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  • Music

    Alesia Lani (album release), Amea, DJ JB

    Austin’s dynamic R&B/soul scene boasts some breakout voices, including the sweet song of Alesia Lani. The Midwest-born, Austin-raised songstress garnered attention with “The Way,” from strong debut First Impression, a Chronicle favorite. In June, the former model and dancer teased her second LP Resilient with “Intentions,” featuring firestarter MC G-Jet.
    Fri., Aug. 25, 9pm  
  • Music

    A Giant Dog (record release), Harlem, Big Bill

    [Friday show added to the originally scheduled Saturday show due to Hurricane Harvey. Saturday's show may be canceled. Check Hotel Vegas' Facebook page for updates.]: “Normally, we’re very storyteller-esque.”: Andrew Cashen, the lank-haired guitarist and singer who, alongside dynamic frontwoman Sabrina Ellis, comprises the creative core behind both neo-New Wave local sensations Sweet Spirit and glam/punk heroes A Giant Dog, is warming to the subject of the songs on Toy, A Giant Dog’s second LP for Merge Records (see “Texas Platters,” p.56).: “I have a problem with Katy Perry songs that are just ‘I/Me/My.’ Once you hear it, you can’t unhear it,” he chuckles.: Toy’s second song, slacker anthem “Fake Plastic Trees,” blares in the first person, as does “Photograph” six songs later, possibly the least sexy song about sex, with its talk of wanting to smooch a one-night stand partner “when your teeth are brown.” When Cashen/Ellis employ a cliche, they subvert it. On AGD’s fourth long-player in nine years, they swapped longtime producer Mike McCarthy for Austin’s Stuart Sikes.: “Stuart’s repertoire of bands [White Stripes, Reigning Sound, Modest Mouse] is pretty heavy,” offers Cashen. “He broke a lotta bands in the early 2000s. They had a couple of records come out, then they’d work with him and they’d shoot into stardom.”: Cashen and Ellis continue redefining both their bands. Sweet Spirit’s recent St. Mojo, a Sikes co-production with Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin, absorbs more of A Giant Dog’s punk energy, while Toy folds in Sweet Spirit’s broad gestures.: “A Giant Dog’s been a band since 2008,” asserts Cashen. “This is our fourth record. Sweet Spirit’s only done two. We’re still trying to figure out what Sweet Spirit is as a band.: “But A Giant Dog has had time to germinate. You can’t write the same record over and over again. So we went into the studio with the idea of pushing what we sound like and still have our core values in there.”
    Fri., Aug. 25, 8pm
  • Community

    The Gay Place

    allgo Presents Tent Revival

    A three-day affair celebrating black LGBTQ queer arts with poetry, church, performance, gospel, and community building. This revival service unites "black queer operators and movers of the theopoetic, the theatrical, the scholarly, the creative, and the prophetic." See FB for complete schedule of events.
    Aug. 25-26, 7-11pm and Sun., Aug. 27, 12-5pm  
  • Music

    Big Sugar, Hail Marley

    Canadian big rock trio.
    Fri., Aug. 25, 9pm
  • Music

    Body Rock ATX tribute to Michael Jackson

    Riders Against the Storm and DJ Chorizo Funk Body Rock ATX monthly.
    Fri., Aug. 25, 10pm  
  • Music

    Death Valley Girls

    Burger Records’ latest saviors, Death Valley Girls are four years, two albums, and two singles into one heady career. Resembling a B-movie, all-girl Satanic sex/drug cult with sole dude Larry Schemel (brother of ex-Hole drummer Patty) on lead guitar, they exist in a twilight world where a psychedelic Ramones and Link Wray-loving Black Sabbath jam in (Thee) Oh Sees’ reverb tank. 2016’s Glow in the Dark documents.
    Fri., Aug. 25, 9pm
  • Music

    Farruko

    Puerto Rican wild child Farruko’s smooth croon lends itself to the reggaeton dance beats Daddy Yankee and J Balvin laid out before him. Island rhythms set him apart on tracks like “Passion Whine” with Sean Paul, and now he’s crossing over into a stauncher Latin trap sound ahead of TrapxFicante, whose “Krippy Kush” features fellow islander Bad Bunny and Jamaican singer Rvssian bringing crude rhymes to hard-hitting thumps and addictive beats.
    Fri., Aug. 25, 9pm  
  • Community

    The Gay Place

    Invocation of My Demon Sister

    If you're wondering what an "occult comedy hour" is – we suggest you find out in person. Look for Rebecca Havemeyer, Kerri Atwood, Erica Nix, and more getting creepy, crawly, and queer as sh*t.
    Fri., Aug. 25, 7-10pm. Free.  
  • Music

    Jenni Finlay Anniversary w/ James McMurtry, Kinky Friedman, Hymn River Suite, Chris Fullerton, Curtis McMurtry, Emily Herring

    Like her late father Kent, Jenni Finlay has dedicated her career to fostering Texas songwriters. A packed roster convenes to celebrate year 11 of her local promotions company, including two generations of McMurtrys, with James and Curtis each slicing solo sets. Sibling duo Hymn River Suite, Emily Herring’s Western swing, Kinky Friedman and his cigar-chomped comedy and country; local twanger Chris Fullerton might still steal the show with the lonesome howl of excellent debut Epilepsy Blues.
    Fri., Aug. 25, 7pm  
  • Community

    Civics 101

    Meet & Greet With Beto O'Rourke

    Listen to Beto O'Rourke discuss his campaign plans to win Ted Cruz's seat as a U.S. senator for Texas.
    Fri., Aug. 25, 7-9:30pm  
  • Music

    Michael Franti & Spearhead

    Oakland MC and SoulRocker.
    Fri., Aug. 25, 7pm  
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    North by Northwest (1959)

    Summer Film Classics: One of Hitchcock's very best comic thrillers, North by Northwest features scene after unforgettable scene – including those with the crop duster and Mount Rushmore.
    Fri., Aug. 25, 7:00  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Pump Project: We Were There

    There's photography, and then there's … photography. Especially these days where everybody's got some kind of camera on hand and, like, seven Instagram accounts, it takes a person of magisterial skill and raptor eye to capture the world in ways worth paying attention to. Sandy Carson, frequent Chronicle contributor, is who we're talking about – and this exhibition features a decade's worth of the man's images of Austin concert crowds from 2007 to 2017, shot from the pit, exploring the symbiotic relationship between rock concert fans, the bands, and the photographer at music festivals.
    Through Sept 23. free.
  • Community

    Events

    Puppy Party Benefiting Austin Pets Alive!

    Bring your pup for a play date and help raise funds for the local animal nonprofit.
    Fri., Aug. 25, 6pm. Free.  
  • Music

    Sons of Hercules, The Hormones, Sorted Scoundrels, Rebel Flesh

    First Wave San Antonio punks team up with Tim Stegall’s local protégés the Hormones.
    Fri., Aug. 25, 9pm  
  • Music

    The Great American Concert Tour

    Unlikely Eastside techno hub Kinda Tropical stacks a gritty dance party of locals and touring DJs. Austin represents with promoter Josh Cordova (NTH), vinyl aficionado DJ Lizzbeth, and up-and-coming producers Bill Converse (Dark Entries) and Dylan Cameron (Holodeck). Standard-bearing NYC lo-fi techno label LIES sends Nick Klein, Enrique, and Shane English, while Chicago cold-waver Routh Masler goes stag. Bring earplugs.
    Fri., Aug. 25
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    The People's Gallery: The Eyes of Texas

    It's an "Art After Six" discussion with acclaimed photographers Gerard Juarez, John Lockhart, and Kenny Braun, whose work captures different sides of the Lone Star State.
    Fri., Aug. 25, 6pm. Free.
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Title and Deed

    Capital T Theatre's Mark Pickell directs that talented Jason Phelps in this one-man show scripted by Will "Thom Pain" Eno, offering an insight-stuffed look at what it means to be alive in this odd century and what the concept of home can embody. Recommended.
    Through Sept. 16. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20-30.  
  • Community

    Sports

    UT Soccer

    The undefeated Horns face Little Rock:
    Fri., Aug. 25, 7pm  
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

    Bette & Joan: The Bette Davis/Joan Crawford Grand Guignol thriller will be preceded by cocktails, appetizers, a photo booth, and it's all hosted by Sable Scities in celebration of Pride Week. Presented by OCH Austin.
    Fri., Aug. 25, 7:00  
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