Louisville, Kentucky-based R&B singer Bryson Tiller became a sudden sensation in 2015 with the release of his debut album “Trapsoul.”
Over the weekend, he surprise-released the follow up album “True to Self” and announced dates for a summer tour. He’ll be in Austin on Wednesday, August 9 for a show at the Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center with H.E.R. and Metro Boomin’.
Austin rapper Lench Martinez came onto our radar a little over a year ago when he succinctly nailed the anxiety about gentrification in East Austin, from the razed piñata shop to the multi-million dollar condos cropping up on every corner, with the banging single “What Happened to Austin (My Beautiful City).”
On Memorial Day he dropped a fiery follow up video, “Sleeping Giant” that takes on President Trump and the disparaging remarks he made about Mexico and Mexican people during his 2016 presidential campaign.
“You don’t gotta be violent/ but you don’t gotta be silent/ because you’re dealing with a tyrant who treats you like a migrant/ you’ve woken up a giant,” he raps in the song that was written and released last year before the election. In his mind, the “Sleeping Giant” is the Hispanic electorate in Texas, including many of his friends and family members who don’t vote.
Martinez spends his days working as a barber at Austin’s Most Wanted Barbershop in Southeast Austin. The day after the election he says, “It was like we lost a member of our family at the barbershop.”
“In 2008 we had a black president. We thought we had embarked on a new journey. We thought we had broken racial barriers and we were so much better than we used to be. Eight years later it’s as ugly as it’s ever been. And now there’s just more cameras to prove it,” he says.
A native Austinite, Martinez is a member of the Latin American civil rights organization, LULAC. He hopes the song and video will help inspire more Latinos in Texas to become politically engaged and vote.
Organizers of the popular Mariachi USA Festival, which has been showcasing mariachi bands from all over the U.S. and Mexico at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles for 28 years, announced plans for an offshoot event in Austin today. The Austin edition of Mariachi USA is being cast as a Día De Los Muertos celebration, set to go down Saturday, November 4 at the Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of the Americas.
Like the L.A. event, the Austin fest will present a selection of top mariachi bands alongside traditional folkloric dances and “a legendary sing-a-long fireworks finale.”
Artists on the roster for the event include Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano and Mariachi Campanas de America.
“Texas is home away from home for me, and I’ve always envisioned Texas having its very own annual Mariachi USA Festival,” event organizer Rodri J Rodriquez said in a press release. “The genesis of U.S. mariachi music in school curriculum is in Texas and the very first Mariachi Fest was produced by San Antonio’s Belle Ortiz thirty-eight years ago.”
A red hot month packed with classic rock, hot hip-hop and superstar country kicks off with a trio of fantastic show options on Friday.
Friday: Suffers at Mohawk outdoor. “Good Day” by the Suffers is a steamy platter of gospel-laced goodness that simmers with so much heart and soul the band’s hometown, Houston, decided to use it in a tourism ad. And really, the city couldn’t ask for a better spokesperson than Kam Franklin, who exudes warmth and realness, even as she blows our minds with her unbelievable pipes. The rock solid big band behind her, skilled in everything from reggae to funk, doesn’t hurt either. Dallas electronic act Ishi and soulful Austinite Alesia Lani also perform and ATX hip-hop OG/beloved educator, Bavu Blakes hosts. $20. 8 p.m. 912 Red River St.– D.S.S.
Friday: Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers, Shakey Graves at Paramount Theatre. A violinist and singer-songwriter with an extensive Austin pedigree that included membership in string-band the Belleville Outfit, Hunt now lives in New York. She spent much of the last five years traveling, most notably to India where she studied with violinist Kala Ramnath. She weaves together elements of all her musical influences on “Shanti’s Shadow,” released this week. A late-added and high-profile opener on the show is hometown star Shakey Graves. $24.50. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.
Friday: Body Rock ATX 5th Annual tribute to Prince at Empire. Dearly beloved, we gather each month to “get through this thing called life” with buckets of “Booty Sweat” and supernatural grooves. The Body Rock party is always a throw down — DJ Chorizo Funk helms the wheels and Chaka and Qi Dada from Riders Against the Storm keep the stage live — but if you’re looking for a “Lovesexy” Glam slam to set your summer off right, this here is your jam. Special bonus: Bay Area DJ Pam the Funkstress, who served as Prince’s on-call DJ during the final months of his life will be in the house. Also, Chaka’s Prince get up is straight majestic. More info.$10. 10 p.m. 606 E. 7th St. empireatx.com— D.S.S.
Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Chris Lane, Morgan Wallen at Austin360 Amphitheater
North Mississippi Allstars, Jackie Venson at Antone’s
THE REST OF JUNE
4: T.I., Young Dro, Trae Tha Truth, Translee, Rara, Yung Booke, London Jae, Shauntrell Pender at Empire
4: Hurray for the Riff Raff, Making Movies at Mohawk
4: Capleton & the Prophecy Band at Flamingo Cantina
Tuesday, June 6: JMSN at Empire. The singer-songwriter from Detroit has been on a slow burn rise since his 2012 debut “Priscilla” caught the ears of Kendrick Lamar and landed him on “Good Kid/M.A.A.D City” doing vocal spots on several tracks including “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.” On his latest, “Whatever Makes You Happy,” released late last month he burns red hot, offering a potent antidote to the chilly vibe that’s become R&B’s sound du jour. $15. 9:30 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com — D.S.S.
Wednesday, June 7: Punch Brothers at ACL Live. World-class mandolinist Chris Thile finally got a day job — replacing public radio icon Garrison Keillor as host of “A Prairie Home Companion” — but it’s not like he was going to just call an end to his life as a touring musician. The adventurous Punch Brothers, launched after his formative band Nickel Creek went on hiatus, start at the edges of bluegrass and push out toward classical realms and beyond. $30-$39.50. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com — P.B.
7: At the Drive In, Le Butcherettes at Stubb’s outdoor (sold out)
8: Old 97’s, Shooter Jennings at Stubb’s outdoor
8: Unplugged at the Grove with Bob Schneider at Shady Grove
9-10: Sigur Ros at ACL Live
9: Com Truise, Clark at Mohawk outdoor
9-10: Sigur Rós at ACL Live
Saturday, June 10: Muse, Thirty Seconds to Mars at Austin360 Amphitheater.Muse was epic when the band headlined ACL Fest a couple years back. We’re betting their anti-authoritarian, dystopian rock spectacle, will have an even deeper resonance this go round. (technically sold out, VIP packages available) — D.S.S.
10: Sandy (Alex G) with Japanese Breakfast at the Parish
Monday, June 12: Norah Jones, Candles at Stubb’s. Austin’s getting Jones at the tail end of an extended worldwide tour to support “Day Breaks,” her sixth solo album, which came out last fall. Jones’ piano-based brand of pop often has leaned toward jazz, so it’s fitting that she dipped into the songbooks of Duke Ellington and Horace Silver on “Day Breaks,” though most of the material is original. (Jones will tape an episode of “Austin City Limits” at ACL Live the night before her Stubb’s show, which is sold out.) — P.B.
12: Bethel Music, Housefires at Cedar Park Center
13: Joy Formidable, Radkey at Parish
Wednesday, June 14: Grupo Fantasma at Blues on the Green. What’s better than seeing one of the best Latin music ensembles on the planet? Seeing one of the best Latin music ensembles in the planet for free in one of the most beautiful city parks in the country. KGSR’s family-friendly concert series at Zilker Park continues with the mighty Grupo Fantasma. Hard Proof opens. — D.S.S.
June 15-17: Solstice Fest. The first two nights of this three-day event feature local bands at three Red River District venues, Mohawk, Empire and Sidewinder, before the action shifts to Pan Am Park for an all-day bash headlined by J.J. Grey and Mofro and Built to Spill on Saturday. Top acts on Thursday include Holiday Mountain and Henry + the Invisibles at the Mohawk, El Tule and Money Chicha at Empire, and Riders Against the Storm and Melat at Sidewinder. The Saturday bill includes local support from Bright Light Social Hour, Golden Dawn Arkestra and many more. The $35 ticket includes admission to Pan Am Park and to all the club events, space permitting. Start times and venue details are at solsticeatx.com. — P.B.
Saturday, June 17: Chicago, Doobie Brothers at Austin360 Amphitheater. These classic-rock hitmakers from the 1970s fit well together on a double bill, in part because both have soldiered on without their most identifiable vocalist. (Chicago’s Peter Cetera plays an Austin solo show on April 27 at the Paramount; the Doobies’ Michael McDonald has played here on his own several times in recent years.) Regardless, fans will get the hits, from “Black Water” to “Colour My World.” — PB
Saturday, June 17: Girlpool at Barracuda. For their new album, guitar and bass duo Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad added drummer Miles Wintner and his beats give their material a more rounded sound without overshadowing the sparse emotional rawness that made their last go round so appealing. — D.S.S.
17: The Revolution at ACL Live
Monday, June 19: “All Over the Map: Texas Salutes Music Pioneers” at Continental Club. In conjunction with former American-Statesman writer Michael Corcoran’s updated edition of “All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music,” out this week on UNT Press, Shinyribs frontman Kevin Russell is ringleading an Austin all-star tribute to many of the subjects in the book. Among those taking part are Kelly Willis, Carolyn Wonderland, Shawn Sahm, Suzanna Choffel, Monte Warden, Jackie Venson, Ramsay Midwood, Emily Gimble & Willie Pipkin, Brennen Leigh, James Robinson and Lisa Pankratz. The $10 admission benefits Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers. 8 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. (A 6 p.m. book-signing event precedes the show across the street at the Austin Motel.) — P.B.
20: Dispatch at Stubb’s BBQ
20: The Gypsy Kings at ACL Live
Wednesday, June 21: Jump On It kick off at Givens Park. Later this year, Austin’s original summer rap series is slated to bring heavyweights B.o.B. and Trae tha Truth to East Austin, but the event starts a two-month weekly run with a concert from Dallas rapper B.o.B, hosted by ATX’s own Nook. The all-ages party in the park includes a game zone for kids and community outreach organizations on site. Tickets. — D.S.S.
Friday, June 23: Nobody Safe Tour with Future at Austin360 Amphitheater. Future is one of the biggest rap stars on the planet and a beast of a live performer, but that’s just the beginning. This bill goes deep with emotional trap rapper Young Thug, chart burning R&B/rap crooner Tory Lanez, breakout star A$AP Ferg and Zoey Dollaz. Tickets— D.S.S.
24: Cumbia Roots Fest at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard hosted by Kiko Villamizar.
25: Murder By Death & Tiger Army at Mohawk
27: The Districts at Sidewinder
28: Deftones and Rise Against at Austin360 Amphitheater
Here’s a solid bet for fans of lyrically fierce ’90s hip-hop: Two pillars of that era, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Nas are embarking on a joint tour this fall. The show hits the Austin360 Amphitheater on Sept. 30.
Tickets run $31.50 to $131.50 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Earlier this month, Nashville country artist Eric Church announced plans for his “Holdin’ My Own” tour which includes a Sept. 7 stop in Austin at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Today, singer-songwriter Elle King was announced as the support artist for the Austin date.
Tuesday: Tribute to Gregg Allman with Tom Gillam & the Kosmic Messengers and friends at Gruene Hall. Gillam, an Austin musician and host of the Americana Morning Show on weekdays on New Braunfels radio station KNBT, held the music of the Allman Brothers dear. So when Gregg Allman died on Sunday, he decided to turn his scheduled Tuesday show at the legendary dance hall into tribute show. Free. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels. gruenehall.com. — P.B.
Wednesday: Jethro Tull at ACL Live. Technically these shows are billed as “Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson,” an odd specification given that Jethro Tull, by any other name than Ian Anderson, would most assuredly not be Jethro Tull. Technically, the band called it quits five years ago, and longtime members Martin Barre and Doane Perry aren’t along here, but the lineup does include latter-days members David Goodier and John O’Hara. Anyway, it’s vocalist/flautist Anderson at the center, and he’ll be playing “a collection of best-known Tull classics with a few rarely-played pieces,” according to the tour announcement. $79-$110. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.
Thursday: North Mississippi Allstars at Antone’s. As their name implies, the down-home Southern roots-rock band fronted by brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson hails from Mississippi. But perhaps because of their fondness for old-school blues music, they’ve chosen to celebrate the June 2 release of “Prayer for Peace,” their new album on Sony/Legacy, at Austin’s home of the blues. Thursday begins a three-night stand at the club, with Uncle Lucius opening the first show, Jackie Venson the second and Elijah Ford the third. $25-$30 (three-night pass $40). 9 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. (The band also plays a free Waterloo Records in-store at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 2.) — P.B.
Thursday: Jesse Dalton & Roger Sellers, Brittany Haas & Jordan Tice at ABGB. The ties between Dalton and Sellers mark the intriguing spot where Austin’s roots and electronica scenes meet. Sellers creates trippy soundscapes under the name Bayonne, while Dalton is best-known for thumping upright bass with prog-bluegrassers MilkDrive and indie-folk group the Deer. Other members of the latter band will join them for this gig, which features a ringer of an opening act in the Nashville/Brooklyn string-band duo of Haas and Tice, whose credits include work with Crooked Still and the Duhks, respectively. It’s a rare non-free show at ABGB, but the level of talent and the creativity of the booking is well worth the modest cover charge. $8-$10. 9 p.m. 1305 W. Oltorf St. theabgb.com. — P.B.
Allman’s health had been precarious since last year, when he was forced to cancel some tour dates. On Aug. 5, he announced, that he was “under his doctor’s care at the Mayo Clinic” due to “serious health issues.” Later that year, he canceled more dates due to a throat injury. Then in March of this year, he canceled the rest of his performances.
Remember the Allman brothers with this full broadcast of their 1995 “Austin City Limits” performance.
Miles Zuniga of Austin’s Fastball remembered the late Allman on Saturday in a Facebook post about how the music legend might actually have played a small role in Fastball becoming a band.
Garner Sloan, “Liquid Sails and Bobcat Tales.” Yes, Sloan is a singer-songwriter originally from West Texas, but no, he doesn’t sound like what that might imply. Country and folk styles have their place in the music he writes, but he’s not so easily classified. The arrangements often swirl and sway into near-psychedelic circus tumbles, warping together accents of instrumentation that includes fiddle, bandjo, accordion and, on a couple of tracks, what sure sounds like a musical saw. “The Gun, the Gold and the Girl” veers into spaghetti-western territory, with spacious electric guitar riffs riding alongside Sloan’s echoing, plainspoken vocals. He plays the troubadour role straighter on “Nightmare Lullaby,” an acoustic ballad that delivers on the bleakness of its title. Release show May 27 at Stay Gold. Here’s the video for “Vacationland”:
Sour Bridges, “Live at Stubb’s.” Recorded live at the Red River District hot spot a year ago, this 13-track disc documents the roots group’s rough-and-rowdy twang-and-roll sound that includes fiddle, mandolin and banjo. The record closes with what’s essentially a cover of a cover, a nearly nine-minute take on “Gin & Juice,” following closely the Gourds’ genius reworking of the Snoop Dogg hip-hop classic. In conjunction with the live album, the band also has a new six-song “Single Mic Series” EP. Release shows May 27 at Hill Country Galleria and May 28 at Oskar Blues Brewery. Here’s a recent live version of the opening track, “Donny’s Back in Town”:
Paul Nipper, “Kamizaze Heart.” Co-produced by Mike & the Moonpies leader Mike Harmeier, the second release from this Alabama transplant is a solid collection of a dozen songs recorded in Dripping Springs with Nick Jay of Century Recordings. Nipper’s rich, warm voice is well-suited to the pedal steel and fiddle runs that bring out the twang in his country tunes. Release show May 26 at Sam’s Town Point. Here’s the opening track, “Asphalt and Heartaches”:
Ghost Wolves, “Texa$ Platinum” (Hound Gawd). More spirited skronk-and-squonk punk mayhem from the husband-wife duo of Carley and Jonny Wolf. Release show May 27 at Swan Dive. Here’s the track “Attitude Problem”:
JUNE 2: Pure Luck, “Silver or Lead” (Heavy Feather).
JUNE 9: Dani McDonnell, title TBA, release show June 9 at 3Ten.
JUNE 16: Jon Wolfe, “Any Night in Texas.”
JUNE 16: Abram Shook, “Love at Low Speed” (Western Vinyl).
JUNE 16: Quin Galavis, “The Battery Line” (Super Secret).
JUNE 23: Slaid Cleaves, “Ghost on the Car Radio.”
JUNE 23: Eliot Lipp, “Skywave” (Young Heavy Souls).
JUNE 30: Shakey Graves, “Nobody’s Fool/Donor Blues EP” reissue (Dualtone).
Friday: Hard Proof, Greyhounds, Cilantro Boombox at Mohawk outdoor. If you like your bands tight, your grooves big and your booty gyrating, this is a can’t-miss triple bill. Hard Proof and Cilantro Boombox bring the big band madness with wall of sound takes on Afrobeat, Reggae and Latin sounds while the duo behind Greyhounds is locked and loaded with rock ‘n’ soul. $12. 8 p.m. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — D.S.S.
Friday-Saturday: Brownout EP release at Antone’s. After a three-year stint scorching stages around the world with their furiously funky recreations of classic metal tunes, the nine-piece crew is ready to shed alter ego Brown Sabbath and get back to the booty-moving breakbeats that birthed the band. Their new EP, “Over the Covers,” packs the same horn and percussion heavy grooves we’ve come to expect, but for this go round they’ve kept on Alex “Ozzy” Marrero as a lead vocalist. His unflinching lyricism weaves deeper meaning into the expansive jams of one of the tightest instrumental ensembles on the planet. $17-$20. 10 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com — D.S.S.
Saturday: Bash & Pop, Fleshlights, Midgetmen at Barracuda. When Tommy Stinson came through town with the briefly reunited Replacements at the 2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival, it was a cause of celebration for the Minneapolis rockers’ legions of devoted fans. Stinson’s post-Replacements band Bash & Pop never approached that level of legend, but it did mark his first foray into fronting a band, and 1993’s “Friday Night Is Killing Me” was a fine record. A reconstituted Bash & Pop released a new disc, “Annything Could Happen,” earlier this year. Local punkers Fleshlights and Midgetmen open. $15. 8 p.m. doors. 611 E. Seventh St. barracudaaustin.com. — P.B.
Saturday-Sunday: Lone Star Jam at Travis County Expo Center. This two-day Texas/red-dirt country throwdown has undergone some changes in recent years, both in schedule and venue. Once held in early May, it now precedes Memorial Day — a good call, given that Austin doesn’t have any other big music events on the holiday weekend. Last year’s move from the LBJ Library Lawn to a field in Southeast Austin was perhaps a challenge because of the lesser-known location, but this year’s site, on the grounds of the Expo Center, seems promising. Saturday’s performers include Pat Green, Aaron Watson and Cory Morrow, with the Josh Abbott Band, Wade Bowen and Charlie Robison among Sunday’s acts. Check out the full lineup at lonestarjam.com. $40 single-day, $70 both days ($300 VIP). Gates open at noon (both days). 7311 Decker Lane. — P.B.
Sue Foley, Lou Ann Barton at Continental Club
Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains at C-Boy’s
Meat Puppets, Mike Watt & the Jom & Terry Show at Barracuda
Rhymin’ N Stealin’ at 3Ten
Hard Proof, Greyhounds, Cilantro Boombox at Mohawk outdoor
NHD (Salim Nourallah, Billy Harvey & Alex Dezen) at Townsend
Joe Jacksons, Go Fever at ABGB
Johnny Nicholas, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub
Otis The Destroyer, Blood Pumps, Think No Think, Magic Rockers of Texas at Hotel Vegas
White Label Analog, Waiting for August, Big News at Stubb’s indoor
Possessed By Paul James at Empire
Paul Nipper record release at Sam’s Town Point
ST37 at Hole in the Wall
Aaron McDonnell at Geraldine’s
Mrs. Glass, Them Duquaines at White Horse
Tontine, Wheel at Carousel Lounge
Ty Segall, Zoltars at Stubb’s outdoor
Reverend Horton Heat, Flat Duo Jets, Rosie Flores at Come and Take It Live
Dillinger Escape Plan, American Sharks, Illustrations at Mohawk outdoor
Bob Schneider at Nutty Brown Amphitheater
Luke Winslow-King at Lamberts
Meatbodies, Annabelle Chairlegs, Dream Machine at Hotel Vegas
Garner Sloan album release at Stay Gold
W.C. Clark, Bobby Whitlock & Coco Carmel at Saxon Pub
Albert & Gage Band at Donn’s Depot
Miss Lavelle White at Townsend
RA the Rugged Man, Afro at Empire
Nakia & the Blues Grifters at Highball
Cornell Hurd Band at Driskill Bar
Sour Bridges at Hill Country Galleria
Ramsay Midwood, Imperial Starlighters at Sam’s Town Point
Amplified Heat, Jonathan Terrell, Elijah Ford, Carson McHone, Hilary York at the Oasis
Austin Area Jazz Festival with Kindred the Family Soul, Najee and Betty Wright at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
Pachanga Series with Reik, Tour Des, Amor at ACL Live
Wavves, Kino Kimino at Mohawk
Fourplay at One World Theatre
A. Sinclair, El Lago, Elijah Ford, Sounds del Mar at Barracuda
Resentments, John Gaar, Lost Austin Band at Saxon Pub