Embrace sounds of June
Peter Mongillo, Music Source
Festival season is drawing to a close for the summer, with one more big one punk/metal/hip-hop/indie rock extravaganza Chaos In Tejas happening this weekend at several clubs around town. After that, though, there are still shows, shows and more shows. A look at what's happening in June:
Dennis Ludiker, Brian Beken and Noah Jeffries met as kids competing in the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest in Idaho; years later they're turning heads along with Matt Mefford as members of "jazzgrass" group MilkDrive, who celebrate the release of their new album June 15 at the Cactus Cafe. Other shows this month at one of Austin's best listening rooms include Ed Jurdi and Gordi Quist of Band of Heathens (Saturday); Slaid Cleaves (June 8 and 9); Loudon Wainwright III (June 23 and 24); and Ramblin' Jack Elliott (June 27). And Austin bluegrass trio the Carper Family holds down a free Monday night residency in June at the Cactus.
Oklahoma's Broncho is part of the newest wave of garage rock bands; their 2011 abum "Can't Get Past the Lips" captures a classic punk attitude — dismissive of big shiny pop rock, raw, honest and at times crude. Broncho plays June 27 at Mohawk. Also playing the club next month: the Couch, the Sour Notes and Summer Swells (June 5); Yacht, Onuinu and Love Inks (June 8); the Impossibles (June 9 and 10, technically sold out); Jonathan Richman (June 22); and El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Mutha(expletive)' Exquire and Despot (June 23).
Austin's Sour Notes, who make indie rock that can be sprawling, lush and abrasive, are among the hardest working bands in town. They play Hole in the Wall on June 9 with Belaire, Gal Pals and the Lovely Sparrows. Country singer-songwriter John Evans continues his Monday residency. Amplified Heat and the Bridge Farmers (June 15); the Dalles and the Dead Left (June 20); and Jon Dee Graham, Mike Nicolai and the Sensations, and Jimmy Smith (June 22) are among the other shows there this month.
Not many 17-year-olds can claim much experience in the music business. Ruby Jane can. The songwriter/fiddler celebrates the release of her new album, "Celebrity (Empire of Emptiness)," June 21 at Stubb's. Other shows at Stubb's this month include Two Door Cinema Club (Friday); Snoop Dogg (June 7); Gillian Welch (June 8); and the Head and the Heart (June 9 and 10, both technically sold out).
During the 1980s, Howard Jones helped define the sound of British synthpop with hits including "Things Can Only Get Better." Jones performs the album on which that track appears, "Dream Into Action," as well as "Human's Lib" on June 26 at ACL Live. Also at ACL Live, Tone Loc and Young MC at Bobby Bones' Second Chance Prom (June 15); Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang (June 20); Robyn (June 21); and Meat Loaf (June 22).
Austin singer-songwriter Seth Sherman's 2011 album "When the Moment is True" — personal (at times brutally so) and well-crafted folk and country-rock — was one of the year's best. Sherman plays the Continental Club with the Preservation and Crooks on June 8. Other shows at the South Congress Avenue institution include Slowtrain (June 14); Bob Wayne and the Outlaw Carnies and Lighnin' Malcolm (June 23); and Dale Watson and his Lone Stars (June 4 and 25).
For the better part of a century, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys have helped to shape and define bluegrass music. Stanley plays Emo's East on June 20. Lil Kim, Phranchyze and Kid Slyce (June 19); Candlebox and the Canvas Waiting (June 24); and White Chapel, the Brigade, Killing in Apathy and Headcrusher (June 27) also play the East Riverside Drive club.
Last year, New York indie rock band Here We Go Magic, who blend elements of art rock, new wave and psychedelic music, were approached by Radiohead producer Nigel Goodrich after they performed at England's Glastonbury Festival. Goodrich ended up working with the band on their latest, "A Different Ship." Here We Go Magic plays June 19 at the Parish. Also playing this month: Knifight, Tyagaraja, Dancinatra and Borrisokane (June 10); the Cribs (June 12); Soul Track Mind with Emily Bell and Graham Wilkinson (June 23); and the Soldier Thread with Zeale and the Reynolds Number (June 29).
With inspired covers of Nirvana, Blondie and more, the Bad Plus are about as close as a jazz trio can get to a rock band without sounding corny. They play Antone's on June 29 as part of the Austin Chamber Music Festival. White Ghost Shivers, Whiskey Shivers and East Cameron Folkcore (June 8); George Porter Jr. and Runnin' Pardners, Hector Ward and the Big Time and Flow Tribe (June 9); and Dirty River Boys, the Lusitania and the Whiskey Sisters (June 22) also play. Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison hold down a residency on Tuesdays.
KGSR's "Blues on the Green" series carries on this month with Rhett Miller (Old 97's) and Wheeler Brothers (June 13) and Ben Kweller and Amy Cook (June 27) in Zilker Park. The station's "Unplugged at the Grove" series continues as well, with Dale Watson (June 7), Dunwells (June 14) and the Wheeler Brothers (June 28) at Shady Grove.
Joe Ely plays two nights at the Saxon Pub (Friday and Saturday). Rising Austin band Ume plays Red 7 with Life and Times and Magnet School (June 8); the Shivery Shakes and Bobby Jealousy hold their tour kickoff June 12. Austin's Rocketboys, who have a new album, play the ND with Vanaprasta, Air Review and Equals (June 8). Quiet Company plays Hotel Vegas on June 23.
The Nutty Brown Cafe has Del Castillo (Saturday); Carolyn Wonderland (June 9) and Grupo Fantasma (June 22).
At the Backyard, it's Foster the People (June 5) and Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw (June 19). At Whitewater Amphitheater, the Randy Rogers Band (Saturday); Robert Earl Keen with Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis (June 9); Dierks Bentley with Hayes Carll and Emory Quinn (June 15); Don Williams (June 22) and ZZ Top (June 23) are among the performances.
Country legend Merle Haggard plays the Riverbend Centre (June 29). The One World Theater hosts War (June 1) and the Blind Boys of Alabama (June 30). Hayes Carll and Rodney Crowell play the Paramount Theatre with Robert Ellis (June 30).
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