Wednesday, January 20
PLAN A: The Bright Light Social Hour, James Supercave @ Soda Bar. Austin's Bright Light Social Hour have a lot of hair and even more grooves. The band combines soul, blues, psychedelic rock and a variety of other genres into a danceable and fun blend. PLAN B: The Wood Brothers, Liz Vice @ Belly Up Tavern. The Wood Brothers have built up a pretty big following on the strength of their fun, unique take on Americana. Their style of blues and bluegrass isn't super traditional, but it'll win you over in no time.
Thursday, January 21
PLAN A: Chuck Ragan and Todd Beene, Pall Jenkins, Mike Pope @ The Casbah. Chuck Ragan is best known as the frontman for punk band Hot Water Music, but lately he's been playing an earthier, earnest rock 'n' roll sound reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen. He's accompanied at this show by pedal steel player Todd Beene, which should make it a rootsy and intimate evening. PLAN B: The Kickback, Quiet Company, Velvet Club @ Soda Bar. The Kickback have a song called "Sting's Teacher Years," which is amazing in a music-geek factoid kind of way. They also play great, catchy power pop songs that hit the spot. BACKUP PLAN: Some Kind of Lizard, Garden Echo, Grenda, Chill Pill, Lady Indigo @ The Merrow.
Friday, January 22
PLAN A: Reflection Eternal—Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek @ Music Box. Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek teamed up in 2000 under the name Reflection Eternal, and released a classic hip-hop record titled Train of Thought . If you haven't heard it, please listen to the whole thing right now, and then experience their sublime sounds in person. PLAN B: AJ Froman, Glasmus, Flatlands @ Soda Bar. Tijuana's Glasmus has a dark and mysterious sensibility. They mix vintage post-punk sounds with dreamy atmosphere, and it kind of sounds like it was made for my ears. BACKUP PLAN: Sugar Candy Mountain, Muscle Beech, Wild Wild Wets DJs @ The Hideout.
Saturday, January 23
PLAN A: All Them Witches, L.A. Witch, Dani Bell and the Tarantist @ The Casbah. Read my feature this week on Nashville psychedelic rock outfit All Them Witches, who color outside the lines of genre and rarely overthink their spiritual, intense sound. Be prepared for something huge. PLAN B: Shigeto, Groundislava, Dream Repeat @ Soda Bar. For an entirely different sound but a similarly immersive experience, seek out Shigeto, whose electronic soundscapes are sublime and wonderful to get lost in. BACKUP PLAN: Venom Inc., Necrophagia, Seraphic Disgust, Mythraeum, Festering Grave @ Brick by Brick.
Sunday, January 24
PLAN A: Europe, Gabbie Rae @ The Music Box. It's the final countdown! Dee-dee-dee-dee. Dee-dee-deet-deet-dee...
Monday, January 25
PLAN A: 1349, Tombs, Full of Hell, Cave Bastard @ Brick by Brick. New York metal outfit Tombs' logo looks a lot like it says "Combs," but I assure you our arts and culture editor won't be performing here. Not that I know of, anyway. Tombs, however, are ass-kicking in all the right ways. PLAN B: The Gloomies, Scruffles, Garden Echo, DJ Nik Chewing @ Soda Bar. Last chance to see The Gloomies for free this month. Read my feature from last week to find out why. Don't blow it. BACKUP PLAN: Little Heroine, The Natives, Bad Kids @ The Casbah.
Tuesday, January 26
PLAN A: The Soft Moon, Sextile, Hexa @ The Casbah. The Soft Moon have made an impressive evolution from minimal darkwave sounds to a bigger, more elaborate industrial approach. Their album Deeper was one of my favorites last year, and still gets a lot of spins in my house. Dress in black. BACKUP PLAN: Echo Park Social Club, Angels Dust, Odakota @ The Merrow.