Austin hip-hop pioneer Donnell Robison, aka MC Overlord, has died

The Austin music scene is reeling following the death Wednesday night of Donnell Robinson, who was better known as MC Overlord, one of the city’s most prominent hip-hop artists. He was 49.

MC Overlord. 1997 Shelley Wood for American-Statesman

Robinson was the first rapper to be accepted into the fold of Austin’s downtown music scene and he remained a perennial presence in the Austin Chronicle’s Austin Music Awards rankings for best hip-hop artist for years, even during the period in which he put performing as Overlord on hold to focus on his children’s music project, Big Don.

Large in stature with a jovial disposition, friends and fellow rappers remember him as a big teddy bear of a man.

He never talked bad about anybody, never talked down to anybody. He was always friendly, would shake your hand and sign autographs…he was a people person,” Baxter Russell, who raps as MC Fatal, said on Thursday morning.  

Robinson moved to Austin from St. Louis in the early ‘90s to pursue a music career. He met one of his longtime producers, Ter’ell Shahid when the two men worked as bouncers at a Sixth Street club.

“He wanted to get in the clubs, but there was no hip-hop in clubs. They wouldn’t allow rappers to perform in clubs in Austin, so we found a way to get him in by putting a band behind him,” Shahid said on Thursday morning.  

He rapidly developed a loyal fan base in Austin’s mainstream music scene, but it wasn’t the typical hip-hop crowd.

“It was a predominantly white audience,” Shahid said.

His music was unique, a hybrid of hip-hop and the funky rock that was popular in Austin at the time. Shahid characterizes it as “alternative hip-hop.” It was good music, but also, non-threatening.

“He was a bridge,” Shahid said. He believes the widespread appeal of Overlord’s songs was in “the uniting factor.” He rapped about struggles and pushing through, but his music was loaded with love.

The love came across when he performed, both in his gregarious stage presence and his generosity with stage time.    

“He paved the way for people like me to be able to come onto the other side,” Russell said, noting that after Robinson started calling on him to freestyle on sets, he was booked into the South by Southwest Music Festival and began to land downtown gigs.  

“We was all rapping in the neighborhoods, on the corners and in the street clubs and stuff like that…he got us where black people could start performing in front of white crowds and break that barrier, going over to Sixth Street,” he said.  

“He shared the air with me,” rapper Bavu Blakes said Thursday. “He was very non competitive…he was the type of dude who was like, ‘Get it, get it. You’re incredible.’”

“We stood side by side and never had a beef and shared in each other success as if it was our own,” Terrany Johnson, who raps as Tee Double, wrote on Facebook on Thursday.

Though he recorded an MC Overlord album in 2017, Robinson’s focus in recent years was on his children’s music project, Big Don.

“His music has always brought young people out, even as Overlord,” Shahid said. As Big Don, Robinson was “trying to teach the kids, help them find moral compass,” he said.

In recent years, Robinson’s health had been up and down. Earlier this year, he returned home following the death of his mother and, while in St. Louis, he was hospitalized

“He ended up having a hernia that was strangling out his intestines and he had to do a bunch of surgeries,” Shahid said. Friends at home rallied with multiple benefits to help defray his medical expenses.

Shahid said a friend took Robinson to the doctor on Wednesday because he was feeling unwell and “his heart just stopped.”

Robinson will remembered as the godfather of Austin hip-hop. “He was a godfather in terms of showing that god-like love as a predecessor and just being welcoming and affirming to additional presence in a place where he had made his mark already,” Blakes said.

“He built his own lane,” local journalist and hip-hop promoter Matt Sonzala said Thursday morning. “He toured a bit … but he mostly was that Austin artist who really existed in Austin and thrived on his own.”

Robinson is survived by two sisters and a brother. 

PUBLIC VIEWING: 2 to 4:30 p.m., September 30 at King Tears Mortuary at 1300 East Twelfth St.


SXSW 2018: 6 picks for this year’s breakout pop star

You want songs to sing in shower? High school dance jams? Dreamy electronic escapes? We have the radio dominating stars of tomorrow, right here.

Billie Eilish. Last month, the Recording Industry Association of America certified the 16-year-old singer’s debut single “Ocean Eyes” gold after it logged a staggering 363,524,897 million streams worldwide. Her 2017 debut album, “Don’t Smile at Me,” is a fully realized emotional pop platter. She comes into the festival off five sold out California dates and heads out to 10 more sold out shows on the East Coast. She’s already well on her way to becoming this year’s break out star. (11:20 p.m. March 14, Central Presbyterian Church; 12:05 a.m. March 15, Palm Door; 10 p.m. March 16, Lustre Pearl)

MORE POP AT SXSW: Our full preview with Khalid, Sylvan Esso and more


Noah Cyrus. “They say ‘It all gets better’/ They say ‘It won’t last forever’/ Then someone pulls the trigger/ We are (expletive),” Noah Cyrus (yes, Miley’s sister) sings over a bubble gum club beat on “We Are…”, her new collaboration with Danish singer Mo. The 18-year-old released the pop anthem in early February, but in the wave of youth activism that rose in the wake of the Parkland shootings, her buoyant wake-up call feels like a potent rallying cry. (12:30 a.m. March 14, Empire; 1 a.m. March 16 Trinity Warehouse)

Cuco. With glasses, an unkempt mop of curls and quiet, self-deprecating charm, the 19-year-old Chicano crooner from L.A. seems like an unlikely heartthrob, but the artist also known as Omar Banos has won legions of fans with his dreamy, swirling melodies. Vaguely psychedelic and drenched in sincerity, he makes solid electropop for the uncynical lover in all of us. (10 p.m. March 15, Banger’s; midnight March 16, Mohawk outdoor)

SXSW Party Guide: Check out the unofficial events in our searchable database

Cloves. For the past two years, the Aussie singer-songwriter has been kicking around the early slots at top-tier fests such as Coachella and Lollapalooza. With a new album due out this summer, she’s about to move up the ranks fast. She got her start belting original, Amy Winehouse-inspired tunes with her sister in Melbourne’s dive bars when she was 13, and she learned how to capture the poignant waver between fragile and powerful in her voice. The Adele comparison is obvious — and accurate. (11:30 p.m. March 14, Empire; 9:10 p.m. March 15, Palm Door on Sixth; 11 p.m. March 16 St. David’s Historic Sanctuary)

Mallrat. We’re not sure exactly what’s going on with the abundance of unusually astute pop coming from young women down under, but 19-year-old Australian Gracie Shaw layers witty lyricism into upbeat electro grooves. Listen to “Uninvited” and tell us she’s not the slacker girl you want to skip out of the cool kid party with. (11:20 p.m. March 15, Sidewinder outside; Midnight March 16, Lucille)

Bad Gyal. The Spanish sensation who hit viral gold with a cover of Rihanna’s “Work” is having a moment. Less than an hour after we left a meeting where SXSW staffers raved about her charisma and easy swag, the Washington Post crowned her the “future-present of club music” in a review of her D.C. debut. Her crowd in D.C. was relatively small, but by the time she leaves SXSW, we predict her rooms will be packed. (6:15 p.m. March 13, the Main; 11 p.m. March 14, Bungalow)

Billie Eilish, Courtesy of Interscope Records


SXSW: Waterloo Records to host free shows with Andrew W.K., Dashboard Confessional, more

[This has been updated to fill in two Saturday slots that were TBA.]

As they have in recent years, Waterloo Records will host free parking lot parties for four days during the South by Southwest Music Festival. The parties run from noon to 7 p.m. daily and are free and open to the public. Headliners include reunited Austin outfit And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Canadian folk outfit the Weather Station and rock’s loose cannon Andrew W.K.

The all-girl band from Madrid, HINDS, performs at the Hype Hotel during SXSW 2016. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Other highlights include dance pop dynamo Shamir, buzzy up-and-comer Lucy Dacus and rockers Dashboard Confessional. We’re also happy to see Spanish garage rock outfit Hinds and former Austin360 Artist of the Month Melat in the mix. 

RELATED: Our unofficial SXSW party guide

Wednesday, March 14th
12-12:30pm– Hinds

1-1:30pm – Son Little


3-3:30pm – Lucy Dacus

4-4:30pm – Shopping

5-5:30pm –Ought

6-6:30pm – Andrew W.K.

Thursday, March 15th

12-12:30pm – Melat

1-1:30pm – Shamir

2-2:30pm – Marlon Williams

3-3:30pm – A Place to Bury Strangers

4-4:30pm – Caroline Rose

5-5:30pm – Dashboard Confessional

6-6:30pm – The Weather Station

Friday, March 16th

12-12:30pm – Shame

1-1:30pm – Starcrawler

2-2:30pm – Sun Seeker

3-3:30pm – Jade Bird

4-4:30pm – Wallows

5-5:30pm – Josh Hedley

6-6:30pm – Paul Cauthen

Saturday, March 17th

12-12:30 – Caitlyn Smith

1-1:30pm – Aaron Lee Tasjan

2-2:30pm –Billy Strings

3-3:30pm – Tyler Childers

4-4:30pm – Superfonicos

5-5:30pm – Speedy Ortiz

6-6:30pm – And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

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Blackillac, new project from Gary Clark Jr., Zeale, Phranchyze, cruises into Austin

Blackillac, a new hip-hop project featuring production and vocals from Gary Clark Jr. and bars by Zeale and Phranchyze, staged an Austin debut at Native Hostel on Tuesday night. It was only the group’s third live performance — they played two shows in Los Angeles over the NBA All-Star weekend — but there were no opening day jitters for the artists who have been friends since they attended Austin High School together years ago. Instead, the evening felt like a triumphant reunion.

Phranchyze, from left, Zeale and Gary Clark Jr. are Blackillac. Tamir Kalifa/For American-Statesman

We  had to go where the devil gets his due, and play in L.A. first, but we knew we had to get back and do it for the homies and for the fans,” Zeale told an intimate crowd at a private party hosted by Stolen Spirits. 

They played a tight, roughly 40-minute set, and the homies and fans lounging on plush couches arranged around a listening room stage area were all about it. Stylistically, the group covered a broad swath of territory, playing a mix of soulful love jams with catchy hooks, bass heavy club-bangers and “blaze one in the air” stoner rallying cries.

Zeale and Phranchyze, who have been ripping shows together since they were teenagers, had an easy chemistry and a natural interplay that was a joy to watch. Clark, who has his right hand bandaged after a “drunk kung fu fail”, did not unleash any guitar riffs, but added his soulful crooning to the set, singing soaring hooks on four of the seven songs. The three men together are a powerful team.

Nobody freestyles any more because they’re terrible. Nobody except us,” Zeale said after they worked through a solid 35 minutes of strong original material. It wasn’t an empty boast. He and Phranchyze took the set out trading blistering top-of-the-dome verses.

Blackillac, the hip-hop duo of Phranchyze and Zeale with Gary Clarke Jr. (left), who did production and beats on their most recent album, at Native Hostel on Feb. 27, 2018. Tamir Kalifa/For American-Statesman

They didn’t announce any upcoming gigs at the end of the show, but don’t be surprised if they show up on a few South by Southwest-week bills.

There’s already label interest in the group and a planned trip to New York later this year could seal the deal. Which wouldn’t be surprising. The project didn’t feel new at all. It felt like something that’s been waiting to happen for years.

SXSW: Dashboard Confessional, Cut Copy, Ghostland Observatory added to lineup

SXSW: The festival is looking for Austinites willing to host international bands

South by Southwest season is almost upon us. The Interactive and Film conferences kick off on March 9 with the Music Festival starting in earnest the following week.

Robin Dusek with the band Agrupacion Cariño from Mexico. She says they threw an ‘instant party’ in her house. Contributed by Robin Dusek.

From the beginning, international music has been a huge part of SXSW. Festival organizers say they expect about 25 percent of the roughly 2000 artists scheduled to attend SXSW this year to travel to Austin from abroad.

RELATED: The rich experience of hosting an international band during SXSW

On Tuesday, festivals organizers put out a call looking for Austin families who are willing to host international artists. To host an international artist you just need a spare bed (air mattress and sleeper couches are acceptable, the floor is not) and an open heart. In exchange, the festival will provide music fest wristbands to your household.

“The SXSW International Housing Program is one of my favorite things about living in Austin, and that’s saying a lot because I love Austin,” Robin Dusek, who works at the University of Texas and has been hosting bands for eight years, told us last year. She’s taken in bands from all over Mexico, New Zealand and a slew from Scotland. A lifelong music fan, she loves the way the program puts her in the mix with the festival, but the best part is the musicians themselves.

“They come over as these strangers staying in your house and then you become friends because you’re just in this situation together,” she says. “That’s what the biggest benefit is, meeting these awesome people.”

Centrally located homes with easy access to public transportation are preferred. If you’re interested in hosting a band, you can learn more about the program here. 






Cardi B, Migos, Kevin Gates added to Jmblya lineup

At the end of last week, Jmblya, the traveling, single-day hip-hop and EDM turn up, announced plans to return to Circuit of the Americas on May 5 with a roster of rap up-and-comers. In case you decided to snooze on the fest over the weekend, they’re kicking this week off with serious fireworks.

Rapper Cardi B (L) and Offset from Migos attend the 2018 Maxim Party co-sponsored by blu February 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for blu)

Everyone’s favorite Instagram star, turned reality TV star, turned legit rap superstar, Cardi B has joined the lineup. Also added to the bill is Cardi’s boo, Offset’s little rap crew Migos, who are currently riding high on the release of their new album “Culture II,” which just debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

If that’s not enough firepower for you, Lousiana rapper Kevin Gates has also been added to the bill.

And that’s not even the full lineup. Jmblya organizers still have another artist announcement coming soon.  Last year’s event handily sold out and we expect this year to do the same. Tickets are on sale now.

Weekend music picks: Josh Ritter, Kalu James and more


Friday: Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band at ACL Live. It’s a distant memory now, the first time I saw Ritter perform, ambling out onstage as a special guest of Glen Hansard’s band the Frames at a Boston nightclub and pin-drop silencing the crowd with a heart-stopping rendition of his song “Come and Find Me.” He’d made just two records at that point, but now he’s up to nine studio albums (including last fall’s “Gathering”), and he made an auspicious debut as an author with his novel “Bright’s Passage.” A sharp lyricist who’s also often inclined to step out with rock and pop songs well beyond acoustic singer-songwriter fare, Ritter benefits from the long and loyal support of his Royal City Band. Nicki Bluhm opens. $29.50-$39.50. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. — P.B.

Friday: Lolita Lynne release party at Barracuda. On the new six-song EP, “Fool’s Gold,” Lynne’s voice drifts between smoky nonchalance and sultry defiance as she lilts over dreamy pop soundscapes. Smiile, Batty Jr. and Carrie Fussel are also on the bill. 9 p.m. doors. 611 E Seventh St. — D.S.S.

Asleep at the Wheel taping “Other Voices” at Arlyn Studios on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. Contributed by Richard Gilligan/Other Voices

Friday: Asleep at the Wheel at Broken Spoke. The unstoppable western swing machine rolls on, with plenty of regional and national touring on the horizon as 2018 begins. Before they go, though, they’ll make a rare appearance at South Austin’s storied honky-tonk, where leader Ray Benson’s head comes in dangerous proximity with the low ceiling. Benson’s 2017 was largely about his partnership with Dale Watson on their “Dale & Ray” record, but a new Wheel album is due this summer, after they play some high-profile local gigs with the Avett Brothers (Long Center, March 3) and George Strait (Erwin Center, June 3). $25. 9 p.m. 3201 S. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.

Saturday: Polyrhythmics, Kalu & the Electric Joint at the Mohawk indoor. The sprawling jams of Seattle groove collective Polyrhythmics will make you move, but hometown opener Kalu & the Electric Joint, the new project from Nigerian expat Kalu James, is also a big draw. The group’s latest release, ‘Time Undone,” simmers a slow burning dish of love and longing into a murky stew of muscular psychedelics, gut-bucket blues riffs and rootsy soul. $12-$15. Doors at 9 p.m. 912 Red River St. — D.S.S.

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Poi Dog Pondering at 3Ten

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan and George Rains at Continental Club


BowiElvis Fest at Continental Club

Latin Dance party with ex-Romantika, Afrofreque, Timberos del Norte at Stubb’s

Hard Proof, Tomar & the FCs, Carl Weathersby at Antone’s

Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Townsend

Rite Flyers, Mike Nicolai & the Stares, Austin Pop Collective, Christine Young at Carousel Lounge

James Polk & Centerpeace, Sharon Bourbonnais at Elephant Room

Beat Juice, Gladkill at Empire

Dirty Fences, Trouble Boys, Muther, Cheap Fur, Heavy Chills at Hotel Vegas

Magnet School, Jay Satellite, Ex Optimists, Cult Leaders at Beerland

Samantha Lee & the Family Tree, B.R. Lively at Hole in the Wall

Pink Floyd laser spectacular at Emo’s

Will Courtney at Buzz Mille


Alejandro Escovedo at ACL Live

Terry Allen at Paramount Theatre

Rodney Carrington at Bass Concert Hall

Milky Chance, Lewis Capaldi at Emo’s

Dolly Parton Birthday Bash at the High Road on Dalton

Magnifico, Ole ELO, Lung Letters at North Door

Joe King Carrasco at ABGB

Dale Watson at Broken Spoke

Rob Baird, Reed Turner at Antone’s

Money Chicha, Pong & Friends, Redd Volkaert at Continental Club

Christy Hays, Altamesa, Josh Buckley at Sam’s Town Point

Pamela Hart Quintet at Elephant Room

Culture Wars, Light Wheel, Otis Wilkins at Stubb’s indoor

Atash, Seu Jacinto at One-2-One

Yumi Zouma, Blushing at Barracuda

You Vandal, Despero, Dee-1 at Sidewinder

Drew Davis at Geraldine’s


Black Label Society, Corrosion of Conformity, Eyehategod at Emo’s

Hilary York, Imperial Starlighters, Dale Watson at C-Boy’s

Lavelle White, Frank & Luci Craven at Antone’s

J.D. Clark, Teddys, No Sinner at Hotel Vegas

Peterson Brothers at Hilton Cannon & Belle

Willie Pipkin, Heybale at Continental Club

Lo Jinx Orchestra, Dave Biller Trio at Continental Gallery

Timberos Del Norte at One-2-One Bar

Purgatory Players at El Mercado Backstage

Empire team, Heard Presents to take over the Parish following eBay auction

When ATX Brands owner, Doug Guller, put Sixth Street club the Parish up for sale on online auction site eBay, many in the Austin music scene worried it was the death knell for another live music venue.  On Thursday, local music fans were given a solid reason to breathe easier.

BORNS, Garrett Borns, performs at the Parish during SXSW 2015. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Stephen Sternschein, owner of Red River Cultural District club Empire Garage and Control Room, has confirmed that his company Heard Presents, in partnership with Simple Tone Ventures, will take over the club after participating in the auction.

In the four years since Sternschein opened Empire in a remodeled auto shop, he has grown the space into a vibrant live music venue with a diverse slate of bookings that cover everything from hip-hop and electronic music to rock ‘n’ roll. Last month, a jury of music critics, industry insiders and super fans selected the club as a finalist in the Venue of the Year category of the inaugural Austin360 Awards.

AUSTIN360 AWARDS: This was Austin’s best music in 2017

The Parish, with its solid acoustics and warm atmosphere, was once lauded as one of Austin’s finest midsize venues. In recent years, the club slipped into the shadows with inconsistent bookings and no coherent marketing strategy.

The biggest fear of many local music enthusiasts was that the club would become a vanity project for a big money investor with no real world understanding of the challenges of running a club in Austin. Instead, it’s an expansion of operations from a successful local player.

“It was important to me and I think to everyone in our community with all of the concern over iconic Austin creative spaces disappearing in the face of developmental pressures, that the Parish end up in the hands of an experienced operator committed to supporting local music.  The best way to ensure that happened was to do it ourselves,” Sternschein said in a press release about the sale.

Sternschein’s partner in the venture, Alex Saunders of Simple Tone Ventures, manages boutique venues on the east and west coasts.

Peter Blackstock contributed to this report.

Weekend music picks: Free Week finale with Los Coast, Tomar and the FCs, more

CANCELED: Friday: Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker at 3Ten. Friday’s sold-out show at 3Ten with 1980s alternative-rock band Camper Van Beethoven and its 1990s successor Cracker has been canceled because of illness of a key band member, the venue announced Thursday night. “Refunds will automatically be processed through point of purchase,” reads a statement on the venue’s website. — P.B.

Friday: Free Week: Los Coast, Emily Wolfe at Mohawk outdoor. After a year spent building a reputation as one of the hottest live acts in Austin, rock ‘n’ soul outfit Los Coast promises “a slew of album releases” in 2018. Emily Wolfe spent the year writing and plotting her debut full-length and in November, she teased us with “Holy Roller,” a blistering single with stormy melodies that swirl around muscular guitar riffs. This is a solid opportunity to catch a few winners before they blow up. With Otis the Destroyer. 8 p.m. 912 Red River St. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Free Week: Applied Pressure Orchestra at Empire. A one-off performance from the live band version of the excellent DJ/electronic music collective that includes Hobo D, Kid Slyce and Boombaptist. The evening will also include a performance from Vapor Caves, the new project from Keeper’s Yadira Brown and Boombaptist, and a rare return to the turntables by DJ Tats, best known these days as a local ramen kingpin. 9 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Free Week: Annabelle Chairlegs at Hotel Vegas. There is no Annabelle (as far as we know), but singer and guitarist Lindsey Mackin is one of Austin’s most captivating leads. The band spent a good portion of 2017 on the road, enchanting audiences across the country with their trippy garage rock, and we suspect 2018 will be a big year for them. Deep Time, Caroline Says and Why Bonnie also perform. 9 p.m. 1502 E. Sixth St. — D.S.S.

Tomar and the FCs play a Free Week show at Stubb’s on Sunday. Tina Phan for American-Statesman

Sunday: Free Week: Tomar & the FCs, Honey Made at Stubb’s indoor. Close out Free Week with a double shot of soul. Former Austin360 Artists of the Month, Tomar and the FCs drop a thrilling mix of rafter-rattling shack shakers and heart-searing serenades. Honey Made is the new incarnation of the funky, soul project formerly known as Mama K & the Shades. Free. 8 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. — D.S.S.

RELATED: Austin’s Tomar Williams: Music fills him heart and soul

Folk Uke plays a free week show on Friday at the Belmont with Jaimee Harris and Cass Brostad. Kelly West/American-Statesman




  • Holy Wave, Diamond Center at Cheer Up Charlie’s
  • Ringo Deathstarr, Reputations at Hotel Vegas
  • Folk Uke, Jaimee Harris, Cass Brostad at Belmont
  • Cloudchord, Sphynx at Stubb’s indoor
  • Mobley, Blastfamous USA, Trouble in the Streets, Fort Never at Empire outdoor
  • Netherfriends, Corduroi, Flavor Raid, Emme at Empire indoor
  • Marmalakes, Growl at Mohawk
  • Tinnarose, Abram Shook at Barracuda
  • Honey & Salt, Seafire 3 at Sidewinder
  • Roxy Roca, the Crack Pipes at Hotel Vegas
  • Blxpltn, Major Grizz, Como Las Movies at Sahara Lounge
  • Timberos del Norte, Zoumountchi at Flamingo
  • 99 Crimes EP release at Dirty Dog
  • Watters, Memphis Strange at Blackheart


  • Belle Sounds, Sanco Loop at One-2-One Bar
  • Donovan Keith & the Funky Feet at Antone’s
  • Zapata, Lou Ann Barton at Continental Club
  • Dawn & Hawkes, Daisy O’Connor at Radio Coffee & Beer (free)
  • Western Youth, Buenos Diaz at ABGB (free)



  • Moving Panoramas, Lowin, Go Fever at Valhalla
  • Roadkill Ghost Choir, Calliope Musicals, Darkbird at Mohawk
  • Quiet Company, Dayshifters at Barracuda
  • A. Sinclair, Megafauna at Mohawk
  • Knife in the Water, Croy & the Boys at Hotel Vegas
  • Melat, Shy Beast, Scorpio Rising, Noelle Tannen at Empire outdoor
  • Lincoln Durham, Altamesa at Belmont
  • Knifight, Light Wheel at Stubb’s
  • Leche, High at Beerland
  • Andy, Starfruit at Cheer Up Charlie’s
  • Primo, Reagan Jones at Elysium
  • Crypt Trip, Transit Method at Sidewinder
  • Big News, Los Kurados at Flamingo
  • Canvas People, Matters at Blackheart


  • W.C. Clark Blues Revue, Kathy & the Kilowatts, South Austin Moonlighters at Antone’s
  • 32nd annual Ted Roddy tribute to the King at Continental Club
  • Zoumountchi, Hail Marley, Afro Jazz at Sahara Lounge
  • Lost Counts, Emily Gimble at Continental Gallery
  • Jonathan Terrell, Tortilla Flats at ABGB (free)



  • Zoltars, Borzoi at Hotel Vegas
  • Zeale, Nght Hcklrs, Pat G at Empire outdoor
  • Wonderbitch, Darkbird, Built By Snow, Human Circuit at Empire indoor
  • Smiile, Batty Jr. at Cheer Up Charlie’s


  • Big Freedia, Boyfriend at the Mohawk
  • Hilary York, Aimee Bobruk, Dale Watson at C-Boy’s (free)
  • Willie Pipkin & Friends, Heybale at Continental Club
  • Dave Biller Trio, Lo Jinx Orchestra at Continental Gallery
  • Timberos Del Norte at One-2-One Bar