Old 97’s, The Winsome Losers, Garrett T. Capps
Friday, September 23
It’s been a minute since San Antonio has seen The Old 97’s. The Dallas alt-country rockers tell stories with their lyrics and puncuate them with ruminations like, “I didn’t understand why everything ran like whiskey off my hands.” The alt-country veterans are joined by local four-piece country band The Winsome Losers. Also joining is SA’s beloved Garrett T. Capps with a solo set. 7pm, $25, Paper Tiger 2410 N St Mary's
This Austin quartet has been producing some soulful, haunting music, wading between pop and alt-rock with a sentimental sound. They’re currently in residency at 502 Bar for the month of September with a different band playing alongside them every week (this week's choice has yet to be announced). We've grown to like the band's catchy pop choruses. We think we’ll keep them while we can. 9pm, free, 502 Bar 502 Embassy Oaks
Royal Punisher kicks ass, from Korey Cook’s drumming to Estevan Garcia’s saxophone to Donald Robin’s textured guitar and Philip Luna’s dangerously catchy bass. Sometimes rambunctious, they still know how to cool things down and jam out in slightly chilled jazz-fusion. Joining is The Please Help, another band of Philip Luna, and The Please Help. 10pm, free, Faust Tavern 517 E Woodlawn
Casa de Calacas, J.R. Scott & The Unlucky Strikes
Friday, September 23
Leave it to East Los Angeles to assemble a Latin ensemble that’s ska, cumbia, reggae and mariachi. In fact, they’re proud of the fact: songs like “East Los” highlight the grupo’s hometown with hooks like “Where you from, where we from? East Los!” when they’re not name-dropping East Los streets with pride. Some songs start with a slow mariachi sound and abruptly cut to a ska-punk breakdown, before moving back to swaying mariachi. Horns are a staple here. Other times, they’re jamming cumbias about güeritas. Be it pure mariachi, ska or rap about their hometown, Casa de Calacas plays to get down and expand the cultura of Latin music. Joining the bill is J.R. Scott & The Unlucky Strikes, local alt-country ensemble. 9pm, $3, La Botanica 2726 N St. Mary's
Dallas’ Ishi will keep you dancing with his EP release, joined by Austin’s CAPYAC and Dallas’ Honor System. Whatever your style, you're sure to get fully synthed-out at this one. 7pm, $8 advance, $10 door, Paper Tiger 2410 N St. Mary's
Saturday, September 24
Natural Child is lazy day music, with blues guitar layered softly over rolling guitar and bass and effortless drums. Joining is Nashville’s stoner rock band Faux Ferocious and SA’s pop-rock outfit The Rich Hands. 8pm, $10, Paper Tiger 2410 N St. Mary's
Lucky to be alive due to a near-fatal car accident a few years ago, when their tour bus fell off a bridge, SA is lucky to have Savannah, Georgia’s Baroness in town. They’re a powerhouse of sound, with dueling guitar harmonies and shouted vocals. Joining are pop-punkers Radioactivity. 8pm, $22.50, Paper Tiger 2410 N St. Mary's
For those who are keeping off the N St. Mary’s strip this Saturday, head just a bit south for some indie rock. SA dream pop duo F I S H B R A I N start off the night with psych-surf music. Joining them are The Morning Owls, a local alt-rock quartet, and St. Dukes, indie-rockers that like to shout. 9pm, free, Burleson Yard Beer Garden 430 Austin St.
SA's own Sierra Lynn, who likes to serenade with soulful sounds with bluesy lyrics, will be joined by Chicago garage-rock band North by North. Also on the bill is Mr. Pidge, local synth pop duo. 9pm, free, The Mix 2423 N St. Mary's
LA’s art-rock band Palaye Royale is gritty, fast-paced and loud pop rock. Joining the bill is South Carolina's hard rock band Islander and Maryland's Bad Seed Rising. 7pm, $12 - $15, The Rock Box 1223 E Houston
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