Austin Music Mama September 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: The Growlers at Scoot Inn

Photo credit: Taylor Bonin
Photo credit: Taylor Bonin

With ACL just around the corner, you might need a little warm-up if you are out of live music-watching habit. We’d like to suggest checking out The Growlers, a band whose music might want to make you catch a plane to Cali and spend a year surfing. The five-piece band describes its sound as “beach goth”, which does a pretty good job describing the unique mix of surf guitar, honky-tonk and 80s post-punk melodies. The Growlers are heading to Austin to showcase the band’s latest release, Chinese Fountain, which is available on September 23rd. The most recent song released from the forthcoming album is “Dull Boy”.

Chinese Fountain is The Growlers fifth full-length album, which was written in three weeks and recorded in about half that time. The 11 tracks were largely written by vocalist Brooks Nielsen and guitarist Matt Taylor and are the product of 8 years together and the almost 150 gigs the band performs in each year. To see The Growlers live, head to the Scoot Inn on September 27th. Doors open at 8pm and music starts at 9pm. General admission is $15.

September Music Roundup*



Enjoy some music while you support a great cause at the Austin Bat Cave Benefit, featuring Bill CallahanHospital Ships, William Harries Graham and Jon Dee Graham. Doors open at 7pm for this all ages show. You can listen to Bill Callahan’s World Cafe session from December 2013 here. The Austin Bat Cave provides children and teens with the opportunity to grow as writers.  Tickets are $30.


Need some tunes to unwind after a long weekend with the kids? Balmorhea is a six-piece instrumental band from Austin, inspired by the vistas and open spaces of the American Southwest. You can listen to their recently-released track, “Heir I”, here. The band plays the Parish with Jess Williamson. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are $14.


Delta Spirit is making a stop in Austin to commemorate the release of the band’s fourth LP, Into the Wide. You can hear the album’s lead single, “From Now On”, here. Delta Spirit plays and all ages show at Emo’s with EDJ opening. Doors open at 8pm and advance tickets are $18 plus fees.


Never made it out to COTA? You can remedy that by checking out Kings of Leon, who were nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Album in 2013 for Mechanical Bull. Some of the songs you might know are “Supersoaker” and “Use Somebody”. Doors are at 5:30pm and the show starts at 7pm. Young the Giant and KONGOS open. Tickets start at $35 for lawn seating.


Don’t want to deal with a late night, standing the entire show or earplugs? Then, head on down to Spicewood Tavern for the Soul of a Musician series, which kicks off at 7:30pm. These intimate, acoustic sessions showcase local acts and give you the opportunity to learn more about their songwriting process while you can have dinner or drinks. Mama and prolific musician Elizabeth McQueen will be performing.


These six musicians may not fit the typical definition of a family, but nonetheless, The Kopecky Family Band has been rocking since 2007. You may have heard “Heartbeat” off the band’s 2013 release Kids Raising Kids. The Band makes a stop at the Parish has part of its “Putting the Kids to Bed” tour. Coin opens. Doors at 7pm for this all ages show. Tickets are $15 plus fees.


After a 14-year hiatus, Sebadoh self-recorded and self-produced Defend Yourself, an album filled with songs of heartache inspired by his divorce from his wife of 25 years. The band will perform at Red7 with Octagrape and Phantom Lakes. Doors open at 9pm and tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door.


Recently cleared on rape accusations, Conor Oberst now ready to move on and is bringing his sensitive brand of indie rock to Stubb’s. Watch Conor collaborate with First Aid Kit and Dawes guitarist Taylor Goldsmith on Consequence of Sound. Advance tickets to this show at Stubb’s, presented by KUTX, are $30 plus fees. Doors at 7pm.


Austin-based quartet, Alex Napping, will celebrate the release of the band’s debut LP, This is Not a Bedroom, with a record release show at Cheer Up Charlie’s. You can listen to “Weak Knees” on Bandcamp. The band shares the stage with Big Bill, Soft Swells and Löwin. Doors at 8pm. Suggested donation $3-$5.

* 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]

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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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