10 Shows To See This Weekend


Collective Dreams - JOSH HUSKIN
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  • Collective Dreams

Thursday, April 2
Collective Dreams, Animal Spirit
San Antonio’s Collective Dreams give pure instrumentation the recognition it deserves with proggy post-rock jams. On their self-titled 2013 effort, Fort Worth’s Animal Spirits uses the Texas garage sound as a launching point into some wild and exciting pop ideas. With Swimming with Bears, Sharpen the Quills. $5, 9pm, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125

Sean McConnell - COURTESY
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Thursday, April 2
Sean McConnell, Lucas Jack 

Moving from Boston to Texas, soft country rocker Sean McConnell has found a strong reception in the Lone Star State On his official debut Before I Forget, piano rocker Lucas Jack observes the sacraments of his 88-key idols, including honky-tonk descending chords and an emotional outlook both anthemic and exposed. But it’s the details that bring the album into a clear and lifelike focus. Jack sings of girls in love with the “tan and risky,” lives half-lived “in and out of conditioned air” and a stalled relationship putting in maintenance sex “once a month with our t-shirts on.” $17-$22, 7pm, Aztec Theatre, 201 E Commerce, (210) 760-2196\

D.T. Buffkin - DAVE TERRY
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  • D.T. Buffkin

Friday, April 3
D.T. Buffkin, Flower Jesus 

San Anto singer D. T. Buffkin continues in the heavy blues and rock ‘n’ roll legacy of Doug Sahm and Augie Meyers, trying the grain of his voice against stomping brush rhythms. On Flower Jesus’ new single “Buddha and Crowley,” singers Torrin Metz and Rob Martinez walk the line between these titular poles of spirituality and the “worlds we live between.” But no words are necessary for the chorus, an excellent “Ah-ah” section that carries the song towards its faded outro. With Happy Campers. Free, 9pm Rosella, 203 E. Jones, (210) 277-8574

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Friday, April 3
Islands and Tigers Tour Kickoff

On the strength of their 2014 EP I’m Afraid of My Brain, Islands and Tigers are embarking on a month-long West Coast tour. Their fourth EP effort is an escape from the real world into a land where spring break lasts forever, as Harmony Korine can only hope. The lyrical themes are typical to the surf genre, reflecting on the past and lovebird relationships, and generally longing for “the way things used be.” Sun-soaked and saltwater-drenched, I’m Afraid of My Brain is a love letter to the greatness of surf’s past and its future promise. Despite their relatively young age, the Islands & Tigers kids have successfully tapped into a genre as timeless as sacred memories of family beach vacations. With The Sour Notes, Tides. $5, 8pm, The Ten Eleven, 1011 Avenue B, (210) 320-9080

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Friday, April 3
US Weekly

Austin punk quartet US Weekly is heavily engaged in the punk tradition of un-Googleable band names. On “Leather Daddy,” from the 2015 album Void of Devices, US Weekly pulls a page from the Tobias Fünke book of BDSM with 45 seconds of the line “Daddy was a leather daddy.” With Baby Fangs, Sudden Attack. $3, 9pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N St Mary's, (210) 666-6666

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  • Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II

Friday, April 3-Saturday, April 4
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II

The San Antonio Symphony recreates the magic of a 1959 Chuck Jones cartoon called “Baton Bunny,” in which Bugs flails around onstage, trying to catch a fly and conduct a symphony at the same time. Inspired by this ’59 foolishness, conducter George Daugherty and the Symphony will also take on the soundtracks to classics featuring Daffy Duck Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote and more Bugs favorites, including “What’s Opera, Doc?” “The Rabbit of Seville” and “Rhapsody Rabbit.” $25 - $65, 8:30pm, Majestic Theatre, 226 E Houston, (210) 226-3333

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Saturday, April 4
Holy Wave, Shiva’s Medicine Chest

With their 2012 album Knife Hits, Austin’s Holy Wave dropped the best drug reference as an album name since Spacemen 3’s Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs To. With their followup, 2014’s Relax, Holy Wave returned with a clarity to their psychedelic visions, drenched in reverb but unclouded in their harmonies. Shiva’s Medicine Chest is the solo project of Marc Smith, drummer in Creatura and head-shredder in The Mockingbird Express. Under Shiva, Smith manipulates tape loops and guitar drones to establish long, stunning mantras of psychedelia. With Verisimilitude, Hidden Ritual. $7, 9pm, K23 Gallery, 704 Fredericksburg, (210) 776-5635

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  • Jazmine Sullivan

Saturday, April 4
Jazmine Sullivan

From the soul capitol of Philadelphia, Jazmine Sullivan first made waves with the 2009, Missy Elliot-produced single “Need U Bad.” “Bad like the food I eat,” sang Sullivan, over Stax organ and dancehall guitar. For 2015’s Reality Show, Sullivan returned on the strength of her magnificent pipes, defying the Atlanta-fication (see the cadence on Kanye’s “All Day”) of contemporary hip-hop and R&B. $30-$35, 7pm, Aztec Theatre, 201 E Commerce, (210) 760-2196

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Saturday, April 4
mewithoutYou, Lonely Horse

On a tour bus fueled by vegetable oil, Philadelphia’s mewithoutYou travels the U.S. in costumes of post-punk, emo and acoustic rock. Stylistically, guitarist Nick Long and drummer Travis Hild of Lonely Horse have settled in to make their minimal instrumentation sound as maximal as possible. Recorded on the illustrious toys of the Sonic Ranch studio, Lonely Horse’s impending My Desert Son extends the band’s rich aesthetic in glorious high fidelity. “… And the Number 3” sounds extraordinary: Hild’s open hi-hat pounding is emotional and crisp, while Long’s guitar-bending solos wheeze like decaying, overworked machinery. Singing a blues legend of Faustian bargains, Long’s voice pounces proudly over the mix. With Native Lights. $14-$16, 7pm, The Korova, 107 E Martin, (210) 226-5070

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  • KYLE

Saturday, April 4

From Venture, California, KYLE owes something to the delivery of Drake’s Take Care, though his clever imagery, like the objectively perfect college-rap hook on “Fruit Snacks,” make him more than a flea market knockoff. $15, 8pm, Alamo City Music Hall, 1305 E Houston 

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