April Music Picks

Here are the best music shows and fests happening in Austin this month

Here are the best music shows and fests happening in Austin this month

Levitation (formerly known as Psych Fest) is one of our top music picks for April. Photo by Shelley Neuman

Now that the city is far enough removed from SXSW, things are starting to pick up on the music front. M83, Dr. Dog (with Shakey Graves), Beach House, Chvrches, and Widespread Panic are all playing sold-out gigs, but there are still all kinds of quality shows littered throughout the rest of the month. Below you'll find our select choices.

Top shows

If you're in need of a band that will deliver something loud, intense, and all-engulfing, then look no further than Savages. Their new album, Adore Life, is stellar, and its tracks should sound great live.
Tuesday, April 12 at Emo's

Late last year Bradford Cox and the gang put out their most accessible effort yet: the warm, catchy, and classic rock-esque Fading Frontier. Now they're out on the road in support of it. Deerhunter's live shows have always been good, but the new set of hooky tunes should provide them with a more varied set than usual.
Thursday, April 14 at Mohawk

Kurt Vile & The Violators
Unless you were living under a rock, you probably noticed that Kurt Vile released one of 2015's best tracks with "Pretty Pimpin." Hearing that alone would be worth the price of admission, but when you consider that Vile has been steadily putting out quality material since 2008, that makes his show at Stubb's one that's a can't-miss.
Friday, April 15 at Stubb's

Calliope Musicals
Locals Calliope Musicals are about to put out a new album, Time Owes You Nothing, and on Friday, April 15 they're having a two-stage release party. The first part will be at Central Presbyterian Church where they'll play the whole LP from start to finish with a three-piece choir, three-piece orchestra, and more. Once they're done, they'll join up with Yes Ma'am Brass Band for a parade over to Cheer Up Charlies, where Riders Against The Storm, Sphynx, Hikes, and more will play an after party of sorts. This should totally be an all-Austin bit of fun.
Friday, April 15 at Central Presbyterian Church and Cheer Up Charlies

Slack Capital Release Party
Slack Capital is a new compilation that features a bunch of Austin's finest bands (Big Bill, Basketball Shorts, Annabelle Chairlegs, and many more), and there's a show happening in celebration of it. The $8 ticket will get you in and land you a CD. Better yet, all proceeds from the sale of Slack Capital will be donated to Anthropos Arts, a local nonprofit that provides music lessons for at-risk youth.
Friday, April 15 at Barracuda

Slomo Drags
Austin's own Slomo Drags have readied a new EP, and they're all set to ring in its arrival properly via a big release show that also features The Eastern Sea, Otis the Destroyer, A. Sinclair, Alex Napping, and Star Parks — a great local lineup.
Saturday, April 16 at Cheer Up Charlies

Thao and The Get Down Stay Down
Thao and The Get Down Stay Down are rolling in on a wave of positive buzz that stems from their well-received new album, A Man Alive, and a variety of quality appearances at SXSW. If you've never seen them before, now is the time. Thao and her band's current set is as good as it's ever been.
Saturday, April 23 at Mohawk


Euphoria Fest
Featuring Bassnectar, STS9, Dillon Francis, Tycho, Com Truise, Lil Dicky, and more. Go and dance.
Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 10 at Carson Creek Ranch

Old Settler's Music Festival
Featuring Dawes, Hayes Carll, The Suffers, Deer Tick, and more. Go and get rustic.
Thursday, April 14 through Sunday, April 17 at Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch

Featuring Brian Wilson, Animal Collective, Courtney Barnett, The Black Angels, and more. Go and get heady.
Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1 at Carson Creek Ranch

Big names
If you're looking for a more familiar set of names, these are some of the biggest acts in town this month.