S is for super show: Shinyribs set for Swan Songs Serenade

Shinyribs will play this year’s Swan Songs Serenade on Oct. 17. Scott Newton/KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits

One of Austin’s biggest bands teams up with one of the city’s most distinctive charity organizations this fall, when Shinyribs plays the annual Swan Songs Serenade on Oct. 17 at Riverbend Centre for the Arts.

The event is a fundraiser for Swan Songs, an Austin nonprofit that arranges musical performances for those who are in end-of-life situations. The Serenade, the charity’s major annual fundraiser, includes a seated dinner plus live and silent auctions. Tickets, $150, go on sale Sept. 1 via the Swan Songs website.

RELATED: Swan Songs musicians sing to Hurricane Harvey nursing home evacuees

Shinyribs, the eight-piece swamp-pop-soul revue featuring former Gourds co-leader Kevin Russell, has become one of Austin’s top-drawing local bands in recent years. The group taped an episode of “Austin City Limits” last fall and also has a show at the Paramount Theater coming up on Sept. 21.

READ MORE: Shinyribs grew from little band that could to big band that is

More about Swan Songs’ mission, from the press release announcing this year’s Serenade show:

“Swan Songs brings comfort, joy, and a respite from illness through music to families during an emotional and difficult time by organizing personalized concerts for individuals who are terminally ill or nearing the end of life. The organization’s core program is the fulfillment of musical last wishes. Recipients may request a certain style of music or a specific musician to perform for them and their loved ones in a very intimate concert setting. The concerts are 30-40 minutes in length, are typically unplugged and provide an opportunity for a gathering with a focus on the music instead of the illness. There is no charge to the patient or family for this service. Swan Songs recognizes that the talent and expertise of the participating musicians are an invaluable part of their success and, therefore, musicians are offered an honorarium for their time. In this way, Swan Songs fulfills its secondary mission – to support the health of the Austin area music community.”

READ MORE: Our interview with Swan Songs founder Christine Albert

Weekend music picks: Celebrate Austin’s 179th birthday with a free bash

Music and family-friendly fun at Austin’s birthday bash, plus a benefit for a local guitar slinger and more.


Friday-Saturday: Ian Moore’s 50th birthday celebration at Antone’s. A native Austinite who moved to the Northwest two decades ago, Moore has made a point to keep strong ties with his hometown. So it’s no surprise that he’s returning to mark a major-milestone birthday at the blues club that helped shape his musical identity as a youth. Moore’s own music has tended more toward rock than blues, especially his new EP “Toronto,” a six-song blast of energy and exuberance that highlights his guitar playing. Local blues guitar mainstay Eric Tessmer opens both nights. $20-$22. 9 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.

Saturday: Omar Apollo at Barracuda. The young singer-songwriter from Indiana was a wayward college dropout when he started releasing soulful bedroom pop on Soundcloud roughly a year ago. With Spanglish ballads that layer lovesick lyricism dripping with heart-on-sleeve sincerity over sunny meandering guitars, he rapidly started racking streams in the tens of thousands. He’s been remixing the songs for a larger release and this debut U.S. tour will probably be your last chance to catch him in such an intimate venue. $13-$15. Doors at 9 p.m. 611 E. Seventh St. barracudaaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Night Drive at ACL Fest 2015. (Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman)

Saturday: Austin’s Birthday Bash at Republic Square. Back in 1839, the first plots of land in Austin were auctioned under a group of oak trees in a space that would eventually become Republic Square. Celebrate our city’s 179th birthday and the grand re-opening of the park with an all-day, family-friendly bash that includes sets from Night Drive, Los Coast, Patricia Vonne, Chulita Vinyl Club and more. Free and open to the public. The party kicks off with the Farmer’s Market at 9 a.m. and runs to 10 p.m. 422 Guadalupe St. facebook.com/RepublicSquare. — D.S.S.

Sunday: Benefit for Omar Kent Dykes at Antone’s. Transplants from Hattiesburg, Miss., in the 1970s, Omar & the Howlers quickly became one of Austin’s liveliest and most successful blues-rock bands, releasing more than a dozen albums and touring internationally. Dykes, the band’s singer and guitar slinger and a distinctive, imposing frontman, hasn’t been able to play shows for more than a year because of a rare skin disease. Members of the Howlers will rally to help him on this Sunday afternoon, with guests including Marcia Ball, the LeRoi Brothers and Casper Rawls. $15-$20. 2 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.



Coheed & Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Story So Far at Austin360 Amphitheater

Kabah, JNS at ACL Live

Jim Lauderdale at Threadgill’s North

Dave Koz & Friends at One World Theatre

Gorilla Vs Bear presents Sales, No Vacation at Mohawk outdoor

Kevin Galloway album release at Continental Club (also 5 p.m. at Waterloo Records)

Slomo Drags album release, Sometimes a Legend at Mohawk indoor

Nightowls, Tameca Jones, Jai Malano, Aaron Stephens at Scoot Inn

Nicolay & the Hot at Nights, Wes Haynes Band at Stubb’s indoor

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains, Rosie Flores Revue at C-Boy’s

South Austin Moonlighters, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Will Courtney, Dan Whitaker & the Shinebenders at Sam’s Town Point

Body Rock ATX at Empire

Lost Cosmos, Van Wilks at One-2-One Bar

James Polk’s CenterPeace at Elephant Room


JerryFest with Deadeye at Threadgill’s World Headquarters


311, Offspring at Austin360 Amphitheater

Jeff Williams’ Freelance Orchestra at ACL Live

Randy Rogers Band, Jon Wolfe, Kody West at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre

Alkaline Trio, Together Pangea, Ogikubo Station at Emo’s

Chingo Bling at Stateside at the Paramount

Nora En Pure at Vulcan Gas Company

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains, Kathy & the Kilowatts at C-Boy’s

Christian Bland & the Revelators, Leather Girls, Stacks, Mean Jolene at Hotel Vegas

Graham Wilkinson, Ray Prim, Paul Oscher at Continental Club

Charlie Mars, Guy Forsyth at Saxon Pub

Ramsay Midwood at Sam’s Town Point

Wild Moccasins at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Roni Size at Empire

Graham Weber, Ali Holder at Cactus Cafe

Tomas Ramirez at Elephant Room

Tyler Hilton, Corey Balsamo at Stubb’s indoor

Bodega, Big Bill, Chronophage at Mohawk indoor


Lil B, Keyboard Kid, Pnthn at Mohawk outdoor

Resentments, John Gaar at Saxon Pub

Savage Poor at One-2-One Bar

Rosie Flores at ABGB

Lo Jinx Supper Club, Purgatory Players at El Mercado Backstage

Passes for ACL Fest weekend one are sold out; single-day tickets coming Wednesday

If you’ve been waiting to buy your passes for the first weekend of Austin City Limits Festival, we’re sorry to inform you that the festival is now reporting that 3-day tickets for weekend one, October 5-7, are sold out. Passes for weekend two, October 12-14 are still available.

A fan cheers during a performance by Angel Olsen on the second weekend of the Austin City Limits Festival Oct. 14. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

RELATED: Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino to headline ACL Fest

If you’ve been holding out because you love a few artists on the lineup, but not the full roster, you’re in luck. The festival is releasing single-day lineups on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Single-day tickets to both weekends of the festival will go on sale Wednesday at noon. More information at aclfestival.com.

This week’s music picks: Sound & Cinema, Imagine Dragons, more

Wednesday: Sound & Cinema with Go Fever and “Mean Girls” at Long Center Lawn. The next-to-last installment of this popular music-and-film summer series features the best band of the bunch. Go Fever, fronted by Australian transplant Acey Monaro, plays engaging and infectious indie-pop that should serve as a good lead-in to Tina Fey’s 2004 comedy “Mean Girls.” Free. 6 p.m. gates, 7:30 p.m. music; movie follows. 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.

Thursday: Imagine Dragons, Grace VanderWaal at Austin360 Amphitheater. Not many contemporary rock bands are bigger than Imagine Dragons, the Las Vegas outfit with three straight platinum-selling albums since 2012’s “Night Visions” produced the Grammy-winning single “Radioactive.” But a big part of the draw here is VanderWaal, who won NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” show in 2016 when she was 12. Now 14, she released her debut album, aptly titled “Just the Beginning,” last November shortly after charming big crowds at ACL Fest. $35-$142.50. 7 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com.

Peter Frampton teams with the Steve Miller Band at ACL Live on Monday. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman



  • Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton at ACL Live
  • Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Carolyn Wonderland at El Mercado Backstage
  • Dale Watson, Sea Monks, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
  • Dylan Bishop Band, Blue Monday Band at Antone’s
  • Chuck Fleming & the Sadlands, Kathryn Legendre, Texas Tycoons at White Horse
  • T. Jarrod Bonta & Bracken Hale at Sam’s Town Point
  • Chris Gage at Donn’s Depot
  • Arielle LaGuette at Geraldine’s
  • Datura at Stay Gold


  • Phish at Austin360 Amphitheater
  • Beach House, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat at ACL Live (sold out)
  • Durawa with Joe King Carrasco at El Mercado Backstage
  • Ephraim Owens, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery
  • Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club
  • Jake Andrews, Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s
  • Brian Pounds Trio, David Grissom at Saxon Pub
  • Ryan Howard Trio, Sarah Sharp at Elephant Room
  • Curtis Lee at One-2-One Bar


  • Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Nothing More, Bad Wolves at Austin360 Amphitheater
  • James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club
  • Texas Radio Live with Belle Sounds, Brian Pounds at Guero’s
  • Jessica Risker, Caroline Says at Cheer Up Charlie’s
  • Zac Clark, Bob Oxblood at Stubb’s indoor
  • Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s
  • Caroline Says, Jessica Risker at Cheer Up Charlie’s
  • Altamesa, Loteria, Lo Country at Hotel Vegas
  • Walt Wilkins, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub
  • Warren Hood at ABGB
  • Shawnee Kilgore, Jon Dee Graham at Townsend
  • Seela at One-2-One Bar


Austin360 On The Record: Israel Nash hits new heights on ‘Lifted’

Israel Nash celebrates the release of “Lifted” on Friday at Scoot Inn. Contributed/Rett Rogers


Israel Nash, “Lifted” (Desert Folklore/Thirty Tigers). Communing with music and nature on his compound in Dripping Springs since moving from New York in 2011, Nash plays psychedelic folk-rock that feels rooted deep inside his own private universe yet still somehow wired into to the larger world around him. “Lifted” is the third record he’s made here, and it radiates with a spacey melodic grace that feels very much of the ’60s — the 1960s, yes, but perhaps the 2060s as well. Nash’s versatile core band of Joey and Aaron McClellan, Eric Swanson and Josh Fleischmann fill out his songs with full arrangements of electric and acoustic guitar, piano and organ, drums and percussion, banjo and autoharp, synths and handbells. A string quartet, three-piece horn section and harpsichord from 10 additional musicians add even more layers to the lush, lustrous vibe of “Lifted.” Lyrically, Nash often draws from the natural and mystical: “The eagle and the full moon will rise from the west soon/ Deliver me to the land of sand and stone,” he sings on the uplifting opener “Rolling On,” while on the more pensive “Hillsides,” he envisions a place “on a mountain slide where the bluebonnets ride/ Under skies of purple sea where the sould learn to speak.” There’s connections between Nash’s music and that of fellow psych/hippie locals such as Wild Child, the Black Angels and Bright Light Social Hour, but “Lifted” ultimately occupies its own plane. Release show July 27 at Scoot Inn. Here’s the video for the track “Lucky Ones”:

 Batty Jr., “Wormholes to the New Jersey Turnpike.” Full-length record from the offbeat indie quartet featuring Zeke Jarmon, Sadie Wolfe, Taylor Turner and Jeff Olson follows last year’s EP “From the Land of Insofaras.” Release show July 28 at Threadgill’s South.

Ego Deaf, “I’ll Let You Know When It Gets Weird” EP. Debut from the psychedelic-tinged quartet featuring Josh Comeaux, Dan Krause, Kasey Rebello and Justin Babineaux. Release show July 28 at Stay Gold. Here’s the track “Complicated”:

Madi Meeks, “For You” EP. The five-song debut from this 16-year-old folk-pop singer-songwriter, a finalist at this year’s Old Settler’s Music Fest youth talent competition, was produced by Nick Jay. Release show July 28 at Carousel Lounge. Here’s a recent live version of the track “Locked In”:


  • AUG. 3: Kevin Galloway, “The Change” (Nine Mile), playing July 20 at Cactus Cafe, release show Aug. 3 at Continental Club.
  • AUG. 9: Ben Ballinger, “Live at the Cactus Cafe” EP, release show Aug. 9 at Cactus Cafe.
  • AUG. 10: William Clark Green, “Hebert Island,” playing Aug. 11 at River Road Ice House (New Braunfels).
  • AUG. 11: Kev Bev, “Love Lemonade,” release show Aug. 11 at Threadgill’s South.
  • AUG. 12: Brittany Shane, self-titled EP, release show Aug. 12 at Central Market Westgate.
  • AUG. 17: Joe Ely, “The Lubbock Tapes: Full Circle” (Rack ’Em).
  • AUG. 17: Nakia, “Blues Grifter,” in-store Aug. 17 at Waterloo Records, release show Aug. 18 at Saxon Pub.
  • AUG. 17: Jeremy Nail, “Live Oak,” release show Aug. 17 at Cactus Cafe.
  • AUG. 17: Blue October, “I Hope You’re Happy.”
  • AUG. 18: Phoenix Jordan, “Love Is Heaven, Love Is Hell, release show Aug. 18 at Manchaca United Methodist Church.
  • AUG. 23: Mike Schoenfeld, “Little Feet” EP, release show Aug. 23 at Kitty Cohen.
  • AUG. 24: White Denim, “Performance” (City Slang), release show Aug. 25 at Mohawk outdoor.
  • AUG. 24: Teddy Glass, “Nights and Weekends.”
  • SEPT. 5: Buhu, “Tenets.”
  • SEPT. 7: Ghostland Observatory, “See You Later Simulator,” playing Bat Fest Aug. 18.
  • SEPT. 7: Ray Bonneville, “At King Electric” (Stonefly).
  • SEPT. 7: The Mrs., “Five Minutes” EP, release show Sept. 8 at Lamberts.
  • SEPT. 14: Willie Nelson, “My Way” (Legacy).
  • SEPT. 14: Asleep at the Wheel, “New Routes.”
  • SEPT. 14: Band of Heathens, “A Message From the People Revisited.”
  • SEPT. 14: Gina Chavez, “Lightbeam” EP, release show Sept. 15 at Antone’s.
  • SEPT. 14: Johnny Goudie, “Leper Hands” EP, release show Sept. 13 at One-2-One Bar.
  • SEPT. 14: Ben Millburn, “Sunglass Moustache.”
  • SEPT. 21: Western Youth, self-titled.
  • SEPT. 21: Will Courtney, “Crazy Love” (Super Secret).
  • SEPT. 21: Jonathon Zemek, “Hillcrest.”
  • SEPT. 28: Jerry David DeCicca, “Burning Daylight” (Super Secret).
  • OCT. 5: Max Frost, “Gold Rush” (Atlantic).

SXSW standout Billie Eilish coming to Austin this fall

Teenage pop sensation, Billie Eilish made a big splash at SXSW this spring. She displayed an impressive range of songwriting skill and emotional depth in an intimate performance at the Vevo House during the fest. 

Billie Ellish performs at the VEVO House during South by Southwest on March 14, 2018. (Photo by Erika Rich)

Last week, she dropped the defiant industrial dirge “You Should See Me in a Crown,” a fitting answer to anyone who’s ever dared tell her to smile more.

This week, she announced a new string of tour dates including a November 14 stop at Emo’s.

Tickets to the show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m., and it’s worth noting Eilish’s shows have been selling out swiftly.

Sam Smith has the voice and the songs, but his stage has serious stage presence

Sam Smith performs at the Erwin Center on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Judging from the occasional waves of euphoric screaming as well as the frequent singing along throughout Sam Smith’s concert Saturday night at the Erwin Center, it was clear that his fans love the English singer’s voice, his songs and his stage presence. What they may not have expected is how wowed they’d be by the stage itself.

PHOTOS: Austin360 A-List gallery of Sam Smith at the Erwin Center

It’s not often that the floor plan for a concert almost steals the show. But the positioning and shape of the stage — a long, runway-styled thin triangle that jutted out to a point in front and tapered toward a towering pyramid shape in the back — was stunningly creative. Sections of the stage elevated and descended on various occasions during the night, adding to the theatrical effect.

Smith took full advantage from the very start. Rising as if from nowhere on a square midstage platform, he first revealed himself to the crowd seated on a chair, singing the opening lines of “Burning” from his 2017 sophomore album “The Thrill of It All.” We heard but didn’t see the band at first, until they suddenly emerged on a three-tiered riser at the rear of the stage. Quite the dramatic entrance.

RELATED: Review of Sam Smith at Austin City Limits Music Fest 2014

Sam Smith performs at the Erwin Center on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

An extraordinary singer who sails from a high tenor to a soaring falsetto with ease and grace, Smith captured everyone’s attention with his breakthrough smash “Stay With Me,” which carried him to a near-sweep of the 2015 Grammys (including Record and Song of the Year). He added an Oscar in 2016 as co-author of “Writing on the Wall” from the James Bond flick “Spectre,” and last fall he released his much-anticipated sophomore album, “The Thrill of It All.”

Saturday’s show focused heavily on that new record, containing nine of its 10 songs. Smith played about half of 2014’s “In the Lonely Hour” as well, filling out the rest of the nearly two-hour set with non-album material including “Omen” and “Latch,” from the collaborations with electronica duo Disclosure that first brought Smith to wide attention.

Throughout the evening, Smith and his nine bandmates used the striking stage arrangement to enhance the visual appeal of their performance. Often, he strutted the full length of the stage while his four backup singers flanked him on either side with in-the-groove dance moves. Mid-show, he briefly departed while the band played an instrumental interlude, then rose again from that mid-stage elevated platform to deliver the James Bond number. (“How [expletive] dramatic was that?”, he boasted as the song ended.)

RELATED: Review of Sam Smith’s 2015 Erwin Center concert

Things got even more elaborate in the encore, when the walls of the tall pyramid at the rear of the stage fell away to reveal a spiral staircase, which Smith ascended to sing the new album’s “Palace.” Beneath him, almost like a gender-reversed “Romeo and Juliet” musical balcony scene, backup singer Lucy Jules duetted with Smith, nearly outshining him with the impressive power of her voice.

“Stay With Me” followed, its simple but memorable chorus eliciting the loudest of many sing-along moments during the night. During the final number, “Pray,” Smith took time to profusely thank the audience for responding so passionately, one of several occasions during the night when he gave a nod of appreciation for their support. At the end, he returned to that same midstage chair he’d emerged from at the start, taking a seat and slowly descending out of sight. Quite the dramatic exit, too.

Earlier, Smith had noted that the Austin show was the finale of the first U.S. tour leg. There’s actually one more show here on Monday, when Smith will tape the TV show “Austin City Limits” at ACL Live. Tickets for that performance already have been distributed, though die-hard fans willing to weather 100-degree heat in the standby line might get lucky.

RELATED: All our news and reviews of “Austin City Limits” TV events

Country singer Cam opens for Sam Smith at the Erwin Center on Friday, July 21, 2018. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

California pop-country singer Camaron Ochs, who performs under the name Cam, opened the show with a short but sweet six-song set that showcased her powerful voice and unflinching positive attitude. On this tour largely because she co-wrote “Palace” from Smith’s new album, Cam revealed that she’ll be back in town on Oct. 20; the venue has not yet been announced.

Set list:
1. Burning
2. One Last Song
3. Not the Only One
4. Lay Me Down / His Eye Is On The Sparrow
5. Omen
6. Nirvana / I’ve Told You Now
7. (Instrumental interlude)
8. Writing’s on the Wall
9. Latch
10. Money on My Mind
11. Like I Can
12. Restart
13. Baby, You Make Me Crazy
14. Say It First
15. One Day at a Time
16. Midnight Train
17. Him
18. Too Good at Goodbyes
19. Palace
20. Stay With Me
21. Pray

This week’s music picks: Suffers, BJ Barham, Hot Summer Nights

Monday: The Suffers at Waterloo Records. With an intro by rapper Paul Wall, a smoky interlude featuring Bun B. and the gut-wrenching track “After the Storm,” which uses slow burning love as a salve for any residual ache from Hurricane Harvey, “Everything Here,” the new release from the Gulf Coast powerhouse, feels like a love letter to Houston, the band’s hometown. It also showcases the band’s versatility as they move easily from simmering soul to jazzy variations to funky dance numbers with Latin flair. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com — D.S.S.

Wednesday: BJ Barham of American Aquarium at Waterloo Records. Southern roots-rock band American Aquarium isn’t playing Austin proper on this tour — catch them at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels on Friday — but band leader Barham accommodated our city with this late-added solo in-store. He’ll likely focus on songs from the band’s acclaimed new album “Things Change,” on which he regrouped with a new backing crew that includes a couple of Austinites. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com. — P.B.

Thursday: Hot Summer Nights kickoff. The summer edition of Free Week returns to the Red River Cultural District as clubs throw open their doors for four nights of no cover shows. Highlights from night one include Houston electro groove duo Gio Chamba with local indie pop standouts Migrant Kids and cumbia band Como Las Movies at Stubb’s, sunny psychedelia from Holy Wave and Annabelle Chairlegs at Barracuda, muscular riffs from Emily Wolfe and Quiet Company at the Mohawk and a sweaty dance party with Cilantro Boombox at Empire. Free. Check facebook.com/redrivercd for complete listings. — D.S.S.

Jeff Beck plays ACL Live on Thursday. Jay Janner/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2011



  • Animal Collective, Lonnie Holley at Paramount Theatre
  • Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
  • Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery
  • Dylan Bishop Band, Blue Monday Band at Antone’s
  • Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Bill Kirchen, Marty Muse & Mary Reynolds at El Mercado Backstage
  • Polarizado, Big Destiny at Hotel Vegas
  • Arielle LaGuette at Geraldine’s


  • Quicksand, Glassjaw, Spotlights at Mohawk outdoor
  • Sleeping With Sirens, Rocket Summer, Kulick at 3Ten
  • Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club
  • Curtis McMurtry at Continental Gallery
  • Alice Spencer at Townsend
  • Batty Jr., Animals in the Attic, Bright House at Hotel Vegas
  • Mourn, Chastity at Barracuda
  • Jake Andrews, Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s
  • Durawa, Eric Bettencourt at El Mercado Backstage


  • Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Soccer Mommy at Mohawk outdoor
  • Boy Pablo, Vonne at Parish
  • Sound & Cinema with Huggy & the Feel Goodz and “Grease” at Long Center Lawn
  • Wine Down with Grace Pettis Band at 3Ten
  • Texas Radio Live with Sour Notes, Mason Lively at Guero’s Oak Garden
  • Brannen & Red Show, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery
  • Eve Monsees & Band, Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s
  • Shawnee Kilgore, Ray Prim at Townsend
  • Warren Hood at ABGB
  • Mike Stinson at Broken Spoke
  • John Inmon at Threadgill’s North
  • The Body, Lingua Ignota, Expander at Barracuda
  • Semihelix, Girling, Silver Bars, Sharks in the Deep End at Hotel Vegas


  • Jeff Beck at ACL Live
  • English Beat, Ghost Town Steppas at Scoot Inn
  • Maria Muldaur at One World Theatre
  • Unplugged at the Grove with Roger Creager at Shady Grove
  • La Santa Cecilia, Tiarra Girls, Lesly Reynaga at Antone’s
  • Giulia Millanta at One-2-One Bar
  • Chaparral, Rosie & the Ramblers, Saddle Sores at White Horse
  • Aaron McDonnell at Geraldine’s
  • Mountain Natives, Emily Grace Clark, Love & Chaos at Saxon Pub
  • School of Rock AllStars at 3Ten

One Night in Austin: It was a hot time in the old town last night

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We’re in the throes of many consecutive days with temperatures above 100 degrees, but live music pays no mind to the summer heat in Austin. From downtown and SoCo nightclubs to a campus cafe to an iconic record store to a classic beer garden, we found good music everywhere on a Friday night in the heart of July. Check out the video above to accompany this recap.

5 p.m.: Dan Stuart at Waterloo Records. The expatriate rocker, who’s lived in Mexico for the last eight years, kicked off a weeklong “tour of Austin” to celebrate “The Unfortunate Demise of Marlowe Billings,” an album accompanied by a book of the same name. Remembering Waterloo’s smaller store when he lived nearby in 1990, Stuart mused, “Things change. Not all of it is bad!”

Focusing on songs from the new record such as “Here Comes My Boy” and “The Day William Holden Died,” Stuart also threw fans of his 1980s band Green on Red a bone at the end with a sweet solo acoustic version of “Time Ain’t Nothing.” There’s seven more chances to catch him around town in the next six days, starting Saturday night at Opal Divine’s Austin Grill.

READ MORE: Songwriter Dan Stuart embarks on a ‘tour of Austin’

6:45 p.m.: Rosie Flores Revue at C-Boy’s. The South Congress outpost of the Continental Club empire is big on weekly residencies, and a new addition is this Friday happy-hour show featuring longtime local guitarist and singer Flores with a terrific five-piece backing crew.

A master of many American roots styles ranging from country to blues to jazz and beyond, Flores is a natural bandleader. A solid crowd for an early-evening show soaked in the welcome air-conditioning as sunlight streaked through the windows at the front of the club, which had another fine show on tap after dark with the Texas Gentlemen.

Bruce Robison performs at Threadgill’s South on Friday, July 20, 2018. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman

7:15 p.m.: Christy Hays and Bruce Robison at Threadgill’s. We don’t often stay for more than one act in these evening musical smorgasbords, but the bill for KUTX’s “Back to the Garden” series inspired a longer stay. The beer garden wasn’t as sweltering as you might think on a day like this, thanks to plentiful shade.

Hays, who’s split her time between here and Montana the past couple of years, played many of the songs on her acclaimed new record “River Swimmer.” She also wrote a song on the latest record from Robison, who delighted the crowd with favorites such as “Desperately” (a country chart-topper for George Strait co-written with Monte Warden) and the only-in-Austin anthem “What Would Willie Do?”

READ MORE: Bruce Robison looks toward the future of music with ‘The Next Waltz’

9:15 p.m.: Kevin Galloway at Cactus Cafe. For a decade, native Texan Galloway fronted the roots-rock band Uncle Lucius, a solid draw across the state with several albums to their credit. He’s moving to a new phase with “The Change,” his first solo record, due out in early August.

The Cactus show served as a full showcase for the new material, as Galloway played “The Change” from start to finish. It’s a fine record that benefits from a strong supporting cast, many of whom accompanied him at this show, including his former Uncle Lucius bandmate John Grossman on keyboards, ace pedal steel player Kim Deschamps, and guitarist Doug Strahan (whose own band, the Good Neighbors, opened the show.)

A full house at Antone’s for Los Texmaniacs and friends on Friday, July 20, 2018. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman

10:45 p.m.: Los Texmaniacs with Flaco Jimenez at Antone’s. We’re well into the monthlong 43rd-anniversary celebration for Austin’s home of the blues now. One of the coolest things about Antone’s is that while its focus is blues, the club reaches well beyond those bounds too. This night was a prime example, with some of the best border-crossing Tex-Mex sounds to be found anywhere.

Max Baca’s renowned Texmaniacs crew anchored the evening, with Grammy-winning accordion great Jimenez coming out to join them shortly after we arrived. They ran through familiar tunes such as the Don Gibson country classic “Oh Lonesome Me” and the Mavericks’ rousing “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down.” We departed before the scheduled appearance of Jimenez’s Texas Tornados bandmate Augie Meyers, but there’s no doubt the party went on well past midnight. And it continues Saturday with a bang-up show featuring C.J. Chenier plus Christone “Kingfish” Ingram.

READ MORE: Get the blues while it’s hot at Antone’s anniversary bash

Hot Summer Nights: 13 fantastic free shows for your midsummer rocking

Find your new favorite local band when the second edition of Hot Summer Nights, the Free Week in July music series, takes over the Red River Cultural District next week. Venues throughout the district will host no-cover shows all weekend. Here are thirteen top picks to choose from, and you can find the full listings here.

Thursday, July 26

Lindsey Mackin of Annabelle Chairlegs at ACL Fest 2017. TINA PHAN / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Holy Wave, Annabelle Chairlegs at Barracuda outside. “Adult Fear,” the fourth full-length from Austin-via-El Paso psych rock specialists, Holy Wave, floats by like a hazy summer daydream. It’s the perfect sweaty July night soundtrack. Annabelle Chairlegs, fronted by hair-whipping guitar shredder Lindsey Mackin, takes a harder approach to psych rock, liberally indulging in grunge riffs. 8 p.m. doors. 611 E. Seventh St. More info

Emily Wolfe, Quiet Company at Mohawk. Oh, it’s guitar rock you want? Don’t let the candy coating on her vocals fool you: Emily Wolfe wrangles a gutsy riff with the best of them. And Quiet Company packed muscular chords aplenty onto their wistful 2017 EP, “Your Husband, The Ghost.” The loaded bill for this kick-off event also includes Think No Think, Darkbird and Chakra Khan. 6:30 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. More info 

Gio Chamba, Ex-Romantika, Como Las Movies at Stubb’s indoor. Austin Vida curates a diverse bill of Latin acts headlined by Houston duo Gio Chamba, who play percussive electronica. They’re joined on the bill by horn-heavy cumbia/salsa act Ex-Romantika and electro-cumbia specialists Como Las Movies. 8 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. More info  

Cilantro Boombox, Black Milk at Empire. Detroit artist Black Milk, headlining the Control Room spits real knowledge over rich beats that fuse elements of funk, electronica and soul. Cilantro Boombox, top billed in the Garage, hosts a buoyant global groove dance party. The rest of the bill, which includes power producer Just Blaze, local turntable titan Rapid Ric and Afropop group Zounmoutchi, fills out an enticing evening of indie hip-hop and world music. 7 p.m. doors. 606 E. Seventh St. More info

Friday, July 27

Golden Dawn Arkestra performs at Empire Garage during SXSW 2018. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

Golden Dawn Arkestra at Stubb’s outside. The revolving ensemble of cosmically costumed crusaders spent most of the summer beaming good vibrations across Europe. They bring down the mothership to celebrate the release of their new full-length, “Children of the Sun,” in their final hometown show before playing both weekends of the Austin City Limits Music Festival this fall. Hard Proof, Mobley and Trouble in the Streets are also on this power bill. 7 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. More info

Big Bill, Moving Panoramas, Special Guest at Barracuda. Art punks Big Bill are community organizers and scene leaders who demand your attention, and we love the dreamy pop swirls of Moving Panoramas.  We also have a very good feeling about the special guest on this bill. 8 p.m. doors. 611 E. Seventh St. More info

Jess Williamson at the Mohawk. With incisive lyricism and a lilting twang that aches with emotion, Williamson brings rich story songs to life on her thoroughly lovely new collection, “Cosmic Wink.” Marijuana Sweet Tooth, Cowboy Crisis and RF Shannon are also on the bill. 8 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St.  More info

Riverboat Gamblers at Cheer Up Charlie’s. If you’re ready to wreck shop, these raucous punks will not let you down.  Sea Lion, the Sour Notes and Dentist will also perform. 8 p.m. doors. 900 Red River St. More info.

Blastfamous USA, Blxpltn at Empire. The revolution might not be televised, but, trust us, it will be very loud. Protest rappers Blastfamous USA and punks Blxpltn both hit the stage ready to fight the power. Prog metal group Megafauna shreds the Control Room too and over on the garage stage Tia Carrera and Dixie Witch will tear things up. 8 p.m. doors. 606 E. Seventh St. More info. 

Saturday, July 28

Ringo Deathstarr, Growl, Sailor Poon at Barracuda. Our favorite fuzz pop trio, Ringo Deathstarr, headlines a bill that also features the final show from garage pop band Growl. Feminist art punks Sailor Poon, Flesh Lights and Shivery Shakes also perform. 8 p.m. doors. 611 E. Seventh St.  More info

Eagle Claw, the Ghost Wolves at the Mohawk. Get ready to go hard. Eagle Claw is ready to melt your face off with hard-driving instrumental metal. Garage rock duo the Ghost Wolves, who just returned from a European jaunt, Chief White Lightning and Booher also perform. 8 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. More info. 

Fragile Rock, Sphynx at Empire. Sad puppets who indulge in emo moping? Yes, please. Headlining the bill in the Garage that night is Moving Panoramas. Over on the Control Room stage, you can catch our favorite glam pop trio Sphynx. 8 p.m. doors. 606 E. Seventh St. More info

Sunday, July 29

Fat Tony at Cheer Up Charlie’s. The Shed barber shop presents a killer Hot Summer Nights cap-off party featuring Houston rapper/singer/all-around killer entertainer, Fat Tony. They also promise a waterslide, pop-ups and more surprises. 3 p.m. doors. 900 Red River St. More info.