Austin has a long and rich history as the Live Music Capital of the World. Every night the city is filled with so much music, including jazz, blues, soul, rock, punk, metal, and many others. And best of all, these concerts are generally easily accessible and inexpensive.
The Red River District is one of Austin's prime areas to see live bands. It is a three block stretch on Red River Street that is home to amazing shows by everyone from established artists to up-and-coming bands. Stubb's is one of the larger venues on Red River and often features big name bands of a variety of genres on their outdoor stage. They also have famous BBQ and a Sunday Gospel Brunch that is definitely worth checking out.
Most venues in this area have indoor and outdoor stages, the bigger acts are often on the outdoor stage with smaller acts on the indoor stage. Emo's is another well-known venue that has an indoor and outdoor stage, often featuring punk and metal bands. Nearby are Red Eyed Fly and Beerland, which book lots of local punk and rock bands. A bit further down Red River is Mohawk, which features many up-and-coming as well as established indie bands, and has a bar with lots of paintings of mysterious bearded men.
The Red River District is only one of many areas in Austin to hear live music but it's definitely a great place to head to check out what's going on in the Austin music scene.