January Music Roundup

2015 Austin Music Mama Roundup

When you are in the throes of mama-hood, it’s easy to forget that we live in the Live Music Capital of the World. It’s easy to forget how music can tell a story, lift you up and take you to a different place. You don’t necessarily have to go downtown, get super dressed up or break the bank.

Did we convince you? Great! Now, you just need some ideas of where to go. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you. We’ve studied the listings, listened to the bands and have ten shows we recommend for this month. Keep in mind that some shows might sell out, so check the links before heading out. Have a blast!

Featured Event: Ben Howard at the Austin Music Hall, January 16


If the name Ben Howard isn’t ringing a bell, take a listen to “Keep Your Head Up” and “Only Love” from the British singer-songwriter’s first major studio release, Every Kingdom. The album was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2012, which recognizes the best release of the year in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Howard picked up two Brit Awards in the same year (the British equivalent of the Grammy Awards) for British Breakthrough and British Solo Male Artist.

Last October, Howard released his latest album, I Forget Where We Were, which debuted at #1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart. One of the first releases off the album, “Conrad”, shows Howard’s critical acclaim is well-deserved. With strong melodies, an understated intensity and an irresistible mix of folk and pop, you’ll find yourself hooked in no time.

Howard began his North American tour on the West Coast and picks back up in 2015 with stops at the House of Blues in Dallas in January, and then in Austin on the 16th. This isn’t Howard’s first time in Austin, however. In 2012, he was here for both SXSW and ACL. Ben is also one of the artists featured in James Marcus Haney’s feature-length film, Austin to Boston, which chronicles a group of musicians and creatives’ two week, three thousand mile journey to Beantown.

January Music Roundup



Austin four piece Jitterbug Vipers won four Austin Music Awards in 2014, including Best Jazz Band. The self-described “Viper Jazz/Swingadelic Rock” band will be playing an early show at Lamberts during FREE WEEK. Doors open at 7pm for this all ages show.


East Cameron Folkcore brings their rock-inflected folk music inside to Stubb’s during the iHeartAustin FREE WEEK show. Doors open at 8pm for this all ages show. Sour Bridges and Bandhaus round out the bill.


NOLA act Sweet Crude sets Lousiana’s native French dialect to decidedly non-Cajun music. The band plays with Chasca, The Sour Notes, Hembree and the Bitter Birds at Blackheart at another FREE WEEK show. The music starts at 9pm.


Mature-beyond-their-years trio Charlie Belle will celebrate the release of their latest EP, Get to Know, with an all ages show at Holy Mountain. Doors open at 9pm and tickets are coming soon.


Music icon Dolly Parton may not live here, but she gets a party here, regardless. A whole passel of musicians will be performing her songs live at Dolly’s Birthday Bash at the High Road on Dawson. Guests will enjoy barbecue and sides and are invited to participate in a look-alike contest. Tickets are $20/advance and $25/door and can be purchased at the Lodge or by calling (512) 442-8535. All proceeds will benefit Dolly’s Imagination Library.


The Suffers are a 10-piece soul/rock & roll band based in Houston, heading out to support the release of their EP, Make Some Room (you can listen to the title track on Spin). The group was here in Austin last year for SXSW. Doors open for the show at 8pm at Empire Control Room. Tickets are $10 plus fees.


Amy Cook has been playing music in Austin for over a decade. Cook collaborated with Ben Kweller, David Garza, Patty Griffin and even Robert Plant on her latest album, On Summer Skin. Amy plays at Strange Brew from 7-9pm. Tickets are $15/advance and $20/door.


Austin’s own T. Bird & The Breaks release their third funk/soul album, HARMONIZM, on January 27th and commemorate the occasion with an in-store performance at Waterloo before heading out on tour. The FREE show begins at 5pm.


Blues singer and songwriter Carolyn Wonderland heads out to the ‘burbs for a show at The Roost. Ticket information forthcoming.

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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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