Where else can music fans start the year by seeing hundreds of local bands at venues throughout the city without paying cover charge? The fantastic Austin live music tradition each January simply called Free Week continues unabated at select clubs through Saturday. In addition to some new bands on the schedule that did not perform last week, you also have a chance to catch local acts you might have missed last week at no charge. Many of the bands get paid a percentage of the bar sales so buy a couple of drinks, tip your bartender and rest easy knowing you did your part to support local music. In our top Free Week shows you should not miss (part 2) you will find singer-songwriters, indie rock, garage rock, post rock, afrobeat and hard-charging rock 'n roll. Given the breadth of genres represented, there is a show listed for everyone. Take advantage of the opportunity to discover Austin bands without hoards of out-of-town music fans on the streets.
Wednesday, January 8
Danny Malone w/ Shivery Shakes, Shmu, Hikes - Empire Control Room and Garage - 7 p.m.
Vagabond Collective is hosting the only Free Week appearance by singer-songwriter Danny Malone tonight at Empire Control Room. The talented vocalist and guitarist released a new album last June, "Balloons" which drew raves from local critics. Hear the track, "Spiderlegs" from the album on Malone's Soundcloud page.
"In Balloons' 11 tracks, Malone acts as an alchemist, spinning transparent elements into a colorful tapestry as opulent as it is cryptic." - Abby Johnston, Austin Chronicle
Other notable shows:
Thursday, January 9
Obscured by Echoes w/ Casual Strangers, Residual Kid, Migrant Kids, Purapharm - Holy Mountain - 8 p.m.
If this lineup looks familiar it is due to the fact that most of the bands listed played last week at the Mohawk. This time Holy Mountain hosts psych rockers with an emo name, Obscured by Echoes. While the requisite vocal reverb is present on several songs, Obscured by Echoes manage to get past cliche sounds to create music that weaves textures and harmonies, giving them their own flavor.
Casual Strangers is a new project from The Boxing Lesson frontman, Paul Waclawsky. Residual Kid also has ties to Waclawsky. Drummer Ben Redman filled in admirably for TBL last year when they were looking for a new man behind the kit. Catch Redman now performing exclusively with Residual Kid at this show before the young garage rockers head to the East Coast next week to record with J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.).
Other notable shows:
Friday, January 10
My Jerusalem, Not in the Face, East Cameron Folkcore, Harvest Thieves - Holy Mountain - 8 p.m.
2013 was a big year for New Orleans natives and current Austin residents, My Jerusalem. The band appeared at Austin City Limits Music Festival, toured with the Psychedelic Furs and toured Europe. Vocalist, Jeff Klein lends a soulful tenor to the indie band's sound. We liked the group from the first time we saw them play. It looks as though this is the only chance you will have to see My Jerusalem during Free Week.
Hard rock duo turned four-piece, Not in the Face has also played ACL Festival and Fun Fun Fun Fest. The band has rightfully gained a lot of attention since the release of their full-length album, "Bikini" in 2011. They toured with X and Reverend Horton Heat and even opened for Texas legends ZZ Top.
East Cameron Folkcore and Harvest Thieves open the show.
Other notable shows:
Saturday, January 11
Hard Proof w/ Golden Dawn Arkestra, Big Britches, Cody Jasper - Empire Control Room - 7 p.m.
End the week with dancing to funky jams from all-star afrobeat collective, Hard Proof at Empire Control Room. These guys always put on a fun show and their Mohawk performance last week had people talking about this band. Hard Proof head out on a mini tour of Louisiana mid-month, hitting Houston's Continental Club before returning to Austin.
Another group featuring horns, Golden Dawn Arkestra led by Topaz open the show with Big Britches and Cody Jasper.
For more Free Week shows the most complete listing can be found at Do512.com.
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