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Brand New Key celebrate the release of their first full-length


A smouldering Brand New Key (Photo courtesy of BNK)

In one way or another, Brand New Key – Austin's queer-indie-Americana band – has been strumming the bluegrass around town for the better part of four years. But this Friday night they're celebrating a new milestone: the release of their first full-length album, End of the Story. "I want to say, EOTS is a deeply personal collection of songs that exploded out of us in a rainbow fount of spiritual bliss," says Amy Moreland, the band's mandolin player and co-founder. "The unsexy reality is that we finally wrote ourselves a goodly album-worth of original songs and saved up enough band tips over a year to do it." Many of those tips were hard-earned on the In.gredients porch, which is where Friday's show will also take place. As for the queerness in their indie music, Jill Csekitz (the band's percussionist) explains it best. "We were just born that way. Our sound pretty well matches who we are."

GAYDAR

Queerbomb Meeting Make Queerbomb 2017 a reality. Consider this your invitation. Find the team in the small meeting room. Thu., Oct. 6, 7pm. Zaragoza Recreation Center, 2608 Gonzalez. www.fb.com/qbatx.

Summer Osborne & Crys Matthews Catch award-winning, knee-shakingly good music with Crys Matthews' Americana/folk/jazz/blues/funk concoction, and Summer Osborne, who's evolving the soul one song at a time. Thu., Oct. 6, 7-9pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 512/472-2785. www.ebookwoman.com.

Brand New Key Album Release Party An album release deserves a celebration, so rejoice with yer fave local queer-indie-Americana band, Brand New Key. Amy Cook opens. Pick up some swag while yer there. Fri., Oct. 7, 6-10pm. In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd., 512/275-6357. Free. www.brandnewkeymusic.com.

GAyCL 2016 GirlFriend's gAyCL returns for the sixth annual one-day music fest. Dai Burger, Tina She (of God-Des & She), Sailor Poon, Mama Duke, Thelonious Love, Common Velvet, and so many more put the queer back in weird. Sat. Oct. 8. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133. www.girlfriendatx.co.

Go Dance Studio Dance Proud Austin wants to see your flair. So get ready to shake, rattle, and roll with lessons till 9:30, then line dancing and a BYOB social. All are welcome here, even you with the two left feet. Sat., Oct. 8, 8pm-12mid. Go Dance Studio, 4477 S. Lamar #530. $5 lessons, $5 social. www.fb.com/groups/danceproudaustin.

HIGHLAND SUNDAY FUNDAY It's a specialty edition of Sunday Funday this week with Evelyn Saïd in the Highland house and yes – you could Win Her Box (we're not sure what kinda box she's referring to, but we do love surprises!). Absolute Brunch and ADA Hold 'Em happen beforehand. Sundays. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado, 512/649-1212. Free. www.highlandlounge.com.

Workout! with Erica Nix Make exercise fun again. Dance and strength training workouts inspired by Eighties and Nineties aerobics (think Richard Simmons, Jane Fonda, and a side of Big Freedia). Mondays, 6pm; Wednesdays, 6:30pm. Transform, 1909 Wheless, 512/923-5859. $15. www.transformfitnessaustin.com.

Tricks for Treats Sex Talk Trick? Or treat? The age-old question gets new meaning with the Q's sex talk. Snack on Snickers, and maybe get some extra spooky swag like House of Torment tix and spectacular gift cards. Mon., Oct. 10, 7pm. The Q Austin, 2906 Medical Arts. www.theqaustin.org.

Burlesque for Beginners Go ahead, give in to your burlesque craving. You know you wanna learn the ropes from Miss Sophie, and babes of all levels are welcome to get their groove on. Mondays, 7:30pm. Vamps Dance, 1601 E. Fifth #104, 512/981-5873. $41.50-99. www.vampsdance.com.

Burlesque Choreography & Performance Series Class Learn to twirl those tassels and put extra shimmy in yer shake with Miss Sophie's – an Austin burlesque veteran – weekly class. You'll even learn cool tricks like how to make your own pasties. Mondays, 8:30pm. Vamps Dance, 1601 E. Fifth #104, 512/981-5873. $200. www.vampsdance.com.

TuezGayz Grrl, it might be Tuesday but go ahead, dance like there's no tomorrow. Tuesdays. Barbarella, 615 Red River, 512/476-7766. Free before 10, $5 after. www.fb.com/barbarella.austin.9, www.theglitoris.com.

Bingo-a-go-go Get yer bingo fill Wednesdays at the Warehouse. This ball game is sponsored by and benefits those rainbow Bobcats. Wednesdays, 7-10pm. Stonewall Warehouse, 141 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, 866/620-6667. www.bobcatpridescholarship.com.

Q Core Group A place for queer men (18-29 years old) to come together, plan events, shoot the sh*t, and build community. All in the name of sexual health! Wednesdays, 7pm. The Q Austin, 2906 Medical Arts. www.theqaustin.org.

Them//They Wednesdays Shake up yer week with GirlFriend's Wednesday dance party of the most queerest variety. Wednesdays. Volstead Lounge, 1500 E. Sixth, 512/680-0532. Free. www.girlfriendatx.co.

Queen Bee Drag Show Bow down B's, it's time to celebrate Queen Bee, and for once we're not talkin' Bey. The American Honey Bee Protection Agency is throwing an epic drag party to support our fuzzy, flying pollinators. JuiceLand cocktails, ATX's best queens, photo booth, raffle – it'll bee a buzz. Thu., Oct. 13, 7:30pm. Grizzly Hall, 2015 E. Riverside. $20. www.honeybeekind.com.

GAYLY AHEAD

Drag Me To the Opera Holy haawaaacamolé! If drag and opera had a love child this would be it. Watch as six opera stars unite with six queens for a night of drapera. Sat., Oct. 15, 7pm. The North Door, 501 Brushy, 512/710-9765. $20-35. www.internationaldrag.org.

AIDS Walk Austin Grab your walking shoes and get ready to strut your stuff. Austin's AIDS Walk celebrates and supports people living with HIV/AIDS in our dear community. Sun., Oct. 16. Palm Park, 601 E. Third, 512/477-1566. www.aidswalkaustin.org.

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