Photo by David Brendan Hall
Fall Festival of Friends of the Dead
Far Out Lounge, Saturday 27
… And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead is home to a diverse group of bands in their orbit: Eagle Claw, Garrett T. Capps, Lord Buffalo, Greenbeard, Think No Think, Band of Bastards, Narrow Haunts. Kick-off at 6 p.m.
In 2002, the legends of the hometown … And you will know us by the path of the dead came out Tags and source codes – a fiery, autumnal seizure of immortality that is the band’s masterpiece and, in this writer’s opinion, the greatest album of all time, period. Through 11 pieces of existential anxiety, Conrad Keely and Jason Reece took a brief moment to lash out against, well, the brevity of moments, creating epic art-rock tapestries that swell to the stars but don’t. never betray their origins as hardcore dreamers.
For me, no other album – and certainly none of the band’s next seven – comes close, and on Saturday they could very well play zero songs of it. Accepting this fact is what defines true fans of this ever-restless group.
Even if they boil down to smaller and smaller labels, Keely and Reece will still describe themselves as climbing an upward arc. In 1994, the group pitched a tent high above their heads with the intention of someday filling it, and naturally rejecting the resonance that listeners find in the void itself (especially around 2002). Instead, they probably perceive the ornate, layered from last year X: The Void Without God and other stories as the closest they came to fill it completely. Hopefully they never will. As the bands backing them on Saturday will surely attest, the ambition, passion and recklessness of Trail of Dead IS Austin’s music. – Julian towers
Opeth, Mastodon, Zeal & Ardor
ACL Live, Friday 26
Opeth has long since dropped the “death” of his progressive metal equation, but the Swedish titans continue to make imaginative music using the smooth, powerful dynamics they always have. The quintet’s American tour for the years 2019 In the Cauda Venenum was postponed by the pandemic, but better late than never. Support the new LP exceptionally strong Calm and sinister, another concept album driven by personal loss, Atlanta Mastodon’s distinctive take on progressive metal makes it a perfect complement / counterpoint. Swiss occult gospel metal band Zeal & Ardor opens in support of last year’s political EP Wake of a nation and next year’s eponymous new record. – Michael Toland
MykFresh, Jugg Frost
Flamingo Cantina, Friday 26
This “Blackout Friday” event brings together Dallas-area rapper MykFresh to praise big booty and hustle and bustle. The 2021 track “Still Married 2 da Game” is a breathtakingly impressive autobiography to go hard. Also on the bill is Austin’s surprisingly conscious white gangster rapper Jugg Frost. 5 News. Crip Mac said, “Wooo. Hard shit right there!” – Kevin Curtin
Thank for the hardcore
Far Out Lounge, Sunday 28
The 2020 Austin Music Awards Best New Location winner is hosting a plethora of Austin’s finest modern punk moshpit outfits, as well as the Wisconsinites Big Laugh Tour, for an old-fashioned hardcore Sunday morning after Thanksgiving. Eliminate that L-Tryptophan hangover by slamming your do-si-do partner in Saintpeeler, Mothman, and Black Mercy. But pride of place goes to Disowned, with one of Austin’s best heavy rhythm sections featuring bassist Alyssa Leigh and drummer Armando Lopez, and young thrashcore heroes User Unauthorized. – Tim Stegall
Rattlesnake Milk, Lucas Hudgins, Henri Herbert
Mugwort, Thursday 2
Henri Herbert plays this style of boogie-woogie piano with breathtaking speed and incomprehensible precision. The viral instrumentalist born in France and raised in the UK, who has been a local staple since 2019, collects his jaws down every time he sits at the keys. Lucas Hudgins’ instrument of admiration: his voice. The honky-tonker with a rich and serious baritone recently toured with Charley Crockett and released a compelling comeback single “Them Little Thrills”. Rattlesnake Milk headliners rock high-energy flat garages for people with callused hands, cousin tweakers and an ear for concise storytelling. – Kevin Curtin
C-Boy’s Heart & Soul, Thursday 2
Holding Thursdays throughout the month at the Southern Congressional Juke Joint, Deezie Brown has kept audiences on their toes with surprise appearances from Jake Lloyd and EC Mayne. When the musical magician takes the stage, an eclectic explosion of high intensity and frenzied sounds erupts from the cement walls of the C-Boy. The Bastrop native draws inspiration from his childhood in central Texas and societal adversity to build his unique hip-hop funk sound, featured in February Lloyd-collabo Geto Gala. Sure to reflect his already established performance credibility, his residential finale begins at 6:30 p.m. with San Gabriel as a guest. – Morgan-Taylor Thomas
By Greg Stitt
Danielle Nicole (Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff / Courtesy Concord Records)
Sunday 28, at Antone’s
The Kansas City blues rock staple reached No. 1 on the Billboard blues charts with the sophomore Cry No More arc in 2018, riffing originals alongside works by Prince, Blind Willie Johnson and Bill Withers.
Take their heads off
Sunday 28, The ballroom
Ryan Young’s knack for concealing unusually disgusting lyricism beneath energetic Minneapolis punk rock rushes into the year 20.
Tuesday 30, during brewing
A South Austin brewery lawn with the prospect of seating is downright serendipitous for punk fans in Goleta, Calif., Who are celebrating 2003 album six, Blaze tonight.
Knife in water
Thursday 2, Hotel Vegas
Accustomed to slowcore and avant-garde folk onlookers, Aaron Blount’s country group last called on Graham Low’s cello for a direct C&W performance on Marvin’s “Tears (Won’t Make the Cotton Grow)” Rainwater.