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Riverboat Gamblers, Zeale, My Jerusalem take Free Week out in style

Deborah Sengupta

Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 8, 2014


My Jerusalem at Holy Mountain. NOLA ex-pats My Jerusalem have a musical range that shifts from mean-spirited, snarling, take no prisoners rock to vaguely sentimental slow jams. Anchored by singer Jeff Klein’s tormented baritone, the music oozes with that murky sense of macabre that seems to haunt the city of New Orleans — dark and probably dangerous but entrancing. Not in the Face, East Cameron Folkcore, Harvest Thieves and A Sinclair open. Free.

Zeale, Ringo Deathstarr at the Mohawk.Quick, which ATX rapper is most likely to save the city in the event of a post-apocalyptic meltdown? The video for Zeale’s “Hope Dies” credibly positions the seasoned battle rapper as leader of the resistance. The same intensity propels his live performances. The fact that his furious rhymestyle works well over both indie rock and more traditional hip-hop grooves could set him up as Austin’s first breakout rapper. The Clouds are Ghosts and Gobi provide support on the outside stage. Meanwhile, globetrotting shoegazers Ringo Deathstarr headline the inside stage with Black Books and Hello Caller. Free.

Riverboat Gamblers at Red 7.One of the top punk outfits in town known for their explosive live shows. If you want to get in show up early. This will hit capacity fast. Free.

Also playing: Cats From Japan (David Bowie Tribute Band) at the Parish; Seth Sherman, The Preservation at Stubb’s; Cilantro Boombox, Bamako Airlines, DJ JJ Lopez at Flamingo Cantina; La Vida Buena’s (EP release), La Frenetika, Como Las Movies and DJ Orion at Empire ATX; The Shears, Mobley, Sobscene Indie Disco at the Belmont


Royal Bangs, Holiday Mountain, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Sour Notes at the Mohawk. Be forewarned there’s so much goodness on this bill your head might explode with joy at some point in the evening. Knoxville, TN indie rockers Royal Bangs play buoyant radio-ready indie pop that dumps formulaic structures in favor ambitious bridges and grandiose swells. Holiday Mountain wrecked shop at Empire Control Room last week throwing down a show-stopping mix of electronic dance grooves immeasurably augmented by vocalist Laura Patiño’s artsy vocal flourishes. Meanwhile, on the inside stage, gauzy dream pop act Letting Up Despite Great Faults headlines an excellent bill that includes upcoming indie rockers the Sour Notes. Free.

Hard Proof and friends at Empire Garage and Control Room.With irrestible polyrhythms and a wall of brass the ten-man afrobeat collective destroyed a Mohawk set last weekend. “They’re killing it!” I said to my husband. “Uh, they always do,” he replied. The Golden Dawn Arkestra, an 8-12 piece collective who describe their sound as an afro-funk explosion opens. Free.

Also playing: Isaiah the Mosaic, Mighty Mountain at the North Door; Waka Winter Classic at the Parish; Chris Crudo B-Day Show with Flawless Victory, Indisgust, Pushmen at Red 7; The Crack Pipes, Gospel Truth at Beerland; Bridge Farmers, Spiritual Wives at Holy Mountain; Marmalakes, Whalers at Stubb’s