Thursday Nov 29th
The Sahara Lounge 8 PM
Originally formed in Los Angeles in the mid 90s, Z Rock (Zhenya Kolykhanov) has reestablished in our little Texas oasis of Austin. Head to The Sahara Lounge this Thursday to see a hell of a show. Combining traditional Russian folk with a plethora of other genres and styles, Zhenya and his band provide an eclectic and wild musical experience. The funky Sahara Lounge is the perfect venue for this group, too. These guys will definitely help get your weekend off to a weird start, which is just how we like it here in Austin.
Friday Nov 30th
3TEN ACL Live. Doors at 8 PM, show at 9 PM
Following a reunion in 2014 with a smattering of tours and other live performances, veteran rockers Junkyard are back on the scene with their 2017 album High Water. Check them out at 3TEN ACL Live this Friday night for a killer show complete with slick, almost retro guitar solos, hard rock harmonies, and David Roach’s familiar, yet unique bark-and-growl vocals. Included on the bill are hardcore Brit rockers Broken Teeth and Austin’s very own southern-metal outfit Snake Skin Prison. If you need to get your headbanging fix in this weekend, head to 3TEN ACL Live this Friday. Tickets are $25 at the door and $20 in advance.
Saturday Dec 1st
Buzzmill, 8 PM
You might not have thought you needed a bluegrass-infused folk band with a twinge of punk in your life, but that’s just because you haven’t heard the Rock Bottom String Band. Hailing from San Marcos, TX (it’s local, y’all!) this group blends an array of sub genres, from country and roots music into a coherent, yet raw and rowdy musical experience. This is the Americana of the future; if you listened to Smashmouth, Sublime, Johnny Cash, John Prine, Marty Robbins, or all of the above, then RBSR has something for ya. Check them out this Saturday at Buzzmill.
Saturday Dec 1st
One2One Bar, 9 PM
If folky, string-driven punk bands aren’t your bag, head over to the One2One Bar and experience Trouble in the Streets. Self-described as “Electro Tribe,” Trouble is already making waves in the music world. Having recently hit the stage with funk legends George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelics, it’s no wonder Trouble in the Streets is getting such recognition. There’s hardness in this electronic-infused jam band with undeniable funk layered over everything; hip-hop is laced through the band’s DNA though. Meaty drum fills, trippy guitar licks, and Nnedi Nebula Agbaroji’s vocals blend-in and trade off with one another for a truly psychedelic soundscape. Get your third eye cleansed by checking out Trouble in the Streets this Saturday.
Sunday Dec 2nd
El Mercado, 11 AM
No one really knows when or where brunch was invented. What we do know though–through objective, scientific fact–is that Austin does brunch best. Case in point, check out The Purgatory Players at El Mercado on 1st Street every Sunday at 11 AM. Previously rocking out every 11 AM to 1 PM at the late, great Strange Brew off Manchaca (R.I.P.) the Players have reestablished at El Mercado, and I can guarantee you won’t see more talented musicians anywhere in town. These are consummate pros who are all Austin music legends in their own right. The fun thing about the Purgatory Players is the ever-changing lineup though. Seela, Jeff Plankenhorn, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Jon Dee Graham, and the indomitable Jon Greene on drums fill out the normal lineup. However, every week you get a revolving door of guests. The musicianship here cannot be overstated; this is a band that jives and jams with the best of them, and does so on a weekly basis. It is a gospel brunch show, so there’s always a bit of the spiritual, but with a splash of secular for the cynics. It is a free show, though the proceeds from the tip jar go to the Central Texas Food Bank. Recharge this Sunday with a noon margarita and music that only the locals know about, all while helping out a good cause. Hey, as they say: “if you help others, you can’t help helping yourself.” After all, it is the season of giving.