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Fang Island plays Mohawk on Friday
With so much live music happening around Austin this week, it would be crazy to let that sweltering heat keep you in. Bands like Lost Bayou Ramblers, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Futurebirds and plenty more will all be playing shows.
Local bands Salesman and The Baker Family will be taking the stage at the Mohawk tomorrow night. Salesman can melt the iciest of hearts with their indie folk melodies and harmonies reminiscent of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, who will also be in town on Saturday night for a show at the ACL Moody Theater. Under the moniker Little Brave, Stephanie Briggs will be charming her audience at Antone’s with her dulcet vocals and simply crafted pop vignettes.
When it comes to live music in Austin, Friday nights in August can be slow, but not this one. Brooklyn rockers Fang Island have been touring nonstop in support of their latest album, Major, and are dropping by the Mohawk on Friday for a show with Adebisi and Shank Boyfrndz. As a trio Fang Island deliver a barrage of ear-pleasing sounds, with stoner pop vocals backed by triumphant guitar shredding that manages to keep listeners engaged and energized without sending them in to space. If you’re looking for a different kind of dance party head over to Antone’s, where the Lost Bayou Ramblers will be playing their contemporized Cajun music along with Austin’s own bluegrass ramblers, Whiskey Shivers. LBR bring a refreshing take to the form, keeping one foot in the bayou and one foot in the bar with traditional sounding Cajun tunes that have a punk rock edge. -Neil Ferguson
On Saturday at Stubb’s, Bad Veins will be beguiling audiences with sinuous and euphoric synths that cascade over clamoring drums and distorted guitars (Read our INTERVIEW with Bad Veins HERE!). On the same night, the Sour Notes will play their indie rock tunes at the Mohawk with Dunes and Hatchet Wound.
To end the weekend right, catch local dubsteppers Mad Classy at Barcelona on Sunday night. Fueled by adrenaline charged bass and good drinks, the Mad Classy crew know how to throw a party.
Try not to get too exhausted from the hectic weekend, because on Tuesday Futurebirds will be coming to Stubb’s. The southern boys from Georgia, who have already played at Bonnaroo and other major festivals this summer, rock out psychedelic party tunes with a country twang. At the Parish, the Alkaholiks will be playing their hip-hop rhymes on Tuesday night. Compared to the likes of Dr. Dre and A Tribe Called Quest, the Alkaholiks are known for funky rhymes with a humorously satirical edge.
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