Live Music to See This Weekend

Your handbook for a happy Friday and Saturday

Shake off the working week's headaches with a sweet-sounding spiritual awakening. Our team has your step-by-step guide.


Lazy Lester

Antone’s 42nd Anniversary

Antone’s Nightclub
Fri., July 7-Mon., July 10

Lazy Lester’s residency cores Antone’s 42nd anniversary. Swamp blues harp cat, 84, anchors Friday’s Louisiana riot with Clifford Antone favorite T.K. Hulin, plus Classie Ballou, and Raa-Raa & Da Zydeco Allstarz, then embeds Saturday in a James Cotton tribute with members of Muddy Waters’ band and a whole bandstand of blues vets. Sunday, he helps ATX’s ranking soul queen Miss Lavelle White mark 88 with fellow R&B vet Bobby Patterson, while Monday he sits in with the Blue Monday Band. Dyn-o-mite. – Raoul Hernandez

Jimmy Flemion of the Frogs

Fri., July 7, 9pm

Milwaukee alt.folkers the Frogs became as (in)famous in the Nineties for provocative albums like the homoerotic It’s Only Right & Natural as their friends and peers, including Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, and Beck, who sampled the band in “Where It’s At.” After six years away, frontman/guitarist Jimmy Flemion returns on the fifth anniversary of his partner/brother Dennis’ untimely death for a tribute show. It’s raining Frogs. – Michael Toland

Roni Size

Roni Size

Vulcan Gas Company
Fri., July 7, 9pm

Over a 20-year career, Roni Size has managed three record labels, while receiving the Music Producers Guild Inspiration Award and a Mercury Music Prize award. Out of his electronic swash of machines, the Bristol, England, producer pulses eclectic beats of drum ’n’ bass, footloose jungle, and hip-hop. Moog-filtered synths and off-kilter percussion from New Forms (1997) to Past & Present (2016) coalesce with woofer bass emissions that rattle your skull. – Alejandra Ramirez


Blac Youngsta

Empire Control Room
Sat., July 8, 8pm

A member of Yo Gotti’s Collective Music Group, Memphis native Blac Youngsta (Samuel Benson) doesn’t shy away from controversy. Name made on third mixtape Fast Bricks 3, the rapper gained a national following with 2014 hit “Heavy.” In a petty beef with fellow Memphian Young Dolph, Benson turned himself in to Charlotte, N.C., police in May after a shooting on Dolph’s bulletproof SUV. – Kahron Spearman


Hikes EP Release

Swan Dive
Sat., July 8, 9pm

Hikes’ four-song extended play Lilt clocks in at only 17-and-a-half minutes, but the proggy guitar virtuosity between frontman Nathan Wilkins and Will Kauber stretches time in the pair’s airy interplay. Think of it as indie fusion, melting Wilkins’ emotive vocal lilt into a jazzy ambience. Most tag it as math rock. “We actually have come to dislike that term,” writes Wilkins on tour in Japan. “It’s pigeonholing and we’ve done our best to get rid of it on our bios, website, etc. … but it sticks.” Smile and Boyfrndz open, with Corduroi and Big Bill providing the afterparty. – Raoul Hernandez


The Electric Church
Sat., July 8, 9pm

Teevee’s brand of fuzz rock, with jet-engine distortion and propulsive percussion, chews the same Psychocandy as the Jesus & Mary Chain. Consider that quartet the second coming for singer/guitarist Alex Capistran, who co-fronted psych rock & roll troupe the Wolf, which folded in fall 2015 shortly after making an appearance on Last Call With Carson Daly. The new underground music temple’s hymnbook also opens to Angry Beige, who float moody psychedelia with eerie harmonies and unusualist lyrics, earnest psych-pop act Bliss Motel, and Iowa world-beat imbued indie folkies In Rooms. – Kevin Curtin

Phantogram (Photo by Shelley Hiam)


Sat., July 8, 8pm

Riding the wave of October release Three, Phantogram returns to Austin after a powerhouse year of headlining visits to Middlelands, Sound on Sound, and Float Fest. Rooster Teeth’s gaming and internet festival RTX presents this comparatively intimate performance; a fitting sponsor for singer Sarah Barthel’s digital-age dance parties. The duo’s third disc establishes a more somber, still glitchy pop direction, highlighted by brooding anthem “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore.” Local psych poppers Night Glitter open. – Rachel Rascoe

The Transgressors

Carousel Lounge
Sat., July 8, 9pm

The Transgressors embrace noir. The Austin quartet blends Nick Cave’s grim theatrics, country twang, and campy organs while churning out murder ballads and musings on revenge. They oscillate between creeping tracks and cacophonous, “losing-my-mind” musical whirlwinds. The John-Pauls, another local quartet, play heady, melodic, and guitar-heavy post-pop, riding on the coattails of May’s four-star debut, Forget to Remember to Forget. – Libby Webster



Sat., July 8, 8pm

Tulsa, Okla., dream-pop trio Sports knock out warped, funky beats over blue and red hues. Singer Cale Chronister and brothers Jacob and Christian Theriot, bass and guitar, respectively, take you back to the Eighties equipped with flare pants and catchy vintage pulses from 2015’s first single “You Are the Right One” to last year’s debut EP People Can’t Stop Chillin. Chronister’s muffled and distorted vocals entrance. – Isabella Castro-Cota

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