Austin Music Mama August Roundup

Austin Music Mama Monthly Roundup

Here at LiveMom, we understand that you had a life before you had kids. While the decision to become a parent can rock your world in ways you didn’t anticipate, it can also cause you to temporarily put aside what you used to enjoy…and guarantee that you are in bed by 9pm.

You say you love music? When’s the last time you saw a band in person? Living here in Austin, we are very lucky to have access to live music, every day of the week. Yes, you can choose to listen to a year’s worth of bands during festivals like ACL and SXSW, or, perhaps it was too much to even contemplate in the haze that is also known as Spring Break. In the hopes of giving you a reason to get out of the house, an excuse to get a group of friends together and permission add a new band to your playlist, we’ll be issuing recommendations for shows for the coming month. Admittedly, the next day you might need an extra cup of coffee, but we promise, you’ll be glad you remember what it was like to be out with adults again.

Featured event: Letting Up Despite Great Faults at Holy Mountain

letting up despite great faults
One of the great things about writing about music is that we got lots of emails about bands, songs and tours headed to Austin. On any given day, I usually have about 10 tabs open of music which I listen to while I’m working. I’ll listen to almost anything once. If I like a particular song, I’ll listen again. Probably once a week I’ll find a band I like after the second listen. After that point, I usually listen to more songs by the band or artist on Spotify, start following the band on social media and sign up for the newsletter. Although I wish I could go more often, I try to make it out once a month to hear bands perform live.

Although I’ve been doing this for a little while, I still find myself feeling sheepish at the number of bands based in Austin I haven’t heard of. One such band which caught my attention recently is Letting Up Despite Great Faults, a four-piece band started in LA which is now based in Austin. With Mike Lee on vocals, the band’s synth pop immediately won over my husband, who has been streaming 13 of the tracks off Neon from Bandcamp nonstop for a few days now.

Letting Up will have an album release show at Holy Mountain on August 16th, along with special guests Shmu, Whiite Walls and Löwin. Doors open at 9pm for this 21+ show. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

See you there?

August Music Roundup*



Ray LaMontagne‘s new record, Supernova, has a different sound: more psychedelic and with the backing of an electric guitar as opposed to an acoustic. See it for yourself at the Long Center’s Dell Hall, where LaMontagne plays with The Belle Brigade. Doors open at 7pm for this all ages show. Tickets start at $39.50.


The weather has been doing some pretty crazy things this summer, so we’re going to cross our fingers and toes that it will be bearable to make it to Blues on the Green to see Charlie Mars with Quiet Company. BOTG is at Zilker Park and starts around 8pm. If you can get down there and bring a cooler, you can even do it with kids. Oh, and it’s free!


Another free event is the Wine Down, which takes place inside ACL Live from 5-7pm. Dawn & Hawkes, the local duo who were on the last season of The Voice, will be performing and The Bonneville will be providing some nibbles.


Nothing says old Austin music quite like the Saxon Pub, and longtime Austin favorite Patrice Pike plays the third and fourth Thursdays of the month. Patrice plays at 8pm, and cover is $10.


You’ll probably recognize The Wild Feathers‘ song, “The Ceiling”, as it’s gotten some airplay on local stations. The band will be coming to Emo’s with Jamestown Revival and Leopold and His Fiction. Doors open at 8pm for this all ages show. Tickets are $18 plus fees.


Sylvan Esso, which is made up of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn, brings its electronic dance beats to Emo’s with Dana Bouy of Akron Family. Get a sneak peek of one of their shows on NPR Music. Doors open at 7pm and music starts at 8pm at this all ages show. Tickets are $13 plus fees.


London-based alt-pop duo Thumpers return to Austin after being in town for SXSW. Doors open at 8pm for this all ages show at Stubb’s inside. Tickets are $12 plus fees.


If you haven’t made it to Unplugged at the Grove this year, it’s not too late! Dale Watson plays this free outdoor show at Shady Grove. Music starts at 8pm. This can be a kid-friendly outing, or a good excuse for an MNO or a girls’ night out. You can read our post with tips on where to park, when to get there and more.


Uk-based Michael David Rosenberg, more commonly known as Passenger, will be making a stop at Stubb’s as part of his North American tour to support new album, Whispers. Not sure if you know the band? How about “Let Her Go” and “Scare Away the Dark“? Doors open at 7pm for this all ages show. Tickets are $25 plus fees.

* Shows may sell out, so make sure to check the ticket links before making plans.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 8-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau’s words, her mission is to “suck out all the marrow of life”, or in her son’s words, to cultivate in him a love of “advenchers”.[/author_info] [/author]

About Nicole Basham 793 Articles
A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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