Thursday, July 6
Perhaps now best known for her feature on Beyonce’s track “Formation”, Big Freedia has been representing New Orleans long before she teamed up with the Lemonade star. Dubbed the ambassador of bounce, a style of high energy dance music with lots of call-and-response party and Mardi Gras Indian chants, Freedia’s been convincing audiences to literally shake their asses since her first single, 1999’s "An Ha, Oh Yeah.” Fast forward nearly two decades later, and Big Freedia is now an icon in the LGBTQ community. Come prepared to bounce – she’s known to pull audience members out of the crowd to dance on stage. With Wayne Holtz, $20, 7pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. — Chris Conde
Thursday, July 6
More laid back than your significant other reclined in the passenger seat during a road trip across the country, Trummors invites you to take it slow and steady. Originally based in Brooklyn, songwriters Anne Cunningham and David Lerner eventually ended up Taos, New Mexico and have been releasing music as a duo since 2012 with their debut Over and Around the Clove. The sound is sort of a Beatles meets Iron and Wine mash up that probably best falls into the folk category. On tour in support of their new record Headlands, which was released last month, Trummors is the perfect excuse to kick back with a few brews on a Thursday night under the Texas stars. With Jerry David DeCicca, Free, 9pm, Low Country, 318 Martinez St. (210) 560-2224. — CC
ManEaters of Tsavo
Friday, July 7
This weekend at Limelight fans of heavy music of all stripes will want to dig this stacked four band bill. The all local affair will feature the heavy, broody synth-drone duo Massiver, the dense, abrasive, and barking doom-punk crew Murdered Out, the stoned-to-the-bone blues-metal act ManEaters of Tsavo, and Shirley Temple. Each band tackles the general darkness at large, and the angst that attends it, in a very different way, but none of these acts hold back one bit. So, whether you like your aural assaults of the electronic variety or have a sonic palette for a more traditional, rock-based attack on your senses, this show promises to leave you with yours ears ringing and your thirst for devastating decibels sated. $8.00, 8:00pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N St Mary’s St, papertigersatx.com. — James Courtney
One Ok Rock
Monday, July 10
Matching post-hardcore guitar riffage with pop melodies, Japan’s One Ok Rock sort of sound like something that might have come out stateside in 2008. But that hasn’t stopped them from landing international tours and playing stadium shows back in Japan. Formed in 2005, the band has a sound that stays close to the Fall Out Boy/Underoath-ish end of the spectrum. While the music certainly isn’t anything new, the band manages to change it up just enough to keep things interesting. But seriously, if we told you these guys were on a summer sampler CD at Hot Topic in 2009, you’d probably believe us. $25, 6pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., theaztectheatre.com. — CC
This 90s style grungy garage shit is back in full effect – and, to be perfectly honest, we’re not at all upset about it. Led by guitarsit/vocalist Jakob Danger who just so happens to be the younger brother to the drummer for the punk rock band SWMRS, Mt. Eddy sound like they could’ve ended up on a soundtrack with bands like Weezer and Eve 6 back in the late 90s and early 2000s. Seriously. With bouncy drums, slightly distorted guitar riffs, and vocal pop melodies reminiscent of Interpol’s Paul Banks, Mt. Eddy take all the best stuff from early aughts pop rock and blend it with a slight edge of modern punk. With The Brighest Star, Noise Quota, Over The Horizon, $8-$10, 6pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s, papertigersatx.com — CC
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