Batty Jr., Little Fools, and Pocket Sounds
Friday, March 1
Stay Gold, 10 PM
There is little shortage of interesting indie music floating around Austin. The first weekend this March is no exception. Stay hip to the scene and get yourself over to Stay Gold this Friday for a truly special triple-header of a show. Starting the night off is the enigmatic Batty Jr. Zeke Jarmon and company take listeners on a chill but wild ride that bends your perception of just what indie-pop-rock can entail. Also playing that night is the folksy, blues-infused Little Fools. Closing out the night is Pocket Sounds, which is a project fronted by the talented multi-instrumentalist Mike St. Clair. St. Clair has recorded and worked with a number of other groups including Okkervil River and White Denim. Incorporating a variety of instruments and creative looping, Pocket Sounds is not something to be missed live.
The Zombies with Liz Brasher
Saturday, March 2nd
The Mohawk, 8 PM
Take a break from the endless local Austin talent and get yourself over to The Mohawk for some British rock legends. Coming off their second Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination, The Zombies will be pulling out some classics in the center of Texas this Saturday. Their hits may have come about in the psychedelic ’60s, but the group still holds founding members Ron Argent and Colin Blunstone. If you’re at all familiar with their veritable masterpiece of an album Odessey and Oracle, you know this group isn’t to be missed. Also at Mohawk that night will be the musical force-of-nature Liz Brasher. Brasher hails from Memphis, but this isn’t your typical Tennessee sound. Her voice has a powerful kick to it that lingers on after her songs are over. The songs have soul, but they also carry a shadow of loss, longing, and pain. If you don’t know her yet, see with The Zombies and prepare to fall in love, then subsequently have your heart broken.
Sunday, March 3rd
Waterloo Records, 2 PM
Keep it local this Sunday, but also classy. Grab an early brunch, down a mimosa (or three) and get your butt over to Waterloo Records for the best free show you’ll see all week, probably. Yes, if you check out Austin’s own Moving Panoramas this Sunday, it’ll all be downhill the rest of March regarding free performances, but what a hell of show you’ll witness. Their sophomore LP “In Two” saw the group team up with Sabrina Ellis of Sweet Spirit and A Giant Dog. Also on the record is Matthew Caws of Nada Surf. Will Caws or Ellis grace us with their presence at this show? Who knows. It’s a free performance and I’m not a psychic. I can guarantee a hell of an outing though this Sunday, as the Moving Panoramas are a treat regardless of who joins them on stage. Leslie Sisson will make sure of that, as she fronts the group with a highly addictive, sincere sort of energy. Refreshments are provided by Shiner; jams will be provided by the band, and the good vibes should follow naturally and with ease.