Chances are, you’re either still nursing your New Year’s hangover, are plowing through your January 1st Mimosa binge or have sworn off drinking completely. Well, as Airplane taught us, there’s no perfect time to swear off any of our vices, and Free Week is no exception. For concert-fiends looking to pinch a few pennies, Free Week is a chance to sample the best in local music, all while saving dough. How do you sift through the budget-friendly options? Here’s our weekly guide to keep you busy during the days that don’t start with S.
Monday, January 2nd
Who keeps up with resolutions anyway? Two local lifestyle sites present this Free Week show at Swan Dive featuring The Soapbox Spellbinders, The White White Lights, Little Radar and Royal Forest.
One of Austin’s busiest musicians heads back to Saxon Pub to kick off a series of Monday Night shows with his band Lonelyland. If you’re still too hungover to even think about heading out on the town, watch the show from under your laptop — each show will be webcast through Schneider’s website.
Tuesday, January 3rd
Join the throngs of Austin’s budget-conscious music fans with this Free Week showcase. Take note of the calendar, because there are prizes and giveaways all week long. Indoor shows include: Mike & the Moonpies, Frank Smith, Franny & Zooey, The Blind Pets and Mockingbird Loyals. Outdoors, you can catch Crooks, Guns of Navarone and Whiskey Shivers.
For those free week-ers who prefer to avoid downtown, Spider House offers a full schedule of Free Week shows, including this double dose on Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 4th
Keep up the Free Week spirit at Red 7, with outdoor shows from Sober Daze, The Sweethearts, Piñata Protest, Heather Go Psycho and Mariachis Del Infierno.
Head on over to Beauty Bar for some more FW action, this time in conjunction with their Whiskey Wednesday series. Featuring performances by Look Mexico, Little Lo, Buxton, Tactics and Slash Future.
Thursday, January 5th
For those looking to break up the free music a bit, the Austin Film Society presents this tale of Richard Garriott, who last year became the first son of an astronaut to go to space. This isn’t exactly a Richard Branson-esque tale, nor is it something solely for space fans — Garriott pioneered private space travel and details his journey in this documentary.
Free Week continues over at The Mohawk, with BOY, Daniel Francis Doyle, The Sour Notes, One Hundred Flowers and Burgess Meredith. Outdoor acts include Maneja Beto, Lemurs and My Education.
Friday, January 6th
The week is almost through, and so are your chances at free music. Hit up Red 7 for a stellar lineup of local acts, including buzz band Not in the Face! as well as Church of the Divine Spirits, The Smites, Yuppie Pricks, Germ Free Adolescents, American Hardcore, Scary Mondelos, Eagle Claw, Fleshlights, Dikes of Holland and Este Vato.
If the East Side is more your speed, check out The Boxing Lesson, Politics, (boy + kite) and Flemish Giant, along with DJ Kon Karne at the North Door.
There you have it, Austinites. There’s no rest for the weary, so if you thought that you’d be settling into a post-holiday hibernation, think again. 2012 is here, and it’s kicking off with a bang.