Tunes Tuesday: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Tunes Tuesday

Oh, summer. As mamas, this time of year we tend to get less sleep, less exercise and not eat as well as we should. Which, inevitably, leads to frazzled nerves, less patience with the kiddos and the dreaded mama guilt. Which is not quite a prescription for summer fun. Here at LiveMom, we challenge you to take some time for yourself this summer, whether that means reading a book while your partner takes the kids to the pool, getting crafty with your kids (instead of using that time to fold laundry or do chores) or getting out and spending time with friends. Whatever it is, you have our permission to take whatever time you can get to recharge.

Since we know you’re busy this summer, we’ll bring you one song each Tuesday that we’ve been loving lately, and let you know about some shows that are coming up, so you can have a reason to escape the kids, the kitchen counters and whatever’s keeping you from getting your summer zen on.


This week, we are bringing you a great song for those post-dinner dance-offs you have with your kids (what, are we the only ones?) This song, “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)” by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. has been out for a while, but the band recently released this video in partnership with the website Funny Or Die. The band was in Austin in May, is hitting a few summer festivals and then joins Atlas Genius on tour through November. When I asked my seven-year-old son to vote between this song and “Put the Light On” by Generationals, he chose this:

As a bonus this week, I ran across this list of the 20 Greatest Albums to Share with Kids, put together by Common Sense Media. What has made up your kids’ musical education?

In case you are looking for an excuse to get out of the house and experience what it means to live in the Live Music Capital of the World, here are some shows we have hand-picked for you:

Tuesday, July 30th

Darden Smith at Waterloo Records for an in-store performance. FREE. 5pm.

SaulPaul at the Parish Underground. FREE. Show at 6pm.

Wednesday, July 31st

Austin Sound & Cinema at the Long Center lawn featuring School of Rock featuring the Zeppelin Show performed by Will Taylor and Strings Attached. FREE. Music will start at 7pm, followed by the film screening.

“A Midsummer Night with the Monkees” is happening at at the Long Center. $45. 8pm.
AdvertisementThe Hip Hop Humanoids, J-Kid, Heir Max & More at Spider House. FREE. 8pm.

Western Youth, Christy Hays and The Love Leighs play at Antone’s. $7. Doors open at 7pm, and show starts at 9pm.

Thursday, August 1st

Ray Wylie Hubbard at Unplugged at the Grove. FREE. Music starts at 8pm.

Rosie and the Ramblers, Anthony Ray Wright and Carson McHone at Hole in the Wall. $5. 10pm.

Friday, August 2nd

The Tontons with Fulton Reed, Bells and Parks at Holy Mountain. $7 in advance, $10 the day of. 9pm.

The Eastern Sea and Roadkill Ghost Choir at the Parish. $12+. Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm.

The Nimbus, Illegal Wire Taps and Chemical Grove at Swan Dive. $5. 10pm.

Saturday, August 3rd

Jon Dee Graham at One-2-One Bar. $10. Doors at 5pm, show starts at 8pm.

Overseas with the Monahans at the Parish. $15+. Doors at 8, show at 9pm.

Sunday, August 4th

Train with the Script and Gavin McGraw at the Austin360 Amphitheater. $25+. Doors open at 5pm, show starts at 7pm.

What’s your favorite tune as of late? Any summer concerts you are looking forward to?

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.livemom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Nicole-Basham-Sara-Marzani-Photography-livemom.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her newly-minted-7-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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