Weekend music picks: Chvrches, League of Extraordinary Gz, Charli XCX
By Michael Corcoran
Editor’s note: This article was originally published November 20, 2013
Listen to artists playing around town in our This Weekend in Austin Spotify playlist, updated weekly.
Chvrches at Stubb’s. How Google-smart was it to spell Churches with a v? This Scottish trio, fronted by singer Lauren Mayberry, pops right up on searches because they’re made to be easy to find with hits like “The Mother We Share” from new LP “The Bones of What You Believe.” Irresistible synthpop is what they create and it made such an impact at the most recent South by Southwest that Chvrches won the first Grulke Prize for best developing international act. 8 p.m. 801 Red River St. www.stubbsbbqaustin.com. (Stubb’s is sold out, but Chvrches will do a free instore at Watvrloo Records at 5 p.m.)
Also performing: The new king of honky romp is Houston’s Mike Stinson at the White Horse … The barren beauty of Saskatchewan comes to Red 7 in the musical form of Montreal trapper-boot-gazers Besnard Lakes … Sacre bleu, there are two bands from Montreal in town tonight. The other is EDM duo the Adventure Club at Emo’s East … If talent was brisket, folks would be waiting in line for two hours at the Continental Club to see the Warren Hood Band, featuring Emily Gimble and Willie Pipkin, plus a pretty good fiddle player … Her latest LP “Nectar” is the bee’s knees, so it may be time to visit soulful pop/blues singer Wendy Colonna at One-2-One Bar … Mississippi’s Bob Schneider Charlie Mars (he even dated a famous actress, Mary Something Something from “Weeds”) plays two separate shows at the Saxon Pub … Cross-country troubadour Cass McCombs rests his wiry bones at the Belmont… Nashville-based singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega, who escaped her native Toronto before the Fordnado, is equal parts Lucinda Williams and Dolly Parton. If new LP “Tin Star” takes off, she may be too big for the Cactus Café next time through … That’s quite a mix of singing artists at Holy Mountain with Walter Lukens, Emily Bell, Roxy Roca and Mighty Mountain. Who will be the next Wild Child? … For those who’d rather party like frats than think like professors, there’s Cold Lampin’s old school hip-hop at Hotel Vegas … Ignitor, the metal band of singer Jason McMaster and ex-Agony Column guitarist Stuart Laurence, leads a big bill of headbangers at Infest Austin … Help experimental trio Boyfrndz buy a vowel at the Mohawk.
League of Extraordinary Gz at Scoot Inn. Finally, it’s here. The album from Austin’s hard core rap collective with the title we’ll just call “#LEAGUE” in these pages. The chaotic hip hop swirl lost its rock two years ago when Octavis “Tay” Berry died from a pulmonary embolism and the grief hit the Gz hard. But the new album comes out charging, with rapid fire lyrics ‘bout the lowdown truth over Mayfieldian sound echoes. Best rap album I’ve heard outta the ATX in, like, ever. Opening will be SubKulture Patriots, Coled Boyz and SIP SIP. 7 p.m. $7. 1308 E. Third St. www.scootinnaustin.com
Also performing: The always-reliable Idaho guitar band Built To Spill is at Stubb’s outside, but there’s also a great show inside with Missouri indie rockers Ha Ha Tonka and charming Native American songbird Samantha Crain … School of Rock presents its first annual Texas Fest, with promising young rockers from all over the state at Red 7 and Holy Mountain starting at 1 p.m. … Fresh from his work with Sly & Robbie, Austin rapper/producer Tee Double is “Bringing It Back” to 29th Street Ballroom at Spiderhouse … Blues-based growlers Mrs. Glass and Ramsay Midwood smoke the ‘cue at Lambert’s … El Paso emigres Dirty River Boys try to forget everything they know about Mumford and Sons at Antone’s … Emo pioneers Alkaline Trio and New Found Glory test the walls of Emo’s East for overwrought … Bob Schneider doesn’t drink, but he gets all lush at ACL Live with sections of horns and strings to dress up his songs about spiders and dogs … Chicago singer-songwriter Joe Pug ends his two-month tour in his second favorite city at the Parish…Mississippi’s Old “New Dylan” Steve Forbert returns to the Cactus Café, the site of some of his greatest sets … Minnesota’s Vaz will rock it no frills-style at the Mohawk, with Rusted Shut … Little Mikey and the Soda Jerks, plus Leo Rondeau help break in new live music venue Austin Beer Garden on West Oltorf near the railroad tracks.
Charli XCX at the Parish. Snooki and JWow lined her pockets with trash cash (Charli wrote “I Love It” for Icona Pop, the reality pair’s theme song), but the 21-year-old Londoner born Charlotte Emma Aitchison is a performer first. After making a splash at SXSW in March, the hooky vixen is establishing herself in the States one smallish, sold-out club at a time, reinforcing her demand. Those lucky enough to get inside may be seeing the next dancepop superstar, though the way the music biz is struggling these days, Ms. XCX is, basically, heaving a “Hail Madonna” pass. Kitten opens. 8 p.m. $15- $17. 214 E. Sixth St. www.theparishaustin.com
Also performing: In conjunction with the highly recommended East Austin Studio Tour, the North Door is hosting a tribute to “The Last Waltz,” with the likes of Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Michael Kingcaid, Mike Booher and members of the Gourds doing songs from the Band and their Scorsese-shot guests … The 1967 Monterey Pop Festival gets the cover treatment at One-2-One Bar, with the likes of Tameca Jones, Jesse Sublett, Mike Flanigin and Andra Mitrovich. Hmmm, wonder who Andra’s gonna do? Benefits the Music Moves Mountains Foundation. … Charming male/female duoOther Lovers celebrate their EP release at Scoot Inn with Bobby Jealousy and other friends.