Live Music This Weekend, Aug. 11-13

Elvis tribute to Japanoise, take your pick

We’d advise you to go see some Garbage this weekend, but it’s gone and sold out. In those cases, we’re of the mind that you know about the show anyway, because we’re certain you’ll score a ticket if you really must. Check out our recommendations for those gigs that are easier to get into.


Blue Öyster Cult

Empire Control Room
Fri., Aug. 11, 8pm

Read Raoul Hernandez’s full interview with BÖC lead guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, tackling everything from his collaboration with Patti Smith to his take on the “More Cowbell!” phenomenon.

Will Sexton (Photo by Jana Birchum)

Sexton Brothers B’day Bash w/ Mystic Knights of the Sea

Continental Club
Fri., Aug. 11, 11:45pm

On August 10, 1979, the day before Charlie’s birthday and the day of his younger brother Will’s, the elder Sexton played the Continental Club at the tender age of 10. Since then, the pair – irrevocably tied to Austin music – have celebrated their birthdays jointly at the South Congress speakeasy. This year, they embed in big bro’s Mystic Knights of the Sea, featuring bassist Speedy Sparks, who played with Charlie that first fateful night. – William Harries Graham

Blondie (Photo by Gary Miller)

Blondie, Garbage

ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Fri., Aug. 11, 7pm

Billed as “The Rage and Rapture Tour,” this main act double-header might simply be tagged “Heart of Glass” vs. “Only Happy When It Rains.” Blondie remain punk’s first success story owing to a Shangri-Las-like pop sense and an adventurous bent that made them among the first Caucasians to experiment with hip-hop. The New Yorkers’ new Pollinator LP could be Eat to the Beat II. Garbage updated Blondie for the grunge age, Shirley Manson acting as Debbie Harry’s edgy offspring. 2016’s Strange Little Birds is vintage Garbage. – Tim Stegall


Empire Control Room
Fri., Aug. 11, 8pm

Empire’s new monthly series, Beat Juice, opens with Dublab and Brainfeeder affiliate Daedelus. For nearly 15 years, SoCal originator Alfred Darlington has built a masterful patchwork of beats, so expect playful sampling, stuttering drum machines, and surprisingly melodic grooves. Don’t miss opening sets from the residents: Exploded Drawing honcho Soundfounder and Eliot Lipp, fresh off the release of his Skywave LP. – Dan Gentile


Henry Threadgill

Henry Threadgill & Zooid

Scottish Rite Theater
Sat., Aug. 12, 8pm

As saxophonist and flutist/composer/bandleader and 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner, Henry Threadgill is a living legend of jazz. A founding member of Chicago’s revolutionary free jazz collective AACM, he’s remained on the cutting edge of improvised music for nearly half a century in bands like Air, Very Very Circus, Make a Move, and now, Zooid. Following a UT Master Class the previous night, the 73-year-old maestro treats Austin to his first performance in 25 years. – Jay Trachtenberg

Thomas Gold

Vulcan Gas Company
Sat., Aug. 12, 10pm

German trance and progressive/tech house DJ Frank Thomas Knebel-Janssen gained initial notoriety with his remix of Canadian electronic duo Delerium’s “Silence.” Co-signed by Swedish House Mafia, he’s also made waves with remixes for Lady Gaga (“Judas”), Adele (“Set Fire to the Rain”), and Cazzette (“Handful of Gold”). Gold released his first EP, Revelation, Pt. 1, earlier this spring, led by Euro charter “Magic.” – Kahron Spearman

Ted Roddy & the King Conjure Orchestra’s Memorial Tribute to the King

Continental Club
Sat., Aug. 12, 7pm

Twice annually since 1986, on the anniversaries of Elvis Presley’s birth (Jan. 8, 1935) and death (Aug. 16, 1977), local roots rock hero Ted Roddy pays homage to the King at the Continental Club for two sets: Fifties rock hip-shakers with the New Blue Moon Boys, then Seventies Vegas-style love burners with the King Conjure Orchestra. A sincere presentation/celebration done respectfully – all to Roddy’s credit. – Tim Stegall


Santiago Jiménez Jr.

Santiago Jiménez Jr.

One-2-One Bar
Sun., Aug. 13, 5:30pm

Like father, like son. Santiago Jiménez Jr. preserves the conjunto music outlined by his father, a pioneer of the genre. Unlike his innovative brother, Flaco Jiménez, Santiago, 73, steers more traditional with an accordion attack swirling above forcefully plucked strings and tight basslines. 2012’s Corazón de Piedra garnered the San Antonio mainstay multiple Grammy nominations and a National Medal of Arts. – Alejandra Ramirez

Illuminated & Amplified Vol. 1

Sun., Aug. 13, 8pm

Austin Noise presents an international array of bent sounds against the backdrop of Kyle Rosin’s strobe displays. Japan’s Sakura Shock plies guitar-based immolation, while Berlin’s Blue Stork fashions overdriven samples into a mechanical revolt. Local curator Johnathan Cash’s Breakdancing Ronald Reagan reconstitutes aural ephemera into a temporary, autonomous reality. Other performers include i.ruuuuu (also Berliners), Clark Nova (from Colorado Springs), Grim Sleeper, Dromez, RACFID:RICURM, Kyle Evans, Tigre Merde, and Body Tape. – Greg Beets

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