Music picks for Oct. 25-31


The Couch at the Blackheart. The big news here is that this house on Rainey Street got its outdoor groove permit back — on weekends only. The backyard’s a nice-sized venue with good sightlines and a laidback vibe (the anti-Stubb’s?). Austin quartet the Couch, who are a little like what Vampire Weekend might sound like with a female singer, headline a rock solid local bill (Letting Up Despite Great Faults, MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR) hosted by the Side One Track One blog. LUDGF do a DJ set late. Free. 8 p.m. 86 Rainey St.

Also performing: Margaret Wright at Skylark Lounge (6 p.m.); Warren Hood Band at Threadgill’s; Michael Franti & Spearhead, Serena Ryder at Stubb’s; Brett Dennen at the Central Presbyterian Church; Domo Genesis and Left Brain of Odd Future (outside), Quintron & Miss Pussycat, zZz (inside) at Red 7; Down at Emo’s East; Widespread Panic at ACL Live; White Mystery, Gossamer Frontier at Beerland; Kid Kali, Mount Sherpa, Ratarue at the Legendary White Swan; Stepdad at Empire Control Room; Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash at Broken Spoke; Junior Prom, The Laughing, Migrant Kids at Holy Mountain; James McMurtry at Gypsy Lounge; Beaumonts, Zero Skills at the Lost Well; BoomBaptist, Lower Class at the Spider House Ballroom; Natalie Zoe at Strange Brew; Alpha Rev, Quiet Company at the Belmont; Seu Jacinto at the Sahara Lounge; Mudphonic, Soulhat at the Continental Club; Guy Forsyth at Saxon Pub; Ginger and Sarah, Roxy Roca at One-2-One; Todd Snider at Gruene Hall.


Phantogram at the Mohawk. The “zone-beat” duo of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel hails from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., a city best known for horse racing and spa treatments. Similarly, their music is a mix of thrill and chill, psych and pop. Comparisons to Metric and Portishead are lazy, but not inaccurate. This show is sold out, but the makers of “Eyelid Movies” return Sunday. Giraffage opens both nights. 9 p.m. $17. 10th and Red River.

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Also performing: Slaid Cleaves, Mark Addison at Strange Brew; Carolyn Wonderland at Threadgill’s; GWAR, the Melvins at Emo’s East; Fela Funky Picnic Dance Party with Hard Proof Afrobeat at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard; Dizzy Wright (inside), Scott H. Biram (garage) at Empire Control Room; Dax Riggs at Beerland; Sons of Hercules, Bulemics at the Lost Well; Tim Kasher, Laura Stevenson at Red 7; W.C. Clark at Saxon Pub; JP Harris & The Tough Choices at Lamberts; Las Rosas, Clear Plastic Masks Captive at Hotel Vegas; Derailers at Broken Spoke; Machete Western, the Gory Details at Cheer Up Charlie’s; Foy Vance, Justin Soileau at Holy Mountain; Al Shire & the Inverters at Flamingo Cantina; Basketball Shorts, Big Bill at the Owl; Hard Proof, Roxy Roca at the Scoot Inn; Pat Green, Cassadee Pope at Stubb’s; Li’l Cap’n Travis, Shoulders, Ramsay Midwood at the Continental Club; Brennen Leigh, La Tampiquena at the White Horse; No Show Ponies at One-2-One; Dale Watson (free two-step lessons) at Gypsy Lounge.

Texas Book Festival stage: Michael Fracasso (2 p.m.), Rosie Flores (3 p.m.), Austin Lounge Lizards

Road trip: The Oxblood Masquerade with Ghost Wolves, Possum Posse, Henry and the Invisibles and more at the Ball Farm (Dale, TX, 30 miles SE of Austin).


Sleigh Bells at Stubb’s. Brooklyn aggro-pop duo Sleigh Bells is what happens when a former teen pop ingénue gets all inked up and falls in with a former heavy metal guitarist with a head full of musical twists. It’s melody and noise in an unlikely drag-out, like a brawl on Japan Nite. Ambitious new album “Bitter Rivals” finds Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller stomping all over the common ground with a raging hip-hop metal influence. That’s hot. Doldrums open. 8 p.m. $17 801 Red River St.

Also performing: Oleta Adams at One World Theater; Gourds at Threadgill’s; Surfer Blood, Team Spirit, Andy Boay (inside) The Cliks, Baker Family, Hot Peach (outside) at Red 7; Dupree at Continental Gallery; Phantogram at the Mohawk; Honky at Emo’s East; Chop Shop at Strange Brew; Resentments at Saxon Pub; Gag, Sex Pistols tribute at Hotel Vegas; The Bunny The Bear, the Paramedic at Infest Austin; Heartless Bastards at the Parish; Elizabeth McQueen at Spicewood Tavern; Possum Posse at One-2-One; Heybale, the Wagoneers (7:30pm) at the Continental Club; Conjunto Los Pinkys at the White Horse; The Foundries at the Sahara Lounge; Lucas Hudgins and the First Cousins at Rattle Inn.

Texas Book Festival stage: Kinky Friedman (3 p.m.) in tribute to Mary Margaret Farabee, Peterson Brothers (4 p.m.)


Jesse Woods at the Sahara Lounge. Too tall and rugged to be a proper folksinger, Woods would be a big deal if he lived in Brooklyn and called himself Tugboat. But he’s a kid from Katy who used to play football at A&M and then went to Colorado for a fresh start. His new Bill Baird-produced album “Get Your Burdens Lifted” is a Pitchfork daydream, a Kinks record left in the sun. But it’s also one of the freshest things to come outta these parts in some time. Molybden and David Longoria are also on the bill. 7 p.m. 1413 Webberville Road.

Also performing: Sarah Elizabeth Campbell at El Mercado South; the Hems at the Cactus Café; Dale Watson & his Lone Stars at the Continental Club; Wig Wam Bam! Mondays with DJ Sara O at Hotel Vegas; Brennen Leigh at the Rattle Inn; The Old Five and Dimers, Robobilly at the Hole in the Wall; Rock and Roll Karaoke at Beerland; King Curse, Jim Stringer & the AM Band at the White Horse; Little Elmore Reed Blues Band at Legendary White Swan; Matchmaker Band at One-2-One; Lonelyland, Joel Guzman at Saxon Pub.


Michael Nesmith at One World Theatre. After his time as a Monkee, Nesmith formed the First National Band with some friends from Texas and recorded the pioneering country rock album “Magnetic South” (featuring Earl Poole Ball on piano) and three other influential albums. This tour finds Nesmith touching down on several points in his 50-year career, going back even further than “Different Drum,” which he wrote before the Monkees and watched Linda Ronstadt take it to the charts. 7 p.m. $50-$75, 7701 Bee Cave Road.

Also performing: Father John Misty (solo), Kate Berlant at Emo’s East; Curse, Asperger King, Air Traffic Controllers at Spider House; Ichi Ni San Chi, Church Shoes at Hotel Vegas; Ghosts Along the Brazos, Gravy Brothers at One-2-One; Ghostwriter, Izzy Cox at Beerland; Silver Snakes at Holy Mountain; Blues Traveler at Antone’s; Love Leighs, Choctaw Wildfire at the White Horse; Shannon Lee Nelson, Appalachian Dinosaur Exhibit at the Hole In the Wall; Ghost Wolves, Alejandro Escovedo at the Continental Club; Hot Command, Lex Land at the Belmont; Black Cadillac at the Sahara Lounge; Amy LaVere, Bruce Hughes, Will Sexton at Saxon Pub; Weldon Henson at Broken Spoke.

Rescheduled: Godflesh could not get visas due to government shutdown so this night’s show at the Mohawk has been pushed to April 24.


The Waterboys at the Belmont. This could be an epic night of Big Music. Lone original member Mike Scott (the Ray Benson of the group) always had one foot in British Isle folk music and one foot in the Bowery junk rock scene, but the mix can be intoxicating. And the two-hour shows on this tour, with a somewhat chronological set list, have been termed quite magical. Opening is Freddie Stevenson, a Scottish singer-songwriter now living in Brooklyn. 7:30 p.m. $26 in advance, $30 at the door. 305 W. Sixth St.

Also performing: The Happen-Ins, The Rama Committee, Mayeux & Broussard at the Sahara Lounge; Audrey Auld, Peterson Brothers at Threadgill’s; Wild Moth, The Dead Space at Beerland; Desaparecidos, The So So Glos, Purple (outside), Pink Nasty (inside) at the Mohawk; A Psychotropic Nightmare with the Wolf, Deep Space at Hotel Vegas; Walt Wilkins, Carson McHone at Saxon Pub; The Lonely Forest, Cumulus at Holy Mountain; Timeflies, Chiddy Bang at Emo’s East; Bob Cheevers with Warren Hood at Strange Brew; D Madness Project, Whack Sabbath at the Hole in the Wall; The Mau Mau Chaplains, DJ Anaya at Flamingo Cantina; Shinyribs, Lost & Nameless Orchestra at Antone’s; James McMurtry at the Continental Club; Leo Rondeau, the Carper Family at the White Horse; The Deadstring Brothers at the Rattle Inn; Chaparral at Broken Spoke; Trube, Farrell & Snizz at Continental Gallery.


Flametrick Subs with Satan’s Cheerleaders at Infest Austin. So much action on this Halloween night, but the shockabilly ‘tricksters and the pom-pom freaks are built for such lunacy. The Waco wackos used to play in town every week, but their recent shows have become events. Midwest Monster, ConvOi, and Black Eyed Vermillion also play. 213 W. Fifth St. $10 at the door.

Also performing: Roky Erickson, The Hounds of Baskerville at the Continental Club; STS9 at the Austin Music Hall; Crocodiles, Royal Bangs at Empire Control Room; Black Joe Lewis, Captain Clegg and The Night Creatures at ACL Live; Stoney LaRue, Brian Keane at Antone’s; South Austin Jug Band at Threadgill’s; Skalloween Flamingo Birthday Bash with Micah Shalom & the Babylonians at Flamingo Cantina; Purple Stickpin at the Carousel; Mummy Chicha, Como Las Movies at Holy Mountain; Caught a Ghost, Song Preservation Society at the Parish; Tameca Jones at Continental Gallery; Children in Heat (feat. Dolls From The Crypt) (as Misfits), Black (as Black Flag), Flame Thrower Love (as The Dead Boys), Salad Days (as Minor Threat) at Red 7; Christian Bland and the Revelators, Hollow Trees at Frank; Miles Zuniga, Matt the Electrician at Strange Brew; The Bad Lovers, Peach Kelli Pop, The Memories, White Fang at Hotel Vegas (one-year anniversary); Cornell Hurd Band at Broken Spoke; Dot Dot Curve, Chomp Chomp Attack at the Parish Underground; Rattle Tree, Djembabes at the Sahara Lounge; Patrice Pike at Saxon Pub.

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