Missed your wristband? No worries, KOOP’s got you covered! Here’s a brief guide on where and when to catch a few official artists at unofficial shows happening this week.
Song Exploder Stage
INDIE, POP, ROCK
06:30 PM, 03/16/2022, Central Presbyterian Church, FREE (RSVP)
Perfume Genius is known for his romantic imagery and doling out topical tunes of struggle, sexuality, disability and domestic violence. Despite these heavy themes, his sound is soft, retro and disco-reminiscent, his performances laced with flawless choreography. More info.
Date Night at DAC: Art and Album Swap
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, 3/16/2022, Dougherty Arts Center, FREE
Got some old records you don’t spin anymore? How about that poster—the one you’ve been meaning to hang for so long that you no longer have the wallspace for it? Once-loved works of art and music will take center stage at this KOOP-sponsored event, where they can be bartered for other, new-to-you items. Scott Gardner of Strong Than Dirt will bring party vibes to the DJ booth. More info.
Dillon T. Pickle’s Austin Throwdown
2-7 PM, 03/17/2022, Idle Hands, FREE (RSVP)
Calling all “bad kids” out to catch their garage rock idols, The Black Lips, from Atlanta, Georgia. Complimented well by local punk band, Pussy Gillette, whose beats go fast and hard just like their live performances. More info.
Dr. Martens Day Three 2022
STONER ROCK, PUNK
03/18/2022, Container Bar, FREE
From Mississippi’s alt. Rock group, Bass Drum of Death, to Austin’s own The Black Angels, this show is absolutely BRIMMING with hard sound and spooky bangers! More info.
Happen Twice SXSW Showcase
1:00 PM-6:00 PM, 3/18/22, FREE
Happen Twice, a local arts and culture organization, has two showcases featuring both out-of-town talent and some local bands, including Hey Cowboy and San Gabriel. Word on the street is that the Frogman may make an appearance! More info.
Brooklyn Bowl Family Reunion
2 PM, 03/19/2022, Empire Control Room & Garage, FREE (RSVP)
Austin’s beloved four-piece band White Denim will be rockin’ out at 4 PM for this early show! Influenced by psych rock, blues and punk rock, the band has rapidly grown in popularity over the past few years and is back to performing post-quarantine. More info.
TeXchromosone & Magnolia Presents: Grateful to Get Back
FOLK, PSYCH, BLUE GRASS
11 AM-10 PM, 03/18 & 03/19, Peace House Farm
This all-day, family friendly will feature two full days of artists paying tribute to The Grateful Dead and The Beatles, and will include an artists’ market. Promoted within the range of artists will be several female singer-songwriters, such as Austin’s Heather Bishop and Elsa Cross. More info.
By Shannon Mullery, Bryce Robinson, and John Hardberger