Rejoice! In its sophomore year, Maverick Music Festival offers San Antonio its first national-caliber independent music fest. And with 40 acts over two days, figuring out which bands to focus on can be daunting. So, we’ve compiled a little guide for the weekend’s affairs.
On Friday, the shorter of the two days, rock ‘n’ roll fans of all shapes and sizes would be remiss to skip guitarist Roky Erickson at 6:35 p.m. With the 13th Floor Elevators, Austin’s Roky Erickson forged the path for psychedelic music while establishing his city as a capital in the genre, a reputation it still claims today. Deeply rooted in the blues, Erickson’s four classics with the Elevators and 19 solo records give him a deep library from which to psych out La Villita.
For the indie poppers, New York state’s Phantogram take the main stage at Maverick Plaza at 10:30 p.m. to close Friday evening. Comprised of guitarist Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel, the pair have eked out an impressive cavalcade of indie-electro tunes with a keen ear for where pop is going. 2014’s Voices—an album that seriously threatened the Billboard charts—takes the light, dream pop aesthetic to a darker and more rhythmically enchanting place.
And of course, there’s Washed Out, an act that defined the genre of chillwave, only to transcend the trend and categorization. In 2009 under the Washed Out moniker, Ernest Greene released Life of Leisure, a luscious and heavily hyped EP that captured a zeitgeist moment in its single (and Portlandia theme song) “Feel It All Around.”