Pachanga Fest early?
Since 1998, England’s Kieran Hebden has pushed against the electronic music grain. Certainly he’s the only producer who’s remixed both Steve Reich and Explosions in the Sky. Albums under his Four Tet moniker are like individually wrapped artifacts, seeping with disparate traditions, and cool to the touch. He makes dance music for chromatic minds. Last year’s Beautiful Rewind rumbles and pops like modern jungle, filtered through his trademark crystal-clear sheen.– Luke Winkie
Led by head Hickoid Jeff Smith, the Gay Sportscasters take jock jams to wholly inappropriate new horizons, fusing a triple guitar maelstrom of country-fried glam to the locker room via paeans to roller derby crushes and center square Paul Lynde. If the late, great Dandy Don Meredith were to crank Sweet after a long night of being vomited on by Howard Cosell, this would be the most logical projected outcome. San Antonio psychotronica merchants the Hares open along with surf-rockers the Baffles and Arkansas traveler Bonnie Montgomery.– Greg Beets
If you hear a-rumblin’ in the distance, it’s the sound of Austin’s favorite barefoot bluegrass peddlers rolling back to town, though not for long. Fresh from the Kansas City, Mo., Folk Alliance International conference, Whiskey Shivers close down the heart of Saturday night alongside local outlaw country sextet Crooks. Catch ‘em while you can, because the fivepiece will be on the road with Scott H. Biram and Larry and His Flask through the end of March.– Abby Johnston