A final weekend for August, signaling summer’s practical passing with long, lazy days evaporating as Austin beefs up and buckles down for the school year. Toast the season with back-to-back nights at Mohawk headlined by electric standouts of Austin’s indie scene: Dana Falconberry and Mother Falcon – no relation. Friday, Falconberry, in pixie-voiced majesty, sings deep songs about nature and life over playful plink and pluck folk-pop with Lafeyette’s Brass Bed and local pop folkies Reservations opening. Saturday, Mother Falcon amasses for an orchestral barrage of compositional complexity and uncaged emotion. They’re joined by Deep Time and indie-experimentalists Royal Forest.– Kevin Curtin
Even old-school Austinites decrying that everything was better “back in the day” must admit the Hickoids, who decimated stages from 1983-1991, then reformed in 2005, have aged triumphantly. The O.G. cowpunks, holstering a repertoire of badass originals like “Git Back in the Truck” and greasy covers of “Benny and the Jets” and “Take it Easy,” demonstrate veteran poise and juvenile swagger at every outing. Friday’s Hole throwdown shoots off top-notch comeback disc Hairy Chafin’ Ape Suit.– Kevin Curtin
As many a touring act will tell you, San Antonio remains a headbangers haven. HOD absorbed all its lessons in crusty filth and deathcore fury, staked on recent EP The Uncreated Demo, itself a tease of forthcoming full-length Book of the Worm. Crushing ATX crew the Blood Royale, whose turn in the spotlight is surely coming, ravages cochlea beforehand. Fellow River City pals Widower and Scattered Remains blast first.– Michael Toland
Braun brothers’ Americana coupled with the Trishas’ Brandy Zdan and her solo EP.