Live Music Recommendations for the Weekend

As September speeds by, here's a cull of tunes to keep you dry

Internet meme sensation Doja Cat moo's her way to Barracuda, Warren G preserves G-Funk, and Mamahawk continue their celestial September residency at Swan Dive.

FRIDAY

Doja Cat

Barracuda
Fri., September 14, 8pm

South African-sired R&B artist Doja Cat, née Amalaratna “Amala” Zandile Dlamini, rolls last month’s viral “Mooo!,” which finds the 22-year-old Angeleno rocking a cow costume and crooning, “Bitch, I’m a Cow.” She came under fire shortly after the video’s success for homophobic tweets aimed at Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt. Will it impact her tour for March debut LP Amala? – Clara Wang

Ryley Walker

Mohawk
Fri., September 14, 9pm

Ryley Walker revisiting the psych-folk sound of John Martyn, Tim Buckley, and Bert Jansch continues to evolve forward. Deafman Glance, the Chicagoan’s fourth, glistens guitar, surreal words, and laid-back arrangements in a new chapter for the axe slinger. Neighboring folk rockers Health&Beauty, featuring former Walker bandmates and Young Mothers drummer Frank Rosaly, and Austin country rockers Lonesome Heroes support. – Michael Toland

SATURDAY

Warren G

Come & Take It Live
Sat., September 15, 7pm

Long Beach native Warren Griffin III was better known as Dr. Dre’s stepbrother before his classic single, the Nate Dogg-assisted “Regulate.” First featured on the Above the Rim soundtrack, the single boosted the rapper’s Def Jam debut, 1994’s triple-platinum Regulate…G Funk Era. Its monumental success, along with Redman’s Dare Iz a Darkside and Method Man’s Tical, saved the label from bankruptcy. – Kahron Spearman

Austin Jukebox No. 12 w/ Body/Head, the Austerity Program, USA/Mexico, Exhalants

Beerland
Sat., September 15, 8pm

Another Jukebox coup! Former Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon and guitarist Bill Nace’s experimental noise duo employs No Wave-inspired twin guitar improvisation to create foreboding atmospherics on second full-length The Switch. Powered by a drum machine, NYC avant-punk duo the Austerity Program are also on board, expanding on Big Black/Jesus Lizard ferocity with cinematic drama. King Coffey’s sludge-trudging power trio USA/Mexico and acrobatic post-punks Exhalants rep ATX. – Greg Beets

Mamahawk

Swan Dive
Sat., September 15, 9:30pm

Mamahawk could headline the first dance party on Mars. The locals marry celestial synths with swirling harmonies, staccato horns, and cosmic ambient samples. Dark since their eponymous 2015 bow cut through Austin’s alternative swath with future soul, this September residency introduces new material. 2018 singles “Brain Invaderz” and “Lioness” orbit a genre-free Justin Vernon and the Dirty Projectors. – Jeremy Steinberger

Wrekmeister Harmonies

Lost Well
Sat., September 15, 9:45pm

Pulling from post-rock, folk, metal, classical, and drone, Chicago collective Wrekmeister Harmonies is led by composer and sepulchral singer JR Robinson, whose group creeps mysteriously across the country for sixth LP The Alone Rush. Belgian black metal trio Wiegedood shrieks first, while blackened Texans Sleeping Ancient (Houston) and Black Vice (Austin) bring up the rear. – Michael Toland

SUNDAY

Shonen Knife

3ten Austin City Limits Live
Sun., September 16, 8pm

Japanese pop-punk legacy Shonen Knife has been going strong since 1981, back when an all-female New Wave group was an anomaly in the rising J-pop scene. Combining a Ramones aesthetic with earworm hooks, the Osaka rockers inspired Kurt Cobain, who won over sole consistent member Naoko Yamano by making her a jammy sammy when asking them to go on tour. Yamano, 57, wrote most of latest album Adventure and begs the question, why grow up? – Clara Wang

Calliope Musicals (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

Kolars, Calliope Musicals, Pope Coke

Stubb's
Sun., September 16, 8pm

Desert disco with a country twang begins to describe Kolars. Donning glitzy outfits, drummer Lauren Brown trades kicks and clacks as she tap dances on a homemade bass drum turned on its side and plays the rest of the stand-up kit with her arms. All the while, husband Rob Kolar adds fuzz-muzzled Western melodies over glam rock rhythms. Think goth’s answer to Matt & Kim. Calliope Musicals open. – Jeremy Steinberger

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