Hardcore for a Cause, Gary Clark Jr., and More Crucial Concerts

Recommended shows for the coming week

Hotel Vegas’ 13th Anniversary

Thursday 7, Hotel Vegas

As if boasting some of the lengthiest day-to-night South by Southwest lineups weren’t enough, Hotel Vegas’ birthday annually lands just before the fest bonanza – kicking off all-free, all-fun, and oft-hard-rocking offerings. For lucky number 13, the iconic patio stage books nonstop ATX essentials: A Giant Dog’s garage theatricality, Holy Wave’s psychedelic pop pleasantry, the Well, Pussy Gillette, Como Las Movies, and more. Indoor hits rising Austinites the Pinky Rings, Billy Glitter, and Haha Laughing, plus Mexico City’s Mint Field. Adjacent club Volstead shares the same B-day, and invites DJs ulovei, Orión García, and beyond.   – Rachel Rascoe

TXHC for Palestinian Liberation

Thursday 7, Mohawk

Five Texas hardcore bands plot an all-ages show at Mohawk that raises money for the people of Gaza to purchase eSIM cards. Ski mask-donning Bosh both rage and diminish on latest EP AGAINST GOD, where walloping bass and squalling guitar meet slowed-down power chords. Fellow locals Banged Out pull a melodic bait-and-switch on 2023’s Promo, concealing the violence of Leah Miller’s androgynous scream behind a squeaky guitar intro and a quiet, easy-listening interlude. The Stuff, Tupaki, and Unnecessary Roughness round out the bill, which requests a $10 donation.   – Carys Anderson

Exploded Drawing

Friday 8, dadaLab

Having just released a mood-enhancing collection of bite-sized percussion works on Austin’s (iN)Sect Records, Broken Social Scene drummer Justin Peroff brings his beat-craft to Exploded Drawing – the all-ages, DIY-style warehouse party celebrating electronic music’s creative underground. The Eastside event, hosted by (iN)Sect chairman Butcher Bear and KUTX’s beat music authority Soundfounder, also welcomes dreamy sample specialist Eno Obong, Magna Carda’s sonic maestro Dougie Do, the lush ambience of A.M. Architect, soundscaping songwriter Lucía Beyond, and Sources & Methods – a heavy new collaboration between Reaganometry & Multi-Tracker that bridges sample-jazz and instrumental grooves.   – Kevin Curtin

No Sleep No Hunger V.2

Tuesday 12, Hole in the Wall

There will be no snoring nor tummy-rumbles this SXSW season, as event organizer Jocelyn Simone has curated a lineup that zaps the soul free from fatigue. Blasting out the windows of Guad staple Hole in the Wall will be over 22 bands “all championing female and queer inclusivity,” or so says Simone’s PR email. Among the lineup are gutter glam rockers Lord Friday the 13th, San-Fran shredmeisters Buzzed Lightbeer, and Canadian punks NOBRO. Crunch, munch, and punch your way to existence beyond earthly needs, my guys.   – James Scott

ComboPlate Booking’s South by Soup Fest

Wednesday 13, Güero’s Taco Bar

Back for their 20th year, local booking agency ComboPlate hosts a musical SXSW alternative for local do-gooders. Featuring live performances from Jimmy Joe Natoli, Curtis McMurtry, JM Stevens & Michael Fracasso, Beaver Nelson, Raina Rose, Jaimee Harris, Shelley King, Nathan Hamilton, plus a gift card raffle treating winners to local businesses, the event raises funds for the Community Kitchen and food services programs at homelessness nonprofit Caritas of Austin. Music runs from 2pm to 8pm at Güero’s Taco Bar on South Congress.   – Carys Anderson

Gary Clark Jr.

Wednesday 13, Emo’s

Five years since the release of his last album, This Land, Austin rock maestro Gary Clark Jr. returns with new whopper JPEG Raw (an acronym for Jealousy, Pride, Envy, Greed ... Rules, Alter Ego, Worlds) on March 22. Alongside the magazine’s other SXSW offerings, SPIN presents Clark’s only gig before release of the record, which features icons Stevie Wonder and George Clinton, trumpeter Keyon Harrold, Valerie June, and Naala. The evening promises a special surprise guest, and tickets start at $95.05.   – Rachel Rascoe

The Karaoke Underground

Thursday 14, Drinks Lounge & Records

Have you ever ruined a karaoke night with your friends by attempting to sing Cat Power and bumming everyone out? What about bumming yourself out, when you realized Ego’s didn’t have any Dead Kennedys on the roster? Enter the Karaoke Underground, a sing-along club for punks who want to have a little fun. The 2004-launched organization boasts 1,614 alternative classics on its song list, from Bad Brains and Big Black to Alvvays and Courtney Barnett. The free, 21-and-up festivities run from 8pm to 1am at Drinks Lounge off East Cesar Chavez.   – Carys Anderson

Music Notes

by Derek Udensi


Thursday 7, Victory Lap

The Indiana rapper headlines the LaunchPad at UT-Austin’s second Student Founder Fest, arriving on the eve of South by Southwest after performing at Restless Fest and Rolling Stone’s Future of Music showcase during last year’s festival. Though the 20-year-old first gained steam with rhymes over hyperpop and rage beats, maiden studio effort E3 further proves he’s got more in his repertoire. UT students, faculty, and staff can RSVP for free (must present UT ID at the door) while non-UT affiliates can attend for $20. Buzzy locals West 22nd support.

Fall Out Boy

Friday 8, Moody Center

Back on Fueled by Ramen after releasing their debut album on the influential record label in 2003, Patrick Stump and company return to form on their eighth LP, So Much (for) Stardust. Produced by Neal Avron – who hadn’t overseen an effort from the pop-punk-rock band since 2008’s Folie à DeuxSo Much offers a mixed bag of sounds ranging from disco basslines (“Hold Me Like a Grudge”) to a bit of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” on “Heaven, Iowa.” Jimmy Eat World (“The Middle”) is among the undercard acts.

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