Austin Music Mama June 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 (man, did you see the lineup for this year? Wowsers!) 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: Neon Trees at Stubb’s on June 2nd

Photo credit: Andrew Zaeh
Photo credit: Andrew Zaeh

I had certainly heard of Neon Trees before, but (although I’m embarrassed to admit it) it wasn’t until recently that I connected the dots between the songs and the band. “Everybody Talks“, anyone? “Animal“? With Tyler Glenn on vocals, Branden Campbell on bass, Elaine Bradley on drums (yes, a girl drummer!) and Chris Allen on guitars, the band’s catchy, pop-laden brand of New Wave has drawn comparisons to Duran Duran.  Their latest album, Pop Psychology, was released on April 22nd, and the band is now on the road, and will be making a stop in Austin on June 2nd at Stubb’s (outside), which is also part of the 101x Birthday Concert Series. Doors open at 6pm for this all ages show, and Smallpools and Nightmare and the Cat are opening. If you are worried about a Monday night show on the last week of school, it’s good to remember that Stubb’s has a 10:30pm curfew that night.

NPR recently interviewed Tyler and Elaine about the band’s new album and Tyler’s recent emergence from the closet (which might have been a non-event were the band not all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). Rolling Stone also has a great article about the band’s rise. Both articles reference the struggles Tyler faced in coming out and how his experiences influenced writing the songs which ended up on Pop Psychology. The album’s lead single, “Sleeping With a Friend“, tells the story of a tryst with a straight guy. An interesting backstory plus some great music sound like the ingredients for a really fun show to kick off the summer.

June Music Roundup*



101X’s XGames Austin Kick-Off Bash to benefit The V Foundation features G. Love, Zeale, DJ Manny, raffles and an opportunity to mingle with XGames athletes. Doors open at 6pm at the Belmont and the show begins at 7pm. Tickets start at $50 and include two complimentary drink tickets.


Alejandro Escovedo plays at The Roost, a new entry to the live music scene in north Austin. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $20 plus fees.


Vancouver-based band The Courtneys are touring with Tegan and Sara and will be stopping in Austin for a show at Holy Mountain with Feral Future and Hola Beach. Doors open at 9pm for this show and tickets are $10.


St. Matt’s Soul of a Musician Series that we wrote about here on LiveMom a while back wraps up in June, and Erin Ivey will be playing at 7:30pm at Spicewood Tavern. No cover.


The Wine Down at ACL Live returns this June, but on every other Monday (not Wednesday as in years past). Sample food from Cantina Laredo while you listen to local favorites Shinyribs. No cover.


Cut Copy returns to Austin with Classixx after receiving rave reviews at SXSW. The band will play at Stubb’s Outdoors, and doors will open at 7pm. Tickets are $35 plus fees.


Little Woodrow’s Southpark is hosting the Southpark Solstice with Bob Schneider and Mitch Watkins and Dawn & Hawkes. Doors open at 5 and the show begins at 7:30pm. Seating is first come, first served. Tickets start at $21.97.


Matt the Electrician plays Strange Brew’s Lounge Side at 8pm. Tickets are $6.

* 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".

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