Weekend music picks: The Grouch & Eligh, Moistboyz and Meat Puppets
Editor’s note: This article was originally published March 27, 2014
The Grouch & Eligh at the Parish. California hip-hop underground lifers and alums of the Los Angeles-based Living Legends crew, the Grouch & Eligh are touring to support their 2014 release “The Tortoise and the Crow.” The new music, a triple-album featuring one disc from each rapper plus a collaboration disc, was funded by a Kickstarter project that exceeded its $50,000 target and raised more than $90,000. The end result is a ‘90s backpacker’s dream, thoughtful rhymes over lush beats times three. Eliot Lipp, Pigeon John and DJ Fresh open. $13-$15. 9 p.m. 214 E. Sixth St. theparishaustin.com —Deborah Sengupta Stith
Moistboyz and Meat Puppets at the Mohawk Outdoor. You may know Mickey Melchiondo primarily as Dean Ween, co-leader of ironic iconoclasts Ween, but he also has a long tenure with Guy Heller as the Moistboyz, who bend more toward straight-up hard rock. After an eight-year absence, they issued “Moistboys V” last fall. The opener deserves equal billing: Influential Austin-by-way-of-Arizona trio Meat Puppets also had a new record last year, returning to fine form with “Rat Farm.” Shandon Sahm now anchors the kit behind brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood, with Curt’s son Elmo joining them on guitar. $15. 9 p.m. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — Peter Blackstock
Also: Local acoustic quartet Lost & Nameless celebrates the release of its new CD “Empty Spaces” at the Cactus Cafe. … Soulful singer and pianist Marc Cohn walked all the way from Memphis to play for you at the One World Theatre. … Neo-grassers Yonder Mountain String Band got super-creative with the name of last fall’s EP, which they titled “YSMB EP ’13.” They’ll play songs from it outside at Stubb’s, with the Brothers Comatose opening. … Once a new-swing star with the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jimbo Mathus now has a long career as a Southern blues-rock-jazz solo artist. Catch him at the Continental Club. … English expat Nic Armstrong and his local cohorts the Thieves rock the upstairs room at Lamberts. … Django Walker is at the Mean Eyed Cat in what amounts to a pre-party for his pop’s annual Texas Bash show; read on for more about that one.
Jerry Jeff Walker’s Texas Bash at the Paramount. SXSW long ago pushed this annual show off Jerry Jeff’s actual birthday weekend – he turned 72 on March 16 – but it’s still enough of an occasion for many fans to travel from long distances (including overseas) for a chance to hear Walker and his band run through a repertoire that’s synonymous with Austin’s outlaw country era. Expect son Django, who recently moved to Nashville but is back in town for the show, to sit in for a song or two. After the Paramount gig ends, there’s a party for fans around the corner in the lobby of the Driskill; die-hards will also travel south to Gruene Hall for a sold-out Sunday show. $47-$82. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.com. – P.B.
Also: Austin singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson celebrates the release of her new album “The Nocturne Diaries” with two Cactus Cafe shows, at 7:30 and 10 p.m. … Local garage punk outfit Spray Paint kicks off an 18-city US tour with Hotel Vegas bash that also includes Nazi Gold. … Electronic composer, sonic experimentalist Roger Sellers spins his spells at Holy Mountain. … Seattle producers Odesza drop soulful chill wave grooves at Stubb’s. … Houston indie rockers The Tontons continue their 2014 upswing with a show at the Scoot Inn that also features excellent electropop outfit Speak. … Nashville Americana band Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors bring their easygoing acoustic melodies to the Parish with opener Judah & the Lion. … English electronica act VNV Nation plays the outdoor stage at the Mohawk.
Pink Martini & the Von Trapps at ACL Live. You may know that the Von Trapps are four singing siblings directly descended from the family portrayed in “The Sound of Music.” (Their great-grandfather was Georg Ritter “Captain” von Trapp; their grandfather Werner was portrayed as Kurt, the Captain’s second-oldest son, in the film.) Ranging in age from 19 to 25, the three sisters and one brother relocated to Dripping Springs a couple of years ago after appearing at ACL Live with Portland, Ore., band Pink Martini, but they’ve since settled in Portland, where Pink Martini ringleader Thomas Lauderdale helped them make an album called “Dream a Little Dream” that came out earlier this month. “The idea with this album was to help bridge the transition from being the Sound of Music kids to what they are now,” Lauderdale explains in a promotional “making of the album” video on YouTube. “So, to have a repertoire that was sort of compatible with the past, but really forward looking – and hopefully an album which would give them a lot of latitude to do whatever they wanted to do in whatever direction they want to go.” Sunday, that direction is back to Austin for a show with Pink Martini. $39.50-$54.50. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. – P.B.
The Internet at Stubb’s. The R&B offshoot of Odd Future played a SXSW show at Emo’s that you probably missed (we did, too). Their 2013 release “Feel Good” was warm, lovely and approximately 300 degrees of separation away from the shock rap collective that gave the band’s leaders their rise. This project is led by Syd tha Kid, the collective’s lone female member, a DJ, producer and singer alongside instrumentalist and singer Matt Martians a.k.a. Wolfgang. At its high points the album finds Syd’s breathy vocals layered over sublime arrangements that eschew modern electronic flirtations echoing instead the detailed neo-soul instrumentation of the ’90s. $18-$20. 801 Red River St. stubbsbbq.com —D.S.S.
Also: St. Matthews Episcopal Church’s “Soul of a Musician” series of free 7 p.m. Sunday shows at Spicewood Tavern in Northwest Hills has been on a roll lately with top-quality singer-songwriters; here’s another one, with recently departed Asleep at the Wheel member Elizabeth McQueen.