Saturday music picks: Grains of Faith, Sub Oslo
Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 23, 2014
Grains of Faith reunion at One-2-One Bar. In the back of the mind, Austin bands of yesteryear linger like signposts between eras: the outlaw country craze, the punk/new-wave arrival, the New Sincerity phase, the post-grunge indie binge, and so on. Most of them drift away amid the echoes of their respective heydays. But children’s entertainer Joe McDermott’s late-’80s pop outfit Grains of Faith isn’t so easily dismissed. Though they never made it beyond local cassette releases, their songs were a cut high above what most Austin bands were writing and recording at the time. Catch this one-off reunion for a reminder of what could have been. $15. 7 p.m. 1509 S. Lamar Blvd. one2onebar.com. — P.B.
Sub Oslo at the North Door. Denton-based improvisational act Sub Oslo had a good run that lasted roughly a decade beginning in 1996. With a groove-oriented ambient dub sound, the band grew from a duo into an eight-man collective. The group were early adopters of vjing, incorporating live visual projections into their shows before it was a thing. This show will mark the band’s first performance in eight years and they’ll take advantage of the North Door’s 25-foot HD screen to create an immersive sensory experience. $7-$10. 10 p.m. 502 Brushy St. ndvenue.com. — D.S.S.
Also: Pop icon Morrissey plays a sold-out show at Austin Music Hall with Kristeen Young opening. … Local garage-rockers Ghost Wolves celebrate next week’s release of their new album “Man, Woman, Beast” at Holy Mountain. … Former Concrete Blonde singer Johnette Napolitano is promoting her new album with a select series of 45-minute solo shows around the country, including a stop at the Stubb’s indoor stage withDavid Israel opening. … SXSW buzz band Eagulls returns to town for a show at Red 7 with Twin Peaks. … Former Acid Bath frontman Dax Riggs is at the Mohawk. … San Diego blues-rock band Little Hurricane is at the Parish with Young Tongue opening. … Local roots options include Shinyribs at Threadgill’s, the Greencards at the Roost and Folk Uke at the Saxon. … San Antonio rockers the Rich Hands play an album-release show at Hotel Vegas. … Maria’s Taco Xpress kicks off Folk Alliance International’s new Gaslight Troubadour Series from 6-9 p.m. with Sam Baker, Raina Rose, Anthony da Costa, Tiny Bees, Payton Nicole and the Painted Redstarts.