After two weeks of ignoring your weekend preview needs, we are back from a brief hiatus to tell you about all the great local music you have the opportunity to witness this weekend in Austin. The Impossibles are back after ten years for two sold-out reunion shows, Yacht is in town tonight, Hard Proof will be playing afrobeat at The Sahara, The Sour Notes are part of the Bummer in the Summer and Whitman is going to be at Beauty Bar Ballroom for free on Sunday. If you have been meaning to see some local music, this weekend may be just the ticket for you. We tried not to suggest too many downtown shows with the Republic of Texas (ROT) biker rally going on this weekend. That said, if you are heading out on the road this weekend, watch for motorcycles and allow a bit of extra time to get where you are going.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Yacht + Onuinu + Love Inks – The Mohawk – 8 p.m. – $12
We just saw Yacht perform for the second time at the Neon Desert Festival in El Paso two weekends back. The performance reaffirmed our admiration for this duo which is one of many side projects for Jona Bechtolt who calls Portland, Marfa, Texas and Los Angeles his home. If you are looking for an opportunity to see this stand-out electronic act in a smaller venue than the Fun Fun Fun Fest slot they filled last year, then head over to The Mohawk and bring your dancing shoes.
Hard Proof and Os Alquimstas – The Sahara Lounge – 9 p.m.
Hard Proof Afrobeat continues their residency at The Sarah Lounge tonight bringing their upbeat, funky rhythms to East Austin once more with Os Alquimstas. If you are looking to get your dance moves on, then roll over to this show. With the horn section from Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, the drummer from The Calm Blue Sea, members of Ocote Souls Sounds, Echocentric and several other great, local bands this is an all-star line-up. You will be surprised how good these guys are. And you will be back for more music from them. Guaranteed.
Ume, The Life and Times, Magnet School – Red 7 – 7 p.m. – $12
Likely the most explosive riot girrrl in any Austin band, Lauren Larson of Ume delivers a spectacular show while being supported by a crack rhythm section. We cannot think of a better way to spend your evening than handbanging at Red 7 to an Austin act we think has big things in store for them.
You will also get to check out the remodeled Red 7 and possibly hit one of our favorite food trucks, Stony’s Pizza which is usually parked around the corner on Red River and Sixth Streets.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
The Impossibles – The Mohawk – 8 p.m. – SOLD OUT
It seems like local music fans have been waiting a long time since The Impossibles announced two, one-off reunion shows at The Mohawk a few months ago. Maybe that is because both shows sold-out within hours of the announcement. Fans must know how good this punk, reggae, rock fusion band is because anticipation is at fever-pitch at this point.
We got a special invitation to a private The Impossibles show this evening so watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds for photos and updates from the Do512 Lounge later this evening.
Bummer in the Summer w/ Bellaire, The Sour Notes, Purple – Hole in the Wall – 8 p.m. -$5
If you want bang (and lots of bands) for your buck, head over to Hole in the Wall Saturday for two stages and eight bands for only five dollars. You have to admit, that is a good deal even if the music is not so great. But you are in luck! It is Austin, so of course you can see great music for a tiny bit of cash. The Sour Notes who we just caught for the first time this week at The Mohawk perform. They are good. So are headliners, Bellaire and we have heard good things about Purple, another Texas band listed on the bill.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Whitman, Knifight, mobley – Beauty Bar Ballroom – 8 p.m. – Free with Do512 RSVP
We asked fans what music to play during our guest spot on KVRX last Tuesday and Whitman jokingly tweeted back advice to play their new tune “NW Thurman” off their new album, Weekends which we naturally were obliged to include in our playlist. It’s a fun, jammy track much like the rest of the new album. Head over to Do512.com to RSVP to get on the list for this show before they fill up.
Impossibles aftershow – My Education and Thieves – The Mohawk – 10 p.m. – $6
After The Impossibles wrap up a two-night stand at the ‘Hawk, stick around for experimental, psych-rock from My Education inside the club. With new drummer, Vince Durcan adding fresh life to this veteran line-up, My Education are better than ever at playing soaring instrumental, orchestrated goodness for the music-loving masses. Read more about the band in our show review last year.
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