Recommended Live Music for the Weekend

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Tame Impala, Snoop Dogg, and more descend on San Marcos for Float Fest, but from Headcrusher to Sam Smith, there's plenty to keep you around town this weekend.


Antone's 43rd Anniversary: Los Texmaniacs w/ Flaco Jimenez & Augie Meyers plus Roy Head

Fri., July 20, 9pm

Consecutive nights connected at the accordion bellows cap three weeks of Antone’s extravaganza. Friday might as well be titled Texas Tornados night as Max Baca’s generational descendants Los Texmaniacs guest Texas twisters Augie Meyer and Flaco Jiménez with onetime Doug Sahm stand-in Roy Head. – Raoul Hernandez

TV Girl

Fri., July 20, 9pm

Warm, bubbly, sample-based instrumentals float San Diegans TV Girl. Dark meditative harmonies from Brad Petering manifest Beck, Animal Collective, and the Avalanches on May’s Death of a Party Girl, which plies wistful neo-psychedelic dream-pop. North Carolina’s Derrick Brandon and Caroline White strum soft pop as Infinity Crush first. – Jeremy Steinberger

Bourgeois Mystics

Fri., July 20, 6:30pm

An absurdist splatter of funk-rock, hip-hop, and jazz, this 10-piece Austin ensemble embellishes a vast range of polyrhythmic textures drawing from Talking Heads, Thelonious Monk, and MF Doom. “War 4 the Status Quo” begins as a big band swing about conformity before breaking into a drumline chant mocking the onepercent. Sonically, it’s chaotic, Zappaesque beauty. – Jeremy Steinberger

Terror Fest presents Weedeater, Unsane, Zeke, Sierra

The Lost Well
Fri., July 20, 7:00pm

Breakout in its second edition just last month, Terror Fest now boasts a local brand under which to pile together single-show mini fests such as this pair. Friday stacks THC-themed Carolina sedimentarians Weedeater with honorary Austin noiseniks Unsane and Northwest Nineties throttle punks Zeke. – Raoul Hernandez


Neurosis, Converge

Sat., July 21, 7:30pm

Oakland’s Neurosis maintains a three-decade catalog of progressive doomcore that’s the envy of metalania. 2016’s Fires Within Fires ceded no ground and forms the core of this rare Austin show. Salem’s metallic hardcore icons Converge broke a long silence with last year’s powerhouse The Dusk in Us, while French trio Birds in Row explores similar sounds on We Already Lost the World. – Michael Toland

Ume Album Release

Sat., July 21, 8pm

“Nothing is forever,” declares Lauren Larson in a dusky rasp on new single “Two Years Sleep,” which sets up Ume’s return to melodic rock’s front lines with third LP Other Nature. On hiatus while Lauren and bassist/husband Erik focused on parenthood, the local trio’s heavy shoegaze and the frontwoman’s shattering guitar remain defiant and definitive. Likeminded local indie outfits Otis the Destroyer and Glaze open. – Doug Freeman


Sat., July 21, 8pm

When revelations of sexual assault ousted Hikes’ founding guitarist Will Kauber from the locals late last year, Austin’s popular emotional math-folk group stopped in its tracks. The group now returns behind Mother Falcon vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Claire Puckett. The technically minded, harmonically inclined foursome reappears amongst friends: Salsa, Dude Elsberry, Honey & Salt, and the Kraken Quartet. – Kevin Curtin

Tim Rutili & Craig Ross, Knife in the Water, Moist Flesh

Sat., July 21, 8pm

Onetime Stick People and Storyville member Craig Ross and Tim Rutili of Chicago’s Dead Ocean-signed experimenters Califone diverge from the drone of 2016’s Guitars Tuned to Air Conditioners on their second collaborative LP. 10 Seconds to Collapse finds the tandem striking sublimely catchy songwriter pop spiked with spacey vocals, tweaked guitars, and sonically smashed beats. – Kevin Curtin

Lake Street Dive, The Rad Trads

ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Sat., July 21, 8pm

Assembled at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn-based retro-soul act Lake Street Dive employs splashy jazz, Motown melodies, and Sixties radio pop. Sixth LP Free Yourself Up produced brazen ballads and sassy groove accented by Rachael Price’s husky vox and new keyboardist Akie Bermiss. Quirky NYC quintet the Rad Trads opens with grandiose horns and Americana leanings. – Rachel Rascoe

Sam Smith

Frank Erwin Center
Sat., July 21, 7PM

This 26-year-old English singer-songwriter emerged in 2012 after his feature on Disclosure’s breakthrough single “Latch.” The soulful vocalist then dominated the 2015 Grammys, winning Best New Artist, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year for “Stay With Me,” plus Best Pop Vocal Album for 2014’s In the Lonely Hour. Last year’s The Thrill of It All debuted at No. 1 in both the UK and U.S. – Kahron Spearman

Colombia Independence Party w/ Triba Baharu, Kiko Villamizar

Flamingo Cantina
Sat., July 21, 9PM

Tribu Baharú infuses Afro-Caribbean rhythms into their Afro-champeta, a confluence of reggae, rumba, and calypso from Colombia’s Atlantic coast. The Bogotá sextet invigorates this fisherman music with joyful and explosive instrumentation via Pa’l Más Exigente Bailador. Combining occasional psychedelia while preserving Latin folklorico traditions of heavy percussion and call-and-response exchanges, local Colombian transplant Kiko Villamizar maintains transcendental pipes. – Alejandra Ramirez


Carry Illinois (Photo by Pooneh Ghana)

Carry Illinois, DD Dagger, Stretch Panic, Cat Jaguar

Hotel Vegas
Sun., July 22, 8PM

Airing out May EP Work in Progress, local indie-pop quintet Carry Illinois returns from a short romp around the Western states. The earnest, uplifting capture delves into mental health and self-acceptance via singer Lizzy Lehman’s poetic verse and synth-dipped instrumentals. DD Dagger, multifaceted project of artist Allyson Lipkin, adds to the all fem-fronted lineup, touting latest lounge-y collab “Slipped Into Sin.” Twee pop trio Stretch Panic and fuzzy grit-rockers Cat Jaguar close. – Rachel Rascoe

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