With SXSW in the rear-view mirror and the Austin City Limits Festival still many months away, what's a music lover to do? Spend his or her summer going to one-off road shows, is what.
It was a hard feat, but we've narrowed down the stacked summer roster to 20 intimate shows you shouldn't miss. We've got some novelty acts (Kitty Pryde), some indie icons (New Order), some shredders (Ty Segall) and some buzz-acts (Chvrches).
But we are by no means foolish enough to think that the list below is all that the Live Music Capital has to offer throughout the three hottest months of the year.Take a pass through our top 20 below, buy some tickets, and leave your can't-miss shows in the comments.
Simply put, sweating at a concert is better than sweating at a bar with a shitty house band.
The Postal Service with Ra Ra Riot, Cedar Park Center
Generationals with Young Empires, The Parish
Kopecky Family Band, Stubb's
Chvrches with Still Corners, The Mohawk
Ex-Cult with Captive, Red 7
Amplified Heat with Sideshow Tragedy, The Mohawk
Mike and the Moonpies, Lamberts
Ariel Pink with Kirin J Callinan, The Mohawk
Baths with Houses, The Mohawk
Twin Shadow with Elliphant, Emo's East
THE UNCLUDED (Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson), Central Presbyterian Church
The Appleseed Cast with The Life and Times, Red 7
Fitz and the Tantrums with Saints of Valory, Stubb's
Anamanaguchi with Kitty Pryde, Red 7
CSS with MNDR, Emo's
New Order with Holy Ghost!, Austin Music Hall
Rodrigo y Gabriela, ACL Live
A$AP Rocky, Austin360 Amphitheater
Icona Pop with K. Flay, Emo's East
Ty Segall, The Mohawk