Austin, Texas is known as the Live Music Capital of the World, so it’s obvious that there are live shows galore in this city. Whether you’re looking to see one of the hottest pop stars take over the Frank Erwin Center or you want to “Keep Austin Weird” and go see an obscure indie band’s club performance, there’s no shortage of live music to entertain you on any given night. To help you pick one, we’ve chosen some of the best shows Austin has to offer in the coming weeks. If none of these are for you, check out more upcoming concerts in Austin.
with Gavin DeGraw
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Rising to fame in the late 1990s, Shania Twain emerged to become one of the most successful female country artists in the genre’s history. By the time she released her multi-platinum second album The Woman in Me in 1995, she was a Grammy Award winner and a mainstream crossover success. Her next album, the astoundingly 20x platinum Come On Over, came out in 1997 and to this day still holds the record as the best-selling country album of all time. Flash forward to 2015, and Twain is headed out on the road for her first tour in 11 years, still rocking it at almost 50 years old. She has stated that she plans to release a new album once the tour wraps.
with Gavin James
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Sam Smith is undoubtedly one of the greatest music success stories of the last few years. The soulful English singer initially gained attention when he lent his vocals to Disclosure’s 2012 hit single “Latch.” The next year, he was featured on Naughty Boy’s “La La La,” earning his first number one and international recognition. In 2014, Smith released his debut full-length, In the Lonely Hour, which got him nominated for six Grammy Awards, of which he won four.
Christina Perri & Colbie CaillatTickets
The Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Pop singers Christina Perri and Colbie Caillat are joining together for a co-headlining tour this summer, for what they’re cutely calling the Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too tour. Both songstresses are promoting albums they released last year. Perri released her sophomore record Head or Heart back in April 2014, while Caillat’s fifth album Gypsy Heart came out last September.
Incubus & DeftonesTickets
with Death From Above 1979, & The Bots
Monday, August 17, 2015
Two great rock bands, Incubus and Deftones, are teaming up for a co-headlining tour this summer. As if that’s not cool enough, they’ll be joined by two more great rock bands, Death From Above 1979 and The Bots, both of whom will serve as opening acts. Incubus recently released a new EP, Trust Fall (Side A), while Deftones plans to release an eighth studio album in the fall. Rock fans won’t want to miss this show, which happens August 17 at the Austin360 Amphitheater.
Florida Georgia LineTickets
with Thomas Rhett & Frankie Ballard
Friday, August 21, 2015
Though having emerged only a few years ago, Florida Georgia Line has become of the biggest country groups of the last decade. The duo, which features Southern natives Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, released their debut full-length in 2012, selling over 2 million copies and achieving double platinum certification. The record, titled Here’s to the Good Times, soon reached the top spot on the Billboard country albums chart in the United States and produced several #1 singles, including their career-launching hit “Cruise.” Florida Georgia Line came back strong in 2014 with their sophomore record Anything Goes, and as of this year they are touring with support from Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard on their Anyting Goes tour.
with Big Sean, YG, & Jeremih
Saturday, August 22, 2015
As the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, rapper J. Cole was surely the subject of much attention in 2011. That year, the label released his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, which debuted at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200. He followed that up in 2013 with his equally successful, chart-topping sophomore record Born Sinner. This past fall, J. Cole dropped his highly anticipated third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which again debuted atop the Billboard 200, making it his third consecutive #1 album. Though it has only been out for a few months, the record has already been certified platinum.
with Kip Moore, Maddie and Tae, & Canaan Smith
Friday, August 28, 2015
Dierks Bentley rose to fame right out of the gate when his 2003 debut single “What Was I Thinkin'” shot to #1 on the charts. His career hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, as he’s had a steady stream of number one singles over the years and received eleven Grammy nominations to date. Bentley’s latest album, Riser, came out in 2014. The record reached the top spot on the country albums chart and earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album.
Belle & SebastianTickets
Friday, August 28, 2015
Scottish indie band Belle and Sebastian rose to fame in the late ‘90s with a series of critically acclaimed albums full of sweet and catchy songs. Led by frontman Stuart Murdoch, Belle and Sebastian rode their cult status toward more mainstream success over the years, all while still being signed to indie labels. Through various ups and downs and lineup changes, the band has stayed strong to this day, and on January 19 they released their ninth studio album, titled Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance.
with Pentatonix & Eric Hutchinson
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Back in 2002, Kelly Clarkson entered the national spotlight when she became the very first winner of American Idol. Armed with a powerful voice and down-to-earth personality, she won over the hearts of millions of Americans, whose votes earned her the grand prize of a recording contract with RCA. With the exception of Carrie Underwood, Clarkson is by far the show’s most successful export, having stayed relevant all these years by releasing hit after hit. After a number of successful albums in the years following her Idol stint, Kelly Clarkson is back in 2015 with a new album called Piece By Piece, which features her hit single “Heartbeat Song.”
Love and War Tour
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Zsuzsanna Ward, otherwise known as ZZ Ward, is a singer-songwriter who has been making waves in the last few years with her interesting and genre-defying blend of blues rock, hip-hop, R&B, and soul. Her breakthrough came in 2012 with the release of her debut album Til the Casket Drops, which was incredibly successful and reached the top 10 on the iTunes Alternative chart. Since then, the previously unknown singer was in obscurity no more, making appearances on late night television, playing major music festivals, licensing her music for film and TV, and selling out 40 dates of her 2013 tour. Later this year, Ward is expected to release a sophomore album titled This Means War.