Austin Music Mama July 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 Neighbourhood with Travi$ Scott and White Arrows at Stubb’s Outdoor Amphitheater

The Neighbourhood. Photo credit: Cedes Rutherford
The Neighbourhood. Photo credit: Cedes Rutherford

If you listen to KGSR or 103.1 iHeartAustin, it’s very likely you have heard “Sweater Weather“. My 8-year-old even knows some of the words (“Mommy, why is he singing about the holes in a sweater?”). The band behind the brooding, indie pop song which spent months on the top of the alt rock charts last year, The Neighbourhood, is made up of Jesse Rutherford on vocals, Jeremy Freedman and Zach Abels on guitar and Mikey Margott on bass (pictured above but no longer a part of the band is one of the band’s founding members, drummer Bryan “Olivver” Sammis).

It would be easy to assume the band is from across the pond, because of the spelling of their name, but in fact The Neighbourhood hails from California. Right now, the band is on a worldwide tour, having released “Honest”, part of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, in April. Later this year, the band plans to release  #000000 & #FFFFFF (the HTML code for black and white, which is how the band explains its sound on its Facebook page), a diary of songs that are inspired by their time on the road. Three tracks are available now at Live Mixtapes.

The Neighbourhood’s El Tour Blanco will make a stop at Stubb’s outdoors on July 18th. The band was last in town during SXSW. Gates open at 7pm and general admission tickets are $27 plus fees. You can learn more about the show and purchase tickets here.

July Music Roundup*



Austin favorite Bob Schneider makes his annual appearance at the Nutty Brown Cafe for its 4th of July Bash. The show will also feature a fireworks show and a moonwalk for the kids. Milk Drive opens. Doors are at 6pm, and advance tickets are $17 (day of tickets are $22).  


Stubb’s will host a free show with locals Night Drive. The show is all ages and doors open at 9pm. Night Drive claims the band is on a mission to “recalibrate the future of electro pop”.


Wye Oak has been described by Pitchfork as “earnest folk-influenced rock with touches of noise and dream pop”. The band plays an all ages show with Pattern Is Movement at The Parish. Wye Oak is partnering with Air Traffic Control to donate $2 from each ticket to a local charity. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $18 plus fees.


Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma headlines Blues on the Green at Zilker Park with Greyhounds opening. Music starts at 8pm.


The Wine Down at ACL Live returns this year, but on every other Monday (not Wednesday as in years past). Sample food from III Forks while you listen to Latasha Lee & The Black Ties. No cover. 5-7pm.


Sheffield-based indie band The Crookes make a stop at the Mohawk in support of their new album, Soapbox. Young Buffalo and Stoney open. Doors open at 9pm for this all ages show. Tickets are $10.


Little Woodrow’s on Parmer is hosting BURBZfest, an all-day music festival featuring Emily Wolfe, The Roosevelts, Holiday Mountain, The Black and White Years, Alpha Rev and Lance Herbstrong. Woodrow’s will have food trailers and a craft beer garden on site and there will also be games, including chickensh*t bingo, turtle racing and corn hole. You can purchase tickets online for $25 apiece plus fees.


The Antlers play at The Parish, with Thus Owls opening. Pitchfork recently reviewed their latest album, Familiars. Doors open at 7pm for this all ages show. Tickets are $17 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 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".