It wouldn’t be a party at Cheer Up Charlie’s without a lot of awesome live music, and that’s what tonight’s summer party has in store for you. CUC and The Nothing Song put the spotlight on post-punk, rock and experimental artists in the local scene:
-Anti-genre fiends Popper Burns start out the night, 9:30 p.m. And don’t tell them what to do, because SHUT UP.
-Bouncy jangle popsters TRÉS OUI, 10:30 p.m.
-Waving the weird flag gloriously on high, Austin Music Minute dreamboats Big Bill (featured on today’s AMM) on the outside stage, 11 p.m.
-A country rock/cowpunk feast with Rattlesnake Milk, 11:30 p.m.
-They’re born to burn. Experimental psych rock with Lake of Fire, 1:30 a.m.
Saturday night’s very all right. On fire, really. Recommended.
-Photo of Big Bill by Bryan Parker & Pop Press International.
Songwriter Tyler Merriman, former front man and guitarist for Antiques, wasn’t about to slow down after the band’s break-up. It was time for a new project, and that also meant getting some new gear and endless hours of recording and mixing at home. The result: An exploration of electronic/acoustic textures on the debut EP, End Times, by Merriman’s current project Brickwaller.
Check out Brickwaller’s new music at the EP release show tonight on the inside stage at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, featuring Solid State Dream Suit and Velo on the bill. Doors open at 9 p.m. Recommended.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.
The temps are wretchedly high, but it’s gonna be pretty damn cool this evening at Hotel Vegas and The Volstead. The neighboring East 6th hot spots are co-presenting Summertime Blues on the Patio, with all the rock ‘n’ roll in your face. Bring the earplugs and get front and center for Austin Music Minute faves American Sharks, Pleasers and The Lochness Mobsters. The party starts early at 7 p.m., but the space fills up quickly.
Tell them your Austin Music Minute maven sent you. Very recommended.
-Photo of American Sharks by Emmett Kerr-Perkinson.
Really, it’s all dark. Life, love, the whole damn thing. Elsa Cross takes this important observation to heart and turns it into heart-piercing Americana/roots-rockin’ that unveils the inner turmoil behind outward badass. The Austin Music Minute must reiterate: These are tunes that would be right at home with any vibes that Johnny Cash, Nick Cave or Tom Waits puts out there.
It’s time to get your dose of ragged souls and night shadows. Elsa Cross performs tonight at The Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress Ave., with The Painted Redstarts opening at 9:30 p.m., followed by Jon Dee Graham at 10:15 p.m. Cross takes the stage at the witching hour. Perfect. Recommended.
-Photography by Jo Ann Santangelo.
Technically, Great Unknown is the debut album by Austin-based Americana/soul band The Watters, but core members Jenna and Daniel Watters have a musical history together spanning 11 years. Their very first performance was at their high school graduation in Sedona, AZ, and since then, they’ve collaborated on six different albums and previously toured as the The Oak Creek Band in Denver and Nashville before relocating to Austin last year.
Great Unknown was released earlier this month, and you can hear stripped-down versions of the tracks when The Watters present an acoustic performance tonight at Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth St., as part of the Sun Sets Presents music series. Nevada City, CA songwriter Angelica Rockne opens the show at 7 p.m.
-Photography by Ashleigh Amoroso of Top Girl Productions.