As a 2014 Austin Music Award winning group of Texas natives, Mighty Mountain is up and coming in the indie scene, a feat considering Austin's over-saturated indie crowd. Sweeping violins, engaging live shows and all around good vibes make Mighty Mountain a band to watch out for. Once you are smacked with Mighty Mountain’s positive energy, having a negative outlook will be a difficult feat. The “too many, yet not enough” band members draw listeners into Deer Vibes' dream world with their hypnotic orchestrated music much like the sand man coaxes children into peaceful slumbers. San Antonio natives Lonely Horse are no isolated incident. With lyrics so deep you could drown and cool waves of soul in every bluesy guitar riff, the dark folk rock duo knows just how to play with emotions, tugging at every heart string with their music’s potent intensity. —Shannon Sweet
10pm, Limelight, 2718 N St Mary's, 210-735-7775, thelimelightsa.com
tion Presents: Calico Club (Friday, June 20)
Made up of SA producers Galacticat and pleasure Faces, Calico Club spins dark wave into their electronic fantasies. While the beats are still dance-friendly, there is a dark side to Galacticat's fusion of synth genres, ranging from trill-wave to self described dark disco. With Sleep Over, Massiver, DJ Bitter-Teen and visual art by Sixto-Juan Zavala. $3, 9pm, Hi-Tones, 621 E. Dewey, (210) 785-8777, soundcloud.com/galacticat222
uper Free Style Explosion (Friday, June 20)
Emerging from NYC in the ‘80s, free style emerged from the same creative space as hip-hop, looping disco samples for long, break-danceable tracks. Imagine the beat on Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock,” but without the signature afro-futurist vibe and infectious rap. Then add perfectly corny pop on top and you’ve got the king and queen of free style, Stevie B and Lisa Lisa. With Expose, Connie, Stacie Q, Johnny O, Debbie Deb, Shannon, Trinere and Nu Shooz. $36.50-$41.50, 7:30pm, Alamodome, 100 Montana, (210) 207-3663, alamodome.com
Oldies but Goodiez (Saturday, June 21)
Known for its West Side classics, San Antonio is a city synonymous with old-school oldies. On Saturday nights, DJ Mari Hernandez, Kristen Gamez and Ruth Buentello of the collective Mas Rudas will play the old-school tunes of SA artist, inevitably featuring the music of Mando and the Chili Peppers. It'll be a bittersweet inclusion due to the recent death of banjo sexto player and guitarist Jesus "Chucho" Perales. Born on Christmas day in 1935, Perales joined Mando Almendarez in the early '50s, becoming the first Chicano act on American Bandstand. $3, 10pm-2am, Hi-Tones, 621 E. Dewey, (210) 785-8777
Future’s a bold statement for a stage name, but ATL’s Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn seems to be a step ahead of the game, bringing Auto-Tune back into the spotlight and gargling through a tirade of Top 40 hits. On the other hand, Rico Love is an intentional step behind, hanging back on his writing skills like a marathon runner waiting to burst ahead of the pack. As a songwriter and producer for Usher, Nelly and Beyoncé, Rico Love spends much of his career behind the board. But on the mic, Love can deliver his porn-soundtrack R&B just as well as the A-list names for whom he ghost writes. $25, 8pm, The White Rabbit, 2410 N. St. Mary's, (210) 737-2221, sawhiterabbit.com
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