Free in Austin and more shows coming up this week

Jan 04, 2018
tina Phan
Tomar and the FCs play a Free Week show at Stubb’s on Sunday. TINA PHAN / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN

OUR TOP PICKS

Friday: Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker at 3Ten. David Lowery may be best-known these days as an activist for musicians’ rights, but the University of Georgia professor spent the 1980s and ’90s fronting Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker. The former were one of the best bands the American underground of that era produced, mixing folk, rock, psychedelia and whimsy on a series of cherished indie records. They broke up shortly after rising to major-label status, but Lowery’s next project, Cracker, had a good run in the 1990s. They’ll team up and play songs from both bands on this night. Whiskey Gentry opens. $29.50-$33. 8:3- p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com. — P.B.

Friday: Free Week: Los Coast, Emily Wolfe at Mohawk outside. After a year spent building a reputation as one of the hottest live acts in Austin, rock ‘n’ soul outfit Los Coast promises “a slew of album releases” in 2018. Emily Wolfe spent the year writing and plotting her debut full-length and in November, she teased us with “Holy Roller,” a blistering single with stormy melodies that swirl around muscular guitar riffs. This is a solid opportunity to catch a few winners before they blow up. With Otis the Destroyer. 8 p.m. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com — D.S.S.

Saturday: Free Week: Applied Pressure Orchestra at Empire. A one-off performance from the live band version of the excellent DJ/electronic music collective that includes Hobo D, Kid Slyce and Boombaptist. The evening will also include a performance from Vapor Caves, the new project from Keeper’s Yadira Brown and Boombaptist, and a rare return to the turntables by DJ Tats, best known these days as a local ramen kingpin. 9 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com — D.S.S.

Saturday: Free Week: Annabelle Chairlegs at Hotel Vegas. There is no Annabelle (as far as we know), but singer and guitarist Lindsey Mackin is one of Austin’s most captivating leads. The band spent a good portion of 2017 on the road, enchanting audiences across the country with their trippy garage rock, and we suspect 2018 will be a big year for them. Deep Time, Caroline Says and Why Bonnie also perform. 9 p.m. 1502 E. Sixth St. texashotelvegas.com — D.S.S.

Sunday: Free Week: Tomar and the FCs, Honey Made at Stubb’s. Close out Free Week with a double shot of soul. Former Austin360 Artists of the Month, Tomar and the FCs drop a thrilling mix of rafter-rattling shack shakers and heart-searing serenades. Honey Made is the new incarnation of the funky, soul project formerly known as Mama K and the Shades. Free. 8 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com — D.S.S.

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ALSO PLAYING

Friday

FREE WEEK SHOWS:

Holy Wave, the Diamond Center at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Ringo Deathstarr, the Reputations at Hotel Vegas

Netherfriends, Corduroi at Empire

Cloudchord, Sphynx at Stubb’s

Trouble in the Streets, Blastfamous US at Empire

Marmalakes, Growl at Mohawk

Tinnarose, Abram Shook at Barracuda

Honey & Salt, Seafire 3 at the Sidewinder

Roxy Roca, the Crack Pipes at Hotel Vegas

Blxpltn, Major Grizz, Como Las Movies at Sahara Lounge

Timberos del Norte, Zoumountchi at Flamingo

99 Crimes EP release at Dirty Dog

The Watters, Memphis Strange at the Blackheart

ALSO:

Belle Sounds, Sanco Loop at One-2-One Bar

Donovan Keith and the Funky Feet at Antone’s

Zapata, Lou Ann Barton at Continental Club

Western Youth, Buenos Diaz at ABGB

Saturday

FREE WEEK SHOWS:

Moving Panoramas, Lowin, Go Fever at Valhalla

Roadkill Ghost Choir, Calliope Musicals, Darkbird at Mohawk

Quiet Company, Dayshifters at Barracuda

A. Sinclair, Megafauna at Mohawk

Knifight, Light Wheel at Stubb’s

Leche, High at Beerland

Andy, Starfruit at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Knife in the Water, Croy and the Boys at Hotel Vegas

Melat, Shy Beast at Empire

Lincoln Durham, Altamesa at the Belmont

Primo, Reagan Jones at Elysium

Crypt Trip, Transit Method at Sidewinder

The Big News, Los Kurados at Flamingo

The Canvas People & the Matters at the Blackheart

ALSO:

W.C. Clark Blues Revue, Kathy & the Kilowatts, South Austin Moonlighters at Antone’s

32nd annual Ted Roddy tribute to the King at Continental Club

Zoumountchi, Hail Marley, Afro Jazz at Sahara Lounge

Lost Counts, Emily Gimble at Continental Gallery

Jonathan Terrell, Tortilla Flats at ABGB

Sunday

FREE WEEK SHOWS:

The Zoltars, the Borzoi at Hotel Vegas

Tomar & the FCs, Honey Made at Stubb’s

Zeale & the Nght Hcklrs at Empire

Smiile, Batty Jr. at Cheer Up Charlies

Wonderbitch, Darkbird at Empire

ALSO:

Big Freedia, Boyfriend at the Mohawk

Hilary York, Aimee Bobruk, Dale Watson at C-Boy’s

Willie Pipkin & Friends, Heybale at Continental Club

Dave Biller Trio, Lo Jinx Orchestra at Continental Gallery

Timberos Del Norte at One-2-One Bar

Monday

Dale Watson & His Lonestars, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery

Tuesday

Will Sexton with Amy LaVere & friends at One-2-One Bar

Ephraim Owens Experience, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery

Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club

Wednesday

Todd Snider, Luther Dickinson, Rorey Carroll at Paramount Theatre

Michael Fracasso, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery

Union Specific, Carry Illinois, Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs at Hole in the Wall

Soaked (mini-tour kick-off), TeeVee, Sour Notes at Hotel Vegas

John Bush Band at One-2-One Bar

Warren Hood at ABGB

Thursday

Betty Soo, Curtis McMurtry at Townsend

Guy Forsyth, Jeremy Nail at One-2-One Bar

Eric Gales, Jake Andrews, Henry + the Invisibles at Antone’s