Live Music Roundup: Who to See This Week

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Islands & Tigers
Wednesday, January 4


The members of Islands & Tigers are still so young that it’s hard to believe that the local grunge-pop outfit has already put out a handful of good albums and has undergone a few lineup changes, but such is the case. Led by singer-songwriter Bobby Rivas, Islands & Tigers’ sound is both sunny and sardonic, with a winking and snarling 1990s obsession and some serious hooks and pop grooves. If the band’s music has always also been adorned with a youthful punk fervor (or naivete), that’s just been another part of the charm of watching Rivas grow through music. Joined by the talented San Marcos, pop-rock three-piece The Flying Buttresses and Baltimore, Maryland experimental/progressive rock group Cannibal Boom. $5, 8:00pm, Imagine Books and Records, 8373 Culebra Rd, (210) 236-7668, imaginebookstore.com — James Courtney



Mighty Brother
Thursday, January 5

Crooning lush Appalachian harmonies like the best of them – think Mumford and Sons or Fleet Foxes, here – Mighty Brother is steeped in the life-affirming attitude that courses through NOLA’s French Quarter. The folksy band teases some coffeehouse sensitivity in chiming choruses like “save your sleepless soliloquy,” but cranks up the volume enough in their acoustic ballads to warrant stage time in traditional rock venues. Fresh out of the recording studio, eight-piece group Invision Love shares the stage with Mighty Brother, writing wobbling beats into brassy orchestral numbers. The Hollow Ends (a spooky crew of St. Louis rockers) draw the red curtain on the night with heaps of swelling “oohs” and “aahs.” It’s the perfect musical mix for lovers of everything indie. 8pm, $5, Limelight, 2718 N. Saint Mary’s — Abby Mangel

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Thursday, January 5

If you can’t Name That Tune within a couple guitar notes of “Under The Bridge” by The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, you either were born after 2010 or have been living under a rock since forever. So if you’re the latter and if you’re reading this, welcome. Shit’s all fucked up out here at the moment but there’s some damn good music to kinda help us through it all, so take heart. With 80 million records sold, six Grammy’s, and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2012, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers are obviously as hot as their name suggests. Their hyper-funky punk-inspired and sometimes psychedelic rock and rollers released an album earlier this year with the help of a new producer Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton, which really brought a cool and refreshing edge to their sound. With lots of uncertainty on the horizon, one thing is for sure: The Red Hot Chili Peppers aren’t making an exit from the limelight anytime soon. With Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Jack Irons, 7pm, $51-$101, ATT Center, One AT&T Center — Chris Conde



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Bowie Tribute
Friday, January 6

Even as 2016, a year full of major losses in the music world, finally settles in the rear view, the healing must go on. In that spirit, 2017 will likely be even more chock full of commemorative/tribute shows and rock vigils for the array of dearly departed talent. This Friday at Limelight, just such a tribute show will be dedicated to the memory and music of David Bowie. The show, which goes down just two days before what would have been the avant-pop icon’s 70th birthday, will feature performances from The Flying Buttresses, Captain M.A. Zing, Ma & God, and Mount Pressmore. Proceeds from the small cover charge will go to fund cancer research in Bowie’s honor, in the form of a donation to the Cancer Therapy and Research Center. $5, 9:00pm, Limelight, 2718 N St Mary’s St, (210) 735-7775, thelimelightsa.com — JC




Kate Voegele
Friday, January 6


Making moves at an early age, Kate Voegele was just 17 when she performed at Farmaid in 2004 next to acts like Neil Young and Willie Nelson. With an EP released the year prior, the country twinged pop singer-songwriter released another collection of music which would gain the attention of (I swear to god I’m not making this up) Tom from Myspace (Tom Anderson). ‘Member him? Oh yea, I ‘member. Securing a spot on Myspace Records, a branch of Interscope, Kate Voegele would go on to release a few more albums, become a regular cast member on One Tree Hill and solidify her ranking among the talented female singer-songwriters of today. With Tyler Hilton. 8pm, $15-$75, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St — CC




The Lucky Odds
Friday, January 6

May the Lucky Odds ever be in your favor. A trio of greasy bobbers and rat rods from San Antonio, their rockabilly sound shreds through the dusty southwest like the rotating blades of Leatherface’s bloody chainsaw. Armed with nothing but thumping bass lines, twangy electric guitar slides and a trusty drum kit, the happed-up band reprises the hip rolling raunchiness of Bill Haley’s undying “Rock Around the Clock.” Nuclear Juarez echoes the Lucky Odds’ spartan instrumentation, breathing new life the campy flair of psychobilly rockers like the voodoo-inspired Cramps. Rounding out the swingin’ lineup is Pavel Demon and the Revenant. Throwing back to the basics, this wild night of rhythm and blues begs a certain question – you feeling lucky? 9:30pm, Free, The Bang Bang Bar, 119 El Mio Dr — AM

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The Rich Hands
Saturday, January 7


If you’re looking for a scuzzy-fuzzy rock show at which to break all your new year’s resolutions, and once again succumb to the fact that it’s far more fun to be bad than good, The Rich Hands has got you covered. The groovy, throwback rock ‘n’ roll four-piece is a local favorite, with songs as catchy and memorable as they are raucous, that has been touring quite a bit over the past couple years, honing an already stellar live sound. The Rich Hands are joined on this bill by a touring duo of sleazy ATX trash rock bands (in the best possible way) Trouble Boys and Cheap Fur. Rounding out the bill is local, one-man party punk powerhouse Whatever?, an act that always puts on a hyper-energetic show. $3-$5, 9:00pm, Limelight, 2718 N St Mary’s St, (210) 735-7775, thelimelightsa.com — JC

Dave Alvin
Sunday, January 8


When one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Dwight Yoakam, decides to record music that you’ve written, ya sorta might know a thing or two about song and verse.  Growing up in California and checking out blues and rockabilly shows with his brother, Dave Alvin has been playing and releasing roots rock-inspired music since the late 1970’s.  After stints in several bands through his career the “King of California” would eventually discover solo success as a strong Americana-folk singer-songwriter.  Spanning multiple genres and releasing several books of poetry over the years, Dave Alvin remains an important and fascinating tone in the story of American rock music. With Jimmie Dale Gilmore, 7pm, $20-$90, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St. — CC


TV Girl
Tuesday, January 10


TV Girl sounds like deconstructed traditional hip hop sampling paired with sing-songy church music from the Jesus Freak era of the 70s. Like a throwback to 90’s pop...sort of?  That real casual pop alternative shit. Like, Moby? But it’s definitely not Moby. Maybe it is Moby in a way. Anyway, TV Girl don’t sound like anything out right now, which makes the three-piece indie band from Los Angeles a truly refreshing aural delight.  If you’re looking for vintage sounds, unpacked and redistributed with calm vocal refrains, then this band is definitely for you. With Children of Pop, Poppet, 7pm, $10, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s — CC


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