Live Music to See This Weekend

For the next three days, live a little.

Start your Friday on a high note with our team’s genius recommendations. Keep the party going Saturday through Sunday. Cheers.


Nite Jewel (Photo by Gary A Miller)

Queenz Tour: Nite Jewel

Fri., Aug. 4, 8pm

Nineties R&B crystallizes in Nite Jewel, L.A.’s Ramona Gonzalez, who once trapped languorous, repetitive synth textures (2009 debut Good Evening), but now throws back to Janet Jackson croons on fourth album Real High. Pre-recorded, fellow Angeleno Geneva Jacuzzi (née Garvin) conjures minimal electronics on last year’s Technophelia, but puts on spectacle-driven performances nodding to Siouxsie Sioux. Bay Area transplant and Southland funk revivalist Harriet Brown sports an incorporeal, Prince-like falsetto on April’s Contact. – Alejandra Ramirez

Tobin Sprout, Elf Power

Fri., Aug. 4, 9pm

Guitarist-songwriter during Guided by Voices’ definitive mid-Nineties run, Sprout banged out key four-track ethos on classics Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes. Now a successful children’s author, his sixth solo album The Universe and Me revisits childhood through a prism of hooks, fuzz, and wonderment. Athens, Ga.-bred Elephant Six collectivists, Elf Power retains its ornate tangle of baroque pop and neo-psychedelia on latest album Twitching in Time. – Greg Beets

The Wagoneers (Photo by Gary A Miller)

The Wagoneers

Broken Spoke
Fri., Aug. 4, 6pm

Chet Flippo, paramount voice of country music journalism, famously called the Wagoneers “the greatest honky-tonk band that ever was.” How preposterous, then, that in the Austin quartet’s decade of existence (1986-1990 and 2011-present) they’ve never played their hometown’s greatest honky-tonk. The Wags, still anchored by frontman Monte Warden and lead guitarist Brent Wilson, rectify that oversight inside the Stout & High walls of James White’s legendary South Lamar dance hall. – Kevin Curtin

Royal Thunder

Come & Take It Live
Fri., Aug. 4, 7pm

Each new release from Atlanta banshees Royal Thunder strips away more storm to reveal front siren Mlny Parsonz. April’s third full-length Wick substitutes psychedelia for volume, “We Slipped” imaginable as a Celtic ballad. Pennsylvania glam slam Crobot headlines behind sophomore studio effort Welcome to Fat City. – Raoul Hernandez


Doom Side of the Moon

Doom Side of the Moon

Sat., Aug. 5, 8pm

Many a scheme has grown from the garden of weed, and such notions usually dissipate as fast as secondhand smoke. Doom Side of the Moon, Sword guitarist Kyle Shutt’s heavy metal take on Pink Floyd’s chart mainstay, is an exception. “I’d taken a break from the herb for a while, and when I went back to it, I would get so high that I didn’t want to do anything else,” the longtime local axeman explains. “It was during one of those moments that somebody went, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be great to do a heavy version of The Dark Side of the Moon?’ Just one of those silly stoner things. But later on I thought, ‘That’s a fuckin’ cool idea.’” Committed, Shutt enlisted friends old and new to bring his pipe dream to life, including the Sword’s rhythm section, members of Black Joe Lewis’ Honeybears and Croy & the Boys, visualists the Mustachio Light Show, and Brown Sabbath singer Alex Marrero. – Michael Toland


Empire Control Room
Sat., Aug. 5, 8pm

Miami-born trap/hip-hop producer Bryan Simmons remains a standby beatmaker for fellow Hot ’Lantans Future, Gucci Mane, and Young Thug. The 808 Mafia production crew member also found top-shelf placements with Drake (“Company”), Lil Uzi Vert (“XO TOUR Llif3”), Juicy J’s recent releases, and Big Boi (“In the South”). As a performer, Simmons kicks out the trap jams, his own and others’. – Kahron Spearman

Waxahatchee (Photo by David Brendan Hall)


Sat., Aug. 5, 8pm

On Katie Crutchfield’s fourth album as Waxahatchee, she sustains emotionally raw songcraft with full-band energy and breakup-themed bite. Out in the Storm lends rock weight to her trademark narratives. The Alabama-raised singer tours with her twin and past P.S. Eliot counterpart Allison Crutchfield. A pair of openers match Waxa’s soloist-turned-ensemble origins with wispy crooner Ellen Kempner as bass-y pop number Palehound and Baltimore’s peachy rock Outer Spaces led by Cara Beth Satalino. – Rachel Rascoe

Summer Slaughter Tour

Come & Take It Live
Sat., Aug. 5, 2pm

Tenth anniversary bloodbath! Michigan melodic death mainstays the Black Dahlia Murder lead the pack this year, celebrating a decade of their own with the entirety of 2007 opus Nocturnal. Maryland deathgrinders Dying Fetus add muscle via current release Wrong One to Fuck With, while technical death L.A. crew the Faceless anticipates its first LP in five years. Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Origin, Rings of Saturn, Betraying the Martyrs, Lorna Shore, Angelmaker, and Athanatos pile on. Bring your daughter. – Michael Toland


Will Courtney, Jerry DeCicca, Adam Ostrar

Hotel Vegas
Sun., Aug. 6, 6pm

Punk, post-punk, and No Wave experts Super Secret Records dive into post-folk with three homegrown singer-songwriters. 2016’s Planning Escapes by Courtney grit Will Johnson even as it popped grandly like Fountains of Wayne, while New Braunfels bard DeCicca channeled an indie Leonard Cohen on his 2014 debut Understanding Land, netting guests Spooner Oldham, Kelley Deal, and Will Oldham. Rock explorer Ostrar (born Busch) solos on upcoming sophomore songer Brawls in the Briar. Early show: 6-8:30pm. – Raoul Hernandez

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