Black Sabbath invades Austin for the first time since actual dinosaurs walked the Earth. It’s no stretch to say that the mighty Sabbath invented this thing we call heavy metal, and arguably still do it best, especially now that Ozzy Osbourne has rejoined the coven. Reunion album 13 proves Sabbath’s more than just a nostalgia act for aging devil worshippers, but those indestructible classics keep the monarch on its throne. Party poobah Andrew W.K. deejays before the doom.– Michael Toland
Deep-fried muscled country crew celebrates seventh album, And Now the Dawn.
Nineties pop kingpins Cotton Mather reanimated themselves after last year’s Kickstarter-funded reissue of 1997’s Kontiki. Principal songwriter Robert Harrison fleshed out the locals’ live sound by adding his Future Clouds and Radar bandmate Hollie Thomas on keys. Now the Oasis-favored quintet unveils “California,” a golden brown summer single brimming with high western jangle. Fellow traveler Darin Murphy pulls double duty, drumming with Cotton Mather after handling frontman duties for beloved Seventies/Eighties hitmakers Skyrocket.– Greg Beets
UtopiaFest edition, featuring the Bellmen, Holiday Mountain, and Henry & the Invisibles.
Red Bull’s Sound Select pits two locals next to a pair of national names.