Free Week, the Austin music scene tradition started by Graham Williams (Transmission Entertainment) while he was booking shows at Emo’s has grown from a couple venues along Red River to dozens of clubs in the “Live Music Capital”, January 2-11. The fun kicks off Wednesday with shows by Holy Wave, Politics, The Boxing Lesson, Residual Kid, Christian Bland (The Black Angels) and Shakey Graves among others. Those are just a few of the local bands slated for the first day. Hard Proof, My Education, Ume, The Calm Blue Sea, The Couch, Les Rav, Megafauna and Whitman are also playing this week.
Participating Free Week venues include Holy Mountain, Club de Ville, Antone’s, The Mohawk, Beauty Ballroom, Emo’s East, Swan Dive, Frank, Red 7 and more. We waded through a list of shows so long, we made recommendations through Saturday. We will post picks from next week’s shows in our next preview. Most Free Week shows are listed at Do512.com’s Free Week page. You can follow Free Week Austin on Twitter for more updates.
Wednesday, January 2
Holy Wave, Politics – Holy Mountain – 9 p.m.
Psych-rock fans will want to hit the aptly named, Holy Mountain for Holy Wave Wednesday night with indie-pop locals, Politics. We like the changes former Red 7 manager, James Taylor has made to the old Beauty Bar location. The stage has been moved away from the front door, sound and lighting improved and the bathrooms even got a facelift. MegaBig, Growl, Borrisokane are also on the bill.
The Boxing Lesson, Residual Kid – Club de Ville – 7:30 p.m.
Our favorite local psych-rockers, The Boxing Lesson kick off Free Week at Club de Ville with Residual Kid. Mike and the Moonpies, and The Plastic Habit are also slated. The Boxing Lesson features Paul Waclawsky and Jaylinn Davidson with Residual Kid drummer, Ben Redman. You can see both bands back-to-back. Residual Kid hits the outdoor stage at 8:15 p.m. and The Boxing Lesson begin at 9 p.m.
The Baker Family, Halaska – Swan Dive – 9 p.m.
Asheville, North Carolina indie-folk rockers The Baker Family now reside in Austin and play unconventional music you will like. Local post-rock outfit, Halaska opens the show. We checked out Halaska at Club de Ville recently and liked what we heard. Lord Buffalo and Feverbones are scheduled as well.
Other notable shows:
Christian Bland – The ND
Shakey Graves – The Parish
San Saba County – The Mohawk
Thursday, January 3
My Education, Oh Look Out, Digital Antique – Beauty Bar Ballroom – 9 p.m.
Management and publicity company, The Loyalty Firm sponsor an evening of futuristic sounds with our favorite post-rock band, My Education. The band just released, “A Drink for All My Friends” and plan a European tour next.
Former Built by Snow singer and writer, JP Pfertner is Oh Look Out, an indie-pop band heavily influenced by The Beatles. We hear some Weezer and Talking Heads flavor in his songs as well.
Digital Antique (post-rock), The Politics and Magnet School round out the bill.
EITS presents Megafauna, The Baker Family – Holy Mountain – 8:30 p.m.
Power trio, Megafauna leads this Free Week show by Eye in the Sky Collective at Holy Mountain. Megafauna’s Dani Neff (Brooklyn, NY) can play some mean guitar in addition to handling vocals. An entertaining set each time we have seen them perform.
The Baker Family we mentioned above play as do Hydra Melody, O Conqueror and Featherface. The Baker Family go on at 9:30 p.m. Megafauna are scheduled for 11:30 p.m.
Other notable shows:
10YR + Les Rav + Black Books – The Mohawk
Afrofrque + Money Chica – Swan Dive
Friday, January 4
Ume, The Calm Blue Sea, The Black and White Years – Emo’s – 8 p.m.
Modern Outsider Records‘s lineup at Emo’s is pretty impressive. The incendiary, Ume with guitar goddess, Lauren Larson headline a spate of great Austin acts. Post-rockers, The Calm Blue Sea take the stage at the Eastside’s best sounding venue with local stalwarts, The Black and White Years. My Jerusalem and Soft Swells round out the lineup.
The Baker Family, The Couch – Swan Dive – 8:30 p.m.
CoolinAustin and Austin Writes Music booked one of our new favorites, The Couch at Swan Dive. Taylor Wilkins leads this indie-rock band formed in San Marcos while the members were students at Texas State. The party continues with The Baker Family, The Collection and Your Friendly Ghost. This HAAM benefit will feature a silent auction to raise money for the group which provides health assistance to local musicians.
Mobley, The Shears, Les Rav, Ashley Stone – Frank – 9 p.m.
Concert photo app, Vivogig and Whitesiren Presents put together an entertaining evening with indie-rock group Mobley leading the bill. We like Les Rav with the pixie-like, Lauren Bruno on vocals and keys. The Shears and Ashley Stone play as well.
Saturday, January 5
Soul Track Mind, Hard Proof – Antone’s – 9:30 p.m.
Hard Proof kicks off this show before their midnight set at Holy Mountain (see below) with Soul Track Mind and Larry g(EE). If you like horns, dancing and a good time, this might be the show you want to see Saturday.
Whitman, Stereo is a Lie, The Baker Family – Frank – 9 p.m.
Whitman, who won a Pitchfork contest to play a party in Chicago during their festival earlier this year headline at Frank. Expect high-energy from these Austin garage rockers. Glynn Wedgewood’s Stereo is a Lie play loud, intense, hard, indie-rock. Originally from England, Wedgewood now lives in Austin and produces shows for Whitesiren Presents. The Baker Family and Antiques round out the bill.
My Education, Smoke and Feathers, Megafauna, Residual Kid (Inside) Woodgrain, Tia Carrera, Eagle Claw (outside) – Red 7 – 7 p.m.
If you missed these bands earlier in the week, you can see them together Saturday. Set times are listed below:
8pm RESIDUAL KID
11:45pm Smoke and Feathers
1am My Education
8:45pm Crooked Bangs
10:30pm Tia Carrera
12:30am Eagle Claw
Other notable shows:
Hard Proof, East Cameron Folkcore – Holy Mountain
Marmalakes, Whiskey Shivers, Sphynx, Little Lo – Mohawk
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