Boy’s Heart and Soul are always a treat, and they’re even better when a legend takes the stage. Blues guitar master Jimmie Vaughan will join Mike Flanigin, the king of the Hammond B3 Organ, this weekend at one of Austin’s newest and hottest clubs. Jimmie Vaughan always puts on a great live show, but never better than when he’s playing in his own city. Be sure to catch Austin’s native son before he hits the road again.
Watch Jimmie Vaughan’s live performance of “Boom Bapa Boom” here:
Jon Dee Graham has been a star in Austin since the 1970s, when he was a member of The Skunks and the True Believers. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, Graham is widely considered one of the fathers of the Cowpunk movement and has played with artists such as John Hiatt, Lone Justice, and Patty Griffin. Strange Brew is one of the finest, most intimate listening rooms in Austin, making it the perfect place to hear this local icon.
Watch Graham’s SXSW 2011 performance of “October” here:
One of Austin’s finest Blues and Soul vocalists, Tameca Jones is a red-hot force of nature. A multiple winner of the Austin Music Awards Best Female Vocalist award, her voice is as smooth as honey and her onstage presence calls to mind Tina Turner at her best. This will be one hot ticket.
Watch Jones performing “Summertime” at Saxon Pub here: