With more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation, Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World. Listen closely and you’ll hear the sounds of more than 1,900 bands and performing artists living in and around our city. We have scoured the city for some of those bands and are happy to showcase a cross-section of the up-and-coming Austin bands for your enjoyment. Right in the middle of it you will find our own Dope’n’Stack with a number of surprise appearances. Check them out here
Drew Davis is a multi-talented singer-songwriter who plays the keys and leads vocals. The youngest musician ever to play at National Women’s Music Festival, she has released three full-length albums with original work. Her music has been used on several MTV and Showtime shows as well as a blockbuster French movie starring Juliette Binoche. It features modern R&B stylings, jazz influences, gospel influences, a subtle use of vocal harmony and heavy melodic ornamentation. Check out Drew’s website for more information and his soundcloud for some music.
Watching Emily Bell roll a crowd under her thumb within minutes of taking the stage, it is evident she is full of both sophisticated soul and strutting rock ’n’ roll. On her debut album “In Technicolor”, Bell corralled her Debbie Harry sass, Mick Jagger sizzle and Diana Ross prowess into nine cuts that cross tracks laid through Delta blues, ‘60s rock, girl-group glam and Motown power. After she opened for Texas singer-songwriter Hayes Carll, he declared, “She’ll knock you down, burn up the stage and leave you asking for more.” Check out Emily’s website for more information and her Spotify and for soundcloud for some music.
Categorized as lush rock 'n' roll, the San Francisco native has wowed at many Austin venues. Listed as a top 5 artist to watch at SXSW by NPR, Emily Wolfe brings an intimate feel to the stage with her creative lyrics and smooth sound. Her spellbinding vocals and powerful mastery of the guitar keep crowds enticed and coming back for more. Check out Emily’s website for more information and her Spotify and soundcloud for some music.
Eric Tessmer Band
Loved by audiences throughout the world, Eric Tessmer Band has demanded the attention and respect of fans of all ages. With a background based firmly in electric Blues, Psychedelic Rock of the late 60s/early 70's and the energy of the Punk scene, Eric Tessmer Band puts on a show that is like no other. Check out Eric’s website for more information and his Spotify and soundcloud for some music.
They say family bands are the best type of bands because the chemistry is incomparable. With two cousins that have been playing music together for fifteen years, the trio has been touring non-stop, writing and following their collective dream ever since their debut album was released. They are currently incorporating the likes of Madonna, Pink Floyd and Michael Jackson--trying to create and maintain what they have coined as psychedelic jungle rock! Check out Migrant Kids’s website for more information and their Spotify and soundcloud for some music.
Mike and the Moonpies
If you are a fan of old school country music and its variants and influences, you will love to see Mike and the Moonpies live. They consistently draw diverse young crowds to some of Austin’s favorite venues. The band is best seen watching patrons two-step with a whiskey in hand! Check out Mike and the Moonpies’s website for more information and their Spotify and soundcloud for some music.
Mrs. Glass' unique musical style can be categorized as a fusion between rock, pop, and Delta blues. He has been heard on many stages throughout Texas, including multiple radio shows, private events and a successful SXSW showcase. Mrs. Glass relocated to Austin, TX after Katrina in 2005, and has since written "NOLA" about his experience. Mrs. Glass is "a sharp-dressed picker with a deep microphone moan" (Austin Chronicle). Check out Mrs. Glass’s website for more information and his Spotify for some music.
The Grooves have become a favorite among Texas bands, performing all styles of music to rave audiences in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and across Texas. They will take you back in time to the Sixties with their great cover songs.
Austin's indie rock fivesome has made their mark. Showcasing the band’s biting punk chords with the lead singer’s smooth indie harmonies as a counterbalance, . As a local newspaper perfectly described Young Tounge, "Austinites like to “keep it weird,” and Young Tongue certainly keeps that ethos alive in their music. Oddly danceable, progressive and lyrical enveloping at the same time..." Check out Young Tongue’s website for more information and their Spotify and soundcloud for some music.