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
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
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