It is challenging, to say the least, to make electronic music with organic sensibilities-with soul. All four bands on the stacked bill, however, manage to pull this off with create aplomb to spare. At the top of the bill, Houston’s Hooked Rugs crafts delightfully fuzzy synth jams that incorporate industrial and chant-like vocals, creating a mesmerizing and magical experience. The superb gallery show also features the eclectic yet minimalist sounds of ATX’s Slow Pulse and SA’ s Massiver and Delenda, who create, respectively, droning synth miasmas and uber-chill new-age ditties. $6, 8pm, Silkworm Studio and Gallery, 1906 S Flores, (210) 607-1322
Mount Sherpa (Saturday, August 23)
“I really do recommend you listen to this at around 85-90 percent volume through good headphones and the whole way through because it’s a Floydian kind of listen,” Said Geoff Arias, guitarist of Mount Sherpa, when he gave me his EP Tabor’s Head. It was poignant advice. The debut release from the SA instrumentalist, Tabor’s Head is a four-track freak-out, dynamic in its treatment of psychedelic music , the opener, “Mountains of Dust,” starts with a traditionally reverb-soaked theme from Arias, tipping-off the EP with a dazed attitude. A few minutes in, bassist Andy Pennington throws on a deeply affected pedal, Pulling the heady metal influence of Sunn O))) into the straight-ahead psych tune. Throughout Tabor’s Head, Mount Sherpa pulls off these impressive shifts in direction, drawing listeners into a head-nodding groove, then shaking loose on a powerful doom metal riff or a soothing drone. To call them a jam band would be a great disservice; these are clearly crafted songs with intention, a great sense of pacing and an enthusiasm for controlled experimentation. With Rich Hands, Bright Like the Sun, See You In the Morning. Free, 8:30pm, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125
Saakred, Flower Jesus, PBLC, Calico Club, Ghost Police (Saturday, August 23)
Occurring at Kellum Skate Shop and the Expresso Gallery, this Saturday celebration is a behemoth of a beholding of Alamo City music. Whether in solo electronic or blues-punk trio form, San Anto experimentalist Saakred in an act to behold. On their 2014 Gram Parsons-referencing EP Cosmic American Music, Flower Jesus gracefully blends pop melodies with psych aesthetics for one of the best SA efforts of the year. Gearing up for a late-summer tour, PBLC plays with cyclonic energy and far-out taste. Preparing the work for their debut EP, Calico Club pounds like DMT dance music, disorientating and overwhelmingly exciting. On their late 2013 self-titled LP, SA punk quartet Ghost Police trims to the bare necessities of punk on tunes like “Physical Fitness for Better Tyranny,” North Korea Soap Opera” and “Day of the Bacon.” With Christina Zombi, Mr. Composition, Louie Dollars, Signalman, Zerktronic, Sergio Evolve Hernandez, Era, KRUX, DJ Justangel Moreno, The Zukinis, Jesika Cueta, Antique Sunlight, Edwin Sandoval, Marlene Mejia, SKNKVR. 12pm, Expresso Gallery, Kellum Skate Shop, 529 San Pedro, (210) 354-2233
Dub Life (Saturday, August 23)
Billed as a “quarterly exploration into low end theories,” producer Intager, Tuff Lion, Teal Feel, Adam Madrigal and D. Perez dive deep into the bass grooves that worked their ways from subcultural mires into the mainstream. Free, 10pm, Bottom Bracket Social Club, 1603 N. Colorado, (210) 267-9160
Pop Pistol (Sunday, August 24)
On their 2012 LP Animal Prisms, Pop Pistol posted career numbers, refining their electro-rock chic without sounding over-produced or overthought. Over 13 tunes, the SA trio infused their sophomore album with “different States of the human psyche, mirroring our animalistic nature,” according to bassist George Garza. Two years later, Pop Pistol recruited San Anto producers and electronic musicians to reinterpret their effort, resulting in the remix album Afterlife. Thirteen tracks have been expanded to 16 as SA’s finest tear apart and restructure the material of Animal Prisms. Afterlife acts as a survey of Alamo City musicians privy to Ableton Live and electronic production, featuring a varied crew of artist whose best work is done on the MacBook. From WZKD and Mexican StepGrandfathers’ hip hop revisions to the underwater textures of Xyloid, each artist spins the Pop Pistol originals according to their own taste Though 16 Producers shape the contours of afterlife, the album still feels cohesive, as they stay true to the spirit of the source text. Isolating and amplifying the electronic elements already present in Animal Prisms, the Afterlife team has successfully advanced upon the Kid A stylings of the original. With textural harmonies ready-made for loops and singer Alex Scheel’s voice wafting over the whole project, it’s almost as if Pop Pistol created the Animal Prisms with the intention of a second and collaborative look. With Femina X, Ernest Gonzales. $8, 8pm, Luna, 6740 San Pedro , (210) 804-2433
Austin Baroque Orchestra's Water Works (Sunday, August 24)
Austin's own period-instrument orchestra opens its fourth concert season with a selection of music celebrating and depicting water, including depictions of sea gods and water nymphs, and ebbing tides and raging tempest. This performance will consists of works by Marais, Handel, Telemann, and Vivaldi. $10-$25, 4pm, St. John's Lutheran Church, 502 E. Nueva, (210) 223-2611
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