Austin just smells
different. If you’re not ready for the trek up I-35, build your indie cred with SXSW spillover shows in SA. It’s closer, friendlier and cheaper.
Beethoven’s, $5, 9:30pm,
Buttercup (Pop; San Antonio)
Buttercup, with their laid-back pop and crowd sing-a-longs, has done the inevitable by releasing four albums in one year. Need we say more?
Stephanie’s ID (Indie; Asheville, NC)
Sweet, infectious grooves of poetry and pop sprinkled with girl vocals from hell.
Innerpartysystem (Electronica; Philadephia, PA)
Drawn in by anxious beats, rhythmic bass, and dramatic tones, it’s never quite clear what Inner Party System is up too, a confessional or dance party.
A Kiss Could Be Deadly (New wave punk; Huntington Beach, CA)
With enough synth guitars to drown out a small army, A Kiss Could Be Deadly explodes onto the stage with a potent mix of rock, pop and electro noise eased by the crystal clear vocal stylings of a female voice.
The Cove, $5
The Pasties (Folk/punk; Olympia, WA)
This seven-piece folky punk band, clad in pink, caters to the dance crowd with their jam band party atmosphere fueled by guitar, bass, drums, banjo, mandolin, trumpet and accordion.
Tera Melos (Rock; Roseville, CA)
Tera Melos is an awesome math rock band that will blow your mind with their pure ingenious tunes.
By the End Tonight (Rock/experimental; Alvin, TX)
Perfect mix of experimental noise and math rock from good-old Texas boys.
Look Mexico (Pop/rock; Tallahassee, FL)
Old school emo with goofy pop mixed in is just the tip of the iceberg of what these guys can do.
Red Rocket (Thrash/pop; Philadelphia, PA)
Not since Ziggy Stardust and Kill Yr Idols has a band emerged with such enigmatic beauty and screaming noise.
The White Rabbit, $10-$12
Beneath the Massacre (Death metal; Montreal, Canada)
These guys are the undisputed champions of Canadian death metal.
See You Next Tuesday (Experimental/death metal; Bay City, MI)
It started out as a joke, but when this band soon gained a following for their pulsing rhythms and searing vocals, they kept playing.
Born of Osiris (Death metal; Chicago, IL)=
Born of Osiris mix their death metal with challenging time signatures and epic vocals.
The Tony Danza Tapdance
Murfreesboro’s reigning metal-band shows us ‘Who’s The Boss?’
Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar, $15-$20, 8pm
Electric Frankenstein (Punk/rock; New Jersey, NJ)
High-energy punk mixed with basic and savage rock ’n’ roll.
The Heart Attacks (Punk/rock; Atlanta, GA)
Armed with a “what doesn’t kill us attitude,” these boys live on punk rock and on the road.
So Unloved (Punk/metal; San Antonio)
Local three piece, but did we mention that they are all girls and they rock?
GG Elvis (Punk/comedy; Oxnard, CA)
Elvis eat your heart out. This band will have you rolling on the floor with their crazy stage getups and antics.
Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar, $10, 8pm
The Aggrolites (Reggae/soul; Los Angeles, CA)
Dirty reggae filled with tuneful lyrics and a heavy rhythm.
Flatfoot 56 (Punk/other; Chicago, IL)
Three brothers play Celtic punk.
Channel One (Rock; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
These guys play emotional music with a heavy edge.
Coxcomb (Ska/punk; San Antonio)
Their music sounds exactly like their name: a mix of reggae, ska and punk.
Ruta Maya Riverwalk
(Alternative/rock; Toronto, ON)
Dressed to kill, these guys once shared the stage with Cyndi Lauper, and idolize old school David Bowie, Jane’s Addiction and Jeff Buckley.
White Rabbit, $12-$15, 7p
The Horror Pops (Psychobilly; Los Angeles, CA)
Watching the Horror Pops is like taking a crazy ride on a scary rollercoaster while listening to surf, punk, metal, ska and rock.
The Pink Spiders (Punk/rock; Nashville, TN)
The Pink Spiders can only be described as ass-kicking rock with a touch for the dramatic.
Steve E Nix and the Cute Lepers
(Punk/rock; Seattle, WA)
The name says it all.
Snowbyrd (Psychedelic/country/punk; San Antonio)
Intersecting guitar work that is dizzying and mind-blowing fun.
Savior Daughters (Electro/crunk; San Antonio)
Influenced by everyone from The Cure, The Clash, A-ha and Jello Biafra, Savior Daughters is the perfect mix of Texas nouveaux wave.
Velcro Underground (Vinyl/covers; San Antonio)
The Velcro Underground hosts one of San Antonio’s swankiest underground dance night, with DJ’s Bartron and Smartypants spinning classic and obscure underground dance tracks, including Gang of Four, Goldfrapp, Kraftwerk, Kaiserchiefs, Run DMC and The Ramones.