Music Shows Happening in San Antonio This Week That You Can't Miss (11/22-11/28)

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ARTISTECARD
  • Artistecard
Wed 11/22
Greenbeard + Cursus

I’m not telling you that you should probably go to this show stoned out of your mind, but – no, nevermind I am. Not that you would need THC to enjoy this lineup of stoner rock and doom metal, but it may enhance your experience if you already partake of the devil’s lettuce. Hailing from Austin, Texas, stoner rockers Green Beard blend a mix of psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll and metal in the vein of bands like Black Sabbath, and they do it really well, I mean, well enough for us to write about since it’s rare we write about a band you can check out in Austin anytime. Also on the bill is San Antonio’s favorite doom two-piece Cursus who sound like they’re opening a portal to the Upside Down when they get down on stage. Free-$5, 9pm, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary’s St., thelimelightsa.com. – Chris Conde
KAT FARRELL
  • Kat Farrell

NABIL ELDERKIN
  • Nabil Elderkin
Wed 11/22
Lil Pump

“My music is just saying reckless shit on a song but going with the flow so they’re still going to fuck with it,” Lil Pump told Noisey in an interview last month. When I hear rappers like Lil Pump and a bunch of these other self-proclaimed “ignorant” trappers like the ones that showed up at Mala Luna, I can’t help but think this is our fault. We did this. America doesn’t want substance anymore, we want a quick fix; so spouting out nonsense lyrics with tired references to pills and strippers over cadences that actually could have thoughtful lyrics are preferred ‘cause these rappers know we’re just trying to vibe. Hip-hop is dead, welcome Lil Pump ... OK, hip-hop isn’t dead, but this ain’t hip-hop, and I know I just sound old but this mumble rap shit reminds me of how corny nu-metal got in the early 2000s after exhausting all their own sounds. I promise, we’re gonna look back 15 years from now and be embarrassed that this shit was in our Spotify playlists. But if you dig this stuff, you’re gonna have a blast at this show. $30-$105, 9pm, 1305 E. Houston St., alamocitymusichall.com. – CC

TOBIAS GRUBER
  • Tobias Gruber
Wed 11/22
$uicideboy$

Easily one of the biggest rap duos to blow up recently, New Orlean’s $uicideboy$ are continuing the trend of trap rap but like, doing it well. And that’s sort of the whole thing with this genre. The world of fast hi-hats and triplet rapping is so utterly saturated that unless an artist or group can really bring something fresh and new or consistently pump out high-quality content, the shit sounds played the fuck out. But $lick and Ruby Da Cherry manage to set themselves apart from their trap counterparts, rapping with vibe similar to early Bone Thugs N Harmony and it’s honestly pretty good. Take it from someone who hates most of this style of rap, that’s saying something. $58-$165, 8pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com. – CC

SHUTTERSTOCK
  • Shutterstock
Thu 11/23
Thanksgiving Day Dance

For those looking for a special Tex-Mex outing on Thanksgiving Day, look no further than Cowboys Dancehall. Cowboys will host a special holiday event with a number of legendary Texas artists from the world of Tejano, Tex-Mex, and country. Multi-Grammy award-winning accordionist, David Lee Garza will be one of the featured artists at the concert. Hailing from Poteet, Texas, Garza is a legend in Tex-Mex and country music with his hit producing group Los Musicales. One time vocalist for both Garza and San Antonio’s own, Latin Breed, Jay Perez is also on the bill. Lastly, former Mazz vocalist and Grammy award-winner, Jimmy Gonzalez will also be performing with his Grupo Mazz making this a treasured event for the gente of San Antonio. If the family is in town or if you are looking for a Thanksgiving date night of Tex-Mex music, this might the Thanksgiving concert to attend. Pre-sale tickets $15/$20 at the door, 7pm, Cowboys Dancehall, 3030 NE Loop 410 @ I-35, 210-646-9378, cowboysdancehall.com. – JJ Lopez

COURTESY
  • Courtesy
Thu 11/23
Randal Bravery + SB The Moore

In an era of time where hip-hop listeners are being asphyxiated by this plague of trap music sweeping the planet, there are the few and the mighty lyricists. Artists who write bars, with substance, perspective, and with some actual shit to say. And also producers who don’t safely lean into the current of rapid-fire hi-hats and 808 kick drums, but instead venture outside the box and push hip-hop into previously unreached territories. Randal Bravery, SB The Moore, Chisme, Satin Hooks and Apaso are all artists who fall into this category, preserving the real artistry and grit fans of the genre were attracted to in the first place. Check out this show if you need to be reminded of what real hip-hop is supposed to sound like. $3-$5, 9pm, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary’s St., thelimelightsa.com. – CC

KAREN CLEAVES
  • Karen Cleaves
Fri 11/24
Slaid Cleaves

What I love about folk music and singer songwriters in general is the absolute freedom it sounds like those folks (pun intended) have in their genre. There’s literally no rules – I mean, besides playing music or singing; well, sometimes you don’t even really need to sing (see old Bob Dylan). And though they get lumped together, people like Dylan, Paul Simon or even Johnny Cash (a stretch, I know, but hear me out) don’t exactly sound the same but still can be considered folk based on their storytelling prowess. Austin’s Slaid Cleaves is perfect example of this, sounding like he probably could show up on a mix with the aforementioned Dylan, Cash and Simon while possessing his own distinct sound. $22-$90, 7:30pm, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com. CC

MARLENE MEJIA
  • Marlene Mejia
Fri 11/24
Volcán Single Release Show

While it may be true that Volcán, a nueva orquestra Latina de San Anto, has been gigging more frequently of late (around SA and elsewhere in Tejas), we can scarcely get enough of the powerhouse performers. The large group — which features as many as 12 players, all arrayed around gifted, swoon-worthy lead singer Jose Huizar and principal songwriter Jaime Mejia — offers up organic yet impressively sophisticated music that’s a total cultural mestizaje, combining elements of classic psych-rock with jazz, soul, cumbia, and Latin pop. Volcán’s music, while thoroughly fresh, throbs with the ancient rhythm the jungle must hear as it dances to the ocean. Aside from a few early singles, the band has only released one EP since forming in late 2014: the masterful, four-song tease that is Ritmo, Cultura y Amor (which you can dig on iTunes and Spotify). On Friday, the band will play a special show to celebrate the release of a new single, “Corazon de Piedra,” which we’re hoping is a forerunner to more new music. In any case, there’s no excuse not to catch Volcán on a Friday night. $7, 10:30pm, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 735-7775, thelimelightsa.com. – James Courtney

NICOLA GELL
  • Nicola Gell
Sat 11/25
Blue October

Originally formed in Houston in 1995, Blue October grabbed the attention of Kid Rock’s former manager early in their career and eventually signed to Universal Records, launching the band into the deep pools of mainstream rock. While the Texas boys have a heavy mainstream radio rock sound, traces remain of Americana and even post-rock – that is, along with the kind of heavy production that just goes with the territory of being a huge rock ‘n’ roll band. With numerous releases, countless tours, and a few member changes, Blue October isn’t going anywhere. 9pm, $49.50, $65, $75, Aztec Theater, 104 N. St. Mary’s St, theaztectheatre.com. – CC


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