OUR PICK: Paper Tiger,
2410 N. St. Mary’s St., (800) 513-7540, papertigersa.com
If you follow touring indie acts in San Antonio at all, this one is most likely as much of a no-brainer to you as it was to us. Since opening its doors in March 2015, Paper Tiger, which of course replaced the old mainstay The White Rabbit, has hosted consistently excellent shows of a diverse variety. From the best local noise makers to acts that you would have had to drive to Austin to see just a few years ago, Paper Tiger, in consort with ATX-based promotions group Margin Walker, has been on a roll since it first opened its doors (with a free weekend that featured a Roky Erickson show, no less). Just consider a few of the venue’s recent shows: Television (as part of Burger Hangover Fest V), Of Montreal, Conor Oberst, and Explosions in the Sky. It’s hard to imagine most of those acts ever would have played at The White Rabbit, let alone any other venue in town.