A look ahead at May music shows in and around Austin
Peter Mongillo, Music Source
With Austin Psych Fest, Old Settler's Music Festival and night after night of other shows, April ended up being nearly as full as March. May isn't quite as hectic, but there are still festivals the Lone Star Jam on the LBJ Library lawn (Saturday), Pachanga Latino Music Festival (May 11-12) and the Pecan Street Festival (Saturday and Sunday) and big shows (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Erwin Center, also Saturday), so the music scene isn't slowing down too much.
Austin band Bobby Jealousy, which released its debut album "A Little Death" in February, continues to gain fans with its appealing mix of rock, pop and soul. It plays May 19 at Hole in the Wall with Easy Tiger and Shivery Shakes. Country singer-songwriters Leo Rondeau and John Evans continue their Monday residency. Other shows include the Warplanes, Clyde & Clem's Whiskey Business and Navasota String Band (Saturday); Black Owl Society, No Future and Easy Tiger (May 9); The Hereticks, Rufie-oh and Patch (May 22) and a Clash hoot night (May 30).
For more than 20 years, Jason Pierce has been honing his brand of spacey British psychedelia as the leader of Spiritualized. The band released its seventh studio album, "Sweet Heart Sweet Light," last month. Spiritualized plays May 16 at Emo's East with Nikki Lane. Swedish metal band Messhugah, Baroness and Decapitated (tonight); Lil' Kim, Phranchyze and Slice (May 11); and the Dandy Warhols (May 22) also play the East Riverside club.
In the same strip mall on East Riverside, the Beauty Ballroom hosts Austin's Quiet Company, whose 2011 album "We Are Where We Belong" helped their brand of introspective pop become more popular. They play Saturday with Burning Hotels, Frontier Brothers and Whalers. Rounding out the month are Boyfrndz and Zlam Dunk (Thursday); Look Mexico, the Calm Blue Sea, Tactics and Jonah Vin (May 10); the Preservation, Dalles, SuperLiteBike and Boy (May 24); and Clyde and Clem's Whiskey Business (album release) with the White Ghost Shivers and East Cameron Folkcore.
San Francisco's Ty Segall and White Fence are among the biggest names in the world of garage rock; last week they released a collaborative album, "Hair." They play May 25 at the Mohawk with Useless Eaters and Rayon Beach. Other shows at the club this month: Austin garage soul band the Strange Boys, the Zoltars and Leopold and his Fiction (Thursday); Washed Out, Memoryhouse and Dog Bite (May 10); Acid Mothers Temple and Clang Quartet (May 12); the Midgetmen's 10th Anniversary Party (May 18); Father John Misty, Har Mar Superstar and Dana Falconberry (May 26); Sparta (May 27) and Tune-Yards (May 30).
Death Cab for Cutie brings its brand of melancholy pop to ACL Live with the Magik*Magik Orchestra on Friday. Ziggy Marley (Wednesday), Martina McBride (May 17), Flogging Molly (May 18) and Jimmy Buffet (May 30) also perform.
Sonny Vincent formed the Testors in mid-'70s New York, where he played famed clubs CBGB's and Max's Kansas City. Vincent plays Beerland tonight with the Best, Love Collector, Creationists and Neighbor. On Saturday, Rubberneck zine releases their new issue with the Bad Sports, Hex Dispensers and Stiff Nights. The following week, Austin-based band Holy Wave kicks off their tour with OBN IIIs and Dikes of Holland (May 18). The Dikes return later with Blind Shake, Gospel Truth and Spray Paint (May 29).
Lambchop, a band that describes itself as "Nashville's most ‘expletive'-up country band," recently released their 11th album, "Mr. M." They play the Cactus Cafe on May 9. Also this month in one of Austin's most-beloved rooms: Bob Livingston and Dana Cooper (May 4); Gregory Alan Isakov (May 8); and Taylor Muse, Matt Hines and Evan Lecker (May 12).
The Punch Brothers have released three bluegrass fusion albums since starting in the mid-2000s, after the end of mandolin player Chris Thile's band Nickel Creek. They play Wednesday at Antone's (and tape "Austin City Limits" tonight at ACL Live). Also in May at Clifford's house: Justin Townes Earle (Thursday); Nick Moss and the Flip Tops (May 7); NRBQ with Churchwood and Driver (May 18); Crooks (album release), Wild Child and Wood and Wire (May 19); and Jimmie Vaughan (May 26).
Alejandro Escovedo is on a break from his Tuesday residency at the Continental Club, but Heybale! and James McMurtry continue on Sundays and Wednesdays, respectively. Pong celebrates a new album, with Churchwood and Li'l Cap'n Travis on Saturday, and later this month, you can hear Dale Watson and Ross Cooper (May 18) and Scott Biram and Homer Henderson (May 26).
At the One World Theatre, Paul Thorn (May 16), Ramsey Lewis (May 18), Madeleine Peyroux (May 25) and the Robert Cray Band (May 28) perform. Jane's Addiction is at Bass Concert Hall (May 12).
What Made Milwaukee Famous plays Hotel Vegas (May 11). The next night, it's Ume and My Empty Phantom (May 12). Mr. Lewis and Funeral 5 and Izzy and the Catastrophics (May 17) and Este Vato (May 25) also perform.
Denton singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe, who just released the follow-up to her well-received 2010 album "Suburban Nature," plays the Parish on Friday. Other performers include indie pop group Tennis (May 8); Anders Osborne and Eagle Eye Williamson (May 11); and Greg Laswell and Elizabeth Ziman (May 26).
Guitar-wielding New Jersey indie rock group Screaming Females light up Red 7 on Friday along with headliners Tragedy, Criaturas and Impalers. When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (May 7); Dikes of Holland, Modern Convenience and Unknown Relatives (May 17); Black Dice, Zorch, and Marriage (May 18) and Suckers and Young Man (May 25) are also this month.
At the ND, the Growlers, Jane Jane Pollock and La Migra play Friday. Mother Falcon, Corduroi and Speak are the following week (May 12).
Continuing their residencies at the Saxon Pub are Patrice Pike (Thursdays) and the Resentments (Sundays), among others. Milk Drive (May 11) and W.C. Clark (May 26) also perform.
KGSR's Unplugged at the Grove series is up and running, with Carolyn Wonderland (Thursday), Dirty River Boys (May 10), Slaid Cleaves (May 17), Hacienda (May 24) and James McMurtry (May 31) on the schedule.
A little south, Todd Snider celebrates the release of his new CD, "Time As We Know It," with two nights at Gruene Hall (Friday and Saturday. The New Braunfels dancehall, as usual, has music every night, including Turnpike Troubadours (also a CD release show, May 11), Radney Foster (May 12), Jerry Jeff Walker (May 18 and 19) and the Americana Music Jam (May 20).
Also in New Braunfels, see Ronnie Dunn (May 18), Kevin Fowler, Reckless Kelly and Band of Heathens (May 25) and the Spazmatics (May 27) at Whitewater Amphitheater. In between those last two: Skrillex (May 26).
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