Monday, Jan 7th
Continental Club, 6:30 PM, no cover
Get your week started right and head down to an old Congress hangout for some serious soul.”Soulman Sam” Evans started singing R&B in Memphis. Having grown up in the same neighborhood as Al Green, Issac Hayes, and B.B. King, it’s easy to imagine how Sam got started with the blues. He’s performed all over America (including Alaska!) but on Monday night he’s bringing his talents to South Austin. The show is early and it’s free. You don’t even have to pass a “cool test” to get in—you’ve just gotta be at least 21. If you’re old enough to party, head down to The Continental Club and do it right.
Naan Violence, Hartle Road, Angry Beige
Tuesday, Jan 8th
Hotel Vegas, 9 PM
What happens at Hotel Vegas stays at Hotel Vegas. Or, at least, that’s what we’ve heard. Why not step out of the house this Tuesday night for a trippy triple header. Hotel Vegas as a venue is a treat enough. But if you happen to be there Tuesday night, you’ll get to hear the sonic stylings of Naan Violence, who describe themselves as a “…freak-in, transcendental, free-sitar, underground super-group from Memphis.” Groovy. Also on the bill is the soft n’ dreamy Hartle Road and the calm, but wiggy Angry Beige. You can be the designated driver and still get drunk off just these heady tunes. It’ll be a party… after all, it’s (Hotel) Vegas, baby!
Wednesday, Jan 9th
The Saxon Pub, 9 PM
Austin isn’t all neo-hippy, experimental indie rock. Check out Parker Chapin at the Saxon Pub for some honest-to-goodness (albeit very, very sad) Americana music. A country-grunge concoction, Chapin’s sound comes with a jagged edge at times. But he shifts gears with ease, and can move into a more mellow, introspective gear. Chapin makes frank observations, understates tragedy, and bemoans his general state of being; he often sounds like a man that’s already given up. The craft and care that go into his songs suggest otherwise though. The doors are at 9 PM. The crying starts whenever you feel like it.
Thursday, Jan 10th
The Parish, 10 PM – 2 AM, $20 at the door
Craving some European house music but can’t quite afford that ticket to Hamburg? Just get yourself over to The Parish this Thursday to see Alex Ridha, aka, Boys Noize. Having entered into the scene some 14 years ago, Boys Noize has continued to stay active throughout the years, having just released Strictly Raw Vol. 2 in 2018. Boys Noize has worked with a number of prominent artists throughout his career. He’s remixed the likes of Snoop Dogg, Daft Punk, Depeche Mode and has collaborated with Skrillex and The Scissor Sisters. Associated musical acts aside, the real draw of Boys Noize is the show he puts on. Sampling from across the spectrum of genres, the DJ is known for putting on quite the eclectic show. Thursday you don’t need to go to Germany for the techno; the German techno is coming to you.
Friday, Jan 11th
Stubbs, doors at 9 PM
Stubbs may be one of the most popular venues in Austin. You can be sure that whatever lands on either the outdoor or indoor stage is going to be a treat. With that in mind, treat yourself to an Austin/LA super-duo performance. Robin Alice is Jeff Hortillosa of Whiskey Shivers fame teamed up with singer and actress Kelley Jackle. The pair make for a charming musical couple. Legend has it, they met on the set of Pitch Perfect 3. That makes sense. They carry the whimsy and joy of that film franchise with them in their performances. These two move around, so make sure you catch them this Friday at the Stubbs indoor stage. It should be delightful!
Stonefield, Pearl Earl, Wurve
Saturday, Jan 12th
Barracuda, doors at 9 PM, $10
If you’re looking to get far out this weekend, take a trip over to Barracuda Saturday night. Australian rockers Stonefield are bringing the noise. The four-piece sister act draws heavy on the sound of old, classic rock. But there’s a metal fuzz to Stonefield, a freshness that keeps them from being just Led Zeppelin imitators. Far from it, in fact: Stonefield is it’s own dark blend of melodious heavy rock and psychedelic roll. Also filling the air with dark magic music is Pearl Earl, the pysch-rock punks from Denton and Wurve, the Austin sultans of shoegaze. Tickets are $10, but c’mon… you this evening is going to be priceless. Get on it.
Sunday, Jan 13th
Austin Eastciders Collaboratory, 2 – 4 PM, no cover
Wind down from a wild week with a midday show. A staple in the cider scene in Austin, Eastciders also puts on shows every week with a little something they call Sunday Fun Day. This week features the Austin-based, guitar strummin’ Nick Swift. You can spot Swift poppin’ up all over Austin, but catch him for free this Sunday. While you’re there, why not grab a cider to pair with the crisp, easygoing musings Swift turns into tunes. Also, all donations made during the event benefit Art Alliance Austin. If you’re looking to have fun this Sunday, check out the Sunday Fun Day, and you’re guaranteed to, well… have a fun day. This should be a no-brainer.