Mississippi axeman doubles up with local blues fuse the Peterson Brothers.
Party above North America’s largest bat colony on the Congress Avenue Bridge this Saturday. More than just face-painting booths and crafts vendors, Bat Fest boasts live bands on two big stages from 4pm to midnight. While the 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats won’t swarm out until approximately 7:15pm, San Antonio’s thrill rockers the Heroine (5) give you reason to show up early. Later, Red Dirt natives Reckless Kelly (7:30), local hip-hop dynamo Zeale (8), Willie Nelson scion Lukas (9), and deep indie rockers Quiet Company (9:30) keep things rolling until Southern outlaw Hank Williams III (10:30) and the Olms – Pete Yorn and J.D. King – (11) cap it off.– Kevin Curtin
Austin’s Black Books have gained a lot of traction overseas, spending a few nights in London opening for international megatons the Flaming Lips. Makes sense; the quintet’s soft, oscillating, crystal-clear pop-rock sounds imported from the new millennial UK indie heyday. They trim the fat, and cut right to the undeniable, starry-eyed hooks. Similarly homegrown openers include the bright and bounding solo project Good Field, the spaced trio Pageantry, and the chilled-out, moonbeaming trio of Feverbones.– Luke Winkie
Furious d-beat punk, homegrown.
Austin indie-poppers Oh No Oh My call it quits after a surprising nine-year run. The quartet leaves behind an eponymous 2006 LP and its follow-up, 2011’s People Problems. They’re playing it coy, promising to deliver fan favorites while resurrecting older, rarely played material. A final fling of low melodies and mellow strum? Half-remembered details of a fading dream are better than none at all. Locals Royal Forest and metal tough guys Heroinme open.– Nina Hernandez