Austin’s Best Bands Under 18

by Elisa Regulski

When you grow up in Austin, music is pivotal. From The Moody Theater to Auditorium Shores, passionate artists blanket this city in new sounds. It’s no wonder Austinites pick up instruments so early. These ten local bands may not be old enough to order a drink, but they can craft songs that sound well beyond their years.

  • Annie & Kate 

Annie and Kate‘s delicious blend of pop and soul is pure ear candy. With tight harmonies, catchy hooks, and strong vocals, it’s pretty clear that these two will be going places.

  • Grace London

Don’t be fooled by her young face. Grace London‘s stomp-and-holler acoustic jams have a bite to them. Her songs are full of dramatic lyrics and raw emotion.

  • Charlie Belle

Brother/sister duo Charlie Belle have gotten a lot of buzz this year. Once you hear their latest single, “I Don’t Want To Be Alone,” you’ll understand why. Their funky pop compositions will make your hips swivel and shoulders shimmy all afternoon.

  • Midnight Butterfly

Just try to stop your heart from melting during a performance by Midnight Butterfly. These musicians are all under the age of ten, but they have enough energy to fill a massive stadium. Undeniably cute and terrifically talented, these girl rockers will plaster a giant grin on your face.

  • The Peterson Brothers

These two bluesmen can sure draw a crowd to The Continental Club every Monday. They’ve opened for Lisa Marie Presley, Marcia Ball, and BB King. Oh yeah, and you can’t forget to celebrate Peterson Brothers Day every October 3rd.

  • Tiarra Girls

Named the “Best Performing Band Under 18” in the 2016 Austin Music Awards, The Tiarra Girls are not to be missed. This all-sister band does everything from Jaunes covers to original compositions.

  • The Dillon Havins Band

The Dillon Havins Band melt elements of blues, rock, and Americana together for a scrumptious sonic treat. Take a listen:

  • Residual Kid

Austin’s Residual Kid are no strangers to the music scene. Their grungy punk rock gets hearts racing all over town. Don’t believe it? Check out their video for “Scentless Princess” below:

  • William Harries Graham and the Painted Redstarts

Many people forget that The Painted Redstarts are, in fact, pretty young. From their sophisticated, psychedelic sound, you’d think these musicians have had decades of experience.

  • Emma Moseley 

This rising Americana songstress will hook your eardrums from the very first chord. Emma Moseley‘s bright and cheerful tone has a layer of old time magic sprinkled throughout. I can’t wait to see where this singer/songwriter is headed.


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