Quavering Austin alto aced sophomore disc /ba.’brook/.
Returning from a well-received run of festival performances in the UK and a sold-out headlining show at Old Blue Last in London, Austin’s dark-synth girl group celebrates the U.S. release of its debut full-length, If All Here Now, with a late-night set at appropriately gothic Red River venue Elysium. Both live and on disc, Anastasia Dimou’s celestial vocal tones top a hefty Eighties pop groove that recalls the past while remaining modern. Fielded and Silent Diane open. – Kevin Curtin
Elysium, 705 Red River
DeadEye locals remember Jerry, Pigpen, Brent, et al.
As both leader of L.A.’s long-running Anglophile indie band the Black Watch and author of the new novel The King of Good Intentions, John Andrew Fredrick wears a couple of different creative hats. This rare Austin gig walks both artistic paths, with a reading from his tale of love in the indie-rock trenches and a set of acoustic songs from his dozen finely crafted guitar pop LPs. Lit-pop fans rejoice. – Michael Toland
Cactus Cafe, Texas Union, UT campus
Bob Schneider’s weekly Saxon Pub lead-in bills up with Flatlanders scion.
They’re the unknown, Mexican White Stripes, a noisy twosome bringing their primal, blues-influenced, garage rock beatdown from Mexico City to venerable 12th Street hangout the Legendary White Swan as they embark on a tour of the American southwest. The duo’s debut LP, a tasteful collision of wrenching guitar work and half-time drum beats with gritty, soulful, English-language vocals, was commissioned by San Antonio indie Saustex, owned by Jeff Smith, shirtless frontman of local cowpunk corneaters the Hickoids. – Kevin Curtin
Lorn MacDougal and Alain Le Razer present this second multimedia event, with a screening of the films Make It Hot!, featuring top Texas breakdancers, and Soul Climber, about two freeform rock climbers defying gravity via astonishing skill and strength; with Katherine Hodges of Ready/Set/Go! showing a new film with dancer and collaborator Lisa Del Rosario; with Rosalyn Nasky(!) performing solo; and with the whole kinetic night making your eyes boggle and your muscles at least vicariously ache. Recommended. Fri.-Sat., June 14-15, 8-10pm. $10-15
Galaxy Dance Studios, 1700 S. Lamar #338, 512/442-5299
(of Cuneiform Press
fame & fortune) presents Annabel Lee
and Cindy St. John
reading their poetry among the ink-stained apparatus, courtyard foliage, and wandering felines of Austin printing gem Slugfest. Wine and snacks, too, of course.
Slugfest Gallery, 1906 Miriam, 512/477-7204
Capital T Theatre
's Mark Pickell
is trying to bring about the thespian Singularity, maybe, by having Lowell Bartholomee
, Joey Hood
, and Jason Liebrecht
working the stage at the same time. And that trio's only part
of the killer cast for Martin McDonagh
's twisted black comedy about the trail-of-vengeance mayhem that ensues when some fool dares to kill an Irish terrorist's cat
. "Warning," says a note in the press release, "Graphic Violence and Gunshots." Yeah, no shit. See what our reviewer Dan Solomon feckin' thinks of it
, so. Through June 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm
Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529
This group show of art and design for anaglyph 3-D glasses is curated by Phillip Edward Niemeyer and features vision-galvanizing works by Alec Dartley, Dan Forbes, Dana McClure, Hannah Cole, James Blagden, Joseph Phillips, Mike Reddy, Nicole Stone, Rebecca Rothfus, Ryan Junell, Shawn Camp , and Tanya Newton-John. This gig's got a sound component, too: experimental label Aagoo's compilation recorded in double mono: the left and right channels play distinct sounds, featuring music and sounds by Palaxy Tracks, John Saba Jr., Devin Maxwell, !!!, Jim Eno, The Octopus Project, AU, and Erin Flannery & Zach Layton. Through June 16.
grayDUCK Gallery, 608-C W. Monroe, 512/826-5334
Yes, this is mostly a music-based festival – replete with experimental wire-bending and amplified neurophony and unusual acoustic brilliance – but it features ferocious elements of video and film and performance art, too, and so we'll be damned if this isn't a good place to list the amazing thing. Your friends at the Church of the Friendly Ghost have again wrangled this annual wonder-cabinet of sonic transcendence, presenting sound artists brekekekexkoaxkoax, Derrick Fore & Mohadev Bhattacharyya, Bryan Day, Nick Hennies, Red Ox vs. Cinders, Caroline Koebel, Metrah Pashaee, Daze of Heaven, and many more. (Individual shows are $5-10; an all-fest pass is $35.) The whole weekend's recommended for anyone not willing to settle for whatever's pumped out by the insipid sugar factories of pop music. Wed.-Sat., June 12-15.
Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886
The festivities start at MLK and Comal, travel down Chicon, and end at the Rosewood Park Juneteenth celebration. In between there will be floats, marching bands, drill teams, clowns, and surprises, all traveling at a festive but slow, onlooker-friendly pace. 10am.
What better way to celebrate freedom than with a mixture of partying and heritage? Following the parade is a community program with speeches and poetry. Enjoy art exhibitions, music, historical skits, dance competitions, and lots of kids' activities all afternoon and evening. noon-9pm. Free.
Rosewood Park, 2300 Rosewood, 512/472-6838
Trust us, you'll know when this party is happening. The sound of engines straddled by people looking to celebrate biker culture is inescapable. The epicenter of live music, vintage cars, photo ops with leather-clad babes, and entertainment is the Travis Expo Center. The party takes over Congress Avenue and other spots all over town as well. Thu.-Sun., June 13-16. $60, three-day pass.
Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 252-9768
Bring the tools of the fashion trade and see what you can create from the "end of the line" bin at Goodwill. Judging begins at 1:30pm. 9am-2pm. Free.
Austin Goodwill Outlet Store, 6505 Burleson
Bring a picnic or try one of the food trucks on hand and eat on the grounds of this local museum. Live music by Sara Hickman, Christine Albert, and others keep your ears happy while kids check out the limestone carving and clay sculpture demos and try their hands at one of the activities on hand. noon-5pm. Free.
Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th, 512/458-2255
The Aztex still have an undefeated season and return home from a close match to take on El Paso here at home. See them now before they hit the road for two weeks. 7:30pm. $10.
House Park, 1301 Shoal Creek Blvd., 512/335-8881
It's heaven vs. hell as the Holy Rollers take on the Hellcats. Will the angels get their wings clipped or will the devils be damned? 7pm. $15.
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
Pay tribute to the queens, et al, that sparked the modern day gay rights movement in June 1969 with an array of folks performing roles on the South Steps. 7-8pm. Free.
Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400