Bring on the Tuesday Night Shoegaze and indie buzz. Sounds good, right? Well you can get warm, fuzzy heaps of it tomorrow night at Cheer Up Charlie’s. An all-Austin bill brings in the jangle and gaze with Slideshow, a 3-piece who’s soft, full, fuzzy sound weave ethereal vocals with hints of nimble guitar hooks. Joining them are the Freakout, who are best described as Beat Happening with a feedback pedal. Young June round out the bill, brining more of the great, chilled out indie attitude. The bedroom, jangle-pop show happens tomorrow night at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Red River. Check out songs from all three bands in their Bandcamp hyperlinks or below!
Here we are, the last 2 nights of Free Week. No time to waste! You wanna know who to go see, this weekend so let’s get to it.
Starting with tonight, Cheer Up Charlie’s on Red River sports an all-punk line-up featuring Big Bill, Borzoi, and Blood. Away from downtown over at Dozen Street on 12th and Chicon, Erica Michelle, Sex Pump, and Cosms share the bill with JD Pinkus of the Butthole Surfers. And way away from downtown, the Far Out Lounge and Stage hosts a full-on indie night with Batty Jr., Lolita Lynne, Half Dream, and more on South Congress near Slaughter Lane.
Moving on to Sunday, the final day of Free Week 2020, Mohawk Indoor has up-and-comers Sadie & the Ladies joined by Lord Friday the 13th and others, while 2019 KUTX Artist of the Month the Infinites play with Chronophage, 2069, and Samson next door at Cheer Up Charlie’s. And over on East 6th, Hotel Vegas rounds out Free Week with an indie bill full of heavyweights with Half Dream, frosty palms, Hong Kong Wigs, and Semihelix. AAAAAAND there we go, the tail end of Free Week 2020. Enjoy your weekend of free musical discovery, and remember, if you aren’t digging what’s going on on stage, go next door to another free show.
Photo by: Gabriel C. Pérez
Free Week Day 2, and it’s Friday night; let’s dive right into some show recommendations. Down in the Red River Cultural District, you can enjoy a proper rock show with Otis the Destroyer, Go Fever, Lola Tried at Cheer Up Charlie’s, and others, while Empire Control Room hosts another night jam-packed with hip-hop artists tonight featuring The TEETA, Deezie Brown, J Soulja, and Cece Hustle just to name a few. Both stages at Mohawk embrace a bona fide Tolkien Tribute night with Being Dead, Magic Rockers of Texas, Thor & Friends, and, of course, Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band. Stepping away from Red River and East of 35, Hotel Vegas brings the Riot Grrl energy with Mean Jolene, Nevil, Leather Girls, and Pinky Ring and Wet Dip. Get a taste of all of these artists and everyone else playing Free Week in our Spotify playlist below.
Happy New Year’s Eve and happy last day of the decade!!! If you’re looking to make last-minute plans to ring in the new year in the thralls of live music, I’ve got you covered. Here are the Austin Music Minute’s New Years’ Eve Show recommendations!
Sacramento’s !!! headline the show at Empire Garage on Red River with Austin acts TC Superstar and Zettajoule opening the wall-to-wall dance party. Ghostland Observatory and Golden Dawn Archestra do up the Moody Theatre in an explosive way only they could pull off, lots of musicians channel their favorite musicians of the 1950’s with a night dedicated to the year 1959 at Hotel Vegas on East 6th, also East of 35 Horror Glam Diva Caleb DeCasper is putting on a jazz lounge act along with Groove Think, Urban Heat Island Effect and others at Dozen Street on 12th and Chicon, and just North of downtown at the good ol’ Hole in the Wall you can find Ladyfang, Megafauna, Darkbird, and Flora and Fauna.
It’s the day before New Year’s Eve, and if you’re sure you want to go out, and you know you want to ring in the 2020’s KUTX-style, but haven’t quite figured out where this Austin Music Minute is here to help. Here’s a rundown of ALL the NYE shows being presented KUTX 98.9.
If you want to keep away from downtown, Radio Coffee and Beer off Ben White and Menchaca host an eclectic mix of sounds with the Deer, Middlespoon, and Bayonne’s Roger Sellers. Just outside of town, Carson Creek Ranch hosts a swanky gala with Grupo Fantasma and Superfónicos to raise money for the Nobelity Project’s work in Austin and Latin America. KUTX and Antone’s present A Night on Fire featuring Tameca Jones, Magna Carda, and Sam Houston and Blk Odyssey. And finally, Delta Spirit returns for their first show in four years, commanding the Mohawk stage and joined by PR Newman and Glass Grapes. And there ya have it; all your New Year’s Eve options for ringing in 2020 with KUTX.